14april2012

Posted in devotional with tags , , , , , , on April 14, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

Inner Invincibility

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me . . . —Matthew 11:29

Whom the Lord loves He chastens . . .” (Hebrews 12:6). How petty our complaining is! Our Lord begins to bring us to the point where we can have fellowship with Him, only to hear us moan and groan, saying, “Oh Lord, just let me be like other people!” Jesus is asking us to get beside Him and take one end of the yoke, so that we can pull together. That’s why Jesus says to us, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). Are you closely identified with the Lord Jesus like that? If so, you will thank God when you feel the pressure of His hand upon you.

“. . . to those who have no might He increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29). God comes and takes us out of our emotionalism, and then our complaining turns into a hymn of praise. The only way to know the strength of God is to take the yoke of Jesus upon us and to learn from Him.

“. . . the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Where do the saints get their joy? If we did not know some Christians well, we might think from just observing them that they have no burdens at all to bear. But we must lift the veil from our eyes. The fact that the peace, light, and joy of God is in them is proof that a burden is there as well. The burden that God places on us squeezes the grapes in our lives and produces the wine, but most of us see only the wine and not the burden. No power on earth or in hell can conquer the Spirit of God living within the human spirit; it creates an inner invincibility.

If your life is producing only a whine, instead of the wine, then ruthlessly kick it out. It is definitely a crime for a Christian to be weak in God’s strength.

“God comes and takes us out of our emotionalism, and then our complaining turns into a hymn of praise.” Has this happened to you yet? There have been a few times in life, where circumstances have forced me to not be lead by my natural emotions. They are still there, of course! But the direction of my life is not allowed to be determined by heart’s emotions, only the will of God. 

This is way easier said than done, and unfortunately a lesson we usually learn the hard way. Let us commit to practice, living life according to the will of God, and not as the spirit of this world would say; “follow your heart.”

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In The Morning!

Posted in life-lesson with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

This is the second morning in a row where I have woken up at 3:00 AM wide awake, with no alarm clock! This is highly unusual, but I have to admit something to you…

I LOVE IT!

I will have two cups of coffee down by 4:30-5:00; plus, I’m way more productive, proactive, and (insert some other forward moving ‘p’ word here) in the morning! Usually I start off my morning by reading a Psalm. Today, I read Psalm 53, which has some great points that spoke to me, but a little to gloomy for my ‘blog-mood’ today.

There is a verse a few chapters later that totally coincide with this post; Psalm 59:16:

“But as for me, I shall sing of Thy strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Thy lovingkindness in the morning, For Thou hast been my stronghold, And a refuge in the day of my distress.”

I thank God this morning, for His incredible mercy in my life. Without it, I would be in a “helluva” place; literally! Even when I’m living in sin, He has been my strength and refuge. There’s nothing like it; His love knows no bounds. I’m happy to say that this morning, and to start my day off smiling, remembering what my God has done for me.

How has your morning been? If it’s not that great, choose to think about something you’re thankful for, something that brings a smile to your face before you start the rest of your day. For how you start will greatly influence your response to many of today’s circumstances!

Have a great day!

13april2012

Posted in devotional with tags , , , , , , , on April 13, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

What To Do When Your Burden Is Overwhelming

Cast your burden on the Lord . . . —Psalm 55:22

We must recognize the difference between burdens that are right for us to bear and burdens that are wrong. We should never bear the burdens of sin or doubt, but there are some burdens placed on us by God which He does not intend to lift off. God wants us to roll them back on Him— to literally “cast your burden,” which He has given you, “on the Lord . . . .” If we set out to serve God and do His work but get out of touch with Him, the sense of responsibility we feel will be overwhelming and defeating. But if we will only roll back on God the burdens He has placed on us, He will take away that immense feeling of responsibility, replacing it with an awareness and understanding of Himself and His presence.

Many servants set out to serve God with great courage and with the right motives. But with no intimate fellowship with Jesus Christ, they are soon defeated. They do not know what to do with their burden, and it produces weariness in their lives. Others will see this and say, “What a sad end to something that had such a great beginning!”

“Cast your burden on the Lord . . . .” You have been bearing it all, but you need to deliberately place one end on God’s shoulder. “. . . the government will be upon His shoulder” (Isaiah 9:6). Commit to God whatever burden He has placed on you. Don’t just cast it aside, but put it over onto Him and place yourself there with it. You will see that your burden is then lightened by the sense of companionship. But you should never try to separate yourself from your burden.

