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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on December 14, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun

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L. A. Marzulli

The Anvil in the forge of God.

When we read the accounts of Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Moses and pretty much any Biblical character throughout history, all have one thing in common and it is this.  They all spend time on the Anvil in Gods forge.  Moses, for instance spends 40 years tending sheep.  Ever wonder what went on during those 40 years?

Paul spends about 14 years before he begins his ministry.  It would be interesting if there was a diary of what Moses and Paul learned during those years.

I would venture to say this, that everyone who is used by The Most High God, spends time on His anvil and guess what?  This process will produce the following attributes.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Galatians 5:5

We just don’t wake up on a Monday morning and suddenly find ourselves walking with and in these attributes.  This is where the anvil and forge come in to play.

In some ways we are literally pounded into shape on Gods “cosmic” anvil.  We are re-made, into the image and likeness of the risen savior, Jesus.  We never reach perfection and this process continues throughout our Christian walk, but we are certainly in the process of being perfected and as Paul tells us, one day we will know as we are known. 

In the meantime we are taught by the Spirit of the Living God.  Jesus tells us:

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14: 26

How do we go from being self obsessed, selfish people into the image and likeness of our risen Savior?  The Spirit of the Living God gives us a glimpse of who we are, with our sin nature in tact.  This is when we are placed on the anvil.  Then He begins to reshape us.  Sometimes it can take years to mold a man or a women into what He wants us to be.  The process can be painful at times.  It can also leave us feeling defeated, hopeless and wondering if the reshaping will ever end.  The good news is, The Master Craftsman knows what He is doing.  He knows where to apply the hammer to shatter old concepts or old thinking patterns.  He knows when to turn up the heat in order to soften us so He can then reshape us.  He knows when to plunge us into a cold bath, to wake us up from the delusion of sin.

This process takes years and is not something that man or woman can create in him or herself.  It is done by the God’s Spirit, and the fruits of it are listed in the Galatians chapter above.

Don’t be afraid of the anvil in God’s Forge, for He is a Master craftsman and in the end He will produce an incredible work in us!

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on December 7, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun

by

L. A. Marzulli

John 14:30

Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. KJV

I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, NIV

“I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, NLV

“I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me; NASB

“After this I will not be speaking much with you, for The Prince of the world is coming and he has nothing to use against me. Aramaic Plain Bible

The above passage that the Lord impressed upon me on Friday night, at around 2:30 am, is profound in its implications.  There is much to be gleaned from this short sentence.  I have deliberately used five different translations, my favorites being the King James and then the Aramaic Plain Bibles, to get the meaning of this passage across.

The scene is where Jesus, is about to enter into the time of his testing in the garden at Gethsemane, then His illegal trial, scourging, and finally the crucifixion.  This 24 hour period has about 21 prophecies that are fulfilled in this window of time, but I digress.

Jesus tells his disciples first, that He’s not going to be speaking with them any more.  In other words He knows that he is going to be separated from them and what’s more, his disciples will scatter and Peter, His “rock,” will deny him three times before the rooster crows.

Then Jesus gives us an incredible insight, as He proclaims who is the ruler of the world, or in the KJV The Prince of this world.  Of course it is none other than the Fallen Cherub, Satan.  Here, Jesus identifies the rightful ruler of planet earth.  The one who has legal right, the one who usurped that right thousands of years ago and with it doomed mankind to the kind of insanity we see everyday on this planet, beheadings of children by ISIL, wars and the atrocities that go with them, murders, lies, the killing of 1 BILLION unborn babies and so on….

It becomes obvious who is still in charge of this planet, even though by His crucifixion Jesus/Yashua reclaimed the title-deed to earth.  Talk about Sci-Fi, a Cosmic Chess Match indeed!

At some point, and I would posit it will be soon, Yashua will come again and claim His rightful Kingship over the earth.  See Revelation 19, which by the way when it occurs and we ride into battle with Him, afterward, we all get to keep our flying horses!  (Can’t wait for that!)

The next part of this single sentence is sobering and pregnant with meaning and should be one that every believer ponders on; and he has nothing to use against me (Aramiac) or and hath nothing in me. (KJV)

In other words, The Fallen Cherub has no hold on Jesus, there is no sin in His life, there is not one point in every temptation that The Fallen One could through at Him, that Jesus stumbled over. The Fallen One has NOTHING to use against Him, to accuse Jesus of.  Who is the accuser?  Satan.

