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“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:4-7, KJV.

Jesus Is The Good Shepherd

Do you remember being a lost sheep? Do you remember what you felt when you encountered the pureness of the love of God for the first time? For me, it was transcendent—I truly experienced a piece of heaven on earth. There is nothing like the love of God! If you have breath in your lungs today that means there is hope for you—and hope for someone else. Hope that God will never leave you or forsake you and hope to demonstrate God’s love toward someone who is lost. Jesus states in John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” Today, I am so thankful that we serve the good Shepherd, let us never forget what Jesus has done in our lives.

Prayer: Lord, help me love like You love. I do not care why or how your sheep are lost, I desire that they would be found and experience the fullness of Your love. Lead my footsteps to encounter someone who has been searching for you but has yet to find their way. Give me the words to speak and the boldness I need to step out of my comfort zone. Let me never forget that I was once a lost sheep You saved. Thank You for never giving up on me.

Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”Genesis 27:19

Jacob’s Are Everywhere

If you look around, you will discover that there are Jacob’s everywhere. He was a normal, average young person—and—a momma’s boy. His ambitious quality is soon outranked by his deceptive nature.

When he first started to pursue God, it was out of necessity and not out of faithfulness. He was running for his life and needed God to move on his behalf.

When he negotiated with his brother for the birthright, God had a purpose for his life. When he wore his brother’s clothes and stole the blessing from his father, God had a purpose for His life. And, when he fled his homeland to his uncle’s house, God had a purpose for His life.

Jacob had purpose, but did not have an understanding of what God was doing in his life.

  • He didn’t know that his name, which meant ‘deceiver’, was going to be changed to Israel, meaning ‘may God prevail’.
  • He didn’t know that an entire Nation—Israel—was going to be named after him.
  • And, He didn’t know that God planned to bring twelve tribes of Israel from his loins.

Never confuse the process with your purpose.

There may be things in your life that you may not understand, but God will put you through a process to get you to the purpose of your life.

Prayer: Lord, help me understand that You have a purpose for my life. I may not be perfect, but I can be perfected through You. Help me to trust the process, even when it is difficult and even when it hurts.

“In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the LORD, weeping bitterly. And she made a vow, saying, LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” 1 Samuel 1:10-11, NIV.  

Desperation and Faith

Like Hannah’s moving prayer, my life began with desperation and faith.

My mother received news from the doctor that her body had a condition that would prevent her from conceiving another child. Her heart was shattered into innumerable pieces as her dream of having another baby crumbled into the abyss of hopelessness.

Something began to shift in my mom’s heart—she began to speak faith. The word of God is replete with abounding promises and miracles, so she decided to declare certain scriptures in prayer. She reminded God of His promises to women of faith, such as Sarah and Hannah.

Envisioning Faith

She would envision being pregnant by putting a pillow underneath her blouse while looking at herself in the mirror, pretending to be healed and with a child forming in her womb. This may sound silly to someone who has never walked the road of infertility—but to someone who is desperate for a child—this was an act of sheer faith.

For eight long years she invested a wealth of prayers and tears into the ether of the supernatural realm, not knowing the outcome, but pressing onto her promise. And, for eight long years she fought a war between doubt and faith and battled between hope and hopelessness.

Broken, my mom walked into church yet again, with a silent cry of her heart beating for a child. The evangelist, without knowing her situation, walked up to my mom during service. He placed his hand on her forehead and said, “There is new blood flowing through your veins, be healed in Jesus name.”

Fulfilled Faith

That night my mother was healed completely.

Nine months later, I was born.

My mother learned that God may send barrenness our way to cause us to trust completely in Him.

There might be an impossible situation that you are facing right now and you have been weeping bitterly before God. You’re heart may feel like it’s in a million pieces, but remember this:

Miracles operate in the realm of impossibility.

There is hope.

Prayer: Lord, I have an impossible need in my life right now and I have pleaded for your provision but I am still waiting on You to answer my prayers. My heart grieves as I wait on You and I do not understand what is taking so long. Help me to trust You, regardless of how You decide to answer my prayers. I know that You can do anything and I choose to believe in the impossible.