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Tuesday’s Torch 544

Tuesday’s Torch 544

July 9, 2019

 

I want to be as real as possible with you today. There’s something on my mind and it’s been building and so here goes.  Life can be hard, life can seem unfair. Sometimes we all feel like we aren’t enough, that we aren’t worth it. That’s just not true. ​

Don’t take my word for it. Take Gods word for it. “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 3:16 ​

You are enough, you are worth it. You were and are worth it to your Father in Heaven. So worth it that He sent his Son for you!! ​

You were and are worth it to our Savior Jesus Christ!!  Even when he was up on the cross he was asking that the soldiers who lifted him up there be forgiven. Why? Because He was there for them! He was paying the price for their sins too! ​

So whatever you did or you’re doing or whatever it is about yourself that you think makes you not worth it or somehow not enough, that’s what the Savior lived and died to save you from.  You are worth it right now!  You are enough this instant. ​

Does that mean God wants us to stay as we are? Does that mean God wants us to stop trying to do better? Does that mean he doesn’t want you to fix your mistakes and strive to be righteous?  No. It just means that He loves you right now. He sent his Son for you right now. You are enough and worth it right now. ​

So I want you to look in the mirror. Now or after I make this request, you can take a break from reading or viewing this Torch, pause it, whatever. Look in the mirror and say “I am enough. I am worth it! Because God said so. I am enough and I am worth it because my personal Savior Jesus Christ said so! “​

And who can question that? So listen. Everyone who hears these words. No matter who you are, you’re worth it! You are enough!   God sent his Son for you! Jesus Christ accomplished all he did for you! Personally. ​

And for those who are thinking life isn’t fair. Those who still think something is too much for them or that they shouldn’t have to deal with such hardships in life. Those who are thinking about giving up or quitting. You’ve got this! God can help you!!  God will help you! ​

Because you know who never gave up or quit or thought that you weren’t worth it? The Savior!!! If you’re worth it to him, who are you to doubt it? Who are you to give up on yourself?  I want you to know that you are so valuable that Jesus Christ willingly died for you. Who you are right now. Smile. And strive to do even better because He believes in you. ​

And hey, whether I know you personally or not, I want you to know that you are enough. Even those who don’t like me, which I’m not sure why you are reading or watching this but i’m so glad you are, because you’re enough. Even if you’re sitting there thinking “Why did I waste my time by clicking just for this guy to go on and on about this, I’m done”. I still want you to know you’re worth it and you are enough. Because I also need a reminder every now and then.  Because I’ve felt all sorts of worthless in the past, and I’ve struggled at times with thinking I’m not enough. But God says I am. And He says you are. And that is good enough for me. I pray that it’s good enough for you too. May you be blessed with hope, health and happiness! And may you know that you are enough, and that you are worth so much more than you realize.  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 07/09/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 543

Tuesday’s Torch 543

July 2, 2019

 

I have been thinking a lot today about nourishment as I have to always try to find ways to encourage my children to eat a better variety of food and healthier. But who am I kidding, I have to work on that for myself. But as I was thinking of that it led me to consider what we feed our spirits as well.
The same way that the foods we eat can significantly affect our physical health, the things we allow into our hearts and minds can either strengthen or harm us spiritually. I’d like to share the following scripture and then tie it into tonight’s message.
Romans 12:1-2 states.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

This verse talks about our bodies being a living sacrifice. The way to be able to accomplish more in the service of God is by taking care of ourselves so that when called upon we are ready willing and able. I’d like to focus on the spiritual side of this.  Comparing our physical diet to our mental and spiritual diet can be interesting..
We can all instantly think of the foods that are our weaknesses. I got into a friendly banter on Facebook the other day with my good friend Ryan who I’m supposed to be in a weight loss contest with.  Where I was hitting him with images of donuts and other sugary treats and I was able to mention that sweets aren’t really my weakness but that I can point out the things that are. Steak, potatoes, pizza, and ok I’ve gotta stop now.
But how quickly can we point out the things holding us back mentally or spiritually?  What food or content are we devouring.  Are we watching or listening to uplifting things? And I’m not going to point out a huge list of things and say do this and don’t do that. I challenge each of us to decide for ourselves. Are the things you’re putting into your mind inviting the Spirit or distancing you from it?
The times I feel like I am encouraging spiritual growth are times spent in the scriptures and gospel learning. I had a fantastic conversation this evening with a young man at church and it was super uplifting to me and I feel stronger from having a gospel centered conversation.

