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Tuesday’s Torch 559

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 559

October 29, 2019

 

Today I’m going to talk about receiving strength from God.  In the life there are many things to be done. Some hard, some easy.  Some that seem downright impossible.   The scriptures say that with God and through faith that all things are possible.  But what about our own personal limitations, can He and will He help us with those?  I would like to rattle off some verses one after another..

 

Psalm 29:11

 

The ​​Lord​​ will give ​​​strength​ unto his people;

 

Isaiah 40:29, 31

 

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

 

But they that ​​​wait upon​ the ​​Lord​​ shall ​​​renew​ ​their​ ​​​strength​; they shall mount up with wings as ​​​eagles​; they shall ​​​run​, and not be weary; ​and​ they shall walk, and not faint.

 

2 Corinthians 12:9

 

And he said unto me, My ​​​grace​ is sufficient for thee: for my ​​​strength​ ​​is made perfect in ​​​weakness​.

 

Psalm 18:2

 

The ​​Lord​​ ​is​ my ​​​rock​, and my ​​​fortress​, and my deliverer; my God, my ​​​strength​, in whom I will ​​​trust​; “

 

So all of these verses speak about receiving strength from God.  We can do those things that to us would be impossible.  In fact, John 15:5 says that without Him, we “can do nothing.”

 

There is an amazing truth I want to point out. No matter your limitations, as humans we are weak and frail and fragile.  But our God is not.  So what if we on our own cannot do something?  God doesn’t have those limitations and He can and does help people do things they couldn’t do alone.  Daniel survived that Lions den. His friends came out unscathed from that fiery furnace?  Could they do that by themselves?  No.  No way.  They could not do it.  It was impossible for them.  But not for God.  And you’ll notice something about that story of the fiery furnace, God could have simply put out the fire.  But he didn’t. They were in that fire, but he brought them through it.  Because he isn’t limited in what he can do for us because of our limitations on what we can do for ourselves.

 

He gives us of his strength.  Even when we are weak, especially when we are weak.  As quoted earlier he states that His strength is made perfect in our weakness!

 

So for those struggling with something that’s too much to handle.  God can help you handle it.  He can and will strengthen you.  For those who want to give up and call it quits, don’t! Allow God to give you the strength you need.  I know for a fact that He has helped me do so many things that I couldn’t do alone.  I was and I am too weak.  But my God is not.  And I’ll forever testify that He lives, He loves us and He will give us the strength we lack.  All things are possible.  And that is what I leave with you, and I testify that it is true, In the sacred name of our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen!

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 10/29/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 558

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 558

October 22, 2019​

A couple weeks back we discussed light.  And I’ve found myself back to that subject a bit tonight.  So here we go.  The Casting Crowns song “Slow Fade” starts out as follows:​

“Be careful little eyes what you see. It’s the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings.  Be careful little feet where you go, for it’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow.”​

These are powerful words to me, especially as a father.  Before I discuss this song, I’ll refer to the scripture that to me goes along with it, well, obviously its kind of the other way around but this is the order I’ve chosen to go with.  Bear with me.  ​

“The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.”  -Luke Chapter 11:34-16​

These verses of scripture as well as the words of this song which happens to be one of my favorite songs ever, hit on a very important theme.  We should be careful where we set our sights.  The world is full of so many temptations and so many things that are thrown into our faces.  Images that corrupt and desensitize, media and arguments made that are designed to confuse and mislead those who access them.  Be guarded.  Be careful.  Ask yourself if there is anything uplifting or good about anything you view.  ​

The things we see and choose to let occupy our minds will lead us down a pathway to destruction if we do not heed the counsel to make sure that the light which is in us is not darkness.  This very clearly means that it’s possible to be lost in the dark while thinking you’re full of light. And when you’re not walking in the light, how can you lead?  If you’re wandering in the dark, any who are following you will also be led astray.  The term “the blind leading the blind” definitely is accurate at that point.​

So for all of those attempting to lead others, especially those who are leading children, whether they are your own, or someone else’s in a different capacity, make sure you’re walking in righteousness, because you are being followed.  Where are you leading?  ​

There is a very clear process.  Satan doesn’t just replace our light with darkness in an instant.  I mean, he will if he can, but it’s a gradual process in many and most cases.  Like if you put a frog in boiling water he will jump out.  However, if you put a frog in cold water and then gradually increase the temperature, that frog will often stay there until he boils to death.  Near the end of the song it says the following: ​

“The journey from your mind to your hands is shorter than you’re thinking.  Be careful if you think you stand.  You just might be sinking.  It’s a slow fade, when black and white have turned to gray.  Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid, when you give yourself away.  People never crumble in a day.  Daddies never crumble in a day.  Families never crumble in a day.”​

So definitely, “Be careful little, (and big) eyes what you see.”  Let your eye be single to the glory of God.  Do that which is right.  Seek out those things that are righteous.  Don’t spend time considering things that are wrong.  Or you’ll find your light slowly dimming, you’ll become filled with darkness, and the sad thing is, you won’t even know it.  ​

And then when you’ve finally realized what happened, its a hard fight back.  But when you fight the good fight and are once again filled with light, you’ll know the difference.  And you’ll never want to walk in that darkness again.​

Take my word for it brothers and sisters.  If you’ve walked in darkness, there is a way out.  Jesus Christ is that light.  If you are already fully walking in the light, congratulations, please continue.  If you’re not sure, well, pray and ponder, read and search the scriptures, analyze every aspect of your life and make sure all is in proper order.  ​

