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Tuesday’s Torch 536

Tuesday’s Torch 536

May 14, 2019

 

Tonight will be a brief message. I have tried and tried to come up with something perfect but my best will have to do.  Mother’s Day weekend was great but challenging in its own way too.  I hope that God was able to lift up those of you who have had a lot on your minds this past week. There are many sadnesses associated with some holidays due to family members who are no longer with us.

Perhaps part of my struggle with writing this torch has been wrestling with myself and trying to make sure I don’t simply turn it into my own personal soapbox.  I’ve struggled with that in the past with varying degrees of success with the endeavor. But anywho let me get on with it.

So ultimately I would like to mention the best gift ever given in the history of mankind.  Not just to Mother’s, but to Fathers, Husbands, wives, sons, daughters, Maw maws, paw paws, Nanas, meemaws, mops or pops, but all of mankind.

While speaking with Nicodemus, the Savior stated the following that includes one of the most well known scriptures in all the world:

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” -John 3:14-16

Brothers and Sisters, we are to believe in the Savior Jesus Christ.  To believe in him means more than to just know he existed. It means more than an empty expression, it is to completely and fully believe in him. To know how much he loves us individually. To know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He lived as an example to us, and that He died for you so that you could be saved! Individually. He lives. He knows and loves you. He will help you. All things are possible for you.

It’s easy to think that miracles happen. But how many of us know and believe that they can and will happen for us?  Or do we think that surely we have already messed things up too badly? That something we have said or done has crossed a line that it is impossible to come back from? That thing. Yes, that thing you’re thinking about, Jesus already took care of that.

Believe that He is, and that He walked the path he walked, that he drank the bitter cup for you. Your Heavenly Father sent Him for you, and for me. And He willingly paid the ultimate and infinite price for you, and for me as well.

 

You are worth it.  God loves you. The Savior loves you. Nothing is impossible. But you have to believe.  I believe. And I know. May God bless each of you with a more sure knowledge that you are loved and that all things are possible. Everlasting life being the ultimate of these.  Trust and believe in the goodness of a Heavenly Father that loves us as completely as He does. He hasn’t given up on any of us, and if He believes in us, who are we to doubt what we are capable of?  Let him help us no matter what the struggle.  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 05/14/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 535

Tuesday’s Torch 535

May 7, 2019

 

 

How are we able to focus on the things that truly matter the most? How are we to know what to do?  How are we to heal when things hurt beyond belief?

First off, think of what is important to you. Is it a righteous desire? Does it make you feel good about yourself?  Do you feel like you’re doing the right thing in the right way?

Lately I have been able to start seeing things far more clearly than in the past. I am able to get my work done around the house more fully, dedicate my time and energy to taking care of my children with even more determination to be the dad they need me to be. I don’t say these things to toot my own horn even though tooting my own horn would sound exactly like that.

My children bring me great joy and happiness.  When I am so exhausted from fun family time with my children that I go to sleep right after I have gotten them to sleep and forget that I have to finish the Torch and get it posted because it’s Tuesday then it has been a good day.  So thankful that people are understanding and Sammy checked in with me at 11:30 last night which is oft-times when I get it posted anyway and was cool about me finishing it today instead of I guess posting it while halfway conscious and deliriously ranting about something or another then it’s even better.

Oops, got a little sidetracked on explaining why this installment of Tuesday’s Torch is indeed a Wednesday one. It’s ok though. Patience is a virtue.  At least I’ve heard a rumor that some people have this thing called patience that allows them to wait to receive things without freaking out or throwing a tantrum to get what they want now no matter what. I mean, who does that?

So back to the questions at hand that I started this message with. Let me read some words from an interaction Paul had in Acts 28:

“26 Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:

27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.”

All of those questions at the beginning can be answered in this brief scripture. Conversion and turning to God and away from the world. Those who are distracted by the things of the world have a harder time seeing, hearing and understanding. If they were focused on God and righteousness, God says they would be able to do all of those things, be converted and the clincher: be healed!

Let me point out real quick that I am not dismissing the medical and therapeutic help available. I have received lots of help from groups, books and therapy myself. But the thing that makes it possible to truly heal and focus on the important things has been turning it over to God and doing what He wants me to do.

