by Sherry Cash
(Arlington, TX, USA)
Here is Sherry's Bible study notebook on God's grace in the wilderness.
My name is Sherry Cash. I am a 71 year old dorm mother at Arlington Baptist College (Girls' Dorm). I married the answer to my prayers 48 years ago. I have 3 sons, 3 daughters in law, and 9 grandchildren. We graduated from Arlington Baptist College (nee Bible Baptist Seminary), me, my husband, and 3 sons. Living 71 years and 50 of them in the ministry, has taught me many lessons in knowing Jesus. I want to share some of them.Date of Entry:
1Ch 14:15 And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines.
Mt 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Lu 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Mt 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.My Thoughts...
God always goes before us to lead us, not behind us to push us. We must get to a quiet place so that we might "hear the sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees."
Then, when we listen and hear what God is telling us
– then and only then should we go out to battle. Then we can know that God has gone forth before us to smite our enemies. The enemy for the Israelites was the Philistines at that time. Our enemies are many. We fight not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers.
My enemy is fought in my mind. So many things are promised to me in God’s Word, but they must be sought and believed.
I pray, seek, and search, but my mind has doubts. My mind is the problem. I rationalize, or
I offer reasons why God might not answer. "It might not be His will, He doesn't care, I don’t deserve it, etc." But Jesus says, "Fear not, only believe."
If it is something I need, If it is something I desire, a good thing, If I am delighting myself in Him, then His word promises it to me. "No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly." I just need to be delighting in HIM – not what He can do for me. I need to be thinking of HIM, loving HIM, meditating on HIM and HIS Word. Then, I will not ask for anything that does not please Him.
And, He will show me if I am not pleasing Him. I just need to be listening to the rustling of the tops of the mulberry trees. Get quiet and listen for Him.
I love you Lord. Help me to hear. Speak to me dear Lord, Speak to me.Questions it brought to my mind...
1. Why do I have such a hard time trusting?
2. Why can't I just turn it loose?My closing prayer...
I love you Lord. Help me to hear. Speak to me dear Lord, Speak to me.