 

The times I feel farther from the spirit recently are times where I get caught up in negativity from online, usually getting a little too worried about something posted here there or yonder or some political nonsense that shouldn’t be getting me all riled up and frustrated.  How can I feel the spirit of the Lord if I’m getting all worked up about something pointless? Or about something that doesn’t even pertain to me? Or maybe it does pertain to me but no amount of worry on my part is going to make a difference?

I know I’ve been speaking of these as they relate to myself. What are the things standing in your way of becoming healthier spiritually? What are some things you are already doing pretty well?  Don’t beat yourself up, give credit where credit is due. Be happy about the ways you are having spiritual success. But also strive for more. Strive for better.  Those issues that popped into your mind as soon as I mentioned things blocking your ability to feel the spirit, work on those!  I know we all have them and there are usually a couple that come to mind instantly and others will only be discovered after fixing the most obvious ones. It’s not easy.  It’s extremely hard to embark on the journey to greater spiritual health as we begin removing the bad and adding in more healthy options. In much the same way trying to eat healthy or convince a child to try a new healthy option is a challenge, so is trying what we are discussing in this message. But is it worth it? Yes. Are the rewards waiting truly remarkable? Yes, they absolutely are.  Please spend some time reflecting on this message and figure out how to best apply it to your own personal situation. I know I’ll be reflecting back to see what additional ways I can continue to work on things I already know need improvement and any that come to light through this process.
I pray that you may all be blessed in the ways you stand in need. It is my hope that this message has been of benefit to you. I know that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us. And that Jesus Christ is our Savior. May we always remember that. In his Sacred name, even 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 07/02/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 542

Tuesday’s Torch 542

June 25, 2019

 

Last week I shared a message with you that I wrote four years ago as a guest author of the Torch. Tonight I have slightly altered a talk I shared at church on Sunday.  My comments will be broken up into three parts with undoubtedly some rambling moments mixed in. Lots of times people are given topics that they struggle with or that include a message they themselves need to learn about even more than the congregation.  That’s certainly not the case here though. My strongest skills are the topic I was given today, my spectacular humility, I am so humble and meek it’s really a rare gift, but wait there was something else, oh yeah, I’m sarcastic. So that kinda wipes out that other stuff I just said. Just a little joke. I’m actually working on those first parts and as for the sarcasm, a great man once told me I needed to tone that down so I guess you could say I still haven’t gotten around to that.
Part one comes From remarks given by Craig Cardon which include a story from the New Testament:

“A bedridden, paralyzed man desiring to be healed was brought to a large gathering, but unable to get him close to the Savior, his friends took him to the roof of the house where the Savior was and lowered him down.”

I’m going to cut in at this point in the story to say something. This verse hits home to me. While I’m not paralyzed as my disability is a bit different than that, I realize that had I lived at that time instead of in this day and age, I’d be in much the same shape as him. And I am blessed to know many wonderful people who I know would have been willing to carry me onto the roof and lower me down into that room. Now that everybody is ho knows the story has already jumped ahead lets get back to it:

Seeing this demonstration of faith, with a great purpose not yet known to His listeners, the Savior declared, “Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.””

Hearing the Savior’s words, the scribes and Pharisees had begun to reason among themselves, ignorantly speaking of blasphemy while concluding that only God can forgive sin. Perceiving their thoughts, the Savior addressed them, saying:

“What reason ye in your hearts?

“Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?”

“Not waiting for their response, the Savior continued, “But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, [He then turned to the paralyzed man] I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.” And he did!”

By this miraculous physical healing, the Savior confirmed to all of us this infinitely more powerful spiritual truth: the Son of Man forgives sins!

While this truth is readily accepted by all believers, not so easily acknowledged is the essential companion truth: the Savior forgives sins “upon earth” and not just at the Final Judgment. He does not excuse us in our sins. He does not condone our return to past sins. But when we repent and obey His gospel, He forgives us.

