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Tuesday’s Torch 605

Tuesday’s Torch 605

September 15, 2020

Today’s message will start with something that happened over this past day.  As many of you may know I typically use a power wheelchair each day.  As some of you may not know, the chairs require a full charge each night in order to keep the battery in good shape and ensure the power needed for daily circumstances.  Last night as all other nights I plugged mine in and went to bed. Today I went about my day around the house and when running a late errand realized that the battery was rapidly approaching dead.  At that point the errand running was over.  Apparently somewhere in the process of plugging it in, a proper connection wasn’t established. It could have been the plug wasn’t in all the way or some other user error.  I’ve forgotten to plug it in on many occasions and had to deal with that to varying degrees too.  Connections and charged batteries are important.

This power wheelchair scenario can apply to an aspect of the Gospel.  Preparation or more precisely Spiritual preparation is very important.  We have to recharge our spiritual batteries quite often.  So many of us seek guidance and answers quite often through prayer, but are there things that can prevent the connection from giving us the charge we need?  Absolutely. 

For one, we have to keep ourselves worthy of the spirit, that doesn’t mean we must be perfect but we should be striving to live righteously.  But if we are spending our days living in ways that remove the spirit from our lives that would be like me spending my whole day doing laps around my house or spinning my tires in mud and expect to maintain a charge all day.  Making it back to the charger at the end of the night would be pretty tough with a completely dead battery. 

So why is it so important that we keep the spirit with us and keep our spirits fully charged?  Well let us read in the scriptures a major part of what the Holy Ghost does for us.  1 Corinthians 2:9-14 states:

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

These verses clearly state that we don’t see the answers we seek from God with our eyes or our ears and they don’t just magically appear inside of us.  The answers and truth we seek are given to us by the Holy Ghost.  How do we know that receiving these things are dependent upon living righteously and keeping commandments?

In those verses it speaks of “the things which God has prepared for them that love him.” Add to that the words spoken by the Savior as recorded in John 14:15-17 and it will become abundantly clear.

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

It is keeping the commandments that qualifies us for the companionship of the Holy Ghost. It is keeping our spiritual batteries in good shape that will allow us to make that connection through scripture study and prayer that’ll give us the power and ability and fuel we need to make it through our lives. 

So let’s say my wheelchair battery were to die.  Ok, it would be terrible but I could call someone to come help, hopefully my phone would be with me and charged…  Hmm. Maybe I could’ve used a dead phone analogy and gotten the point across to more people?  Hmm. Oops. 

But to the point I’m making, I could survive the physical fallout of a powerless wheelchair, something purely physical.  But to live life in such a way as to lose the spirit of God completely?  That is the incomprehensible sadness that many in this world are carrying with them throughout their lives.  To even limit the spiritual connection with our Heavenly Father is painful.  Let us all strive to strengthen that connection. 

The way is clear. Strive to keep the commandments, live clean and as righteously as possible.  That thing, whatever it is, that is right this minute popping into your head that you should either stop doing because it’s bad or that good thing you’re thinking of that you know you could be doing better: Make that change.  Put in the work required to strengthen the spiritual connection so that you may stay on track.  So that you may receive the answers, the guidance and even the strength required that comes in no other way except through the Spirit of Truth, that is the companionship of the Holy Ghost!  And as I have to do with my chair, let us recharge our spiritual batteries every single day! 

I testify that I know for certain that the Holy Ghost really will prompt you and direct you as you allow it to happen by striving to make righteous decisions and seeking that guidance and direction through prayer and study and by keeping the commandments,  And I share this message in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Bobby Stewart

rwstewart@live.com

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

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

 
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Posted by on 09/15/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 604

Tuesday’s Torch 604

September 8, 2020

“Be still, and know that I am God.” is a very well known passage from Psalm 46:10.  I’d like to discuss what it means to me and how I apply it presently.  I say it that way because it’s very cool the way a passage of scripture can mean different things to you at different times.

Currently this verse applies regarding trying to do so much.  I, like many others, am a ‘fixer’.  Show me a problem and I’ll do everything in my power to fix it. I might not always be able to but if I fail then let’s just say the failure is magnificent.  Unfortunately that can cause problems such as trying to fix things for people when they merely wanted someone to listen or by becoming obnoxiously persistent when I perceive a problem exists.

