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
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
February 28, 2018: I speak to those who are feeling a little lost, and I tell you that you are not lost from My sight. I see you and know you. You are precious to Me, says the Lord. I will open the way for you to see that you have a hope and a future with Me in My kingdom. If you make one tiny step towards Me, I will take a giant leap towards you. Seek Me with your whole heart. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
February 27, 2018: Regardless of what you have had to endure, you must regroup. Put yourself in My perfect order and prepare for the next phase. There are things for you to learn and understand, things for you to overcome, and things that will delight your soul. I am your strength. Set your heart on My will for you so that you can fulfill your destiny, says the Lord. Psalm 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
February 26, 2018: Make this a time of rejoicing. Bring to remembrance all that I have done on your behalf. And, be glad for what I will do if you ask in faith without doubting. I have made a way for you in times of despair and in your wilderness experiences. Even though you have endured times of darkness, light will shine again in your heart and life, says the Lord. Draw close to Me. 1 Peter 2:9 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.
February 25: Keep your eyes wide open and watch as I expose corruption on every level. But I speak to your hearts, My people, to never take advantage of anyone for your personal gain. Treat each other with high regard and respect and without prejudice. Your love for Me is proven in how you treat others, says the Lord. Be kind and generous in your attitudes. Matthew 7:12a "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them."
February 23, 2018: For those of you who feel like you are walking through thick fog, this is a temporary condition. Let Me lead you through when you cannot see beyond where you are now. You belong to Me. I've got you. Do not be afraid. Soon the fog will lift, and you will begin to see clearly, says the Lord. This is a time to trust Me like never before. Psalms 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.
February 22, 2018: Wake up and stay awake. The days are evil, and this is not a time when you can snooze spiritually through life. It is imperative that you make a determination to consciously stay connected to Me, says the Lord. I am your place of protection and safety. I alone can lead you out of darkness into light and life. Refuse to allow anything to disrupt your place of peace in Me. Ephesians 5:14 Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light."
February 21, 2018: These are days when life seems to be bittersweet. You must be willing to take the bitter with the sweet, but also refuse to allow the bitterness to overwhelm you. Step back from your current experience so that you can see the larger picture. Only then can your faith be restored and your hope renewed. Know that I am leading you in ways that you cannot fathom at this moment, but eventually you will look back at this time and see the necessity of it, says the Lord. Be strong! 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.
February 20, 2018: I saw a wooden boat turned upside down on the shoreline of a frozen lake, and the Lord said, "You have been beached for a season. The environment has been harsh and you have been relatively sidelined, but the time is near for you to launch out on the waters of My Spirit and do what you have been called to do. You will begin to navigate life in a way that will fulfill your destiny and be rewarding at the same time." Psalm 20:4 May He grant you according to your heartís desire, and fulfill all your purpose.
February 19, 2018: The Lord said, "I am releasing a wave of healing for those who have suffered abuse at the hands of others. You are no less loved or treasured in My kingdom. You still have scars that will remind you from time to time of past trauma, but you will no longer feel the pain. I am transporting you above those disturbing experiences to a place in the Spirit where you can trust Me to deal gently with you." Isaiah 40:11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.
February 18: In a vision I saw a woman in deep and sincere worship. Then, I saw a shepherd with his sheep in a pasture that had been over-grazed. He began to lead his flock up a fairly steep path until they arrived at a high-mountain valley. The water was cold and clear, and the meadow was coming alive with new growth--sweet and tender vegetation. There was a sense of new life and fresh excitement. I believe the woman represents those who worship in spirit and in truth, the flock those who sincerely follow Christ, the true Shepherd. The overgrazed pasture represents the stagnation of trying to feed on religion. It is time to move up to higher spiritual ground where we can find fresh anointing and revelation of the Kingdom of God that will nourish and satisfy. Matthew 7:13-14 Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
February 16, 2018: It is good to be reminded that your life on earth is temporary and that your life in the Spirit is eternal. My desire is that you will find Me and stay connected every day. Seek to do My will in every situation and never stray from the reality of My presence, says the Lord. Prioritize your days to reflect your relationship with Me. 1 John 2:17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
February 15, 2018: Draw close to Me so that you can find a place of peace. The stress that you have endured is taking a toll and has created a sense of fear and dread. That is because you have taken matters into your own hands instead of trusting Me to inspire and direct your activities, says the Lord. You must quiet your mind and emotions as you rise up in the Spirit and relax. I am with you! Deuteronomy 31:8 "And the LORD, He is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed."
