PASS THE TORCH FOR JESUS SAKE

After reading about how God lit the fire that burned the sacrifice in the tabernacle and making the connection that is like Jesus lighting the fire within us to really know Him.
Like the sacrifice on the alter long ago the priest had to keep the fire going and so do we. Jesus was the sacrifice for our sins. Do we maintain passions fire for Jesus?
If we do then we will be the torch in this dark world for Jesus’ SAKE! This is a response to reading Beth Moore study –
THE HEART OF A WOMAN.


PASS THE TORCH FOR JESUS SAKE
BY RENA OYNES © JANUARY 29, 2010

OH LORD GOD
HOW DOETH YOU LOVE A SINNER LIKE ME
I ASK, I ASK, I ASK AND ASK
YOU TOOK ME FROM DEATH’S TRAP
BROUGHT ME TO YOUR TABLE OF LIFE
OH WHAT A JOYOUS DAY! OH WHAT A JOYOUS DAY!

SO DIFFERENT AM I MADE
I STAND BEFORE MY KING
TO TOUCH ANOTHER WHO NEEDS YOUR GRACE AS MUCH AS I
I COME TO THEE LORD ON BENDED KNEE
AND ASK THAT YOU ENLARGE THE FLAME OF LOVE ,
OF LOVE, OF YOUR LOVE WITHIN ME! M-E-E-E!

OH FLAME BLAZE, BLAZE ! FLAME BLAZE, BLAZE, BLAZE!
MAY I BECOME A TORCH FOR YOU LORD, FOR YOU LORD
TO SHED THE LIGHT OF YOUR LOVE JESUS
UPON THIS SOUL, UPON THIS EARTH, UPON THIS NATION, UPON THIS
WORLD

TOUCH THIS LAND, TOUCH THIS LAND
FROM SHORE TO SHORE
FROM NATION TO NATION
PASS THE TORCH , PASS IT ON, PASS IT
BROTHER, SISTER, DAUGHTER, SON
PASS IT ON, PASS IT ON,
FOR JESUS SAKE, PASS IT ON!!!!!

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I am a novice writer and painter who loves to be creative. I love singing but can't sing without a hymnal, except for children's songs. I love to make up my own songs and love the old hymns. I love to garden and got that love from my Mom and Dad who taught be everything I know from planting to harvesting to canning. I'm happy gardening, walking with my pug, JD Sir Winston Churchill, painting, and crafting. I love to spend Saturday's sitting in my rocker going through a bible study. I love working with elementary school aged children and seeing them use their creative gifts. I have taught Sunday school for a number of years and taught in the public schools for 18 years. I might say I'm retired but I spend most of my time subbing and enjoy it immensely. The kids spark my own creativeness.

19 thoughts on “PASS THE TORCH FOR JESUS SAKE

  1. In reading your blog on Beth Moore’s lesson, The Heart of a Woman, and your response in poetry. I respond….Psalm 86:5 “Oh Lord, you are so good, so willing to forgive and so full of unfailing love to everyone who asks for your help”. And, Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

    If we have what Rena has proclaimed in her poem, a Torch, then we as good people should do something that will dampen the tyrant of evil.

  2. WHAT WE SAY & WHAT WE DO

    We can say God will forgive
    But will we change the way we live?
    We can say blaze fire, blaze
    But then how do we spend our days?
    We can say we want the fire
    But then get drenched in worldly mire
    We can cry for fire & power
    But yet will not stay and watch one hour
    We can cry and plead and beg
    But we will not have a leg
    To stand on when the charts are shown
    It’s what we DO and that alone
    That counts for Christ and a Heavenly Home.
    JUST DO IT! ___mg

  3. Rena quotes Beth Moore as saying…”we will be the torch in this dark world for Jesus’ SAKE!” Can we give some practical ways we can do this?

