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Tuesday’s Torch 594

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 594

June 30, 2020

 

 

 

In Matthew chapter 19 a rich young man came up to the Savior to seek knowledge.  He wanted to know what he could do to have eternal life.

 

Jesus mentions several commandments in the following words:

 

“Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

 

Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

 

To this the young man responded that he had kept those commandments since he was a youth and wondered what he was still missing.  Verses 21-22:  “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.”

 

Now let me state that I feel like this is one of those verses that a lot of people seem to have difficulty with and misunderstand.  In connection with the verse that states that the “love of money is the root of all evil,” there are many who assume money is evil in and of itself.  But it is the love of it and the focus on it that invites the evil.

 

If we look at this verse as only applying to riches and wealth we will miss the application it has for us all.  If we take this rich young man at his word he has lived a rather virtuous life, at least he has avoided some very big sins.  So why then did Jesus tell him to sell all he had?  Because that was the one thing this man was placing above God.   His great possessions were the thing that he could not do without.  His riches were preventing him from having a close relationship with his Heavenly Father!

 

Many of us would love the chance to have that questioned answered face to face by the Savior.  What do I lack?  What am I missing?  I’ve done this and this and kept these commandments, I’ve struggled with some others in the past and I’m trying

my best but what else can I do?  I’m absolutely certain I’m not the only one who feels this way from time to time.

 

We can seek those answers for ourselves during personal prayer and scripture study but I would like to offer this idea.  Most of us already know, if we really think about it, which of our priorities are in proper order and which of them are mixed up.  What do we put ahead of our relationship with God and his son Jesus Christ?  What would we go away sorrowful about having to give up?  The scriptures were written for us to apply to our lives, so that we may learn and grow so I would like to apply this scripture to us in the following ways.

 

Think if any of these versions would fit.  ‘And he walked away sorrowful because his pride was great.’  ‘And she walked away sorrowful for her desires were great.’  ‘And they walked away because their addictions were great’.  The thing standing in our way from the exaltation and eternal life we seek can be many many things.  Sometimes even emotional things.  Maybe it is great anger or sadness standing in our way?  Disappointment at hopes or dreams we had for ourselves or others that haven’t come to fruition?  Some people let secular or worldly knowledge prevent them from having the humility to turn to their Heavenly Father for help because they foolishly think they can figure everything out on their own.

 

Whatever thing or combination of things is standing in your way that you need to let go of, do it.  Get help if you need it.  Remove whatever weakness, trial, struggle, favorite sin, procrastination, guilt, shame, anger or frustrations that are stopping you from turning more fully to righteousness and living as God invites us to live.  With God all things are possible.  Even giving away that which stands in our way.  Removing those stumbling blocks that far too often we place in our own way and in the way of others.  And usually, at least in my circles of influence, it’s not being too wealthy that is causing our problems.  But sometimes we get caught up in seeking something and desiring something so strongly that we lose sight of those things that are truly important.

 

My challenge for myself this week and for any who choose to accept it with me is the following:  Ponder, pray and study on what we feel we can improve upon, find out what our personal answer is for the question of what we lack, of what we must do, what we must let go of to receive the eternal life and exaltation that the Savior has made possible for each of us.  And once we have a more complete grasp of the improvements we can make, let us seek the Lords help in making them.  With him all things are possible, even those things you don’t feel you can get by without.  With God, you can, and you will not just survive but you will thrive.  Of this I testify 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 06/30/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 593

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 593

June 23, 2020

 

 

 

Tonight I would like to share some thoughts I had as they relate to an activity I set up for the kids earlier today.  For quite a while they’ve been wanting to pretend that the floor is lava and try to keep from touching it.  The last few days it had been more of a topic of discussion due to a tv gameshow on Netflix so today I sent them into my room and surprised them by setting up an obstacle course to play the game in the house.

 

While setting it up I had to consider their ages and ability levels.  I wanted to give them some problem solving and physical challenges but had to balance that with making sure they could actually safely complete it.  So I set it up and then watched them excitedly work their way through.

 

It was enjoyable to see them accomplish the task but there was definitely some worry because there was a chance of injury.  Especially if they were to try something crazy like jumping from too far a distance or slipping.  There were a couple close calls and it took them a bit to figure out how to pass a couple of the obstacles.  I was so tempted to just tell them what to do but watched as they figured out a way by themselves.

