Hair is probably important to everyone and says a lot about a person. You can look at them and determine several things about them by their hair. A couple of weeks ago, I met a young woman in jail who had dreadlocks. Most of the time you would think of a Rasta person, but this lady was white and very rough around the edges. She didn’t seem like the type you could easily approach. When my friend and fellow minister met with her during a counseling session, she discovered how confused she was. She had questions in how a person could believe in a Jesus who would die for her. Where does the faith come from and how do you use faith to believe? These are very good questions coming from a lost person learning of the love of Jesus.
I recently learned that she originally asked to talk with me, but got Tammy instead. She was nervous with palms sweating and heart pounding due to the tremendous amount of fear that came with talking with new people. We also learned that she had been a drug dealer and follower of the band “The Grateful Dead” for the past several years. In other words she was what is known as a “Deadhead.” She told us she has had dreadlocks for nine years and her daughter had never seen her without them. Tonight, we were looking at a brand new person because her dreads were gone but they had been replaced with a smile.
At the end of the service she was asked what had happened to her. “I was driving on I24 and ended up here in ChristianCounty Jail,” she began. “While I was here, I got saved (insert applause here) …I was changed on the inside and it manifested on the outside.” Later she confessed she had never used the word, “manifested” before and blamed Jesus for that word. We were bragging on the change Jesus made in her and how the countenance of her whole face had transformed. She seemed soft and feminine and pleasant to listen to. She was no longer fearful of speaking to people, considering she spoke to a whole room of people and the four of us afterward. I would have to say I witnessed eternal life flowing through a truly “Grateful Deadhead.”
Each minister who spoke tonight had the anointing of the Holy Spirit who spoke to each lady in the room. None left without feeling like Jesus had said something personal to them. I opened us up in Deuteronomy by reading the whole eighth chapter. It said, “you shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” God took care of them, provided food, clothes, shelter, they lacked nothing. They were delivered from slavery and yet, when they had eaten and were satisfied, in their hearts became proud and forgot the Lord. Is that what we are still doing today?
I know of a woman who got out of jail recently, went to her home and made jail food to eat. She has forgotten what she was delivered from. But verse 18 says, “But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
I don’t know about you, but I have been delivered, freed, and redeemed; I never want to go back, I can’t go back to my old life. Once you have been changed, you never want things to be the way it used to be. It’s not about good or bad, it’s about life and death. Jesus brought us out of death into life. He is the life, take Him in and you will have life eternal.
I counseled two ladies and both were a blessing to me. We talked about how God lives outside of time, and He says it is finished. We rest in His power to overcome and trust He has us in His powerful hands. We don’t have to fuss and carry on because we know who He is therefore, we know who we are. In Him, we live and move and exist as even some of you own poets have said, “For we also are His children.” Acts 17:28