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Tuesday’s Torch 610

Tuesday’s Torch 610

October 20, 2020

There are many in the world who choose to not walk the straight and narrow and many who choose not to believe because they misunderstand some aspects of the Gospel, especially those who have issues that stem from the following question we have all heard if not asked ourselves: Why do bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people? 

Firstly I will answer that in a pretty matter of fact way and then I will attempt to explain the wrong thinking with that question to begin with.  The simple answer is agency which is also known as free will.  One of the greatest blessings we have been given is that of agency.  We are free to choose for ourselves what we will do with the life we have been given.  God will not take away our agency. If people who do good have all good things happen to them and those who sin have only bad things happen to them as a result that would interfere with our agency. 

Having agency and knowing right from wrong is the trial and the test we all have in this life.  Will we do what is right even if it doesn’t instantly reward us?  Will we do the wrong thing if it gets us something we want?  Will we choose the right even if it costs us something we desire?  These questions can only be answered if we are truly free to decide for ourselves what we do when rewards in this lifetime may or may not come our way. 

With those answers hopefully at least somewhat out of the way, let’s now look at why the question isn’t exactly one that represents how we view living the gospel. Let’s jump right into this with the following question that I will answer right along with you because it is a super easy one.  Who are we supposed to try and be like?   Jesus Christ.  Many people used to wear WWJD bracelets to try and remind themselves to be like a Jesus, others may have a fish bumper sticker or simply carry a desire in their heart to be like Jesus.

But here’s the kicker when it comes to being like Jesus.  Who did he help during his life?  Did he help himself or did he help others?  Did he do all that he did to bless himself or to bless each one of us?  Clearly he lived for us and he also suffered and died for us.  He lived a perfect life and did only good things happen for him?  We all know that wasn’t the case but yet he did what was right no matter what the result in this life would be.

To prevent this torch from simply being a lecture which hopefully it hasn’t already turned into, let’s hop into a couple verses. In Luke chapter 6 verses 43-45 we read the following. “For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”

In these verses the Savior compares us to trees.  More specifically we are compared to fruit trees.  And our actions become the fruit we put forth.  The fruit of a fruit tree benefits others beyond the tree itself.  How amazing is it to be able to partake of a perfect piece of fruit from a great fruit tree?  I for one think it’s amazing.  Since we are compared to a fruit tree and the verses say we are to be known by our fruit, we also live to bless others!

Disclaimer:  As we do what is right we store up for ourselves treasures in heaven but for the purposes of this message we are primarily discussing here on earth blessings.  Doing good or bad in this life doesn’t mean we will always receive the corresponding blessing for ourselves.  But for those we interact with we can absolutely be a good fruit tree or a bad one. 

Let’s think more along the lines of actual fruit trees for a moment. Some fruits are delicious and others not so much.  I have a small persimmon tree in my back yard, the deer seem to love them but I’ve tried them at various stages of ripeness and they seem to be just about inedible.  The fruit of some trees can make you sick and in extreme cases the poisonous fruit of others can kill you.  The manchineel tree goes by multiple different names.  It’s often called Poison Guava but I prefer a present day Spanish name for it of “manzanilla de la muerte” which translates to “little apple of death.”

Imagine if each time you passed by a fruit tree you had to partake of the fruit of that tree?  You would certainly avoid the little apple of death tree right?  As would others.  As we live righteously and do good, we ensure that we are a good tree bringing forth good fruit because the partakers are those we interact with.  Think about those we spend the most time with, our families and close friends, what kind of fruit are we providing them?

Think of your own children or the other children we cross paths with.  Think of your friends, best friends, spouses and others.  While our righteous choices may not lead to good things for us in this life and while we may still receive good things in life even though we sin occasionally or even all of the time, our impact on others I would say blesses or harms them based on our righteousness or lack thereof.

As we follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost who will never prompt us to do anything contrary to the teachings of the Savior, we will be a blessing to all we come in contact with.  As we sin and follow unrighteous paths, we may still get some good things, but we will cause harm to others.  Maybe just a little upset such as a fruit causing you to need a couple extra bathroom breaks.  But in extreme cases our unrighteousness can cause our fruits to be poison to others, causing them physical, emotional and even spiritual harm.  And those who are the closest to us, they are the ones who are most harmed by our choices to sin. 

So again the message I’m hoping to share is that while the use of our agency may not always match up with the earthly blessings we receive or don’t receive, our agency and the righteous or unrighteous decisions will impact those we interact with, especially those we love.

On a flip side to this message, too often we decide whether or not an action is right or wrong based on how it turns out for us.  If good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people then obviously the earthly outcome for us of our decisions does not determine if the choices are good or bad.

Righteous decisions bless the lives of those we come in contact with, especially those we are close to.  Unrighteous decisions harm those we interact with and devastate those we love and are extremely close to.

This message isn’t shared to beat anyone up but to express that what we do does matter.  Both in the hereafter where we are storing up treasures in heaven and also in the right now as we bless or harm those we spend time with.  Sin harms those we associate with even if it seems to have no harmful effects. Righteousness blesses them even if it’s unnoticeable to us.

