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Divine Order and Victory
Divine Order -
by Bill Burns
This message is a continuation of the 2012 "A Year of Discovery" word. The overall theme of last year's prophetic overview was Divine Government. In this past year God began to establish this divine government (rule) in the hearts of His people. His people are those whose desire is to live in the fullness of His Kingdom.
The establishment of the government of God will be progressive, and each progression will come with a shifting in the spiritual realm. The major shift this year will produce "Divine Order". This will be a major work of the Holy Spirit in 2013. If order is not established, government will not work properly.
The Trumpet: "The foundation of My government has been established in the hearts of My people. Now, My house will be built, and My Kingdom will be established. Divine order will become the present work of My Spirit in this year. Order must be established in the lives of My people because disorder will govern the world and its systems. Make every effort to establish yourselves in My order. You can do this by staying in touch with Me, and by allowing My Spirit to guide you from day to day. Stay connected!"
The spiritual progression of divine government is established in God's Word, and the pattern is found in the Book of Joshua. After 40 years in the wilderness for rebellion to God's rule, Israel entered into the promise of God.
Joshua 1:1-3 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, saying: "Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them-the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses."
Their journey began by crossing over through the Jordan River, which represents the anointing (Joshua 3). They were anointed for the journey.
Twelve stones were set up in the Jordan River as a sign of God's order, and twelve stones were also taken from the river and set up in Gilgal (Joshua 4). Gilgal means "a rolling stone." It represents the place of covenant promise. The twelve stones represent the foundation of God's government set over our hearts (Exodus 28:15-20). Gilgal is also the place where the past reproach was removed.
Joshua 5:9 Then the LORD said to Joshua, "This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you." Therefore the name of the place is called Gilgal to this day.
2013 - A Year of Victory
God's order as established by the anointing, covenant promise, and liberty from the past sets us up for victory according to the pattern. The first battle for Israel's conquest was at Jericho.
Joshua 6:1-4 Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. And the LORD said to Joshua: "See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets."
Twelve is the number of divine government and thirteen is the number of divine order (obedience) that leads to victory. Israel marched around Jericho once for six days and then seven times on the seventh day. Six and seven are thirteen – the number of victory that comes as a result of obedience to God's rule and His directives.
The apostle Paul was not in the upper room with the twelve, but on the Road to Damascus he became the 13th apostle. On the Road to Damascus Paul was brought into divine government and order.
The anointing that Paul walked in is what I call the anointing of victory. Listen to Paul's testimony:
2 Timothy 3:11 ...persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra - what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.
2 Timothy 4:17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. And I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
This anointing of victory that is coming to God's people this year was spoken of prophetically by Marsha Burns:
Small Straws – November 30, 2012: "I am releasing a wave of extraordinary grace that will see you through the weeks ahead. For, I will indeed empower you to do what is necessary to fulfill that which is required of you. This is a time to lean on Me for strength and wisdom. Do not forget that I am your help in times of trouble, so you must not depend on your own understanding. Rather, rise up in the supernatural realm of the Spirit to gain insight and spiritual support," 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." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my weakness, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Grace is empowerment, and the anointing is that which empowers us to live in victory.
Expect The Unexpected
This was a word that the Lord spoke to me: "Expect the unexpected to take place in 2013."
I understand this to mean:
• Unexpected blessings will take place.
• Unexpected visitations from angelic beings will take place.
• Unexpected manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit will take place.
• Unexpected signs and wonders will take place.
• Unexpected opportunities will present themselves.
It is a year in which we can't keep God in our proverbial box. We should, instead, expect the unexpected in 2013.
Bill and Marsha Burns
About Bill and Marsha Burns: Bill Burns is the Apostle and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle. He has a powerful prophetic gifting. His heart is to bring revelation with clarity and purpose to the Third Day Church and to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. He continues to raise up the next generation of prophetic ministers. Marsha Burns is a teacher with pastoral anointing and a Prophet to the local assembly in Kremmling, Colorado. She has been commissioned by the Lord to speak forth words of knowledge and words of wisdom to the nations via the Internet – best known for her Small Straws in a Soft Wind.