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Tuesday’s Torch 582

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 582

April 7, 2020

 

These last few weeks have been very difficult for many people.  Worries and fear have gripped individuals all over the globe.  Fear does a lot of different things to different people.  I’ve seen fingers of blame pointing this way and that way.  There are those who are taking every warning seriously and others who have thus far chosen to ignore them.

 

I, and many of us, deal with anxiety already so this entire situation ramps that up.  But I’m trying to stay positive and you can too.

 

Psalm 121:1-2 says the following:

 

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”

 

These two simple verses are great.  They tell us that we can turn to one who is all powerful.  This isn’t to say that everything is gonna be fine and perfect.  Doesn’t mean we can go out and do whatever we want and have no worries.  But it does show that we can and will be helped.

 

One who made Heaven and Earth can help us if we let Him.  We have a Savior in Jesus Christ who paid the ultimate price on our behalf.  I’ve stated many times in the past that not only did he suffer for our sins and transgressions, but he has felt our pains and borne our griefs.

 

So think about what you’re feeling right now.  Does the virus going around cause you to fear, worry or get depressed or anxious?  All of the above?  Or is something else bothering you?

 

Maybe you’re missing a loved one?  Stressed out about a lost job or afraid of the uncertainty of the days to come? Have emotions that are just devastating, feelings many haven’t had to deal with before.  Help is available.

 

The Savior felt everything you’re feeling.  He took that pain upon himself during a very infinite atonement.  So that He can help you deal with it as well.

 

Please join with me in turning all this fear and worry over to God our Eternal Father and Jesus Christ his son.  Let each of us do our part to follow all of the important guidelines being handed down to keep ourselves and others safe.  Let us spend more time in the scriptures and more time in prayer.  Let us ask for the help that has been promised to us.  Let us strive to live righteous lives so that we will be more able to feel the promptings of the spirit.

 

There is a lot going on right now.  With so many things closed and so much social distancing going on, let us take advantage of the opportunities to grow closer to our Father in Heaven and closer to the Savior. Surely if we have the time to watch some of these wild and crazy Netflix documentaries we have the time to search and study the scriptures and pray to find answers and help that we need?

 

I would like to close this message with a simple and very brief testimony.  I know God lives and loves us. I know that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ knows us individually and lived and died for each of us.  And that he did miraculously come back.  That he rose again on the third day.  As we all prepare to celebrate what will for many be a very different Easter than normal, let us remember him more fully, and follow him more completely, and turn to him for the help we need.  And I share this message in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

 

-Bobby Stewart

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.comwe enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 

 

 
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Posted by on 04/07/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 581

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 581

March 31, 2020

 

 

 

This message will be a relatively brief one. Recently I’ve spent a little bit of time playing a couple games on my phone that my nephews wanted to play with me. One is one of those where you build your kingdom and fortify it with all manner of defenses and weaponry.

 

So as I’ve wasted some time playing the game, when you are attacked, you can watch the attacker attempt to destroy your castle.  This allows you to make the necessary changes to better defend against attacks.

 

In life, we are often attacked in many ways.  The adversary has thousands of years of practice to know how to best trick us, confuse us, manipulate us and ultimately control us.  Many of us are aware of the weaknesses which so easily beset us.  Others can be seemingly oblivious to the attacks.  So how do we defend ourselves?

 

In Ephesians 6 we are given the following instructions:

 

“11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

 

I could go through each of those piece by piece and discuss how important they all are but I’m not going to do that at this time.  I would like to challenge us all however to look through those verses this week and truly apply them to ourselves and see how we can more fully equip ourselves with the whole armor of God!

 

I would like to focus briefly on the advice given there at the end of the verses I quoted.  To pray in the spirit and to watch with all perseverance.  We are to continue to pray and how do we best pray “in the spirit“?  Well, we are to live as righteously as possible.  We are to work on all of our weaknesses and our faults and anything that is standing in the way of our ability to feel and be led by the Holy Ghost!   And as we do that, the connection we feel while praying and the guidance we receive will be strengthened,  I know that’s true because I have felt it!

