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

Renegade Meditation

Part of our spiritual discipline is to guard against thoughts operating independently of God. Thoughts produce thought patterns so that what begins as merely a thought develops into a central meditation; having begun to meditate, or dwell upon a thought or pattern of thought, momentum builds to carry the thought through to fulfillment at some level.

To arrive at a place in your thought life where you have developed your consciousness around something other than what God approves is a matter of wasted energy, at the very least. What to do? Reverse it—turn it around until the message is a correct one; reverse the main thought at the center of your meditation, and don’t forget to include other thoughts related to the main one. Isolate every renegade idea as though its personality was present in the room with you—it is. Speak “life” words concerning thoughts you want to change, even talking to yourself out loud. Then structure your thoughts accordingly. The Lord has said, I know the thoughts I have for you! If the Lord structures His thoughts concerning you, be assured he expects you to do the same.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity . . .” (Jeremiah 29:11-14 KJV)

Amen.

Jeremiah 29

Daily Devotions

The Forerunner

There are individuals who have “gone before” us to clear the path. Their wisdom, utilized in the process, is critical. We honor these mentors who are forerunners for our future. It is the reverence of God that keeps us to this principle; otherwise, we would grow to believe it was of our own doing whereby we advanced.

Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years. . . (Genesis 40:23-41:1).

Many times we have prospered on the shoulders of others; humanly speaking the tendency is to forget when circumstances improve.  Yet spiritual maturity serves us well at such times and we realize we have been blessed to step into wisdom for which we paid little, the cost having been paid by another whose life is invested in rigors we may never even know. It is to their credit and our debt that we have received. Most often, the estimation of how far we’ve come is the sum total of how we got there.

. . . but there was no one who could interpret. . . Then the chief butler spoke . . . saying, “I remember my faults this day” (Genesis 41:8-9).

Therefore we go back to the place where they marked us and we set out again, and this time our course proceeds with wisdom as we tie our lives to their counsel. We imitate their courage. And recalling their wisdom to “go before” and open doors, we do the same for those “coming after” us. The procession is a sight to behold.

. . . and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh (Genesis 41:14).

Amen.

Genesis 41
Genesis 40:23 – 41:1
Genesis 41: 1, 8, 9, 14

Daily Devotions

Can You Breathe?

The Bible states that man does not live on natural bread alone but derives the life force of breath from each proceeding (the next) Word from God. The Amplified Bible speaks to this truth, relating our life’s breath and our immortal spirit to God’s eternal Word:

“For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power
[making it active, operative, energizing, and effective];
it is sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating to the dividing line of
the breath of life (soul)
and [the immortal] spirit,
and of joints and marrow [of the deepest part of our nature],
exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging
the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight,
but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless
To the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:12-13, AMP)

The spirit in man is drawing from something all the time, imbibing of the spirit or spirits involved, encouraged or quenched concerning God’s plan for him. The warning is to be on guard – what you store in your heart today determines the steps you will choose tomorrow. The encouragement here is that the Word of God will quicken us according to God’s wisdom, exposing rival issues in the light of His eternal truth.

Amen.

Matthew 4:4
Job 32:8, 9
Proverbs 4:23
1Thessalonians 5:19

Daily Devotions

Slippery Slope

Leadership pivots on integrity. A word given is the word that must be performed. Even among church and spiritual leaders such is not always the case—leaders engage only to then back off as difficulty surfaces. Also in the home, parents threaten but fail to enforce. In these and all leadership settings, the leadership position may continue but authority is broken since their word is no good. The failure leaves those in their charge on the precipice—hanging; and one who failed to perform a promise or keep a commitment is on a slippery slope. A steady stream of flawed character follows, predictably.

Amen.

Isaiah 55:11Romans 4:21

Daily Devotions

Deceptive Anything

The sobering lesson of Acts chapter five concerns a husband and wife who agreed to lie concerning the sale of property, making a public declaration of pretended honesty about the details. The confrontation that exposed them is like a trail backtracking to the source of their flawed logic—back to a hidden place in their character where the problem actually began.

Peter, speaking in verse nine, asks “How is it that you have agreed together to test the spirit of the Lord?” Still backtracking, in verse four Peter presses “Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” – And in verse three Peter directs us to the underlying cause of the deceptive plan: “Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?

The lesson is that in order to be deceptive—in anything—to choose to become a partner with deception, Satan first enters the heart and begins to build a darkened hiding place where the capacity to deceive others develops, opening a spiritual door that is not of God.

To partner with deception is not good business savvy or clever in any sense. All forms and levels of deception work against the will of God and never carry His blessing. Also, once deception’s door is opened, more deception is insured—deceiving others and being deceived.
Amen.

Acts 5:9 ,4, 3 NKJV
James 3:15

Daily Devotions

Land of Anointing

There is a land for each individual—a strategic place where an anointing of the Lord in the life of the individual rings more true, is more connected and finds greatest expression. Apart from this special placement, we do not flourish to our maximum. It’s why Abraham kept moving.

Our sensitivity to discern our land of anointing is fine-tuned with time, much in the same way it was with Abraham. Some are in the right field but the wrong department; for some the region is correct but not the community or section of town; and for many, borders of the “familiar” corral destiny—for these reluctant souls, nothing short of dynamite will get them to the placement the Lord has for them!

As we pursue this land a correct worldview becomes the baseline and our call into the mainstream of the culture critical. It is time to go there; it is time to go to the place He tells you. No matter the success experienced elsewhere, success in the appointed place is greater: Now the Lord had said to Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house. Unto a land that I will show thee. (Genesis 12:1)

Don’t be late.

Pray.

Amen.

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