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The Spare Tire

  • Now for a long time Israel was without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law. But when in their distress they turned to Yahweh, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them. 2 Chronicles 15:3 WEB

    We were driving to town to buy groceries one day, when I felt the car gradually getting lower on one side. Then it began to pull to the right, and the steering became sluggish. I was driving, so I pulled over to the side of the road and got out to check things. The passenger side rear tire had gone down, apparently because of a bad valve stem.

    It was the first time that I had thought of checking our spare tire in a long time, but we sure needed it now. It is one of those things that you tend to forget about, until you need it. Fortunately I opened the trunk and found that the spare was fine. Before long, I had the tire 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 for His help. God would forgive them and once things began to go well for them again, they would slide away again and began to chase after other gods. Likewise when things are going well for us, we sometimes tend to forget about God. We can begin to treat Him like a spare tire that is there when we need Him, but then forget about 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' (Matthew 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 (Matthew 25:33).

    Don't just pray to the Lord when you are in distress. Involve Him in your life every day and build that close relationship. Remember Him, especially when things are going well for you. When you have ignored Him for three years, He may still answer you, but you miss out on the greatest experience on earth, knowing Him. Don't treat God Almighty like a spare tire.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for a wonderful day. Please speak to me and through me today Lord, and inspire me onto better things. Help me see what others miss. Make what is important to You, important to me. I want a closer relationship with You today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: For those who are participating in our Creation Photographers theme of the week: Genesis 8:22 'As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.' To me there is something delightful to experience in each and every season of our lives. This week's fun theme will be 'Autumn Delights' and is open wide for your creative interpretation!! Show us what delights you about Autumn, or how delightful it is to be in that Autumn season of your life (if that applies to you). The sky's the limit as to how you want to interpret our themes! My photos this week (in the group) reflect some of the beauty still around this time of year plus my how beautiful my mom still is in her Autumn season of her life. May you all find delight in the Lord through all the seasons in your life and may that delight bubble forth to those around you!! Have a blissful week, Creation Photographers, God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you for being there!........ I would like closer realationship together! We are nothing without you Jehovah! We need you!❤️
October 1, 2019
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord, amen

October 1, 2019
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!!

October 1, 2019
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen!!

October 1, 2019
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

October 1, 2019
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

October 1, 2019
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,God You Are Wonderful.

October 1, 2019
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Yes I want a closer relationship to You Father, Amen!

October 1, 2019
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Judith B
Judith B

Heavenly Father I thank you for today and my 'now' season because all I have is now since tomorrow is onlg a gift only you can give. Thank you for the opportunity and ability that we have as your children to come to you daily and spend time in your presence. Help us to focus less on our situations and more on you because only you can turn them around. As we draw closer to you and rely on you may we become so intimate with you that nothing else matters. This I ask in the name of Jesus Christ your Son. AMEN

October 1, 2019
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

October 1, 2019
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen

October 1, 2019
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Oh Heavenly Father thank You for Your relationship with me, speak to me and through me today to understand Your designs and to do today what is for me to do. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.  I will follow You every day of my life. 

God bless you Pastor, excellent devotional. 

October 1, 2019
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God let me feel your presence in my life. Thank you for your many blessings. Praise God Amen 

October 1, 2019
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you for this devotion today. This is an excellent reminder to not put God on the backburner of our life or use him only when you need something. We need to pray without ceasing for our families, for our country, for our President ( whether we like him or not). We need to connect with God on a daily basis, praying, reading His word and spending special Devotion time with our Lord. This is the only way we can grow in our faith. We also need to thank God daily for all that we have because ever good gift is from above.

October 1, 2019
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

October 1, 2019
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

HE'S ALWAY BY MYSIDE

October 2, 2019
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

October 3, 2019