There is nothing inherently wrong with trying to fix problems or paying attention to details but it can cause additional problems.  Overthinking and anxiety go hand in hand and can increase your levels of bad stress which contributes to many health issues.  Outside of that, I know firsthand that obsessively trying to fix relationship problems can actually make the problems worse.  So how do we let go of things we want to fix?  No, seriously, how?

I’ve heard a lot of people use the quote “Let go and let God.”  I think it’s one of those things that is so much easier to say than to do.  I think it’s very close to the meaning of the verse I quoted to begin this message, “Be still, and know that I am God.”  The thing I really like about the verse is “be still”, or in other words calm, at peace.  I can think back to many times where had I been more willing or more able to be calm and peaceful that situations could’ve worked out far better. 

So how then does the verse say to do that?  By knowing that God is God.  We don’t have to do everything ourselves no matter how it may seem in the heat of the moment. In fact there are so many things that only God can do for us that he can only do if we get out of his way!  It’s extremely hard at times despite being so very simple.  Just be still, know that God is God and stop trying to do his job for him by trying to control every single aspect of a situation.

I’ve tried controlling things and trust me, I am not God for an infinite number of reasons and one of those being I’m terrible at it!  I’m probably not the only one who feels like at times I have the reverse Midas touch.  You’ll remember from mythology that everything King Midas touched turned to Gold.  Well it doesn’t take much thought to realize that the reverse Midas touch would be everything you touch turning to poop!  And yeah, I found a way to use the word poop in the Torch.  I felt like it was better than the word crap or other options.  Was it the right call?

Anyways.  As we are able to relax, and take a deep breath and just be still sometimes, we allow God to do what he does best, we allow him to be God!  Would you be able to fully help someone who was actively trying to be you? “Oh, you’re trying to steal my identity? Hold up let me help you out!” Nope, you can see where that would be a bit awkward and problematic.  So let us all be still.  Let God be God.  Of course be in control of yourself, but relax and be still when it comes to controlling things that you really have no ability or right to control.

This is a lesson I’ve still not fully learned and part of what led me to choose this topic.  I pray that we all may become better at this.  It sure would lessen our stresses and anxieties to know at least a little more completely that God really is God and he really does have things under control.  Be at peace and allow him to make it so that all things really do work together for our good.  I leave this message with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Bobby Stewart

rwstewart@live.com

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

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

 
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Tuesday’s Torch 603

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 603

September 1, 2020

“Low-sodium diet.” Very simply put, those are terrible words to hear coming from a medical professional.  So many of the absolute best and most wonderful tasting foods are absolutely loaded with salt. Lowering or eliminating the salt content of many of those foods destroys the taste so much that you are oft-times better off skipping the food entirely.  With time and lots of effort, you can make due and try to find other things to eat or to season food with but it’s not the same.

 

People need sodium.  In the midst of horrific genocide in Cambodia under the horrors of the Khmer Rouge one of the things the displaced and fleeing for their lives Cambodians craved the most was salt.  Such a simple thing became a sought after thing of immense value to them.  I bring this up to point out that even in times of fearing for your life, something as simple as salt is a big deal.

 

I have been pondering this for a while, especially as I’ve adjusted my diet gradually over the years.  Low-sodium and other dietary restrictions can be brutal and complicated and just make life quite miserable if you aren’t careful.  I would like to share the following verse that I feel like can give us all just a glimpse of a major problem in the world.

 

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men”. (Matthew 5:13)

 

We are the salt of the earth.  What is savour?  Savour is defined as the specific taste or smell of something.  The essence of a thing if you will. Salt has a very specific taste that sets it apart, as anyone who has ever tried a salt substitute or has intentionally or accidentally left it out of a recipe can attest!

 

So what is our Savour?  It is our righteousness and our devotion to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We keep our Savour by following the Savior. By doing as he would have us do and living as he would have us live.

 

Look around at many of the problems in this world.  Something is missing.  Something is being left out of the recipe for peace and prosperity.  Something doesn’t taste quite right.  There is a missing ingredient.  The salt of the earth isn’t found in the amount required to season or to preserve happiness and peace.  Salt has amazing value as a preservative.

 

I understand that this message may seem strange or odd that I would be talking so much about salt.  But our part in all of this is to be the salt, and to not lose the savour that makes us so.  Don’t just read the word, live it.  Don’t just believe in God and the Savior but trust in them!  Put your faith in the Lord and strive to share the testimonies we have acquired!

