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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

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 08/04/2020 in Torches

 

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

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 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

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 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

 

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 595

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 595

July 7, 2020

 

 

Don’t get mad get glad.”  Many will remember this as the old sandwich bag slogan.  But for me I kind of remember it for another reason.  As a child I dealt with a bit of bullying.  This was back before all of the anti-bullying campaigns when those being bullied were taught to respond with the old sticks and stones response.  I’m grateful for that advice and I’m not sharing for a pity party for little kid me.

 

So back on track.  I would get so angry at the bullies.  They would pick on me because I was an easy target.  Typically the youngest and smallest kid in my classes, always sitting in the bottom corner of class pictures, some of y’all know what I’m talking about.  On top of that due to Muscular dystrophy they had a physical advantage over me.  To make up for this I had some anger like you wouldn’t believe and I could holler and yell with the best of them.

 

So in response to me squinting my eyes and holding up my clenched fists they’d say the words “Don’t get mad, get glad” at me.  Not sure if I was the only kid to ever be taunted with that nonsense but as a young kid it was so frustrating.  So my anger issues grew and grew in response to these things so for many years even when I had grown up I would roll my eyes when people would say “Nobody can make you angry. Anger is a choice.  You can choose how to respond.” They’d say this in regards to being offended too and I always thought they were full of it. 🙂

 

But guess what?  It’s true and I’m so thankful to know that.  Knowing it is true and actually completely living it are two different things and I have a lot of work left to to.  So if any of you are feeling like it’s an absurd thought, yeah, I’ve been there and sometimes in frustration still waver back and forth sometimes, as some people who I have been angry at can attest to.  But I promise it is worth working on.

 

And now to the scripture that I would like to share that many of my thoughts and feelings tonight connect with is Psalm 37:7-8 and most specifically 8 but I’ll share them both here.

 

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.”

 

So what was once a taunt from bullies, “Don’t get mad”, is now delivered in love as a commandment, “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath.”  Those are hard but worth striving for.  Now, it may seem absurd to tie that scripture in with the taunting of a couple childhood bullies, but it gets better.

 

A couple verses later is the following, I’m sure you can guess where this is going.  After describing some bad stuff that happens to bad people comes Verse 11: “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”  Hmm.  Sounds sort of like gladness….  Great…  So there straight from the scriptures comes “Don’t get mad, get glad.”  A big difference?  The source of those words actually stands ready to provide us with that gladness.  If we turn to him.

 

The only thing me turning to those bullies resulted in were a few attempts at chasing them down to land a couple punches here and there and getting knocked down repeatedly.   But our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ don’t knock us down, but will always pick us up.  If we choose to let them.  Getting angry is a choice.  Being offended is a choice.  Getting help to be glad or delighted “in the abundance of peace” as the scriptures word it is also a choice.  Let us choose to seek that help when events and actions leave us wanting to be angry or respond in wrath.

 

I’ll be continuing to fight this battle right along side any of you who choose to take up this fight or who are already fully immersed in it.  May God bless each of you.  And don’t worry, I won’t tag any who actually were those bullies back in the day because they turned out alright and one of them I ended up considering to be one of my good childhood friends, once we understood each other a bit better.

 

I pray each of you has a great week and can find plenty of reasons to have joy and gladness.  And remember, in love this time, “Don’t get mad, get glad!”  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 594

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 594

June 30, 2020

 

 

 

In Matthew chapter 19 a rich young man came up to the Savior to seek knowledge.  He wanted to know what he could do to have eternal life.

 

Jesus mentions several commandments in the following words:

 

“Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

 

Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

 

To this the young man responded that he had kept those commandments since he was a youth and wondered what he was still missing.  Verses 21-22:  “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.”

 

Now let me state that I feel like this is one of those verses that a lot of people seem to have difficulty with and misunderstand.  In connection with the verse that states that the “love of money is the root of all evil,” there are many who assume money is evil in and of itself.  But it is the love of it and the focus on it that invites the evil.

 

If we look at this verse as only applying to riches and wealth we will miss the application it has for us all.  If we take this rich young man at his word he has lived a rather virtuous life, at least he has avoided some very big sins.  So why then did Jesus tell him to sell all he had?  Because that was the one thing this man was placing above God.   His great possessions were the thing that he could not do without.  His riches were preventing him from having a close relationship with his Heavenly Father!

 

Many of us would love the chance to have that questioned answered face to face by the Savior.  What do I lack?  What am I missing?  I’ve done this and this and kept these commandments, I’ve struggled with some others in the past and I’m trying

my best but what else can I do?  I’m absolutely certain I’m not the only one who feels this way from time to time.

