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Tuesday’s Torch 570

January 14, 2020

 

God has placed a lot of trust in us.  We are here on this earth and we are presented with all these choices. So many things are righteous ones and yet there often seems to be so many more unrighteousness ones.  It’s up to us to decide.

 

Agency, the freedom we are given by God to do as we please is an amazingly powerful thing and it’s scary at the same time.  As we each go through different experiences in life we start to learn and to grow, we start to know how things work and what the consequences or end results will be if we make certain choices.

 

And as we get used to that we have to realize that God already knows the outcomes to any of the decisions we can make.  He sees them, knows about them, we can receive inspiration but ultimately the decisions are left up to us to choose for ourselves.  We often rely on our own experiences to decide what to do.

 

I learned a lesson recently when getting my children in the bed.  It’s one I should have learned sooner and thought that I had learned and fixed it in myself but hadn’t yet.  See, I like to be in control of things if possible.  I mean most everyone wants things to go how they want them to go right?  For me, especially if I think I know something, of if I have learned something by experience then I try to make decisions for my loved ones because I think that i know something is a bad idea or “won’t work”.

 

But they don’t know for themselves if it will or not, and if I take away the ability to choose, it robs them of opportunity to learn what I think I’ve already learned or it robs me of the ability to learn that I was wrong and maybe there’s a better way.  I will share an example regarding children as well as one that applies to marriage.

 

A couple different times over the past few months my daughter has gotten ahold of one of those thick cloths for cleaning or polishing a car.  The really thick plushy ones.  She would be laying it on her pillow and preparing to sleep on it, so what did do?  I said “take that off the pillow it’ll be too hot and you’ll wake up sweating”.  She would protest but ultimately did as I said because I’m daddy right?  I know best, right?  Haha.  I wish.

 

Then the last time I looked over and saw she had laid it on the pillow, just as I was about to make her remove it, I stopped and thought.  How will she ever know if sleeping on this thick furry cloth is a good idea or not if I keep her from trying? And it was a harmless enough thing.  I mean, so she wakes up because it’s hot to sleep on it, if that happens, lesson learned.  If she sleeps comfortably all night long then I learn the lesson.

 

A very interesting thing happened.  Just as I was about to tell her to move it I said, you can sleep with it on your pillow if you want to, it’s up to you.  A moment later she moved it and said “no I don’t want to”.  See she remembered what I told her would happen and I guess she believed me.  So she still doesn’t know for a fact if she would sleep good on it but she is trusting me.

 

So I share this because there are different gospel lessons to learn by it.  One, God gives us agency so that we can learn and grow.  We can learn things for ourselves and not just take his word for it, but we do so at the risk of uncomfortable consequences sometimes.  But it’s part of how I we learn.

 

Second, he gives us commandments and certain rules to follow because he absolutely does know what consequences or difficulties await us if we choose certain things and often times He will warn us in different ways. Sometimes bad things just happen, but other times they happen as we’ve put ourselves down a path we shouldn’t have been on.  So we can choose to take his word for it, and keep the commandments or rules.  In a similar way to my daughter choosing to trust me.

 

Third we must put these things together and realize that if God doesn’t force us to do the right thing, or force us to do the things He knows would be best for us, why should we force our hand always just because we think we know something.  Now don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place to allow your kids to learn.  When true safety issues or real danger is involved, by all means, step in and keep your kid safe, but we need to allow others  and ourselves the chance to learn.

 

And maybe I shouldn’t but I’m gonna share a previous mistake I made in life so maybe someone else won’t make the same one and to show that even as stubborn as I am, I’ve been able to learn from my mistakes at least a little.  So a few times in the past, I tried to make a daily schedule and I packed it with the things I felt needed to be done every day, I got them down with exactness.  And then I failed miserably at keeping them.  Just couldn’t do it.  And it was probably more to do with me and the way I am than anything about the schedule or checklist.

 

So then later in life I was blessed to be married.  And my wife at the time tried a couple different times to make us a schedule that had all the important things that we absolutely should have been doing every day listed. It was exact and precise and I’ll say this, had we followed them, our family would have been strengthened in so many ways. But what did I do?  I said it wouldn’t work. That I had tried that in the past and it didn’t work.  I thought I knew best and made a decision based on my experiences and didn’t take into account that this time may have been the time it worked.  I didn’t even try.  Not even for a day.  She put forth the effort to try something that could have been great for us, and I didn’t try it because I thought I knew something.  That I knew how it would turn out simply because I had failed before.  So I couldn’t learn if it would have worked or not and neither could she.  Either way, had we tried, we both would have known and would have the experience of it working or of it not working. I will forever regret that but I will never forget the lesson I’ve learned from it.

