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Tuesday’s Torch 551

 

Tuesday’s Torch 551

August 27, 2019

 

So we’ve all seen movies or television shows where someone gives themselves a pep talk in the mirror.  Most of us have probably done this either out loud or at least silently.  I know I have.  It can be a great thing but it can also be hard to keep the same level of focus and determination that we have at that moment throughout the day and week when we aren’t all hyped up and looking ourself in the mirror.  So we forget maybe not who we are, but we forget who it is we are trying to be.  I’m going to share a few verses now and touch on an experience I had this week and what I learned from it.

 

James 1:22-26:

 

“22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.“

 

These verses express basically that we don’t need to simply talk about all the great things we want to do or that we believe, we have to do those things. By living them we will find ourselves remembering who we want to be because we will be that person at all times.

 

This week I slipped up and made what I thought was an innocent “that’s what she said” type of joke while trying to be funny. It’s the kind of thing I’ve always tended to laugh at on shows like the Office and whenever I hear the type of comment made. I’m not proud of it and it is something I’ve strived really hard to remove from my sense of humor.

 

But on this one occasion I didn’t, I made the stupid remark, the person didn’t immediately see what my joke was referencing so I laughingly explained “oh, because you said this….”.  It was just so stupid.

 

They instantly took offense and demanded I not speak that way and so I apologized and gave a weak excuse about what a rough day I had and that I was just trying to be funny.  And said that’s not the type of person I am. That was pretty much the end of that conversation and a big status got posted that without naming my name was about me and what a terrible horrible person I apparently am because of a comment.

 

For a couple days I’ve thought how the person completely overreacted and how it was just a joke and I didn’t mean any offense by it and trying to excuse myself. But after some more thought and then this verse I found.  I messed up.  I didn’t bridle my tongue in that moment and I will try harder moving forward.  It’s not up to me to decide if someone overreacted to something I said when it shouldn’t have been said to begin with.  I have to hold myself to a higher standard.  And dare I say we all should.

 

What good is my religion and my faith if I don’t live it?  What good will preaching and sharing these messages accomplish if I even once in a while I chuckle out some stupid innuendo joke?  That verse says it is in vain if we don’t control what we say.  So moving forward, I’ll forgive myself for my mistake as we all are supposed to do when we repent and try to do better, but I will take the lesson with me. It’s not always the best thing to go out and announce the things we do that are wrong, but in this instance I felt that it deserved shedding some light on due to the lesson it can teach.  The lesson that it taught me.

 

I’m not perfect, never claimed to be.  But I do know that God lives, that our Savior lives, and I will forever strive to become more like him.  This week and that momentary lack of self restraint to not make a stupid comment has helped to highlight exactly how far I have left to go. But I’m going to continue on the righteous path anyway, please stay on the path with me or join me if you’ve found yourself straying the course.  Maybe we can help each other make it in one piece!  Let us be more than hearers and speakers of the word, let us be doers!  That is my hope and my prayer, 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 08/27/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 550

Tuesday’s Torch 550

August 20, 2019

 

There is a kids song that most of us know, about the wise man and the foolish man. It talks of building on a rock vs sand.  A lot of people kind of view this song as being one about the difference between believing in Christ vs not believing in Christ.  But if we look at the verses that song is based on we will realize that is not the case at all.  Let us read in Luke 6:46-49:

 

“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:

He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.”

 

So in these verses we realize that both the wise man and the foolish man believed in the Lord to some degree, sought out and heard the instructions given, yet the wise man did the right thing and actually applied the principles in his life. Thereby building upon the rock.

 

There is so much quickness to accept wrongdoing because “nobody is perfect” or many who wrongly feel like simply believing in the Savior is all it takes. The foolish man in this story though, was one who probably gave the impression of being a believer, but who was not actually living those beliefs.

 

The verses that we turned to show that If we want to stand strong against the storms of life we have to not just know that God lives and loves us. We can’t just know that Jesus Christ paid for our sins. We need to follow his teachings. All of them, to the best of our ability!  Otherwise, whatever we build will simply be washed away when the storms of life come calling.

 

So please, brothers and sisters, let us all build off the foundation of living righteously!  Following the teachings of the Savior.  And if you’ve got anything going on that you know isn’t right, fix it or the ruin of your house will be great.  Trust me.  Rebuilding after making that mistake is so much harder than not making the mistake to begin with.  God will help you either way though as we strive to keep the commandments and make righteous gospel-centered decisions.

 

While this home-building story doesn’t go the next step of saying this, I will point out. Nowhere does it say that this foolish man can’t change his ways. Nowhere does it say he can’t rebuild the house that crumbled by following the proper method of building on a sure foundation of rock by actually doing what the Lord commands. The wise and foolish man in this story can absolutely be the exact same person at a different point in time.

 

No matter where you may be or what you may be doing, it is never too late to do the right thing and start digging deep and building a solid foundation.  The sooner the better.  Trust me on that.  And I leave this 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 08/20/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 548

Tuesday’s Torch 548

August 6, 2019

 

I wrote a Torch with some warnings and other things in it but I’ve changed my mind on what to share.  This will probably be the shortest message ever.  I’ve been on vacation with my wonderful children and my parents the past few days in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Tonight I would simply like to express that God loves us, and He is so great to us.  He sent his Son for us!

God wants to bless us, and all he asks in return is that we strive to live righteously!  Even in the midst of trials and hardships he stands ready to help us and make sure that we have blessings along the way to keep us going.

As we turn to him, all of our righteous desires enter the realm of possibility.  Will they all come true? Probably not. But as we do what is right, they are possible.  And we will have enough.  So count your blessings, strive to do what is right, seek after righteousness and God will provide for you.

My family is a tremendous blessing to me. My children prove to me that God is there and He loves me and that the decisions I made that helped lead me down the path to be their father were the right ones. I thank God every day for them and for all the wonderful memories I’ve made with my family and friends and pray for each of us to have more experiences that teach us that all things are possible and help us more completely feel the love of God and our Savior more abundantly. 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 08/06/2019 in Torches