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John 7:15 The Jews were astonished. They said, How is it that this Man has learning [is so versed in the sacred Scriptures and in theology] when He has never studied? 16 Jesus answered them by saying, My teaching is not My own, but His Who sent Me.

The Jews were astonished because Jesus never took the traditional route to gain knowledge of the scriptures. Jesus didn’t need to learn the traditional way. He allowed Father God to reveal things to Him.

This is wonderful for the body of believers. This means whatever we’re doing, we can allow God to reveal things to us. We may have never gone to college for a certain position at our jobs, but God can reveal some things to us that will make us stand out and be offered a position. We may not have all the ideas and plans for a business, however, He’ll reveal some things we’ve never thought of before.
If we mix God’s revelation with His favor in our lives, there’s no telling how far we can go in life.

This revelation will astonish those who are privileged to witness this miracle. It’s not for our applause, but to glorify God. Seek God on your next endeavor and allow His revelation to astonish those around you.

John 7:1 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him.

Jesus, the Son of God, chose not to go to Judea because the Jews were seeking to kill Him. Was He afraid? Of course not. He could have called angels down to take them all out (Matthew 26:53). He simply chose to exercise wisdom.

Some Christians have allowed their faith to turn into foolishness. People have driven cars without their prescribed glasses, in faith, attempting to rebel against poor vision. Someone was killed after believing God would protect him as he walked through a pride of lions. Now, believers are intentionally gathering during a virus, without any protective gear, claiming God is their protection. This is foolish. If God has not specifically given us instructions to do certain things that appear to be foolish, we should exercise wisdom. It’s all about letting the Spirit lead us. And, it’s not always fear. We can wash our hands, wear a mask, and maintain separation without being in fear.

If Jesus chose to exercise wisdom to preserve His life, we should do the same. Let’s be wise and in faith and not foolish.

Deuteronomy 6:10 And when the LORD your God brings you into the land He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that He would give you—a land with great and splendid cities that you did not build, 11 with houses full of every good thing with which you did not fill them, with wells that you did not dig, and with vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant—and when you eat and are satisfied,

Some of us want our first house and some of us want a better house. It’s one of the great feelings we experience as adults. The good news is there’s a promise from God for those who desire a house.

Poverty-minded or religious people may have a problem with asking God for a house based on His Word. They may feel like we should be satisfied with the bare necessities, but that’s not God’s desire for us. In Mark 11:24 Jesus says, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. That whatever He’s referring to includes a house.

We don’t have to have the money, the credit, or a hookup to get a house. The house has been made available in and through Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20). All we need is our belief in what Christ has done to obtain God’s promise of a house.

Psalm 4:5 (AMP) Offer righteous sacrifices; Trust [confidently] in the Lord.

Giving is a financial plan for God to bless our lives. When we give our tithes and offering, it’s an opportunity for God to positively impact our lives.

Sacrifices made in the old covenant were associated with the killing of animals unto the Lord. Under grace, we no longer need to offer a blood sacrifice, but a financial sacrifice is advantageous to the quality of our lives.

There will be times where God prompts us to give a sacrificial offering. It’s usually over and above our normal tithes and offering. In some of our minds, every time we give it’s a sacrificial offering. God is not trying to take money from us. He’s giving us the opportunity to strengthen our trust in Him.

If we can show that we trust Him with our money, He’ll blow our minds with blessings we can’t imagine. Trust God more than money. If He tells you to give more, just do it and God will give you something money can’t buy (favor).

Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the LORD, “You are my refuge and fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3 Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly plague.

Due to the coronavirus, people across the world are experiencing a shelter-in-place. The government and doctors tell us the safest place to be during this time is in our homes. Shelter-in-place is not a new concept. The original shelter-in-place is the shelter of God.

The great news about being in God’s shelter is He delivers us from traps and deadly plagues. Another benefit about the shelter of God is it’s not limited to one place. We can be in God’s shelter while we’re on the go. We can be at stores, at work, and enjoying life while in the shelter of God. We can be care-free because we’re in the shelter of God.

That same comfortable peaceful feeling we have by being in our natural homes during this time is the same feeling (if not more) we should have by being in the shelter of God. From this day forward, declare you’re in the shelter of God.

There are some people who get multiple degrees, prestigious careers, and fancy cars or houses because they want to feel important. A lot of times, people use these accolades to get approval and praise from others. They want people to look at their life and applaud how well they’ve done for themselves. There’s nothing wrong with having accomplishments but using accomplishments to make you feel important is hollow. We’re not important because of things. We’re important because God said we’re important.

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Psalm 139:14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

As we can see, we’re special and wonderfully made. We don’t need external things or accomplishments to feel important. If no one else tells us we’re special or important, God calls us important and that settles it. Accolades are just extensions to our God-called importance.

God desires and deserves more from us than an hour on Sundays. He wants to be a part of every aspect of life.

He wants to be part of our mornings as we thank Him for another day and seek Him for our daily assignments. He wants us to be sensitive to hear His voice on the best route to work. He wants us to obtain His wisdom while working. He wants us to seek Him on parenting advice. He wants to provide martial counseling.

Overall, God simply desires an ever-increasing relationship with us. The time and energy we give to building earthly relationships is the same time and energy we should give to building a heavenly relationship with God.

We may not seek or acknowledge Him on every little decision we make, but our goal is to get better with time.

Leviticus 26:11 And I will make My dwelling place among you, and My soul will not despise you. 12 I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be My people.

Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so.

Romans 13:7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

These verses are telling us to give credit where credit is due. This is often overlooked in close relationships because certain things are an expectation.

A husband may be expected to take out the trash or mow the yard, but there’s nothing wrong with sincerely appreciating him for fulfilling his role. A wife may be responsible for cooking dinner or grocery shopping, but it’s beneficial to appreciate her for cooking and even more beneficial to tell her how good the meal tastes. Even with our children, it’s good to tell them how well they’re doing in school and how well they maintained a positive attitude while doing their homework.

People like to be appreciated. Let’s do our best to consistently appreciate them and not take their goodness for granted.

Psalm 4:3 (AMP) But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself [and given distinction to] him who is godly [the man of loving-kindness]. The Lord listens and heeds when I call to Him.

One of the great benefits of being God’s children with preferential treatment is God hearing us when we call. How awesome is it to know that the God of everything hears AND answers us when we call to Him?

Nothing is off limits. We can ask Him anything from wisdom in a situation to understanding why a situation went the way it did, to asking for a parking space.

Don’t be confused about life and don’t live in lack. Call to your Father and He’ll answer you.

Romans 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 And if we are children, then we are heirs: heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with Him, so that we may also be glorified with Him.

For born-again believers, we have preferential treatment because we’re in the family of God. Like any good father, God wants His children to have more than enough. Our more than enough is through Christ. By placing our faith in what Christ has done for us, we’ll always have all our needs met, we’ll have protection, we’ll have favor, and wisdom. It doesn’t mean we’re exempt from problems, but our problems won’t take us out. God will always give us a way to escape (1 Cor. 10:13).

Every person is not a child of God. We all were created by God, but God is not everyone’s Father. In John 8:44, it tells us the unbeliever’s father is the devil. They can’t expect to receive anything from God. They’ll just experience God’s goodness every now and again in the hopes that one of those moments will lead them to repentance (Rom. 2:4).

Know who you are in Christ. Believers are sons and daughters of the Most High God. Expect to receive preferential treatment.

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Scriptures of the Day

April 2020
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