 

With Father’s Day having been a couple days ago and then today’s activity, I began to think about our relationship with God our Heavenly Father.  So often one of the arguments I have heard is, “If God is Good, why do bad things happen?”  I thought about the game I set up for my children.  I wanted them to be challenged while they had fun and hoped they would learn and grow from the experience.  But could they have made mistakes and gotten hurt?  Yes.  Could my son or daughter have hurt each other with those mistakes?  Absolutely.  Because accidents happen.

 

I could have prevented or limited the risk by either not letting them play at all or having decreased the difficulty which would also diminish the opportunity for growth.  I feel that as God watches us go through our lives, it’s quite possible that he feels similar to my feeling when watching them play today.  Pride when we do something good, worry for us that we might make a mistake and hurt ourselves or others.  Clearly God knows everything and has set things up perfectly for us to have the best chance to learn, grow, be challenged and ultimately succeed. There are plenty of ways things can go right or wrong.

 

And guess what?  He has the answers.  He knows what we should do to get past all of our obstacles, but where would be the opportunity for growth if He steps in and tells us what to do in every decision before we even consider all the options?  That opportunity would be gone.

 

Now there were a couple times that I would help them out with guidance when they needed it, especially when they would ask for it.  I could drop hints to let them still figure out as much as possible or sometimes more direct advice to prevent injury.  God does that for us in a much more amazing way than what I could do for my kids today, because our God is a God of more than enough.  Sometimes we feel like we are not enough or jut barely enough.  As we turn to God we will realize that we are created to be more than enough too, especially with his help.

 

My kids today were so excited and happy taking part in the challenge.  One thing that was wonderful for me, is how excited and happy they were to do their best and be successful with me watching them and cheering them on.  Let us not lose sight of the very real truth that God our eternal father and his son Jesus Christ are watching us and cheering us on too, because they love us!  Let us strive to make them proud, let us reach out for advice and help when we need it through prayer and scripture study, and let us rise to all of the challenges of life.  I know that we will receive the help we need to make it to the finish line.  I share these simple thoughts 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 06/23/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 592

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 592

June 16, 2020

 

 

 

When times are difficult, when it seems we are faced with extreme challenges, how do we make it through?  We live in a time where there’s a lot of hatred and judgment.  There will be times when each of us will be viewed negatively.  It doesn’t feel good to be mistreated or to be attacked or judged harshly.

 

If you ever find yourself feeling low, as I have many times in the past, remember the Savior.  He knows our pains.  Isaiah prophesied the following regarding Christ and it came to pass.  Isaiah 53:3-5 states:

 

“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.”

 

I’ve been staying fairly positive lately and getting some much needed things done.  I’ve been trying to make the most of situations that weren’t what I had planned or expected.  It took a while to get myself back on track.  I share this with you today because it is possible to overcome trials and challenges.

 

Because of Jesus Christ and his sacrifices on our behalf we can be healed.  From all the pains of this life, from each and every emotional scar, every betrayal, every harsh judgment, because he has paid that price.  We would all love it if people always liked us and spoke favorably of us, put a thumbs up on everything we post to social media but that doesn’t happen.

 

And I’ll let you in on a little secret that isn’t so secret, sometimes those moments when we feel we absolutely need someone or something, sometimes we don’t get that.  But I can promise you and guarantee that if in that moment you turn to your Father in Heaven in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, you will receive more than enough.

 

I will admit that I feel as though I’ve been “unfollowed” by so many people as I have been too open about my struggles and difficulties over the last couple years.  I worry that I chased away people.  While I have had support from wonderful friends and family, some turned their backs on me and probably others I simply thought did.  But I know this much.  God never unfollows you, Jesus Christ never unfollows you.  They will never turn their backs on you.  No matter how far you may have roamed away from them, no matter how lost you may feel, turn to the Savior and you will find His outstretched arms waiting for you.  Because he has felt exactly what you are feeling, he had to in order to heal and save us.  Accept his healing into your life, even for those pains that you feel are too great, He will help you.  I testify of these truths 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 06/16/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 591

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 591

June 9, 2020

 

 

 

Tonight my kids and I had a movie night.  We decided to watch the new version of Aladdin.  We all enjoyed it.  There were times of reflection for me while watching it, as silly as that may sound.

 

Thinking about Aladdin’s desire to be something more and having a fresh start got me thinking.  And of course some lessons in the movie are the same as in the animated film from years ago.  Namely that we are to be ourselves, maybe our best selves, but ourselves none-the-less.

