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

Many Emmisaries

Jesus’s ministry was larger than one man. As heaven’s emissary on divine mission, Jesus carried the presence and authority of the Almighty—every step and word generating a solid case for the love of God, on assignment from the Godhead to deliver mankind from evil and bring forth many believers who would do the same.

His ambassadorship of compassion continues today, shaping the worldview of disciples on assignment with Him, His ministry still larger than one man, and His path still marked with specific incidences of supernatural intervention.

A man infirmed for thirty-eight years encountered Him at Bethesda—a pool near Jerusalem’s Sheep Gate. Jesus initiated the contact, as there was no apparent effort by the man. In brief conversation with Jesus, the afflicted one revealed hope that one day, His situation would change. And it did. That day!

The ambassadorship we carry is patterned identically this way. We are sent to offer what Jesus began, everything from compassion for the broken to firestorms of faith-prayer against roots of brokenness. We are on assignment . . . messengers not only of hope, but also realities of the Kingdom, a way of life for those who believe.

Wisdom guides us. Joy is our strength. Confidence motivates us, and our paths, like His, flood those we are sent to with and specific incidences of supernatural intervention.

Amen.

John 5

Daily Devotions

I Believe, So I Speak

“But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, ‘I believed in God, so I spoke.’”  (1 Corinthians 4:31)

Every life is a story that others read. My life, for example, and what I believe rings truer when I share sincerely and naturally in conversation and action. What I say is what I believe. People know what I believe by what I say. If I tell you my view and give every appearance of sincerity, what I speak over time with consistency lets you know if I really mean what I say. My belief and my words go together. One tests the other.

In contrast, the pretense of faith doesn’t come across as true—pretense is not natural, not sincere, not truly believed, and does not communicate powerful faith. The one listening can tell.

You and I will have what we say. Not that we selfishly name and claim things, but saying is powerful because words are powerful. Our words reveal what we believe—really believe. If you think your prayers will gain what you claim to believe but fail to order your words and heart attitude in keeping with that belief, ultimately, your believing will fail because your words have expressed something different, a contradiction. Actions also make a difference—interrupt your faith-filled words with inconsistent actions and your strength to believe will be less. In the really serious battle for really precious things, it makes a difference. Religious pretense never rings true. 

Words tell our stories. For Christians, words reflect beliefs and release faith. Mature discipline orders the words we speak to be consistent with what we believe, a basic part of true Bible faith. Thoughts lead to actions, and belief is expressed in words.

Believing one thing and saying another is like trying to go while being determined to stay—it is the opposite.

Amen.

2 Corinthians 3:2 | Matthew 6:10, KJV | Luke 11:2, KJV | Verses@Once

Daily Devotions

Ready to Reward

The Lord rewards your righteousness. He specifically recognizes those who favor a righteous cause. When you take up HIS cause and possess it, the cause becomes your cause as well. Even those standing with you are favored because of you. The Lord is magnified and “takes pleasure” in rewarding you and all who stand with you! Mediate in Psalm 18. Make it your receiving prayer. The Lord is ready to reward your righteousness!
 
He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy,
         From those who hated me,
         For they were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the LORD was my support.
He also brought me out into a broad place;
         He delivered me because He delighted in me.        
The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness
         According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.
For I have kept the ways of the LORD,
         And have not wickedly departed from my God.
For all His judgments were before me,
         And I did not put away His statutes from me.
I was also blameless before Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity.
Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
         According to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.          
With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;
         With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;
With the pure You will show Yourself pure;
         And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
For You will save the humble people, But will bring down haughty looks.          
For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.”  
(Psalm 18:16-28)    
                                                                     
Thank God!
 
Amen.
 
Psalm 35:27 | Psalm 18:16-28 | Verses@Once

Daily Devotions

Pride

God’s Word gives perspective for our lives: He directs our paths by His Spirit and Word—a Lamp for feet and a light for paths. Without His shining we cannot see, and lacking sight, we settle for whatever light we can get.

Comparing what we settle for to all that His wisdom has provided for us is like comparing inches to miles, towns to nations, or a newborn to an elder. Conviction in this perspective is the Spirit’s gift; without the Spirit we remain unconvinced and choose instead mere human wisdom alone until inevitably, pride has its way.

Spiritual pride governs the low path, but on the heights of God we see that He is for us! God is Father, Son, and Spirit—to know Him is to know His Word: “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness.”

Father, I pray Your Kingdom come, and Your will be done in my life—today! I ask for Your leading and the Light of Your Presence. Forgive where I allowed pride to restrain me because I did not receive Your wisdom. I turn. I turn. I turn. Today, I turn away from pride into Your Word . . . into the light.

Amen.

Proverbs 16:18, NLT | John 1:3-5 | Acts 3:19 | Verses@Once

Daily Devotions

The Prophetic Word

“And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:19-21, NKJV)

The Lord speaks to us, words from His Spirit to the human spirit. He is determined to bless and benefit you and He speaks to you today for that purpose. Any time He speaks, the message is prophetic, something revealed. When you hear Him, you receive prophetic words from Him. We receive His words and speak them in declarations of His will according to what we understand as we hear them. Our declaration before the Lord is important. Words spoken in faith are heard in the heavens.

Your words, spoken in kind with the Lord’s declaration in matters of family, business, and nation, make all the difference. Also, as you discipline your words to speak the same thing He is saying, your thoughts become your expectation, prophetic in the same way His words and thoughts are prophetic.  

The prophet Jesus lives in the heart of every born-again believer.

Amen. 

2 Peter 1:19-21

Daily Devotions

Decisive Leadership

The Lord calls leaders to courageous, decisive leadership. Indecisive and weak leadership becomes costly when God’s leading for the benefit of everyone involved is squandered. When leaders are weak and indecisive, authority is lost, and progress rare.  

Leadership requires solid decision-making. Parents, for example, as leaders in the home, make important decisions for the families under their charge. Employers too, as workplace decision-makers, impact the lives of those under their leadership.

Authority acts as a vacuum. Left unoccupied, the place of authority is filled by the next strongest influence. Like the infamous Queen Jezebel, who came to be ruler because King Ahab was a weak leader and allowed the take-over, instinctively, others take over God-given authority if allowed the opportunity.

We see such jezebel-like influences operating when decisive leadership is absent. The resulting authority-theft is gender neutral; both men and women get caught up in an unauthorized struggle for position and the corresponding authority take-over, often breaking the harmony of a home or workplace.

If you are one in authority, you must be decisive; you need to make the decision. As one authorized to steward what God has given for everyone’s benefit, make the decision that only you can make and lead before someone unauthorized by God takes over. 

Amen.

1 Kings 21:1-16

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