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Tuesday’s Torch 538

Tuesday’s Torch 538

May 28, 2019

 

 

While thinking back on today and trying to decide what to share a couple thoughts came to mind. My children got into a few arguments and kids whether intentionally or accidentally will inflict pain on the other.

Other parents or anyone with experience around children can recognize a child who is truly sorry as opposed to one who is offering  an apology simply because it is required of them. My kids feel genuine sorrow when they realize that what they did hurt the other.

The hope is always that after enough of these realizations that at least the intentional times will go away. That you will begin to see progress.  A child who is not truly sorry will do the exact same thing the very next moment.

Who am I kidding though? That’s not something only relegated to children’s behaviors. Especially from a gospel standpoint.  I found this verse: 1 John Chapter 2 states:

1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.”

Little children in the earthly sense who are considered well-behaved are those who listen to and obey their parents. The ones who listen and follow rules at home, school, church and wherever they may be.  But children are growing and learning and need to be shown the way.  Watching a child make progress is an amazing thing. Seeing the happiness as they receive praise for doing a good thing is fantastic. And seeing a child feel genuine remorse for an action shows that they are well on their way.

As to the scripture, is it only written to little children or is it written to all children of God?  We are not immune to the same behaviors and pitfalls of little children. The things we do may have changed from the days where our mistakes were snatching a toy from our sister or brother. Hitting or kicking them when they make us mad. Talking back or using selective hearing and only doing the part of what you say that they want and ignoring the parts that they don’t feel like listening to right then.

Hmm. On second thought, that last bit describes many of us adults too. Especially when it comes to righteousness. It’s easy to do the things that we want to do or see as in line with our goals.  It’s hard though to do things that don’t appear to offer the reward we seek. But even if we find ourselves caught in that, there’s a way out. A way to make progress. The Savior. And like the child who recognizes they’ve caused a sibling pain and offers a genuine apology we can do likewise as we realize one thing.

The Savior has felt the pain for all of our sins, weaknesses, shortcomings and he has even felt the pain and sorrow that we feel as consequences of our choices. So as we do the wrong thing, we cause him pain. A few weeks back I discussed how it was like those in the crowd shouting “crucify him” and that it could absolutely be us each time we choose to sin. Each time we choose to do what we want even if it goes contrary to God.  I’ve been there. I never want to return. And if by my sounding the alarm in this torch or any other way can help someone else avoid that fall then I’ll shout it from the rooftop.

The scripture quoted earlier shows us what we will see in someone who truly knows and loves God. It will show us what we should strive to do if we love God.  We will strive to keep the commandments. Like the child who wishes to make their parents proud and beams with a bright and happy smile when told “good job” or “I’m proud of you” we can feel that level of happiness and joy as we make decisions that show our Love for God and our desire to follow His commandments. Even when they are hard. Even when they aren’t what we want.

Before anyone thinks that I’m claiming I’ve got it all figured out, it is fitting that I record these devotionals on my phone with the screen facing me and showing a mirror image, I’m directing this topic as well as every other one at myself too.  We all fall. We all need to do better. We all can do better, and the Savior Jesus Christ will help us, no matter how hard it seems.

I know that he will and I share these words and my heartfelt testimony that I absolutely know that God lives and loves us and that His Son Jesus Christ is the savior of the world, and I do so in his name, even Jesus Christ, Amen.
-Bobby Stewart

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

 
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Posted by on 05/28/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 537

Tuesday’s Torch 537

May 21, 2019

 

Last week we discussed having faith and believing that God can and will help us.  I am a very firm believer that miracles still happen and that they can happen for each one of us.  As we venture into the scriptures we read the following account that happens just after the resurrected savior had appeared to all but one of the apostles.

 

John 20:24-31 states “But Thomas, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
For eight days the apostles were certainly overjoyed and happy at the absolute knowledge that the Savior was yet alive. All except Thomas who had not seen him. Surely Thomas wanted to believe. Surely Thomas hoped it was true. But he had not seen for himself.

