by Marsha Burns
The Lord brought to my mind GPS with regard to 2009.
GPS – what is it? The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based navigation system made up of a network of 24 satellites placed into orbit by the U.S. Department of Defense. GPS was originally intended for military applications, but in the 1980s, the government made the system available for civilian use. GPS works in any weather conditions, anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day.
We need to know where we are via the Divine GPS for the purpose of setting up an effective navigation and defense against the enemy’s attacks. This means heightened awareness and discernment, thus a greater sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.
2000 – Announcement of the Third Day Church, first light of the Kingdom Age.
2001 – We learned to tear down ancient strongholds, and war a more effective warfare.
2002 – Healing began to relieve God’s people of years of rejection and reproach.
2003 – Loyalties were tested; choices were made; lines were drawn in the sand.
2004 – Was marked by separation; the faint-hearted departed.
2005 – We re-established priorities and regrouped after severe season of being shaken.
2006 – Many at a crossroads through circumstances were redirected after burying the past.
2007 – A time of a greater manifestation of spiritual discernment, vision and insight.
2008 – A year of being released from past limitations and bondages to rise up in Spirit.
A further and clear distinction was made between being religious and being in the Spirit.
Opportunities for spiritual growth brought us to divine positioning.
We continue our journey to the new spiritual plateau as the Spirit of Lord leads us up!
What about 2009?
2009 will bring us to a place of maturity in many of the themes, which began with Y2K.
We will continue to mature particularly in spiritual gifts and the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives as we recognize and understand spiritual reality as opposed to religious exercise.
We are in process of a national and global economic repositioning. But, if we are obedient and faithful to God, He will cause us to prosper in the midst of an uncertain economy.
Keywords for 2009: Integrity and stewardship.
As I was seeking God for revelation for 2009, He spoke to me about Lady Justice. She carries the scales of justice in one hand and a sword in the other. Her eyes are covered. She symbolizes the fair and equal administration of the law, without corruption, prejudice, or favor.
The blindfold represents blind justice or God’s justice having no prejudice. He is no respecter of persons.
1 Timothy 5:21 I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing with partiality (prejudice).
Prejudice is defined as an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics. A preconceived judgment or opinion before sufficient knowledge is obtained.
There will be ample opportunities to overcome prejudice and every other temptation.
Small Straws: Beloved, My Word is a great leveler. It is the truth that brings you into a position of stability and equality. When you begin to think that you are either superior or inferior, neither of these perspectives is true. What is true is that I am no respecter of persons, and my love is not biased. It is the work of the enemy to establish prejudice among My people and to make distinctions that favor one above another. Stand against this insidious attack, and arise to the truth of your acceptance in My kingdom, says the Lord.
Acts 10:34-35 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him."
The scales of justice represent fairness and honesty – again, integrity will be of utmost importance.
Proverbs 16:11 Honest weights and scales are the LORD’S; all the weights in the bag are His work.
Proverbs 20:10 Diverse weights and diverse measures, they are both alike, an abomination to the LORD.
The sword represents the truth and wisdom, the Word of God.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two–edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
This will be a year of judgment according to the principles of God’s word symbolized by Lady Justice. Remember that judgment and justice are the same, judgment if you are on the wrong side of the law, a perpetrator, and justice if you are righteous.
Proverbs 29:26-27 Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice for man comes from the LORD. An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, and he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.
It will be a time when corruption on every level will be exposed and brought to correction, as God judges man and his works.
1 Peter 4:17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
2 Peter 3:9-13 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
There are five main areas of our lives that will demand balance and integrity:
We will continue to find areas of religious bondage in ourselves that need to give way to spiritual liberty. This is the path to the New Plateau.
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
Our health depends upon our relentless fight against the enemy of our souls. We can’t give in!
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Relationships have to take their proper place in the grand scheme of things. We will continue to be tested to see if we will accept every other human being for exactly who they are. The Lord wants us to see ourselves and others as He does.
John 15:12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
Exercise integrity and diligence in what you have been given to do.
Colossians 3:23-24 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Follow the principles of stewardship –
a. Obedience to the Word of God:
Psalm 1: 1-6 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
b. Giving and tithing:
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
Matthew 23:23 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
c. Stewardship – don’t squander your resources:
Luke 12: 42-43 And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.”
d. Spending – you need to make more than you spend:
James 4:1-3 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
Matthew 6:25-33 Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
In a vision I received my new Day-Timer refill, but it didn't come with all of the extra pages like the long-range planner, expense sheets, etc. It was simply one black page per day, no frills. I believe this symbolizes what our position should be in the days ahead, which is to simplify, be frugal, and to take one day at a time without projecting out into the future. God's grace is sufficient, trust Him!