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 an impression given produces an impression believed, often based upon perceived images and actions rather than fact, producing something that can take on a life and spirit of its own. Try finding the end of that rope!Since mankind is much like that, the Lord’s counsel is to abstain from every form of evil—even the appearance of evil. It is true that God knows the heart and that relationship with Him is totally a heart matter, but He knows the human condition trusts in the appearance rather than the heart.

The human perception of God is usually something to which the individual can relate. For example, in the Bible angels appeared to men, as did the Lord Himself, but the response of those receiving the visitation did not rise to the grandeur of the visitation: His appearance was like lightening (Matthew 28:3); I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze (Ezekiel 40:30). Again, in the case of divine encounters, the human experience is limited to something human; both perception and result are usually something less.

We discover two things:
1) Men judge you on the basis of what they would do under the same circumstances and what they think they know about the facts of your situation, even adding to the facts of the case.
2) And, men judge spiritual matters and even God in the same way—on their level, within their experience, limited by mindset and lifestyle, filtered by the mind, interpreted by intellect and reduced factually before arriving at the heart.

Amen.

Daily Devotions

Imparted

Our times of impartation are crossroads, prized for what they produce in our lives, especially for the changed perspective left with us. Once we encounter whatever it is that imparts the Lord in a higher way, we are never the same again.

Basics of our faith are taught, rehearsed and recited; but impartations are established truth—carried, brought to us by people, events and circumstances, wrapped in purity the world cannot rival.

As surely as our own lives are containers sent by the Lord for many purposes, He also sends us into settings orchestrated for the purpose of change, for an increase of true spiritual substance and dramatic deliverances.

Teaching becomes rote but impartations establish: Paul desired to come to the people, “that He might impart some spiritual gift . . .  that they would be established.”

Amen.

Romans 1:11

Daily Devotions

Apostolic Prayer, Prophetic Benediction

The Lord directs according to what we are becoming—according to His master plan for each life. Details large and small are woven into the fabric of each God-given destiny, details loaded with His appealing love, designed to move us beyond life’s snare.

We are not predestined in the sense of being pre-judged, automatically good or bad as though we were unable to live other than an ascribed predisposition. Actually all are judged guilty—the guilt of sin exists as an obstacle for all; but all are also judged eligible for God’s forgiveness—redemption through the atonement of His Son Jesus Christ, a perfect Savior.

All men are eligible to exchange out-of-order lives on the altar of God’s Love; they are eligible to receive in exchange His gift of redemption—rightly ordered lives: “ He forgives all my iniquities (inherited sin), heals all my diseases and redeems my life from destruction.” (Ps 103:3-4)

The prophesied blessing is Paul’s powerful benediction: “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” (New American Standard Version, Ephesians 3:14-21)

Amen – so be it!

Romans 3:23<
Romans 5:12
Psalm 103:3-4
Ephesians 3, NAS

Daily Devotions

Convinced

Without a word from the Lord that is certain we spend a lot of time wandering around waiting and hoping, wondering what the Lord’s will is, and doing everything in our power to find an answer. As time goes by, heart resolve decreases and we grow weary mentally. What we need is the present and prophetic hope revealed in Romans 4:21: “And being fully convinced that what He has promised He was well able to perform.”

The Lord has promised and He is able; our part is to be fully convinced concerning both—what he said (promised) and that He is able (that it is His will). As the year begins you need to settle this. If you are not fully convinced, then God’s promise and Lordship for you cannot be realized and the road ahead cannot bear the fruit He intends.

The man who is fully convinced concerning his covenant with the LORD is mighty. Such a man represents the will of heaven here on earth. We are that man! God designed us to be convinced concerning His plan for us. A passage concerning Abraham comes to mind, and though not directly related, it points us to a critical area where we are to be fully convinced concerning God’s will:

Now when Abram heard that a member of his family was taken captive, he armed those he had trained personally and knew well, and led them in pursuit of that which had taken his family member. Abram’s strategy was to attack with force from all sides – at night. He attacked and then chased the enemy army and brought back the one taken captive, plus all the goods and possessions that were stolen and all the people in relationship with his family member who were also taken into captivity. (Genesis 14:14-16)

Amen.

Romans 4:21Genesis 14:14-16Genesis 18:14Numbers 11:23Jeremiah 32:17<
Matthew 19:26Luke 1:37

Daily Devotions

The Same Spirit of Faith

Discipleship is critical. The perception from those we expect to know the difference between faith and fear is that fear stirs up and is therefore useful—in a sense.  That is not true. Faith is not stirred by the use of fear; rather, faith is stirred by God’s Word.

What did God say?
What do I believe about what He said?
Have I embraced HIS words and
do I trust Him more than anything?

Listen. You need to settle into something you can communicate well. Fear always sounds like fear, and faith produces peace of mind and heart—there is no mistaking the difference. Fear produces something frantic no matter what words you use, but faith speaks what we realize is a more full expression of “shalom”—the peace that comes from being whole. That means those things the Lord has entrusted to me, I am able to steward and to keep, advance, and express as though the LORD was doing it, not me.

And remember, do not tell everything. Some things that are best left unsaid. Test everything. Does what you say produce faith—or fear? Those around you will not be edified by exhaustive terminology that amends the Word of the Lord as though you have a corner on the spiritual market.

Discipleship is critical, maturity is easy to spot, and the spirit of faith speaks.

Amen.

2 Corinthians 4:13

Daily Devotions

Portions

Today recognize that talent and creativity are God-given and realize there is a corresponding mandate from God to take the lead, train others and multiply output in the area of our gifting so that in so doing we will have the blessing God intends: Divine doors for godly pursuits are open to every person who will utilize the talent and creativity divinely invested in them from inception!

“She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants.” (NKJV, Proverbs 31:15)

A portion is a prescribed task, prescribed portion, prescribed limit, an enactment, decree or ordinance, an action prescribed for oneself as in resolve; a specific decree or law in general, a condition or decree, a civil enactment prescribed by God – a statute, ordinance, limit, something prescribed, due. (Blue Letter Bible)

Declare today new strength of resolve for proper use of your time and talents. Ask Holy Spirit to direct the use of your time—guarding against the squandering of the treasure inside you through laziness or wrong choices, and choosing instead the “highest” both personally and as a leader. Make of list of those you are training, and another list of those you desire to train. See the destiny involved, enlarge your vision. Get portions and go!

Amen.

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