 

We can seek those answers for ourselves during personal prayer and scripture study but I would like to offer this idea.  Most of us already know, if we really think about it, which of our priorities are in proper order and which of them are mixed up.  What do we put ahead of our relationship with God and his son Jesus Christ?  What would we go away sorrowful about having to give up?  The scriptures were written for us to apply to our lives, so that we may learn and grow so I would like to apply this scripture to us in the following ways.

 

Think if any of these versions would fit.  ‘And he walked away sorrowful because his pride was great.’  ‘And she walked away sorrowful for her desires were great.’  ‘And they walked away because their addictions were great’.  The thing standing in our way from the exaltation and eternal life we seek can be many many things.  Sometimes even emotional things.  Maybe it is great anger or sadness standing in our way?  Disappointment at hopes or dreams we had for ourselves or others that haven’t come to fruition?  Some people let secular or worldly knowledge prevent them from having the humility to turn to their Heavenly Father for help because they foolishly think they can figure everything out on their own.

 

Whatever thing or combination of things is standing in your way that you need to let go of, do it.  Get help if you need it.  Remove whatever weakness, trial, struggle, favorite sin, procrastination, guilt, shame, anger or frustrations that are stopping you from turning more fully to righteousness and living as God invites us to live.  With God all things are possible.  Even giving away that which stands in our way.  Removing those stumbling blocks that far too often we place in our own way and in the way of others.  And usually, at least in my circles of influence, it’s not being too wealthy that is causing our problems.  But sometimes we get caught up in seeking something and desiring something so strongly that we lose sight of those things that are truly important.

 

My challenge for myself this week and for any who choose to accept it with me is the following:  Ponder, pray and study on what we feel we can improve upon, find out what our personal answer is for the question of what we lack, of what we must do, what we must let go of to receive the eternal life and exaltation that the Savior has made possible for each of us.  And once we have a more complete grasp of the improvements we can make, let us seek the Lords help in making them.  With him all things are possible, even those things you don’t feel you can get by without.  With God, you can, and you will not just survive but you will thrive.  Of this I testify 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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Tuesday’s Torch 593

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 593

June 23, 2020

 

 

 

Tonight I would like to share some thoughts I had as they relate to an activity I set up for the kids earlier today.  For quite a while they’ve been wanting to pretend that the floor is lava and try to keep from touching it.  The last few days it had been more of a topic of discussion due to a tv gameshow on Netflix so today I sent them into my room and surprised them by setting up an obstacle course to play the game in the house.

 

While setting it up I had to consider their ages and ability levels.  I wanted to give them some problem solving and physical challenges but had to balance that with making sure they could actually safely complete it.  So I set it up and then watched them excitedly work their way through.

 

It was enjoyable to see them accomplish the task but there was definitely some worry because there was a chance of injury.  Especially if they were to try something crazy like jumping from too far a distance or slipping.  There were a couple close calls and it took them a bit to figure out how to pass a couple of the obstacles.  I was so tempted to just tell them what to do but watched as they figured out a way by themselves.

 

With Father’s Day having been a couple days ago and then today’s activity, I began to think about our relationship with God our Heavenly Father.  So often one of the arguments I have heard is, “If God is Good, why do bad things happen?”  I thought about the game I set up for my children.  I wanted them to be challenged while they had fun and hoped they would learn and grow from the experience.  But could they have made mistakes and gotten hurt?  Yes.  Could my son or daughter have hurt each other with those mistakes?  Absolutely.  Because accidents happen.

 

I could have prevented or limited the risk by either not letting them play at all or having decreased the difficulty which would also diminish the opportunity for growth.  I feel that as God watches us go through our lives, it’s quite possible that he feels similar to my feeling when watching them play today.  Pride when we do something good, worry for us that we might make a mistake and hurt ourselves or others.  Clearly God knows everything and has set things up perfectly for us to have the best chance to learn, grow, be challenged and ultimately succeed. There are plenty of ways things can go right or wrong.

 

And guess what?  He has the answers.  He knows what we should do to get past all of our obstacles, but where would be the opportunity for growth if He steps in and tells us what to do in every decision before we even consider all the options?  That opportunity would be gone.

 

Now there were a couple times that I would help them out with guidance when they needed it, especially when they would ask for it.  I could drop hints to let them still figure out as much as possible or sometimes more direct advice to prevent injury.  God does that for us in a much more amazing way than what I could do for my kids today, because our God is a God of more than enough.  Sometimes we feel like we are not enough or jut barely enough.  As we turn to God we will realize that we are created to be more than enough too, especially with his help.