 

The hardest part?  Perseverance.  It is so very difficult when once we have prayed, many times having received promptings, and then have to patiently wait, and continue to do all that we must do.  But what I’ve begun to learn is that waiting, especially waiting upon the Lord, it’s not a passive thing.  While we wait, we should be dedicated and focused.  We can be more fully arming ourselves with that whole armor of God.  We can learn more truth and practice more faith, we can develop more spirituality and learn more from the scriptures!

 

God doesn’t want us to just spend our lives waiting for some blessing to happen for us.  He wants us to actively strive to improve and become stronger.  Brothers and sisters, now is a time where most of us are home a lot more, many of us are idle.  Some of us are wasting a lot of time.  Maybe playing silly games on our phones?  Hahaha. Clearly I’m guilty of that to an extent, but let us find the time to be fully equipped for the battles that require us to stay vigilant in order to win.  Let us study the scriptures and find ways to strengthen ourselves and our families.  Let us learn and grow and be able to withstand the lies and attacks of Satan who seeks our misery and destruction.  Let us seek out our Father in Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ who stand ready, willing and able to save us and strengthen us, no matter where we now find ourselves!

 

May God bless each of us with an extra outpouring of his Spirit to help us make the changes we need to make, to strengthen ourselves in the ways we need to be strengthened, and to be able to be patient, but actively patient!  That is my hope and my prayer for each of us at this time. And I leave these things 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 04/01/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 580

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 580

March 24, 2020

 

There are so many ways I could go with the torch tonight.  A lot is going on in the world with this blasted virus going around, schools and workplaces shutting down.  I have had a lot of personal frustrations as I am sure many of us have at this point. With all that said I’m gonna take a little detour that may or may not be helpful or address some of what a lot of us are feeling but maybe it will.

 

I’m obviously going to hit a scripture or two at some point but let’s cut to the important topic at hand.  Plasticware.  Yes, that old plastic throw away plastic silverware that usually accompanies so many occasions.

 

Weeks back I talked about my Maw Maw, and specifically about a special cup that I inherited when she passed away.  Today’s message will hit on a lesson that I learned from that wonderful woman too. Every time there was a family gathering at my Maw Maws house there was one thing that everyone knew would be seen.  A box.  And unless I’m mistaken, it was a shoebox that she would bring out and sit at the end of the table beside the food.  In that box? Plasticware.  Oh but not one kind of plasticware. Not brand new either.  All sorts that had been collected through the years, actual years worth of family dinners. Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, you name it, that box was there.  See when people would go to throw their plates away, she would take them, and any plastic forks or spoons that weren’t broken, into the sink they went to be washed and put back into that box once dry.  Now some of you may think “eww gross” or try to question if it was sanitary or not or point at the inexpensive nature of plasticware.

 

But to my maw maw, she would bust out that box proud to be supplying the eating utensils one more time.  Your spoon and fork weren’t going to match each other or the ones used by your brother, sister or cousin.  Heck, one of them might be from a design that stopped being made over ten years before the other one.  It might be super sturdy or it could be a little less sturdy.  What you got could be random or based on whether you were a kid or an adult or based upon what you were gonna be snagging from the wonderful down home southern banquet we were blessed with.

 

Now there may be some of you who know a thing or two about fancy dining.  About going to a dinner where someone would break out the fine china and the fancy silverware.  But I can guarantee you that none of those people hosting those dinners brought that out with more gusto than my sweet maw maw wearing her smock, busting out the shoebox full of plasticware.

 

Now you might think I’m crazy, especially if talking about this is bringing out my emotions which it may or may not be.  I’m never sure.  But here’s where I’m gonna put this together.  In my mind.  The way my Maw Maw treated that silverware, I kinda feel like it’s kind of similar to the way our Heavenly Father and our Savior would be towards us.

 

When we feel disposable, when we feel dirty, when we feel all used up.  And we are right about to go in that garbage can, or heck maybe even after we’ve been mistakenly tossed, there’s the Savior.  Ready to pick us back up, toss us in the sink, wash us and make us clean again, and keep us safe, to bring us back, to accomplish our purpose and his purposes for us.  And he doesn’t just do that one time, he does it over and over again. And now, he will even go above and beyond what that amazing woman could do with plasticware, He even saves and keeps and makes better than ever, even the truly broken.  What the world would consider beyond repair and hopeless. Not even worthy of the recycle bin.  But not to God. And not to Jesus.

