Inspirational Thoughts & Quotes from 2013 – Part 2
“Recap” of Inspirational Thoughts & Quotes from 2013 From My Facebook
Part 2 – April-June
I might have said a few things that I learned of the Lord in 2013 that will be impactful for the Kingdom. I have shared some of them here. Also, I have listed numerous quotes that impacted me, from local pastors to great Saints of old, including Tim Conway, Spurgeon, Chambers, Corrie Ten Boom, Pastor Jeremiah Stingl, Pastor Tom Myers, Pastor Don Morrison, Pasture Scott Mitchell, Pastor Alan Trippe, Major Ian Thomas, CS Lewis, Sparks, Phil Powell & many others. I know with confidence, these Saints, and I, would all say, in sincerity, that if any of these words are impactful, it is because they are not our own, but the Holy Spirit’s. I pray you find blessing herein. ~ Gary
Since we have such great a salvation, how shall we live? Not as unrighteous, but as righteous! Indeed, to the women caught in adultery, Christ simply said: “Go and sin no more.” What? This is impossible. Sinners sin! Thank God that in Christ we have not only been redeemed from our past sin & justified before Him – no longer a sinner, but a saint! We now can come before Him, a new creature in Christ through baptism, regeneration, conversion & repentance, and be filled with Himself in the form of His Holy Spirit, and thus we can be empowered to walk in love, holiness & obedience, by the power of this New Life Source within! Glory to our God who not only redeems & justifies, but also sanctifies & glorifies!!! To Him be all Glory; may His Holy name be redeemed; and His Kingdom advanced! – Gary Kienel
“There is only one valid reason to invite someone to come to The Lord Jesus. It is not for forgiveness. It is not that they might go to heaven. It is for The Lord Jesus Himself. That He Himself might step into humanity; to come and live inside of them that they might become the temple of the living God on earth; a living member of His corporate body on earth.”
– Major Ian Thomas
The Lord Jesus redeems a person, justifies a person & regenerates a person, that He, Jesus, might inhabit that person, that He might sanctify that person, thereby bearing fruit for His glory and purposes alone. The rest – and there is SO MUCH MORE – is all just “icing on the cake”! – Gary Kienel
Christian, if the “grace” that you confess saved you, & set you free from the bondage of sin & sins – you now believe to be the same “grace” that allows you to participate again in these same sins that you were set free from – you are deceived. Period. Wake up from your slumber. Repent! That is NOT how the Grace of God works, nor is that the freedom that He gives! Come out from among them and be (remain) separate, says The Lord. Return to the Grace that you once knew and be truly free – not free TO sin, but free FROM sin! – Gary Kienel
By they way, Jesus isn’t looking for you to make “some room” for Him in your heart…. He wants the “whole thing”! – Gary Kienel
“We may be content to remain what we call ‘ordinary people’, but He is determined to carry out a quite different plan.”
God will not settle for us just making “some room” for Him in our heart – He wants total control of our WHOLE heart. I challenge you, as I did myself – before you “like” this statement – take inventory of your heart; confess and repeat of the other junk in there that is NOT Him, and cry out in passion for the Grace to “surrender all”. For “our God is a jealous God” (Ex 20:5) – Gary Kienel
“The only relationship God is interested in is one that is exclusive & completely committed. He is not interested in an ‘open relationship’ with you. He won’t consider sharing space on the loveseat of your heart. His throne has only one seat.”
~ Kyle Idleman, Gods At War
“Indeed My God, In my wildest imaginations, I have no idea how supremely supernaturally other-than, You really are! And that makes me fearfully passionately excited!” – Gary Kienel
“There has been much lost, very much lost, of the true nature and essence of Christianity, and there has been much distortion, resulting in confusion….the need of our time is a re-presentation and understanding of what it is we have come into when we come into Christ.”