I love this story. In fact I can still remember hearing this story in a sermon when I was a child.  Now I see this story so much differently though and having a knowledge of what is truly important is a blessing. Do I get frustrated sometimes at my limitations? Absolutely. But of these blessings that the Savior has the ability to bestow. Listen, I don’t need to be able to stand up, or to walk, or run or jump, although they are great things to be able to do.  But to hear those words from the savior, “Thy sins are forgiven thee.”  Oh that is the blessing. The scriptures don’t tell us what the mans reaction was when told that his sins were forgiven. But for me, I have need to hear that every day of my life. We all need to hear those words. “Thy sins are forgiven thee”.. And the Atonement doesn’t simply take away the sin but the Atonement is also capable of removing the pains and the regret and the sadness associated with those sins. That’s the healing I want. I’d imagine that is the healing we all want. And sure, if I was told to jump up and carry this 400 pound wheelchair home that would just be an added bonus.

God stands ready to forgive us. Here and now as we turn to him. As we humbly accept responsibility and own up to our mistakes he will lift the burdens we feel.  The Savior taught in the New Testament:

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

29 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.

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

This verse speaks of forgiveness and of turning our lives over to the Savior and following Him.  Most of us know what a yoke is, that yellow part of an egg right? Just kidding, totally different word, spelling and a slightly different pronunciation that my accent completely hides.  A yoke is a sort of wooden crossbar type thing that would go over the shoulders of a beast of burden, let’s say oxen.

The use of this would be to allow those two animals to cooperate and work together to be able to either accomplish more than either could do alone or to make the task easier. Now imagine as we repent and strive to live righteously that we are invited to yoke ourselves with the Savior. (Which by the way we are invited.  Right there in the verse I just read a moment ago.) When teamed up with one so much stronger than us, He does the hard work. He makes our burden lighter by taking on the bulk of it himself. There’s another big thing to note, when you become yoked to the Savior, you will go where he wants you to go.  Or if you’d rather reject the Help the savior offers, He will allow that and allow us to isolate ourselves and struggle. But brothers and sisters, I can assure you that you don’t want to do that.  Because I have done that, for far too much of my life I did that. Accept the Saviors help. Please. I personally beg you.

So part three includes the actual topic I was given that the Savior is our example of forgiveness.  In the last days of his mortal ministry, the savior suffered so much pain, he was mocked, and beaten. He was betrayed and arrested just after having willingly taken upon himself our sins and our pains and our infirmities.  He was laughed at and spit upon, was cut by a crown of thorns. And yet as he hung on the cross, he said the following as recorded in : Luke 23:34

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

Even in the midst of his greatest trials, while weighed down with the sins of all mankind, He completed his task so that we all would have the opportunity to repent and be forgiven, even those who betrayed him, even those who were mocking and hurting him and putting him to death.  We are told in the scriptures that we will be judged by how we judge. And that it is expected of us to forgive everyone. With my joking at the beginning of this talk aside: if I were to sit here and hit you with a full talk on forgiving others, I would feel like a hypocrite. As though I am not qualified to speak on something that I’m working on and struggling with. Because I have a lot to learn about that and I need to do a better job of it.  But I know it is eternally important and so my challenge to you and to myself is this, follow the example of the Savior. As we enjoy the blessings of repentance and forgiveness right now, seek out ways to also extend forgiveness to those who may have wronged you, whether intentional or by mistake. Our Father in Heaven will bless us as we do.

And also, be sure to forgive yourselves as well. When we accept responsibility for our actions, as we repent and allow the Saviors sacrifice to help us. We should also forgive ourselves.  Who are we to reject the gift that the Son of God himself paid the ultimate price to give us?

In closing I encourage everyone, if you need help, seek help. There is help available whether you have depression, anxiety, anger issues, whether your problems are one time sins or whether you are caught up in the midst of addiction. Get help. Both professional and spiritual.  Do not wait another day. Trust me. You do not want to wait.  If there are any sins in your life that need to be cleared up, repent and make the necessary changes. You will be happy that you did.

