SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND
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."

 SPIRITUAL MATURITY in 2018

APRIL 2018

April 26, 2018:  Examine yourself to see if you are honestly trusting and believing that I will direct your steps.  When you walk by faith and live in the Spirit, fear will be replaced by the assurance of divine order.  I will prepare the path and lead you in the way you should go.  Nothing is impossible with Me, says the Lord.  Luke 1:37 "For with God nothing will be impossible."

April 25, 2018:  Breakthrough is the hallmark of this season.  But, you have to do your part by putting forth the effort to succeed.  Instead of just allowing life to happen to you, move to the place where you make decisions that will benefit you both spiritually and naturally.  Do not be a bystander as life passes you by, says the Lord.  Rather, be a positive force in your environment.  Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.

April 24, 2018:  There are things you can do now that have been impossible in the past for a variety of reasons.  The doors are opening and possibilities are presenting themselves for your consideration.  Be sensitive to current opportunities to move beyond where you have been stuck.  The days ahead must be taken one step at a time instead of one leap at a time.  Prepare for a methodical and consistent process, says the Lord.  Isaiah 42:9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.

April 23, 2018:  When you feel uncertain and undone, trust Me.  I know the way you should go and what is best for you, says the Lord.  And, I will prepare the way.  Let Me lead you in perfect timing so that all of My will is accomplished in and through you.  Put away all fear and doubt as you put yourself in My care.  Proverbs 16:9  A manís heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

April 22:  Beloved, you have now crossed the bridge of transition into the new season and entered through the door that opened to the path ahead of you.  However, you have encountered fog so that you cannot see more than one step ahead of you.  I tell you not to be afraid or allow the feeling of being unsettled to overtake you.  You are in a place of silence, but that will give way to a time of purification and of preparation for what is ahead, says the Lord.  Zechariah 2:13 "Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!"

April 20, 2018:  There are tasks that you need to perform that would be better accomplished if you simplified the process.  Ask Me to show you how that can be done.  I will lead you in the way of efficiency, which will give you hope and strength to get on with it, says the Lord.  This action could give you the new beginning you long for.  Psalm 25:4 Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths.

April 19, 2018:  Find the place where you have peace in your spirit and in your soul and make it a bulwark, a fortified place.  Peace will be a guard against fear and worry.  It will become a place of strength and confidence in My ability to give you wisdom and keep you safe, says the Lord.  Be at peace with yourself and with everyone.  Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

April 18, 2018:  Stand firm on your commitment and dedication to kingdom life.  Things that undermine consecration abound, but you must set yourself apart for My plans and purposes.  When everything around you pulls and exerts a force against sanctification, press in.  Come close to Me, says the Lord.  Let your light shine in the darkness.  Luke 11:33 "No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light."

April 17, 2018:  There are things you have not understood with regard to where you are and what you can do.  It is like pieces missing in a puzzle.  Now, take the time to seek Me for wisdom and direction.  I will show you that which has been elusive, but you must position yourself in neutrality so that My pure word to you is not skewed, says the Lord.  Proverbs 8:6 Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things.

April 16, 2018:  Hush!  You must learn to quiet your mind and emotions so that you can establish yourself in the flow of My Spirit.  There is too much noise in and around you, and that noise will hinder your ability to hear Me, says the Lord.  Concentrate on getting silent inside, and listen intently for My instructions to you.  It is the only way you can get on track spiritually.  Zechariah 2:13 "Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!"

April 15:  As you continue on your spiritual journey, you must keep in mind that love is the primary thing.  Let your love for Me and for one another override every other emotional reaction and mental response to life and circumstances.  If you will do this first, obedience in all other areas will follow, says the Lord.  1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

April 13, 2018:  When you seek and ask Me for wisdom, I cause you to be extraordinary.  The impossible becomes possible.  All you have to do is ask believing that I hear and answer your plea.  Do not waver in faith or purpose.  Let Me show you the way to supernatural accomplishment.  I can do in and through you that which you are unable to do on your own, says the Lord.  James 1:5 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.