 

A lot of times we can be like Thomas. We doubt the Savior or we doubt what his atonement can truly do in our lives. Why? Because we don’t see it. We can’t see how a thing can come to pass so we decide that unless we can see it then we will not believe. In that instance are we really relying on faith?

In those verses Christ teaches how blessed we are when we believe in him without seeing him. When we trust in him before he has made himself manifest. What good does it accomplish us to only show forth faith or belief after he has granted us the blessing we seek?

I venture that if we only believe after we have seen, we are falling short of where we should strive to be. I’m guilty of this often. I still wait on promptings I have felt certain would be fulfilled and as they continue to go unaccomplished, I can’t help but wonder when things will change. When will that miracle take place.

My belief and my faith sometimes struggle as does the belief and faith of many.  I wonder, Hope and pray that my belief can ultimately become knowledge. But am I getting caught up like Thomas was. Waiting to see it happen. He was missing out on the joy of knowing that Jesus Christ was resurrected and alive again, why?  Because he wanted to see it for himself.  He needed more.

As we strive to do what is right and as we strive to follow the Savior, let us not get caught up in waiting for a certain thing to take place to find joy in believing and knowing that Christ has paid the price for our sins, shortcomings, imperfections and even the pains that come about because of them. God is real. Jesus Christ is his son. He is the savior of the world.

He will help us. We can trust in him. And we can place that trust in him even before we see the proof or the end result in plain sight.  What a wonderful example we gain as we see this story regarding Thomas.  He was a good man. He was with the Savior and had listened to him and learned from him in person.  He had been very close to him as he walked the earth. But even still he had trouble fully believing and trusting. So if you are like me and sometimes struggle with things, waiting to see when God will manifest himself and give you the knowledge or the help you seek: hang on a little bit longer, and know that Gods got you. The Savior has already felt what you are going through and paid the price for it. Even if you can’t see it.

I testify that God lives and loves us. I testify that Jesus is the Son of God and our Lord and Savior. I testify that with their help, we can do the impossible. There isn’t a single battle that cannot be won when we seek their help. That is something that I have learned for a fact over the past year. Turn to God when righteous things seem impossible and He will provide a way.  Believe it now.  Don’t wait to see it for yourself like Thomas. Be more fully blessed as the scripture says. Believe. In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Bobby Stewart

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

 
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Posted by on 05/21/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 536

Tuesday’s Torch 536

May 14, 2019

 

Tonight will be a brief message. I have tried and tried to come up with something perfect but my best will have to do.  Mother’s Day weekend was great but challenging in its own way too.  I hope that God was able to lift up those of you who have had a lot on your minds this past week. There are many sadnesses associated with some holidays due to family members who are no longer with us.

Perhaps part of my struggle with writing this torch has been wrestling with myself and trying to make sure I don’t simply turn it into my own personal soapbox.  I’ve struggled with that in the past with varying degrees of success with the endeavor. But anywho let me get on with it.

So ultimately I would like to mention the best gift ever given in the history of mankind.  Not just to Mother’s, but to Fathers, Husbands, wives, sons, daughters, Maw maws, paw paws, Nanas, meemaws, mops or pops, but all of mankind.

While speaking with Nicodemus, the Savior stated the following that includes one of the most well known scriptures in all the world:

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” -John 3:14-16

Brothers and Sisters, we are to believe in the Savior Jesus Christ.  To believe in him means more than to just know he existed. It means more than an empty expression, it is to completely and fully believe in him. To know how much he loves us individually. To know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He lived as an example to us, and that He died for you so that you could be saved! Individually. He lives. He knows and loves you. He will help you. All things are possible for you.

It’s easy to think that miracles happen. But how many of us know and believe that they can and will happen for us?  Or do we think that surely we have already messed things up too badly? That something we have said or done has crossed a line that it is impossible to come back from? That thing. Yes, that thing you’re thinking about, Jesus already took care of that.