 

My kids today were so excited and happy taking part in the challenge.  One thing that was wonderful for me, is how excited and happy they were to do their best and be successful with me watching them and cheering them on.  Let us not lose sight of the very real truth that God our eternal father and his son Jesus Christ are watching us and cheering us on too, because they love us!  Let us strive to make them proud, let us reach out for advice and help when we need it through prayer and scripture study, and let us rise to all of the challenges of life.  I know that we will receive the help we need to make it to the finish line.  I share these simple thoughts 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 06/23/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 592

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 592

June 16, 2020

 

 

 

When times are difficult, when it seems we are faced with extreme challenges, how do we make it through?  We live in a time where there’s a lot of hatred and judgment.  There will be times when each of us will be viewed negatively.  It doesn’t feel good to be mistreated or to be attacked or judged harshly.

 

If you ever find yourself feeling low, as I have many times in the past, remember the Savior.  He knows our pains.  Isaiah prophesied the following regarding Christ and it came to pass.  Isaiah 53:3-5 states:

 

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

 

I’ve been staying fairly positive lately and getting some much needed things done.  I’ve been trying to make the most of situations that weren’t what I had planned or expected.  It took a while to get myself back on track.  I share this with you today because it is possible to overcome trials and challenges.

 

Because of Jesus Christ and his sacrifices on our behalf we can be healed.  From all the pains of this life, from each and every emotional scar, every betrayal, every harsh judgment, because he has paid that price.  We would all love it if people always liked us and spoke favorably of us, put a thumbs up on everything we post to social media but that doesn’t happen.

 

And I’ll let you in on a little secret that isn’t so secret, sometimes those moments when we feel we absolutely need someone or something, sometimes we don’t get that.  But I can promise you and guarantee that if in that moment you turn to your Father in Heaven in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, you will receive more than enough.

 

I will admit that I feel as though I’ve been “unfollowed” by so many people as I have been too open about my struggles and difficulties over the last couple years.  I worry that I chased away people.  While I have had support from wonderful friends and family, some turned their backs on me and probably others I simply thought did.  But I know this much.  God never unfollows you, Jesus Christ never unfollows you.  They will never turn their backs on you.  No matter how far you may have roamed away from them, no matter how lost you may feel, turn to the Savior and you will find His outstretched arms waiting for you.  Because he has felt exactly what you are feeling, he had to in order to heal and save us.  Accept his healing into your life, even for those pains that you feel are too great, He will help you.  I testify of these truths 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 06/16/2020 in Torches

 

Tuesday’s Torch 591

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Torch 591

June 9, 2020

 

 

 

Tonight my kids and I had a movie night.  We decided to watch the new version of Aladdin.  We all enjoyed it.  There were times of reflection for me while watching it, as silly as that may sound.

 

Thinking about Aladdin’s desire to be something more and having a fresh start got me thinking.  And of course some lessons in the movie are the same as in the animated film from years ago.  Namely that we are to be ourselves, maybe our best selves, but ourselves none-the-less.

 

There are lessons to be taken from the story as well about jealousy and honesty.  Lessons to learn that I actually feel like connect to a message that the the ends do not justify the means.  Plenty of people feel like if what they want is a righteous desire, that anything and everything it takes to achieve it is perfectly acceptable.   Here’s a hint, it isn’t.  There truly is no right way or right reason to do wrong.

 

With these thoughts running through my mind I began reading through some New Testament scriptures to find a verse to share tonight and the following stood out to me.  Hebrews 13:5-6 says the following:

 

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

 

In this life there will always be those who have more than us or things that we would love to have for ourselves.  Sometimes we may get caught up in feeling like we should have more or better or that we deserve something more than another.

 

These types of feelings can eat us alive.  I know that for a fact.  Becoming more at peace with ourselves and accepting what we have and finding a way to be happy with it is a wonderful blessing.  I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t strive to achieve our righteous goals.  We of course should do that, but I hope that we can all appreciate the journey a little more and stress a little less if it may be taking us longer than it seems to be taking others.

 

And for each of us that have been going through a rough time, perhaps here is a little jewel to help you along.  As we go through our day to day struggles, know that you have tremendous worth.  You are truly a diamond in the rough!  The Savior of the world loved you enough to sacrifice himself for you, and he would have paid that price even if you were the only one who would be saved by it.  He knows and loves you on a very personal level.  And if that doesn’t prove your worth as a precious diamond in the rough, I know of nothing that ever will.

 

May God bless each of you tonight and always.  When you look at yourself in the mirror, know that you are a child of God and that you are enough, you are more than enough.  Be yourself.  And strive to let your light shine forth as you seek to live righteously.  I share these thoughts 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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Posted by on 06/09/2020 in Torches