SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT
by Marsha Burns
John 3:8 "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
MATURITY in 2018
September 25, 2018: Do what it takes to set yourself solidly under My protection, says the Lord. There are still areas in your life that need work in order to eliminate vulnerabilities. Do what you can do and trust Me with the rest. You belong to Me and you matter to Me. Put your faith and trust in My ability to take care of My own. Psalm 5:11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.
September 24, 2018: Re-establish in your life those things that are truly important to your spiritual well-being. You have allowed yourself to slip in areas of chaos and trouble. There is work to be done to shore up your position of righteousness before you can proceed on the path of truth and strength, says the Lord. Isaiah 26:7 The way of the just is uprightness; O Most Upright, You weigh the path of the just.
September 23: I want you to step back and take a look at the bigger picture. While looking at details is admirable, you can miss a greater understanding that is necessary in accurately evaluating a particular situation. Take the time to make adjustments in the way you see things so that you have greater clarity of intent and purpose, says the Lord. Psalm 14:2 The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
September 21, 2018: Many of you, My people, have been moving along at a very hectic pace. It is necessary that you take time to rest and seek My face. Give yourself a break and be refreshed and rejuvenated, says the Lord. You will have to be deliberate in choosing to cease from fast and furious activity and slow down to achieve a steady and reasonable pace. Come to Me, and I will restore 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.
September 20, 2018: You must not take the attitudes and motivations of those around you seriously. They are dealing with their own stuff, which has very little to do with you. Steer clear and do your best to be righteous despite your environment. Do not take things too personally, says the Lord, stay focused spiritually. Proverbs 2:8-9 8 He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path.
September 19, 2018: Continue the effort to press through these difficult times. Do not give up. I know every detail of your life and heart, and I am with you, says the Lord. Establish yourself in hope and keep the faith. You are destined for victory. This too shall pass. 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.
September 18, 2018: You are not out of the proverbial woods yet, but the greatest part of the difficulty is behind you. You have stood strong and passed the test of endurance. In a little while, you will be able to take the lessons you have learned into the days ahead with a depth of courage you would not have expected. This time will be remembered as a time of maturing spiritually, says the Lord. Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
September 17, 2018: Face uncertainty with the certainty of the power of My Spirit. The unseen realm is of far greater and eternal consequence than the temporary problems that you face, says the Lord. Put things in perspective and refuse to feed your anxiety and fear of the unknown. All things are known to Me, and you can trust Me to take care of My own. Stand strong and resolute. Psalm 91:5-9 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place.
September 15: Embrace change. For some it will be small things that need to be tweaked, improved, or re-arranged. For others it will be the need to exchange or replace that which is broken. And, for others it will be a time of complete renovation. I speak of your spiritual condition as well as your emotional, mental, and physical environment. I am preparing you for the days ahead that will require soundness of spirit, soul, and body if you are to make the most of the opportunities that are presented, says the Lord. Now is the time to get ready to move into the new season. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
September 14, 2018: Stand strong and stay calm. Being upset doesn't help anything. What will help is for you to shift your focus from the natural realm to the spiritual realm. Find and stay in the flow of My Spirit, for I will give you wisdom and lead you in the way you should go for the best possible outcome for you, says that Lord. Do not be afraid. Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
September 13, 2018: As I waited on the Lord for His word, I heard these lyrics: Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative, don't mess with Mr. In-Between. And, He said, "I want you to have faith that I am with you to do good and not evil. Be patient and allow My perfect will to unfold in your life." Numbers 23:19 "God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
September 12, 2018: Deliberately lean on Me. Trust Me to provide everything you need whether wisdom, guidance, healing or finances. Seek Me and I will be found by you. Talk to Me and I will hear you. Ask and you will receive. Know that I am as close as your breath, says the Lord, and that I AM your help in trouble. James 1:5-7 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
September 11, 2018: You have been looking for solutions and completion in various aspects of your life, and your wait is coming to an end. These are things that must conclude before you can be positioned to move forward and begin to experience the new season before you. You will forge ahead with a greater sense of spiritual stability and assurance, says the Lord. Isaiah 33:6 Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, and the strength of salvation; the fear of the Lord is his treasure.
September 10, 2018: Pay attention because I am going to show you what it takes to fulfill your destiny. This is a time when you, My people, are more aware of your distance from Me. You realize that your religious culture has let you down and that what you do outwardly to serve and worship Me is meaningless and unfulfilling. I will teach you that true worship and service is being what you were created to be and not what society dictates. Only then will you experience a true anointing, says the Lord. Matthew 6:5 "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men."
September 9: When things seem to no longer work or properly meet your needs, you will have to make some adjustments. This is a time when you are being re-positioned so that you can maximize the benefits of the new season. Don't panic when changes are inevitable. It will be much the same as your eyes having to adjust from darkness to light--they get used to it--and you will begin to see clearly again, says the Lord. 1Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the tie, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.
