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Tuesday’s Torch 563

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 563

November 26th, 2019

 

Thanksgiving in a couple days has been on my mind so there are a couple different scriptures I’d like to share.  First from Psalms 147:3

 

“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”

 

What a tremendous blessing that part right there is.  I know that He will in fact do that if we let him, he is truly The master healer!

 

Continuing on in the scriptures,

 

“He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.

Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:

Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.

He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.”

 

Such amazing reasons to “sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving.”  There are so many others too.  Quite simply stated in James 1:17 is this truth:

 

“Every ​​​good​ ​​​gift​ and every perfect ​​​gift​ is from above, and ​​​cometh​ down from the ​​​Father​ of lights, with whom is no ​​​variableness​, neither shadow of turning.”

 

Brothers and sisters, it is my prayer that we all have time over the next couple of days to truly reflect on all the amazing blessings in our lives. I’d like to share some of mine right now.

 

I have the two most amazing children that bring my life so much joy.  I am blessed to be their father.  And how wonderful it is to know that my Father in heaven has entrusted them to me.  I’m grateful and thankful to their mother.  Without the years she spent by my side, I would not be who I am today and I wouldn’t have the two biggest blessings in my life, my children.

 

I’m thankful for all of my family, friends and loved ones, both the ones still with me and those who have passed to the next stage of their journey.  I could drop some names in here but I strive to make sure they all know how important they are to me.  Suffice it to say that I have a great family, and some really excellent friends.

 

Many will never know exactly how much they mean to me and the impact they’ve made.  At my lowest points, there were so many ready and willing to lift me back up.

 

I’m thankful for my home and food to eat, and electricity and clean water.  My income, the ability to support my family.  So many blessings I could list.

 

And ultimately, where all of my blessings come from, I am thankful to my Heavenly Father, and to my Savior Jesus Christ.  I am thankful for the gift of the Holy Ghost.  I am so grateful for the scriptures and for having the gospel in my life.  In closing I ask each of you, What are you thankful for?   And I share this message 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 11/26/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 562

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 562

November 19, 2019

 

I would like to start this message by quoting a Casting Crowns song, some of the words of “Voice of Truth” are as follows:

 

“Oh what I would do to have

The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant

With just a sling and a stone

Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors

Shaking in their armor

Wishing they’d have had the strength to stand”

 

The obvious reference of course to young David standing before the giant Goliath.  It was a phenomenal moment of faith and trusting in God.  But I would like to focus on a very important aspect of this battle: the preparation of David for this moment.  This isn’t a young man that just randomly decided one day that he would trust God to help him win this battle and went out there hoping God would help him.

 

David was prepared.  David had developed the habit of trusting in God.  David had already defended his flocks as a shepherd. In 1 Samuel 17 David describes having killed both a lion and a bear.  And he had this to say of his upcoming battle with Goliath:

 

“The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.”

 

After this the king armed David with the strongest armor they had and with a sword.  David said no.  He couldn’t fight with all that because he hadn’t prepared with  all of that. He wasn’t familiar with it and couldn’t do what he knew he was capable of and what the Lord had prepared him for.  So yes, he went out with five smooth stones from the creek bed and his sling.  And with the Lord on his side he killed the giant to protect his people, and to honor his God. He was prepared, and he had already shown his devotion to trust in the Lord many times before this fight.

 

Back into the song was this description: “But the giant’s calling out my name

And he laughs at me

Reminding me of all the times

I’ve tried before and failed

The giant keeps on telling me

Time and time again. “Boy you’ll never win!”

“You’ll never win!”

 

You know at this point I definitely can say I’ve felt that mocking.  Because I have failed, as all of us have.  Some of us more spectacularly than others. But is it a lack of faith?  Is it a lack of Gods ability to help us win battles?  No.   I lost many a battle because unlike young David I wasn’t prepared, and I was improperly protected.    The tools I had at my disposal were insufficient for the battles I lost, or I just wasn’t accustomed to them the way I could have been.  But never again brothers and sisters.   You nor I ever have to let that mocking of the adversary bring us down.

 

Let us all have faith, and let us all work at developing all of the Christlike attributes that will help us be ready for our next battle.  That way when the adversary tries to point out our past failures we can point out that we know God is with us.  We can point to the lions and bears in our lives that we have already slain.  We can fall back on and rely on the weapons that we have developed to fight any of our weaknesses or temptations.