May we all cultivate our relationship with the Savior, may we all strive to live righteously and bring forth good fruit!  As we look around in our personal lives as well as looking around the world around us, it is evident the harm being done by sin turning many fruits bad.  Again, it may not appear to be causing harm to those doing the acts, (it is spiritually speaking) but the harm being done to others is a strong poison. 

So in closing, be a peach tree, or a Fuji apple tree, maybe even a Granny Smith, pear or plum tree.  But please, let us all strive to live righteously or we could very well be a “manzanilla de la muerte” to those in our lives.  Don’t let outcomes be the determining factor between right and wrong.  Choose what is right regardless of what we think the earthly outcome will be.  That is what it means to live righteously.  That is what it means to be known by our fruits.  May God bless each of us as we strive to do what is right, and my prayer is that on top of being a blessing in the lives of others that we can each receive a bit more happy than sad as well.  Feeling good about yourself is a tremendous blessing and one that we will receive as we choose the right. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

I know the message technically just ended but I would like to add one last thing in Jesus’ name:  The Atonement makes it possible that as we repent and choose the right, we can change the type of fruit tree we are.  There is always hope!  Of this I so Testify!  Have a blessed week!

-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 10/20/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 609

Tuesday’s Torch 609

October 13, 2020

What a tremendous blessing it is to be able to pray directly to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ.  We have recently discussed prayer and being able to “pray always” as we carry a prayer in our hearts.  I mentioned last week what a difficult month this will be for many people that I care deeply for and for myself as well.  So this week I would like to share what I hope will be a sweet and simple message.

Many of us tend to pray much more fervently in times of pain and anguish.  Often we ask for blessings for our loved ones and for ourselves. Begging and pleading for desired outcomes can fill our prayers as our tears fill our eyes and soak our pillows at night.  I have a testimony that God hears our prayers, every single one.  I’d like to share with you a promise he gives to us about every prayer.  A promise we are given no matter if the outcome we are praying for is going to be provided or not.

In a portion of Philippians 4:6-7 we are told that “in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

This scripture doesn’t promise that we will get our way.  Believe me sometimes I wish it did because there are wonderful blessings I have prayed and prayed for that at this point in time haven’t been granted but I know that God hears them and that He grants the promised blessing from this passage. 

We are to pray about these things that concern us and the things that keep us up at night, the worries and cares that occupy our minds and hearts.  We are to pray “with thanksgiving.”  That part isn’t always easy especially when we are praying concerning something or someone we either fear we are losing or we have lost.  When you’re sad or upset or even angry about a situation, expressing thanks isn’t usually the first thing on our mind.  But we can look at things under a different perspective and be thankful for the time we had. We can be thankful for the blessings we have previously been granted and have faith in knowing that there are still untold and sometimes unimaginable blessings waiting in the future. 

I’m getting a little ahead of myself and almost shifted into my very constant message that nothing is impossible for God but despite that being absolutely true it isn’t the intent of this weeks message.  The specific promised blessing in the quoted verse is the intent. So what is promised as we make our requests known unto God in our prayers? “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

We are promised peace, not just any peace but God’s peace.  That He will keep our hearts and minds through Christ.  Christ makes this all possible as he has borne our pains and our griefs.  He has atoned for our sins as well as felt our pains, our anguish, our sadnesses, regrets and heartbreaks.  So that we may be comforted. So that we may receive peace in our hearts and minds.

God knows. He sees you. God hears you.  He sends you his peace.  You can know that you are absolutely not alone.  As we look around and sometimes think that nobody understands what we are going through and while we wouldn’t wish our pains and sorrows on anyone because they hurt too bad, we sometimes cry out that if only someone understood then they’d see, they would understand what we are going through and maybe just maybe it wouldn’t feel like it’s only us, that we are suffering alone.  Sometimes we feel like it would change everything if we could just let someone know what is in our hearts and minds. 

The promise in that verse let’s us know that there is someone. Through Christ who has felt what we feel, there is someone who knows exactly what we are going through. We are never suffering alone.  And that pain and anguish that we feel, the pains that we wouldn’t even wish on our worst enemy, they were felt by our greatest friend.  By our Savior.  By Jesus Christ himself. 

The peace of God we are told “passeth all understanding.” That peace goes beyond understanding.  What a promise.  What that tells me is that it’s more than understanding so it’s something else entirely.  To me that means we don’t have to understand what has happened, what is happening or what will happen to receive this blessing.  We can receive this blessing of peace which is greater than a mere understanding. 

So maybe seeking to understand why something is the way it is would actually be seeking a lesser blessing than we are promised merely for asking to begin with.  As we next pour out our hearts in prayer, may we all feel, recognize and more fully appreciate the peace that simply praying to our Father in Heaven can give us.  That peace comes through our Savior Jesus Christ.  It is a free gift.  It was not without cost but it is free to us because Jesus has already paid the price. 