September 7, 2018: Come to Me in times of need. You do not have to carry your burdens alone. I am indeed with you to bring you through every challenge and to give the wisdom necessary for perfect progression, says the Lord. Find your assurance and rest in My presence. Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
September 6, 2018: Refuse to be irritated and disturbed by delays or lack of progress. A perfect order and timing are set in motion for your life. Trust Me to bring forth those things that are important to your progress and well-being in due season. Impatience will only lead to your being unsettled and distraught. This should be a time of quiet faith and endurance, says the Lord. Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
September 5, 2018: Maintain good order in your life circumstances. When there is chaos, judgment is impaired and wisdom is absent. Quiet your emotions and be sensitive to the leading of My Spirit in every situation. Only then can you proceed in truth and righteousness. Put aside your prejudice, says the Lord, and allow justice to prevail. 1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
September 4, 2018: Beloved, I want you to come closer to Me. You have achieved a level of comfort in seeking and interacting with Me, but there is more. There is a higher level of spiritual understanding and perfection that you have stopped short of. Press through this barrier of complacency and rise to new heights, says the Lord. Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
September 3, 2018: There are lessons to learn that will equip you to move forward with grace instead of awkwardness. It is My desire for you to be equipped and ready for the days ahead and the things that you will be required to do, says the Lord. I will give you all the wisdom and direction you need. James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.
September 2: Take advantage of windows of opportunity as they open in the spirit realm. They will seem to open suddenly and then close again if you wait too long to act. Timing right now is everything. You will need to pay attention and discern the moving of My Spirit if you want to be in the flow and be carried. Otherwise, you may find yourself striving to move forward only to have to overcome obstacles and hindrances, says the Lord. Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
August 31, 2018: Take a breath and release all tension. Do your best to simplify your life in every area possible. Complexities create stress and confusion. Stay with the basics, and maintain your awareness of My input, says the Lord. Your relationship with Me is always what counts the most. Stay connected! Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
August 30, 2018: You have had to come face to face with difficult circumstances. It hasn't been fun, but when you break through you will have no regrets about what you did or how you did it. Stay true to Me alone. There will be plenty of pressure to have others direct the outcome of this current time, but you must only trust Me to direct your steps and establish a perfect path, says the Lord. Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
August 29, 2018: Honestly assess aspects of your life to see and know the relevance of your activities with regard to your kingdom position. This is a time to separate the precious from the vile--the positive from the negative--and make the necessary adjustments. Every day away from My presence is a day wasted, says the Lord. You know the difference between good and evil, and it's time to rearrange your priorities and choose to carry out My will and purposes. Jeremiah 15:19 Therefore thus says the LORD: "If you return, then I will bring you back; you shall stand before Me; if you take out the precious from the vile, you shall be as My mouth."
August 28, 2018: There are obligations and tasks that you have continued to put off. It would be to your advantage to stop procrastinating and deal with those dreaded issues, says the Lord. Those things that you have postponed will not go away, so end the stress that comes with dread by doing what you need to do. Philippians 2:14 Do all things without complaining and disputing.
August 27, 2018: Leave behind the things that have kept you anchored to the world. I would have you soar like an eagle into the realm of My Spirit. But, you cannot do that as long as you are worried and obsessed with your natural life and circumstances. Allow Me to bring you higher and closer to Me, says the Lord. Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
August 26: Harvest time is upon you, says the Lord. You will begin to reap a harvest from the spiritual seeds you have sown, but the enemy has also planted things that you will need to deal with first. I will show you the things that have tried to overtake the goodness and bounty of this season if you will quiet your soul and be sensitive to My leading. Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn."
August 24, 2018: Your life has a lot of moving parts that are in process of lining up before you can proceed. You just need to be patient as you allow all of the pieces to fit together properly. In the meantime, do not become discouraged or lose hope. Remember that all things are working together for your good, says the Lord. Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
August 23, 2018: Ask for wisdom and move in the direction of solving difficult problems. It could be a protracted process, so set yourself to do what it takes for as long as it takes to achieve breakthrough. You have put off taking necessary action, but the time has come for resolution. Do not be afraid. I am with you, says the Lord. Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
August 22, 2018: Examine yourself to see if you are in the Spirit. When you get upset or annoyed, it is the operation of your carnal nature, which is actually a position of being haughty. Now is the time to learn to rise above petty issues and walk in the Spirit. Stop contention before it causes division, says the Lord. Psalm 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm.
