A Clear Trumpet

Daily Devotions

Scripture likens God’s voice to a trumpet, a clear and distinguishable sound. The message He intends is a clear trumpet. Our desire for the prophetic ministry of Shirley Weaver Ministries is to clearly speak the Lord’s message to our culture and world.

1 Corinthians 14:8, Acts 20:20-21

Daily Devotions

Creation’s Design: Male And Female

Blessing is God’s design for His creation, separating those who belong to the Lord from the state of being and way of life engineered by Satan in setting up his kingdom in the lives of men and women. The Bible term for Satan’s design is “curse,” and it means the opposite or absence of “blessing.”

God’s blessing on my life means everything; if I squander His blessing, my life will change course to go down a path He never intended. It is mine to choose. God gives every person the choice—blessing or curse.

A society cannot decide, nor can a government. It’s simple. If someone decides to rewrite God’s plan, they should remember nothing is better than the plan God gave. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ ” (Genesis 1:27-28).

God loves you very much, but you are not greater than His Wisdom for you. He loves you, hates destruction, and will not allow you to rewrite His plan for mankind because destruction is the inescapable result. That voice you hear to the contrary is the provocative voice of Satan—he does NOT love you: “Now the serpent was more cunning (trickster)…And he said, “Has God indeed said….?” (Genesis 3:1).

God will not forsake you, but neither will He allow you to re-engineer what blessing really is; no matter how intelligent you feel that you are or how enlightened beyond God’s Word you believe you have evolved, the true reality is that His design is greater.

If you are seeking answers, there is help. Open your heart to the Lord. Never give up on yourself or your situation. Because of confusing influences, many suffer in ways God never intended. Despite Satan’s attempts to mislead you, or how unbearable you feel or how hopeless it has become, you are not alone. God will never stop drawing you to Himself. He has the plan. 

Amen.

2 Peter 3:9 | Genesis 1:27-28 | Genesis 3:1 | Verses@Once

Daily Devotions

The Terrorist, The Bully, and The Abuser

The person who refuses fear makes room in the heart for freedom, a brighter tomorrow filled with dreams and hope. The Lord’s people who live this way are distinctive—casting out any semblance of fear and living life right down the middle, right now! “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”

The terrorist is different. Terror is fear-based. All terrorism develops in a sick heart. Terror demands a mind-soul connection that has been tampered with, resulting in human-contrived brutality, a spiritual force based in perverted body chemistry, mental imbalance, and an enlarged capacity for hate. The terrorist is myopic with a value system of lawlessness. All terrorism operates in hiding, positioned to attack suddenly. Terror’s fear-base is its platform to spread intimidating fear that paralyzes freedom. Terror is a Satan-inspired spirit.

Akin to the terrorist is the bully, a person or group tormenting others to gain control and feel the rush of power that comes with dominance over another human being. For the bully, control supplies momentary comfort to offset their deeply entrenched fear of never achieving anything legitimately.

Another terrorist is the abuser, desperate to recover something lost. The abuser is dominated by past experiences of loss, fearing a future of more loss. Terrified to risk vulnerability of any kind, the abuser cannot be objective, and so is unable to break a life-long cycle of mental torment. The abuser is an abuse victim, living out the earlier experience of abuse and loss.

All three—terrorist, bully, and abuser—have in common the fear of fear, a literal “root” of fear driving the contests they crave. Their attacks on others are refined by misguided discernment—basically the difference between right and wrong. Using spiritual forces of intimidation and control, these perpetrators of fear are driven to find—or create—a victim. 

God is opposite to fear—God is love. He calls us to demonstrate terror’s opposite, the presence of Almighty God, His Son, and His Spirit! His love delivers us and those we minister to from fear’s cycle of torment. We are called to strengthen as many as possible with peace (shalom) and to do as much as we can, as often as we can, to shine His light on fear’s darkness… for the terrorist, the bully, and the abuser.  

The opposite of fear is love.

Amen.

Psalm 23:4 | Psalm 23 | 1 Peter 4:8-11 | Proverbs 11:25 | Proverbs 22:9 | Verses@Once

Daily Devotions

Change Agents

Pay attention to the shifting in your nation, positive and negative, cause and effect. A biblical principle becomes obvious: righteousness exalts a nation—with soundness, wholeness, and inspiration to be a righteous neighbor, but corruption brings down governments, leaving the people to bear impossible burdens.