 

Seriously, look around at problems plaguing our country and many parts of the world.  Christlike virtues would eliminate so many problems and would make so much better.  This world needs us. It needs each of us.  And it needs us to be actively seeking the opportunities to be the salt of the earth.

 

People are trying desperately to find out what is missing from their lives and communities and the world, they are striving to find happiness in all sorts of different ways and down many different paths.  But it is my sincere belief that they are all experiencing the odd and wrong taste of an improperly seasoned life.  They are using a salt substitute instead of the real thing.  Following Jesus Christ and living as he would have us live will help us to find the flavor of life, the essence of life and yes, we will maintain our savour to avoid being trampled by a very hectic and crazy world sometimes.

 

We are caught up in a great big world, and this great big world recipe requires an extra dose of Salt.  Gospel salt if you will.  Let’s make sure we are that salt and help others to be as well.  What good is imitation salt when the real thing is needed? That means we must be active and righteous Christians.  Faithful and devout Christianity and righteousness is what is required of us to make this world better.  Let’s make like this world is a gigantic tub of movie theater popcorn, don’t skimp on the salt or that sodium filled theater butter!!! How bland it would be with none of that.  Life is the same way for so many without our Father in Heaven and his Son Jesus Christ.  Let us share the blessing of the Gospel with others.  That is the missing ingredient.  Ye are the salt of the earth and I thank you for tuning in and wish you only the greatest blessings, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

rwstewart@live.com

 

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

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

 

 

 
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Tuesday’s Torch 602

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 602

August 25, 2020

 

 

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”  (Matthew 5:43-45).

 

I felt compelled to share these verses tonight after a couple days where I have allowed myself to get upset and angry about some circumstances that I’m unhappy about and angry at those I have felt wronged by.

 

These are wonderful verses but also very difficult ones to always try and live up to.  Perhaps some of you also struggle with this tendency to get upset at people and have a hard time forgiving or being kind to those who you feel have wronged you.

 

I find comfort that as we strive to love others, both friends and supposed or actual enemies alike we are children of God.  Much like as we often resemble our parents and our children resemble us, it’s great to realize that we can develop attributes that make us more like our Heavenly Father.  As we do that, others will be able to see that resemblance in us and will desire to know more about where that light in our countenance comes from.

 

And just as the verse states that God allows the sun to rise and the merciful rains to fall on the just and the unjust we can attempt to offer love and kindness to everyone and not just those who offer it to us.  It’s definitely nice to know that even when we may be struggling to walk the straight and narrow or get sidetracked or angry, our Father in Heaven will not leave us out in the cold dark desert.  He will still provide us with opportunities for success and blessings.  May we all strive to love one another no matter how easy or difficult it can be from time to time.  I hope that this message finds you all well and can be of help to you.  I share this message for your benefit as well as my own, and I do so humbly and prayerfully 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 08/25/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 601

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 601

August 18, 2020

 

 

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

 

These are clearly very oft-quotes scriptures and have a very special meaning to me as it relates to this torch that it is my privilege to carry.  I’d like to apply it a bit differently today.  Clearly in these verses the light is a fire.  This isn’t a simple case of flipping a light switch and there it is.

 

So for this message I would ask that you imagine yourself and others as glass mason jars.  People for the most part are strolling around with a lid on but full of straw, sticks, dry leaves etc.  Those who are open to the Gospel don’t have their lid closed.  And once in a while they will receive a little spark that sets them ablaze with the Gospel and they are just eager to learn and grow.  Our job as we are full of this Gospel light or fire if you will is to share it with others.

 

And this is a very huge blessing for that person we share the fire with.  For us?  Not only is it a huge blessing but it is an absolute necessity!  We need to share that fire so that it keeps burning.

 

Back to the analogy, think about it.  If you have a fire burning there are certain things you must do to keep it burning.  Adding more fuel to the fire and growing the blaze by adding more wood.  This can be accomplished by continued prayer and study.  But what else does the fire need?  Oxygen, it needs to breathe.

 

What good is it if we build a blazing fire in ourselves, in our personal mason jar, if we then place the lid on it and twist it tight?  That fire will die.  Some people may have a mighty large jar but the fire will eventually burn up all the oxygen and die.  Smaller jars burn up even more quickly.

