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

Perception Is Everything

Perception may not be everything, but impressions create an expanded version of the way something seems, making it seem real, making it seem true. A wrong impression, even with no basis in fact, grows to take on a life and spirit of its own. Try finding the end of that rope!

It is the same with the human perception of God. We perceive Him on a level we can relate to, that we can mentally comprehend. For example, the Bible contains accounts of numerous divine visitations, instances when the Lord or an angel or angels appeared to men and women. Those at the center of these experiences usually could not fully grasp them. 

That is because the human experience demands explanation. So how do you explain the Lord appearing to you? When man in his humanity interprets the divine, both the explanation and perception are likely something inferior.

Similarly, people judge others according to what they personally would do under the same circumstances, or what they think they know about the facts in the situation, even taking liberties to change or add to those facts. It’s their perception.

And they judge spiritual matters, even God, in the same way—on their level, within their experience, limited by mindset and lifestyle, filtered by the mind; they interpret by their intellect, despite being factually limited about the heart of the matter or the heart issues involved.   

Since mankind is like this, the Lord tells us to abstain from every form of evil, even the appearance of evil. While it is true that God knows the heart, and a relationship with Him is totally a heart matter, on the outside, among those around you, the human condition trusts in and takes its cue from appearances rather than the true heart of the issues involved.

Abstain from every form of evil—even the appearance of evil.

Amen.

Matthew 28:1-7 | Ezekiel 40:1-4 | Verses@Once

Daily Devotions

His Reward

Promotion comes from the Lord as a reward with eternal implications. Natural rewards, too, reflect yesterday’s investment. Men reward themselves where God will not, and God rewards where mankind cannot.

The Lord’s reward arrives with Him and is according to what has already been done – before. Also, the Lord rewards according to what we store on the inside—in the heart, our inward, hidden treasure.    

The most profound part is the heart—always. We should do as David did; he prayed for truth in the deepest part of His being: “Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.”

The Lord’s reward is with Him.

Amen.

Isaiah 40:10 | Isaiah 62:11 | Revelation 22:12 | Psalms 51:6  | Verses@Once

Daily Devotions

Spiritual Day

Today we pray for our Father’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done. With expectation in every fiber of body, soul, and spirit, we lean into Holy Spirit leading and prepare for the day. We are called to it!

Prophetically, we see it—Kingdom power and the glory of our Father in those who are Spirit-inspired, who follow divine promptings with unction and a witness of the Spirit.

Religious men think it foolish to trust God and obey Him completely, but the spiritual man does not flinch nor yield at all to such pride. Instead, with wisdom and confident strength of spirit, the one who is spiritual presses in with discernment to take the day!

Amen.

2 Corinthians 3:18, KJV | Matthew 6:10 | 2 Timothy 3:16-17 | Hebrews 11:8 | Psalm 10:12-13 | Verses@Once

Daily Devotions

Strong Foundation

“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. . . Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it.”  (Colossians 2:7, 19, NLT)

The strength of a thing is its foundation. The architect’s design envisions the structure’s height, adding sufficient foundation below to support the structure above—the deeper the foundation the higher the building can go.

Individual success, including the measure of how far we can advance, derives from depths of spiritual character—the most critical support for intellectual growth, vital for strong, healthy emotions.

In matters of faith people often confuse the issue, believing they can make the Lord one option among many as their source for success, and making Jesus Christ merely one of several higher powers. They are incorrect; He is the highest power.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest power and “sure foundation” for success. The Lord’s power is all power. He is Almighty God. His strength is mission strength for daily life, for every believer. 

The Almighty sends you forth today with a sure foundation and empowered with all power and all authority. 

Amen.
 
Isaiah 28:16 | Colossians 2:7, 19, NLT | John 15:13 | Mark 12:31 | Luke 9:1 | Verses@Once

Daily Devotions

The Arm of The Lord

“Who has believed our report and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?”  (Isaiah 53:1)
 
The Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, submitted to His Father’s plan, and today we are delivered from darkness and every plague and impossibility and receive instead the strong arm of the Lord—the strength of the Lord working through us to make all things possible. 

  • arm—arm, especially a forearm; arm, power, shoulder, holpen (help), mighty, strength
  • revealed—to uncover, remove, to discover or show oneself, to be uncovered, be disclosed, nakedness, make known, show, reveal 

Isaiah’s prophecy and its fulfillment affirm God’s redemptive plan. The Son glorified the Father. He obeyed… even unto the death of the cross. God extended His arm to make a way for man, and Isaiah prophesied Messiah’s suffering would deliver humanity. His suffering redeemed us!
 
Amen.

Isaiah 53:1 NKJV | Isaiah 53:1, NASB | Philippians 2:8 | Verses@Once

Daily Devotions

For Goodness Sake

Some religions hold philosophical views of goodness and what it means to be good—on some level, for some cause, for personal or group benefit, or for the whole global community. Theirs is the human principle of goodness—basically being good for goodness sake—and includes universal virtues like pity for the less fortunate or personal self-denial.

Christianity teaches another perspective. For Christians, all goodness is from God—He is good and extends His goodness to all, and those who know Him as Lord demonstrate His goodness. For Christians, goodness is part of God’s unconditional love. His love is kind and good. His goodness produces spiritual fruits of goodness in our lives, practically and spiritually. 

The Lord’s redemption did not come because men are good but rather because He is good. He doesn’t dictate that we be good for anyone’s sake. Goodness for the believer means the Lord is at work in our lives, and good works that result are not for goodness alone but are natural expressions of lives responding to His lead.

The Lord, He is good!

Amen.

Romans 2:4 | Galatians 5:22 | John 14:12 | Ephesians 3:20 | Philippians 2:13 | Jude 1:24  | Verses@Once

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