Compare the character of your nation’s leadership to those of your family and others governed by the nation. Note the resemblance of ills expressed in the national discourse and problems in the home. Note the biblical principles involved and the visible result.

A debtor nation, for example, whose debt results from compromised values that move its leaders and people away from the Lord, influences its citizens with the same spirit of compromise, leading to high rates of debt. Citizens mirror their leaders, so, ultimately, the lives of the people reflect the national trend—good or bad.

Since the beginning of time, good and positive influences for a nation and for the individual citizens of that nation have originated with God—an expression of His love for all mankind. When a people seek Him for change, He responds with divine government to uncover hidden darkness and offer rescue through disciple followers, His “change agents” of redemption… assigned to this time.

Amen.

Acts 17:26, NIV | Proverbs 14:34, MSG | Acts 7:19-21, MSG | Isaiah 9:7  | Verses@Once

Daily Devotions

Discipleship And Mentors

“Jesus gave the following illustration: ‘Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.’”  (Luke 6:39-40)

Mentorship begins with one person’s quality decision to invest in the life of another. We mentor to contribute to another person’s growth spiritually, sacrificing time, energy, and resources for a short- or long-term mission that will conclude when the mentor steps aside and the mentee steps forward.  

This is how we make disciples. To mentor is to train and training is preparation for great possibilities that come with being fully trained in spiritual foundations. For example, disciples are taught to keep a devotional time with the Lord. The amount of time depends on the time available, but consistency is key since devotional time with the Lord is first of all relational, not a function of religious dos and don’ts. 

To begin, bring four things with you: 1) God’s Word, 2) supportive reading to stir vision, 3) your fervent prayers and intercessions, and 4) something symbolic of your financial resources—your money, wallet, checkbook, financial statement—to connect you in a practical way to the Holy Spirit’s direction for your giving.

Again, mentorship begins with one person’s quality decision to invest in the life of another. The one who is mentored learns the vital role of giving of their own spiritual gifts, plus tithes and offerings, alms and seed, time, compassion, wisdom, and strength. The student imitates the teacher, and those fully trained become teachers. On and on.

Go into all the world and make disciples.

Amen.

Luke 6:39-40 | John 14:12 | Matthew 28:18-20 | Matthew 22:37 | Mark 12:30 | Luke 10:27 | Matthew 6:24 | Luke 16:13 | Verses@Once

Daily Devotions

Your Potential

Each person is uniquely gifted by God to create, both for personal benefit and to build the Kingdom of God… here on earth, as it is in heaven! The resulting possibility is unique: philosophies, religions, and belief systems abound, but none compare to the God-given individual worth—Christ in you, the hope of glory!  

Opponents of the gospel struggle with the notion of a supernatural endowment, of a divinely gifted platform for greatness. For them, life’s container is something for which they take full credit, rather than understanding it is the Lord’s gift to them, ready and waiting for them to receive. 

Every person is gifted by God. Not just some, and not just educated or affluent or positioned ones. Not just one or two or some. Each one is God-inspired, wonderfully made, and filled with redemptive potential; every human being is prophetically qualified and destined for excellence based on their very own DNA of personal, unique gifts from God the Creator.

Amen—that’s good!

Matthew 28:18-20 | Colossians 1:27 | Colossians 1:9-14 | Verses@Once

Daily Devotions

Spirit, Soul, And Body

God created us speaking spirits. We have a soul and live in a body. We are triune beings who live by faith in His leading. He speaks to the spirit of man—the heart—to guide the soul, and the soul—the mind, will, and emotions—guides the body. We are born again by the Spirit and are changed . . . faith to faith, strength to strength, and glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord!

Never allow mistakes from the past to be the foundation for your future. Refuse to build even one day on an injustice done to you or on mental comparisons that dwarf or humiliate you—those things do not define you. Concentrating on wrong paths from the past opens a mental door, side-tracking you again and again.

Instead, continue going forward, choose God’s will for your life as the one single definition that you consider. You are God’s creation, and He loves you unconditionally, and works behind the scenes, often when least expected, to get us back on track and keep us there.

Build upon the strengths you do have. Write the vision. Make it plain. Implement the written vision. One step at a time.

Amen.

1 Thessalonians 5:23, KJV | Habakkuk 2:2, AMPRomans 1:17, KJV | 2 Corinthians 3:18, KJV | Verses@Once

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