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By Martha Bush Today, I would like for us to talk about an excerpt from Lynn’s book, Marching Around Jericho. I will be referring to Chapter 9---My Authority in Christ, page 91. To refresh your memory of that chapter, Lynn expands on three common held beliefs and deceptions we fall into about the demonic realm that keeps us from exercising our authority that Christ has given us to destroy the works of the enemy. 1. Demons aren’t real. 2. It’s impossible for a believer to experience demonic oppression or harassment. 3. Our lack of knowledge (Luke 10:19) She pointed out that “God can and often will intervene supernaturally in our lives. But, his greatest desire is to have his children established in our kingdom identity, exercise our Christ given authority to influence our world.” As I read this chapter, my memory took me back to a time God showed me... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2020 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush It was March, 2020 when the world, as we knew it, was turned upside down. Coming to a screeching halt were: schools, restaurants, hair salons, churches, retail businesses. Many other businesses and scheduled events too numerous to name were also canceled. Why? The Government called it "Social Distancing" in order to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus that was claiming thousands upon thousands of lives around the world. Never in my lifetime have I seen the world come to a standstill with the exception of the health care providers who worded around the clock trying to save lives. All of us were affected in some way. I was one of the blessed ones. First of all, I did not catch the virus, nor did anyone in my family. That alone merits a heartfelt praise to our Lord. In addition, I was retired, so I did not have... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2020 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush Coming up this weekend is Easter Sunday --- the day we celebrate The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In the week prior to Easter each year, by way of the scriptures, I visit the sites of “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” I enter The Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was betrayed. I stroll down the Via Dolorosa path trying to visualize the sights and sounds of that horrendous day. Moving past the city gates of Jerusalem, I make my way to Golgotha, where He died on the cross. Ending my visit at the tomb, I leave rejoicing that He is not there. During my visit this year, not only was my heart filled with gratitude for what Jesus did for me, but it was also stirred with an awareness of what common ordinary people were doing for Jesus. I invite you to pay a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush Once upon a time in a small southern town USA, there lived a family who had seven children. When the mother was in her mid-forties, she gave birth to their eighth child, a little boy. The father of the family was a farmer who worked hard to feed his large brood of children; the mother sewed for the public to earn extra income for their large brood. The older children described their mother as a beautiful Christian woman. However, their description of their daddy was different--often spoke demeaning and harshly, but had a sense of humor although a bit warped at times. A case in point was when his wife was pregnant with each of the eight children. He would always remark, “Well, it sure ain’t mine!” At the age of forty-seven, the father died. The older children had all married and left home, so the mother... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2020 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush Hello, my fellow SUMite Marchers. Can you give a big shoutout to Lynn for this remarkable teaching in her new book, Marching Around Jericho! Today, I want us to talk about those false belief systems and lies Lynn refers to in Chapter 1. Quote, page 20: “The majority of my march consisted of displacing deceptive mindsets and lies. I’m convinced seventy-five percent of spiritual warfare is stepping into awareness and out of deception. The remaining twenty-five percent, well, that is faith and prayer. Together, we’ll battle through false belief systems, religious mindsets, doubt, apathy, fear, and displace false identity. Expect the cheers of heaven each time we step out of a lie and become fully aware of God’s truth, his whole truth.” (End of quote.) Join me as I share with you a false belief that had almost paralyzed me both in the natural realm, and was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2020 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush Little Cypress Mauriceville Battling Bear Stadium, Orange, Texas, is exactly what its name implies: The Home of the Battling Bears! There was a time I spent every Friday night at the stadium watching the boys battle it out with that brown piece of pigskin, with their opponent. Not a football fan, I really went to the games to watch my two daughters perform at halftime with the LCM Honey Bear Drill Team. After my girls graduated from high school, I became a regular attendee at the LCM Battling Bear Stadium. You see, it was here that I, too, did battle with my opponent, Old Slewfoot himself, as he began to send an assignment of grief to destroy my marriage, finances, and health, as one crisis after another made its entrance into our lives. I walked, ran, and skipped around the track praying, taking refuge from the storm... