- God Knows: Video, David Wilkerson
- *Excellent series!- A Tale of Two Sons by John MacArthur
- *Escape from Christendom (a classic)
- *Prepared for the Coming Tribulation by Corrie Ten Boom -1974
- *Helping Each Other Endure to the End (by John Piper)
- Issues Concerning The Middle East– Biblical Observations by John Piper
“Fear not, little flock; it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” —Luke 12:32
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.”