I NEVER do this!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 28, 2013 by Costa Timothy Deir

First off, Hello! It’s been a while!

As the title proclaims, I never write about things that I’m about to in this post. I was actually going to put this on Facebook today but decided that I should spare people on Thanksgiving. You can thank me later; This is going to be about politics, and more specifically about Obamacare. 

I am sure that your Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIN feeds contain some good information on this subject, and some angry comments. I have a general belief about negative comments and angry positions, and that is that they don’t belong on these public forums. I really think that these platforms should be used for fun and to encourage others, and at times to provide others with really useful information. However, I tend not to hold it against someone when a real cry for help comes across my feed, or when someone shares their heart about true pain and loss going on in the world (Having to scrape ice off your car because you live in northern New York does not fall into this category).

How does this fit with politics and Obamacare, you may ask? Thanks for asking. Let me tell you. I have noticed the barrage of people posting in opposition of Obamacare. I have also noticed that it is generally thought of as a bad idea, and quite clearly isn’t currently working. Not yet, anyway. So my question is, are we a country where the People have a voice? Does the opinion of the General Public of the United States have a say anymore? Or have we taken a step toward dictatorship? I think we should have heard the People crying out for nationalized healthcare before it was ever a hot topic in Washington. Yet it was still forced through Congress amidst much outcry. Just my opinion? Maybe.

I’d like to share a couple of actual thoughts on healthcare in America. First, the system didn’t seem broken. There were probably some holes, like there are in any system effecting millions of individuals and companies. It seemed to me that those who were of the lower income class, were being provided for, the top 75% could afford healthcare anyway, and maybe the lower-middle class were the only ones having an issue. We should just try to fill the holes. It’s logical. And less expensive. 

Secondly, what is the real issue in our nation? Is the fact that some couldn’t afford healthcare the most pressing obstacle we’re facing? I have to be blunt; I don’t think so. There are jobs being shipped overseas and across our borders (in the wrong direction, mainly) by the hundreds of thousands. A rising Superpower, in China, that is not out for our best interest and utilizes cutthroat business practices to prove it. I think there’s a couple issues that we could focus our attention on. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe the government is blind to these issues. I think we’re distracted by a healthcare “issue” and now ultimately, Obamacare.

In conclusion, I find it alarming that this was pushed through Congress and that it seemingly has taken much of our attention away from some serious issues facing our nation, and ultimately, the world. We are blessed to be living in The United States of America. I believe the world has never seen such compassion from a country that possesses so much power. I would hate to see that influence go away.

Thanks for reading, if you made it this far. Happy Thanksgiving. 

Why do I get up so early?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 2, 2013 by Costa Timothy Deir

Because I want my children to be diligent, hard-working, and men/women of God. It’s the times in my life where I was regularly reading the Word of God, that I was ruled by the things of God rather than the things of the flesh. Integrity ran my life. Therefore, I’m making time for it again.

Traits, like the ones mentioned above, are passed on through generations. Yes, each person has to choose their own; but you’re beginning a path of righteousness for those who will come after you. What are some other things we can do to start paving the way for generations to come?

Carelessness

Posted in devotional with tags , , , , , on August 1, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

Becoming Entirely His

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Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing —James 1:4

Many of us appear to be all right in general, but there are still some areas in which we are careless and lazy; it is not a matter of sin, but the remnants of our carnal life that tend to make us careless. Carelessness is an insult to the Holy Spirit. We should have no carelessness about us either in the way we worship God, or even in the way we eat and drink.

Not only must our relationship to God be right, but the outward expression of that relationship must also be right. Ultimately, God will allow nothing to escape; every detail of our lives is under His scrutiny. God will bring us back in countless ways to the same point over and over again. And He never tires of bringing us back to that one point until we learn the lesson, because His purpose is to produce the finished product. It may be a problem arising from our impulsive nature, but again and again, with the most persistent patience, God has brought us back to that one particular point. Or the problem may be our idle and wandering thinking, or our independent nature and self-interest. Through this process, God is trying to impress upon us the one thing that is not entirely right in our lives.

We have been having a wonderful time in our studies over the revealed truth of God’s redemption, and our hearts are perfect toward Him. And His wonderful work in us makes us know that overall we are right with Him. “Let patience have its perfect work . . . .” The Holy Spirit speaking through James said, “Now let your patience become a finished product.” Beware of becoming careless over the small details of life and saying, “Oh, that will have to do for now.” Whatever it may be, God will point it out with persistence until we become entirely His.

 

Lord, may I learn to not be careless when it comes to You. Thank You for all that You’ve done in my life, You deserve my best.

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Posted in devotional with tags , , , , , , on May 2, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

The Patience To Wait for the Vision

Though it tarries, wait for it . . . —Habakkuk 2:3

Patience is not the same as indifference; patience conveys the idea of someone who is tremendously strong and able to withstand all assaults. Having the vision of God is the source of patience because it gives us God’s true and proper inspiration. Moses endured, not because of his devotion to his principles of what was right, nor because of his sense of duty to God, but because he had a vision of God. “. . . he endured as seeing Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). A person who has the vision of God is not devoted to a cause or to any particular issue— he is devoted to God Himself. You always know when the vision is of God because of the inspiration that comes with it. Things come to you with greatness and add vitality to your life because everything is energized by God. He may give you a time spiritually, with no word from Himself at all, just as His Son experienced during His time of temptation in the wilderness. When God does that, simply endure, and the power to endure will be there because you see God.