Jesus is faultless, spotless thus He is The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  This is the good news of the Bible; Jesus takes away the sins of the world. Your sins and mine, in short everybody’s.  This is the first part of salvation, realizing what He did, the other is to accept Him as The One who was sent to earth to redeem all mankind.  When we ask Him into our lives for our sins to be forgiven they are, and we have eternal life; are taken out of the “matrix” of the world, and our old nature begins to die away as we are born of the Spirit of the Living God.

There is another point to consider before I close the Bun and it is this.  The Fallen One has nothing to use against me.  Think for a moment of the doors many of us open through anger, bitterness, deceit, pornography, drugs, alcohol, lying, playing with the occult, taro cards, Ouija board, lust, pride of life, covetousness, course jesting and the list goes on.

This is why all of us need to take every thought captive and weigh it against the word of God.  This is why we have to put on the armor of God daily—see Ephesians 6. This is why we must walk under the power of the Holy Spirit, The Spirit of the Living God, and be still and Know that He is God.

Taking inventory of our daily lives is a must, especially if we are to be used in the Cosmic Battle which even now rages about us.  Close any open doors.  Forgive everybody everything, call out to Him who is our savior and keep ourselves from the idols of this world.  In short, leave no foothold for the accuser of our souls….

 

 

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on November 30, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun

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L. A. Marzulli

Almost 2000 years ago a man walked the earth who was unlike any other man before or since.  Everywhere He went He brought goodness, healing, love, acceptance, and in short the Kingdom of Heaven.  Guess what?  He had no PR firm, no agent, no crafted TV ad, no witty 30 second sound-bite, no handlers, writers or staff of people advising Him.

In short, He went from town to town and brought the kingdom of God to people who were broken, desperate, and in need of healing; and when He came to a town people were healed and delivered of sickness, disease, and demon possession. They got a glimpse of what the world should be, what it should look like, what it will one day become when He returns again.

I am speaking of course, of Yashua/Jesus.

Think about it for a moment.  He had nothing going for  Him.  He surrounded Himself with fishermen and two brothers who went by the name Son’s of Thunder, which sounds more like a biker gang than disciples that the savior of mankind would associate himself with.

He ate with tax collectors and prostitutes.  He talked to people who society shunned.  In short he went to the lost, the lepers, the outcast, the downtrodden.

As John tells us, He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  John 1:10

He wrote nothing on paper.  Did not marry and leave a legacy.  He didn’t try to start a movement.  He came to crush the head of the serpent, and win the Cosmic chess Match between the Fallen One and the Most High God.

He accomplished this when he offered Himself, once for all men, when he was crucified by the Romans.  The Fallen One i.e. Satan, had no idea of what the cross was.  He didn’t understand it and he whispered into the minds of men, the pharisees, and the Jewish people, goading them on and they would cry, His blood be upon us and our children.  No one got it.  Not Mary His mother, nor the disciples and certainly not the children of Israel who cried out, crucify Him.

His last words, as He agonized were, It is finished.  

Then we read He descended into the lower parts of the earth and set the captives free.  By His death all of mankind has a way back to Father God, as His death destroyed the works of the devil and atoned for the sins of all mankind for you and for me.

Then, on the third day he rose from the tomb and word of this spread amongst the people.  He met with His disciples and told them to wait in Jerusalem for the power of the Spirit of the Living God would come upon them.  At Pentecost, the Spirit descended on those in the upper room in the form of something like a dove and at that moment everything changed.  The disciples changed, the women who were in the room changed.  The building shook and Peter delivered his first message and three thousand people believed on Him who was sent, Jesus.  This was the birth of the church.  It started supernaturally, not by some fancy sales pitch or the promise of wealth, riches and prosperity.  People were born again by the Spirit of the Living God.

Guess what?  This is available to those who seek it today.  The world is full of false christ’s and it is sometimes hard to find the real Jesus.  He’s not in the cathedral or the church building.  He’s certainly not begging for money on TV.  He’s not promising to pay your mortgage.

He is a breath away and when we ask Him into our hearts, to forgive us of all the nasty stuff we have thought and done, He will do it.  He will send His spirit to us and peace will come like a river.  Peace that the world does not understand and can never know.  He is the Prince of Peace.  Do you know Him?  He’s only a prayer away….

No God, no peace.

Know God, know peace….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on November 23, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun

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L. A. Marzulli

And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”  Revelation 4:10

This scene is from the book of the Revelation of John, while he was exiled by the Roman government, on the island of Patmos.  He was taken in the spirit and shown things that no man has seen before or since.  He was told to write down what he saw and heard.

