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

AUGUST 2018

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.

JULY 2018

July 31, 2018:  You are unsettled about several aspects of your life and undecided about your course of action.  Ask of Me, and I will give you understanding and wisdom in the things that are still puzzling.  Do not despair, but know that I am leading you in the way you should go, says the Lord.  Lean on Me!  James 1:5-6  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.

July 30, 2018:  Internal work is still the order of the day.  I will show you things about yourself that need correction.  Allow the supernatural work to be done that will bring you to a new level of spiritual integrity.  The result will be a genuine change of heart that allows My blessings to flow in your life unhindered, 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? 

July 29:  Thoughts of people from your past bring another opportunity to forgive and let go of feelings of rejection, betrayal and abandonment.  Do this quickly so that you do not become obsessed with things you can do nothing about.  Stay present with Me, says the Lord, and keep your focus on things that matter here and now.  2 Peter 1:10-12 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.

July 27, 2018:  Many of you, My people, struggle to maintain connection with Me, says the Lord.  This is because of the many distractions that draw your attention and resources.  It will take a concerted effort to combat and press through the myriad of things that interfere with spiritual focus.  Earnestly seek My face and move into that place of sweet communion.  Hosea 5:15 I will return again to My place till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.

July 26, 2018:  This is a time when you will reap what you have sown over the past several years.  Many of you will come into an extraordinary season of reward for your faithfulness to Me, while others will reap the unfortunate harvest of spiritual carelessness.  For those who have been diligent to do My will it will be a time of great abundance and joy, says the Lord.  2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

July 25, 2018:  You will experience a time of acceleration when life events seem to speed up.  You will be able to accomplish more than usual in a shorter period of time.  All you have to do is rise to the occasion by allowing My Spirit to orchestrate your movements.  Be sensitive to the spiritual flow and keep moving.  This is a time when you would do well to resist the urge to procrastinate, says the Lord.  Acts 17:28 ...for in Him we live and move and have our being...

July 24, 2018:  Go with the flow of change.  I know where I am taking you, and every adjustment is for the purpose of your growth and development in the Spirit.  I am drawing you closer to Me so that your eyes will be open to see.  You will begin to perceive yourself apart from the filter of self-protection and justification, which will help you discern all that is true and good, says the Lord.   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.

July 23, 2018:  When you feel lost and disconnected--not sure of where or how you are spiritually--you must silence your thoughts and emotions, and find a place of peace and quiet in your environment.  Re-establish what you believe.  Examine your heart and repent for deviating from the path of righteousness, and press into My presence.  I will receive and forgive you, says the Lord.  Come!  2 Corinthians 6:17 Therefore "Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you."

July 22:  Get in the river.  Let the flow of My Spirit carry you into My purposes for you.  You can only do this when you trust Me completely, says the Lord, and when you have established a personal and strong relationship with Me.  Don't be afraid of where I might take you because I am for and not against you.  You are My dwelling place. Psalms 46:4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.

July 20, 2018:  Align yourself with My timing.  Your submission and cooperation in carrying out My will are vital as the elements of change fall into place for a smooth transition into the next phase of existence.  Never doubt the ability of My Spirit in ushering you into divine order.  You will indeed fulfill My plans and purposes for your life, says the Lord.  Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

July 19, 2018: You are in a particular season of awareness that will bring to light problem areas in your life that require solutions.  It will be as though the portal of your mind opens wider for you to see and understand that which has remained unnoticed.  Internal work requires an adjustment of attitudes and motivations, but this work will be mostly external and will affect how you do life, says the Lord.  Proverbs 2:2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding.

July 18, 2018:  Rise up.  I have opened a door for you to enter into a higher place in Spirit.  To do so, you must leave behind the things that keep you in a place of fear and chaos.  Put your trust in Me to help you through these trying times.  Come into the realm of the sublime, says the Lord.  I have made a way.  Isaiah 45:2  I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron.

July 17, 2018:  There are times when you must speak and times when you must be silent.  I would have you speak when it is appropriate, but be silent in My presence so that you can receive My wisdom, especially as it applies to solutions to difficult problems.  You need My help in navigating life's struggles, says the Lord.  Stay close.  Zechariah 2:13 "Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!"