 

There is nothing quite as disappointing as seeing someone embark upon a righteous path and start aligning themselves to the Gospel as taught in holy scripture only to turn away and go back.  Maybe some didn’t really get the fire fully started? Maybe they had that fire but then bottled it up, put the lid on it because they were afraid of what others might say or think because of the changes they are making.  Maybe they had friends or even family members attempt to pour water on their flame and put it out?

 

I state this because that doesn’t just happen to those just starting out, it can happen to those of us who have been attempting to stay on the straight and narrow path for a long time.  This can happen as we grow complacent or are worried about taking a stand in a day and age where staying true to righteous principles is downright mocked and ridiculed.

 

So let us strive to not just live righteous principles but to share them. Share the light (fire) that is within you and keep it going.  Continue to pray and study and worship so that we are constantly strengthening our fire.  This is what is needed in order to cause the Gospel of Jesus Christ to spread like wildfire over our land and over the entire world!  Look around Brothers and Sisters, we need that now more than ever before!  I testify of these things and hopefully have shared just a little of the fire that I myself have been trying my hardest to build up.  And if you’d be so kind, I would love your feedback.  Please share your light and your fire with me and everyone around you!  I say these things ever so hopefully and humbly in 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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Tuesday’s Torch 600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 600

August 11, 2020

 

This is the 600th Torch. I have spent a lot of time trying to decide what to share this week and it’s been a difficult one.  I think back to my friend Tim and all of the time and effort he spent on all of the ones he shared and I think “Why”?

 

Why did he start it and why did he continue and why do I keep it going?  There is an interaction between Christ and  Simon Peter, or the Apostle Peter as he is best known that I feel is fitting. These are the words the Savior spake unto him from Luke 22: 31-32

 

“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”

 

We are to liken the scriptures to ourselves and as we grow our relationship with God the Father and his son Jesus Christ we feel the desire to share that knowledge.  It is my personal belief that my friend Tim was trying to share the testimony and conversion that he had due to his relationship with the Lord.  It is that relationship that I strive to build and share more strongly each week.

 

This week with the 600th Torch I would like to share with you that those verses are for each of us.  Replace Simon in those verses with your own name and the statement is just as true.  Brothers and Sisters, Satan would love to have you, if for no other reason than to put out your light and to hide it from the world, to silence you.

 

The Tuesday’s Torch has been shining for a long time now and I personally pledge to keep it going as long as I am able.  But let us all take the fire that has been burning for so long now, the fire from the Torch, and use it to further strengthen our own personal torches, let us take that and shine the way for others to follow along as well.  If that means sharing this weekly message then do that, if you feel impressed to share your own words with those in your circles then do that.

 

The Savior has prayed for each of us that our faith not fail us.  He desires for each of us to be converted and then to strengthen others.  There are those who perhaps only you will be able to reach.  Please share your light with them.  Please shine a torch in the darkness for them.  You have been called to this work!  Rise to the occasion and be a light to the world in these days!  I share this message ever so humbly 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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Tuesday’s Torch 599

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 599

August 4, 2020

 

Many blind received their sight during the Saviors mortal ministry.  Some sat on the side of the road begging while still others were led to him in order to seek the blessing of sight.  Jesus Christ physically blessed them that they would be able to see and it was done according to his words and their faith.

 

We all have had and still yet have more need of having our eyes opened by him. In Matthew 13:13-16 Christ described his teachings in parables thusly,

 

“Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

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

But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.”

 

In these verses He is speaking about something greater even than our physical eyes and ears.  As many people as he gave their physical sight back, he offers spiritual sight and hearing to all.  The parables he shares were about knowledge that was common in those days, so some could see and hear those words and dismiss them as something common but only if they were not tuned in spiritually.

 

I have heard and shared that the scriptures are ofttimes written in spiritual code. As we are in tune with the spirit by living right and seeking diligently in the words with our hearts and minds open to receive guidance we are able to receive far more from a verse or collection of verses than just what is contained in the written word.

 

It is in this way that we can understand how those who are not believers are able to read the scriptures and attack them and try to discredit them.  They do not have the spirit with them and so they are unable to see and hear the true meaning behind the words.  At that point the Bible is nothing more than a collection of books to dissect and criticize.

