MAKE IT OR BREAK IT by MARSHA BURNS

 

Last year (2013) was the year of order, and this year will require that we maintain the order that we obtained.  But, it will also be a year to be obedient to the moving and leading of the Spirit and to make good choices in order to achieve spiritual perfection and completion.  It will also be a year of great grace.

 

Small Straws:  My grace that empowers you to fulfill desire and purpose is abundant.  But, you must access grace by faith and apply it to every circumstance.  Know in your heart that I have already provided every resource necessary for you to accomplish all that I have given you to do, both spiritually and naturally.  As you dedicate yourself entirely to My kingdom, I am with you to give direction, provision, and life, says the Lord. 

 

2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness."

 

SMALL STRAWS FOR 2014:

 

This will be a make-it-or-break-it year.  You have all the tools you need to make it, but if you get lazy or stubborn, you will be broken and humbled.  You will not move forward one inch if you refuse to let go of the past and hang on to things that are no longer relevant to where you are now.  You will be challenged to progress, but you will have to provide the initiative by faith.  It’s up to you; your will is vitally connected to what you make of this season.

 

1 Samuel 15:23  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king."

 

James 4:10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

 

James 4:6  But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."

 

If you choose to move on, there will be plenty of grace to enable you in the process.  The difficulties that you faced in the past have slowly chipped away at the foundation of your hope and faith.  But, this can be a time of restoration and a time of rebuilding your faith and trust in Me, says the Lord.  It all depends on where your focus is. 

 

Zechariah 9:12  Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.

 

The old cycle has ended, and a new cycle is beginning.  It will be like a clean and blank sheet of paper ready for you to write your destiny.  Keeping your heart and soul in alignment with My purposes in righteousness will write a destiny of a close and intimate relationship with Me.  But, you must keep yourself undefiled by the flesh and the world. 

 

I had five quick visions, one after the other that had to do with alignment:

·        I saw a man running on a path with a flag or banner of red, white and green.

·        I saw a chess board, but instead of chess pieces there were people being moved by the hand of God into positions that would be victorious.

·        I saw someone walking a line drawn on a giant piece of paper.

·        I saw planets in our solar system line up in their orbit around the sun.

·        I saw a bunch of marbles arranged in a line—about 30 marbles.

These all have to do with us being aligned with the God’s plan and purposes.

 

The red, white and green banner symbolizes the blood of Christ, righteousness, and life as we stay the course on the path God has chosen for us.  God will position us to fulfill His purposes take us to victory.  But, we have to stay within our boundaries and in spiritual alignment.

 

Psalm 19:

1  The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.

2  Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.

3  There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.

4  Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,

5  which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race.

 

Maintain divine order, and stay in the flow of My Spirit if you want to discern spiritually.  This is a time when your discernment can once again take a giant leap forward if you take the time to exercise it.  Spiritual growth and clarity will become the order of the day as you seek My face continually.

 

 

Proverbs 1:

1  My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you,

2  So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;

3  Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding,

4  If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures;

5  Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

6  For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

7  He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;

8  He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints.

9  Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path.

 

We are in a time of spiritual maturity, and with that will come clarity in discernment.

 

Hebrews 5:14  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

 

Ephesians 4:13-14  till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;  that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting.

 

I will unveil the places in you that have become religiously stale.  In order to avoid the trap of external, powerless religious exercise, you must recognize your condition and move by faith to internal communion with Me in the Spirit.  Growth is the sign of life, and stagnation is the sign of death.  Be vital and live in Me, says the Lord.  Come to Me, and let Me revitalize you.

 

Deuteronomy 30:19  "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.”

 

One final vision:  I saw a very large cloud in the west, on the horizon.  The inside of the cloud was bright orange like fire.  It began to rotate counter-clockwise and formed a sort of funnel that extended down to the ground, much like a tornado.  Then, I saw the force of the movement pick up people from the earth, and the cloud seemed to kind of swallow them up.  I thought of this scripture:

 

Acts 1:

8  "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

9  Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

10  And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,

11  who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."

 

And…

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

 

I want to finish with the thought that we are living in end times.  There is a widening chasm between the righteous and unrighteous on the earth.  I must choose to be on the good side!

 

Philippians 1:20  My earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed…

 

Oswald Chambers:  “My determined purpose is to be my utmost for His highest—my best for His glory.  To reach that level of determination is a matter of the will, not of debate or of reasoning.  It is absolute and irrevocable surrender of the will.”

 

It is going to be a make-it-or-break-it year.  Let’s position ourselves to be on the right side of every decision.