 

We don’t all match, no, we aren’t all gonna look the same.  Some of us might look nicer or fancier than others, built different, different colors, different ages, maybe some of us look more like a salad fork while others are clearly meant for something a little more hearty if you’re with me on this and know what I mean.

 

Now I know you’re all wondering when I’m gonna get to some scriptural reference point so I should probably do that.  So in Luke 9, Jesus looks up to find this short, rich publican named Zacchæus watching for him in a tree.  Jesus told him to get down because he was coming to his house. Now people started to murmur and talk about how Jesus was going to spend time with a sinner.  Now as I talked about how my Maw Maw would save up this old plasticware that most would have discarded and thrown away, Jesus says in verse 10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

 

So no, you’re not lost forever or something or someone disposable, not to our Heavenly Father who sent his Son because of how much He loves you! Now I’m sure someone is gonna go away from this message saying “Bobby compared me to a plastic spoon! What in the world was that?”  And that’s perfectly fine.

 

But I also hope that you leave this message with hope, and with happiness, and with the knowledge that no matter what you have been through, no matter how you feel about yourself, no matter how other people may see you.  You have tremendous worth.  Turn to the Savior who will make something wonderful of you.  Just thinking about how happy and proud my Maw Maw was with her shoebox of mismatched forks and spoons, it makes me happy.  Now up that thinking into how amazingly proud and happy our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ will be with us, when we have been washed clean, saved, repaired and ready to be proudly brought out just in time for a great feast.  Wow.  We each are worth more than we can even imagine.  And Well, just consider this a little food for thought if you will.  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 03/24/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 579

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 579

March 17, 2020

 

Tonight I would like to put many things in perspective for myself and many others.  We’ve all felt like at times life is unfair.  We have all felt at times like we don’t deserve one thing or another.  Why me?  Woe is me!  Why does this person over here get this blessing instead of me?  I deserve better.  What did I do that was so wrong?  I tried my best.  But you get the point already.

 

The scriptures have been given to us to help us.  In many cases they can provide us with blueprints to build our lives around.  They can give us focus and help us through many difficulties.

 

I would like to tie a couple different scriptures together now and hopefully they will work together for our good.  First off, bad things and unfair things do happen, many times we will not receive blessings or treasures that we may rightfully deserve in this lifetime, you might, I might, but we might not.  But I can assure you that the following verse is true:

 

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves 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.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

 

Right now there are plenty of people laying up for themselves treasures on this earth.  Granted, right now that seems to be toilet paper.  Which by the way moth larvae will eat that for those of you with years worth of it stockpiled.

 

These verses hit close to home for me also because a couple weeks ago my home was broken into and one or more thieves stole from me.  We are all fine, and from what I can tell, they didn’t take anything truly valuable.  But the feeling that someone took from me, while I was at church no less.  It’s not a good feeling.  Not at all. So I say that we should definitely appreciate this scripture that states unequivocally that the treasures we store up in Heaven are safe.  The eternal blessings that await us there are immune to moths.  They are locked away where no thieves can break in and steal.  And those blessings are vastly superior to anything we could ever hope to receive or achieve in this life.

 

Now I’ve actually covered a bit from these next verses in a previous Torch but they are definitely worth sharing again and again, and so we will jump back into the Bible.  For backstory, the Savior is being accused and passed back and forth amongst multiple leaders to be judged.  At this point in time he has been mocked, has had a robe placed on him by those who thought his being a King was a joke worthy of mocking.   Now we go to Luke 23:13-25.  You’ll have to bear with me if I get emotional, it happens.

 

“And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,

Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:

No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.

I will therefore chastise him, and release him.

(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)

And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:

(Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)

Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.

But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.

And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.

And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.

And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.

And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.”

 

Here was Jesus, who was perfect, had done no wrong, had committed no sin, and some of the very people he was sent here to save, chose to crucify him, and set a murderer free.  So who am I to complain about how unfair things are.  Who are we to complain about how others have things so much better.  Occasionally I need this perspective from these verses to snap me out of a mentality that I’m trying my best or that I’ve made all these positive changes so I deserve better.  The Savior suffered and died for us.  The Savior was betrayed and put to death by those he came to help.  Who am I to complain that something hasn’t worked out the way I hoped.  I am blessed, as are all of the people who are reading or watching this Torch.  If we look for the blessings.  If we count those instead of only looking at the pile of bad things, unfairnesses, betrayals,  dreams that haven’t come true despite our best efforts, and everything that’s gone wrong.  Brothers and Sisters, let us save up and store up our treasures in heaven.  Where those humble butterflies, (what I like to call moths), cannot destroy; and where those thieves, not even the ones who have stolen from me, can break in and steal.

