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The Lost 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. When he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance. Luke 15:3'4 WEB.

    When I first got serious about knowing the Lord Jesus, I was an active musician. I could be found playing music somewhere nearly every night. We played gigs everywhere, including festivals, weddings, rodeos, parties, bars, races, and monster truck rallies. I also played in the praise team at church. Sometimes I filled in for other bass players when they couldn't make a show with their group, so I played a lot of music.

    I had enrolled in bible college, and playing music helped me pay for it. But the southern religious side of me was ashamed to be seen in some of the places we played, like bars. So I prayed about leaving music but always felt: "No" or "Not yet."

    I wrote, "Should I leave the band?" on a small piece of paper and went to my pastor. I had him pray over it without opening it. He liked these kinds of questions because it did not complicate things. He prayed over the paper and told me, "No. Not yet." So I reluctantly stayed where I was, though I didn't understand why.

    One night while performing in a bar at around 2 A.M, I suddenly felt the unmistakable presence of the Holy Spirit descend on me like a warm blanket. I remember asking Him (the Holy Spirit), "What are You doing here?" because I was astonished by His tangible presence showing up in the smoky nightclub.

    Suddenly scriptures started coming to my mind, and the guitar player across the stage caught my attention. It was as if a light shined on him, and I knew those scriptures were meant for him. But I had learned to not pursue people with scripture unless the Lord directed me to because you can push them farther away. So I told the Lord: "Break time is coming up, and I am going out to sit in my car. If you want me to witness to him, then send him out to me."

    When the band went on break and everyone headed to the bar for a drink, I headed out to my car. I opened my Bible to the scripture that had come to me and sat there reading it. Soon there was a tap on the window, it was the guitar player. He knew I was attending seminary, and He began asking me questions about God. I was already on the right page in my Bible, so I began sharing the scripture the Holy Spirit had given me.

    This man came under such conviction that he started trembling all over. When I saw him Wednesday night at practice, he was still shaking and in tears. He said he had been unable to stop shaking since Saturday night. Then he said, "I want what you have!" We knelt down together right there by the drumset, and I led him through a simple prayer of repentance. He came back up with the biggest smile that I had ever seen on his face. My friend wouldn't come to church, so God went after him where he was. Soon after this, the Lord released me from the band.

    I learned that sometimes we can be so religious that God can't even use us. God had snuck me into the band to reach those in it, while I was more concerned that it was against His will for me to even be there. Since then, there have been quite a few times in my life when God has placed me in the center of a group of lost sheep and then changed the people around me. We are His hands and feet on this earth, and all He needs is a willing soul.

    God will use you wherever you are standing if there is a lost sheep nearby. Where is God today? He is looking for the lost sheep. What is vital to God today? Finding the lost sheep. You may be where you are because He chose you to reach someone there. After all, it is not all about us, is it? If you are a lost sheep, He is looking for you.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me see those who need You, through Your eyes. Fill me with Your wisdom, speak to me, and through me. Help me be in the right place at the right time. Help me bring in the lost, in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chron 7:14) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Frances Osayi
Frances Osayi

Amen and Amen

December 18, 2020
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

December 18, 2020
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

December 18, 2020
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. I was lost, but now I'm found. Thank you Heavenly Father for rescuing me. Amen

December 18, 2020
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

December 18, 2020
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Praise the Lord,  Amen 

December 18, 2020
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen

December 18, 2020
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen send me your lost sheep Father and I will be your hands and feet help me to share the good news of salvation.

December 18, 2020
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

December 18, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

I ask you Jesus to fill my wife Sue with your Holy Spirit and heal her knee. Amen 

December 18, 2020
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Joining you in that prayer petition, Dave. Amen!

December 18, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Lynn,you are a true friend.

December 18, 2020
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Help me to speak Your words Father, Amen.

December 18, 2020
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I want to be a part of Your work, lead me to show a lost sheep about Your love and care. Speak to me and through me and place the right words I will be using. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Praise the Lord. 

Great devotional testimony Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia ,Amen. 

December 18, 2020
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

December 18, 2020
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord 

December 18, 2020
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 18, 2020
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen!

December 19, 2020