This scene amazes me as there are 24 elders who cast their crowns before the throne of the Most High God.

I believe they do this because they know in their heart of hearts, to the deepest part of their beings, that they have become elders through the grace and power of the living God and not of their own strength.  They willingly and with great deliberation cast their crown before the one seated on the throne.  No one is twisting their arms.  They are not trying to curry favor.  They do this out of love for the one who has made them what they are.

As we go through our Christian walk we are—as the saying goes—always under construction!  The Father, the Son and the Spirit are always moving us, changing us, and creating in us a depth of character and godliness, although sometimes this is not evident to those who are immediately around us!  LOL!

I was on a radio show last night and the host introduced me: as a man of God. 

He spoke highly of me, praising the books and the Watchers series and then it was my turn to speak.  I had been working on the bun a few hours before the show and this scripture was fresh in my mind.  While the hosts praises were nice to hear,  and certainly were an ego boost, I referred to this scripture and how the Elders were casting their crowns before The Ancient of Days.  I then proceeded to cast my crown before the throne, as I then said with all the sincerity I could muster, any good thing in me has been produced because of my relationship with the Living Son of God, Yahsua, Jesus, the Messiah, The One whom we/I have been waiting for.

When the spirit of the living God comes into our lives, when we are born again, everything begins to change.  I used to smoke three packs of cigarettes a day.  Guess what?  They went the first week, after I was born in the spirit of the living God, without any withdrawal.  I used to use the F-bomb more frequently than the periods at the end of my sentences and He cleaned that up too.  I used to act and think a certain way, and this began to change as the word of God—what is written in our Bibles—under the power of the spirit of the living God began a good work in me.  I am what I am today because of He who has come into my life.  All glory, honor and praise to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

In closing todays Bun:  Do you know the Son?  Has He made Himself real to you?  Is the Spirit of the Living God residing in your heart?  Is He performing a good work in you and me and making us into the men and woman who He knows we can and should be?  This type of relationship is not some pie-in-the-sky fantasy.  It’s as real as reading the words today on this blog.  He is standing at the door of your heart and knocking, but you have to let Him in.  He loves you and accepts you for who you are now.  Cast your crown of life to the one who created you in the first place.  This is the starting point.  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on November 2, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun 

by

L. A. Marzulli

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus

Last week at the Strategic Trends Conference, one of the speakers stated that if anyone of the speakers present were being interviewed by Larry King, and asked if Jesus was the only way to God, unlike one pastor who appeared on King’s program who equivocated when asked, all of us would give a strong affirmative to the King’s question, yes, Jesus is the only way.

This got me thinking.

People like King or other hosts I’ve watched over the years, like to lead with this question as it immediately puts the person being interviewed on the defensive.  If there’s a live audience you can hear them react to it too.  If the person answers yes, then he or she can come off sounding self-righteous, and narrow-minded.  Furthermore, the host can then ask what about the babies in Africa or China that never heard about Jesus.  

Here’s how I would respond if asked this question.

First off.  We need to place this question in its historical context as it is crucial to my answer.  We must put ourselves back in time and imagine we are witnessing the acts that Jesus is doing during the three plus years of His ministry.  We must realize that no one before or since has ever done the miracles that were attributed to Jesus.  While the skeptic will rail against this and insist that there were no miracles, I would ask him to at least consider the following.  If he or she was alive and witnessed lepers being healed, blind eyes being opened, storms ceasing at Jesus’ command, people being delivered of demons, Jesus walking on the water, Jesus changing water to wine, the deaf suddenly hearing, the lame walking for the first time and on and on and on it goes.  What are we to think of these incredible acts?  In other words Jesus is backing up His claim that He is God by demonstrating complete mastery of the natural and also in the supernatural, or spiritual realm.

A reasonable man or woman witnessing these events would have to at least agree that Jesus was doing superhuman feats.  Let’s take it a step further and I argued this point on a radio show years ago as the atheist host refused to answer my hypothetical scenario, which almost made me hang up!  I asked him this.  If his father had terminal cancer and Jesus showed up at his house and healed him would that be a good thing?  Because of this man’s world view, good and evil are not absolutes and thus, he was reluctant to answer.  Finally, he said yes, it would be a good thing.

Let’s bring this closer to home.  If it was our father or mother lying on their deathbed and Jesus came to the house and healed them, what would we think?  I believe we can agree that witnessing a miracle like this would radically change our world view.