– T. Austin Sparks (approx. 1950)
“These things I pray, all the days of my life: God be glorified, in all things, above all things – in me & through me; grace me to maintain a life of accountability; keep my heart soft towards Your Spirit; & keep me from deception.” – Gary Kienel
Oh Lord, may I not stop short of what you require of me! May I not just come to You; may I not just hear Your Words; may I not just call You Lord; but may I also act upon Your Words by doing what You say! (Luke 6:46-49) – Gary Kienel
CHRISTIAN: Has “The Treasure” you have found transformed your outlook? Restructured your priorities? Altered your goals? Changed your values? Revolutionized your life? If not, then maybe you have yet to discover that The Treasure is Jesus Himself. For once we find The True Treasure, which is far more than “heaven” – we bankrupt our bank account, and sell ALL, to possess Him! (Matthew 13:44) – John Piper/Gary Kienel
“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered to us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
– C.S. Lewis
No matter how hard; no matter how unfathomable; no matter how confusing… We must trust in God’s sovereignty; His goodness; His trustworthiness; His love! God IS good & He can be trusted – it is not dependent upon my ability to understand. His goodness and His trustworthiness are dependent upon Him, and Him alone! I love you Lord, and I trust You! – Gary Kienel
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” … Could it be that “that which was lost” is referring to: the Kingdom of God, in the hearts of men? – Gary Kienel
“When you come to God with intensity of need – come with boldness, persistence, shamelessness, & be specific” (Luke11:5-8)
– Pastor Don Morrison
“The intensity of the needs, dictates the intensity with which we ask.” (Matt7:7)
– Pastor Don Morrison
“One always wants to reign over one’s own life. The worst possible result for the dog chasing a car is that he should catch it.”
– Phil Powell
Reviewing the “pre-Christian” lyrics of songwriters that have come to Christ is amazingly insightful to their journey.
Consider Kerry Livgren and some Kansas hits such as: The Wall, Carry On My Wayward Song & Dust In The Wind.
Of recent discovery was the ole song “Poison” from Alice Cooper; though written about a women (sexually) – take away that visual and just see the song about “sin” – very powerful (As is Alice’s “Post-Christian” music!):
“Your cruel device,
Your blood like ice.
One look could kill,
My pain, your thrill.
“I wanna love you, but I better not touch (don’t touch)
I wanna hold you, but my senses tell me to stop
I wanna kiss you, but I want it too much (too much)
I wanna taste you, but your lips are venomous poison
“You’re poison runnin’ through my veins
You’re poison, I don’t wanna break these chains.”
~ Gary Kienel
[CHRISTIAN]: “You and I are only accomplishing our mission on earth when others around us are becoming compellingly aware of God’s character.”
– Major Ian Thomas
Church, we are to be the visible image of the invisible God.
“God did not send his Son into this world incarnate to die upon a cross & shed his precious blood, Rise from the dead, and ascend into heaven, so that guilty sinners could simply get out of hell and into heaven. It’s gloriously true, but it’s entirely incidental. The glorious gospel isn’t about man out of hell and into heaven, it’s about getting God out of heaven and into man!”
– Major Ian Thomas
A WARNING, CHRISTIAN: Be of sober spirit! Be on the alert! We are in a war. Our adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Guard your heart, it is the wellspring of life. If we do not do well, sin is crouching at our door; and its desire is to have us; but we must master it. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Listen to me please, I beg you!!! We are being lulled into a sense of permissiveness & compromise that desires to lead us away from the Truth. Do not listen to the lies. Do not flirt with evil. Do not play with sin. Do not give way to the lust of the flesh. Do not believe the lie that a little bit is okay. First a little sleep; then a little slumber; a little folding of the hands to rest, then your poverty will come as a robber and your need like an armed man. For a little yeast works its way through the whole loaf. Flee! Run! Let him who has ears to hear, hear… and LIVE! (1 Peter 5:8, Prov 4:23, Gen 4:7, Prov 24:33, 34, 2 Tim 2:22, Gal 5:9) – Gary Kienel
Wake up American Christian! The problem in NOT in the White House or in Washington; nor is the problem with policies or legislation (unless your kingdom & citizenship is of this world). The problem is within those who call themselves by His Name (Christian: citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven), who are not living lives of humility, repentance, holiness, faith & grace! If we would spend less time pointing fingers & focusing our attention on America, Obama, Congress, the economy and such; and more time searching our own lives, weeding out the evil & focusing on faith inspired, and grace empowered humility, repentance & holiness, theses problems would no longer be of concern to us. By and large, Christian, we are being distracted on one hand, and lulled to sleep on the other. Let him who has ears to hear, hear. – Gary Kienel
“As aliens in this world, we should find ourselves loving the world less & less, and loving the things of heaven more & more!”
