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The Spare Tire

  • But in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them. 2 Chronicles 15:3 NIV

    We were happily driving towards our destination when I felt the car gradually getting lower on one side and the steering became sluggish. I pulled over to the side of the road, got out, and sure enough we had a flat tire. It was the first time that I had thought of the spare tire in a long time. It is one of those things that you tend to forget about until you need it. Fortunately the spare was fine and soon I had it changed and we were on the road again.

    Israel would backslide away from God and then when in distress, turn back to Him and cry. God would forgive them and once things began to go well for them, they would slide away again. Sometimes when things are going well for us, we tend to forget about God. We treat Him like a spare tire that is there when we need Him, but mostly forget Him.

    Jesus said, Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Matt 7:21). Many will profess to know Jesus but will not submit to His leadership and one day He will separate the sheep from the goats (Matt 25:33).

    Today counts. Dont pray to the Lord only when you are in distress. Involve the Lord in your life every day and build that relationship, especially when things are going well for you. When you have ignored Him for three years, He may still answer you, but you rob yourself of the greatest experience available on earth by treating God Almighty like a spare tire.

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J D  Williams
J D Williams FATHER PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR EVER TAKING YOU FOR GRANTED HELP ME PLEASE TO RETURN TO MY FIRST LOVE YOU........MY LORD JESUS.......
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Amen May we always Seek first God daily
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Jane Lee
Jane Lee Lord please forgive me for being backslidden for a long time. Teach me how to better listen and obey you, Jesus. 
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield That's the great thing about our Lord--HE forgives and wipes our filthy slates clean thru Jesus! People, however, are NOT likely to forgive---or forget. My family is famous for holding life-long grudges, some of which can't even be justified.But God is just the opposite. All we have to do is BELIEVE and surrender to Him.
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Jack Murphy
Jack Murphy Great stuff! These devotionals are powerful! God is touching many lives and doing great things through this ministry! 
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell AMEN AMEN AMEN!!! You have Definitely said a mouthful. Give God our best, NOT our last. LOVING ON GOD!!! (:-)
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome God is great
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I don't know why it is that we go to God with our problebs but for get to live moment by moment with Him. I want to praise Him every minute of the day. I am going to try to keep in my mind what Christ did for me, He died for me, sureley I can remember to be so thankful for what He did for me. I just pray that the Holy Spirit brings this to my mind, and I will be in a attitude of praise.
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Albert Chau
Albert Chau That's my life. A few years back when things went really well, I ignored God for 3 yrs, and just like the Israelite, you know the rest of the story. God brought me back to Him, and I lost everything all the idols that kept me from Him. It was such a trial of my life going through fire.
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Good Morning prayer warriors, I'm asking you to pray for my family today. My brother is in the hospital fighting for his life! Twice they told my family he passed and twice they brought him back, I thank God for all he is doing and will do! Amen,  in Jesus name I pray!  
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Father, I lift up Gail's brother to you and pray that you please have mercy on him and his family. Please heal him completely and remove the cause of this affliction at its root. I pray that you please grant wisdom and discernment to his family and to the doctors, so that they may take the proper steps. I pray this in the name of Jesus and thank you for your grace and mercy!
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd So sorry, Albert, I know that must have been rough :(. I believe we have all had our idols smacked down, to one degree or another. What's great is He can also restore it all, as He did with Job. 
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Alane Grosz
Alane Grosz In the words of the Carrie Underwood song " Jesus take the wheel", I too have been guilty of treating the Lord like a spare tire.  I have called upon him in my need and not at all times. My husband and I are having trouble because I have been with putting what others think of me infront of what Jesus and my husband think of me.  Please  Lord, instead of being in the trunk, take the wheel.
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Alane Grosz
Alane Grosz Lord, be with Gail and her family, in there time of struggle. Amen
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, I pray that the Lord grants you increased clarity from moment-to-moment to help you get past the pressure of others in your life, in the name of Jesus!
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
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Beatrice "Raye" Huth
Beatrice "Raye" Huth I love the analogy...how fitting on a beautiful day to hear the message when things are smooth; I will answer the call to pray everyday no matter the weather/temperature or what is going on in my life.  
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli When I get up in the morning I say the "Lord's Prayer" I thank God for the day and I ask him to be with me in all that I do and all that I say.  However, when something happens I always add an extra prayer or two.  If I don't say at least the "Lord's Prayer" each day my day does not seem "alright."
