Sunday Bun

The Bun!

by

L.A. Marzulli

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.

Hebrews 12:14-17
Last week we talked about entering into God’s rest. There is a process that we must undertake to achieve this, as it doesn’t just happen by itself.
In the passage above Paul warns us of several sins to watch out for, which I underlined and highlighted in red. These are but two of the many sins which we can be ensnared with and thus never enter into the rest that we all long for.
Think about it. If we are bitter towards anyone for any reason there is certainly no rest in our souls. We can do the Texas Two-step telling ourselves that we’re really not that bitter, that the person we’re bitter towards is a real jerk, that what they did justifies our bitterness. If we think like this we never and I mean never enter into the rest that God wants for us. We will be restless and without peace.
I remember when I first became spirit filled 37 years ago. A friend of mine was in AA and he gave me the AA book to read, that outlines the “steps,” he was putting into daily practice.
One of them was to take inventory of ourselves, which meant that we were to make sure there was no bitterness, resentment, hatred, or anything else within us toward anyone. For the alcoholic these emotions can act as a trigger and bring about the desire to drink oneself into oblivion because of the ongoing pain these thoughts can cause.
Resting in the Lord, achieving His rest, is attainable but we have to do our part. How can we enter into His rest if we are fiddling with adultery? (The second underlined and highlighted sin above.) How can we find rest if we are addicted to porn, or lusting after every woman we see? How can a married woman find peace if she is flirting with another man?  In short, it’s impossible.
We have to take inventory and keep every thought accountable.
But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
In this verse from Hebrews we see that our discernment, our ability to distinguish right from wrong, good from evil, is TRAINED by constant practice. In other words as we are faced with a situation we bring it to the word of God. We check it against scripture. If we walk this way and keep inventory over our thoughts and emotions we can enter into His rest. We can know peace. We can find rest for our souls.
Jesus is called the Prince of Peace. When we ask Him into our hearts it is the beginning of finding His rest, His peace that passes understanding.

Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Bun!!!Sunday Bun

by

L. A. Marzulli

And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.  Mark 8:29

He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  John 1:11

 

I love this scene where Jesus asks Peter  But whom say ye that I am  and Peter replies, you are the Messiah—the anointed one!  Peter at this point had been “hanging out” with the God-man Yashua/Jesus and under the direction of the Father and the Spirit of the Living God, had the realization that indeed he was the Messiah!  Remember, Jesus looks like a man.  He is eating and walking with his disciples.  He lays down at night and sleeps with them too.  Yet, he is able to perform feats/miracles that have never been equaled before or after his time on earth.  Think about it, changing water to wine, walking on the water, healing the multitudes of every disease imaginable, raising people from the dead and casting out demons.  Wherever He goes He is destroying the works of The Fallen One, who comes to rob, kill and destroy!  We have the written record of what happened and even though it was almost 2000 years ago theses stories make us marvel and wonder and as for me, wish that I could go back and time and spend one day with Him!

Then we come to the second verse in todays Bun.  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  John 1:11  It is a poignant reminder of His rejection by “his own,” His creation, mankind.  They don’t recognize Him and in fact, for the most part, utterly reject Him, and in some cases declare He is demon possessed.  Isaiah tells us in Chapter 53: He was a man of sorrows, which is a prophecy about who Messiah would be that I believe was fulfilled in the person of Yashua/Jesus

I can only imagine how alone He must have felt, especially in Gethsemane, when all of His disciples were unable to stay awake and pray with Him.  He even hints at this when he states: And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have
nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”  Matthew 8:20

In closing todays Bun.  As Christians we have come to accept the stories we have heard and read and are written in our Bibles.  These stories tell us about the person of Jesus.  They give us a window and a testimony that travels back in time almost 2000 years ago.  Everywhere Jesus walks, every person he makes contact with, experiences God with us—Emmanuel!

Do you know Him?  Is he real to you?  Has He spoken to you in the night seasons?  He is more real than the words you are reading right now.  He stands at the door of  your heart and knocks.  If you open it He will come in and your life will never be the same.  He is the Prince of Peace.  He is the One you have been waiting for.  He is the Great I Am, the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega.  He is the God/man Yashua…. Jesus.   To know Him is only a request away!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Go To Meeting Bun!

BUN!Sunday Bun

by

L. A. Marzulli

John 16: 33  These things I have spoked unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

The threat of WWIII is looming as Obama wants to rush to war, with or without Congressional approval.  Putin has declared, that Russia will back Syria, should America attack.  Added to this is Iran and Hezbollah who are emphatically stating, they will “punish America,” should we act militarily against Syria.

Then throw in the threat of radiation polluting the Pacific, due to the Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown, the mysterious deaths of birds, dolphins and fish, record drought, record rainfall, record cold temperatures, the threat of a solar flare, the unmitigated lawlessness that abounds, famines, and pestilence, and one can become overwhelmed by the events we are facing.

Jesus makes it very clear in the above passage.  In Me you might have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

It’s an incredible statement and one might read this and ask, how do I have peace when I am faced with all this overwhelming stuff that is going on!

People all over the world long for peace of mind.  Gurus tell us to chant or meditate and we will have inner peace, but does this really work?  Will taking Zanex or other prescription drugs help ease our anxiety or does it just mask over it?  Some people become workaholics in order to find “peace,” thinking if they can only make enough money their problems will be solved and they will find rest.  Others turn to drugs or alcohol to numb the pain, and temporarily find peace, until the drug or booze wares off.

Peace, comes from the Prince of Peace, one of Jesus’ many titles.  It is a free gift liberally given to us and we can do nothing of and in ourselves to make it happen.  Peace and rest come from the Lord of hosts!  He alone gives what the world and all the man-made placebos can never dispense.

When He laid down his life on the cross and shed His blood for us, everything in the universe changed.  We know that time stood still, as darkness covered the land for three hours.  We know that the dead rose from their tombs and were seen walking in the streets of Jerusalem.  The thick heavy veil which separated the Holy of Holies from the people, was torn top to bottom.  His last words were, It is finished!  With this He took back the title-deed from the Fallen One and declared Checkmate in the cosmic war, which had been raging for perhaps millions of years in our universe.

In closing todays Bun:  He knows each one of us intimately and He loves each of us where we are.  With that in mind, if we are struggling or fearful, perhaps overcome by the problems of the world, if we ask Him, he will give us what we need, peace in the midst of tribulation, for He has indeed overcome the world and the dark prince who still rules here.