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Tuesday’s Torch 547

Tuesday’s Torch 547

July 30, 2019

 

Good, better or best?  Seems like a no brainer, right?  A lot of us are at different places on this journey of life and in our Christianity.  We all have our own set of circumstances and challenges.  But I understand that to an extent, doing a weekly devotional like this is often times what is considered “Preaching to the choir!”.   Lets face it.  There are certain people who will read this type of thing or search it out and watch it on YouTube.

So I’m going to gear this message tonight towards those who are striving to live righteously and doing a pretty decent job of things.  I’m not saying any of us are perfect or that we can let down our guard, it’s quite the opposite.

Let’s take a look at the adversary. Satans primary goal and purpose is to lead us away from God, to lead us away from Christ and to lead us as far as possible away from anything good, better or best.  He has a lot of really wicked ways and devices with which to ensnare us?  The world is full of enticing things.  Plenty of evil things.  But what happens when you can’t be reached with the evils of the world? Does he give up?  Oh no. Never.

He moves to the next battle he hopes to win.  If he sees us on the path to what is best, he will try his hardest to pull us down a step or two.  We may see something as a good thing, but when there is something better or when the best is available, Satan does not want us to strive for that.  He convinces us that we need to settle. That we need to just accept that what would be best is no longer an option. That we have already messed up too badly or made too many mistakes. And then he can convince us that good is good enough. And then maybe shift us down to being accepting of average, that’s the “everyone is doing it” mentality.  As followers of Christ we are not to be average. We are not to give less than our best efforts nor are we to strive for less than the best and most righteous desires!

But Satan keeps attacking and gradually we are willing to accept less and less, we become complacent and rather than seek out and strive for best, we accept anywhere from ok or good, and sometimes when all is said and done we are stuck somewhere far different than our righteous goals would have led us.

Some may ask me, so isn’t good, well good? And I say yes, it is.  But let’s put it into a comparison. Let’s say you really enjoy listening to Christian music?  You do it everyday. That’s an amazing thing to do.  But when it’s a time that you’ve set aside to study the scriptures, is listening to that music still good? Yeah. But wouldn’t it be better to go ahead and crack open those scriptures and read the word of God directly?  And what if you’re reading your scriptures and someone asks what you’re doing?  You could respond, “just reading” and abruptly get back to it.  Is reading the scriptures still good, and still better at that point in time than simply listening to uplifting music? Yeah. But would taking the time to discuss what you are reading, why you are reading it and sharing what the gospel of Jesus Christ means to you be best? Absolutely!

Satan would love for us to stay caught in the good of listening, or the better of reading, than for us to get to the level of discussing and teaching and spreading the message of love and hope offered by a knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Good, better and best situations can cover so many aspects of our life. People can lose sight of seeking best when they accept less as good enough.  Or the most they can hope for? Or sometimes we can get caught up in the lie that we deserve less because of past mistakes or current challenges.  Get your life right and strive for the best.  Don’t let Satan tell you that you’re not good enough or that you’re not worth it. We have discussed in prior weeks that you are worth it and that you are good enough!  For best. Not just good. Not just slightly better, but absolutely best!  That requires effort and dedication and obedience to the laws and commandments of God.  And when we start living like that, that is what Satan is scared of.  He will stop at nothing to prevent us from getting to that point. So he will either put stumbling blocks in our path or just lull us to sleep as we focus on all these good things and give up on the better and best.

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Satan is out here giving good things.  I’m simply saying he will cause us to lose sight of the things of eternal importance over things that are of significantly less rewarding.

It is my challenge for each of us, myself included that we seek righteousness. Psalms 4:5 says “Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.” As we strive to righteously seek out and obtain what is truly best and of eternal value, we will be blessed. And remember that straight is the gate and narrow the way.  Always choose what is right. Trust God and live righteously! I share this 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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Tuesday’s Torch 546

Tuesday’s Torch 546

July 23, 2019

 

I would like to tell a story from my life real quick. Back in 1994 I was attending summer camp with my a bunch of friends, one of which was Tim Sader. Our brothers were also there but I’m pretty sure they were in a separate cabin. Anyways. I had this little cassette Walkman at the time and I had headphones for it but also a really small set of speakers that would plug into it.  So I showed up at summer camp with this cassette player and a grand total of one cassette that I listened to over and over that entire week of camp and probably the entire summer.  Counting Crows album “August and Everything After”.

I drove Tim and everyone else crazy listening to that thing.  And obviously I had every single word memorized. For years we looked back and always joked about that cassette and how much I listened to it.  Yesterday I actually had it on my mind and so I tracked down the songs online and listened to it, and wouldn’t you know it, I still knew every single word, the timing and tempo, every song from the very beginning notes.

I can’t help but imagine that maybe had those song lyrics not been up there, maybe something more beneficial could have stayed with me all those years.

That got me thinking even farther, knowing the Torch was coming up today. Before I share a short scripture, I don’t want anyone to think I’m saying we shouldn’t listen to awesome music like that album which is still one of my favorites of all time!  Just bear with me.