What is the end result of the healing that God provides?  Salvation. The word of God has been sent out to us.  Are we studying it? Are we seeking God in prayer? Are we following his guidance and promptings?

When we do, we find salvation and healing. When we don’t, hmm. What is the opposite of salvation and being healed? Ok. Just a little side note to toss in there, how many times have the scriptures referenced people being healed because of their faith?  Thy faith hath made thee whole. For with God all things are possible. And even when faith was struggling “Help thou my unbelief.”.

I’m gonna close this message with a challenge. I will call it the One, Five, Ten challenge.  In order to help us more fully turn our lives over to God, to be converted to His Gospel and teachings. Let’s all strive to spend more time in the scriptures. So take the amount of time you already spend in the scriptures and add 1, 5 or 10 additional minutes each day.  For some that might be the total spent each day, for others it’ll simply extend it and give an extra bit of time to focus on that which is righteous and truly has the power to convert our hearts and heal us. Which, if any, you decide to take part in is completely up to you. I pray that you will gain something from this challenge.  But hey, do me a favor and send me some feedback if this challenge is of benefit to you or if it simply wastes your time?

Y’all, I don’t claim to be perfect, or to have it all figured out. But on this subject I state unequivocally, righteousness and following the Savior is the only way to true and everlasting happiness. I leave that with 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 05/08/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 534

Tuesday’s Torch 534

April 30 2019

 

How can God use me? Who will listen to me? Can I really teach about Jesus after the mistakes I have made?  These are just some of the questions a lot of us ask ourselves.  Many of us believe and know the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ but can’t fully embrace it, can’t be the example they need to be. Feel like certainly they will fall short or be seen as a hypocrite or a fake? Or worse yet, feel as though they will be viewed a fool for their beliefs.

Living righteously is hard. It is difficult. Even with the promise of eternal happiness it can be difficult because we aren’t promised that everything will be great right now. The purpose of agency and free will would be defeated if everyone who did right was instantly rewarded. If every good deed was met with immediate celebration or glory.  Surely people would always choose right if that were the case.

So we do good for many reasons. We live righteously for a lot of different causes. The spectrum can run from a very righteous desire to express our love to God, some may just want to make it to heaven, others to be an example to their children, some because it is all they know, others still may live the Gospel because they have ran out of options and they see nowhere else to go and are down to their last effort to make sense of it all.

Whatever the reasoning, no matter where on the spectrum you are, God loves you. God wants you. God has a purpose for you. You are his child. He sent his Son to both live and die for you.  That is the truth. And I would forever regret not expressing that I know it is true beyond any doubt.

Now many of us will eventually or ultimately decide to stop holding back, to turn our will over to God and stop questioning and/or trying to do everything our own way.  And then we won’t hesitate or worry about what someone will think or wether they will judge us because our concern will be doing what is right because it is right and that’s just how it will be.

But I’m gonna read some powerful words that kinda give a description of the ride you are in for if you choose this path. Back in the day I used to enjoy those choose your own adventure books.  See if this description is something you’re ready to venture forth into. Or for those already in this path, is this how it feels to you?

2nd Corinthians 6:1-10 states:

1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;

6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;

9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Now, I’m not trying to tell anyone I’m there, I’m not even gonna venture a guess as to where exactly I am on the spectrum. But I do know that from the experiences in my life where I chose the right things versus the times I have chosen the wrong things. It feels much better to do the right thing. Hope is much better than doubt. Working to be better is far more rewarding than just doing whatever.

As I read through those words I was hit with exactly how all encompassing deciding to live our lives for God actually is.  How it isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, but that there are pitfalls and thorns along the way. But even at times when you will feel like “why me?”, and when it will appear to others that you have nothing, you will have everything. Because you will be where you need to be. And you will be storing up for yourself treasures in heaven where  “neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Brothers and Sisters, it is my prayer, my most heartfelt prayer that we will all more fully commit to give our lives over to God. That we will all be able to follow the teachings of the Savior more completely. That we can be who we need to be for ourselves, for our families, for our friends, and for all that we cross paths with. That we may let our lights shine more brightly.  So that we may glorify our God in Heaven. And so that we may all receive true and everlasting happiness. And I share this message 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

 

April 30 2019

 

How can God use me? Who will listen to me? Can I really teach about Jesus after the mistakes I have made?  These are just some of the questions a lot of us ask ourselves.  Many of us believe and know the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ but can’t fully embrace it, can’t be the example they need to be. Feel like certainly they will fall short or be seen as a hypocrite or a fake? Or worse yet, feel as though they will be viewed a fool for their beliefs.

