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

OCTOBER 2018

October 19, 2018:  In the midst of uncertainty, I would have you express honesty and integrity in everything.  Keep things as pure and simple as possible.  It is when life becomes convoluted that you are in danger of compromising the values of Kingdom life, says the Lord.  Stay close to Me and be aware of pitfalls that exist in your environment.  Titus 2:7-8 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.

October 18, 2018:  Endeavor to walk in the strength of My Spirit, says the Lord.  It is My desire for each of you, My people, to walk in the newness of the Spirit instead of falling back on religious rhetoric.  When you stop living and walking in the Spirit, you will find yourself in the flesh.  Seek My face and know My heart at all times.  Romans 7:6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

October 17, 2018:  Beloved, I have created you to be resilient, and I will lift you to a place spiritually where you can bounce back from difficult conditions.  However, you must exercise your will to move forward by not taking the victim position.  Take one step at a time and one day at a time to regain faith and power, says the Lord.  Be strong.  Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

October 16, 2018:  Refuse to allow the circumstances of life to swallow you up so that you lose perspective.  There are things to do, but everything must be done from a position of order instead of chaos.  Be thoughtful in your process and apply divine wisdom.  Establish and maintain a solid connection with Me, says the Lord, and I will guide you.  Stay calm.  1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

October 15, 2018:  This is a time of preparation in which you can consider the best course of action for your future.  The decisions that you make at this time will produce long-term consequences, so make wise choices.  Ask for the wisdom you need in every situation and be assured that I will answer, says the Lord.  Proceed with the assurance that I am with you.  Proverbs 23:19 Hear, my son, and be wise; and guide your heart in the way.

October 13:  You have begun to reap the harvest from what was sown during the beginning of the season that is ending.  Some will experience great favor and benefit while others will endure hardship.  Others will fall somewhere between those two extremes.  This is a time when you would do well to learn the lessons of the harvest, says the Lord.  Matthew 13:23 "But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."

October 12, 2018:  Be done with contention and strife; it will only cause those relationships to deteriorate.  Pay attention to your motivations and attitudes and deal with negativity by getting right with Me, says the Lord.  You will either focus on differences by quarreling in the flesh, or you will live at peace through focusing on life in the Spirit.  One tears apart while the other binds together.  Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

October 11, 2018:  There are multiple things in your environment that could be the cause for concern.  But, I have already instructed you not to worry.  Worry will not solve any problem, but will only keep you from walking in the Spirit.  Rise up out of the mire of doubt and fear and come into My presence where I can give you true wisdom and direction.  The stress of anxiety will keep you from peace, 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."

October 10, 2018:  Beloved, I want you to be soft yet strong; tender and at the same time tough.  I would have you discern when to be silent and when to speak.  There will always be moments in your life of self-assertion as well as reservation.  As long as you are led by My Spirit, you will express the true response in every circumstance.  I will give you divine wisdom, says the Lord.  Stay connected.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.

October 9, 2018:  Be done with regrets over things in the past that are matters of personal history.  You are wasting your time and energy over things you can do nothing about.  Instead, evaluate where you are now and what you can do to be a solid citizen in the Kingdom of Heaven.  There are plenty of decisions to be made that will strengthen your righteous position, 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.

October 8, 2018:  Rise up in renewed hope and set your heart on the things eternal.  Refuse to get bogged down in the difficulties of every day life.  Your hope is in that which transcends what you see naturally.  Set your heart and mind to find spiritual reasons for fresh optimism.  Come up out of the darkness of despair and breathe the fresh air of hopefulness, says the Lord.  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.

October 6:  Whatever comes your way, get on top of it as quickly as possible.  Don't let the enemy's tactics get you down or keep you down.  I have given you authority to gain the victory over every attack.  Trust Me, says the Lord, to lift you up, strengthen you, and cause you to stand strong.  Just don't be afraid.  Hebrews 12:12-13  Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

October 5, 2018:  You may have been on what seemed like a roller-coaster ride, but you will now be able to regain your sense of perspective and balance.  You can slow down and get into a better routine that will accommodate your desire to know Me better, says the Lord.  Just settle down and refocus your efforts and spiritual intentions.  Psalm 107:30 Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven.

October 4, 2018:  Pick up the pieces that resulted from the chaos in the past few months.  Various areas of your life were shaken, but you must come back to the central theme of your life in Christ.  Even though it may seem like you've been displaced, you can quickly and easily come back to a solid position.  Re-establish your spiritual commitment to live and walk in the Spirit, says the Lord, and dismiss everything that keeps you from relationship with Me.  Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

October 3, 2018:  Many of you, My people, need a reset where things have become too complicated.  Make an assessment and start over on a firm spiritual foundation.  Separate the essentials from the trivial, and be strong.  Stay with eternal and godly values as the basis for your decisions, says the Lord.  You will certainly reap what you sow.  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.

October 2, 2018:  You will begin to see the resolution of difficult problems.  I will impart to you clarity in the  understanding of what you can do to deal with these issues.  Refuse to get mired in possibilities or probabilities.  Rather, seek My face and ask for the wisdom necessary to move forward at this time, says the Lord.  Never doubt that I am with you.  Matthew 7:7  Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

October 1, 2018:  Corruption on the earth continues to gain ground.  But you, My people, must set a higher standard for yourselves.  It must be a spiritual standard that is beyond reproach.  The challenge is to rise above the things of earth to see from My perspective, says the Lord.  Evaluate your life and experience by seeing through My eyes and My point of view.  Psalm 119:37 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.