April 12, 2018:  I am preparing you for the next phase of life.  The past is behind and has become part of your history, but it is not vital to where you are now.  You will benefit greatly by staying connected to Me, says the Lord.  Stay relevant to My plans and purposes for your life, and be sensitive to that which is required of you at this time so that you are free to forge ahead.  I am with you every step of the way.  Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.

April 11, 2018:  Beloved, it is My wish that you learn to be gentle with everyone.  The world is full of harshness and severity, but you must be kind, tender and understanding.  Only then, will you be led by My Spirit into blessing and abundance.  Remember that what you sow is the substance of your harvest.  Matthew 7:12a  "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them."

April 10, 2018:  Times are changing, and you must adopt a mindset of flexibility.  Be sensitive to My leading, and be ready to make changes that will insure that you are where you need to be.  My path is a narrow one, and your obedience is the key to walking with Me, says the Lord.  Stay close!  Romans 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that oneís slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

April 9, 2018:  There are many things that will draw your attention away from Me.  But, you must be like the watchman on the wall who looks for potential danger and takes precautionary action to thwart disaster.  I would have you be awake and alert and ready to overcome the powers of darkness sent against you, says the Lord.  Watch!  Matthew 26:41 "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

April 8:  Your encounters will reveal situations that would not only become distractions, but could cause you to feel disoriented.  You need to keep your feet planted firmly on what is true and good.  Entertaining any fantasy at all will result in a long and unfruitful ride.  Stay present with Me, says the Lord, and look to Me for guidance.  Be alert!  1 Corinthians 7:35 And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.

April 6, 2018:  Be bold and strong.  Resolutely leave the past behind.  Do it on purpose, and set your heart on what you can do to move on.  Nothing will change the mistakes that you have made.  Be finished with regret and the dread that overwhelms you.  Ask for and receive My forgiveness.  I will be with you in your new beginning, 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.

April 5, 2018:  When you find yourself mired in disappointment and discouragement, you must struggle to get free.  Change your focus to find your hope and strength in developing a strong and viable relationship with Me, says the Lord.  My kingdom is your bulwark, a place of safety both now and forever.  Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

April 4, 2018:  When you lose focus do not go the route of condemnation.  Rather, make the necessary corrections that will lead back to the path of righteousness.  Return to Me for wisdom and healing of the heart.  I have not forsaken you, says the Lord.  You are precious in My sight.  Proceed with confidence in My ability to move you in the right direction.  Isaiah 44:22b  Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.

April 3, 2018:  In a vision I saw a pristine landscape with flowering trees.  There were graceful dancers celebrating lifeónew life that comes with spring and new growth.  And, I heard the Lord say that we are entering a time of new spiritual growth that will be very beautiful yet somewhat fragile.  We need to move softly and with precision so that we can be aware of the change that growth brings and to hear His voice with greater clarity.  We must not take this time for granted but rather worship God with all that we are and all that we do.  Psalms 65:10 You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows; You make it soft with showers, You bless its growth.

April 2, 2018:  In a vision I saw a cooking pot on the stove that was boiling over, and this is what the Lord said about that:  Even though peoples and tribes of all different kinds seem to be boiling over with disputes and vitriol, it should not be so with you.  You belong to Me in a spiritual kingdom where mutual respect and peace exist.  There will be wars and rumors of wars, but you must maintain peace in your heart, says the Lord.  Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

April 1:  I am leading the way so that you can follow Me on the perfect path that I have set before you.  But, you must develop a surrendered heart so that you do not go your own way or from a vantage point of self-interest.  You are Mine.  You are not your own.  I have purpose for your life that you have not yet realized.  Let Me take you to your destiny, says the Lord.  1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

MARCH 2018

March 30, 2018:  Can you be trusted with prosperity?  Before you is the spiritual land of milk and honey, but if there is a shift in your focus away from Me the blessing will melt away like the spring snow.  It is easy to obsess about the fulfillment of your wishes and desires instead of making My eternal kingdom your primary point of interest and attention.  You must order your priorities to put first things first, says the Lord.  Numbers 14:8 "If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land which flows with milk and honey."