The Gospel is true.  God lives, and he loves us so very much that he sent his Son Jesus Christ to be our example and our salvation. The Savior Jesus Christ lived and died for us and rose again so that all might be saved. Of this I testify in his sacred name, even Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Bobby Stewart

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

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

 

 
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Posted by on 06/25/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 541

Tuesday’s Torch 541

June 18, 2019

 

Four years ago I was given the opportunity to guest author a torch for my great friend Tim to share. I don’t know if this is a special throwback edition of the torch or if I’m just being lazy this week. Let’s just see how this previous message that was text only matches up to the more recent ones, so here goes:

 

This week I would like to take the opportunity to briefly discuss Faith, Fruit and Perfection.  The last couple weeks (before this message was written) we had learned a bit regarding avoiding certain pitfalls. One is to avoid allowing anger into our hearts, as well as having learned not to misrepresent scriptures simply to excuse ourselves from bad behavior.  There is a common argument many have over what indeed saves us.  I have known many people who say they know they commit plenty of sins, don’t go to church, do whatever they want, yet believe in Jesus Christ, therefore they are saved.  As though faith is simply a belief that Jesus Christ is real.

 

James 2:17 states that “faith, if it hath not works, is dead” One who has true faith will show that faith through his works as the prophet James discusses. In this chapter, he mentions several examples of those who showed their faith through works.  Faith is not passive, simply sitting back and saying you know Christ paid for your sins so all is well, faith is active, faith is to be shown.  We are told in Matthew 7:17 that “every good tree bringth forth good fruit.” And then we are told that by our fruit may we be known.  Therefore to be known as good, we must bring forth good fruit.

 

In fact not only are we expected to have faith, show it in our actions and bring forth good fruit; but we have an even more overwhelming instruction issued by Christ during the Sermon on the Mount:  “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”.  I would be willing to bet most of us have heard, if not said, “Well, nobody is perfect” in response to having a flaw pointed out.  Yet here Christ just told us to be perfect.  Not to “try”, or to “give it our best shot”, but to be perfect.  How do we do that?  Through Repentance made possible by the Atonement.  When we know we are wrong and make mistakes, we have been given the amazing gift of forgiveness if we but repent.  Sure, we can’t be perfect on our own.  But as the scriptures tell us in Matthew 19:26, “with God all things are possible”.

 

Christ would not have told us to be perfect if there was no way to do it.  There is a way.  There is a way, Jesus Christ, He is also the truth and the life.  Let us allow him to work his perfecting power in us, through the power of the Atonement.  Christ paid that price for us, so that we could follow his counsel to be perfect.  Let our faith be shown always, let us not sit idle and think about how great it will be when we one day get to heaven and are “perfected.” Let us get to work and allow Christ to begin that process here today, right now.  In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

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

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

 

 
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Posted by on 06/18/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 539

Tuesday’s Torch 539

June 4, 2019

 

Maya Angelou said that “When you know better you do better.” That’s a very true statement.  Years ago I was a competitive horseshoe pitcher. I would go outside and pitch for hours sometimes.  Striving to do better and develop the muscle memory it takes to compete at a high level.

It wasn’t easy and I was never the absolute best, but I won often enough and claimed some championships that I look back on fondly.  But what I realized is that the saying “practice makes perfect” had a flaw.  If you’re making the same mistake over and over during practice, what are you accomplishing? Do you really want that muscle memory?  So no, the saying I developed was “Perfect practice makes perfect.”  I strived to make my practice as much like a real game as possible.

When my focus was there and I was performing really well then I would push myself and practice for a long time.  If I was performing lousy and just couldn’t get it going, I would shorten that practice.  Eventually I built a lot more consistency doing it that way. I know this little story is a bit off topic and not quite the norm for my oft-times preachy Torch offerings but don’t worry, I’ll get to that shortly. Haha.

As it relates to the quote I started this message with. When I first started playing horseshoes I wasn’t very good at it because I didn’t know what I was doing yet. But the more I learned and the more I practiced, the better I did.  In other aspects of my life I had issues and problems that I saw no way past. Until I learned how to get past them.

Sometimes there are tools and skills that need to be acquired to accomplish a task.  You can’t go into an advanced science course and expect to do well if you haven’t completed the prerequisites. There are things you must learn before you can tackle that level of difficulty.

You cannot do something you don’t know how to do. Plenty of people are out there praying for blessings but unaware that maybe they need to act. They need to do something. They pray for a good job yet aren’t improving their skills? They pray for a raise but then give half-effort at their job.  They pray that they can overcome an addiction but don’t seek help for recovery?  That won’t cut it.