 

We are all given this great blessing from God to make our own choices and to learn and grow from them.  I ask each of us to look at ourselves, look at our circumstances and our situations and think of what lessons we have learned or can learn.  What improvements can we make on how we interact with our loved ones.  Do we allow them the opportunity to learn things we think we already know.  Do we allow them the opportunity to prove us wrong and allow ourselves the ability to discover how wrong we may be?

 

If God who knows everything doesn’t use His power and His ability to make us do everything His way, should we expect everything to go our way? Should we expect everyone to accept our opinions as facts and go along with them?  The answer is no.  And that’s ok.  We should strive to me more like Christ and more like our Father in Heaven.  We should strive to be more Christlike in thoughts, words and in deeds.  And if this seems like a big challenge or you’re going through some tremendous struggles right now, remember this promise from Isaiah 41:13

“I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”  Let us accept that help.  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 01/15/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 569

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 569

January 7, 2020

 

First off, I have had some wonderful times recently.  Just got done celebrating both of my kids birthdays and Christmas, New Years, so don’t think for a second I don’t acknowledge or appreciate my blessings, because I do.

 

But there are still times when I feel low because I don’t feel like my situation is at all like what I expected or feel like it should be.  I’m sure I still have a lot to learn while experiencing all that I’m going to have to experience. So be it.

 

But I have been led to share the following verses from 1 Samuel 2:8-10:

 

“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them.

He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.”

 

In these verses it clearly expresses that the Lord is capable of lifting us from our lowest to the highest. He does that for us.  And here is another truth in those verses, are we lifted up by being strong?  No.  I’ve had people tell me that I must be strong to deal with things I’m dealing with.  No.  I’m not.  And I’m not going to be, not on my own.  My strength can only be found in my weakness.  My weakness causes me to turn to the Savior and access His strength.

 

In those verses it says “for by strength shall no man prevail.” For a long time now I’ve been told things that basically amount to I need to be a man about things or “man up”.  That I am strong enough to deal with these things.  That I should be “over it” by now.  And I know in this message I keep saying me me me and I I I a lot.  But I know that all of us feel these very same things so often but I can’t speak from your experience, I can’t feel from your pain, i can’t cry from your heartbreak.

 

But there is one who can.  The savior Jesus Christ speaks from your experience, he feels, He feels from your pain, He cries from your heartbreak!   He felt your pain and anguish for you,  and for me he felt mine.  Because He knew, that our strength would not be enough on its own.  So he lends us his.  And as we accept that help, we can be lifted up, and whether it be now or at that day of resurrection, it will be glorious, and it will be amazing.

 

But the verses also express that we are to be saints, it warns of what happens to the wicked, so this ain’t a message of do whatever and God will bless us with everything.  It’s not even a message that if we do good or are righteous that he will bless us with everything we want here and now, it is a message that as we strive to live righteously, he will make up the difference and we will be uplifted, exalted and inherit a throne of Glory. That is the ultimate blessing brothers and sisters.  That is what will for once and for all lift up the heartbroken and the downtrodden.

 

May we all receive comfort and happiness from that promise.  May we all strive to do right.  May we allow our weaknesses to cause us to turn to the Savior who will help us overcome them to never be held down again.  Let us follow him!  That is my hope and prayer in his name, even 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 01/08/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 568

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 568

December 31, 2019

 

Tonight isn’t just New Year’s Eve but it was also my sweet daughters 7th birthday. So happy birthday to Lila!  After a day full of fun and festivities that had my son already having fallen asleep on the way home I asked her if she wanted to have a glass of milk with me.

 

I then grabbed a couple very special glasses from the cabinet.  Glasses that make me remember and think about my Maw Maw Stewart.  She was a wonderful and great woman.  And I always had a fun time at her house and she helped take care of and helped raise a lot of us back in those days.  When I would be at her house she would call me her little Buck because that was my Paw Paws name.  He passed away shortly before I turned one and apparently I looked a lot like him growing up and reminded her of him.

 

She even let me sit at the head of the table cause people actually still sat at a table for meals and had usual places to sit and that was where my paw paw used to sit.  What I’m saying is I think she played favorites and sorry siblings and cousins, it was me!!   But the thing about grandparents is all the good ones leave all of their grandchildren feeling like they were the favorite and I think she did a fantastic job of that.

 

But back to the milk and the glasses.  Another tradition at her house was that in her cupboard she had a lot of different glasses and sets of glasses but she had only one of a kind of beveled brownish kind of glass that I thought was the coolest.  I drank out of it every chance I got, in my spot at the end of the table.  Because I was her little Buck.  Oh I always felt ten feet tall.

 

Years passed and as happens, even those larger than life amazing people we love eventually pass away. And she did.  She had outlived my Paw Paw by 30 years.  I’m sure their reunion in the hereafter is a joyful one.  Again I’m getting carried away with bragging about my Maw Maw.

