Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God,  let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,  not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:19-25
With Torn Fleeces and Bleeding Feet
“Fear not, little flock; it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” —Luke 12:32
The music of the Shepherd’s voice again! Another comforting “word,” and how tender!
His flock, a little flock, a feeble flock, a fearful flock, but a beloved flock, loved of the Father, enjoying His “good pleasure,” and soon to be a glorified flock, safe in the fold, secure within the kingdom!How does He quiet their fears and misgivings? 

As they stand panting on the bleak mountain side, He points His crook upwards to the bright and shining gates of glory, and says, “It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you these!”

What gentle words! what a blessed consummation! Gracious Savior, Your gentleness has made me great!

That kingdom is the believer’s by irreversible and inalienable charter-right—“I appoint unto you” (by covenant), says Jesus in another place, “a kingdom, as my Father has appointed unto me.”

It is as sure as everlasting love and almighty power can make it.

Satan, the great foe of the kingdom, may be injecting foul misgivings, and doubts, and fears as to your security; but he cannot divest you of your purchased immunities. He must first pluck the crown from the ‘brow upon the throne’, before he can weaken or impair this sure word of promise. If “it pleased the Lord” to bruise the Shepherd, it will surely please Him to make happy the purchased flock. If He “smote” His “Fellow” when the sheep were scattered, surely it will rejoice Him, for the Shepherd’s sake, “to turn His hand upon the little ones.”

Believers, think of this!

“It is your Father’s good pleasure.” The Good Shepherd, in leading you across the intervening mountains, shows you signals and memorials of paternal grace studding all the way. He may “lead you about” in your way there. He led the children of Israel of old out of Egypt to their promised kingdom—how! By forty years’ wilderness-discipline and privations. But trust Him; dishonor Him not with guilty doubts and fears.

Look not back on your dark, stumbling paths, nor within on your fitful and vacillating heart; but forwards to the land that is far off. How earnestly God desires your salvation! What a heaping together of similar tender “words” with that which is here addressed to us! The Gospel seems like a palace full of opened windows, from each of which He issues an invitation, declaring that He has no pleasure in our death—but rather that we would turn and live.

Let the melody of the Shepherd’s voice fall gently on your ear—“It is your Father’s good pleasure.”

I have given you, He seems to say, the best proof that it is mine. In order to purchase that kingdom, I died for you. But it is also His:

“As a shepherd seeks out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered, so,” says God, “will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.”

Fear not then, little flock!

Though yours for a while should be the bleak mountain and sterile wasteland, seeking your way Zionward, it may be “with torn fleeces and bleeding feet;” for, “It is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”

10 comments on “Encouragement

  1. Christians has more denominations/churches ( but follows same bible ) than the Hindu Gods . How it can claim from true God/true religion. Is there any hope of merger of all sects/cults/denominations of Christianity. For a faithful person, which sect you recommend to follow among the many. Else is it waste of time in searching for God/Truth or read Bible. Christians seems to promise so many things from bible but results are vanity. Any remedy !

  2. Hi r…

    yes i sadly agree with you, there are many denominations. The splitting up into denominations has done harm to the unity Jesus prayed for in John chapter 17…but something i’ve learned through the years is it doesn’t matter what denomination or Church real Christians attend, there will always be a real connection between true believers when they meet. Why? Because they have the same Spirit (God’s Holy Spirit) living within them.

    I call myself a Christian r…..and do not embrace any one denomination.

    Perhaps you might like to read this, click here, Simply Christian.

    You will find God within the pages of the Bible my friend–He is there in/through his written words.

  3. Yes, I agree pj… having the same Spirit.

    I have clashed with personalities, but not with the Spirit within these people.

    pastor says: if your personality clashes stay away from them.

    He misses the point.

    We are to fellowship with same believers in Christ… whether or not our personalities clash. I don’t think we are expected to agree on every point, or even like a part of their conflicting personality, yet I believe when the Spirit is allowed to be front and center there is a bond and we are One in Christ.

  4. I just ran across this thread. Regarding the first comment – one reason there are “so many churches and denominations” (cue Clay Crosse) is as Jesus described, there will be wheat and chaff growing together and only at the harvest with they be separated.

    So many preachers
    So many churches and denominations
    Got their opinions and their documents
    And statements and beliefs and sometimes
    There’s a miscommunication

    And we complicate the truth
    And convolute the story
    But as far as I recall
    I do believe it all

    Comes down to a man dying on a cross
    Saving the world
    Rising from the dead
    Doing what He said He would do

  5. The verse on the banner at the top of your web pages (John 14:27) is one of the ones the Lord used to draw me to Himself. Thanks for a fine web site!

    • Thank you Ron….for stopping in and the kind words.

      John 14:27 is special to me also. I am so thankful for God’s peace in times of trouble.

  6. I would like to give you all a word of encouragement/1 peter chapter 1 verse 7. That the trial of your faith being much more precious than of gold that perisheth,though it be tried by fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of jesus christ. To be in Gods we must be on Gods wheel,the potters wheel my friends.

    Praise be to God, for he is faithful to bring us through any trial that we go through. May the fathers hand and favor rest upon you all.

    • Thank you Richard for those encouraging words! amen!

      Most of us don’t want to be on the Potter’s wheel, but all will have to endure it.

  7. I didn’t quite know where to post this but ‘Encouragement’ seemed like a good place 🙂 HAPPY THANKSGIVING PJ and everyone who knows what it really means…..”THANK YOU JESUS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU HAVE GIVEN TO US, COME QUICKLY LORD WE AWAIT YOU WITH EAGER HEARTS”.

    • Hi Sylvia; sorry be a belated “happy thanksgiving”.

      My family has had a rough couple of weeks….my sister had to go into a nursing facility (she has brain cancer) and my youngest son had emergency heart surgery….he is still in the hospital with complications.

      I would appreciate prayer for my family

      love you sister

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