Living righteously is hard. It is difficult. Even with the promise of eternal happiness it can be difficult because we aren’t promised that everything will be great right now. The purpose of agency and free will would be defeated if everyone who did right was instantly rewarded. If every good deed was met with immediate celebration or glory.  Surely people would always choose right if that were the case.

So we do good for many reasons. We live righteously for a lot of different causes. The spectrum can run from a very righteous desire to express our love to God, some may just want to make it to heaven, others to be an example to their children, some because it is all they know, others still may live the Gospel because they have ran out of options and they see nowhere else to go and are down to their last effort to make sense of it all.

Whatever the reasoning, no matter where on the spectrum you are, God loves you. God wants you. God has a purpose for you. You are his child. He sent his Son to both live and die for you.  That is the truth. And I would forever regret not expressing that I know it is true beyond any doubt.

Now many of us will eventually or ultimately decide to stop holding back, to turn our will over to God and stop questioning and/or trying to do everything our own way.  And then we won’t hesitate or worry about what someone will think or wether they will judge us because our concern will be doing what is right because it is right and that’s just how it will be.

But I’m gonna read some powerful words that kinda give a description of the ride you are in for if you choose this path. Back in the day I used to enjoy those choose your own adventure books.  See if this description is something you’re ready to venture forth into. Or for those already in this path, is this how it feels to you?

2nd Corinthians 6:1-10 states:

1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;

6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;

9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Now, I’m not trying to tell anyone I’m there, I’m not even gonna venture a guess as to where exactly I am on the spectrum. But I do know that from the experiences in my life where I chose the right things versus the times I have chosen the wrong things. It feels much better to do the right thing. Hope is much better than doubt. Working to be better is far more rewarding than just doing whatever.

As I read through those words I was hit with exactly how all encompassing deciding to live our lives for God actually is.  How it isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, but that there are pitfalls and thorns along the way. But even at times when you will feel like “why me?”, and when it will appear to others that you have nothing, you will have everything. Because you will be where you need to be. And you will be storing up for yourself treasures in heaven where  “neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Brothers and Sisters, it is my prayer, my most heartfelt prayer that we will all more fully commit to give our lives over to God. That we will all be able to follow the teachings of the Savior more completely. That we can be who we need to be for ourselves, for our families, for our friends, and for all that we cross paths with. That we may let our lights shine more brightly.  So that we may glorify our God in Heaven. And so that we may all receive true and everlasting happiness. And I share this message 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 04/30/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 533

Tuesday’s Torch 533

April 23, 2019

 

Today I would like to talk about something that brings great joy to my life. My children. I have two, a six year old little girl and my son who is three. They are so full of personality and energy and I cherish every moment with them. It is amazing to watch them grow and especially to witness how quick they learn.

 

My six year old has always impressed me with how well she can speak and the knowledge both pertaining to education and the Gospel that she has been able to grasp at such a young age.  Little dude is growing and learning super fast now too and often surprises me with information I had no clue he’d already picked up.

 

They are fantastic and definitely help me keep perspective on what is really and truly important. I wish to give them the best, and the best thing I can do is love them and be the best example I can for them. But today I would like to discuss how they are an example to me and help me to be better.  In the Gospel of Luke, 18:15-17 we read:

 

“ And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”

 

In these verses we see that we are to learn from the children and be more like them. This doesn’t mean to be childish in general but more childlike in specific ways.

 

The first thing I will mention about them is how eager to learn they are. Granted, sometimes they may not be so interested in learning exactly what you are trying to teach at that moment, but they are learning. Everything they see and hear, they are trying to figure it out.  Trying to learn how things work and what different things mean.

 

So the excitement to learn is a critical component of being like a child in the good sense. The next is childlike humility and teachability.  Especially when it comes to Gospel learning, they embrace it and love it wholeheartedly when introduced to it from a young age. They absolutely know that God is real, they fully accept that Jesus Christ is who He is. That he did what he did, and that it happened for them and for us all. We should all believe in the way my children believe.  Children fully believe in the miracles taught from the scripture, that they happened and they trust they can and will happen in their lives too. So powerful is the faith of the little ones.

