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Ninety Nine Sheep

  • He told them this parable. 'Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn't leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it? When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing.' Luke 15:3 WEB

    Jesus told this parable about a man that had one-hundred sheep, but one of them got lost. It was a part of His flock at one time, but now it was separated and wandering alone. It was the shepherd's job to find them, bind up their wounds, and bring them back to the flock (Ezekiel 34:4). The sheep were not able to find the way back on their own.

    They were often scared, possibly injured, and may have driven away by another in the same flock. A good shepherd would always go after them, so much so that Jesus said 'which of you wouldn't?' Sheep flock together, submit to the shepherd and their protection is in numbers. Sheep tend to be gentle and they are easy prey when found alone.

    Goats are different. We raised goats on the farm where I grew up and I once raised one as a pet. Goats are temperamental, stubborn, and sometimes downright mean to others. They constantly see the grass greener on the other side and will go over the fence, under the fence or through the fence, but they will never willingly stay inside the fence with the others. They can be a friend one moment, but an enemy the next.

    Sadly enough there are goats in the flock of God that will drive His sheep away. God cares deeply about the wounded that have gone missing, and we are to gently bring them back. No one makes it alone, for very long.

    One night I had a vivid dream that a friend of ours was covered in huge sores. In the dream I had a container of healing salve which I rubbed on their sores and they were so thankful. The salve healed them. I noticed that I had not seen them lately at church, so we called them up and asked them out to dinner.

    During the conversation, I found that they had been hurt by someone in the church so they stopped going there. It was mostly a misunderstanding, as we knew both parties. Somehow, through prayer and the Holy Spirit, we worked through it and they started attending again. The relationships were restored. They were healed and a part of the body again. God used us to go after one that was driven away.

    Be open to going after the lost ones and pray for the Lord to show you the lost that you can reach. If you are a lost one wandering alone, know that Jesus the true Shepherd, is seeking you and wants to bring you back into His family. Though hard, cold, religion salesmen may have hurt you in the past, it was not Him that did it. He would never hurt you and He still has true shepherds out there that care for His flock.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for finding me. Please heal me, restore me, and guide me to where I need to be. Teach me what I need to know. I yield my will to You. May Your will be done on earth, and in my life, as it is in heaven, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for finding me. Please heal me, restore me, and guide me to where I need to be. Teach me what I need to know. I yield my will to You. May Your will be done on earth, and in my life, as it is in heaven, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.Amen Thank you Pastor Dion, for being that awesome shepherd that brings us back <3 God bless. You are truly God's hands and feet <3

January 18, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Larisa. Amen. 

January 18, 2017
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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro

Still praying!!!

January 18, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

interesting--amazing the lost don't mean much when His touch love activates such a responce! All the Human emotions are there, except the big one, true love, reaching out careing for others!!!!!!

January 18, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

January 18, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

January 18, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Amen!!

January 18, 2017
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Michelle  Muff
Michelle Muff

The spirit of the sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has appointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners Isaiah 61:1

This little scripture card literally fell on the floor two days ago. It was a scripture card and how It got on the floor I don't know.  I believe in signs and that God talks to us In the things we read, and the events that happen. I am a counselor so in the morning before I wake up I've been saying this scripture.  Of course the message has to be duplicated here by pastor Todd cause God wants the message to be loud and clear. Thanks God and pastor Todd.  

January 18, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen. The supposed "good intentions" of the church drove my husband away. I will never stop praying for Jim to come into the flock.

January 18, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

In my prayer, Carol. I know what that feels like I've been there and when I left many went with me. They said if Diane leaves I'm leaving too. I did leave and many other did too they found new churches and I found RHM. Amen <3

January 18, 2017
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Thank you Pastor Todd always for theuplifting &  encouraging messages that God places on your heart to share, I so needed to hear this...

January 18, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thank you Pastor Dion for another inspiring devotional. Sadly there seem to be goats in most Churches. I left my old Church because of this. I  have found a new Spirit filled Church and feel this is the place God wants me to be and it has helped me look back and see events more clearly. I pray the Pastors prayer.The Lord is healing, restoring and guiding me to where I need to be. I yield my will to You Lord. May your will be done on earth and in my life,as it is in heaven, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

January 18, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

I agree with you, Janet, Amen. <3

January 18, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!         Thank you for todays devotion Pastor Dion. :-)

I agree and claim this prayer over me. I pray in Jesus, name. Amen. <3

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for finding me. Please heal me, restore me, and guide me to where I need to be. Teach me what I need to know. I yield my will to You. May Your will be done on earth, and in my life, as it is in heaven, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3 

Thank you Father for all you do for my family and I. I pray for all my brothers and sisters in the Lord. Please give each and everyone what ever it is they need in their life. I pray for my doctors who care for me and keep your hands in the midst always.  I pray in Jesus, name. Amen. <3  Thank You for all hat you do. I Love You. <3 

January 18, 2017
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Madalyn Myers
Madalyn Myers

Thank You Pastor Dionn for your inspirational messages and insight. I find that many times I had wandered off from God's word and the Lord found a way for me to seek his word and gain faith through my trials. I am glad that God is there and he has angels to help us get back to where we are supposed to be in life.

January 18, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen. 

January 19, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I thank You for finding me. Please heal me, restore me, and guide me to where I need to be. Teach me what I need to know. I yield my will to You. May Your will be done on earth, and in my life, as it is in heaven, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

January 19, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, I thank you for finding me. Please heal me, restore me, and guide me to where I need to be. Teach me what I need to know. I yield my will to you. May your will be done on Earth, and in my life, as it is in heaven, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

January 19, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Loved every word.  I feel as the sheep you described. Greatful the Lord takes care of the goats.  Good story about the person coming bk to fellowship.  Still struggling about our church.  I know God knows.  Praise, Worship & being with my husband in church is all good.  Miss fellowshipping. God knows.

January 20, 2017