 

I always drank out of that glass and after she passed away, my dad was going to her house to help with going through things and getting everything sorted and he asked if there had been anything at her house that I would like to have to remember her by.  I said yes, if you could get that one cup she had that I always drank out of and I gave him a brief description.   He brought it home to me that night.  I still have it.   I would always get it out on special occasions or times I just needed to remember her and the happiness from my childhood and how much she loved me.

 

A while back I found a set of eleven glasses that match the one I inherited from my Maw Maw.  I bought them and replaced pretty much all of my actual glasses with them.  So I showed Lila a picture of her, told her a little about her and who she was, and we drank some ice cold milk together just before getting her to sleep and sitting down to write this message.

 

My Maw Maw taught me a lot, she helped me to believe in myself because she believed in me.  She made me proud to be me and to be her little Buck.  And here at the end of this year and the beginning of the next one, I really need a little of that brought to my remembrance. I have so much to be thankful for but so many trials that have really left me rocked but God is aware and I will trust in Him.

 

I invite each of you to think back to someone whether they are alive or have passed on, someone wonderful that was an irreplaceable blessing in your life.  And allow that feeling and memory to strengthen and uplift and inspire you for the new year and all that follow.

 

It is stated in Proverbs 10:7. that “The memory of the just ​is​ blessed”. It also has a bit of a warning about the wicked but this message is gonna stay positive and about the blessing side of things.  So tonight I am thankful for the opportunity I had tonight to share a little with my daughter about a woman that had a profound impact on my life.  She was definitely a just woman and her memory is truly a blessing.

 

God is great and good and wonderful, especially for gifting us with such people as my Maw Maw Stewart.  Happy New Year!  I raise my glass to each of you.  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 01/01/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch 567

 

 

 

 

Tuesdays Torch 567

December 24, 2019

 

“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.”

 

I know that those words from John 3:16 are true.  Christmas is a great time to think about Jesus Christ and what a blessing his life was for each of us.

 

My family and I would like to share this brief message with each of you.

 

My almost 7 year old daughter would like to share that “Jesus is real.  He knows the way.  He is there for you.  He loves everyone and he loves us no matter what.”

 

My soon to be 4 year old Son would like to add that, “Jesus loves  us and God loves us too. “. He also says a few things about Dinosaurs and dinosaur bones that can be found in the YouTube video of this weeks torch for any who want to search that out.

 

As we all enjoy any festivities that we have planned to celebrate, let us remember all of our blessings. I’m not going to take up a whole lot or your time tonight but I would like to add my testimony to that of my children and say that I know God lives, that He loves us.  I know that he did in fact send his son to be born in that manger, that Jesus Christ led a perfect life and in death he paid the ultimate price for each of us.  That we may all be saved.  Of that fact I am eternally grateful and from me and my children, Merry Christmas!

 

-Bobby Stewart

(And kids!)

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 12/24/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 566

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 566

December 17, 2019

 

The Christmas season is a wonderful season but also a challenging one for many.  Depression, anxiety and stress are a bit higher than usual and one thing is often missing.  Peace.   In days of songs about peace on earth and good will toward men, often it can feel far from that.  If you watch the news it’ll feel even farther away.

 

Where can we find this peace. I’m in the process of seeking that out myself so I’ll share one of the verses I’ve come across in my study.

 

John 16:31-33

“31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?

32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

 

These verses warn us of something pretty much all of us have felt at some point or another.  We shall have tribulation, you will know difficulties in this world. We will sometimes be left alone.  We will feel abandoned, unloved and uncared for, but like Christ we don’t have to be alone and we also don’t have to stay miserable.

 

Christ is who He says he is.  The scriptures are true.  The Father is with us and we have the blessing of the Holy Ghost, the promised comforter to help us through our most difficult moments.  So as we get deeper into this Christmas season, let us not be bogged down in stress and the misery of this world. Let us all be of good cheer, because Christ really has overcome this oft-times difficult world.  And he did that, to make it possible for each of us to do the same.  Let us all believe just a little stronger and trust just a little more in the Savior of the world.  I share this with you and wish you the greatest of blessings for this Christmas and the days, weeks, months and years ahead, 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 12/17/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 565

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 565

December 10, 2019

 

As Christmas quickly approaches, many are caught up in gifts and trying to figure out the best way to show their love to those they care about.  We all want to do something special, whether it’s buying a special gift, making something for someone or just spending time together doing something memorable and amazing.  Simply put, we want the best for those we love.   God feels that way about us and sent us the best gift imaginable, his Son.