“Though it tarries, wait for it . . . .” The proof that we have the vision is that we are reaching out for more than we have already grasped. It is a bad thing to be satisfied spiritually. The psalmist said, “What shall I render to the Lord . . . ? I will take up the cup of salvation . . .” (Psalm 116:12-13). We are apt to look for satisfaction within ourselves and say, “Now I’ve got it! Now I am completely sanctified. Now I can endure.” Instantly we are on the road to ruin. Our reach must exceed our grasp. Paul said, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on . . .” (Philippians 3:12). If we have only what we have experienced, we have nothing. But if we have the inspiration of the vision of God, we have more than we can experience. Beware of the danger of spiritual relaxation.

I love the picture of the patient man in the beginning! “Lord, teach me patience!” is always a dangerous cry, as anything that makes you stronger is generally something that almost kills you. However, the substance that patience brings to your life may well be worth the trade for the anguish it took to get it. 

Where are you today? Are you learning patience? I know that the words in this little devotional are closely knit with what God is doing in my life personally.

Perfect Peace

Posted in life-lesson with tags , , , , on April 27, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

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Sometimes it is so easy to let our mind get out of control; we let worry, doubt, and fear take over our thinking. Many times a fix to our problems is clear thinking.

Isaiah 26:3 says, ” The steadfast of mind Thou will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in Thee.”

How is your level of trust in the Lord today? Do you know that He sees every detail of your life, and cares about each one?

If worry has overtaken you today, I encourage you to spend some time reading the Bible, and learning about what the Creator of everything can do!

A Night on the St. Lawrence

Posted in life-lesson with tags , , , , , on April 21, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

This was my view last night as I sat next to the St. Lawrence river watching the sun’s final moments in my time zone for the day! My thoughts were racing as the sun dipped below the last cloud on the horizon. I was talking to God about some things that weigh heavily on my heart, and struggles I am having within. Briefly, I thought, “I’m talking to God about the deep things in life, the things that really matter.”

While that statement is partly true, it was instantly brought to my attention that my thought was totally consumed with me. Not to say that God is unconcerned about my personal struggles, or issues that deal closely to my heart, but it has been a while since I’ve talked to God about issues that might concern Him. As a matter of fact, it has probably been years since I’ve asked God what I can do to make Him more known in my area of influence. I have been more concerned with other things, I’m sure you can relate to a few; the low balance in my check register, debt, car problems, relationships, job advancement, hanging with the “cool kids”, or staying trendy.

Lately, these have been the things that I thought were the deeper things in life! There’s more than that! There has to be. A few verses from the Bible are flying through my mind; “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world” (1 Jn 4:4) , “we are more than a conquerors…” (Rom 8:37),  “don’t worry…” (Matt 6:30-34)

I want to start talking to God about things that are bigger than my life. I don’t want to be held up by my own “hang-ups” any longer. Do you relate to this? Have you done reflected upon your own life while reading this short blog? How can we commit together to start thinking of ways we can make an impact in this world? Let’s think higher than ourselves.

Please leave your thoughts below.

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Posted in devotional with tags , , , , , , , on April 18, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

Readiness

God called to him . . . . And he said, ’Here I am’ —Exodus 3:4

When God speaks, many of us are like people in a fog, and we give no answer. Moses’ reply to God revealed that he knew where he was and that he was ready. Readiness means having a right relationship to God and having the knowledge of where we are. We are so busy telling God where we would like to go. Yet the man or woman who is ready for God and His work is the one who receives the prize when the summons comes. We wait with the idea that some great opportunity or something sensational will be coming our way, and when it does come we are quick to cry out, “Here I am.” Whenever we sense that Jesus Christ is rising up to take authority over some great task, we are there, but we are not ready for some obscure duty.

Readiness for God means that we are prepared to do the smallest thing or the largest thing— it makes no difference. It means we have no choice in what we want to do, but that whatever God’s plans may be, we are there and ready. Whenever any duty presents itself, we hear God’s voice as our Lord heard His Father’s voice, and we are ready for it with the total readiness of our love for Him. Jesus Christ expects to do with us just as His Father did with Him. He can put us wherever He wants, in pleasant duties or in menial ones, because our union with Him is the same as His union with the Father. “. . . that they may be one just as We are one . . .” (John 17:22).

Be ready for the sudden surprise visits of God. A ready person never needs to get ready— he is ready. Think of the time we waste trying to get ready once God has called! The burning bush is a symbol of everything that surrounds the person who is ready, and it is on fire with the presence of God Himself.

Though Moses said, “Here I am,” at the burning bush, his first response to God was not as such (Exodus 3:11). He doubted himself, he doubted God, he had a temper toward the Egyptians that resulted in murder. 

For some reason God would not leave Moses alone over what He had called Him to do. It took Moses 40 years in Midian to finally get to the place where he responded to God at the burning bush; he was 80 years old.

Is there something that you feel God won’t leave you alone about? How will you respond? Will it take you 40 years?