 

Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, paid a price that was more than enough to cover for all of our sins, weaknesses and imperfections.  As we strive to live righteously and do all those things our Father in Heaven would have us do, we will be blessed.  If not here then most assuredly in the form of eternal blessings.  I have a testimony of that.  I know that it is true.  And I share that testimony 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 03/17/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 577

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 577

March 3, 2020

 

So tonight is a very difficult night. I’ve been so upbeat and positive this last couple weeks thinking something amazing was about to happen for me.  And then it did, and then it very abruptly didn’t.  And I’ve been devastated ever since.  But I’m not going to let that keep me down and will simply choose to practice a bit more patience and faith.

 

I still know that God answers prayers, sometimes not the way we expect or hope for but he does.  He will provide us with more than enough for all we need to accomplish.  Tonight’s verses come from Philippians 4:

 

“but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

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

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

 

So brothers and sisters, we need to continue to thankfully pray about those blessings we seek.  Now note the verse doesn’t say that you’ll get everything you ask but it does offer a reward for asking.  It says that you will be rewarded by having the peace of God in our hearts and minds.

 

I know I need that absolutely after the past few days.  So I will be praying fervently after posting this torch to receive those things I stand in need of and receive that peace.  May we all seek for and receive that.

 

But then the verse goes even farther.  Having the peace of God in our hearts and minds is wonderful but there is a greater blessing promised if we think about all the wonderful and righteous things that we should do and then go ahead and do them, that the God of Peace will be with us.

 

After the last few days, and after regretfully losing my composure in a couple situations where I really needed to not lose it, I really really need to have both the peace of God and the God of peace with me.  I’m sure most of you would agree that would be amazing to keep with us as often as possible, and preferably all of the time.

 

So I hope that you will all join me in praying more frequently and more fervently and witness the incredible blessing of bringing the peace of God and the God of peace more fully into our lives.  And listen, this may be a little different than I usually put into the torch, but if you would be willing to offer a prayer for me and and my family and those most affected by the events from this weekend that have shaken me to my very core, but of which I can’t disclose the details, then I would greatly appreciate it.  And I share my testimony that God lives and loves us. That Jesus is the savior of us all collectively and individually.  And I share this in his name, 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 03/04/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 576

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 576

February 25, 2020

 

A lot of you have taken a journey with me ever since the Tuesday’s Torch was passed on to me.  I’ve carried it through a dark and scary part of my life at times, passed through many valleys as I tried to figure some things out.  Last week I shared with you some happy words and very positive words and this week I would like to express just a little how to find that same happiness. I’ve not known how the different aspects of my life were going to work together for my good but I knew and know that they will because it has been promised.

 

So let’s delve into a verse for a moment.  Proverbs 3:5-8 states:

 

“5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”

 

It is my testimony to each of you that the Lord will in fact direct your paths as you acknowledge Him, and as you make necessary changes in your life.  I’ve had to make a lot and there’s still more work to be done, a lot more.  I always give this disclaimer and always will, I’m not perfect, I’m not saying I’ve got it all figured out, I’m working on everything that I’m preaching about the same as you are.  But I would like to share another snippet from Proverbs 3.  Verses 11-13 say the following, and please note that the same words would equally be spoken daughter in place of son, and woman in place of man.  🙂

 

“11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:

12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.”

 

As I was struggling through some of the bigger aspects of getting my life back in order and making it through some of those valleys I mentioned. It was often difficult to learn the lessons I needed. And other times it wasn’t that hard but the difficulty was in realizing that I should have learned it sooner, beating myself up that it had taken me so long.  There were times where anger, directed in all directions but most especially at myself could have taken over.  But God knew what I needed and what difficult trials I needed to go through to finally understand. To finally have the knowledge that I needed.

