“Recap” of Inspirational Thoughts & Quotes from 2013 From My Facebook
Part 4 – October-December
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
QUOTE: “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself because it is not there. There is no such thing.” – C.S. Lewis
QUOTE: “God has not made this world to be a nest for us, and if we try to make it such for ourselves, he plants thorns in it, so that we may be compelled to mount and find our soul’s true home somewhere else, in a higher and nobler sphere than this poor world can give.” – Charles Spurgeon
QUOTE: “The treasures contained in the most basic truths of the Lord Jesus are enough to last for more lifetimes than you can measure.” – Rick Joyner
QUOTE: “Our greatest problem is that we esteem self more than we esteem God.” – Paul Washer
Oh how I cringe when I hear someone say: “As Christians, we need to remember that we are all sinners.” Seriously?!? Oh Preachers, we need to get our theology right coming from our pulpits!
Yes, Christians “sin”, but we, as a “born again new Creature in Christ”, are no longer “sinners”. We are saints. Watchman Nee said it best in The Normal Christian life: “We are not sinners because we sin – we sin because we are sinners. Likewise, we are not Saints because we do works of righteousness; rather we do works of righteousness because we have been made saints.”
As a Christian, I am a saint – FACT – not a sinner. Do I from time to time stumble and fail? Sure (sometimes more often than time to time) – but my new heart, given to me by Christ (Ezekiel 36:25-27) no longer loves SIN, it loves God – in fact I hate sin.
The difference in a born again Christian and the world, is that when we sin, we hate what we do, but the world loves its sin. A sinner loves sin. A Saint loves God. Both sin, but the difference is who/what they love.
Let him who has ears to hear, hear.
– Gary Kienel
QUOTE: [Christian]: “If you say you are saved, but there has been no radical change in your life, you need to check to see if you have indeed been born again!” – Pastor Tom Myers
The distance between the mind & the heart, is the distance between Life & Death. Don’t confusing “believing about”, with “believing in” – remember, the demons believe, but they did not “trust” the One whom they believed… do you “trust” Him with your whole “heart”? Then “confess your whole trust in Him” with your mouth! (Rom 10:10) – Gary Kienel
What kind of lives are we called to live as “Christians”? A life of holiness – a life of being set apart – a life of otherness – a life that looks like “strangers and aliens”. It’s not about alcohol, smoking, pre or extra-marital sex, tattoos, cussing or even the style music you listen to. These merely bring the topic to light. It’s about the Lordship of Jesus Christ in the lives of those who call themselves by His name.
It’s about putting the good of others ahead of your personal wants and needs.
It’s about laying down your “rights” and “freedoms” (perceived or actual) because you care more about how it might negatively impact your “brother”, your neighbor and your community, than your self-indulgence.
As followers of Jesus, we are to be Christ-centered, not self-centered. We are to live by the Spirit, and thereby put to deeds the desires of the flesh.
I am not perfect at this, but it is my goal – and it is a biblical goal worthy of all my efforts!
– Gary Kienel
“Oh Holy Spirit, may the same grace that prompts me to say such quotable inspiring words, work in me to live out those very same words. Quotable words are not inspiring when they’re not lived out with sincere action.” – Gary Kienel
The Christian journey begins with Jesus’ Cross – then the journey continues with my cross!
Typically, we forget that Jesus spoke of two crosses – His Cross, and our cross. It is because of His Cross, that we are privileged to carry our cross – His Cross was once for all – our cross is for a lifetime. His Cross brought me life, my cross brings me death. Oh the wonderful, wondrous cross – both of them!
– Gary Kienel
“One more night with the frogs”
A dear brother of mine, who has now gone on to be with the Lord, used to preach a message entitled: “One more night with the frogs.” A simple message detailing the truth that after months of a variety of miseries, Moses came to pharaoh and said: these frogs that plague you will “end” if you let God’s people go. Pharaoh’s response? “I will let you know tomorrow, Moses.” – Pharaoh knowingly suffered one more night with the frogs, to “think about it” – when he could have repented and slept “frog free” that night.
What frogs are you sleeping with “one more night” rather than repenting right now, and sleeping frog free?