It was in this context that Jesus proclaimed, He is the way and the truth and the life.  Remember, when he is stating this there is no Vatican or Billy Graham.  No priests or dark confessionals.  No nuns or stain glass windows.  No statuary or cathedrals, rosaries, candles, altars Christian TV, or any of the man-made trappings that in some ways have hindered people from seeing who Jesus really was/is!

In closing todays Bun. When we put Jesus comments in historical context of where He was and what He was doing, His declaring that He is the way the truth and the life, becomes a statement that is both pregnant with meaning and carries a weighted authority that is unequaled by any other historical figure.  He said He was God, because He actually was God and He demonstrated this everywhere He went, as he had mastery over our physical reality as well as the supernatural or spirit world as well.  This is why He is the only way to the father, and there is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved.  Emanuel – God with us!

With that in mind.  Do you know Him?  Have you asked Him to come into your life?  He stands at the door and knocks.  He won’t force Himself on you.  You have to ask and He will come in for He is the way, the truth and the life….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting BUN!

Posted by lamarzulli on October 19, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun

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L. A. Marzulli

 

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  Genesis 1: 26

Our Bibles tell us that we are made in the image and likeness of God.   If I’m honest, I really don’t grasp all that implies.   However, if this is true, and as a Christian I believe it is, then everyone I meet, no matter what they look like, fills the bill, as they are made in the image and likeness of God.  This concept allows us to love everyone we meet—they will know you by the love you have one for another (JESUS) This love is called Agape. 

As we go through life there are people we encounter, they bother us and sometimes this get us into the dangerous realm of judgment.  For some of us it can be people who look different from us.  It can be people who have tattoos, or long hair, or no hair, or fat, or thin, or tall, or short, or of a certain ethnicity.  It doesn’t matter what it is that hangs us up, for when we go down this road, when we allow these thoughts to be unchecked, we are living in the kingdom of darkness, the kingdom of the enemy.  We have crossed over into the kingdom of the Fallen One, who comes to rob, kill and destroy.   These thoughts align with the fallen cherub and thus, we when engage them, when we allow them to enter in, we are living in his kingdom.

When we allow ourselves to begin to pick at others in our thought life, we are, in essence acting like the accuser of the brethren, which of course is the signature of The Fallen One.

I travel a lot and I’m actually writing Sunday’s Bun from 34,000 feet in the air!  (Got to love modernity!)  The next time you’re in an airport or a mall,  go to the side and just watch the people go by.  Begin to pray for each person you see.  Sometimes there’s so many people you can’t possibly pray for them all, as they are all going somewhere.

This is a great exercise as we can just bless everyone who walks by.  We can also listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit who may have a word for an individual.  Everyone we see is made in the image and likeness of God.  Everyone has value.  Everyone has a destiny that has been created in them before they were their mother’s womb and most don’t even know what that is, as in many instances it has been hidden from the person by the Fallen One.

God loves each and every person walking by in the mall or at the airport, or train station.  God loves everyone and does not want anyone to perish.

In closing todays Bun.  When we look at people with disdain, contempt, or from a haughty attitude, we are living in the enemy’s camp.  We are participating in the works of the devil.  We are bound by our thoughts and held captive to them.

When we begin to pray over everyone we encounter, things change,  the atmosphere changes, people respond and begin to talk to us about their lives without knowing why.

What we are showing is the love of the Messiah, Jesus, whose love transcends time itself.  He will be with us even unto the end of the age.  

We are admonished to love one another.  When we begin to see everyone, know matter what they look like, as created in the image and likeness of God, everything changes and we are bringing the kingdom of heaven to earth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wars and Rumor of Wars…. Is WWIII Beginning?

Posted by lamarzulli on October 12, 2014

ISIS Control in Iraq and Syria 6/16/2014The Sunday Bun – Sort of.

Wars & Rumors of Wars.

Is WWIII Beginning?

by

L. A. Marzulli

Leaders of Iraq’s Anbar province call for U.S. ground forces to stop ISIS

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/11/world/meast/isis-threat/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Iraq asks for US ground troops as Isil threaten Baghdad

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/11156264/Iraq-asks-for-US-ground-troops-as-Isil-threaten-Baghdad.html

Middle East Updates / Bombings kill 45 in Baghdad, outskirts

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/middle-east-updates/1.620207

Syria Kobane toll ‘passes 500′

While our media is concentrating on Ebola, which I firmly believe is a classic wag-the-dog campaign, WWIII is most likely beginning in the Middle East.  ISIL is about to overrun Iraq’s Capital city, Baghdad, and there’s nothing the Iraqi’s can do but pray the US comes to their aid.  Heads up.  This is not going to happen and thus, if Baghdad falls, and I predict it will, it’s a major game changer in the region.  Next stop?  Amman Jordan?  Kuwait?  Let’s hope and pray that when ISIL takes over the Iraqi capital we won’t see a bloodbath, similar to what happened when the Viet Cong took over South Vietnam, or Pol Pot’s genocide in Cambodia which left over 3 million annihilated in some of the most gruesome killing in the history of mankind.