 

This spiritual code is not deciphered by our physical eyes and ears but by our spiritual eyes and ears.  As groups of us come together to discuss and study the scriptures we will often read the same verse and get a prompting that speaks about something to us that another doesn’t see that way but has been prompted to receive another message completely.

 

This can be of amazing benefit to us.  As we get better at seeing and hearing spiritually we will be withdrawing from a limitless bank of information and promptings as we read the scriptures.  Many times the exact same verse that you received guidance from in the past may guide you in unexpected or different ways today.  Because they are written for our benefit now, at this very moment and for any exact moment we are actively reading and searching the scriptures.

 

So as we read the scriptures, I feel it is very important to note all of the miracles such as the physically blind receiving their sight, but let us always remember that it is to show that he can do all things.  That the physical manifestation of the blessing of sight applies to all of us spiritually.  So as those in olden times begged and pleaded with the Savior for their sight, let us each just as humbly seek the blessing of spiritual sight from He who stands ready to bless us and guide us.  I personally know that He will help us.  I testify that we are known and loved by our Savior Jesus Christ and by our Father in Heaven.  And I wholeheartedly share this message with each of you individually, and I do so in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

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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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Tuesday’s Torch 598

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 598

July 28, 2020

 

 

Recently my kids have been doing a lot of bike riding and my daughter has just learned to ride without training wheels. It makes me proud to see the advances my kids make, seeing her learn so quickly from her first attempt has been great.

 

This has had me thinking in what ways are there training wheels in the gospel and what are the ways they are removed and who removes them?

 

The example I would like to share tonight would be to liken the Ten Commandments to training wheels.  The Israelites couldn’t even make it the amount of time for Moses to go up and get the commandments and they were already worshipping a golden calf when he returned.   They were given very specific rules because they needed them.  The Old Testament is full of many very specific commandments that go along with those big ten and all of these requirements and limitations were taken to an extreme by the time the Savior was born.

 

During the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ he removed those training wheels.  No, he didn’t suddenly make the Ten Commandments no longer apply.  He simply gave the greater commandments that encompass them all.  Mark 12:30-31 expresses them this way:

 

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

 

This was a very big step, it shows an increased faith and expectation of those who choose to follow him.  It’s not expected that every little detail of our lives be perfectly dictated to us.  The Savior spent much of his ministry correcting the misunderstandings that had crept in, such as the specifications of how many steps they were allowed to take on the sabbath, how harshly many were condemned for sins and transgressions that were forgivable.

 

The New Testament is full of all of the knowledge and truths that the Savior established and in some cases restored that had been lost or botched.  I hope that we are all able to rise to the occasion and learn how to live those two great commandments.  As we do that, the Ten Commandments and so much more will be simple.  And that is truly when we will be able to climb on that gospel bike and pedal off into the sunset with the excitement that my daughter pedals her bike.  And sometimes we may wobble or crash or have to otherwise put our feet down and start over, but we will get better and better at living the Gospel.

 

And the really great thing about this comparison is that once you learn how to truly live the way the Savior would like for us to live, loving our Heavenly Father and our fellow men and women; living the Gospel will be something you always know how to do, even if you stray and need to come back.  It’s just like riding a bike.  My disclaimer here is that even those of us who are unable to ride a bike can understand the idea behind the saying.  We can come up with our own version of the analogy if riding a bike doesn’t work.

 

I have some other ideas that I could add to this topic but I will save them for future messages.  For this week I leave this challenge with each of us: Really ponder over these verses and prayerfully consider ways that we can more fully live these “greater commandments” so that we may allow the Savior to more completely remove our training wheels and help us live the gospel of Jesus Christ more fully!  And I share these words in his name, Even Jesus Christ the Son of God, Amen!

 

-Bobby Stewart

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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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Tuesday’s Torch 597

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 597

July 21, 2020

 

 

Today I was able to take a little trip down memory lane thanks to a 6 year old Facebook thread where my friend Tim had sent out an invitation to a cookie night/dinner party.  They were always fun and quite a group of people would show up.  To say that we were a crazy bunch would be an understatement. But it was a place where we all felt welcome and never felt judged.