 

We can and will win as we prepare in the Lords way.  Seek out whatever help you need to defeat your own personal demons.  So that when you face the Goliath in your life next, you will know that you can and absolutely must rise up and win.  Prepare for it now. Don’t wait.  And when that time comes, we will be ready.  And as it states in Romans 8:37, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

 

Our Father in Heaven loves us so much that He sent His son Jesus Christ to this world for each of us.  To be our savior and to make all things possible to each of us.  And as we read the scriptures and pray and ponder, we can listen to that voice of truth.  The voice of a kind and wise and loving Heavenly Father,  and we can “choose to listen and believe the voice of truth.”   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 11/19/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 561

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 561

November 12, 2019

 

In the torch and in several aspects of my life for the last couple of years I have talked a lot about the promises of God and being able to overcome whatever we are faced with.  That all things are possible.

 

I have chosen to share a passage of scripture that I know to be true and that is a huge source of how I know help is available and how I know that mistakes and weaknesses from the past can be overcome to the point of knowing they are gone.

 

These are words shared by Peter who at this point in time was  contemplating his own mortality.  And at a time when he was thinking of what he could share and what message he would like to leave, these are the words and the topic he wished to call to remembrance:

 

The words of Peter 1:1-10 are as follows:

“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

 

These words very much show step by step how we are to receive the promised blessings of God and what is needed to have our calling and election made sure. You’ll notice that faith is merely the first of those steps and the qualities we are to build and develop within ourselves.  Faith without works truly is dead.  For if we truly have faith, our actions will be reflective of that.

 

On top of the faith, through diligence we are to add virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity (which has been described as the pure love of Christ).  As we diligently seek and attain these Christlike attributes surely we will reach that point where we are promised that we will not fall!

 

I love the comparison it makes between those who develop these attributes as opposed to those who lack them which includes those who start out with faith yet fail to act in order to develop the other qualities and characteristics.  Those who have these in abundance are promised to never be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.   We will know the Savior and be able to bear witness of Him and share that knowledge with others.  On the flip side, those who do not develop these things remain blind, they have difficulty seeing or planning ahead, they forget the very sins that faith was to have purged causing them to fall back into them, throwing away all the blessings they stood to gain by continuing in the way.

 

Brothers and Sisters, may we all look at these words of the Apostle Peter and receive them as the inspired counsel that they were intended to be.  That we may use these words that were so important that he shared them when contemplating thoughts of his own death which he had already been shown was approaching.  He wanted all of those who received these words both then and now to know this path and this plan whereby we would not fall and would have our calling and election made sure.

 

I pray that we all find additional ways to make this progress a priority in our lives.  Let us all do this and we will never fall!  Jesus Christ has paid the price for all of our sins, and shortcomings and pains and sufferings.  He will help us as we strive to develop each of these Christlike attributes:  faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity. I know these things to be true and I share that knowledge with 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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Posted by on 11/12/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 560

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 560

November 5, 2019

 

Things have been quite difficult for me for a while now.  I’m dealing with something that I never would have expected I’d be faced with.  I’ve been shaken to my core. My faith has been tried and tested like never before.  I’m not going into details on that trial right now for a lot of reasons. Anyways, Tonight while preparing for the torch I decided to seek a little help for what I’m going through and I figure it may just help others at the same time.

 

That search ultimately led to Psalm 112.  I’ll read it now:

 

Psalms 112:1-8.

 

“Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.

His heart is established, he shall not be afraid.”

 

I love this verse.  It speaks of delighting in the commandments. It speaks of how to secure blessings for your children.  That hits home for me as I’ve been so concerned with trying to give my children the best, and it’s a nice reminder that by keeping the commandments and being upright is one such way to do that.

 

I’m not gonna lie, at different points in my life I’ve been caught up in darkness.  I’m so blessed that the Lord provides each of us a way to escape into the light. As we strive to be upright, the verses tell us that we will receive light amidst the darkness.

 

I pray that we all may receive an extra outpouring of light as we navigate through any darknesses or trials we may be facing.

 

Now. For me the last part I shared in those verses meant a lot to me and shared a lesson that I feel I need to learn more fully.  The scripture states: “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.

His heart is established, he shall not be afraid.”

 

So as we receive bad or troubling news, or simply news of happenings that make us sad or otherwise upset. If we are righteous, we will not be afraid of it.  We will trust that the Lord is still with us and will see us through.

 

Brothers and sisters.  I pray for each of you as well as myself that we may have our hearts fixed upon righteousness and forever trust in the Lord. So that we be not afraid when difficult trials confront us.  May we overcome.  In the name of Jesus Christ who still today makes all things possible, 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 11/06/2019 in Torches