 

There is a wonderful innocence to childhood that so many of us wish we could get back to.  And I’d like to say the following, we can.  Sure, we can’t unlearn knowledge of the bad in the world and the terrible stuff that has happened to us, but we can embrace the hope and certainty of early childhood. We can accept the miracles described in the scripture as fact, because they are. And we know that God is the same God today that he was in biblical times so those same miracles are available to us.

 

As you listen to the prayers of a child you can be amazed at the trust they place in their Heavenly Father.  Sure, you’ll hear them express gratitude for a new gecko figure like my son did tonight, even requesting blessings for said toy, but it will be fully felt and matter-of-fact in a way some adults struggle with.  But you’ll also hear prayers given the way my daughter gives them, with such a pure belief that she is being heard and her prayers will be answered.

 

Oh to pray like that. Don’t get me wrong, I know full well that God can answer my prayers, but sometimes I struggle with if he will.  Or how long it will take. Or in what way he will answer them.  But a child’s prayer is so much stronger.  I’d like to go one farther. The scripture says that with the faith of a mustard seed we can move mountains but I suggest the following, with the faith and belief of a child, those mountains will surely move!

 

The kingdom of heaven belongs to those who believe and have hope like unto little children.  The power that is within the grasp of righteous men and women who will trust in God the way a child trusts their mommy and daddy.  The blessings that await us as we love God the way our children love us.

 

How much do we want to make the lives of our children better? How hard do we strive to give them the best?  How ready are we to help them through any struggle they are in?  God loves us like that times a million. We can not comprehend the love that God has for us as his children. We can’t comprehend the infinite love of the Savior for us!

 

As we turn to the Gospel. As we turn to God. As we turn to the Savior Jesus Christ, we are to trust as little children the divine promises of help that have been extended to us. Learn the truths of the Gospel with the eagerness of a child. Trust in scriptural truth with the pure belief of a child. Love God and live according to his ways with the determination of a child intent on making their mommy and daddy proud. Believe that miracles aren’t just possible in your life, but that they absolutely are going to happen.  With faith like a child, the very heavens will be opened to you and blessings will pour out. Allow yourself to hope, allow yourself to believe, allow yourself to know, like a child, that all things truly are possible.  Believe. And know.  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 04/23/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 532

Tuesday’s Torch 532

April 16, 2019

 

Revelation 3:20 states “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and ​​​open​ the door, I will ​​​come​ in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

 

A lot of times in life we will seek the Lord, sometimes very enthusiastically, wanting to know and follow his will for us. And as soon as he gives us the direction that will be best for us, we snatch the control back.  Consider that in the context of the scripture just referenced. Here we are willing to hear the Savior, he appears at the door, knocks and we open the door. Upon seeing his smiling face, his arms held out, seeing the marks in his hands where he paid the cost of our sins, shortcomings and even pains, can you imagine then slamming the door in his face?

 

Or last week we discussed taking his yoke upon us and that when we do that He will ease our burden and also lead us down the right path. Do we take his yoke upon us, he lifts our burden and then as he starts leading us a direction we don’t want to go, we say “Nevermind Jesus, that’s not what I want to do. Give me back my burden and let me continue in my path, I don’t need your guidance”

 

There is so much danger in this. I’ve done it many times in my own life. Go to church, receive inspiration and be determined to change, to finally live righteously and then just as quickly switch it up when temptation comes calling. Our ability to withstand temptation is directly related to our steadfastness in keeping the commandments. As we do what is right, we can withstand temptations and resist sin far more easily.  Keeping the commandments is also the way that we are even worthy to hear the voice of the Lord.

 

So often in the past I would find myself pleading with God and wondering why I’m not getting an answer, why is He not responding to my pleas or why is he not helping me only to realize exactly why: I wasn’t living worthily. Something was standing in the way of my being able to feel the spirit or receive the answer I was seeking. It wasn’t that he wasn’t hearing the prayer or even that he wasn’t answering it, I just could not receive the answer while not living the commandments.

