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Connect the Testaments

March 18: Is This “Bad” from God? Numbers 20–21; 1 Corinthians 3:1–4:21; Psalm 18:31–50 God has granted us incredible grace in the salvation that Jesus’ death and resurrection offers, but that very grace is often used as a theological excuse. It’s dangerous to say that bad things come from God, but there are times when they actually do. What makes them good is how He uses them to help us grow. The great grace God offers doesn’t mean our sins go unpunished. We see God directly issue what seems “bad” in Num 21:5–7. First, we’re told: “The people spoke against God and against Moses, ‘Why have you brought us from Egypt to die in the desert? There is no food and no water, and our hearts detest this miserable food’ ” (Num 21:5). Then, Yahweh sends poisonous snakes that bite the people, causing them to die (Num 21:6). Why would a good God do such a horrific thing? In Numbers 21:1–4, the people had experienced a miraculous victory against the Canaanites living in Arad—a people they were losing to…

Morning and Evening

Morning, March 18Go To Evening Reading
“Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” —Galatians 3:26
The fatherhood of God is common to all his children. Ah! Little-faith, you have often said, “Oh that I had the courage of Great-heart, that I could wield his sword and be as valiant as he! But, alas, I stumble at every straw, and a shadow makes me afraid.” List thee, Little-faith. Great-heart is God’s child, and you are God’s child too, and Great-heart is not one whit more God’s child than you are. Peter and Paul, the highly-favoured apostles, were of the family of the highest; and so are you also; the weak Christian is as much a child of God as the strong one.
“This covenant stands secure, Though earth’s old pillars bow; The strong, the feeble, and the weak, Are one in Jesus now.”
All the names are in the same family register. One may have more grace than another, but God, our heavenly Father, has the same tender heart towards all. One may do more mighty works and may bring more …

My Utmost for His Highest

March 18th Shall I rouse myself up to this? Perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Cor. 7:1. “Having, therefore, these promises,” I claim the fulfillment of God’s promises, and rightly, but that is only the human side; the Divine side is that through the promises I recognize God’s claim on me. For instance, am I realizing that my body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, or have I a habit of a body that plainly will not bear the light of God on it? By sanctification the Son of God is formed in me, then I have to transform my natural life into a spiritual life by obedience to Him.God educates us down to the scruple. When He begins to check, do not confer with flesh and blood, cleanse yourself at once. Keep yourself cleansed in your daily walk. I have to cleanse myself from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit until both are in accord with the nature of God. Is the mind of my spirit in perfect agreement with the life of the Son of God in me, or am I insubordinate in intellect? Am I forming…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 18 They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint Isa. 40:31 The eagle that soars in the upper air does not worry itself as to how it is to cross rivers. Selected

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.