August 21, 2018: Many things have required your attention and effort, and it has been difficult to maintain spiritual perspective. But, I would have you put aside the busyness of every day and deliberately come into My presence. Only there will you receive divine restoration and renewed vitality. I want you to partner with Me in all that you do, says the Lord. Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
August 20, 2018: You are on the road to breakthrough. Never doubt My ability to lead you to a new place of light and truth. Even though the path has been narrow and rocky, I am bringing you to greater spiritual heights. Every thing that you experience is for the purpose of drawing you near to Me, says the Lord. Prepare to experience a new level of strength and stability. Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
August 19: Stay in step by not getting ahead or lagging behind. I am setting a brisk pace for moving forward from the place of spiritual stagnation. Maintain a constant gait as you stay close to Me, says the Lord. Awaken now from marginal consciousness to be quick and alert. Let new life spring forth that will overcome all darkness and complacency. Ephesians 5:14 Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light."
August 17, 2018: Regardless of confusion and chaos take the time to establish yourself in peace. I'm not talking about worldly peace; I am talking about the peace that only comes through Me, says the Lord. It is a peace that is beyond thought or understanding and only comes by the Spirit. Be still. Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
August 16, 2018: Unusual circumstances continue to create a sense of instability. However, I am your firm foundation, the Rock on which you can stand. Stabilize yourself in Me. Trust that I will bring you through these difficult days with strength and grace, says the Lord. Psalm 94:22 But the Lord has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge.
August 15, 2018: This is a time like no other for you to rely on Me and stay close. Stand strong in faith and be courageous in the face of adversity. I am your God. I know you and love you. You are under My protection, and I will guide you, says the Lord. Psalm 91:1-7 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust." Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.
August 14, 2018: Refuse to get overwhelmed with the things you have to deal with. This is a new day, and you must take one step at a time as you move forward. Be deliberate in making choices line up with My Word. Let righteousness reign, says the Lord. Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be overthrown.
August 13, 2018: You will begin to make substantial progress in places that have been hard to navigate. This is not a time to get discouraged, but rather a time to trust that all things are working together for your good, says the Lord. You've worked hard to get this far, but your efforts will be rewarded. Psalm 27:13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
August 12: Life becomes tedious at times, but you need to rise above weariness by re-focusing on your spiritual walk. Stir up a fresh interest in your vital and tangible relationship with Me, says the Lord. Lift your vision higher! Deliberately draw near to Me and experience the reality of My kingdom. It will be good! Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
August 10, 2018: Even though you encounter unexpected situations, you must take things in stride and not allow that which is temporary to interrupt the flow of the eternal Spirit, says the Lord. The stress of this time will pass and you will be stronger and wiser than you were before. Every day is an opportunity to see Me at work in your life. You are truly being transformed, but transformation is sometimes painful. 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.
August 9, 2018: Ask and I will give you the wisdom you need to solve difficult problems and to set you on the right path to fulfill destiny. Complexities that are beyond your understanding need My input, says the Lord. You cannot do this alone. Let Me help you. Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
August 8, 2018: Be calm and refuse to allow circumstances to upset you. Remember that I have everything under control, and you need not worry. This time will require faith and patience for you to get through successfully. Steer clear of fear and allow My Spirit to guide every step, says the Lord. Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
August 7, 2018: It is important that you communicate clearly in these days. Misunderstanding could create unnecessary problems. Be open, honest, and willing to listen carefully to others in order to alleviate frustration. Presumption is your enemy, says the Lord. Stay with what you know to be true. Apply the truth of My Word to every situation. Psalm 91:4 He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
August 6, 2018: As landscapes take on different textures with the change of season, so will your life reflect internal spiritual growth. Move with the flow of transformation. You have come a long way, but you are not yet perfected. Internal change will be expressed externally, says the Lord. Refuse the temptation to suppress who you are becoming for fear of rejection. 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.
August 5: Growth is the epitome of incremental change, and your desire for spiritual growth requires change. The only thing holding you back is your resistance. You can't keep things the way they are and grow at the same time. Something has to give, and that would be your will. Be willing to let go of everything that has outlived its usefulness in your environment, says the Lord. Philippians 3:13 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.
August 3, 2018: Let there be an end to whining and be thankful. I have been with you every step of the way. I have shown you things that you would never have been aware of. I have directed you and kept you. You are My chosen. Strive to maintain sweet relationship with Me, says the Lord, and access the strength and perfection that I have provided. 1 Chronicles 16:34 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
August 2, 2018: Great reward awaits those who have been unwavering and diligent to do all that I ask. I call you good and faithful servants, and it is time to reap the benefits of your service. What you have done in secret will be rewarded openly, says the Lord. Well done! Matthew 25:21 "His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ "
August 1, 2018: Stay protected within the boundaries of My will. Being truly righteous will keep doors to the enemy closed so that you are not vulnerable. Examine yourself to see and understand the areas in your life where you are spiritually weak. Stand strong in relationship with Me, says the Lord. I will direct you away from potential danger and keep you safe. Psalm 4:8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Faith Tabernacle of Kremmling
Bill and Marsha Burns
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459
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