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2020 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush And so, the SUMite Community has gotten off to a great start in 2020. First we had the fast, then Lynn’s book, Marching Around Jericho, was launched. Many have reported receiving revelations during the fast, as well as Lynn’s book, which I wrote about on Monday. Today, I want to share with you a personal story about a fast I experienced years ago that I called at the time, My Isaiah 58 Fast. My story goes like this: My husband’s sister was receiving treatment for cancer. Being a divorcee, she was living alone in a mobile home. We knew of her illness and stayed in touch with her, but living hundreds of miles away, we did not know the severity of her plight until my husband received a telephone call from her ex-husband. “You and your siblings need to do something to help your sister,” he stated... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush Today, I’d like to share with you my story of entering Jericho. After years of testing in The Wilderness, there came a time when I knew that I had crossed over The Jordan River and was about to enter The Promised Land. I made a pit stop and did three things the Israelites were instructed to do before entering Jericho. (Joshua 4) Build monuments as a memorial of God’s faithfulness: My monuments are journals that tell stories of trials that turned into triumph, stories of healing and deliverance, and stories of what I learned about who I am and whose I am in Christ. Circumcision: Daily circumcision of my heart became vital to keep me moving forward. The Blood Sacrifice: Communion became a daily routine in my quite time. I then entered the city of Jericho. Time passed, and I wasn’t possessing the land God had said... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2020 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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Come with me to the first chapter of Nehemiah, and let’s listen in on a conversation Nehemiah is having with his Jewish friends. “How are the Jews getting along who have returned to Jerusalem from their Babylonian Exile?” “Well, things are not good; the wall of Jerusalem is still torn down, and the gates are burned,” they replied (Nehemiah 1:2-3 TLB) Nehemiah knew that the Temple in Jerusalem was being reconstructed. Now, his friends were telling him that the city had no protection from its enemies while they were rebuilding the Temple. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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As a child growing up on a farm in Southwest Georgia, it was not uncommon for family and friends to drop in for an unexpected visit. It was also not uncommon for my mother to greet them at the door with a smile on her face and say: “Come on in. Y’all just sit down and talk to Roy, (my daddy) and I will have supper ready in one hour.” Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush Oh, how I wish my husband could have helped me deal with some problems I have faced the past few months. However, it is a topic that I felt I could not talk with my unchurched spouse about. The topic? Sexual indiscretion among pastoral staff, financial ruin, division in the church body, a mass exodus of hundreds of members--all occurring at the church I have attended for the past 32 years. And, oh yes--the Harvey Flood in 2017 that almost completely destroyed the building, which still has not been fully restored. All of these things happened within a span of 5 years, bringing the average attendance on Sunday morning from 1,200 to 350. Now, I ask you. "Would you discuss those things with your unchurched spouse--you know the one you have been praying for that he would sit in the pew beside you on Sunday morning?" Honestly,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2019 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush May I start off by saying, “My husband is a true southern gentleman.” He still opens doors for me when we are out, as well as other ladies. He still says, “yes ma’am” and “no ma’am” to the elderly; he stills says “thank you” and “please,” and takes care of repairs for the widow down our street. Why? Because that is the way his mama raised him in the little south Georgia town where we both grew up. If he didn’t, she would have taken him “out behind the barn,” as they used to say in Georgia, for a good old fashioned paddling. Let me hasten to say that I call him a good old southern boy for doing those things, but I am sure it happens in all geographic regions. In fact, I meet many men right here in my great state of Texas, where I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2019 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush “How can I accept this situation; it’s not supposed to be this way!” No doubt, most of us have made that statement many times in our spiritually mismatched marriages. I tend to believe that God is agreeing with us and saying, “No, it wasn’t supposed to be this way.” Today, I want to write about a teaching