 

Recently with a lot of the things going on in the world and especially in the United States there’s a lot of judgment going around.  So many people seem to want to focus on the bad and see everyone at their worst.  It seems uncool to be able to make our decisions about people currently and historically while evaluating good and bad. Instead we are left in a world that wants to judge everyone based on their worst characteristics or their biggest mistakes and faults as opposed to their strengths and the good.

 

The insane part of this is that none of us want to be judged and more importantly condemned based on our weaknesses and faults, yet it is becoming a pandemic of sorts that negativity has taken over.

 

What is to be done to stop this?  To learn to see others as God sees them, to see them as a brother or sister, to see them as another precious soul that Jesus Christ sacrificed himself to save.  And he did that to save them of the very things we seem to hold against them and judge them on solely.  I’ll share a verse that covers what I’m trying to say.  Matthew 7:1-2 states the following:

 

“Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”

 

First off he says not to judge. But do you see why?  We are told to not judge so that we won’t be.  Because the way we judge is the way we will Be Judged!  If we view our judgements of others with that in mind it is my belief that we will view them much more kindly.  When we want to judge someone at their very worst or based only on their mistakes and shortcomings, we will ask ourselves if we would like someone to judge us based off the worst parts of us and our mistakes and shortcomings.  I think that we all like being seen in a positive light.  I have said before that nobody minds being judged as long as it is favorable.  “I think you’re a great person!” is a judgement that almost nobody has a problem with.  We can’t say the same for the opposite.

 

All of us felt that positive feeling of acceptance and being viewed in the most favorable light when hanging out at Tim and Joe’s, (sorry Dawn but we all referred to it that way, but we love you like crazy too!)  Were we perfect or even remotely close to it?  Nope.  The stories I could tell even about my man Tim would prove that.  And please don’t ask around for stories about me!  But we didn’t judge each other on their faults.  I’d like to see more of the kindness and fellowship that we had take off and run across the world faster and more completely than Covid and especially the hysteria surrounding it!

 

So before we start pointing out the worst in someone, maybe step back and think how we would feel to be judged solely on us at our worst.  I sure wouldn’t want anyone doing that to me, especially if it were at that great judgement day where we have been warned that we will be judged the way we judge.  Our challenge is to be non-judgmental to the point of being way overly likely to judge favorably.  Because speaking for myself, I can use all the help I can get.  And these words I leave with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

-Bobby Stewart

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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 07/21/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 596

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 596

July 14, 2020

 

 

Social distancing can be difficult. Not being able to go as many places as we would like and being unable to hang out with friends is a challenge.  Many of us have had to deal with even more isolation than we are used to.  I have bad days the same as everyone else and times where I don’t think anyone understands me or cares.  A combination of the adversary as well as our own insecurities can tell us we don’t even have any friends.  I would like to share a verse that I found comfort in today.

 

John 15:13-15 says:

 

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”

 

What an amazing statement.   So often we think I’m terms of “serving the Lord.”  And many times we think like that song says, “what a friend we have in Jesus.”  But how often do we realize that He views us as his friends?  How amazing is it that we can be good friends with the Savior?  And how heartbreaking it must be for him during those times we stray from him or turn our backs on him.

 

The commandment in that verse is a big one.  Love one another the way that Jesus loves us.  That is the commandment that connects to our friendship with him.  He is our friend and wants us to be his.  He will leave that up to us though.  He isn’t going to force us to love him or to love others, the same way we cannot force anyone to like us or to love us.

 

But as we treat others with love and respect we will be treating them the way the Savior treats them.  There is an old saying of sorts that suggests that we become like those we spend time with.  Choose your friends carefully!  The challenge that we gladly and gratefully accept as Christians is to become like the Savior.  To help us do that, let us apply the principle that we become like our friends and build our friendship with Jesus Christ.

 

As we spend time searching his words in the scriptures we grow closer to him.  As we act as he would have us act we grow closer still.  As we show our friendship with the Savior by following the commandments, especially and specifically loving one another the way he loves us, we will truly be friends with the Savior.

 

In these challenging times where we maybe can’t be around our circle of friends, or for those of us who sometimes feel like we are outsiders and don’t really fit into a circle of friends, let us turn to our Father in Heaven, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost as our closest circle of friends.   That is my hope and prayer for each of us this week, that we may build an actual and lasting friendship with our Savior.  And I share these things in his name, even Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

 

-Bobby Stewart

 

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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 07/14/2020 in Torches