  4. The Apostle Paul kept his flame for Jesus going and was always lighting other’s flames/torches with his exhortations such as this one from I Cor 15:58
    “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

  5. John 13: 35 says: “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” Now listen to the footnotes for verses 34 and 35. “Jesus says that our Christlike love will show we are his disciples. Do people see petty bickering, jealousy, and division in your church? Or do they know you are Jesus’ followers by your love for one another? Love is more than simply warm feelings; it is an attitude that reveals itself in action. How can we love others as Jesus loves us? By helping when it’s not convenient, by giving when it hurts, by devoting energy to others’ welfare rather than our own, by absorbing hurts from others without complaining or fighting back. This kind of loving is hard to do. That is why people notice when you do it and know you are empowered by a supernatural source. The Bible has another beautiful description of love in 1 Corinthians 13.”

  6. Sara’s and Needle’s examples really light up the torch.

    Here’s another spark to add from Philippians 2:14,16 (Message):
    “Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I’ll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You’ll be living proof that I didn’t go to all this work for nothing.”

  7. We can do as God told Moses to say to Aaron concerning the position of the Lampstand in the Tabernacle. Sara wrote a book about this, entitled
    THROWING YOUR LIGHT FORWARD. Jesus said not to hide your light under a bushel. Not put your light under a bedstead. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.
    To put your light forward is to cast the Word of God before us as we walk. It lights our path for us (and for others to see) and for our footsteps. When people see us they should see a shining and a glory that can only be the Lord’s. It can be done. i can name people whose light is glorious about them, the Light of the Lord, that is. But we cannot fake it with MERE clothing and cosmetics & hairdos (1Pter 3:3). And we cannot fake it with
    vain platitudes… People catch on sooner or later that it’s all talk and no action. No!
    Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your GOOD DEEDS and praise your Father in Heaven (Matt. 5:16)
    So with Sara’s comment, “facial expression” I add, GOOD DEEDS and Body (of Christ) Language!

  8. Beth Moore say, “If we invite God to pour on His Holy Spirit and if we allow that perpetual light to burn unhindered and uncovered, an amazing phenomenon takes place, we are filled with the Spirit. When we are filled with
    the Spirit, another chain reaction takes place. We produce the fruit of the Spirit (Gal: 5:22-23)” – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control – Jesus’s personality.

    Beth says we should pray everyday, “Lord, purify me and make me a fit vessel for Your presence. Then fill me to overflowing with Your precious Holy Spirit.”

  9. I have no doubt that God wants to do and will do and has done what Beth Moore says according to Rena above. I still have doubt about what I and all others do with what He has already done and will continue to do.

    Mainly, I go back to good communication. Truth, honesty and integrity is the light accordingly to the gospel of John.

    When I write these words it seems like a hollow hole in the whole of things. Try and communicate with ones that do wrong and think saying nothing is the good thing. Burke’s quote beams brighter and brighter in the mind’s eye, where is the good in men and where is the evil in man. Maybe they dwell together and enjoy their power and weaponry skill.

  10. Maybe there is a fear that if we don’t communicate with those who do wrong in the right timing we will blow our opportunity to minister truth to them or salvation or healing or deliverance. God’s timing is always perfect. We see the import of doing the right thing AT THE RIGHT TIME. Many Christians with good heart motives have blown the possibility of gaining a spiritual relationship by speaking at the wrong time or with the wrong delivery. If a fellow Christian does wrong, let the righteous (thru Christ) admonish him/her. If that one receives the WORD of correction, the Light, the exposure, in the right spirit, we have gained our brother/sister. However, if our approach is not correct how can we minister to another when we have fear of offending, or being labeled prideful, or holier-than-thou, etc. How does one minister correction or admonish or exhort without appearing prideful? Hitting them over the head with the Bible does not often work. Should we be concerned in beams and planks in our brother’s/sister’s eye if we are not their pastors or leaders? These questions are important and of concern to the members of the Body of Christ, in general. How do we minister to souls without losing ours???