March 29, 2018:  I speak to multitudes who have seemingly lost hope.  Examine yourself to see what it is that you are hoping for.  Hope in the world or in humanity will always disappoint.  But, if you set your expectations on Me and My kingdom and live according to My will and purposes, I will lead you through the maze of despair.  I will bring you into light, says the Lord.  Psalm 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.

March 28, 2018:  Self-restraint is particularly important in these days.  You must monitor your thoughts, words, and actions.  What you put out will come back to you multiplied.  Stop and assess your current situation as you look to see if you are reaping what you have sown.  If you are feeling judged or persecuted it is more than possible that you have judged and persecuted others at least in your thoughts and words, says the Lord.  Do not delay in making adjustments that will produce a better harvest.  Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

March 27, 2018:  Even though the world seems to be filled with evil and hatred, you are not of the world.  You have the ability to create an environment of love and respect.  How you feel and what you do will make a difference in your atmosphere, and it is more propitious to do what is good and kind rather than what is selfish and defensive, says the Lord.  Let My Spirit lead you.  John 17:16 "They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world."

March 26, 2018:  You may be feeling stagnant, but rest assured that this is a time of of preparation and positioning.  You will be tempted to yield to spiritual laziness that comes with stagnation, but I would have you shake yourself awake and sharpen your awareness and discernment.  And, I will show you astounding things, says the Lord.  Romans 13:11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

March 25:  Ask for wisdom in your current dilemma, and I will show you how to proceed.  I will reveal pieces of the puzzle that you have not yet considered, says the Lord.  Trust Me to take you in a proper progression so that nothing is lost, stolen or destroyed that is still of value.  My ways always bring life and liberty to all concerned.  Be strong and persevere.  Romans 5:3-4   And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

March 23, 2018:  Refuse to stew and pout over difficult situations.  Instead, use those times to learn and practice self-control and patience.  Things may not always work out the way you want them to, but there are always valuable opportunities to do what is right and good despite inconvenience and frustration, says the Lord.  Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

March 22, 2018:  Protect your personal, spiritual space and refuse to allow division or strife to rule in any part of your life.  Find your place of peace and safeguard it.  Otherwise, you will find yourself in chaos and confusion.  You cannot walk in the Spirit and be angry and divisive at the same time, so you must choose the course you will take, says the Lord.  Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

March 21, 2018:  Beloved, I want to help you see and hear spiritual truth.  To do this you must look without fear, prejudice, or expectation.  You cannot allow anything to color or distort what I show you, but rather take it at face value.  When you see something do not add anything to it or take anything away from it.  Look with eyes wide open, ears ready to hear, and a heart ready to receive, says the Lord.  John 16:13 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."

March 20, 2018:  You can only take one step at a time, putting one foot in front of the other, until you get through this tedious time.  Make the most of every day as you strive to do the best you can do to stay on track spiritually.  You are establishing a foundation on which to build your future in My kingdom.  The foundation is the least interesting yet the most important part of your structure, says the Lord.  Luke 6:48 "He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock."

March 19, 2018:  My blessings in your life are inevitable if you stay on course and walk with Me, says the Lord.  All you have to do is keep your focus on Me and be obedient to My Word.  Do not be distracted by looking for worldly fulfillment or material blessings.  Set your heart on that which is everlasting.  2 Corinthians 4:18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

March 18:  There are plenty of reasons for you to see your life as less than perfect or even very bleak, but I want you to realize that your pilgrimage in the world is temporary.  You have heard the phrase "hope springs eternal", and I want to assure you that I have given you the ability to rise up in hope regardless of your circumstances.  But, you must choose to trust Me and have faith in My ability to bring you through every difficulty.  Position yourself to be an overcomer and believe in Me more than you believe your hardships, says the Lord.  I am with you in all things.  Psalms 31:24 Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

March 16, 2018:  You must exhibit honesty and integrity in all you say and do.  When you profess the saving grace of Christ and do not live up to the Gospel you are not a credible witness.  It is not enough to be a hearer of the word of truth.  You must also be doer, says the Lord.  Only then will you be trustworthy.  James 1:23-25  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

March 15, 2018:  In-depth evaluation is critical to understanding why certain aspects of your life and circumstances are not working according to My will and word, says the Lord.  Be brutally honest with yourself so that you can discern with precision where the problem lies.  Do not be afraid of what you might find.  Then, it will be relatively simple to make the necessary corrections.  Psalms 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.