May it never be said of us, “what a sad end to something that had such a great beginning.” What burdens your heart today? What are you “carrying” that seems too heavy for you to bear? Let’s share those things with God; allow Him to give us strength.

The Go-Getter

Posted in life-lesson with tags , , , , , , , on April 13, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

 

One of the simplest descriptions of a person that an employer will look to hire is; a go-getter.

What is a go-getter? What do they look like?

If you’ve ever sat in a job interview worth sitting in, you’ve been asked the question; “are you a go-getter?” Undoubtedly, you answered yes, like me! Were we being honest, or were we just trying to land a job only to settle back into a rut of mundaneness?

When I looked for the definition of a go-getter, the word most closely associated with the term was, an “enterprising” person. Here’s the definition;

en·ter·pris·ing

[en-ter-prahy-zing]

adjective

1. ready to undertake projects of importance or difficulty, or untried schemes; energetic in carrying out any undertaking.
2. characterized by great imagination or initiative.

I put the important words in bold; ready, imaginative, and initiative. To put this  in layman’s terms; A go-getter is someone that doesn’t wait for life to come to them, they go out and grab it! What do you want today? Go out there and make it happen! What about this weekend; what kind of strides would you like to see take place? Do it!

Chances are there are things that you want in life and are doing little to nothing about. Paul says it this way, encouraging the Ephesian Christians to walk like Christians, “Awake, sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Eph 5:14)

Don’t let life just pass by today! Choose your battles, plan your victories, and don’t forget to smile.

12april2012

Posted in devotional with tags , , , , , , on April 12, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

 

 

Complete and Effective Dominion

Death no longer has dominion over Him. . . . the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God . . . —Romans 6:9-11

Co-Eternal Life. Eternal life is the life which Jesus Christ exhibited on the human level. And it is this same life, not simply a copy of it, which is made evident in our mortal flesh when we are born again. Eternal life is not a gift from God; eternal life is the gift of God. The energy and the power which was so very evident in Jesus will be exhibited in us by an act of the absolute sovereign grace of God, once we have made that complete and effective decision about sin.

“You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you . . .” (Acts 1:8)— not power as a gift from the Holy Spirit; the power is the Holy Spirit, not something that He gives us. The life that was in Jesus becomes ours because of His Cross, once we make the decision to be identified with Him. If it is difficult to get right with God, it is because we refuse to make this moral decision about sin. But once we do decide, the full life of God comes in immediately. Jesus came to give us an endless supply of life— “. . . that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19). Eternal life has nothing to do with time. It is the life which Jesus lived when He was down here, and the only Source of life is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Even the weakest saint can experience the power of the deity of the Son of God, when he is willing to “let go.” But any effort to “hang on” to the least bit of our own power will only diminish the life of Jesus in us. We have to keep letting go, and slowly, but surely, the great full life of God will invade us, penetrating every part. Then Jesus will have complete and effective dominion in us, and people will take notice that we have been with Him.

What are you not “letting go” of today? Like Mr. Chambers expresses here, even if you feel like the ‘weakest’ Christian, by letting go of your ability to do anything about it, you open the door for the strength of God to fill you (2 Cor 12:9)

Have a great day!

More Than 100 Times!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 10, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

I received this in an email from a friend working with overseas missionaries! I’ve personally worked with this organization and this kind of stuff happens everyday over there! Read on, it’s exciting!

Why we do what we do

     When I got this story in an email about a first year worker from in China I knew right away I wanted to pass it on to you all. This is a just one instance that happens on a regular basis there. If it hits you like it hit me you’ll need that kleenex box!  (Just a little note – if it feels like these email is in code that’s because it is!  Our workers in China need to be careful with their words so as not to elicite any unwanted attention. I decided to leave it just as she wrote it so dad = God and J= Jesus…etc. I’m sure you will figure it out.)