ISIL is about to up the ante when they take Baghdad.  They will have the oil revenues, the oil fields and the military hardware left over by the US at their disposal.  This victory will most likely go to the leadership’s heads and they will believe they are victorious because of their devotion to Allah.  They will believe falsely, that they are invincible and this will most likely create a false boldness in them and then they will strike out at the neighboring countries to further expand their Caliphate which will, in some way, be legitimized by taking the Iraqi capital.  Jordan is in their cross hairs, as is Saudi Arabia, with Mecca and Medina as the ultimate prize.  We are hearing stories of Muslims who are leaving their countries, traveling to the Middle East to join ISIL and help establish an Islamic Caliphate.

While most Americans are busy following the Ebola story, in my opinion our focus should be on what is happening right now in the Middle East.  Thousands of people are being displaced from their homes in Kobane and I would speculate the folks in Baghdad are more than uneasy.  Will Israel enter the fray at some point?  Will there be a coalition of countries coming together like they did in the Gulf War to stop ISIL?  Will Iran feel threatened and thus come to the aid of the Iraqi’s and protect Baghdad?

In closing today’s Bun-sort-of:  Jesus admonishes us to watch the signs of His coming.  Folks can argue that examining the headlines and tying to tie them to prophetic scripture has nothing to do with solid interpretation.  Respectfully, I would disagree.  We know that Jerusalem has become a rock of stumbling to the whole world, just like the Bible predicted.  We see Israel gathered and established in her ancient homeland.  We see the rise of antisemitism reaching heights not seen since the 1930’s in then Nazi, Germany, except it’s global.  We are told that when we begin to see these signs—and you will notice the first warning is that of wars and rumors of wars—we are to look up because this is our indication that He’s about to return.  It’s really heating up and this may be the beginning of WWIII.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on October 5, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun

by

L. A. Marzulli

 My eyes are on the Lord, for only He can loose my foot from the snare. Psalm 25:15

We all struggle with different thoughts which then, when acted out, can lead us down a path most of us would avoid.

James talks about this and so does Paul.  Both men sum it up when they tell us that we must watch our thought life and as I have addressed on the Blog many times, this means we take every thought captive.

If we don’t do this then we can be ensnared by the wrong thoughts that we are thinking.  Some of these thoughts can be identified and thus, listed in this way.

Galatians 5:19-21King James Version (KJV)

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

We can become captive to thoughts of bitterness or hatred, lust, envy, or any of the above listed conditions which are contrary to The Most High Gods word; in short we become captive to sin.

Alcoholics Anonymous or AA, works because people who are slaves to drink and realize there’s no way to break their destructive pattern surrender their lives to a higher power.  As Christians we know who this “higher power” is and He has a name, Jesus/Yahsua.

The miracle of sobriety happens because the person realizes they are powerless to stop their addictive behavior and they cry out for a savior.  While this is dramatic, the bottom line is the same for all of us who cry out in our affliction, whatever it may be.  He comes and we are set free.

If we have something that is weighing us down, or a pattern in our thought life that is habitual, our eyes should be on the Lord and through prayer, we ask for Him to deliver us (from the snare).

The good news is that He wants to do this.  Sometimes it can be dramatic as in the case of a man whom I know who was in a jail cell and after 25 years of being addicted to speed, the Lord set him free while in the cell, awaiting sentencing, when he got down on his knees and asked for forgiveness and salvation. His was a dramatic conversion and instant freedom from drug addiction, and he is now a godly man who at some point, most likely will become a pastor.  (Richard, if you’re reading this say hi to Sam for me.)

Are any of us ensnared and weighed down by sin?  Let us look to the Lord for only He can release us.  He loves us and wants us to live life more abundantly, and I’m not talking about a materialism here!

Paul sums it up best when he admonishes us:

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on September 28, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun

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L. A. Marzulli

2 Corinthians 10:5

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

I’ve covered this before but as I was on my run yesterday I felt that I needed to go back over it.  It’s OK, as there’s always another skin of the onion to uncover.

