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."
HOLY SPIRIT AND FIRE
March 24: I have brought to your attention the futility and fragility of earthly life and values. Allow difficult circumstances to divide and separate light and darkness, truth and error, as well as eternal and temporary so that your hope will be in Me alone, says the Lord, and not in things of the earth. Make sure that your emotions and decisions reflect spiritual life and not your carnal nature. 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 22, 2019: So many of you feel like you are taking one step forward and two steps back. But, that is not the truth. You are continuing to progress. But when you feel you are going backwards it is because there are valuable lessons that you need to revisit for you to understand more completely. Nothing is ever wasted in My kingdom. Everything you endure has spiritual and eternal value, 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 21, 2019: My precious people, I know your desires and see your need. I am your help in trouble, but you must ask for My provision and help with the belief that I hear and answer your prayer. I will give you wisdom and direction, but you must ask in faith with no doubting. I have no favorites, and I will do for you what I would do for anyone else, says the Lord. Ask! James 4:2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.
March 20, 2019: Pay attention to details. You are mostly on track when you look at the larger picture, but it will be the little things, the details, that could trip you up. Make the corrections necessary so that there are no vulnerabilities that the enemy can exploit. To be safe you must have integrity and be righteous in all things, says the Lord. Psalm 25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for You.
March 19, 2019: Stop and consider how life's circumstances have resulted in greater spiritual maturity. You are in another growth spurt that will serve you well in the days ahead. Know that when the going gets tough you are being trained and prepared to succeed and gain the victory, says the Lord. James1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
March 18, 2019: Regardless of the challenges that you have faced, I want you to remember that I have never left you nor forsaken you. I have been with you to lead you through even the most difficult of situations. Even though your faith has been challenged, you are stronger and more resilient than ever. It is My desire that you now stand strong and unwavering, says the Lord. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—
March 17: Be on guard, beloved. You will have opportunities to get involved in quarrels of various kinds. But, you would do well to back away from conflict. If you can bring positive instruction, do so with a humble and contrite spirit. Otherwise, such an encounter could escalate very quickly into something you really do not want, says the Lord. A soft answer will turn away wrath. 2 Timothy 2:24-26 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
March 15, 2019: You need a change of spiritual scenery--a change of focus. You have been more concerned with yourself instead of actually seeking to have vital relationship with Me, says the Lord. I am the fixer, but even when I make a way you sometimes can't get yourself out of the way in order to see the possibilities, says the Lord. You must change your habit of self-focus. Hebrews 12:1-2 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, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
March 14, 2019: It's a waiting game until breakthrough comes. The question is, "How well will you wait?" You can either wait being impatient and disgruntled, or you can wait in silent trust and assurance that your future is in My hands, says the Lord. You can wait knowing that you belong to Me and I know all things. I will lead you and guide your steps with precision. Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
March 13, 2019: In a vision I saw a guy riding a tortoise across a desert, which I believe is a symbol of the spiritual environment that we have been in for the past few months--rather dry and slow. But, I heard the Lord say that these days are about over, and we will have multiple opportunities to leave the desert behind and move in a fresh anointing of the Spirit. Psalm 63:1 O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.
March 12, 2019: Refuse to allow the chaos around you to affect your sense of order and ability to do what you need to do. Settle down and move through the day by establishing yourself in peace. Make the effort to stay connected to Me. I will give you the wisdom and strength necessary to overcome your circumstances, says the Lord. 1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
March 11, 2019: In a vision I saw a volcano that had once erupted through the crust of the earth and flowed with hot lava and ash and was now a beautiful mountain covered with lush vegetation. It was bountiful and teeming with life. And the Lord revealed that this was a symbol of internal work where unrighteousness and sin finally erupt producing repentance from which flows spiritual life. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
March 10: Now is the time to upgrade--to take the next step. I speak to you spiritually to rise to a higher position, greater discernment, and closer relationship to Me, says the Lord. But, you will also see this process playing out in natural circumstances as a sign of what is happening in the realm of the Spirit. Pay attention to those things and go with the flow and moving of My Spirit. Psalm 24:3-4 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.
March 8, 2019: You have had numerous opportunities to be ashamed of yourself, but these moments must not define who you are. Everyone makes mistakes. You must make a decision to rise up out of the failures of the past and begin with a new spiritual day in which you can exercise self-restraint and to bring honor to your life in My kingdom, says the Lord. Proverbs 21:21 He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.
March 7, 2019: There are many things that you must do when you don't want to do them. Instead of living in dread, take one day at a time and rise up in My strength and grace to do what is necessary. Trust Me to lead you in every difficulty and bring you through to peace, says the Lord. Procrastination will only exacerbate the situation. 2 Samuel 22:33 God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect.