 

He sent His son to atone for our sins so that we might repent and be forgiven.  So that one day we will all be able to dwell in his presence.  That is what he wants for us.  Now I’d like to share a few verses that I’ve shared very recently but here goes:

 

 

12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

 

Let’s have a little discussion.  When dealing with a child, we are often trying to teach them rules.  Rules to keep them safe, rules to help them grow, rules to help them learn and develop to their full potential.  Simple rules are easiest for children to adhere to.  God has given us simple ones.  We are his children.

 

A good parent will always advise their child to follow the rules.  God included. The same way that you nor I would tell a child looking up to them to break a rule, God will not tempt us to sin or prompt us to make choices that are contrary to his laws and his rules.

 

He stands ready to bless us with good gifts and great gifts, all of those are from him, but there is no ‘shadow of turning.’ Meaning, the path to those blessings don’t include unrighteousness at all.  God doesn’t lead us astray.  He always leads down the straight and narrow.

 

That path leads to wonderful gifts.  May we all embrace living the gospel of Jesus Christ more fully, and enjoy Christmas and all of the holiday festivities.  But let us remember all that we have to be thankful for.  And if we are tempted to make choices contrary to the commandments of God, let us realize that the scriptures are very clear, those temptations and nudges, can’t be from God.  God doesn’t tempt.

 

And much like a child making a Christmas wishlist or telling that mall Santa what they want, we are given a bit of a choose your own adventure choice of presents.  We can receive a good gift, the best gift and receive that crown of life promised in these verses.  Or we can receive sin which leads to death.

 

The choice as with all choices is ultimately ours to make.  But it’s definitely important to realize these truths contained in the scriptures which will always lead us to keep the commandments and strive for righteousness.  Temptations, well those come from the adversary and far too often, from ourselves because of our own desires.  Food for thought brothers and sisters, food for thought.

 

May God bless each of you with health and safety, and may you be blessed with righteous guidance and direction through all the trials you face.  That you may all receive the greatest of the gifts God has to offer is my prayer, 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 12/11/2019 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 564

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 564

December 3, 2019

 

Today I’d like to discuss a method of avoiding temptation.  This method requires preparation and study so a lot of people don’t really use it.  But it is such a great method that even the Savior himself used it.

 

Jesus had been fasting for many days and he was very hungry and probably running extremely low on energy when we read the following in Luke 4:3-8.

 

“3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.

4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

 

Following those verses there are a couple other temptations that he responds to in the same fashion.  His response was to quote scriptures.  He knew the scriptures.  He used what had previously been written as his response.  He did this very much to show us how to resist temptation.  As we read and seriously study the scriptures, we will know ahead of time the ways to resist temptation.  We will both recognize the temptations as being contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we will know the proper response to stay true to the knowledge that we do have.

 

Satan attempted to use his own distorted logic to get the Savior to falter.  Satan and many others will try to entice us to do many things that will steer us off the path of righteousness, and if we don’t know any better, or if we rely only on our judgment or the words or judgment of others we can falter.  But as we have built up a knowledge of the scriptures and as we turn to study of the scriptures then we will not be fooled.

 

Trust me when I say this:  acting in a manner contrary to the scriptures doesn’t pay.  As we study the scriptures to seek help with the choices we need to make, we will be strengthened so that we can’t be led astray by false logic, or rationalizations or justifications.  And if you look back and see yourself having fallen victim to any of these things due to having let your guard down: make the changes necessary to reverse course and to get back on track.  The scriptures will help you do that.

 

Remember, even Christ himself used the scriptures to contend with Satan.  Why would we think that we could make the right decisions when faced with various temptations just by thinking about it or even prayer?  Prayer and pondering are indeed valuable parts of a wonderful equation, but without the answers contained in the scriptures, we will be led astray.   So follow the perfect example of the Savior, and do as He did.  Study and seek the correct answers and do it now.  If you learn that you have made mistakes, do what is in your power to fix them. And learn even more so that next time Satan or anyone tries to convince you that doing the wrong thing is ever right, or that the end justifies the means; not only can you resist the temptation, but you will know exactly why and have the scriptural ammunition to fight back.

 

I’ve made many decisions in my life while meaning well and having good intentions, some that I thought a long time about; but void of the influence of the gospel contained in the word of God, and without knowing or seeking out those truths, they were the wrong choices.  God does not ever and will not lead us down paths that require us to go against the Gospel and against what we are taught in the scriptures.

 

So I challenge each of you and myself as well.  Evaluate what choices you have made and are making, and decide if you’d have made the same choices if you were quoting scriptures to respond to the circumstances and options placed before you?  Said another way, would the scriptures have supported you?

 

I will say this without reservation or hesitation, if a decision requires you to go against the gospel, it is the wrong decision and will not lead you down the path of righteousness.  No matter how pure your intentions or how strongly you rationalize or justify it.  The right things will be backed up by scriptural evidence and gospel truth.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

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