  11. When the motives is love and we do our best. Fear has to go. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” I John 4:18

  12. I agree. Bible says, perfect love casts out fear. But like you have pointed out, before…we claim love but the words seem hollow. Either we are lovers, or we’re not. I believe the only way is to examine our hearts our motives and intents…because that’s what Jesus will be doing at the Bema Seat. If we admonish our brother because we love him/her with the love of the Lord and want them to be free from the things that bind them… not just because it annoys us or bothers us…. that can be the true test of our commitment to the holy life in the brotherhood of Christ. Can we all claim that pure love of our brethren? We SHOULD be able to, as Christians.
    This calls for more soul searching.

  13. I think Needles footnotes talks about the practicalities of love…others focused, not self-focused. Real love is that.

  14. Yes, I agree. But focused on WHAT in others? Their flaws? Their little defeats? The sins that so easily beset them? How do we help when we have planks in our own eyes about ourselves? I remember in Sara’s book she had a quote that encouraged those of us who have our own problems to lock up our doors, go across the way and help someone else out. But will that bring them into the Kingdom after we have helped? There’s a key somewhere in here…yes Christ…but how to apply Christ, the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God to go beyond our own faults, beyond their faults. I believe that’s what the Body of Christ is missing….what I’m missing. Why do the nice people I meet and speak with and share experiences with NOT want what they say they admire in me? I’m not getting it, yet!

  15. MG’s above blog talks about finding the key. Interesting CF on Stairway to Heaven just yesterday was blogging about Jesus being the key. I agree hearing words, seeing words and even talking and blogging about the key words will not do it. The Holy Spirit does it! He must be the key hole that the perfect and only key will fit in.

    A modern day saga comes to my mind. From my readings and hearing about Elizabeth and John Edwards. John, which had a very good chance of being the President of the United States had an affair or (s). We all know the story pretty well. His wife had/has cancer and always seemed so one with him. People thought them to be in love. But, time has revealed that Elizabeth knew about his sexual indiscretions and turned her head. Really trying to deceive all of us and the world. Because a President of the United States is known throughout the World. His closest aide(s) knew, helped him and then turned their heads. Thank God for the Enquirer which some of us want to hide it when we read it.

    I feel a great lose for all of us, his wife, family, aides and the American people that could of had an opportunity to make a decision with a vote for a man that talked about issues close to many people’s heart. He gave some wonderful issues for us as Americans to think about. But, his actions’ poison us all with so many lies. Lies that seem so unnecessary if he or Elizabeth or aides would have just been honest with him from the start. I am not standing in judgement of the why’s some have given. I feel sad for the pain many close to John Edwards have suffered and are suffering. But, without a doubt, we all lost something in this ongoing saga.

    My thought in responding to MG’s questions above would be as we look-in this mirror or others much like it maybe we can see where the key issues are. Do we or would we have been any different? The real key is, are we any, really any different? As long as we are getting something out of it we turn our heads. Our feelings may tell us BIG FAT SELF sitting on a throne. What do you see?

  16. I DO see a lesson coming from the situation you describe above. If any of us were to take that lesson to heart, that is, apply it to our lives and the circumstances in our lives…the fact that, if the truth had been told in the beginning, even though it might have cost something quite large….Look at it now!!!! This is the age of exposure. There was an exhortation in our church maybe a year and a half ago, from the Holy Spirit through the aegis of Sara that said, paraphrased, that this is the era of exposure of many things and that Holy Spirit would be bringing many things to light.
    David writes in his Psalm, “where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I hide? if I take the wings of the morning, if I make my bed in hell, you will find me. You see me. You are there to observe me. No we cannot hide from His Spirit. Better to run to HIM and repent and ask forgiveness than to run from Him and try to hide it. To be sure….He will find you out.

  17. Adding to what MG said, I see that when we ‘sweep things under the carpet’, as a saying goes, then the dirt’s not gone, it just piles up, hidden for awhile. We think it will just go away if we ignore it, but it doesn’t. I agree that we turn our heads because of what’s in it for us…maybe to avoid embarressment, avoid confrontation, avoid abuse; not to endanger a status quo lifestyle of living, etc. But it’s all sinfully selfish and at the expense of the emotional, spiritual and perhaps physical health and welfare of others as well as our selves.

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