– Pastor Tom Myers
“We pray the Holy Spirit will come. But why do we want him to come? So that our numbers will grow? So that our children will not go to the devil? We need to want him to come because we are jealous for the Glory of God!”
– Leonard Ravenhill
“Above all else, Guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life!”
How much clearer can The Spirit of the Lord be? From Genesis to Revelation, there may not be a more clear, direct, passionate appeal of life-threatening desperation from the Lord to us, as is this.
Through my life, but with frightening increase in occurrence in recent years & months, I have watched deception enter into the hearts of those who I have walked with, worshiped with, served with and communed with; I have repeatedly seen it begin with the simple justification of some small choice to entertain what seems an innocent song, place, action or thought. GUARD YOUR HEART! A simple choice – I can handle this… GUARD YOUR HEART! Oh, it’s just a little ______ – GUARD YOUR HEART! Justification of that which you once firmly knew to be wrong – GUARD YOUR HEART!!
Casting Crowns in their song “Slow Fade” remind us of the children’s bible song that says: “Be careful little eyes what you see” – oh so true – GUARD YOUR HEART! Their lyrics go on to say:
“It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade”
GUARD YOUR HEART Saint! The enemy is in this for keeps. Your enemy the devil, is prowling around and HE WANTS TO DEVOUR YOU – GUARD YOUR HEART!
It is as if our Lord is begging you, and I likewise say to myself, and I beg of you: ABOVE ALL ELSE, GUARD YOUR HEART. Don’t be a casualty of this great battle for your soul to the it’s enemy – but guard your heart and endure to the end that your soul will remain in the hands of The Lover of Your Soul.
If your mental response to this is that I am being extreme or overreacting… then to you I especially warn you:
“Be careful little eyes what you see
It’s the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow
Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray”
And in closing, if you have read this with arrogant confidence that this is not you, or can’t happen to you, then I beg you to join me at the foot of Our Lord’s Cross, and cry out for “Grace to endure; to stand firm; to persevere; to be kept from deception; and wisdom to GUARD OUR HEART!”
Let him who has ears, hear. Amen.
– Gary Kienel
Sadly, this has arrived, in full force. The tragedy is not just the reality of this lie being propagated & embraced as truth in our midst today, but the blindness of the deceit that accompanies it! Oh God, keep us alert, sober, awake and in guard of our hearts; and Father, if there is a word we can speak to those who are blinded by this lie, may we hear with clarity, and speak with love!
“There is a coming to the Church a doctrine called ‘cheap grace’ which will turn the grace of God into lasciviousness, which will allow the children of God to live fleshly, sinful lives, and still have the assurance in their heart that they are going to heaven” – Dietrich Bonhoffer, 1932.
– Gary Kienel
I recently shared this thought-provoking question with my disciples and some close friends. I share it with you now for your consideration:
Jesus said to the rich young ruler that:
1) his confession that Jesus was God,
2) his belief that Jesus was the savior, &
3) his having lived a VERY holy life
were NOT ADEQUATE to gain him eternal life.
Jesus said to gain eternal life, he must:
1) sell all,
2) give it to the poor, &
3) follow Jesus.
What does selling all, giving it away & following Jesus look like in your life? It’s a critically important question. Without these entire last 3 things active in our life, we CANNOT gain eternal life! – Gary Kienel
Posted on December 31, 2013, in Bible, Carnality/Flesh/Worldliness, Holiness, Repentance, The Gospel of the Kingdom and tagged American Christian, Don Morrison, Major Ian Thomas, Tim Conway. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.