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Tuesday’s Torch 589

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 589

May 26, 2020

 

 

Tonight I asked my kids what I should talk about in the  torch and they both pretty quickly came up with the topic of “Love”.  They are truly wonderful kids and such a great blessing from God for which I am eternally grateful.  So I pondered the suggestion a little bit and decided to share the following verses. Mark 12:30-31.

 

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

 

These verses cover the two great commandments.  I think that the order they are given is very important.  First and foremost we are to love the Lord our God. As we strive to keep this commandment and as we love God, it will make keeping the second of these great commandments even easier.

 

We are told elsewhere in the New Testament that if we love the Lord we will feed his sheep.  His sheep and our neighbors are absolutely one and the same.  We are also told that if we love him we will keep his commandments.

 

Its hard to love everyone.  I’m still working on that as I’m sure we all are.  The love of God is so incomprehensible to us because as we live and go through trials we will undoubtedly deal with those who treat us in ways that don’t quite line up with love. In these times perhaps we should reflect back on how much we love the Lord and remember him.  As we think about the sacrifice he made for us, yes even for whoever it was that has seemingly or absolutely has done us wrong, maybe it will make keeping this second commandment even a tiny bit easier.  Every little bit helps, right?

 

Brothers and sisters, it is my hope that we can all grow closer to God and learn to love him more fully.  I pray that we may love one another with more fullness as well.  It’s not always easy.  But the things that are right are quite often the hardest things to do.  But choosing the right and keeping the commandments is always and forever going to be best.  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 05/26/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 588

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 588

May 19, 2020

 

 

Things have been crazy for a while now.  And not just here but all over the world.  Even people who have always considered themselves to be calm people have been anything but.  Some who have considered themselves prepared for hard times quickly discovered they weren’t.  People made mad dash scrambled to buy up anything and everything they thought they’d urgently need during a pandemic.  Especially it seems toilet paper and paper towels.

 

Through all of this there are others who did remain comparably calm.  Most of those few are individuals and families that were actually prepared.  Those with food storages, those with savings and everything set up to fall back on in tight times.  Now I don’t bring this up to throw off on those who may have been caught off guard and who found themselves less than prepared or who have fallen on hard times.  I bring this up to shift into our short but important message for tonight.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:2-8 states the following:

 

“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.”

 

This is one of many references in the scriptures that speak of the time when the Savior shall return.  I’m not sharing this as a “The end is near!” message written on a cardboard sign, but just to call attention to the fact that spiritually we should all be preparing and studying so that we don’t have to try and make a mad dash journey seeking whatever our personal equivalent of spiritual toilet paper is when any hard times come that challenge us spiritually.

 

And that isn’t just a second coming situation.  We are hit with trials and difficulties out of the blue so often.  I know I’ve personally been blindsided at times.  Had I been in a stronger and better place spiritually some of those situations would have never happened and those that still would have would’ve been easier to survive.

 

So brothers and sisters, let us all work on ourselves spiritually, let us all learn and grow.  Let us do this so that we will be prepared spiritually for whatever spiritual challenges we are faced with.  Whatever spiritual murder hornets if you will, may be sent our way by the adversary.  Let us turn to our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ to help us be prepared.  Let us study the words found in the scriptures.  Let us be prepared and let us have that Hope of salvation referenced in the verses we read tonight.  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 05/19/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 587

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 587

May 12, 2020

When thinking of what to share tonight I came across some great verses to share. Recently I had decided to rethink the way that I was praying.  I realized that I had been seeking blessings that I wanted and for things to work out as I thought would be best.  On several occasions since then I’ve focused prayers on specific people and their needs and it has a profoundly different impact when I do.

 

Obviously I don’t mention that to brag as I still tend to offer up many that are focused on myself.  Not that it’s a bad thing to pray for the things you need and even simply want.  But anywho.  I’m getting a little sidetracked with disclaimers.  The verses I would like to share come from a great intercessory prayer that Christ offered on our behalf.