 

And so at this point in time I want to say a very special Thank you to my Father in Heaven for correcting me. For chastening me.  And as painful as it has been so many times, for giving me opportunities to learn those things He needed and needs me to learn and know.  God really and truly will lead us if we let Him. He loves me, and He loves you!  He wants to help us!  It is the reason He sent his Son!  Heavenly Father is ready to work great miracles in our lives!  I have seen it, I know that God has something amazing in store.  Brothers and Sisters, each of you who have gone through your difficult trials and have had to learn things, often in very painful ways, you are loved!

 

Many many times I’ve questioned and wondered why certain things have happened the way they did and how they could possibly ever lead somewhere wonderful.  And I still don’t 100% know what the future holds, but I know there are countless blessings ahead for me and you and anyone who chooses to allow the Lord to lead and guide.  Our God is not a limited God.  As I said last week, our God is a God of more than enough!  I know that to be true today even more than I did last week.  And I share this 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 02/25/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 575

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 575

February 18, 2020

 

 

Too often we doubt God. Now usually it isn’t that we don’t think he can do a thing, it’s that we know he can, or he could, but we think that he won’t for us. So we sometimes pray to just get by and just survive our trials.

 

Some of us may be praying to just pass a test or a class, to just do an ok job at work, to manage an addiction.  There are many ways where we are scared to ask God for the best because we think that there is some limitation. Usually a limitation of what we deserve, a limitation to what we mistakenly feel is our low worth.  But God can help us do so much more.

 

Now I’m not preaching a prosperity Gospel that says absolutely everything we do is gonna turn to gold.  But I am saying that if we trust God and give him the chance to fully bless our efforts, He will make all things possible!

 

I would like to use the following verses and this interaction with the Savior as an example.  In Luke 9:11-17:

 

“11 And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.

12 And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place.

13 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.

14 For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company.

15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.

16 Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.

17 And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.”

 

Now, I want us to imagine this.  That’s a lot of people and a small amount of food to begin with.  And not only did God bless them, but even after all had eaten and were full, twelve baskets worth of food was left over!  God can exceed our basic needs.  He has extra.  He shows it and has proven it time and again.

 

So when you pray and you are working hard and striving for something. Don’t seek to just get by, to just survive. Don’t strive to pass that test, strive and pray to ace it!  Don’t just seek to make it through and do an ok job at work, seek to excel and impress your boss and get a raise or promotion.

 

Don’t merely seek to manage an addiction or personal weakness, seek and pray to eradicate it!  Overcome it, completely and absolutely.  Make that weakness become a thing of the past to be replaced with a strength!   I’ve seen it happen, it can happen because God isn’t just sitting there waiting to give us just enough to scrape by.  He is looking to help us succeed and excel!  But we have to trust Him.  We have to allow him to work with us and through us.

 

Now there will be times when we just make it through, when we might barely scrape by.  But I know that often, very often, we can end up with twelve baskets worth of extras.  We are given the help needed to win! Not just hobble to the finish line.

 

Now this is hard.  Especially as we struggle or we really want something and righteously seek it, it can be hard to work for and pray for something that may seem out of reach or impossible.  Just a couple days ago I received an increase in hope for a righteous blessing I have sought and prayed for with every fiber of my being.  I’m not gonna share what it is here, and it hasn’t happened yet.  And it may or may not.  But I know that God can pour out that blessing in abundance!  And it would be more than enough.  Did God know how much bread and fish it would have taken to feed the multitude just enough that they would all be full?  Yes, yes he did!  But He sent more!  Much much more!

 

And He can do the same for us.  As for me, I’m gonna make sure my baskets are ready. And I am going to keep working hard and do my part to make it happen!  And when that day comes and the blessing arrives! I will be ready and I pray that you will be too!

 

Our God is great! And He is a God of more than enough! Far more!  I know that from experience, from the battles and victories He has helped me win!  And there are more to come.  And I am not patting myself on the back.  Because I would fail on my own.  And If I seem to be bragging, I am bragging, I am bragging about my Father in Heaven, and I am bragging about my Savior Jesus Christ.  They make all things possible!  And that, my dear Brothers and Sisters, is the truth.  And I say these things in the name that is more than enough, even the 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 02/19/2020 in Torches