Are you bringing forth good fruit?  I for one, want my children and all those who for whatever reason are following me at all:  I want them to have more light, not darkness.  I want to lead towards God and towards the Savior and towards righteousness, and I believe deep down that is what all of us want.  Am I saying that I’m perfect or that I’ve got it all figured out?  No.  But what light I do have, I pray that I can shine it, and that it may grow.  I hope and pray that for each of us.  No matter where you may be, seek more light, let it fill you, and then shine forth that light.  ​

May God bless each of you.  I share these verses, thoughts and impressions 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 10/22/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 556

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 556

October 8, 2019

 

Two things we aren’t supposed to talk about, as the saying goes, are religion and politics.  Those two things I talk about right now.  I’m not going to state my political views in this Torch but I will point out this:  Everyone is so caught up in themselves and in their own viewpoints that they only want to listen to those who agree completely with them.  Those politicians or celebrities who agree are deemed brilliant and so wonderful.  But a contrary opinion?  They are clearly out of their mind or dumb.

 

Within religion this is often also the case, even when narrowing it down to Christianity.  Many people don’t seek truth, they seek that which agrees with them.  Or they play this selective game of which gospel truths are they going to place a higher value towards and which they are going to sweep under the rug. Now, I say they, but I really mean we. I don’t place myself above anyone. I’m as guilty as the next person of wanting things my way.

 

But anyways, let me share some scripture from 2 Timothy 4:

 

“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”

 

We are all, each of us who believe and have come to know the truth, we are called to preach the word.  Not sometimes. Not just on Sunday.  Not just on Saturday.  Not just on Wednesday. We are to seek truth, and to preach it.

 

It says right there in the verse how people will be.  Can you see how that is playing out in front of our very eyes?   Just look at the political arena?  Look at how the sides fight with each other?  Look at all those who only want to hear that which agrees with their personal beliefs.

 

I will say this and drop the mic or whatever if you will. Actually I’ll keep talking afterwards anyway cause that’s what I do.  The truth is the truth. Right is right, wrong is wrong. God has pointed this out in the scriptures.  He has pointed it out in the words of His Prophets and Apostles.  Sure, we can seek out a gospel that teaches that it’s ok to do this or that, that rationalizes things because in this day and age, it’s just not practical.  That the Gospel or at least many parts of it are outdated or unrealistic.  That’s the common misconception, that’s what they say if you will.

 

But we are told to endure. Do what is right.  Keep the commandments.  Preach the truth.  And as we strive to live a Christlike life, hopefully we can exclaim as Paul in these followup verses:

 

“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

 

Sisters, Brothers, everyone receiving these words, I know full well how preachy I can come across. But please know this, these messages, no matter how much it may seem like I’m calling others out, I’m calling myself out as well. We are truly in this fight together.  All of us.  Whether we know each other or not.  Whether we like each other or not.  We may disagree on practically everything, but God stands ready to help us.  God sent his Son for you and me the same.

 

If you are seeking answers?  Seek them. But make sure it is truth you are seeking, and not just what matches how you want to live.  The verse says “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine!”  How true those words are.  Don’t let that be us.  And if that has ever been you in the past, it doesn’t have to be you now.  Live the Commandments and strive to do that completely.  That is the one true and everlasting way to happiness.  I say this as someone who is fighting his weaknesses the same as we all are.  I will end by saying this:  There is hope and help and happiness ahead as we strive to do what is right, at all times and in all circumstances.  I share 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 10/08/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 555

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 555

October 1, 2019

 

In Isaiah 53, we learn the following regarding the Savior:

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

 

In this prophecy by Isaiah, we learn of the things that Christ suffered to heal us from.  Our griefs, our sorrows, our afflictions, our transgressions, our iniquities, our rejections.  All of those are things He both felt and paid the price for.  And we are told that with his stripes we are healed. As we apply the sacrifice of the Savior to our lives, we can and will be healed.  Not just saved from sin, but healed from the pains and afflictions caused by them.

 

Too often we only think of Christ paying for our sins and overlook that he suffered through our pains as well so that he could help us make it through them.  So that he could heal us!

 

And I would like to point at something that is said several times In the New Testament in a couple different ways, “With God, all things are possible”,  a couple of the mentions even state that things that are impossible for man, are made possible with God.  Note: it doesn’t say “all things except”, or “all things but not this or not that. “

 

Now listen, I’m not going to preach a prosperity Gospel tonight as it’s sometimes referred to.  I’m not going to preach that all of your wildest dreams will come true or that you absolutely will receive all the blessings you seek in this life.  Because many of our promised blessings for living the commandments are rewards that await us in the eternities.  But what I will say is this, God can do anything.  As we turn to him, even the impossible becomes possible and He will turn our can’t into a can.  And let us consider that can to be like unto Popeyes can of spinach.  That is the kind of strength God can give to us.  Only our adversary isn’t Bluto, our adversary is Satan.  But we are given the strength we need to fight Him and win. But we need God’s help. We need the help of Jesus Christ.

 

In closing I would like to thank my Heavenly Father for amazing blessings in my life.  Tomorrow marks two years since my family and I were involved in a really bad car accident.  It was and is nothing short of a miracle that we all survived that crash.  Several of the things that happened earlier that day and throughout that night I can say with certainty have proven to me, beyond a shadow of a doubt that God was looking out for us.  I pray that He will continue to do so.  I testify that He lives, and that He loves every one of us.  I pray that all who hear this message will know that with God, all things truly are possible.  That miracles absolutely happen. May we all seek to live righteously and allow God to help us fight the good fight.  He will provide his assistance.  And His Son has already paid the price on our behalf.   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 10/01/2019 in Torches