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Tuesday’s Torch 541

Tuesday’s Torch 541

June 18, 2019

 

Four years ago I was given the opportunity to guest author a torch for my great friend Tim to share. I don’t know if this is a special throwback edition of the torch or if I’m just being lazy this week. Let’s just see how this previous message that was text only matches up to the more recent ones, so here goes:

 

This week I would like to take the opportunity to briefly discuss Faith, Fruit and Perfection.  The last couple weeks (before this message was written) we had learned a bit regarding avoiding certain pitfalls. One is to avoid allowing anger into our hearts, as well as having learned not to misrepresent scriptures simply to excuse ourselves from bad behavior.  There is a common argument many have over what indeed saves us.  I have known many people who say they know they commit plenty of sins, don’t go to church, do whatever they want, yet believe in Jesus Christ, therefore they are saved.  As though faith is simply a belief that Jesus Christ is real.

 

James 2:17 states that “faith, if it hath not works, is dead” One who has true faith will show that faith through his works as the prophet James discusses. In this chapter, he mentions several examples of those who showed their faith through works.  Faith is not passive, simply sitting back and saying you know Christ paid for your sins so all is well, faith is active, faith is to be shown.  We are told in Matthew 7:17 that “every good tree bringth forth good fruit.” And then we are told that by our fruit may we be known.  Therefore to be known as good, we must bring forth good fruit.

 

In fact not only are we expected to have faith, show it in our actions and bring forth good fruit; but we have an even more overwhelming instruction issued by Christ during the Sermon on the Mount:  “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”.  I would be willing to bet most of us have heard, if not said, “Well, nobody is perfect” in response to having a flaw pointed out.  Yet here Christ just told us to be perfect.  Not to “try”, or to “give it our best shot”, but to be perfect.  How do we do that?  Through Repentance made possible by the Atonement.  When we know we are wrong and make mistakes, we have been given the amazing gift of forgiveness if we but repent.  Sure, we can’t be perfect on our own.  But as the scriptures tell us in Matthew 19:26, “with God all things are possible”.

 

Christ would not have told us to be perfect if there was no way to do it.  There is a way.  There is a way, Jesus Christ, He is also the truth and the life.  Let us allow him to work his perfecting power in us, through the power of the Atonement.  Christ paid that price for us, so that we could follow his counsel to be perfect.  Let our faith be shown always, let us not sit idle and think about how great it will be when we one day get to heaven and are “perfected.” Let us get to work and allow Christ to begin that process here today, right now.  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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Tuesday’s Torch 539

Tuesday’s Torch 539

June 4, 2019

 

Maya Angelou said that “When you know better you do better.” That’s a very true statement.  Years ago I was a competitive horseshoe pitcher. I would go outside and pitch for hours sometimes.  Striving to do better and develop the muscle memory it takes to compete at a high level.

It wasn’t easy and I was never the absolute best, but I won often enough and claimed some championships that I look back on fondly.  But what I realized is that the saying “practice makes perfect” had a flaw.  If you’re making the same mistake over and over during practice, what are you accomplishing? Do you really want that muscle memory?  So no, the saying I developed was “Perfect practice makes perfect.”  I strived to make my practice as much like a real game as possible.

When my focus was there and I was performing really well then I would push myself and practice for a long time.  If I was performing lousy and just couldn’t get it going, I would shorten that practice.  Eventually I built a lot more consistency doing it that way. I know this little story is a bit off topic and not quite the norm for my oft-times preachy Torch offerings but don’t worry, I’ll get to that shortly. Haha.

As it relates to the quote I started this message with. When I first started playing horseshoes I wasn’t very good at it because I didn’t know what I was doing yet. But the more I learned and the more I practiced, the better I did.  In other aspects of my life I had issues and problems that I saw no way past. Until I learned how to get past them.

Sometimes there are tools and skills that need to be acquired to accomplish a task.  You can’t go into an advanced science course and expect to do well if you haven’t completed the prerequisites. There are things you must learn before you can tackle that level of difficulty.

You cannot do something you don’t know how to do. Plenty of people are out there praying for blessings but unaware that maybe they need to act. They need to do something. They pray for a good job yet aren’t improving their skills? They pray for a raise but then give half-effort at their job.  They pray that they can overcome an addiction but don’t seek help for recovery?  That won’t cut it.

Even if your desire is righteous. Wanting it is not enough. Learn how. And then do it!  I’ll quote the following verse that I feel sums up another side to this feeling I’m trying to convey in my own unorthodox way.  1 Corinthians 13:11 states: When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

Verses can mean different things to us at different points in our lives which is one of the amazing aspects of the scriptures. But right here I feel like the verse expresses someone who has now learned better and therefore does better.  Growth isn’t just about age or size. There comes a time where all of us have to grow up in the Gospel. A time when we need to put in the hard work to get where we want or need to be.  We have to learn more to do better.

If everything were easy we couldn’t grow. And we are to grow. We are expected to strive to become as much like the Savior as possible. To receive his image in our countenance will require more than just doing what we can currently do.  We need to grow, we need to learn and we need to seek to know How to do the righteous things that we may see as impossible.

Over the past year I’ve worked really hard to learn how to do some things I never thought would be possible to achieve. That’s not a brag or a boast. In fact it is the opposite, it’s extremely humbling to see exactly how much help I needed and need. Coming to terms with weakness and realizing we need the strength that comes from the Lord is difficult. Especially for someone that wants to be able to do everything themselves. From the time I was a little boy my parents called me mr independent because I refused to accept help.  That’s not me anymore. I needed it. I’m not too proud to say that.

As for why I mention that. I’m not trying to make myself into a role model but I’m also not trying to put myself down either, I’m trying to say that if I can do it, so can you. So that thing you’re having a hard time overcoming or that righteous desire that you feel is unreachable. Find the help required to accomplish it. You can’t do anything without knowing how. Unless you’re gonna rely on pure luck, in that case just cross your fingers and hope for the best. But that isn’t what we are expected to do.

So to all who hear this message. Please know that you can accomplish great things. You can learn better, know better, do better and be better.  Nothing is impossible with Christ on your side. Let the Atonement work in your life. Learn and grow. I pray that this message has been able to help you in some way. I pray that you can find answers and help and that when you do, you can put them to work in your life to become who you are capable of becoming. God bless each of you 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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