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We need Jesus like a car needs gasoline


We need Jesus like a car needs gas

We need Jesus likes a car needs gasoline*

The van needed gas. Again.

My van will not run if I don’t put in more gasoline* when the tank is empty. It is obvious that to drive a vehicle you need fuel. I don’t want to try to see if the car will run forever without refueling.

The little yellow light comes on in the dashboard to remind me my tank is almost empty. I need to refuel.

My stomach growls to remind me to eat.

My crabby attitude reminds me my tank is empty.

I don’t remember to refuel every morning.

I  forget to pray.

In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Psalm 5:3

David didn’t say, talk to God once a week, or whenever I feel like it, or just when I am trouble.

Sunday morning I get to hear a good lesson about Jesus. Pastor Steve DeFrain at Morning Star in Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania challenges us to love God and serve. You can go to church on Sunday morning or Saturday night in whatever time zone you live in.

The men and women who stand on stage will direct you towards Jesus. They will offer to pray for you, tell you how to get forgiven. They may even have an altar call.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1John 1:9

But. It is up to you to fill your gas tank on all the other days. Pray. Read.

You may hear Christian’s say, “Spend time in the word.” Translation: “Read your Bible.”

My tank is empty.

It is time to fill it. This morning I will pray and read my Bible.

How about you?  Is your tank empty?


*petrol if you live in England

P.S. If you don’t have a church, you can watch Pastor Steve DeFrain with a live streaming feed on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Morning Star Live Stream

P.S.S. You can also watch archived Sermons here. Morning Star Archived Events. 


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Winnie Moyer

    I enjoy listening to steve on my Sunday nights 🙂 I haven’t listened during his family series, only the first week. I keep my tank full through out the week, I think weekends are my hardest. I always start my morning off with reading the Word and praying.

    • Winnie,
      What a great way to start the day. What are you reading now?

      • Winnie Moyer

        I am reading Luke…I finished Matthew and Mark so I thought I would go on to Luke 🙂

  • Your church looks very interesting, how did you decided to go to that church?

    • Kathleen,
      Nick was here for a few months before we were. He saw a sign on the side of the road and visited the church. Very friendly and a huge kids ministry.

  • Janelle

    I need to learn to not wait till I’m almost empty before refuelling. I need him so much. Always, every day. Why do I sometimes wait for the yellow light and the panic that comes with it before I seek more fuel?

    • Me too Janelle,
      I often run on vapors before I refuel. Silly really.
      May today be filled with joy and a tank full of Jesus.