that made light bulbs light up within me as I listened to my pastor’s wife, the late Melba Berkeheimer, teach on Acceptance vs. Approval. See what you think of this analogy when you think of the word acceptance, particularly as it pertains to hurts in your marriage. There is a big difference between ACCEPTANCE and APPROVAL. We sometimes think that we have to approve something or someone in order to accept the situation, but that is not true. We have to accept a lot of things in life, but we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2019 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush It is 4 o’clock in the morning, and time for me to enter into my quite room with the Lord. I know what you are thinking. “How faithful and holy she is to get up so early in the morning to praise and worship the Lord!” As President George Washington replied when his father asked if he had cut down his cherry tree, “I cannot tell a lie–I did cut it down with my hatchet.” So, I cannot tell a lie. Instead of a praise and worship time with the Lord, I had a complaining time with Him. This is what I wrote in my journal at 4 A.M. in the morning. “It seems as though my whole life has been spent waiting for You to show up, Lord. Why Lord, why so long? Is there something I haven’t done? Is it for Your special appointed time... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush “You, lady, as she pointed her finger at me, the Lord said, ‘Sometimes we are looking for a closer relationship for our loved one, when at the moment He is looking for a closer relationship with us.’” I squirmed in my seat, and whispered to myself, “This prophetess has missed it. She doesn’t even know me! I am the Christian in my family; the Lord needs to be going after His prodigal son. His prodigal son’s wife is doing JUST FINE!” Before going further, let me backtrack to my post Monday, The Influencer Trophy Reward in which I related how the Lord was admonishing Jeremiah as he complained about being mistreated by sinful people around him. “Stop this foolishness and talk some sense! Only if you return to trusting me will I let you continue as my spokesman. You are to influence them, not let them influence... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush Come with me to the 15th chapter of Jeremiah, and read along as this well-known prophet is having a conversation with the Lord. I warn you in advance, he is not in a good mood. 15 Jeremiah: “Lord, you know it is for your sake that I am suffering. They are persecuting me because I have proclaimed your word to them. Don’t let them kill me! Rescue me from their clutches, and give them what they deserve! 16 Your words are what sustain me; they are food to my hungry soul. They bring joy to my sorrowing heart and delight me. How proud I am to bear your name, O Lord. 17-18 I have not joined the people in their merry feasts. I sit alone beneath the hand of God. I burst with indignation at their sins. Yet you have failed me in my time of need!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush What a title for a post; “Don’t let the Fowls Eat Your Inheritance!” Please stay with me while I make my case, and perhaps you will be energized to take heed to those words in your own life. Let me begin by sharing a quote I recently heard a woman say in a discussion group. “I have always struggled with low self-worth. Just about the time I begin to lift my head, someone comes along to remind me that all my self-doubt is true! I've been a Christian for over 20 years, and I am ashamed of the way I feel about myself. I just can't seem to make that leap to “because HE says I'm worthy, I AM!!” How well I understood what this woman was saying. I played that same scenario out in my mind for years until I came face-to-face with myself one cold,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush The young mother tucked her little boy in bed, turned off the lights, and walked out of his room. It was then she heard him cry out: “Mom, turn the lights back on; I’m scared of the dark.” The mother walked back into his room to reassure him. “Now, son, don’t be afraid, Jesus is here with you.” To which he replied: “I know Jesus is in here with me, but I want somebody with some skin on!” Can we admit that we all have felt that way? “Yes, I know you are near Jesus, but, I really want someone to pray and study your word with me, someone to sit beside me in church, and most of all, Jesus, I want to talk to someone about how much I love YOU. That someone is my husband. Won’t you please tell him to come into the room... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush For the past month, we have celebrated with Lynn and Mike over his baptism. “Praise the Lord, hallelujah,” echoed around the world from those who had traveled this road with them. Can’t you just hear the angels and the heavenly choir also shouting, “Did ya’ll see that? Another soul has come into the kingdom! Whooopeeeee!” And yet, despite our happiness for them, deep within many of our hearts there is still that inner voice that cries out, “What about my spouse, Lord? When is it going to be my turn? How long is it going to take?” Whether it be the salvation of our loved-ones or some other trial in our lives, we often find ourselves in situations that it takes longer than we thought it would take. It is then that our emotions are tested. Actually we are in good company with David, the one described... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2019 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush God spoke to Abraham and said: “Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home for a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation and bless you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:1-3 MESG) In that day, going into Canaan, the place God was leading Abraham, was like going into Indian territory in the Old Wild West. There was no law; it was the survival of the fittest. It was not a land filled with good crops, a lot of it was barren wilderness. Nevertheless, God told Abraham “if you go that way, I will bless you and make you a blessing.” Abraham decided to go the path God directed him and, indeed, he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush Note: Adapted from my journal entry during the Sumite Fast, January 10, 2018. ***** She walked to the well as usual to draw water. Since she was an outcast from her society, she came to draw water at midday because she wasn’t welcome to join the other women of the town in the morning when it was cool. She was unmarried, living with a man and had shacked up with a few others guys before this latest guy. She wasn’t perfect, unlike the “other women” of the town who obviously thought they were. (John 4) As Lynn told the story of The Woman at the Well and her encounter with Jesus, she had these words to say in regards to our family: “This salvation experience is what our unbelieving family members are looking for. They need an ENCOUNTER with the God of love, power, forgiveness and wisdom.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush With their adrenalin still running high right after miraculously crossing the Jordan River, Joshua, Caleb and a new generation of Israelites had to make a “pit stop” for three things to take place before moving forward into Canaan. It happened like this in a little town called Gilgal: 1. Don’t Move Forward Before Building Memorial Stones God instructed Joshua to choose twelve men, one from each tribe to take a stone and carry it back out into the place where the priests were still standing in the middle of the Jordan River. Pile the stones up as a monument. “In the future, when your children ask you, 'What is this monument for', you can tell them it is to remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the ark of the covenant went across. The monument will be a permanent reminder to the people of Israel... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush Are you looking for that perfect gift for someone on your Christmas shopping list? Allow me to suggest a gift-giving idea that won't cost you a penny! Take a stroll with me to the bedside of a dying father in the Old Testament by the name of Isaac as he was about to give this free gift to his oldest son, Esau. The name of the gift - - The Blessing. In keeping with the custom of the day, parents in the Old Testament set aside a special day to give The Blessing. On this special day, the parent spoke words of love, high value, acceptance, and words that painted a bright future into their child’s life. And so it was, Esau had been summoned to his dying father's bedside to receive The Blessing from his father. However his brother, Jacob, had deceived their father into believing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush It's that time of the year again - - a time we set aside on the calendar for "stuffing the turkey" and "giving thanks for our blessings." We pull out our recipes, head to the grocery store to buy the ingredients needed for stuffing the big bird, and the cooking preparations begin. When Thanksgiving Day arrives, families gather together, have a time of giving thanks, and then carve the stuffed turkey waiting on the platter. For just a brief moment in time, most of us capture the true meaning of "giving thanks unto the Lord" on Thanksgiving Day, no matter what kind of trials we have been through during the year. But, what about the day after Thanksgiving--“if you could actually put your heart on a platter like the stuffed turkey, what would you see stuffed inside that might rob you of a thankful heart throughout the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage
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By Martha Bush Background Libby Finan Drawing A former pastor of mine, the late David Berkheimer, made the following statement in his sermon: “I believe with all my heart the greatest trials of life are the obedient things God calls us to do.” He pointed out that the trials we face are often in the path God is leading us. A prime illustration of this is in the life of Abraham, the father of our faith. Abraham was seventy-five when he left the comforts of his homeland to obey God and, indeed, walked straight into trials and difficulty. The trials were the kind of things that would, perhaps, challenge his thinking. “Did I really hear Your voice leading me this way, Lord?" (Genesis 12-16) 1990's I agree with Pastor Berkheimer’s statement that the greatest trials of life are often the obedient things God calls us to do because it happened... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Spiritually Unequal Marriage