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
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.
June 29, 2018: Beloved, I want you to be in My perfect timing, which will
require spiritual sensitivity and your discernment of the flow of My Spirit.
There are times when you must wait and times when you must act. Life is
like a dance that requires timing and expression. Do nothing apart from My
leading, says the Lord. 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.
June 28, 2018: You can now begin to make significant progress in expressing the landscape of this new era. The changes you make at this time will afford the freedom to demonstrate more fully who you really are in Me and in My kingdom. You can make a giant leap in fulfilling your purpose and destiny, says the Lord. I will lead you on the path that is before you as you keep your focus on spiritual reality and truth. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
June 27, 2018: Make every effort to leave the past behind and rise to new heights spiritually. Intentionally let go of everything that anchors or torments your soul. Remember that you are My child. You belong to Me, and I will protect and strengthen you, says the Lord. I will both comfort you and give you peace. Lean on Me. Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
June 26, 2018: Disappointment and discouragement leave a dark stain on your soul, which you must bring to the light to be removed. I am the light, and in My presence all darkness must flee. Do not allow these stains and darkness to remain. It is My will that you allow My light to shine in every corner of your being so that you are Mine absolutely. Let peace and righteousness reign, says the Lord. 1 John 1:5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
June 25, 2018: Darkness is covering the earth, but you must not let it swallow you up. Remember that I am the light and in Me is no darkness at all. So, you must make every effort to leave the darkness behind and be one with Me, says the Lord of the whole earth. Find the light, move into the light, and stay in the light. Isaiah 60:2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.
June 24: Watch and listen, for I will reveal the areas of life where you have gotten stuck. And, I will give wisdom and direction with regard to your freedom. It is time for you to move on with bravery and boldness from the trauma and difficulties you have endured. As you let go of the past, it will let go of you, says the Lord. Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
June 22, 2018: Many of you, My people, are in a sorting process to determine what you really want and need as opposed to that which has become redundant and unnecessary. This will be done on every level of life--on the natural physical plane as well as in the area of the soul recognized by thought, feelings, and will. But, you will also go through this process of separating spiritual reality from religious tradition. Even though it may seem chaotic, you are on the road to establishing a greater degree of divine order in your life, says the Lord. 1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
June 21, 2018: You are in a season that will require quality waiting time. You cannot live in the future; you only have what is here and now. So, make it count. You can hope and dream, but your concentration must be on making sure that you are being directed by My Spirit, says the Lord. I have a plan and purpose for you, and I will guide you expertly as you move ahead day by day. Trust Me! Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
June 20, 2018: I saw in a vision a narrow and rocky trail that was beside a quick-flowing stream. It led to the third meadow in a series of plateaus, and I heard the Lord say: "You are on a path less traveled that will lead you to a higher place in the Spirit. By rising to this new level, you will be more available than ever to do My bidding. Few are willing to leave the comfort of where they have been to rise to new heights." Matthew 7:14 "Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
June 19, 2018: Set yourself in a place of quiet strength. Clamoring will only bring chaos and unwanted attention. Take the time necessary to seek My wisdom regardless of how elusive it may seem, and wait until you have clear understanding and guidance before you take the next step. Rest assured that I am with you and will direct you, says the Lord. Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.
June 18, 2018: Presumptions and assumptions will lead you down a path of deception. Stay with what is right and true. If you do not know the truth of any situation, wait until you do before acting. This will require quiet patience. Maintaining peace and perspective is vital if you want to save yourself the heartache of wrong decisions. Quiet your soul, says the Lord. Psalms 107:30 Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven.
June 17: In your questions about how to proceed, wait until you have a definitive answer. Any doubt about your direction or responses to circumstances will produce double-mindedness. If you need wisdom ask, and then wait for an answer, says the Lord. For, it is my desire to guide your steps and keep you in a spiritual flow. Let Me lead. James 1:5-8 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.
