“Recap” of Inspirational Thoughts & Quotes from 2013 From My Facebook
Part 1 – January-March
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
Rebounding from a work related conflict due to personalities, frustrations, expectations & disappointments the Lord spoke to me: “Remember, you do not work for man, who will never appreciate you, as you deserve. You work for the Lord God, who will always appreciate you more than you deserve!” Well, that about sums it up nicely! Lord have mercy on me, make me a better Christian Man for your Kingdom. – Gary Kienel
QUOTE: “If following Christ has never cost you anything, you’re not following Him.” – Tim Conway
QUOTE: “Our good works are evidences of grace… our works are the proof of our love & hence they stand as evidence of the grace of God.” – Spurgeon
“In Christ: Suffering is a gift: needed by all, entrusted to many, treasured by few!” (Heb 5:8; Phil 3:10; Jam 5:11) – Gary Kienel
Romans 1:1 NASB: “Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God.”
Paul opened his letters to the church in several different ways. The most common introduction he used though was something along the lines of, “Paul, an apostle, called by God.” I want to draw special attention to Paul’s introduction to the Romans that we just read in the verse above.
Paul first and foremost identifies himself as a servant of Christ. He speaks of his belonging before his title. The reason I think this is important is because often times we may fall short of our title or in some cases our title may be stripped away from us. It’s kind of like the 30 year old guy who attends a high school party wearing his letterman jacket…sad. This man is still trying to cling to his title, that has been long gone, because he doesn’t know who he is as a person.
Some days as a mom or a dad you may find yourself feeling unworthy of that title, especially after your lose your temper or raise your voice. You may be a salesman and feel like you’re not performing. You may struggle to find any kind of purpose in your job because technically there’s not even a title for the work you do because it’s so menial. In these times we must remember who we belong to. Our title does not define us, the One we belong to defines who we are. Plenty of people stripped the Apostle Paul of his title when they slandered Him, but they couldn’t touch the guy! Paul knew the One who gave him the title. Are you resting in your title or in the one to whom you belong?
Romans 8:37-29 NASB: “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
– Mathew Young
It is my conviction that, by and large, our focus (as Christ-Followers) is off in regards to our purpose or motivation to come to repentance regarding “the sins of America”. I believe as long as we 1) see it as “their” sin & 2) plead in prayer for “our Nation”, we are praying amiss and will see no change.
I believe I am responsible for the wickedness of my native land, and I need to repeat that my light has been so dim, that my influence has been, and is, failing to impact my realm of influence for the Kingdom. No exceptions, no finger pointing, no blame casting – I need to repent of my sin, not “America’s sin” – after all, how can God be just and hold me accountable for the sins of my nation, unless her sins are mine?
Secondly, I believe we would do well to remember that 2 Chron 7:14 was written to His “physical” people – how can we who are a “spiritual” people, look for a physical answer from this passage. Indeed it is for us, and it accurately promises “healing to our land”, but the land of “The Church” is not America, it is our lives – we are the temple – the body of Christ – the Church – we need healing. America is not the Church, nor the Promised Land. I am not saying don’t pray for her, but we must look inwardly first. God is far, far more concerned about His people than any nationality (save Israel).
The land that needs healing is ME!
I repent with no agenda, no ulterior motives – except His Kingdom, His Glory & His Name! – Gary Kienel
My Personal Mission Statement: “To Know God, to be Known by God & to make God Known, through: Intimacy in Prayer; Passion in Worship; Intentionality in Discipleship; & Transparency in Evangelism” – Gary Kienel
QUOTE: “Often times the things that God blesses us with are the very things that we let hold us back from moving forward in Faith in God.” ~ Jeremiah Stingl
There are deep truths in these words from Pastor Jeremiah Stingl’s message this morning: “We aren’t called as Christ-followers to make our decisions based on risk management.” When we believe we have heard our Lord’s voice (as we are going forward in our Christian journey) we dare not make “pro’s & con’s” lists, measure the expense against our bank account or ask our advisors if it is a wise investment – for our King cares not about these things – if we err in our hearing, and our heart is for Him, He will shut doors or detour roads; but nevertheless, the time for counting the cost has passed, Christ-follower – He has said “go”, we have said “yes” – now he bids us “come!” – Pastor Jeremiah Stingl/Gary Kienel
“If it stops you from getting closer to God, then it needs to go.” – Unknown
“God gives his hardest battles to his strongest warriors!” – Unknown
Question Preacher?: Are we teaching what the Word of God teaches, or are we using the scriptures to support our own teachings? This is a critical question that I ask myself routinely. After all, satan used the scriptures quite well to support His agenda; but his agenda was not God agenda, revealed in the whole counsel of Scripture! #FoodForThought – Gary Kienel
Osward Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest: The Discipline of Spiritual Perseverance – March 14th
Be still, and know that I am God . . . —Psalm 46:10
Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Perseverance means more than just hanging on, which may be only exposing our fear of letting go and falling. Perseverance is our supreme effort of refusing to believe that our hero is going to be conquered. Our greatest fear is not that we will be damned, but that somehow Jesus Christ will be defeated. Also, our fear is that the very things our Lord stood for— love, justice, forgiveness, and kindness among men— will not win out in the end and will represent an unattainable goal for us. Then there is the call to spiritual perseverance. A call not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately, knowing with certainty that God will never be defeated.
If our hopes seem to be experiencing disappointment right now, it simply means that they are being purified. Every hope or dream of the human mind will be fulfilled if it is noble and of God. But one of the greatest stresses in life is the stress of waiting for God. He brings fulfillment, “because you have kept My command to persevere . . .” (Revelation 3:10).
Continue to persevere spiritually.
“No one can rightly love anyone else, until they are fully IN love with God.” – Gary Kienel
“Sin blinds. Oh God give me eyes to see! Dear Saint, no longer succumb to the ways of the dead sinner you were, rather live by the life of the Seed of God in your Spirit!” – Gary Kienel
QUOTE: “Wrong choices put us in a place of vulnerability.” – Pastor Alan Trippe
“…now for a little while … you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6, 7 – Consider this: our faith MUST be tested, and proven genuine, thru grievous trials. – Gary Kienel
“I wonder, if a person were stranded on a deserted island – with only the Bible, and the Holy Spirit as their teacher – what doctrines that we are “argumentatively” certain of, would they not even learn from scripture? And… what doctrines that we have “dismissed & ignored” would they learn as basic and obvious?” – Gary Kienel