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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 15:3'5 WEB.

    Jesus once told a parable about a man who had one hundred sheep, and one of them got lost. The Shepherd's job was to find the lost sheep, bind up their wounds, and bring them back to the flock (Ezekiel 34:4). So much so that Jesus said, "Which of you wouldn't?" The sheep are rarely able to find their way back on their own.

    Lost sheep were often scared, possibly injured, and may have been driven away by another flock member. A good shepherd would always go after them. Good sheep flock together, submit to the Shepherd, and their protection is in numbers. Sheep tend to be gentle and become easy prey when found wandering alone.

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

    Sadly, there are goats in God's flock who drive His sheep away. God cares deeply about the wounded who 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, like boils. In the dream, I had a container of healing salve, which I rubbed on their sores. They were so thankful, and the salve healed them. After I awoke, I thought about the dream and recalled that I hadn't seen them at church lately. Then suddenly, I felt like we should call them up and ask them out to dinner, so we did.

    They agreed to meet us for dinner, and we talked for a while. During the conversation, we learned that our friends had been hurt by someone in the church, so they had stopped going. It was mostly a misunderstanding, as we knew everyone involved. It was an anointed time with tears, and you could feel the presence of the Lord in the air around us. He cared deeply about restoration.

    Through prayer and the Holy Spirit, we worked through it, and they started attending church again. The relationships were restored. God had used us to go after a couple who had been driven away. The dream was from Him, and the instructions were from Him, but He chose us to carry His message.

    Be open to going after the lost ones, and pray for the Lord to show you who you can reach. If you are lost and wandering alone, know that Jesus, the true Shepherd seeks you and wants to bring you back to His flock. Though hard, cold, religious salesmen may have hurt you in the past, it wasn't Him that did it. Jesus Christ would never hurt you, and He still has true shepherds out there who 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 here on Earth and in my life as it is in heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: This morning, we will be hosting our RHM Live Online church service. This is a special time of worship, prayer, fellowship and an inspiring message. All are welcome! Here is the link to join: RHM Live


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Brenda F
Brenda F

AMEN!!

December 12, 2021
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Thank you, Jesus. Amen!

December 12, 2021
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

December 12, 2021
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father, Please restore me and give me strength. I thank you for all you've blessed me with.  Amen

December 12, 2021
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

December 12, 2021
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen 

December 12, 2021
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen!

December 12, 2021
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!  Have a blessed Sonday.

December 12, 2021
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone Have A Bless Sunday 

December 12, 2021
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Your will be done, Amen!

December 12, 2021
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for forgiving and finding me, heal, restore and teach us how to be as You wants us to be. To remain in Your flock and follow Your will, in Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. 

Thank Pastor and Sylvia for your willingness to help us to follow the Lord through the scripture, God bless you both, Amen. 

December 12, 2021
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

December 12, 2021
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen!!! Dear Pastor Dion, thank you so much for today's message, I really needed to hear this!!! I have had a heavy dull feeling coming over me due to being so totally overwhelmed with everything, I had a bad fall myself, then our Alexander had a stroke, worrying our daughter Yvonne, who already had several strokes, and my husband's ongoing health problems - and then, todays' message, reminding me of 2. Timothy 1:7,   "For GOD have not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and of a sound mind" !!!  Blessings upon you, Sylvia and all of your loved ones (h5)

December 12, 2021
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

December 12, 2021
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen 

December 12, 2021
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord!

December 12, 2021
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I ask this, Amen. 

December 12, 2021
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen

December 12, 2021
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen

December 13, 2021
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 13, 2021