About two to three years ago, a young woman was away at college. She was in a very vulnerable state in her life. She was going through a divorce, she had no money, her family was unsupportive, her friends were few, and her outlook on life was dim. Her circumstances pushed her behaviors to the same low as her life. Her uncontrollable drinking was nearly classified as being an alcoholic. The few individuals around her who truly cared about her well being were desperately trying to reach her. They were praying for her, counseling her and pleading with her to stop what she was doing to ruin her life but their efforts seemed to be doing little to help. She was not interested in making a change. She knew of God’s power; after all, He had done some pretty amazing things in her life before. She was fully aware of how her sinful deeds were breaking the heart of her Father in heaven. But although she knew better, she was not doing better. She began to feel God’s conviction, but because she didn’t allow the conviction to lead to correction, she moved into a place of condemnation. Day in and day out she beat herself up about how she was allowing her life to spiral out of control. Eventually, she found herself slipping into a state of deep depression. She desired to be free but couldn’t find a way to free herself from the bondage she was entangled in. One night she cried out to the Lord for help but she was convinced that He was no longer interested in coming to rescue her. After all, she had ignored His previous offers to help her get up.
The very next day she got word that a familiar face would be in her college town. Her pastor from home would be traveling over 700 miles to preach the Word of God. She was immensely excited because she truly missed his weekly sermons. At that moment, she cleared her schedule and made plans to go to church. Naturally everything that could come up did come up as an attempt to deter her from her appointment with destiny. She pressed on anyway. When she made it church, her pastor seemed to be preaching her entire life story. Her rocky past, her depressing present, and her hope for the future. Many times throughout the message, her pastor would pause and say, “I don’t know why God has me here but He sent me here for someone specifically.” Something happened that evening at church while the Word was going forth. A weight was lifted from the young lady. She was delivered from the shackles that had her bound! She was free!
After the service concluded, she was anxious to greet her pastor and tell him how his message had been tailored exclusively for her and it how it had truly set her free. When she explained that she was a member of the mega church that he pastored back home, he threw his arms around her and embraced her tightly. He told her, “God sent me here just for you!” Instantly, she was overcome with emotion because she understood that God loved her just that much that He would send a messenger across the country to give her a message of love, hope, and deliverance. When I first heard this story my heart leapt with joy and I was reminded of what the Good Shepherd does to rescue His lost sheep:
“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish. (Matthew 18:12-14 NIV)
I shared this brief snippet of this young lady’s story because I know that so many of you are hurting right now. Your life circumstances have taken a turn for the worse and so have your behaviors. You are doing things that you vowed to never do. You are so entangled in the web of sin that you weaved with your own hands that you are convinced there is no helping you. Well, just like the pastor who travelled 700 miles to deliver her message, I was sent to bring you a cyber message of hope. God IS concerned about you! He can save you, He can deliver you, and He is still madly in love with you! NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING, has the power to change that! “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 NIV)
The Good Shepherd has come to find you, His lost sheep. Let Him know that you are ready to be rescued by reciting this prayer aloud:
I know I’ve made too many mistakes to number. Sometimes I feel like my life is messed up beyond repair, but please help me to remember that nothing is beyond Your power! Here is my life; Lord, take control. Save me from myself and deliver me from the evil one. Thank You for Your love that covers any misstep that I have ever taken. Good Shepherd, please come rescue me! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
God’s Sheep, I EMPOWER you to remember that there is NOTHING that can keep you from the love that God has for you. I don’t care what you have done in the past or are even doing at this precise moment; He has the grace to forgive you and the power to deliver you if you submit your will to His. I now EMPOWER you to live the life God has called you to! If you have never accepted Jesus into your heart, click here to meet Him! If you desire prayer because you are a lost sheep that has traveled down the wrong path, click here to connect with our EmpowerMoment Prayer Partners so that together we can pray you back on the right path!
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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.