To all who are hurting.  To all who are missing someone or multiple someones, to all who are in a difficult situation that they never expected to be in, pray to God, pour out your heart and soul to one who loves you so much that He sent his Son to live and die for your sake!  Pray with thanksgiving.  Do this and be filled with peace. Be filled with the peace of God through Jesus the Christ.  I testify to you that God loves you and that He will bless you as he has promised he will!  I share this message with you and I continue to pray for you in the holy name of Jesus Christ our Savior, Amen.

-Bobby Stewar

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 10/13/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 608

Tuesday’s Torch 608

October 6, 2020

I’ve been going back and forth over the message for tonight, especially as it is the 100th consecutive numbered Torch I’ve done since being entrusted with carrying it forward, but feel like this is the proper direction to go.  I miss Tim and Joe Sader.  Such amazing guys that each in their own ways could really brighten a room and cause you to have more joy in your life.  I will forever treasure all of the great memories we made together and consider myself a better person by having known them.  I know for a fact I’m not the only one who feels that way. 

I’ve been trying to think of what to discuss today when I spoke with Tim and Joey’s mom and got some input from her and from Tim’s wife Sammy.  I searched back through some Torches from years ago and will quote from a message written by Tim as a large portion of tonight’s message.

Trusting in God can at times be easy and other times very difficult.  When things are good and it seems everything is falling into place, it’s easy to say we trust in God as we point out all we are being blessed with.  When things aren’t going perfectly though, it’s not always so simple.  And when things are absolutely terrible, what then?  Here are some of my friend Tims thoughts from April 2016:

“The times in my life I have most trusted in God have come after some of the most difficult moments I have faced. At the end of 2007 I had to be hospitalized because of some chest congestion that messed up the gasses in my blood. This was extremely life threatening but I had a dream about being in the hand of God and after a tough battle I rededicated my life to Him. In 2011 my brother Joe died but instead of blaming God I trusted Him even when I became ill from the grief and seemed to be following him to the grave. I grew so much in these two experiences that I am not the same as I used to be. Trusting God especially when it’s difficult is the best thing we can do because He will be our refuge.”

I am absolutely grateful that Tim responded to these challenges that would have broken many but that he pushed through in faith and rededicated himself to the Lord. I know that God had many purposes left for my friend Tim and it is to complete those purposes that he was blessed with as much time as he was.  This last couple days have caused lots of thoughts about my friends.  This whole month will be full of memories for all who knew and loved them.  Two days ago would’ve marked Tims birthday and later this month we would’ve been celebrating with Joe by undoubtedly crunching down on some crab legs somewhere or another. 

God has many purposes for each of us and it is my prayer that we can all rise to accomplish ours throughout all of the challenges that attempt to interfere.  No matter where you are or what your circumstances may be, I can assure you that you have a purpose and that God has a work for you to do if you are but willing.  Tim was.  That’s why this weekly Torch even exists!  I’d like to share a few more words from that Torch which I hope can be of great help to us all:

“When the world around us is falling apart we can keep our composure if our trust is in the Lord because we know it will be okay no matter what. We must learn to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding; if we will submit our ways to Him our path will be made strait (Proverbs 3:5-6). Walking a straight path is easy but when we are on a path that He’s not leading us down it is easy to get lost.”

At this point in the message Tim compared following a path without the guidance of the Lord to being lost with no directions, map or GPS and no knowledge of where you’re even at and then trying to find your way.  But how glorious it is that we can always turn to God, we can always seek our Father in prayer.  We can always follow the example of our savior Jesus Christ to find the way, by reading and studying of his life and ministry. And we can rely on the Holy Ghost to guide and direct us. We need never be lost in the wilderness if we are but willing to turn our lives over to God, He will see us through.  He will lead us to the purposes he has for us. 

That previous message and much of this Torch are based out of Psalm 62:8 which states:  “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us”  I can testify that as we do that, we will receive help and strength to overcome our challenges and accomplish the righteous purposes God has in store for us.  There are things that need doing and people that need to be reached that just maybe you are the only one who can accomplish it.  Please accept the call, please put in the effort and be willing to serve God. 

I know that Tim put his faith in God, that same God that you and I put our faith in.  While reading through some of the past Torches he wrote it was impossible not to notice the vast difference in our writing styles.  But these words I will share with you that he shared long ago absolutely mirror the feelings of my heart.

“God is Able to handle everything that we need Him to; nothing is impossible with Him. Since He wants to and can do far beyond our greatest dreams we should trust our lives to Him. At all times we can trust in God; we can pour our heart out to Him and no matter what it is between us and Him. We all have secrets, hidden sins or things we would tell to no one. We can take it to God because He already knows, we can run to Him for safety and we will not be disappointed with the outcome. Secrets are safe with Him because He has guidance for us to handle what needs to be dealt with.” -Tim Sader.

I add my testimony to his, that as we Trust God, as we turn our lives over to God, he can help us to accomplish far more than we could on our own because absolutely nothing is impossible for God!  And if we are allowing God to work through us, according to his will, then absolutely nothing will be impossible for us as well. I share these words ever so humbly in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

-Bobby Stewart and Tim Sader

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 10/06/2020 in Torches