Sunday go to Meeting Bun!

Sunday Bun


L. A. Marzulli

The Tension that we Live in.

Romans 7:23-25  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

Romans 8: [There is] therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, [fn] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

There is a tension that exists in the believer and it is precisely what Paul describes in Romans and in other places in scripture.  This tension is a constant tugging between what our flesh, what our human nature wants to do and live by, and the born-from-above spirit that resides in us, that seeks to live in the kingdom of God.    There are days that we do the things that we do not want to do.  We say things that we later regret.  We act in a hurtful way or have unforgiveness in our hearts.  We lie, cheat, steal, murder, lash out, hold grudges, and do all sorts of acts and think things that we later regret.

The  good news is this, that there is now no condemnation.  In other words as 1 John tells us,  we have an advocate, a high priest who paid the price for all of our little nasties.  We are cleansed constantly by the blood of Yashua/Jesus.  We have but to go to the throne of grace and mercy to receive it.  However, this is certainly not an excuse for sin, and as I know in my own walking this out for 31 years, there comes a time when he holds us accountable not to go back to the slop of our sin.  He is the God who forgives not 7 times but 77 times, and even after that.

When I was taken a while back and brought into the heavenly scene of the Rapture, I was only there for 3 seconds.  At the passing of the third second, I suddenly realized that my sin nature was gone, and then I was back.  I will, however, never forget the liberating feeling that I had.  The tension between the sin nature and the spirit were gone as there was no more sin nature.  This is where we all are headed.  This is our hope, that one day we will be like Him.   There is no other belief system on this planet that offers that, and having experienced it, even if it was only for a few seconds was a life-changing experience for me.

In closing today’s BUN: As we walk through life there will be days that we feel like we have “arrived,” in that the works of the flesh are suppressed and the works of the spirit, which are love, peace, joy, long-suffering, kindness, meekness, and brotherly love manifest through us.  Those are good days!  However, the next day we can kick the dog, yell at our wife or husband,  cheat on the golf course,  add more time to our work card,  lie to our neighbor and on and on it goes.  The good news is that we all are under construction and we will never be perfect while we are here…. never!  We will live in this tension and learn how to deal with it on a day-to-day basis, knowing that we are forgiven and covered by the blood of our saviour,  Yashua/Jesus.

35 thoughts on “Sunday go to Meeting Bun!

  1. And, we have to realize that Christians come under attack more often. Psalms Ch 91, is a very good Prayer of Protection for us.

    • Yes we are bombarded by attacks now. My daughter has to pray this one ev. morning (Ps59) before work as they plot continuously ag. her. They fail in their jobs and conspire togethere for her demise (store mgr) to save themselves. Arrogant, proud, insubbordinate. It never ends, just quiets down a bit and then more slowthfulness and more conspiring.. We sleuth together the dots and connect them and the HS helps us identify their motives and plots and pray! If ever we needed more the full amrour of GOD it is now!

  2. Thank you LA! Todays bun is a real blessing to me and addressed some problems I have been struggling with in my walk with the Spirit. Shalom, God bless, and a very merry Christmas to you and your faamily! Thanks!!

  3. I just love you, L.A.!!!! Good bun. I know that as I grow deeper into His will that when I slip and indulge my flesh it is usually the sin of anger and frustration……glad I don’t golf!
    I’ve even caught myself saying something snarky to someone who has irritated me and stopped turned away and forgot all about the other person to pray aloud “Oh dear Lord, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, make me be nice!” right at that moment when disagreement could have devolved into real enmity….. and then when I looked at the face of the person I was having trouble with we both burst into laughter and started to communicate. I felt silly at first like a little kid who runs to Daddy, but then realized that if I turn straight to the Lord in the heat of my sin He even will touch the heart of the other person and we have the miracle of peace.

    • Elaine, your response made me smile.

      Thank you L.A. for this post as it spoke to my personal struggles (and all of ours). You fruit reveals you are the good and faithful servant of the Lord.

    • Wow, now that’s the power of God displaying itself in an act of dying to one’s self! Thanks for sharing that story, Elaine. That resonates throughout the universe in its freshness and uniqueness.

  4. Thank You L.A.,
    Words from the LORD to the sheep! These are struggles that plague me always as I fear I will not hear
    “Well done thy good and faithful servant”….for I feel that I fall very VERY short of this and feel a great deal of shame.
    But I do know that I am not saved by works and that it is the GRACE of GOD through JESUS CHRIST that saves me.
    Praise be to GOD, for HIS plan is beyond what we truly deserve. I do believe we should strive to be what GOD wants us to
    be and do HIS bidding, but it is easy to get caught up in the business of this life, if we aren’t careful. I look forward to visiting this
    site with L.A.’s blogs and the discussions of like minded people for encouragement as well as the news around me I can’t
    get from the lame street media.
    Sorry for the rambling.

