Simplify and Empower - By Bill and Marsha Burns - (2023)

We are prophetically moving to another new level, a higher level in the realm of Spirit.

The Lord's instructions are to simplify and strengthen. Our progress will require our full attention to stay on course. If we are too spread out, we lose the importance of the season and make mistakes that can be difficult to correct. We must be clear enough to listen and obey his leadership.

In a vision I saw a man climbing a very steep mountain to reach the place where he would build his house. As he climbed, he got tangled up in vines and weeds that made his climb difficult. And I heard the Lord say, “I take you, My people, to a new abode in the Spirit. It's higher than you've ever been. However, the enemy will try to stop your progression. You must resist the temptations that surround you and keep you away from your destiny.

“I want to take you to a new and higher spiritual level where you can begin to see with a clear perspective. From this place, your life will be a step-by-step process as I go before you to prepare the way for My purposes to be revealed and demonstrated in your life. Take inventory of your mental and spiritual condition. You are still in the process of being simplified and strengthened as the shift continues to position you for My highest and best. Take an honest assessment of what is important to you and adjust your priorities so that you truly seek My kingdom first,” says the Lord.

Life is in knowing what you live for:

It is up to each of us to find the common denominator in life and measure ourselves by that standard.


It will be more important than ever in the perilous times we live in to stay connected to God and develop a vital relationship with Him rather than an external religious exercise. We must be present with God to hear, see, and know by the Spirit. This will be a requirement for the Body of Christ this year.

John 17:11: “I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep those whom you have given me in your name, that they may be one like us.”

Galatians 5:25: If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

truth and freedom

It's time to break with everything that keeps us from great spiritual freedom.

John 4:24: "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

We must leave the past behind before we can freely move forward.

“I am calling you to know true freedom, which will result from having no illusion, control or manipulation, unreasonable expectations and spiritual disorder. I want you to be free and free enough to trust Me completely. This is the beginning of a new era of righteousness and purity. Let freedom ring. Recognize and abandon all ways of managing or exploiting others for personal gain," says the Lord.

Psalm 32:2: “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”

Psalm 34:13: "Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit."

1 Peter 3:10: “For whoever wants to love life and see happy days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”


Total obedience is more important than ever and will be a big factor this year. Now let's incorporate the changes that occurred in a time of stability at this higher level. We must be faithful to what the Lord has instructed us and led us to do without going astray. Perfect, divine purpose requires perfect obedience.

Romans 6:16: “Do you not know that to whom you are presented as slaves for obedience, you are the slaves of the one you obey, whether it be of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”


We must keep our spiritual space clean and clear, striving to keep thoughts, motives and actions pure.

Religion pure and undefiled before God -

James 1:25-27: “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this man will be blessed in what he does. 26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, his religion is in vain. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: To visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

Jesus again overturns the tables in the temple.

John 2:13-16: “The Jewish Passover was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And he found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers who traded. After making a whip out of ropes, he drove everyone out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, spilled the money changers and overturned the tables. And he said to those selling doves: “Take these things away! Do not make my Father's house a market house!"

Words from the Lord to the Body of Christ – 2016:

“You are in the process of stepping into divine order and simplifying all that I have called you to do and be. What you have done will remain and it will be a place of peace, but you must hold that position because the enemy of your soul will fight you for it.

“You will be tested in ways that reveal how and where you commit. You will see how you justify yourself in wrong attitudes and behavior patterns. Then you will have the opportunity to choose the fairest position and carry it out.

“Listen to the cry of the Spirit calling you to rise higher. It is time to leave all laziness behind and strive to walk and live at the highest level of your spiritual revelation and understanding. This will require transcending religious tradition.

“I want to live and practice accurate discernment. You will be able to experiment and display a keen perception that will result in sound judgments and fair decisions. Do not deviate from this position out of selfish ambition.

“This will be a season where you can overcome and forgive yourself for past mistakes and enter a phase of creativity and productivity beyond anything you could have imagined. Rejection should become a thing of the past and not something that defines your life.

“You've justified taking advantage of other people as a means to survive, but I tell you sincerely that I am your way to not only survive, but also thrive. I will prosper you in extraordinary ways if you will consciously and deliberately stop all exploitation.

“It's time to face the root of your pain and trust Me to heal your body, soul and spirit. I am the ultimate healer; access by faith

“You must cut away the anchors, everything that has held you back from fulfilling your potential and prevented you from furthering My purposes for you. Your steps of advancement and achievement must then become platforms for thanksgiving and worship, which are necessary for your success.

“Generosity becomes a way to be rewarded when you give of yourself, your time and your resources. Your generosity is a sweet fragrance to Me.

“Embrace and revitalize the gifts I have given you spiritually and in the realm of creative expression. Do not minimize or neglect what I considered precious in my eyes.”
Bill e Marsha Burns
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