 

John 17:13-17 states:

 

“And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

 

Contained in these few verses are a couple huge details, huge blessings that Christ wishes for us.  There at the beginning he expresses for us to share in his joy!  And we can share in the joy that through his infinite atonement we are all eternally blessed.

 

He points out that absolute truth that ofttimes the more dedicated we are to living the truths of the Gospel the more we seem to be hated in the world at large.  Keeping the commandments and following the Savior are viewed as uncool, unpopular, unnecessary, outdated or downright treated as foolishness. But we know better.  And if not, we should know better.

 

But you see he says that we are hated because like him we are not of the world.  The difference between being in the world and of the world is a big thing.  We can’t take ourselves out of the world, and in these verses the Savior doesn’t ask that we be removed, but that we be protected from evil.  That is a blessing he wants for us and we do our part to help that blessing be a part of our lives by living righteously so that we may be led by the spirit more fully.

 

The final blessing in this portion I have shared is that we be sanctified.  The Merriam Webster dictionary lists the first two definitions of sanctify as 1) to set apart to a sacred purpose and 2) to free from sin.

 

Both of these are very special blessings.  By stating in these verses that we are not of the world in the same way that Jesus himself was not of the world he is making it known that more is expected of us.  We can rise to meet that expectation and how do we do that?  By seeking truth.  The Lord in this wonderful prayer for us points to the word of God as the truth.  And those truths are what sanctify us.

 

I really love that second definition of the word sanctify:  to free from sin.  I am eternally grateful for that blessing as I have needed that saving grace so often in my life and I know and testify that we can repent and be forgiven for our sins and shortcomings and not only will the Savior free us from our sins and weaknesses, but he will help us to turn our weaknesses into strengths.

 

Study the word.  Study the truth.  Be in the world but brothers and sisters do not be of the world.  We are called to be more.  Rise up to the call and become more like the Savior.  That is true joy and happiness.  Of these things I so testify, 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 05/12/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 586

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 586

May 5, 2020

Strength.  I’ve been contemplating true strength.  What it is and how to achieve it.  Some of us can fight against our physical limitations and boundaries and build on it.  Others can’t.  Some take their pride and self confidence in direct relation to physical strength.  Many idolize their favorite athletes and fighters based on this strength, and skill and ability.  But true strength, the strength we should seek, where and what is that? Let’s read a couple verses.  2 Corinthians 10:2-5 states:

 

“But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

 

Many times in my life my anger and temper has gotten the best of me and I’ve wished to take matters into my own hands.  In some of these cases I think my physical circumstances have been a blessing in disguise to keep me out of trouble and to keep me from going down a pathway that wouldn’t lead anywhere remotely close to a path of righteousness.

 

These verses highlight how in order to be righteous, while we are in the flesh, our battles and as we “go to war” so to speak, we do that in the spirit. We do that through the power of God and through our Savior Jesus Christ.  We bring all of our thoughts and impulses under control and align them with the will of God.  That is true strength and what we should all be seeking.

 

And those we look up to?  Those we wish to be more like?  How do we grade ourselves?  Verse 7 asks and answers the following:

 

“Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.”

 

Outward appearances can easily hide the truth.  Some we view as strong may be weak and some who are weak may be strong.  We are told that our weaknesses may be made strengths.  I believe it is in this way.  That by our choices and by our goals and the aspirations of our hearts, we become strong through Christ.

 

Let us all make sure those we look to as our examples of strength are examples of strength through Christ.  That is the true and lasting strength.  That is the strength and power that once built upon, will grow and stand forever.

 

So let me challenge each of us, if your own personal war begins today, are you prepared to go to war?  How can you more fully build spiritual strength?  If it were physical, those who could would build muscle, or train in different weaponry, or different forms of martial arts.  But this spiritual warfare will depend on our willingness to follow the Savior, and keep his commandments, and study his words and emulate him.  So that we may have an outpouring of true spiritual power that our Father promises to us as we seek to do his will!

 

May we all find and build true strength. May we all study the scriptures, and pray and learn the ways to grow in the Gospel.  May we all be more like the Savior.  In whose name I share this message, 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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Posted by on 05/06/2020 in Torches