March 6, 2019: Set yourself to know what it is you really believe. Do not be deceived. I am not speaking of quoting scripture verses or making declarations. You must define where your faith is truly active. Then, you can ask of Me, and I will hear and answer you, says the Lord. James 1:6-7 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.
March 5, 2019: Expand your horizons so that you do not get stuck in a rut. Find ways to grow that will increase your curiosity and interest. Otherwise, you may become stodgy. There are possibilities available to you if you will reach beyond where you are and allow inspiration to move to the forefront, says the Lord. Finding yourself to be dull and uninspired has its roots in your spiritual well-being. Matthew 13:15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.
March 4, 2019: In considering your options, always move in the direction of that which produces truth, grace and life in the Spirit. If you do so, you will be able to receive divine wisdom and revelation. And, your eyes will be open to understanding the best choices that will move you forward in My kingdom, says the Lord. John 16:13-14 "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. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you."
March 3: It is My desire for you to edify, to build one another up. There is a myriad of ways you can do that, but you must give from a genuine desire to see others receive help and not from wanting to feel better about yourself. Some of you may be able to give financial aid while others may encourage with kindness or help with tasks. Take a step in the right direction by truly caring for your fellow man, says the Lord, and I will reward you in kind. Romans 14:19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.
March 1, 2019: Just as I led My chosen people out of Egypt in ancient
times, so I will lead and protect My people from the tyranny of the world.
I will safeguard and care for those who travel the road of peace and
righteousness, says the Lord. I will perfect, establish and strengthen
everyone who has decided to live in My kingdom. 1 Peter 2:9-10 But you
are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special
people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of
God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
February 28, 2019: A unique path to life in the Spirit has been prepared for each one, and when you have found that path you must stay the course. Changes will be presented from time to time to aid your growth. But no matter what you do or where you are, keep your focus on truth and righteousness. Continue to make your relationship with Me the number one priority, says the Lord. Psalm 18:36 You enlarged my path under me, so my feet did not slip.
February 27, 2019: You are in a short season of reflection when you will contemplate where you have been and where you are. In this time of introspection be sure that your evaluations are of the Spirit and not flesh. Let Me show you what you need to see. You have come this far by grace and by grace you will proceed, says the Lord. 2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness."
February 26, 2019: Set yourself to respond to a great spiritual
awakening. You are aware of a new level of anointing, but you have not
understood that this awakening is not just a passing experience. It is the
hallmark of a new wave that will encompass those whose desire it is to know Me
more intimately. Those who live and walk in My Spirit will be elevated,
says the Lord. Isaiah 55:9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."
Set yourself to respond to a great spiritual awakening. You are aware of a new level of anointing, but you have not understood that this awakening is not just a passing experience. It is the hallmark of a new wave that will encompass those whose desire it is to know Me more intimately. Those who live and walk in My Spirit will be elevated, says the Lord. Isaiah 55:9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."
February 25, 2019: I want you to stand on the firm foundation of the truth of My Word, says the Lord. When you choose to stand on memories and past experiences, you are likely to fall through. Always take the time to strengthen your relationship with Me in Spirit because through our relationship your faith will be built up and made strong. Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
February 24: Beloved, I continue to equip you to do My work and to lift up those around you. That also means that I have given you the ability to overcome adversity, the work of the enemy, and your own flesh responses. Pay attention to what you say to others and do your best to control your impulse to whine in an effort to gain sympathy. Let your requests come before Me alone, says the Lord, for I will give you wisdom and the kind of help that will actually make a difference. Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
February 22, 2019: Beloved, position yourself in righteousness to be under the banner of grace. To do this you must be honest with yourself and make the necessary adjustments so that there is nothing between you and Me. Integrity and incorruptibility are the requirements for this positioning, says the Lord. Psalm 84:11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
February 21, 2019: Don't just look; see! Open your eyes to see, know, and understand your place in My kingdom--your purpose and destiny. This means that you have to go beyond interest in your worldly condition, position, and existence to become one with Me, says the Lord. You will be delighted when you can actually see through My eyes. Matthew 13:13 "Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand."