– Gary Kienel
“You can’t have the will of God, without the Kingdom of God. His Kingdom always precedes His will (Matt 6:10). If you are looking for His will, search our His Kingdom (basileia) first.” ~ Gary Kienel
QUOTE: “It costs something to be a real Christian, according to the standard of the Bible. There are enemies to be overcome, battles to be fought, sacrifices to be made, an Egypt to be forsaken, a wilderness to be passed through, a cross to be carried, a race to be run. Conversion is not putting a person in an arm-chair and taking them easily to heaven. It is the beginning of a mighty conflict, in which it costs much to win the victory.” – J.C. Ryle
QUOTE: “It’s in the valleys where true disciples are made; it’s on the mountains where they are displayed.” – Pasture Scott Mitchell
QUOTE: “True Grace always leads to a healthy fear of The Lord.” – Pastor Tom Myers
QUOTE: “If you ask ‘how much do I have to give?’ or ‘how much can I afford to give?’ then you have yet to be permeated by the Grace of God.” – Pastor Tom Myers
CHRISTIAN: Jesus came to be your Savior, in order that He might become your Lord – nothing less. He came to restore the Father’s rule & reign in your heart – let Him reign! – Gary Kienel
“Oft times the problem is not the sin itself (behavior), but our attitude towards it.” – Gary Kienel
CHRISTIAN: The consequences of knowingly, and willfully, embracing and engaging in sin in this life for the momentary pleasures & happiness it brings, reaps massive results in this life and in the life to come – even when there is repentance from one with a heart after God. So I implore you Saint, turn from the dead life of the flesh, and live by the Spirit of God within you, while He strives with you, for His Spirit will not always strive with man. (2 Samuel 12:9-14; Genesis 6:3) – Gary Kienel
BLOG QUOTE: “We are called to make faithful disciples—and that will never be cool in the eyes of the world. At some point, we have to leave the adolescent realm of cool to reach spiritual maturity.” – Lee Grady (What ‘Cool’ Churches Could Learn From Abercrombie & Fitch)
QUOTE: (From the book, Not A Fan) “Fans will try and make Jesus one of many. Some fans may even make Jesus the first of many. But when Jesus defines the relationship he makes it clear; he wants to be your one and only.” – Kyle Idleman
QUOTE: “Grace is the voice inside your head telling you to turn around when you’re going in the wrong direction, then gives you the power to do it.” – Misty Edwards
“Christ-Follower: we need to be less concerned about the world’s hell-bound culture taking Christ out of Christmas, and more concerned about the liberal fleshly culture invading the church, that is taking Christ out of Christian. Now that’s a problem worth getting upset over!” – Gary Kienel
QUOTE: [CHRISTIAN]: If you think you have found “happiness” in your sin(s) – think again! Sin is directly “against man’s good, both present and future, here in time and hereafter to eternity, in this life and world which now is and in that to come. It is against all and every good of man, and against the good of all and every man.” – Puritan Ralph Venning
Do you remember how, from time-to-time, you would get those Christmas gifts, or birthday gifts, that came in 2, or even 3 packages. Careful instructions were given to “Open 1st”, “Open 2nd”, “Open last” – Well, the Gift of Jesus is just like that…
The first “package” is Christmas: Emmanuel, a babe in a manger. This gift alone, is extremely thoughtful and absolutely amazing, and is the stuff that holiday TV specials & Christmas Carols are made of, however, without the second gift, it is just a magical night, filled with wonder and awe; love, giving and humility. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Is 9:6) Worldwide, not all will open this gift, but many will.
The second “package” is Easter: the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord & Savior of the mankind. Yet, this gift too, without the third, remains a inspiring, emotional story, filled with obedience, sacrifice and love! “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!” (Acts 2:36) Worldwide far less will open this gift.
Ah, but the third “package”, rarely given, even more rarely received, and not even seen as a “gift” by most: The gift of ears to hear, and eyes to see, and a heart to understand the Truth & Purpose of the Life of Jesus. Most will leave this package “under the tree”. Without it, Christmas is just Santa, Carols, Gifts & Lights; Without it, Easter is just baskets, eggs, pretty dresses and religion. “He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:45) “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 8:10) Worldwide, fewer still will open this gift.
It is my Christmas Prayer for YOU, that YOU will discover this gift beneath your tree & open this 3rd Package – the gift of “eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to understand, the secrets and mysteries of the Kingdom of God found in the Holy Scriptures”, this, and every, Christmas Day!
May this Christmas, be YOUR year!
Merry Christmas 2013
– Gary Kienel
“For unto you is born this day in the city a David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
I am strongly inspired by this verse to consider the seemingly absolute & inseparable connection between “Savior” and “Christ the Lord”. Our church culture has done such a poor job of making this connection as clear, as it is here in the Gospel of Luke, 2nd Chapter, 11th verse.
Answer these questions in your mind: What is a Savior? How about this: What is “Christ” (Jesus’ last name?!?) – and lastly, what about “the Lord” (just a tagline to Savior?)?
Luke tells us that “the Savior” which we readily embrace, IS “Christ the Lord”. He is not just “Savior” – period. No, He, Jesus, is Savior, which is “Christ”, and He is “The Lord” (also see, Acts 2:36b).
I would propose that if we, out of ignorance or otherwise, attempt to separate Jesus the Savior, from Jesus the Christ & Jesus the Lord, then we neuter the very purpose and reason for which He came as “Savior”. This verse says that The Savior, is the Christ. This inherently means that this Savior, is the “Promised Anointed One From God” – this elevates & equates our Savior to a place of divinity. He is not just Savior, He is also God.
Secondly, He is “the Lord” – with “Lord” comes one with “authority”. In fact Jesus is called the Lord of lords, meaning He is the absolute Authority for all, and above all. So, Jesus is not just Savior; He is not just God; He is also King.
How precious is this truth, this promise, this creative reality, that the Babe in the Manger, is fully Savior, fully God & fully King? “God” Himself, came to “Save” me unto His “King”-dom!
May we, during this season of Epiphany, with the celebration of the advent of both Jesus and the New Year – enter into a deeper relationship with Jesus – embracing Him as thoroughly as God (Christ) & King (the Lord), as we have as Savior!
– Gary Kienel