    Thank You L.A. for the much needed post today!

    • Ben don’t we all(Body of Christ) wonder of our faithfulness and crowns) I feel I’ll have none or few to give back to Him for His GLORY!

      My worst enemies/stumbling blocks are in my home and so lie my defeat in the same place! Oh the enemy is sly!

      My husband, oldest daughter and grandson are all ADD, ADDH. That is something I’m sure’s from the pit of hell. It is not imangined they have great difficulty with their existance. They are rebels by it and all that curtails. Opositional defiance. It is overwhelming when you can’t escape it and it attacks you at ev. moment.

      My granson takes med.(which I avoided until no other choice left) w/o it he’s like a demon when arrising and just evil. My husband’s deceitful and distant and self absorbed( He hid that while dating!). My daughter has a severe drug addiction and self destructive, she’s gone. They self med. with drugs or alcohol since can’t cope. It’s quite a nightmare. My younger daughter adopted my grandson and together we try to shape him to be a controlled child of God so when he can’t get med. he can make right choices. To be real and loving person. (He is loving and kind when he can be himself and a believer. It is HARD!!!

      I am one child of God who will ever be grateful for the Grace and Position he has place me in the Heavenlys with Christ Jesus. I am like Paul that I don’t do what I want to do and do what I don’t want to do and like him I thank Jesus for saving me from myself!!! I take comfort in ICor.3:11-15, I am His forever!!!!! That’s the Peace that surpasses all understanding! We all have things we are fighting.

    • Linda and Ben, I am including you both onto my prayer list. May The Lord Most High bless you and guide you.Shalom

    • Reply to LInda, yes I have had people in my life like that, and reading your story I realized that my first husband may have been ADD. I never have had an explanation of what was wrong, except that he was a “genius” and this caused him to find it difficult to communicate with others. But he was also lying, mean, not caring, and concealed this while dating. I feel so sorry for him now (he’s dead, murdered long ago).

      I too struggle with some of the things L.A. mentions, am closer to being above them all than I was, but knowing as he knows that they can come back. And I too had a rapture experience similar to his, which was pure bliss. Most days are far from bliss here on this dark planet, and most days are a struggle.

  5. I get daily exercise in patience on the expressway coming and going to work each week. The temptation to drive aggressively or curse others is often strong with plenty of ambushes and traps.

    It helps to listen to Word, with the benefit of being able to go through the entire Bible in few months. Prayer helps too. Also repentance. Turning from the problem to the Almighty brings instant relief as Elaine wrote. Turning to Him before also helps. And I get a prompting reminder now through the Holy Ghost, with our agreed short code “Don’t be a d***!”

    James 5
    15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
    16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
    17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly….

    James 4
    17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

    James 1
    26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
    27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

    • Nome!….ya made me laugh out loud! I never take the Lord’s name in vain and have rarely used some of the worst curse words but “d***” was one I did once upon a time use…..So God in His infinite wisdom made me fall in love with a good Christian man named Richard, who goes by, yep, you guessed it!……. and now it seems like a compliment to call anyone a Dick and God has removed it as an expletive!
      Joy and laughter come from God!

    • That’s rich Elaine, (every pun intended)! No doubt I’ll get a smile with the reminders now, which will certainly help on the roadway.

      And just like our Lord to turn a curse into a blessing. (Consider the name “Jude,” Christ’s brother, re: “Judas”)

      You may have seen the bumper sticker, “If God is your Co-pilot – you’re in the wrong seat”

      A man stood by the side of the road hitchhiking on a very dark sunday night in the middle of a storm. The thunder was rolling and no cars passed. The rain was so heavy he could barely see a few feet ahead. …Then suddenly a car come towards him and stopped.

      Instinctively, the man climbed in and shut the door, only to realise that there was nobody behind the wheel!

      The car started slowly. He peered through the window at the road ahead and, to his horror, saw a tight corner. Scared to death, he said a silent prayer. And was still in shock when, a few yards before the corner, a hand appeared through the window and turned the wheel.

      The man, paralysed with terror, watched the hand appear again at the next corner. Finally he summoned the strength to escape and run up ahead into town.

      Wet and shaking, he burst into a church where he started telling everyone about the incredible experience…

      Not long after, two men walked in, and one said to the other: “Look, Slim, that’s the guy who climbed in the car while we were pushing….”

