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02may2012

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.

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18april2012

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?

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!