February 20, 2019: For those who have ears to hear and eyes to see spiritually, I will open to you realms of glory that are beyond your imagination. I will show you things beyond your human understanding. You will transcend far above carnality to know Me more intimately. But, your affection and desire must be for Me and not the world, says the Lord. Come! Psalms 8:1 O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
February 19, 2019: I am going to reveal your most despicable traits. It will not be to shame you or to cause you to condemn yourself. Rather, it will be for the purpose of correction. You are being transformed into My image and perfected, and there are still things that need your attention, says the Lord. Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
February 18, 2019: My true disciples are moving with the flow of My Spirit, and everything is in the order of purpose and destiny. Refuse the possibility of getting off track through disappointment and discouragement. Trust that even the conditions that seem bleak or hostile will give you opportunities to grow in ways that you otherwise would not, says the Lord. Stay close to Me. Matthew 7:14 "Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
February 17: Rise up spiritually into My presence and receive the fresh and powerful anointing that is being poured out on those who desire it. There are things for you to do, but the accomplishment of those things will require the anointing. Access a new infilling of My Holy Spirit for this season and allow spiritual power, gifts and fruit to manifest in your life, says the Lord. 1 John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
February 15, 2019: Life requires patience and perseverance, but many of My people want to do life in giant leaps. There are many lessons to learn and victories that will take one day at a time and one step at a time to win and fulfill your destiny. Be content with the pace I have established because it is the perfect tempo for spiritual growth and blessings, says the Lord. Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.
February 14, 2019: This is a time to reset; to begin again with a fresh outlook and renewed hope for the future. Draw close to Me, says the Lord, and receive all that is available to aid in your progression. Be sensitive to My leading as I lift you up and give very specific direction to help you in the next phase of your life. Psalm 18:30 As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
February 13, 2019: Beloved, I will show you the way out of troubling circumstances, but you will have to do what is right and not what would satisfy your carnal nature. If you will quiet your soul you will see that the divide between right and wrong is a widening chasm. You must find your place in the Spirit to know the best way to go, 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.
February 12, 2019: Believe Me when I tell you that procrastination could be costly to you. You must not put off that which requires your attention. Do not be afraid to move forward in dealing with issues that have caused you to dread. Trust Me to give you wisdom and create a path forward, says the Lord. Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
February 11, 2019: Fix your gaze on Me, says the Lord. Everything in the world around you is designed to distract you and pull you down. Your spiritual vitality will come from establishing your relationship with Me first. Then, you can deal with the issues of life with wisdom and the power of the Spirit. 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?
February 10: In a vision I saw ominous storm clouds gathered on the horizon. Then, I saw a shepherd with a small flock of sheep in the meadow below. There was a gentle breeze and then gusts of wind. I watched as the sheep in the meadow became restless and unsettled, so the shepherd found a rock outcropping with a big rock overhang on the edge of that field. He took his sheep there for protection until the storm passed by. And I heard the voice of the Lord: There is a storm coming, the likes of which you have not seen, but I am the Great Shepherd and those who are Mine will be protected. The storms are spiritual and must come to give opportunity to those who are wayward to come into My fold. 2 Chronicles 24:19 Yet he sent prophets to them to bring them again unto the Lord; and they testified against them but they would not give ear.
February 8, 2019: I know of the desire of many of My people to make amends for past transgressions. You cannot undo what has been done. I know the depth of your repentance. Receive My forgiveness, and forgive those who have sinned against you as well. You must not harbor resentment in any form, says the Lord. Be free! Matthew 6:15 "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
February 7, 2019: Be true to yourself by being true to Me. Put forth the effort to focus on things that really matter. This is no time to be short-sighted. Being self-centered will most certainly cause you to live in the flesh and not in the Spirit. Look to Me for guidance and wisdom as you move to do what is truly meaningful, says the Lord. Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
February 6, 2019: Look up! Breakthrough is coming, even at your very door. Many of you have felt stuck and unable to progress. But I tell you truthfully that this advance will be supernatural and beyond your own thoughts and emotions. Relax and allow this move of My Spirit plenty of room to bring you through to complete success, says the Lord. Psalm 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
February 5, 2019: For those who have been under an unusual amount of pressure, you can expect some relief. You can now spend more time with Me, says the Lord. And, I will reveal deep things of the Spirit that you may have overlooked in your busyness. I honor your diligence in seeking My face and desiring My presence. You are precious to Me. Isaiah 43:4a Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you.
February 4, 2019: Much of your internal work will have to do with self-control in these days. The world around you seems completely out of control, which is true to some extent. But that should not be the case with you. Set for yourself a code of ethics, a higher standard that aligns completely with My word, says the Lord. This is more crucial than it has ever been. Luke 6:46 "But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?"
February 3: Ignoring unpleasant issues will not make them go away. Take the time necessary to assess your situation and make decisions. Be mindful that what you decide needs to be based on truth and what is right to do; not on how you feel. Exercise self-control so that godly attitudes and motivations will rule in your life, says the Lord. Let Me direct your steps so that what has the potential to be a disaster will actually be victory. Psalm 98:1 Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
February 1, 2019: Each one of you carries the responsibility to be an
example of righteousness in My kingdom. Only those who live what they
believe will be credible in their witness of Me, says the Lord. It is not
only your right, but your obligation to represent Me in spirit and in truth,
and you can only do that if you live and walk in the Spirit. Proverbs
13:17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful ambassador brings
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