  6. L.A,
    Thank you for a great bun, I know alot of friends of mine the devil holds back from seeking the lord Jesus because they think that the lord will not forgive them for the things they have done or they have to quit sinning befor the lord will forgive them.
    I know that God will take strong holds away you just have to be willing to trust God.Thanks again for the great bun I will share this with my friends.
    May God bless you

    • Rick, that is a tricky one, that people feel they need to be free of sin before they come to Jesus. It’s a catch-22, because their sin keeps them a slave and only Jesus in their heart can break them out of the victim cycle. God uses our sin and weaknesses to shape us into our new person. I think that is one of Satan’s better tricks to keep those he has suppressed down in their dungeon in chains.

  7. Thanks L.A., What a great BUN…. It totally spoke to directly to my heart. God Bless you and your family…. Keep up the great ministry.

  8. Merry Christmas L.A. and to your family also!!

    That was an excellant loving thing to give to the Body!! It gets harder and harder to walk the walk! You remind us of our Father’s loving kindness to give us His Son and the Grace to come back to His family! To be Free in deed(in Jesus). To be placed with Jesus at God’s right hand NOW not later. To be IMPUTED as Righteous.

    Thank You!

  9. Brotherly love is sadly the one thing that will disappear more and more in these last days but yes Brother Lynn, the FACT that we who are born again have NO condemnation. And in that Truth I take great hope…especially after having doing my daily check on Drudge and seeing what seems the ticking on the time bomb just speed up as gas pipe lines in Israel was blown up along with others and very ugly stories in middle east.

    Look uP my Brothers and Sisters. Our time draws closer to go Home.

    In Christ,

    Jeff D

    • The same guy, Dick, that I mentioned above let’s me drive his golf cart while he plays on some summer Sundays. Once on the 9th hole he did a 275yd drive off the tee right onto the green but I think the excitement of that shot got his adrenaline pumping so hard that the poor guy ended up knocking the little ball another 5 shots!!!!! It just kept running off the rim or missing by 1 inch and I was not even the one playing but I wanted to just write down a 4 on the sheet but he is honest and made it a 6. LOL, an amazing shot and ended up 3 over par. And it was not like he was playing against anyone so there would have been no “victim” if he’d cheated……so I know exactly what L.A. means by that temptation!

    • I grew up next to a golf course. I do not recommend this, and it was before I found the Lord, but being the mischievous youths we were back then, we found the shed they keep and charged the golf carts up at night. There was many a night we took them on a cruise though the golf course.
      Of course unlike kids today, we did return them and even plugged they back in, after all it was the right thing to do 🙂 The really strange thing about that was the golf course as infested with bats, they would come out of nowhere and dive bomb your head, was very dodgy walking home though the golf course. Very spooky place to walk through alone at midnight….pitch black with only moonlight to find your way and it was quiet as a church mouse out there too , with only the wind howling at times, almost like a bad 1950s horror movie.
      I couldn’t imagine walking through there at night now, I have listened to way too much Coast to Coast, to think it would have a good outcome.

  10. Thank you for these uplifting, and much needed, helpful reminders concerning the constant war that rages on in ‘our members’, between the spiritually born again ‘new’ us, vs. the ‘old man’, as I’ve heard it put by some others, L.A.–I very much appreciated them.:)

  11. Sadly, I rarely feel love, peace, and joy anymore , but then again, it not about feelings, at least for me it isn’t , it’s been my experience that feelings can deceive . If I went by how I felt at times I would have hung up my Christian walking shoes a long time ago. There have been times I felt as though I couldn’t hear the Lord’s voice if he were next to me shouting my name. I have been in many periods of spiritual dryness. I don’t feel it is necessarily bad thing to be in a spiritually dry place — unless of course it is because of sin. For me I find my spiritual dryness can be a specific time that the Lord wants me to go through as a time of testing or preparation. The Lord will allow me to be tested at times to refine my faith and to cause me to examine my life. During these times I still try to remember to offer praise and thanksgiving to him even when I don’t feel like it, when the times are not so great, as difficult as that may be for me. During these periods, I feel it is a demonstration of his love to let me feel a broken fellowship since it moves me closer to repentance.
    On another note, one example of how feelings can deceive. Praise and worship at church, very body is on a spiritual high as the music playing and the choir is in perfect harmony. Folks are lifting their hands to the Lord, and offering praise to the most high. An hour later after service is dismissed the same folks I witnessed in church praising God, and on that spiritual high, is about to kill someone trying to get out of the parking lot, driving like a demon possessed, nearly running over the elderly and flipping off anyone that stands in their way in order to be first to the restaurant for lunch and to get that coveted seat by the pastor. And that’s only for the assistant pastor, God forbid if its brother Osteen, you better wear a cash helmet, as they will absolutely run you down to get there first.

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