February 14, 2018: In a vision I saw bottles of rancid anointing oil, and I heard the Lord say, "Many of you, My people, need a fresh anointing of My Spirit. You have tried to survive spiritually on the memory of a time when you were aware of My presence. But, the past does not provide life in the Spirit now. You must ask again for a new infilling so that you can live and walk in the Spirit presently." Luke 11:13 "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"
February 13, 2018: Put your confidence in Me because I will never fail you. Refuse to allow difficult circumstances to undermine your belief and trust. I will give you the wisdom and strength to overcome. You can rely on Me to lead you through this time. It might feel like you are stuck and not moving forward, but very soon you will be able to continue on with a renewed sense of freedom and expectation, says the Lord. 2 Peter 3:14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.
February 12, 2018: I have told you many times that your strength will be exhibited in simplicity, says the Lord. And, it is true even now. I am bringing you to a new level of simplicity in which you must let go of things from the past that have complicated your life and ability to grow and to prosper. I will show you things that have cast a shadow over you and hindered your ability to fulfill My purposes. Proverbs 4:12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.
February 11: Accept and embrace change as you do the seasons. The changes you face are inevitable whether you receive them with joy and expectation or with resistance and dread. Make it easy on yourself and be willing to move with My Spirit in freedom and fluidity. You can trust Me to cause everything to work together for your good. Let My glory be known in all you do, 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.
February 9, 2018: Release yourself from all frustration and come into My rest and peace. I will make the path ahead of you straight and certain as I lead you in righteousness. Do not be afraid as you enter new territory that is unfamiliar to you. I am yoked with you and will ease your burden, says the Lord. Matthew 11:29-30 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
February 8, 2018: Unusual things need to be accomplished before you can move on. You must be focused and lucid in this narrow time frame because you will be required to do things that are outside of the boundaries of your normal routine. You will need the wisdom that is beyond your own thoughts and consideration--the wisdom that only comes from Me, says the Lord. Ask and I will provide answers. Trust Me. 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.
February 7, 2018: The bombardment of too many voices and too many opinions will take you out of the place in the Spirit where you can hear My voice. Stop the outside noise by getting alone with Me in a quiet place, and listen. Separate yourself from conflict and confusion, and listen. Be still, and listen. I will speak. I will direct you by My Spirit, says the Lord. Psalm 131:2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.
February 6, 2018: When your peace is disturbed by circumstances, look to Me. I will lead you in the way of tranquility. Even though your soul is in turmoil, I am with you to calm your storm. I will bring you into quiet rest and establish you in a place of peace. Be still and deliberately seek My face as you yield to the work that I am doing in you right now. Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God.
February 5, 2018: Gather your strength and allow only those things that require your attention to draw from that strength. This is still a time when you must simplify in order to fortify your life experience. Keep in mind that I am the source of your strength and the power of your purpose, says the Lord. I will impart to you a supernatural ability to discern and see with clarity as you make choices at this time. Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
February 4: I am extricating you from things that have kept you bound and have kept you from personal intimate relationship with Me, says the Lord. Be sensitive to things that draw your attention away to fleshly endeavors and away from seeking My face. Position yourself by prioritizing your time and energy in ways that will bring glory to My kingdom. I will give you the strength and direction to make the necessary changes that will lead to purity and righteousness. Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
February 2, 2018: Beloved, when things get rocky and cause you to feel unstable, remember that I am your place of stability and security. Look to Me for comfort and safety in these changing times. I will help you regroup. You will be able to move forward with confidence in the fact that I will lead you in the way you should go so that you do not falter, says the Lord. Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
February 1, 2018: Do not allow your faith to be shaken by adverse conditions and circumstances. Stand strong in what you know to be truth. I am with you and for you. You are precious in My sight, says the Lord. Let me bring restoration and healing to your soul. Let Me raise you up in strength and power. I am your very present help in times of trouble. Psalms 27:5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
Faith Tabernacle of Kremmling
Bill and Marsha Burns
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459
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