June 15, 2018: Never lose sight of the fact that your decisions and what you do will produce consequences, both good and bad. It is vital to your spiritual growth and well-being that you consider the outcome of choices and actions. Do not be hasty. Ponder the possibilities and the logical conclusion of what you are about to do, says the Lord. Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
June 14, 2018: Build yourself up in your most holy faith. This is a time when compromise is destroying true commitment to righteousness. It will take a deliberate effort to rebuild spiritual values in the face of worldly corruption on every level. Set yourself apart. Separate yourself from everything that weakens your relationship with Me, says the Lord. Ephesians 4:22-24 ... put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
June 13, 2018: I would have you build each other up. When you tear others down, you tear yourself down. Tearing down is not a way to prosper spiritually, mentally, emotionally or physically. Turn your criticism and judgment to encouragement and support. Develop My heart of love towards all people, says the Lord. Hatred is an evil and destructive force. 1 Corinthians 12:26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
June 12, 2018: While in the presence of the Lord I felt the exhilaration
of hope and new life. His glory was palpable, and His presence was like
fresh, clean, crisp air. I couldn't help but think of the contrast between
the fresh air of the Spirit and the stale air of religion. I was also
aware that internal work is necessary before we can move into this divine hope.
We must deal with the darkness that hides in the corners of our minds and
hearts. Psalm 19:12-14 Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from
secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not
have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of
great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be
acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
June 11, 2018: Gates will open, but you have to decide definitively whether to go through them or not. They are doors that can change your life as you depart from your accepted normal. You will be able to move forward in surprising ways by unexpected avenues, says the Lord. Do not be afraid to make changes that have the potential of great improvement. Psalms 118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, and I will praise the Lord.
June 10: Have no regrets. You have had prime opportunities through your experience to learn something about yourself and about the Kingdom. Be released into a perfect flow with no striving. Rather, enjoy the ease of being carried along in spiritual flow. Get yourself to that place of enduring peace. Let Me have My way, says the Lord. Surrender! Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
June 8, 2018: Stay with the program despite being discouraged and regardless of how you feel. What you are going through is temporary. Things are about to change so that you can sense real liberty, but you have to be patient in the interim. There are still things that you can learn from current challenges that will give you greater strength to endure in the days ahead, says the Lord. Trust Me! James 1:4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
June 7, 2018: Position yourself under My protection. You can do this by exercising your faith in that direction. When you have given yourself to Me and actually belong to Me you are not your own. And, I protect what is Mine. Come to Me and I will be your place of safety, says the Lord. Psalm 91:4-7 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.
June 6, 2018: Move beyond the circumstances that are holding you back from My highest and best in your life, says the Lord. Deliberately search for Me with all your heart. Reach higher. Go further. You cannot grow spiritually if you are comfortable and satisfied with status quo. Focus on things that really matter eternally. Trouble comes from putting too much emphasis on that which is temporary. 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.
June 5, 2018: I speak to those who have not made the distinction between legitimate authority and domination. Many of those who dominate and those who are dominated are under the influence of a generational curse that must be broken before freedom can be attained. I want you to be free, says the Lord, free to enjoy relationship with Me and express spiritual truth always. John 8:36 "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."
June 4, 2018: The puzzling aspects of your life will begin to fall into place to form the image of your purpose and place in life. The avenue of fulfillment will come into view as the way of progression is made clear. Set yourself to focus on where you are going instead of obsessing about where you have been, says the Lord. This is a new day, and everything that is behind is done. Psalms 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
June 3: Do not stop; do not lose your forward momentum. It is important to keep moving because I cannot direct you when you sit down and refuse to take the next step. Your life has purpose, so do not buy into the lies that bring condemnation. Believe in Me and My ability and willingness to open up the land of promises to you, says the Lord. Get ready to advance. Jeremiah 7:24 "Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward."
June 1, 2018: This day brings forth a new era with opportunities you might not have considered in the past. Watch for circumstances to come along that will make it possible for you to do something extraordinary. When you move into the possibilities before you, do not force anything. Wait for Me to lead you and make the path smooth for you to travel, says the Lord. Isaiah 40:4 Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth.
Faith Tabernacle of Kremmling
Bill and Marsha Burns
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459
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