March 14, 2018:  With a little effort you can now put the past behind you.  You cannot look ahead and move forward while still being stuck in the past.  You must choose one or the other.  Just remember that you can do nothing about what has already happened. Focus on what is relevant to your life and relationship with Me, says the Lord.  Freedom awaits!  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.

March 13, 2018:  Even though it seems like the attacks against you have been relentless, you must not give in to discouragement and despair.  Steel yourself and stand strong regardless of your temptation to give up.  Opposing forces will ultimately serve to strengthen you.  I am with you to show you the way to victory.  Trust Me, 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.

March 12, 2018:  I want you to reach higher and go further spiritually than you ever have.  You must do this deliberately.  Do not think that spiritual growth comes automatically.  It takes time and effort move forward, says the Lord.  Focus and seek to know Me more intimately.  Jeremiah 29:14 I will be found by you, says the LORD.

March 11:  I am moving My people to higher spiritual ground.  In order for you to be part of that company, you must individually release others from offense and division.  My Body is not fragmented; it is a whole unit.  You must forgive each other and love one another in righteousness from a pure heart, says the Lord.  Only then will you be available to advance spiritually.  1 Peter 1:22  Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.

March 9, 2018:  Be alert to that which I will bring to your remembrance.  It will have to do with what I have shown you in the past by way of correction.  But, you did not spend the time necessary to actually deal with the underlying attitudes and motivations.  This will be your second time around.  When you truly see and overcome, you will be able to progress, says the Lord.  2 Corinthians 10:6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

March 8, 2018:  Pay attention to what I am showing you about yourself--things that need to be adjusted in the way you perceive and deal with life's circumstances.  It will be beneficial to you and those around you if you just calm down.  Trust Me to give you wisdom.  One of the most important things you will do now is to put everything into proper perspective so that you do not overreact, says the Lord.  Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

March 7, 2018:  In a vision I saw a man pluck a piece of ripe fruit from a tree.  He ate the fruit and planted the seeds that would grow other trees.  And I heard the Lord say, "You will not only reap at this time, but you will also sow seeds that will produce a long-term, significant harvest that will last for years.  Be thoughtful and deliberate in your planting."  Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

March 6, 2018:  Many of you, My people, have been too concerned about what other people think, or about how you think they see you.  That has resulted in an attitude of self-consciousness that will keep you from walking in spiritual freedom.  You have to let it go.  What matters is that you receive direction and correction only from Me, says the Lord.  Stay close.  Job 5:17  Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.

March 5, 2018:  There are many voices and opinions that would draw you away from truth and purpose.  Be sure that you maintain a strong position in Me, says the Lord.  Put forth the effort and take the time to evaluate and discern what you see and hear.  Make a clear distinction between good and evil, and always choose that which is right and good.  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.

March 4:  When you find yourself in a position of correcting others, make sure that you do not do so from a haughty position, or one of lording your power over them.  Rather, keep an attitude of humility that stems from a desire to help and strengthen others.  Problem-solving is most effective when all parties involved are assured of their liberty and equality.  Exercise your respect for others, says the Lord.  Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

March 2, 2018:  I would have you make a distinct separation between the precious and the vile things in your life and circumstances.  Keep and accentuate the good things while you remove those things that are detrimental.  It is My desire that you draw closer to Me, but you must continue to go through the process of purification, says the Lord.  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. Let them return to you, but you must not return to them."

March 1, 2018:  You have been through a distressing time, but you must position yourself to move on.  You cannot do anything about the past, but you can embrace My will and purposes for your future.  Go forth with open mind and heart.  You have learned some valuable lessons that enhanced your wisdom with regard to your ability to handle challenges in the days ahead by trusting Me, says the Lord.  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.


 Faith Tabernacle of Kremmling
Bill and Marsha Burns
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459


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