The things that are really important and enjoyable we invest time in. I spent hours upon hours listening to that cassette which is how I learned every single part of it.  I enjoyed it. And that knowledge is still there for me to dip back into whenever I hear one of those songs starting up.

How amazing would it be if all of us could remember our favorite scriptures and gospel stories with such exactness?  Where if we just caught the first couple words of it could recite the remainder?

So again, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with loving your favorite album, unless it’s a boy band or something. Haha. I’m just playing. But seriously. Listen. I’m just saying that as we learn to treasure the scriptures with that same excitement and that same eagerness, we will be able to recall the Gospel principles that we learn from them more readily.   I’m working on it myself. I’d love to be able to recite more scriptures exactly rather than paraphrase them. I’d love to be able to hear someone mention a verse or a bible story and go “Oh yeah, that’s in such and such chapter of this book.” It’s something to aspire to.

No matter where on the scale you are with regards to scriptural knowledge, there’s room for improvement. There’s room for more excitement and determination. I’m not saying to stop enjoying everything else and only read the scriptures. I’m just suggesting make the things of eternal consequence more of a priority and that we treasure them more, because “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” -Matthew 6:21.

So to everyone who is reading or listening to these words, let’s get to it. Let’s all strive to put more of the Gospel and more verses of scripture into our minds. Let us feast on those words in a similar fashion to how we jam out on our favorite music or binge watch our favorite shows. Let’s make our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ more of a central part of our lives and the lives of our families. Let’s make sure our hearts are set on the things that really and truly matter the most!  I share these thoughts 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 07/23/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 545

Tuesday’s Torch 545

July 16, 2019

 

So often we can get caught up in this feeling that once this thing or that thing happens, that we will be able to do something better or that things will be easier. For some challenges we feel like they will go away once we receive a sought after blessing.

 

Sometimes we think that once we get in a more stable financial situation it’ll be easier to be generous. Or that when we finally get a promotion at work or a new schedule that we can dedicate ourselves to Gospel living. There are so many options and ways that we can rationalize to ourselves that we will do a certain thing at a later time when it’ll be easier is crazy.

 

I’ve experienced first hand how thinking that challenges will go away once a certain goal is accomplished is crazy. There’s always another part to it that we often don’t see coming.

 

I’m not saying we shouldn’t have goals and hopes for ourselves or that we shouldn’t plan ahead for once things happen for us. But from a Christian standpoint, if we are to live the life of a faithful believer after something, we had best be living the life of a faithful believer before that sought after answered prayer.

 

Mark 10 gives us an example of how we are to seek the righteous desires of our heart as well as what to do once we receive that blessing. Blind Bartimaeus was sat alongside the path the Savior was walking and cried out so loudly and with such intensity that even the disciples were telling him to be quiet.  But this man knew and had faith that Christ was the one who could help him.  Christ then invited this man to come closer. In verses 51 and 52 of Mark 10 we read that:

 

“Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.”

 

Bartimaeus exhibited great faith in the Savior and it was after this showing of faith and belief that the Savior provided the miracle he sought. Would he have received it had he stayed silent? What if he had stayed home and only hoped to receive his sight?  Most likely not. So like him, we need to pray for the blessing we seek. And we need to act. To show God that we mean what we say. We’ve probably all prayed something like “If you give me what I want, I’ll do better, I’ll be better.  How many of us make the choice to do better and be better even without the blessing? How many of us hold to our commitment after receiving a blessing?

 

So what do we learn from this story? The ending states that Jesus told him “go thy way” yet after being healed, the man followed Jesus in the way. This man hadn’t been able to see, yet even with all of what he could have left to see, all the sights he had been missing out on, he followed the Savior.

 

The Savior has invited us to follow him. Having faith in Him and striving to follow Him in the way is what we should all be striving for.  Whether we are seeking a blessing or have already received it.  We should look to the Savior. We should follow Him and do those righteous things He would have us do. No matter what. No matter how hard or how easy things seem to be.  It is my prayer that we may all seek the righteous desires of our hearts with faith in the Savior and remember him as we are blessed according to the will of our Father in Heaven. And I leave these words 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 07/16/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 544

Tuesday’s Torch 544

July 9, 2019

 

I want to be as real as possible with you today. There’s something on my mind and it’s been building and so here goes.  Life can be hard, life can seem unfair. Sometimes we all feel like we aren’t enough, that we aren’t worth it. That’s just not true. ​

Don’t take my word for it. Take Gods word for it. “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 3:16 ​

You are enough, you are worth it. You were and are worth it to your Father in Heaven. So worth it that He sent his Son for you!! ​

You were and are worth it to our Savior Jesus Christ!!  Even when he was up on the cross he was asking that the soldiers who lifted him up there be forgiven. Why? Because He was there for them! He was paying the price for their sins too! ​

So whatever you did or you’re doing or whatever it is about yourself that you think makes you not worth it or somehow not enough, that’s what the Savior lived and died to save you from.  You are worth it right now!  You are enough this instant. ​