July 16, 2018:  Beloved, when circumstances require your energy and attention, you must still be aware of the impact you have on others.  Do not lose yourself in the process of attending to worldly concerns.  In these days it is of even more importance to maintain connection with Me, says the Lord.  Then, love will flow like a river.  John 15:12 "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."

July 15:  There are new possibilities on the horizon.  Take this time to prepare yourself by re-evaluating your priorities.  I speak to you in terms of spiritual reality and eternal values, which ultimately must take precedence over all things worldly and temporary.  Rise up to new heights where you can truly live in the Spirit, says the Lord.  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.

July 13, 2018:  Refuse to allow unusual circumstances to dump you down into negative emotions.  Take the time to get quiet and regain perspective.  It is easy to get overwhelmed when you have to deal with things you do not fully understand.  But, this is also an opportunity to do some much needed internal work and to grow spiritually.  Trust Me to lead you through this maze, says the Lord.  Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

July 12, 2018:  Prepare to make adjustments in your course of action.  Things are not always as they seem, and you must be flexible in order to fulfill your ultimate intentions and stay in the flow of the Spirit.  Optimize your efforts through your willingness and ability to make modifications, says the Lord.  I will give you wisdom.  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.

July 11, 2018:  For you who desire to do My will and follow My lead, you are positioned to make changes that will serve you well.  Do not be afraid to take big steps as you proceed on the path that I have prepared.  I have gone before you to make a way that will both amaze and delight the heart of those who are obedient and faithful to serve Me, says the Lord.  Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

July 10, 2018:  Finding the flow of My Spirit is like finding a fresh stream.  It will move and refresh you.  When you find that spiritual flow you will be able to stay on track with what I am doing in your life.  Then, you can stay on task.  Seek Me for direction in doing My will, for I will indeed show you the way to be the best version of yourself that you can be, says the Lord.  Proverbs 4:12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.

July 9, 2018:  Do not lose momentum.  You can take advantage of opportunities that are presented to you, and in some cases you can create your own opportunities.  Keep your eyes wide open so that you do not miss what I am doing on your behalf, says the Lord.  The spiritual implications far outweigh natural potential as you continue to focus on the everlasting Kingdom.  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."

July 8:  Be quiet.  It is in your best interest to stop worrying and fretting and start putting your trust in Me.  For, I will show you the way and be with you on the journey.  Be sensitive to My leading, and do not rely on your own thoughts and desires.  I know what is best for you, says the Lord.  Have faith!  Psalm 5:11-12  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.  For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

July 6, 2018:  There is a shift in your spiritual atmosphere, which will allow you to overcome hindrances that have slowed down or even stopped your progress.  You will now be able to extricate yourself from what has seemed to be an endless wait for breakthrough.  Get ready!  Psalms 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.

July 5, 2018:  Come and present your problems and dilemmas to Me, says the Lord.  When you do not know what to do, I will give you wisdom and solutions to resolve difficult situations.  But, again, you must come to Me; connect with Me.  I will heighten your discernment and cause you to be inspired to do what is right.  Do not be afraid or dismayed.  I am with you.  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.

July 4, 2018:  I will make a way where there seems to be no way.  And, I will shine a light on the path before you so that you do not stumble or fall.  Allow Me to be your partner in life and trust that I will open and shut doors appropriately, says the Lord.  You have not been this way before so you will need My wisdom and guidance.  It is My will that you prosper in all that you do.  1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."

July 3, 2018:  Set a goal for yourself to know Me more intimately, says the Lord, for I am available to you.  Then, take time every day, one day at a time to come into My presence.  You will be surprised at how much easier life becomes for you as you move forward with wisdom and divine direction.  Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

July 2, 2018:  Do not worry about the days ahead.  You will get overwhelmed when you think about the challenges you face.  But, if you take it one day at a time and do what that day requires, you will fulfill all that I have set before you.  And, know that I will give you the strength and the help that you need, says the Lord.  Matthew 6:33-34 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

July 1:  Beloved, I don't want you to argue back and forth over things you disagree with.  You do not have to prove yourself to be correct or right.  Instead, hold your beliefs close to your heart and examine them with My Word as the standard.  It is not up to you to convince others to be like you or to align their concepts with yours, says the Lord.  Be free and let others enjoy the same freedom of choice.  Romans 14:5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.


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


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