 

There are lessons to be taken from the story as well about jealousy and honesty.  Lessons to learn that I actually feel like connect to a message that the the ends do not justify the means.  Plenty of people feel like if what they want is a righteous desire, that anything and everything it takes to achieve it is perfectly acceptable.   Here’s a hint, it isn’t.  There truly is no right way or right reason to do wrong.

 

With these thoughts running through my mind I began reading through some New Testament scriptures to find a verse to share tonight and the following stood out to me.  Hebrews 13:5-6 says the following:

 

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

 

In this life there will always be those who have more than us or things that we would love to have for ourselves.  Sometimes we may get caught up in feeling like we should have more or better or that we deserve something more than another.

 

These types of feelings can eat us alive.  I know that for a fact.  Becoming more at peace with ourselves and accepting what we have and finding a way to be happy with it is a wonderful blessing.  I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t strive to achieve our righteous goals.  We of course should do that, but I hope that we can all appreciate the journey a little more and stress a little less if it may be taking us longer than it seems to be taking others.

 

And for each of us that have been going through a rough time, perhaps here is a little jewel to help you along.  As we go through our day to day struggles, know that you have tremendous worth.  You are truly a diamond in the rough!  The Savior of the world loved you enough to sacrifice himself for you, and he would have paid that price even if you were the only one who would be saved by it.  He knows and loves you on a very personal level.  And if that doesn’t prove your worth as a precious diamond in the rough, I know of nothing that ever will.

 

May God bless each of you tonight and always.  When you look at yourself in the mirror, know that you are a child of God and that you are enough, you are more than enough.  Be yourself.  And strive to let your light shine forth as you seek to live righteously.  I share these thoughts ever so humbly 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 06/09/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 590

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 590

June 2, 2020

 

This weeks devotional has been weighing on my mind.  There is so much going on in this country right now.  Plenty of pain, sadness and anger has boiled over.  Tragedy has led to even more tragedy. Anger has led to more anger and sadness has led to more sadness.

 

I have seen accusations and arguments.  I have watched as rationalizations and justifications have been given for absolutely horrific behavior.  I’d like to state that terrible things happen, and our reactions to them are important.  In these crazy times I’ve seen quotes and memes, I’ve heard opinions given as fact, logic-based arguments from all sorts of different viewpoints and talking heads trying to tell everyone what they should think.

 

But what isn’t being turned to?  The word of God. I’ve seen so many posts about what is happening and so many attempts by people to be on the right side of the issue. So many attempts by people to explain their viewpoint.  But it’s all people trying to make sense of things.  So what does God have to say?  Let’s read the following verses.  Matthew 5:43-46:

 

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

 

For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?”

 

Everyone is so separated.  People are falling in line trying to look out for their own.  People base so many of their thoughts and ideas on how much alike or different the people involved are to themselves.  But brothers and sisters we are all in this together and these verses right here don’t allow for the gray area so many people are living in.  Love everyone.  If we are only concerned with being good to those who are good to us, and loving those who love us, we are all failing miserably.

 

We can’t control how people treat us.  We can’t control how people treat others.  But we can stand up for truth and we can control how we respond to how people treat us and others.  None of us have been given an exception from God or the Savior to “love one another unless they do this or that.”

 

There is no exception that makes hatred acceptable.  There is no exception that cancels out that we are to love even our enemies and those we perceive to be our enemies.  It doesn’t matter what race, ethnicity, gender, religion or political party someone belongs to.

 

It’s so simple.  Love one another.  Do the right thing.  Don’t justify any hatred in your hearts.  You can’t force anyone else to do this.  But you can make sure to strive to love like the Savior loves.  He truly died for all of our sins and trespasses.  Doesn’t matter what color you are.   Doesn’t matter what your career or profession is.  He lived and died for you and everyone else.  Remember this as you try to figure out what you should do, say or post on Facebook.  Remember what the son of God himself advocated for when he said to love not only your neighbors and loved ones, but your enemies as well.

 

There’s too much hate in this country and in this world.  Let us do our part in fixing this by choosing to love.  By choosing to calm our angers.  I have found myself so close to typing up responses to all the things I’ve seen online that I disagree with.   By resisting that urge I have probably saved myself from losing friends.  Ultimately we have to control ourselves and as individuals who pride ourselves on being Christians and following the Savior, we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard.

 

This is our challenge during these troubling times.  Be good.  Do what is right.  And for crying out loud let us love one another.  May God bless each of 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 06/02/2020 in Torches