Does that mean God wants us to stay as we are? Does that mean God wants us to stop trying to do better? Does that mean he doesn’t want you to fix your mistakes and strive to be righteous?  No. It just means that He loves you right now. He sent his Son for you right now. You are enough and worth it right now. ​

So I want you to look in the mirror. Now or after I make this request, you can take a break from reading or viewing this Torch, pause it, whatever. Look in the mirror and say “I am enough. I am worth it! Because God said so. I am enough and I am worth it because my personal Savior Jesus Christ said so! “​

And who can question that? So listen. Everyone who hears these words. No matter who you are, you’re worth it! You are enough!   God sent his Son for you! Jesus Christ accomplished all he did for you! Personally. ​

And for those who are thinking life isn’t fair. Those who still think something is too much for them or that they shouldn’t have to deal with such hardships in life. Those who are thinking about giving up or quitting. You’ve got this! God can help you!!  God will help you! ​

Because you know who never gave up or quit or thought that you weren’t worth it? The Savior!!! If you’re worth it to him, who are you to doubt it? Who are you to give up on yourself?  I want you to know that you are so valuable that Jesus Christ willingly died for you. Who you are right now. Smile. And strive to do even better because He believes in you. ​

And hey, whether I know you personally or not, I want you to know that you are enough. Even those who don’t like me, which I’m not sure why you are reading or watching this but i’m so glad you are, because you’re enough. Even if you’re sitting there thinking “Why did I waste my time by clicking just for this guy to go on and on about this, I’m done”. I still want you to know you’re worth it and you are enough. Because I also need a reminder every now and then.  Because I’ve felt all sorts of worthless in the past, and I’ve struggled at times with thinking I’m not enough. But God says I am. And He says you are. And that is good enough for me. I pray that it’s good enough for you too. May you be blessed with hope, health and happiness! And may you know that you are enough, and that you are worth so much more than you realize.  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 07/09/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 543

Tuesday’s Torch 543

July 2, 2019

 

I have been thinking a lot today about nourishment as I have to always try to find ways to encourage my children to eat a better variety of food and healthier. But who am I kidding, I have to work on that for myself. But as I was thinking of that it led me to consider what we feed our spirits as well.
The same way that the foods we eat can significantly affect our physical health, the things we allow into our hearts and minds can either strengthen or harm us spiritually. I’d like to share the following scripture and then tie it into tonight’s message.
Romans 12:1-2 states.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

This verse talks about our bodies being a living sacrifice. The way to be able to accomplish more in the service of God is by taking care of ourselves so that when called upon we are ready willing and able. I’d like to focus on the spiritual side of this.  Comparing our physical diet to our mental and spiritual diet can be interesting..
We can all instantly think of the foods that are our weaknesses. I got into a friendly banter on Facebook the other day with my good friend Ryan who I’m supposed to be in a weight loss contest with.  Where I was hitting him with images of donuts and other sugary treats and I was able to mention that sweets aren’t really my weakness but that I can point out the things that are. Steak, potatoes, pizza, and ok I’ve gotta stop now.
But how quickly can we point out the things holding us back mentally or spiritually?  What food or content are we devouring.  Are we watching or listening to uplifting things? And I’m not going to point out a huge list of things and say do this and don’t do that. I challenge each of us to decide for ourselves. Are the things you’re putting into your mind inviting the Spirit or distancing you from it?
The times I feel like I am encouraging spiritual growth are times spent in the scriptures and gospel learning. I had a fantastic conversation this evening with a young man at church and it was super uplifting to me and I feel stronger from having a gospel centered conversation.

 

The times I feel farther from the spirit recently are times where I get caught up in negativity from online, usually getting a little too worried about something posted here there or yonder or some political nonsense that shouldn’t be getting me all riled up and frustrated.  How can I feel the spirit of the Lord if I’m getting all worked up about something pointless? Or about something that doesn’t even pertain to me? Or maybe it does pertain to me but no amount of worry on my part is going to make a difference?

I know I’ve been speaking of these as they relate to myself. What are the things standing in your way of becoming healthier spiritually? What are some things you are already doing pretty well?  Don’t beat yourself up, give credit where credit is due. Be happy about the ways you are having spiritual success. But also strive for more. Strive for better.  Those issues that popped into your mind as soon as I mentioned things blocking your ability to feel the spirit, work on those!  I know we all have them and there are usually a couple that come to mind instantly and others will only be discovered after fixing the most obvious ones. It’s not easy.  It’s extremely hard to embark on the journey to greater spiritual health as we begin removing the bad and adding in more healthy options. In much the same way trying to eat healthy or convince a child to try a new healthy option is a challenge, so is trying what we are discussing in this message. But is it worth it? Yes. Are the rewards waiting truly remarkable? Yes, they absolutely are.  Please spend some time reflecting on this message and figure out how to best apply it to your own personal situation. I know I’ll be reflecting back to see what additional ways I can continue to work on things I already know need improvement and any that come to light through this process.
I pray that you may all be blessed in the ways you stand in need. It is my hope that this message has been of benefit to you. I know that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us. And that Jesus Christ is our Savior. May we always remember that. In his Sacred 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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