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Tuesday’s Torch 605

Tuesday’s Torch 605

September 15, 2020

Today’s message will start with something that happened over this past day.  As many of you may know I typically use a power wheelchair each day.  As some of you may not know, the chairs require a full charge each night in order to keep the battery in good shape and ensure the power needed for daily circumstances.  Last night as all other nights I plugged mine in and went to bed. Today I went about my day around the house and when running a late errand realized that the battery was rapidly approaching dead.  At that point the errand running was over.  Apparently somewhere in the process of plugging it in, a proper connection wasn’t established. It could have been the plug wasn’t in all the way or some other user error.  I’ve forgotten to plug it in on many occasions and had to deal with that to varying degrees too.  Connections and charged batteries are important.

This power wheelchair scenario can apply to an aspect of the Gospel.  Preparation or more precisely Spiritual preparation is very important.  We have to recharge our spiritual batteries quite often.  So many of us seek guidance and answers quite often through prayer, but are there things that can prevent the connection from giving us the charge we need?  Absolutely. 

For one, we have to keep ourselves worthy of the spirit, that doesn’t mean we must be perfect but we should be striving to live righteously.  But if we are spending our days living in ways that remove the spirit from our lives that would be like me spending my whole day doing laps around my house or spinning my tires in mud and expect to maintain a charge all day.  Making it back to the charger at the end of the night would be pretty tough with a completely dead battery. 

So why is it so important that we keep the spirit with us and keep our spirits fully charged?  Well let us read in the scriptures a major part of what the Holy Ghost does for us.  1 Corinthians 2:9-14 states:

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

These verses clearly state that we don’t see the answers we seek from God with our eyes or our ears and they don’t just magically appear inside of us.  The answers and truth we seek are given to us by the Holy Ghost.  How do we know that receiving these things are dependent upon living righteously and keeping commandments?

In those verses it speaks of “the things which God has prepared for them that love him.” Add to that the words spoken by the Savior as recorded in John 14:15-17 and it will become abundantly clear.

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

It is keeping the commandments that qualifies us for the companionship of the Holy Ghost. It is keeping our spiritual batteries in good shape that will allow us to make that connection through scripture study and prayer that’ll give us the power and ability and fuel we need to make it through our lives. 

So let’s say my wheelchair battery were to die.  Ok, it would be terrible but I could call someone to come help, hopefully my phone would be with me and charged…  Hmm. Maybe I could’ve used a dead phone analogy and gotten the point across to more people?  Hmm. Oops. 

But to the point I’m making, I could survive the physical fallout of a powerless wheelchair, something purely physical.  But to live life in such a way as to lose the spirit of God completely?  That is the incomprehensible sadness that many in this world are carrying with them throughout their lives.  To even limit the spiritual connection with our Heavenly Father is painful.  Let us all strive to strengthen that connection. 

The way is clear. Strive to keep the commandments, live clean and as righteously as possible.  That thing, whatever it is, that is right this minute popping into your head that you should either stop doing because it’s bad or that good thing you’re thinking of that you know you could be doing better: Make that change.  Put in the work required to strengthen the spiritual connection so that you may stay on track.  So that you may receive the answers, the guidance and even the strength required that comes in no other way except through the Spirit of Truth, that is the companionship of the Holy Ghost!  And as I have to do with my chair, let us recharge our spiritual batteries every single day! 

I testify that I know for certain that the Holy Ghost really will prompt you and direct you as you allow it to happen by striving to make righteous decisions and seeking that guidance and direction through prayer and study and by keeping the commandments,  And I share this message in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Bobby Stewart

rwstewart@live.com

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 09/15/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 604

Tuesday’s Torch 604

September 8, 2020

“Be still, and know that I am God.” is a very well known passage from Psalm 46:10.  I’d like to discuss what it means to me and how I apply it presently.  I say it that way because it’s very cool the way a passage of scripture can mean different things to you at different times.

Currently this verse applies regarding trying to do so much.  I, like many others, am a ‘fixer’.  Show me a problem and I’ll do everything in my power to fix it. I might not always be able to but if I fail then let’s just say the failure is magnificent.  Unfortunately that can cause problems such as trying to fix things for people when they merely wanted someone to listen or by becoming obnoxiously persistent when I perceive a problem exists.

There is nothing inherently wrong with trying to fix problems or paying attention to details but it can cause additional problems.  Overthinking and anxiety go hand in hand and can increase your levels of bad stress which contributes to many health issues.  Outside of that, I know firsthand that obsessively trying to fix relationship problems can actually make the problems worse.  So how do we let go of things we want to fix?  No, seriously, how?

I’ve heard a lot of people use the quote “Let go and let God.”  I think it’s one of those things that is so much easier to say than to do.  I think it’s very close to the meaning of the verse I quoted to begin this message, “Be still, and know that I am God.”  The thing I really like about the verse is “be still”, or in other words calm, at peace.  I can think back to many times where had I been more willing or more able to be calm and peaceful that situations could’ve worked out far better. 

