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2014 – A Year of Prophetic Alignment and Divine Fulfillment
In 2012 God began to reveal His divine government to the hearts of those who desired to live under His rule. In 2013 the Lord brought His order into the lives of those willing to live under His rule. Divine order has been established among His people.
2014 will be known to many as the "Year of Prophetic Alignment." In this season the Spirit of the Lord will align His people with His purposes. This alignment will be brought by way of revelation of God's purposes (plans) for individuals; these revelations will come through dreams, visions, prophetic words, signs, and wonders.
We must stand watch and listen so that the opportunities for alignment are not missed. When the revelation of God's purpose comes, you will be aligned, brought into spiritual positioning, to go through the door that is being opened to you.
Spiritual doors will open in this season that will bring you into a new spiritual landscape. It will become a place of elevation – a higher place than you have been before – a place of purpose.
Revelation 3:8 I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.
Once this door is opened to you and you enter into this spiritual environment, you will find the pathway that leads to the fulfillment of your destiny.
Some time ago I had a vision of a pathway that leads to spiritual understanding. The pathway went up a mountain and was called the "Ancient Pathway." I understood that this was the pathway that the prophets of old walked on. As you begin to follow this path, you will see more clearly that which the Lord is showing you, and you will become more supernatural than you are now.
The doors will open and the pathways will be revealed in this season, because this is a season of divine fulfillment.
Isaiah 42:16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.
A Season of Transformation
This will be a time in which great grace will be on those who follow the path that the Lord has established for them. There will be designated places on the pathway that will become flash points of God's glory that will transform them.
2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
This transformation will align us with the mind of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 2:16). Our thoughts will become more Christ-like.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
A Season of Restoration
A "Season of Restoration" has begun and will continue into 2014. The first three months will become key months in which to believe for restoration.
December 2013 Small Straws by Marsha Burns:
"The process of restoration has begun. Move with it in faith that what has begun will come to a full completion. Trust Me to help you move forward with strength and in the power of My Spirit," says the Lord. "Refuse to allow fear to derail your progress. Stand unwavering and be resolute. Be renewed in faith, in hope, and in peace. The work of the enemy to tear you down has been formidable, but I will restore what has been torn down. I will strengthen what has become weakened through attacks on your body, soul, and spirit. Yield to My power to build you up and prepare you to fulfill My purposes in your life. Yours is to overcome the despair that has developed as a result of relentless difficulties and begin to look to better days," says the Lord.
In a vision I found myself in an old house that was in need of repair. I heard the bells of destiny, and was suddenly engulfed in a whirlwind of the Spirit of God that removed the structure of the house from around me. There I stood in midair with the things of the earth that weighed me down removed from me. The light of God was all around me and above and beneath me. I felt light as air; without hindrance. I was aware of a unity with God that manifested without any effort on my part. It was beautiful, exhilarating, refreshing, and revitalizing.
My youth was restored. And, I heard the voice of the Lord: "Beloved, I see and know your struggles and the weariness you have experienced. But, I tell you truly that a time of restoration and healing is upon you. Relax and receive all that I have for you."
Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
A Season of Perfection
Seven is God's number of perfection, and 2014 has two sevens in the number 14. Two sevens indicate a double portion. The double portion will begin with the anointing and will manifest in various blessings in this year.
Generational blessings will come to many this year, because the number 14 belongs to this purpose and this time.
Matthew 1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.
We are coming into a set time in which the Lord's favor and blessing will come to His people.
Psalm 102:13 You will arise and have mercy on Zion; for the time to favor her, yes, the set time, has come.
Watch and Learn
The Lord often asked His prophets, "What do you see?" In this time it will be important to watch, to see what we are being shown.
Habakkuk 2:1 I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected.
The Lord is going to use your circumstances to show you things that need to be corrected. Our circumstances will reveal our motives and attitudes as we interact with our circumstances. Allow the Lord to use them as a classroom. Watch, listen, and learn. He will bring both correction and victory into every situation that you are involved in.
Proverbs 4:10-13 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of your life will be many. I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble. Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; keep her, for she is your life.
Signs & Wonders
Signs and wonders will also be seen and understood as we stand our watch. The Spirit of God will show us signs and wonders that reveal and/or confirm that which is coming into alignment with His Word.
Acts 2:18-20 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.
This year will be very interesting as we will see blood red moons at the same time of the Feast of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles. This sign is one of double portion for both the Church and Israel. It is a sign of great significance for 2014.
One of the signs of the end of the age that we who watch the news have become aware of in this last year is:
"And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring..." (Luke 21:25).
The Distress of Nations
The word "distress" indicates that nations are in anguish and with perplexity (unable to think clearly). We see this distress in the Middle East among the nations as civil unrest.
This is clearly a sign that we are living in the end of the age. The people are rising up against the established authority, and they are demanding change.
Are You Prepared?
Are you prepared to leave the past behind and press into the glory of this new season? The apostle Paul encouraged us to do as he has done.
Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
December 17, 2013, Small Straws by Marsha Burns:
"The season of adjustment is upon you, but you will have to mentally and emotionally let go of things that tie you to the past before you can move forward in My purposes. If you will take this step of faith, you will come into a place of liberty and fulfillment that you have not known before. Trust Me to bring you through this awkward transition with great grace," says the Lord. "All you have to do is be willing and flexible."
The Year 2014 Will Be:
1. A time of intense spiritual warfare, but you will have a more powerful anointing, which will enable you to have victory over your enemies.
2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
2. This season will be one of acceleration – things will move fast, so you will have to be found in a position of readiness to move with the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
3. This will be a season of convergence when those things that have been ordained by God come together. When His Word comes together with His purposes in His set times, all things will become possible to those who believe.
Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."
4. It will be a time in which you will need to set a watch and guard your heart. (Photo courtesy: Josh May)
Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.
Therefore, our prayer must be:
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
5. Hidden things that you have not been aware of will be revealed.
Isaiah 48:6 You have heard; see all this. And will you not declare it? I have made you hear new things from this time, even hidden things, and you did not know them.
Things are not always as they seem to be. Some things are hidden in darkness behind the scenes. Now you will know that which is hidden, and you can then deal with it.
6. The Lord is aligning us with victory. Victorious mindsets will be established in us by the Spirit of God. Defeat and victimization will no longer be a part of your DNA. Divine health will come to those who ask for and believe it.
3 John 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
7. Supernatural provision will come to those who align themselves with God's Word and His purposes.
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.
These are the things I have seen, and they are yours to receive. It was as though I was riding on a very fast train, and these things came into view from the window that I was looking out of. They are just glimpses of the future, and I have a sense that they will be expounded by the prophets in this coming season.
Have a blessed ride; it will be a fast one. So, I suggest that you buckle up, because our Lord is going to put His foot on the pedal.
Bill and Marsha Burns
Bill and Marsha Burns are pastors of Faith Tabernacle in Kremmling, Colorado. Bill has a powerful prophetic gifting. His heart is to equip the Body of Christ for the work of the ministry. Marsha is a teacher and prophet with pastoral anointing. She has been commissioned by the Lord to prophesy to the nations through "Small Straws In a Soft Wind" sent out via the Internet.