Even if your desire is righteous. Wanting it is not enough. Learn how. And then do it!  I’ll quote the following verse that I feel sums up another side to this feeling I’m trying to convey in my own unorthodox way.  1 Corinthians 13:11 states: When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

Verses can mean different things to us at different points in our lives which is one of the amazing aspects of the scriptures. But right here I feel like the verse expresses someone who has now learned better and therefore does better.  Growth isn’t just about age or size. There comes a time where all of us have to grow up in the Gospel. A time when we need to put in the hard work to get where we want or need to be.  We have to learn more to do better.

If everything were easy we couldn’t grow. And we are to grow. We are expected to strive to become as much like the Savior as possible. To receive his image in our countenance will require more than just doing what we can currently do.  We need to grow, we need to learn and we need to seek to know How to do the righteous things that we may see as impossible.

Over the past year I’ve worked really hard to learn how to do some things I never thought would be possible to achieve. That’s not a brag or a boast. In fact it is the opposite, it’s extremely humbling to see exactly how much help I needed and need. Coming to terms with weakness and realizing we need the strength that comes from the Lord is difficult. Especially for someone that wants to be able to do everything themselves. From the time I was a little boy my parents called me mr independent because I refused to accept help.  That’s not me anymore. I needed it. I’m not too proud to say that.

As for why I mention that. I’m not trying to make myself into a role model but I’m also not trying to put myself down either, I’m trying to say that if I can do it, so can you. So that thing you’re having a hard time overcoming or that righteous desire that you feel is unreachable. Find the help required to accomplish it. You can’t do anything without knowing how. Unless you’re gonna rely on pure luck, in that case just cross your fingers and hope for the best. But that isn’t what we are expected to do.

So to all who hear this message. Please know that you can accomplish great things. You can learn better, know better, do better and be better.  Nothing is impossible with Christ on your side. Let the Atonement work in your life. Learn and grow. I pray that this message has been able to help you in some way. I pray that you can find answers and help and that when you do, you can put them to work in your life to become who you are capable of becoming. God bless each of you in the Sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Bobby Stewart

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

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

 

 
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Posted by on 06/04/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 538

Tuesday’s Torch 538

May 28, 2019

 

 

While thinking back on today and trying to decide what to share a couple thoughts came to mind. My children got into a few arguments and kids whether intentionally or accidentally will inflict pain on the other.

Other parents or anyone with experience around children can recognize a child who is truly sorry as opposed to one who is offering  an apology simply because it is required of them. My kids feel genuine sorrow when they realize that what they did hurt the other.

The hope is always that after enough of these realizations that at least the intentional times will go away. That you will begin to see progress.  A child who is not truly sorry will do the exact same thing the very next moment.

Who am I kidding though? That’s not something only relegated to children’s behaviors. Especially from a gospel standpoint.  I found this verse: 1 John Chapter 2 states:

1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.”

Little children in the earthly sense who are considered well-behaved are those who listen to and obey their parents. The ones who listen and follow rules at home, school, church and wherever they may be.  But children are growing and learning and need to be shown the way.  Watching a child make progress is an amazing thing. Seeing the happiness as they receive praise for doing a good thing is fantastic. And seeing a child feel genuine remorse for an action shows that they are well on their way.

As to the scripture, is it only written to little children or is it written to all children of God?  We are not immune to the same behaviors and pitfalls of little children. The things we do may have changed from the days where our mistakes were snatching a toy from our sister or brother. Hitting or kicking them when they make us mad. Talking back or using selective hearing and only doing the part of what you say that they want and ignoring the parts that they don’t feel like listening to right then.

Hmm. On second thought, that last bit describes many of us adults too. Especially when it comes to righteousness. It’s easy to do the things that we want to do or see as in line with our goals.  It’s hard though to do things that don’t appear to offer the reward we seek. But even if we find ourselves caught in that, there’s a way out. A way to make progress. The Savior. And like the child who recognizes they’ve caused a sibling pain and offers a genuine apology we can do likewise as we realize one thing.