Believe that He is, and that He walked the path he walked, that he drank the bitter cup for you. Your Heavenly Father sent Him for you, and for me. And He willingly paid the ultimate and infinite price for you, and for me as well.

 

You are worth it.  God loves you. The Savior loves you. Nothing is impossible. But you have to believe.  I believe. And I know. May God bless each of you with a more sure knowledge that you are loved and that all things are possible. Everlasting life being the ultimate of these.  Trust and believe in the goodness of a Heavenly Father that loves us as completely as He does. He hasn’t given up on any of us, and if He believes in us, who are we to doubt what we are capable of?  Let him help us no matter what the struggle.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Bobby Stewart

 

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

 
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Posted by on 05/14/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 535

Tuesday’s Torch 535

May 7, 2019

 

 

How are we able to focus on the things that truly matter the most? How are we to know what to do?  How are we to heal when things hurt beyond belief?

First off, think of what is important to you. Is it a righteous desire? Does it make you feel good about yourself?  Do you feel like you’re doing the right thing in the right way?

Lately I have been able to start seeing things far more clearly than in the past. I am able to get my work done around the house more fully, dedicate my time and energy to taking care of my children with even more determination to be the dad they need me to be. I don’t say these things to toot my own horn even though tooting my own horn would sound exactly like that.

My children bring me great joy and happiness.  When I am so exhausted from fun family time with my children that I go to sleep right after I have gotten them to sleep and forget that I have to finish the Torch and get it posted because it’s Tuesday then it has been a good day.  So thankful that people are understanding and Sammy checked in with me at 11:30 last night which is oft-times when I get it posted anyway and was cool about me finishing it today instead of I guess posting it while halfway conscious and deliriously ranting about something or another then it’s even better.

Oops, got a little sidetracked on explaining why this installment of Tuesday’s Torch is indeed a Wednesday one. It’s ok though. Patience is a virtue.  At least I’ve heard a rumor that some people have this thing called patience that allows them to wait to receive things without freaking out or throwing a tantrum to get what they want now no matter what. I mean, who does that?

So back to the questions at hand that I started this message with. Let me read some words from an interaction Paul had in Acts 28:

“26 Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:

27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.”

All of those questions at the beginning can be answered in this brief scripture. Conversion and turning to God and away from the world. Those who are distracted by the things of the world have a harder time seeing, hearing and understanding. If they were focused on God and righteousness, God says they would be able to do all of those things, be converted and the clincher: be healed!

Let me point out real quick that I am not dismissing the medical and therapeutic help available. I have received lots of help from groups, books and therapy myself. But the thing that makes it possible to truly heal and focus on the important things has been turning it over to God and doing what He wants me to do.

What is the end result of the healing that God provides?  Salvation. The word of God has been sent out to us.  Are we studying it? Are we seeking God in prayer? Are we following his guidance and promptings?

When we do, we find salvation and healing. When we don’t, hmm. What is the opposite of salvation and being healed? Ok. Just a little side note to toss in there, how many times have the scriptures referenced people being healed because of their faith?  Thy faith hath made thee whole. For with God all things are possible. And even when faith was struggling “Help thou my unbelief.”.

I’m gonna close this message with a challenge. I will call it the One, Five, Ten challenge.  In order to help us more fully turn our lives over to God, to be converted to His Gospel and teachings. Let’s all strive to spend more time in the scriptures. So take the amount of time you already spend in the scriptures and add 1, 5 or 10 additional minutes each day.  For some that might be the total spent each day, for others it’ll simply extend it and give an extra bit of time to focus on that which is righteous and truly has the power to convert our hearts and heal us. Which, if any, you decide to take part in is completely up to you. I pray that you will gain something from this challenge.  But hey, do me a favor and send me some feedback if this challenge is of benefit to you or if it simply wastes your time?

Y’all, I don’t claim to be perfect, or to have it all figured out. But on this subject I state unequivocally, righteousness and following the Savior is the only way to true and everlasting happiness. I leave that with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Bobby Stewart

 

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

 
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Posted by on 05/08/2019 in Torches