The locksmith eyed this birdfeeder and mentioned it might attract more bears than birds...oops.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Upon or In


I am officially skipping small group tonight.  The house is dark and I'm the only one here...so if I went and didn't make it home, no one would know but me and I'm not here cause I'm out...not getting safely home.  Okaaay. 
God's been talking to me lately about the difference between 'UPON' and 'IN'.
  In the Old Testament (OT), the Holy Spirit would come 'UPON' people for a time, a season or a purpose.  The Spirit of God came 'UPON' Saul, and then left Saul.  The Spirit of God came 'UPON' Otheniel, Gideon, Jephthah and David. 
And then we see the blood offering for the remission of sins in OT times.
  Blood was sprinkled seven times before the veil in the sanctuary and placed UPON the horns of the incense altar. 
 Also, we see the Lord telling the Hebrews to put blood UPON their houses and He will pass over them and the plague won't destroy them.  A lot of UPON going on...temporary remission of sins, temporary Spirit of God...UPON didn't have too much stick-to-itness!
But enter in Jesus...the Lord's own offering ....Christ, our Passover blood.  The one perfect, last needed blood sacrifice.
The difference though, is when he said, "This is My blood of the new covenant which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins."  He didn't pour the wine UPON them...He told them to drink it...it went IN THEM...not UPON them. 
As the new covenant is not one of UPON but one of IN. 
 The Holy Spirit now abides with us and IN us.  (1 Cor.6:19, John 14:16-17)  It is a permanent indwelling of God's Spirit for revelation, inspiration, and as a seal representing God's possession of us , preserved until that great day of redemption.
IN like INTIMATE, INDWELLING, .INFINITE LOVE. 
Think of it this way...would you rather have chocolate UPON you, or IN you? 
So that's the thought for the day..

The Daddy's Heart

Nov. 19, 2007


This Sunday, our pastor taught on God's kindness.  It brought to mind what I experienced last March and I wanted to share it here. 
For years, my dear mama has expressed how much she dislikes my hair.  She'd finger my tresses and say "Honey, I hate your hair."   This got repeated each time we met, if I commented I'd had a trim or highlights.  She wanted me to have electric curler 70s hair all poofy and sprayed. I know she didn't mean it in a bad way, but she just didn't care for the current styles. 
It hurt my feelings and I was constantly asking my husband if my hair looked okay.
In March,I went to a conference in Mobile to hear some good teaching and worship.  The first morning there, a woman I'd met approached me and said,"The strangest thing happened.  I was getting ready this morning and the Holy Spirit said 'Tell Dana I love how she's wearing her hair'.  
Whoa...
Then she added that she almost didn't tell me because it sounded stupid.  
Stupid!  Imagine that!  Here was the most beautiful wonderful thing God could say and she thought it sounded stupid, hahaha! 
There was a moment when I thought of all the folks dying of cancer, the wars in the middle east....all the important things that should be taking God's time and attention.  And yet, His heart was so huge and overflowing with love FOR ME that He just couldn't resist taking an opportunity to make me feel like His favorite girl! 



Eyes Straight Ahead..

Jan. 2, 2008


So I was driving down the highway in the truck.  The far right lane I was in, was narrower than normal because of a wall of cement barriers on the right side.  I found myself getting a little antsy and gripping the wheel tighter, all the while hoping I didn't scrape the wall with the truck.
Suddenly, the Lord opened my eyes to see a spiritual lesson here.  He reminded me of an article I read about road side breakdowns and how folks driving by are actually 'drawn' to hitting the broken down car by their hands following the direction of their eyes.

In other words....where we fix our gaze and focus is where we find ourselves heading to.  God told me to fix my sights on where I WANTED to go, not where I wanted to AVOID. 

He gave me a revelation of how He calls us to draw near to His presence.  Not to camp outside the gates of the enemy hoping we don't fall through the door. 
He wants us thinking of Him, singing to Him, and representing Him in all His beauty and glory.  Jude 1:24 says "To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy..." 
If I invest myself in Him and keep my eyes straight ahead in the direction I want to go, then I won't trip over some wall placed to my side. 
So I took my eyes off the cement wall and instead, focused on the painted line to the left.  My angst settled, I felt safe and God gets the glory. 

Why are you still looking?

Originally written: Feb. 9, 2008


"Where did you put my wedding band?" my husband asked.

Oops.
 I had forgotten to pick up his ring from his office desk and place it in the change and keys dish in the bedroom.  He spent the better part of the morning clearing off his work desk, checking under furniture, moving files...the ring HAD to be somewhere. 
I checked my jeans' pockets, various favorite 'set-down' places, but no ring.  We suspiciously eyed the cats and wondered where their stolen stuff pile was. 
After three hours of tearing apart the house, my husband finally went outside to sift through the trash, one soggy piece at at time. 

 I was in the bedroom and remembered something my mama taught me years ago.  If you lose something, go back to the place where it should be and look again.  And again.  

So I went to his little glass dish and moved aside the keys, half a roll of Tums, a pen knife....and there was the ring. 

 I took the plate and asked him to look again, and he actually moved it aside before seeing it. 
His eyes looked at the ring, but didn't SEE the ring.  Oh God...how many things do I think are out of my reach, or withheld from me yet they're sitting right where you placed them.  Right in front of my eyes.  Open my eyes God...