The mind is where we hold our thoughts.  No one knows what we are thinking.  Here’s what I mean.  We can be sitting next to our wife in church and looking at the woman in a pew across the aisle in a lustful way!  We can be smiling while talking to someone and acting like they are our friend but our minds are steeped in bitterness towards this individual and who knows?  We can say one thing and inwardly know we mean exactly the opposite of what we are saying.

We can imagine that we are more than what we are, that we should have this job or drive that car, or live in some mansion somewhere.  We can all think to highly of ourselves.  We can entertain imaginations, or as some translations say, vain imaginations.  It all happens in our thought life.  The mind is truly the battle ground.  James warns us against this when he admonishes us:

 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:14)

A thought comes in to our minds.  If we do not take charge of it, if we do not check it at the door of scripture and what the word of God tells us, we are in big trouble.  If we entertain it, before we know it, we are captured by it and it has control over us.

This is why knowing what is actually in the Bible arms us with the truth and allows us  to distinguish right from wrong.

For the word of God—the Bible—is alive and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  (Hebrews 4:12)

When a thought comes in that is contrary to the word of God we are to take charge of it.  We are to cast it out, annihilate with prayer, and bring it into captivity.  In other words we make sure we are in control of it, not the thought in control of us.  This is the charge of every believer.

In closing todays Bun:  I have a “quiver” of arrows on my iPhone.  These are scriptures I use in warfare, some I have committed to memory, others are old friends and I literally wash my mind with these when the unwanted thoughts begin, or I am tempted.  The good news is this, once the spirit of the Living God is in us, it is He who will help us with this.  Then, when we put on the armor of God that we read about in Ephesians 6, we are armed to do battle and we can take every thought captive.

We can and should as believers walk in the victory!

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on August 31, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun

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L. A. Marzulli

Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.  Jesus 

Soooo.  I’m working out in my garden yesterday.  I was cleaning out a 10 foot, elevated bin that I “invented,” which is also 3.5 feet off the ground to fend off the pesky gophers, squirrels and rabbits.  (See pic below) I was getting ready to plant some lettuce from seed.  I was minding my own business and just enjoying the moment alone in my garden.  A thought popped into my head about a brother who not only deeply offended me but also said some nasty stuff about my children.

Well, I began to agree.  How dare he! I thought!

Garden BinWhat a jerk!  

The guys an idiot and I’m glad I don’t associate with him anymore.

By engaging in this seemingly innocent thought stream I have just opened myself for an attack from the enemy.  I have, in fact given him legal right because of unforgiveness in my heart.  I have opened the door to all sorts of junk from the Fallen One.

About an hour later the attack began and I went into warfare mode.  There is a book I access daily, How to Rout Demons & Break Curses by John Eckhardt—highly recommend a copy for everyone!  There are some good “arrows” for my quiver in that tome. I also have some goodies on my I-Phone,  and some favorite scriptures committed to memory, so I’m ready to go.

However, the Holy Spirit brought to my attention what I had entertained in the garden.  How I had let the thought of unforgiveness go unchecked.  In fact I had planted the seed of bitterness!  I repented and the Lord’s peace came upon me and the attack from the one who seeks to rob, kill and destroy us stopped, as he no longer had legal right to access me.

This is the key for all of us, forgiving others the junk that they’ve done to us. It doesn’t matter what the wrong is, forgiveness is the key.  Forgiving those who have hurt us sets us free from the self-created prison we have constructed due to our unforgiveness.  By no means does this excuse the wrong, but it does keep us in good standing with the Father, as is evidenced from the scripture above.

When Jesus hung on the cross He looked down at the Roman soldiers who had scourged him within an inch of His life, who had spit on Him, who had shouted insults and taunted Him, who had mocked him with a crown of thorns and who had driven the cold, iron spikes through His wrists that pinned Him to a horrific instrument of torture, the cross, and forgave them for they know not what they do….

Unbelievable…

In closing todays Bun.  Forgiving others allows the Father to forgive us.  It’s very straight ahead what we are to do and yet, most of us have harbored bitterness at some point in our lives.  We should learn to drop this like a hot potato.  Bitterness and unforgiveness is not worth holding on to and in the end will poison us internally and may even lead to sickness.  Forgiveness is the key that sets us free!  Do not allow a root of bitterness to spring up.  Dig it out with the spade of forgiveness.  May the Lord’s peace be upon all of us today….

 

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