The Savior has felt the pain for all of our sins, weaknesses, shortcomings and he has even felt the pain and sorrow that we feel as consequences of our choices. So as we do the wrong thing, we cause him pain. A few weeks back I discussed how it was like those in the crowd shouting “crucify him” and that it could absolutely be us each time we choose to sin. Each time we choose to do what we want even if it goes contrary to God.  I’ve been there. I never want to return. And if by my sounding the alarm in this torch or any other way can help someone else avoid that fall then I’ll shout it from the rooftop.

The scripture quoted earlier shows us what we will see in someone who truly knows and loves God. It will show us what we should strive to do if we love God.  We will strive to keep the commandments. Like the child who wishes to make their parents proud and beams with a bright and happy smile when told “good job” or “I’m proud of you” we can feel that level of happiness and joy as we make decisions that show our Love for God and our desire to follow His commandments. Even when they are hard. Even when they aren’t what we want.

Before anyone thinks that I’m claiming I’ve got it all figured out, it is fitting that I record these devotionals on my phone with the screen facing me and showing a mirror image, I’m directing this topic as well as every other one at myself too.  We all fall. We all need to do better. We all can do better, and the Savior Jesus Christ will help us, no matter how hard it seems.

I know that he will and I share these words and my heartfelt testimony that I absolutely know that God lives and loves us and that His Son Jesus Christ is the savior of the world, and I do so in his name, even 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 05/28/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 537

Tuesday’s Torch 537

May 21, 2019

 

Last week we discussed having faith and believing that God can and will help us.  I am a very firm believer that miracles still happen and that they can happen for each one of us.  As we venture into the scriptures we read the following account that happens just after the resurrected savior had appeared to all but one of the apostles.

 

John 20:24-31 states “But Thomas, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
For eight days the apostles were certainly overjoyed and happy at the absolute knowledge that the Savior was yet alive. All except Thomas who had not seen him. Surely Thomas wanted to believe. Surely Thomas hoped it was true. But he had not seen for himself.

 

A lot of times we can be like Thomas. We doubt the Savior or we doubt what his atonement can truly do in our lives. Why? Because we don’t see it. We can’t see how a thing can come to pass so we decide that unless we can see it then we will not believe. In that instance are we really relying on faith?

In those verses Christ teaches how blessed we are when we believe in him without seeing him. When we trust in him before he has made himself manifest. What good does it accomplish us to only show forth faith or belief after he has granted us the blessing we seek?

I venture that if we only believe after we have seen, we are falling short of where we should strive to be. I’m guilty of this often. I still wait on promptings I have felt certain would be fulfilled and as they continue to go unaccomplished, I can’t help but wonder when things will change. When will that miracle take place.

My belief and my faith sometimes struggle as does the belief and faith of many.  I wonder, Hope and pray that my belief can ultimately become knowledge. But am I getting caught up like Thomas was. Waiting to see it happen. He was missing out on the joy of knowing that Jesus Christ was resurrected and alive again, why?  Because he wanted to see it for himself.  He needed more.

As we strive to do what is right and as we strive to follow the Savior, let us not get caught up in waiting for a certain thing to take place to find joy in believing and knowing that Christ has paid the price for our sins, shortcomings, imperfections and even the pains that come about because of them. God is real. Jesus Christ is his son. He is the savior of the world.

He will help us. We can trust in him. And we can place that trust in him even before we see the proof or the end result in plain sight.  What a wonderful example we gain as we see this story regarding Thomas.  He was a good man. He was with the Savior and had listened to him and learned from him in person.  He had been very close to him as he walked the earth. But even still he had trouble fully believing and trusting. So if you are like me and sometimes struggle with things, waiting to see when God will manifest himself and give you the knowledge or the help you seek: hang on a little bit longer, and know that Gods got you. The Savior has already felt what you are going through and paid the price for it. Even if you can’t see it.

I testify that God lives and loves us. I testify that Jesus is the Son of God and our Lord and Savior. I testify that with their help, we can do the impossible. There isn’t a single battle that cannot be won when we seek their help. That is something that I have learned for a fact over the past year. Turn to God when righteous things seem impossible and He will provide a way.  Believe it now.  Don’t wait to see it for yourself like Thomas. Be more fully blessed as the scripture says. Believe. 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 05/21/2019 in Torches