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

Lazarus Come Forth!

“Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.’ Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’”  (John 11:41-43)

At Lazarus’s tomb, Jesus’s prayer begins thanking God… that You have heard Me.

This public prayer at the tomb was not His first concerning Lazarus’s death. From the moment Jesus received the news his friend had died, until the moment He declared “come forth!” Jesus’s oneness with God the Father was locked in to, ultimately, command the supernatural outcome.

But Jesus’s words also reveal another layer of spiritual truth: “Because of the people who are standing by, I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” In the Kingdom, events occur precisely at the millisecond the heart receives them—as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. From conception, God’s plan goes into motion, and words place human and spiritual entities on notice of a divine, eternal outcome.

Prayer matters. Heart-belief matters. Words matter.

Amen.

John 11:41-43 | Proverbs 23:7 | John 6:63 | John 14:10 | Proverbs 8:22-24 | Verses@Once

Daily Devotions

Healing Fields

In His ministry, Jesus encountered every imaginable sickness and disease. In towns and villages on his path, He ministered divine healing to the people. Jesus restored health to broken bodies, cast out demon spirits of infirmity, and set everything that was twisted and confused into order so the people might choose to believe to be whole again. 

Our Savior prophetically saw the harvest of healing His cross would gain and told the disciples to pray concerning it: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few so pray to the Lord, who is in charge of the harvest, to send more workers (to minister healing) into His fields.”

The harvest to which Jesus referred wasn’t of souls but of healing. Healing is a “sign,” and wherever there is healing, the harvest of souls follows. We are the laborers He was calling for—you and me! The field represents those Jesus died for, affirming yet again God’s will concerning healing: Jesus’s own life was the purchase price to redeem that field from ravages of disease and brokenness:

“But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
   our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
   that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
   that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
   Through his bruises we get healed.
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
   We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong,
   on him, on him.”  
(Isaiah 53:4-6, The Message)

Jesus took the punishment—the stripes. You are already whole—really, it’s true. The Cross is your testimony—all the proof you need. Revelation awaits—belief outlasts the odds. Your knee will bow to something—it might as well be Truth.

Amen.

Matthew 9:18-28 | Matthew 9:35-36 | Matthew 9:37-38, NLT | Verses@Once
Matthew 9—the healing chapter
Isaiah 53:5—the healing verse

Daily Devotions

Global Influence

History teaches the necessity of our intercession ahead of global trends, offering hope and something of substance to those caught in the whirlwinds of change. If we do not pray but focus instead on that which we see naturally, or if we live in a previous glory, unable to get involved today, we will not be influencers with God’s perspective. If from a position of worldview prayer, we cannot relate to contemporary demands, history will teach the next generation that we failed in our mission to lead.

In Jesus’s day there were madmen possessed by evil spirits, cruel rulers who preyed upon their subjects, enslaving them. The Lord’s response came with authority—not from the shadows, and certainly not from religion’s safe enclosure. He called to account individuals and systems that threatened to destroy, and ultimately gave His life to assure chains for Satan who is the mastermind of all violence, terror, oppression, enslavement, and twisted religious philosophies. 

We have inherited the present world scene with its cry for influencers. From the Cross of Calvary forward, the day is ours to lose. And if we do lose, the loss will be in the matter of true prayer; the loss will be that we did not prioritize the Spirit of prayer and could not therefore interpret current events—that we did not see clearly enough for ourselves to offer leadership and redemptive influence to others. 

There is much we can do—so much we have to offer our world; but our greatest contribution is that we know the Lord, and in prayer, hear His voice, and are willing by wisdom to adjust routines and discipline the pace in order to finish the race—leading!

Amen.

Romans 8:26-27 | Hebrews 7:25-28 | Joel 2 | Acts 2 | Verses@Once

Daily Devotions

An Entrance

A core principle of governance is that everything begins somewhere—everything has a door, an entrance. Practically speaking, anything we fence or hem-in also has a gate. Rooms have doors and nations, entry points. Parents know the principle. Speaking to a child who will not, or is unable to hear is unfruitful, the same as speaking to a closed door. The principle is also spiritual. The Apostle Paul asked believers to pray that he would have “an entrance and an utterance,” because he knew his message would fail if he didn’t attract the ear of those he was sent to reach.

Spiritual discipline includes patience to wait for doors to open with a word of God’s wisdom for what to do or not do as we wait. But when it comes to the enemy’s wiles, we do not wait or neglect an opening; when it comes to the enemy, we resist interference or delay, determined to possess every gate! We are “the seed of Abraham.” We are innumerable descendants destined to “possess the gates of their enemies.” Abraham’s relatives, sending Rebekah to become Isaac’s wife, blessed her, declaring these exact words: “And may your descendants possess the gates of those who hate them.”

In daily life, matters that threaten also have wrong spirits, and each wrong spirit must have a point of entry to affect you. Instead of yielding to that opening—that gate—possess it! Your covenant with God includes authority over every gate. You have governing authority to open and close them!

Take authority! Remove the thing that does not belong in your life.

Now… close the door!

Amen.

Ephesians 6:19 | Colossians 4:3 | Genesis 22:17 | Genesis 24:60 | Verses@Once

Daily Devotions

Historic Firsts

Today the Lord writes the history of mankind, longing for a people who will create with Him. As God’s prophetic family, the history of mankind is written in our decisions; if we miss the opportunity, we may never know what we missed or, at some point, we just may realize exactly what we missed—historically!

The Lord’s prophetic people know the terrain. Having been there in prayer, they correctly discern vision for the future with a heart connection to strong hope. For them, God’s Word is necessity… as if their lives and the lives of those around them depended on it (and of course, they do)!

Members of this prophetic company carry a mark upon their lives; they march to the inspired beat of a different drummer, a cadence set by the Spirit of God, creating paths for many to follow.

Amen.

Numbers 10, especially vs. 29-33

Daily Devotions

Called To Bless

“And God blessed them saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.’” (Genesis 1:22-23)

The word “blessing” conveys biblical happiness, benefit, or praise. Its first use in Scripture occurs at the end of Creation’s fifth day, in Genesis 1:22. The word derives from the Hebrew root word barak, meaning to kneel, a significant inference pointing to a relationship between the Creator and His creation, existing immediately at its conception… in the beginning.

In blessing His creation, God instituted a continuous flow of giving and receiving. Something given by Him, then given back to Him. By Him, to Him, again and again, repetitively, setting adoration in motion—the beginning of worship.

The whole of creation receives and ministers back to the Creator, a fact evidenced by His workmanship in those He created, a reflection and open display of His glory! All people and lands follow this precedent, created to kneel and bless Him, first receiving the blessing from Him, then multiplying blessings outwardly to all. Called to be a blessing!

Amen.

Genesis 1:22-23 | Psalm 19 | Verses@Once

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