 

We all have agency that allows us to choose for ourselves what we will do.  I am still trying to more fully trust in the following that I have learned, our agency is best used by turning it over to God. When we try to control everything by ourselves, we are extremely limited in what we can accomplish. Our options are limited. When we decide to align our will with Gods will, when we decide to keep his commandments as fully as possible, to live his Gospel as completely as possible, our agency is magnified. The things that God can do are not limited by our mortal limitations.  That’s why the scripture says that with God, All things are possible.  He doesn’t just say “All things are possible”, he says that with Him, all things are possible.  Because again, he is not limited.

 

There is a picture on the wall at my church of Christ knocking on a door. My kids have now learned the following when they see that picture. I ask “what is this picture”, they say “Jesus knocking on the door. I ask them what do you say and they excitedly answer “Come in Jesus”.  Let us all strive to answer “”Come in Jesus”.  Right now.  I messed up so many things in my life by thinking something along the lines of “I’m just doing this wrong thing for now and I’ll repent later and live the Gospel completely later.” In essence telling Jesus to go away and come back later and I would welcome him in.  Don’t do that. Trust me. Do not do that!

 

Because the door he was knocking on then may have been what you thought was the door to a happy home.  The next time he knocks may just be after everything has been turned upside down due to the consequences of those actions while planning to do the right thing later.

 

I’ve got a lot on my plate right now. A lot of big decisions to make. My messages haven’t been nearly as happy and as sweet or nice as those delivered by Tim. I am going to strive to bring more happiness and hope to these devotionals. But while my buddy Tim could stand as a shining example of how to live and what to do. By contrast my experience stands in many cases as a warning of what not to do. And that is why I share what I share. So that if any of you are on a path that will lead you to somewhere you don’t want to go, maybe I can somehow help you not do that. So to anyone reading or listening to these words. Open the door now. Tell Jesus to come into your life now. Don’t be like I used to be. Don’t say that you’ll make everything right later. If you do, you might as well be slamming the door in the Saviors face. The way I did so many times. Don’t do that. Please don’t do that. In the name of Jesus Christ who stands at the door and knocks, 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 04/16/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 531

Tuesday’s Torch 531

April 9, 2019

 

Many of us are tired. We’ve been traveling around with a weight on our shoulders. Maybe a pain in our hearts. Carrying grief that is hard to bear. Perhaps something really eating and gnawing at us. Something we wish we could do but see no way to accomplish it.  Is that a fair guess?  I know for me it isn’t a stretch at all to say that life is hard and I want things to improve and change but it’s so challenging and difficult.  How do I continue when I just want to crawl inside a hole and come out when difficulty is past?

 

Well. This is where the goodness of the Gospel comes in. The blessing of the scriptures can truly help.  The words of Christ as recorded in the Bible state the following:

 

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

Who of us is heavy laden?  Obviously I can’t hear your answer but I feel like many if not most of us fit that description. Are you tired, frustrated, hurting?  Turn to Jesus Christ.

 

First off let’s get a proper image of exactly what a yoke is. When you wish to have a couple animals pull a plow or a cart. The yoke is a wooden crosspiece that you place over the neck of two animals so that they can pull as a team, to share the load one with another.  So needless to say if you wish to be yoked to another, who better than the Savior?

 

So as He is saying to take his yoke, he is basically saying “join me and I’ll make this task easier for you, I’ll help you! I will work along side you.”   The amazing thing is that he has already borne all of our difficulties through the Atonement. So as we take his yoke upon us, the hardest part of the work is being and has been done by him. Let him ease the burden.

 

Another important thing here is that He invites us to learn of him. That He is meek and lowly in heart.  Be humble. Be meek. Learn about the Savior. Emulate him.  This is true strength. As we strive to align our path with Christ, we will find that those things once considered impossible, aren’t just possible, but often times are downright a certainty.  What can stand in your way when yoked with Jesus Christ?

 

Are you exhausted? Is your soul weary? Mine is. I’m not ashamed to say that I am straight up worn out. I’ve been struggling. I’ve been suffering anguish down to my core?  Would I like a little rest for my soul? Oh wow that sounds nice. So that promise we are given that as we yoke ourselves to the Savior and become more like him, we can receive rest for our souls, what a promise!!  Sounds mighty nice.  Doesn’t it?