“Today we went to Hua Xi. We probably said hello/ tried to talk to 15 people before these two girls came along … And I met Lisi who is in her 5th year and final semester for preventative medicine. She explained that she’s been very confused and worried about the future, finding a job, and just the life changes that will come with not being a student any longer.  I told her that when I was a senior in college I had similar feelings and the thing that got me through it was being able to talk to dad and J and get comfort and guidance from them. I asked if she knew about J or if she believed anything, and then I started to share. From beginning to end she was practically clinging to every truth that was spoken and she was so cute!  Here are just a few of the awesome things she said throughout our conversation.  “So he forgives us, and we are given a second chance.” I said well he forgives us more than 100 times, he will never stop forgiving us. When I asked if she wanted to follow and be his friend, she said “Yes I do, but you mean it is okay even though I am Chin… oh yeah you said he created you and me too!” After we yarped it out I asked how she felt. She said, “Just before I met you I was talking crazy to my friend and feeling so nervous and confused, but now I feel calm in my heart.”  At a later time she also said, “I always felt like no one can completely understand me, or give me the advice I need, but now I know that J is always listening and he knows me.”
When I realized she wasn’t in a rush, we started to go over the2 things we do as C’s: follow J (personal relationship) and share about Him with others.  Before I even finished the sentence, she was saying, “Yeah we need to tell people this, I am going to tell my friends.” …  I told her that sometimes our friends or people we share with will not understand, or not want to believe, but it is okay because it is just our job to give them the opportunity to know him but then it is between Dad and their heart to decide. She stopped me mid sentence and just blurted out a big WHY, like what do you mean people wouldn’t want this. It was awesome! I was like ‘I know I don’t understand either’ but Dad moves on our hearts and he prepares us to learn about him and follow him, and he prepared you for today, and some friends just aren’t ready yet. “So we don’t have to persuade, just give them the chance,” she said.  I told her something I like to do is meet with friends to talk about Dad and the good book, and asked her if she had one and if she’d be interested in meeting every week. She didn’t have a book and said she’d like one in English because she thought it could make her closer to him since J speaks English. And I told her J speaks Chin too!! And every language in the world!! When we got to her dorm gate to say farewell, she said “I’m going to share this with my roommates, and I’ll see you next week Karen?” = DDD Yes yes yesssss indeed you will Lisi!!! NEMA(Amen) Papa you are soooo good!! I yarp that her heart, mind, spirit will be protected as she shares, and declare that she is good soil!!”

 

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28march2012

Posted in devotional on March 28, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

Isn’t There Some Misunderstanding?

’Let us go to Judea again.’ The disciples said to Him, ’. . . are You going there again?’ —John 11:7-8

Just because I don’t understand what Jesus Christ says, I have no right to determine that He must be mistaken in what He says. That is a dangerous view, and it is never right to think that my obedience to God’s directive will bring dishonor to Jesus. The only thing that will bring dishonor is not obeying Him. To put my view of His honor ahead of what He is plainly guiding me to do is never right, even though it may come from a real desire to prevent Him from being put to an open shame. I know when the instructions have come from God because of their quiet persistence. But when I begin to weigh the pros and cons, and doubt and debate enter into my mind, I am bringing in an element that is not of God. This will only result in my concluding that His instructions to me were not right. Many of us are faithful to our ideas about Jesus Christ, but how many of us are faithful to Jesus Himself? Faithfulness to Jesus means that I must step out even when and where I can’t see anything (see Matthew 14:29). But faithfulness to my own ideas means that I first clear the way mentally. Faith, however, is not intellectual understanding; faith is a deliberate commitment to the Person of Jesus Christ, even when I can’t see the way ahead.

Are you debating whether you should take a step of faith in Jesus, or whether you should wait until you can clearly see how to do what He has asked? Simply obey Him with unrestrained joy. When He tells you something and you begin to debate, it is because you have a misunderstanding of what honors Him and what doesn’t. Are you faithful to Jesus, or faithful to your ideas about Him? Are you faithful to what He says, or are you trying to compromise His words with thoughts that never came from Him? “Whatever He says to you, do it ” (John 2:5).

-Oswald Chambers

This is so backwards thinking to us in America. We have a hard enough time “just doing” what our parents tell us! 

A little while ago I was challenged to grab a blank piece of computer paper and sign the bottom; it meant that I had just agreed to whatever God wanted to put on the rest of the page. This is the kind of lifestyle that Mr. Chambers is talking about here in this little devotional; that we commit to obey before we even know what we’re going to do.