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd I pray that the Lord will heal your brother in Jesus name!
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Deleted Member God bless you for this message. 
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Deleted Member Yes if we put Him  first in all things, it sure does go better. God bless you. 
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Deleted Member That's wonderful, we should pray in the good times and bad, because Jesus is their waiting to hear from us. 
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Deleted Member God's word is so good. 
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Deleted Member I pray peace in your time of struggle. I pray Jesus will give you the strength you need to get pass these things that are troubling you. We claim deliverance in the name of Jesus. Amen. 
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Deleted Member Gail, I pray for healing for your brother in Jesus name. I pray a calmness and peace will enter into your heart and the hearts of your family during this troubling time. We know Jesus is able to do the impossible. 
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Deleted Member Thank you Lord for being being with Albert through the fire and bringing him out to serve You and be a blessing to others. 
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Deleted Member That is wonderful to have an attitude of praise in all things. Thank you for sharing. God bless you with many things to praise Him for. 
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Deleted Member Yes , He is. He is the greatest thing that ever happened. I want to thank Him for loving me and saving me. 
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Deleted Member Yvette, beautifully said.
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Deleted Member Amen, God is touching so many hearts and lives and I praise Him for allowing Pastor Dion and Sylvia to help us know Jesus better and to come closer to Him. 
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Deleted Member Amen, Kathy I am so glad Jesus forgives us and loves  us even when we fall short. He is there to help us get up again. Thank you Jesus. 
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Deleted Member Jane, I am so glad you have come back to  Jesus. I pray that He will guide your every step to be in His perfect will. Always know if we fall short, Jesus is there to forgive and help us to get up and go on and learn to trust Him in every thing in our life. Jesus loves you and so do we. We are part of a great church family and friends at Refreshing Hope. 
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Deleted Member Amen Deborah, I pray that I will always put Him first in my life, because I know He puts us first. He cares and loves us so. 
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Deleted Member What a beautiful prayer, to return to our First Love. Jesus.
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Phynedra Franklin
Phynedra Franklin Amen love this post. I have learned to start my day off with prayer, devotionals and praise and nothing can come against me when I seek the Lord first each day my day goes smoother. He's there waiting for us. Such an awesome God we serve.
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Deleted Member He is an awesome God. 
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen... there is an amazing feeling in my heart when I include and speak to my Lord and Savior each time, because I need Jesus everyday of my life and his presence in my life just let's me fall deeper in love with him each day, for where would I be without him! ♡ All glory to God!!
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Deleted Member Amen.
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers Been there done that too, Albert. I get it. But God is faithful! And His love is everlasting! I look back and see that although it was devastating to endure what I did, I can see that the Lord was so loving in His decision. He displayed such tender mercies to "put up with" my shenanigans; and to then bring me back to His "fold". Then He bestowed a bounty of blessings upon me that I did not deserve, but I now have a right to in my restored covenant relationship with Him. Blows my mind! Such love! The pain we both endured, although horrific, cannot compare to the benefits of His love! 
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen Need to hear this!! thanx again Dion
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Michael Russell
Michael Russell Very true, Like my relationship with God, my spare over 22years, I never needed it and I totally forgot all about it, had no respect or need for it. Then one day my life ended, literally overnight, and now 2yrs on, God provides not just all four tyres on my car, but with it gives my a sense of hope once again that I never had before. It's not easy, but I know I can now always put my hope and faith in Him to take me on the mission he has for me in the directions he chooses. Amen
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Carletheia Linnen
Carletheia Linnen That's good right there, AMEN!!!
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Seek Him everyday.
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler He is a friend who has me so much I try to keep a conscious contact with Him.  I know this is His reason He created us...to have fellowship with us.  I know I can caught in the morning & truly dislike it when  I think on Him & try to settle down for quiet time & prayer.
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Colette Hanson
Colette Hanson My Father I want to love you like You deserve but I am wea . I ask the Holy Spirit to help me but I know my true heart as do  You. Why can't l love you deeply in my douk?  Help me to love you more 
May 4, 2015