 

It’s time for action brothers and sisters. Let us all strive to emulate the Savior. Let us all embrace the offer he extends to us. If we are willing to yoke ourselves to the Savior he is willing to carry the weight for us. But when you’re yoked together with one so strong, you will go where he wants you to go.

 

So as we are deciding what to do: If you wish to receive help, you would emphatically express to the Lord your willingness to join with him and you will say to the Lord, “I’ll go where you want me to go!”

 

Choose the right. Do what is right. Even if it seems hard. God knows it’s hard. God knows it is impossible to do on our own. That’s why he sent his Son!  We must turn to him. It is the only way for true and everlasting happiness. Anything we try to do on our own or in our own way will fall short, it will fail. But with the help of the Son of God, not only can we do it, but we will do it.

 

Right there in his scriptures is the promise.  Don’t take my word for it?  Don’t trust in me, I’m just sharing his message. Jesus Christ is the one who saves, the only one who saves us. It is in him that we must place our trust. He will pull us through whatever we find ourselves caught up in and weighed down by.

 

God is great. The Savior is real. As we rely on him, our burdens will be lifted, our pains will be eased, and the mountains that seem to be standing in the way, they will be moved.  They will crumble to the sea. And that is the truth. And I share that truth in the sacred name of our Lord and Savior 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 04/09/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 530

Tuesday’s Torch 530

April 2, 2019​

I would like to venture into the Old Testament tonight.  I’ve been talking a lot recently about God being able to do all things.  That nothing is impossible with God.  I would like to discuss the following situation where the prophet Elijah went up against the prophets of the idol Baal.  In 1 Kings Chapter 18 Elijah is contending with the people and here is the story straight from the King James Bible. I had considered paraphrasing but I think it best to quote it.  ​

“.. if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.​

22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.​

23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:​

24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.​

25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.​

26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.​

27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.​

28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.​

29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.​

30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down.​

31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:​

32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.​

33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.​

34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.​

35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.​

36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.​

37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.​

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.​

39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.”​

This is a very powerful story, a very powerful example of what God can do.  Now i’d like to use this story to describe what He can do for us personally.  In this story, Elijah prepares the sacrifice to be burnt, and then proceeds to dump barrel after barrel of water onto it.  Drenching it so much as to make it seem practically impossible to burn the sacrifice, but God does it.  Sometimes we have put ourselves into situations where we don’t think God can reach us.  Sometimes we feel like we are too far gone, that we ourselves are drowning, that there is no way that God can save us.  Or even if we feel like he can save us, we think that he won’t.  Because after all, sometimes the situation is of our own creation.  ​

Maybe we can’t feel the same fire we once felt, maybe our testimonies have weakened due to pain, sadness, heartbreak, loss, or just letting the world get to us.  Maybe we have our own idols that have taken a place above God in our lives?  Many of us may fall prey to the idols of popular opinion, or listen to the words of some celebrity or political figure, others may simply feel like we know better than God what is best for us?  Really, whatever it is they place above God and righteousness can be an idol.​

But I testify to you tonight that God can still reach you.  God can still do what needs to be done.  So even if you’ve dumped a proverbial 12 barrels of water on yourself, even if you’ve isolated yourself, even if you’ve gotten yourself caught up in any manner of unrighteousness.  Call out to God and he can light a fire in your heart right this moment.  He can burn through whatever nonsense may be causing you grief at this moment. ​

He can shine a light that no amount of darkness can blot out.  I’m just going to put this out there.  Nothing can stand against our God. If you need help, get help.  If you feel lost, you can be found.  If you feel hopeless, you can regain that hope.  If you feel broken beyond repair, the Atonement of Jesus Christ can heal you, and fix you.  He is the one to turn to if you need saving.  God is real.  God loves you!  God loves me!  He sent his Son for us!  ​

Accept that gift.  Allow this power into your life.  The same God who sent fire from heaven to show that He was God, will send a fire into your heart!  ​

Do you wish to get back to some previous level of belief?  Have you never had a testimony of Jesus Christ and wish to receive one?  Are you on a road that is leading you farther away from the Savior?  Have you let sadness and loss bring you down?  Pray to God in the name of Jesus Christ and ask for his help.  He will not turn you away.  He will send his power to be with you.  He will lift you up. Of this 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 04/02/2019 in Torches