So how then does the verse say to do that?  By knowing that God is God.  We don’t have to do everything ourselves no matter how it may seem in the heat of the moment. In fact there are so many things that only God can do for us that he can only do if we get out of his way!  It’s extremely hard at times despite being so very simple.  Just be still, know that God is God and stop trying to do his job for him by trying to control every single aspect of a situation.

I’ve tried controlling things and trust me, I am not God for an infinite number of reasons and one of those being I’m terrible at it!  I’m probably not the only one who feels like at times I have the reverse Midas touch.  You’ll remember from mythology that everything King Midas touched turned to Gold.  Well it doesn’t take much thought to realize that the reverse Midas touch would be everything you touch turning to poop!  And yeah, I found a way to use the word poop in the Torch.  I felt like it was better than the word crap or other options.  Was it the right call?

Anyways.  As we are able to relax, and take a deep breath and just be still sometimes, we allow God to do what he does best, we allow him to be God!  Would you be able to fully help someone who was actively trying to be you? “Oh, you’re trying to steal my identity? Hold up let me help you out!” Nope, you can see where that would be a bit awkward and problematic.  So let us all be still.  Let God be God.  Of course be in control of yourself, but relax and be still when it comes to controlling things that you really have no ability or right to control.

This is a lesson I’ve still not fully learned and part of what led me to choose this topic.  I pray that we all may become better at this.  It sure would lessen our stresses and anxieties to know at least a little more completely that God really is God and he really does have things under control.  Be at peace and allow him to make it so that all things really do work together for our good.  I leave this message with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Bobby Stewart

rwstewart@live.com

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 09/08/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 603

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 603

September 1, 2020

“Low-sodium diet.” Very simply put, those are terrible words to hear coming from a medical professional.  So many of the absolute best and most wonderful tasting foods are absolutely loaded with salt. Lowering or eliminating the salt content of many of those foods destroys the taste so much that you are oft-times better off skipping the food entirely.  With time and lots of effort, you can make due and try to find other things to eat or to season food with but it’s not the same.

 

People need sodium.  In the midst of horrific genocide in Cambodia under the horrors of the Khmer Rouge one of the things the displaced and fleeing for their lives Cambodians craved the most was salt.  Such a simple thing became a sought after thing of immense value to them.  I bring this up to point out that even in times of fearing for your life, something as simple as salt is a big deal.

 

I have been pondering this for a while, especially as I’ve adjusted my diet gradually over the years.  Low-sodium and other dietary restrictions can be brutal and complicated and just make life quite miserable if you aren’t careful.  I would like to share the following verse that I feel like can give us all just a glimpse of a major problem in the world.

 

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men”. (Matthew 5:13)

 

We are the salt of the earth.  What is savour?  Savour is defined as the specific taste or smell of something.  The essence of a thing if you will. Salt has a very specific taste that sets it apart, as anyone who has ever tried a salt substitute or has intentionally or accidentally left it out of a recipe can attest!

 

So what is our Savour?  It is our righteousness and our devotion to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We keep our Savour by following the Savior. By doing as he would have us do and living as he would have us live.

 

Look around at many of the problems in this world.  Something is missing.  Something is being left out of the recipe for peace and prosperity.  Something doesn’t taste quite right.  There is a missing ingredient.  The salt of the earth isn’t found in the amount required to season or to preserve happiness and peace.  Salt has amazing value as a preservative.

 

I understand that this message may seem strange or odd that I would be talking so much about salt.  But our part in all of this is to be the salt, and to not lose the savour that makes us so.  Don’t just read the word, live it.  Don’t just believe in God and the Savior but trust in them!  Put your faith in the Lord and strive to share the testimonies we have acquired!

 

Seriously, look around at problems plaguing our country and many parts of the world.  Christlike virtues would eliminate so many problems and would make so much better.  This world needs us. It needs each of us.  And it needs us to be actively seeking the opportunities to be the salt of the earth.

 

People are trying desperately to find out what is missing from their lives and communities and the world, they are striving to find happiness in all sorts of different ways and down many different paths.  But it is my sincere belief that they are all experiencing the odd and wrong taste of an improperly seasoned life.  They are using a salt substitute instead of the real thing.  Following Jesus Christ and living as he would have us live will help us to find the flavor of life, the essence of life and yes, we will maintain our savour to avoid being trampled by a very hectic and crazy world sometimes.

 

We are caught up in a great big world, and this great big world recipe requires an extra dose of Salt.  Gospel salt if you will.  Let’s make sure we are that salt and help others to be as well.  What good is imitation salt when the real thing is needed? That means we must be active and righteous Christians.  Faithful and devout Christianity and righteousness is what is required of us to make this world better.  Let’s make like this world is a gigantic tub of movie theater popcorn, don’t skimp on the salt or that sodium filled theater butter!!! How bland it would be with none of that.  Life is the same way for so many without our Father in Heaven and his Son Jesus Christ.  Let us share the blessing of the Gospel with others.  That is the missing ingredient.  Ye are the salt of the earth and I thank you for tuning in and wish you only the greatest blessings, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

rwstewart@live.com

 

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 09/01/2020 in Torches