SEPTEMBER 2018

September 30:  Come here.  Come with Me.  Follow Me.  Many of My people have been given a mantle--a calling and purpose.  But, when things became too challenging, the mantle became contaminated with things of the world and of the natural realm.  The garment is no longer fit for the work of My kingdom, says the Lord.  Come again for a new garment, which will require renewed commitment to do what I called you to do before the perversion of purpose by the flesh Revelation 3:18 "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see."

September 28, 2018:  Prepare yourself for a spiritual journey.  I will take you into a realm of wisdom and understanding that you have not yet experienced.  The preparation I speak of is one of purity and a genuine desire to know Me more intimately.  You will never reach for anything you do not want, says the Lord.  So, this will be a deliberate and focused process of making yourself ready.  Only those who do so will make this journey.  Job 23:12 I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

September 27, 2018:  Stand on the solid ground of truth in every situation and not what you want to be true, but that which is actually true.  The world is full of liars and those who stretch and distort the truth to satisfy their own selfish desires.  My heart is with those who are honest souls who do not yield even for a moment to perversion or corruption, says the Lord.  Revelation 21:8 "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

September 26, 2018:  Pursue righteousness.  Go after what is good and right.  Be done with selfish ambition and exploitation.  Refuse to blame others for your failure.  It is time to take a stand against evil no matter where you find it.  Yield to the work of My Spirit in you.  You can only achieve righteousness through supernatural grace, says the Lord.   2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

September 25, 2018:  Do what it takes to set yourself solidly under My protection, says the Lord.  There are still areas in your life that need work in order to eliminate vulnerabilities.  Do what you can do and trust Me with the rest.  You belong to Me and you matter to Me.  Put your faith and trust in My ability to take care of My own.  Psalm 5:11 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.

September 24, 2018:  Re-establish in your life those things that are truly important to your spiritual well-being.  You have allowed yourself to slip in areas of chaos and trouble.  There is work to be done to shore up your position of righteousness before you can proceed on the path of truth and strength, says the Lord.  Isaiah 26:7 The way of the just is uprightness; O Most Upright, You weigh the path of the just.

September 23:  I want you to step back and take a look at the bigger picture.  While looking at details is admirable, you can miss a greater understanding that is necessary in accurately evaluating a particular situation.  Take the time to make adjustments in the way you see things so that you have greater clarity of intent and purpose, says the Lord.  Psalm 14:2 The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.

September 21, 2018:  Many of you, My people, have been moving along at a very hectic pace.  It is necessary that you take time to rest and seek My face.  Give yourself a break and be refreshed and rejuvenated, says the Lord.  You will have to be deliberate in choosing to cease from fast and furious activity and slow down to achieve a steady and reasonable pace.  Come to Me, and I will restore you.  Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

September 20, 2018:  You must not take the attitudes and motivations of those around you seriously.  They are dealing with their own stuff, which has very little to do with you.  Steer clear and do your best to be righteous despite your environment.  Do not take things too personally, says the Lord, stay focused spiritually.  Proverbs 2:8-9  8 He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path.

September 19, 2018:  Continue the effort to press through these difficult times.  Do not give up.  I know every detail of your life and heart, and I am with you, says the Lord.  Establish yourself in hope and keep the faith.  You are destined for victory.  This too shall pass.  2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

September 18, 2018:  You are not out of the proverbial woods yet, but the greatest part of the difficulty is behind you.  You have stood strong and passed the test of endurance.  In a little while, you will be able to take the lessons you have learned into the days ahead with a depth of courage you would not have expected.  This time will be remembered as a time of maturing spiritually, says the Lord.  Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

September 17, 2018:  Face uncertainty with the certainty of the power of My Spirit.  The unseen realm is of far greater and eternal consequence than the temporary problems that you face, says the Lord.  Put things in perspective and refuse to feed your anxiety and fear of the unknown.  All things are known to Me, and you can trust Me to take care of My own.  Stand strong and resolute.  Psalm 91:5-9 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. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.  Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place.

September 15:  Embrace change.  For some it will be small things that need to be tweaked, improved, or re-arranged.  For others it will be the need to exchange or replace that which is broken.  And, for others it will be a time of complete renovation.  I speak of your spiritual condition as well as your emotional, mental, and physical environment.  I am preparing you for the days ahead that will require soundness of spirit, soul, and body if you are to make the most of the opportunities that are presented, says the Lord.  Now is the time to get ready to move into the new season.  1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

September 14, 2018:  Stand strong and stay calm.  Being upset doesn't help anything.  What will help is for you to shift your focus from the natural realm to the spiritual realm.  Find and stay in the flow of My Spirit, for I will give you wisdom and lead you in the way you should go for the best possible outcome for you, says that Lord.  Do not be afraid.  Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

September 13, 2018:  As I waited on the Lord for His word, I heard these lyrics:  Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative, don't mess with Mr. In-Between.  And, He said, "I want you to have faith that I am with you to do good and not evil.  Be patient and allow My perfect will to unfold in your life."  Numbers 23:19 "God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

September 12, 2018:  Deliberately lean on Me.  Trust Me to provide everything you need whether wisdom, guidance, healing or finances.  Seek Me and I will be found by you.  Talk to Me and I will hear you.  Ask and you will receive.  Know that I am as close as your breath, says the Lord, and that I AM your help in trouble.  James 1:5-7 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.

 September 11, 2018:  You have been looking for solutions and completion in various aspects of your life, and your wait is coming to an end.  These are things that must conclude before you can be positioned to move forward and begin to experience the new season before you.  You will forge ahead with a greater sense of spiritual stability and assurance, says the Lord.  Isaiah 33:6 Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, and the strength of salvation; the fear of the Lord is his treasure.

September 10, 2018:  Pay attention because I am going to show you what it takes to fulfill your destiny.  This is a time when you, My people, are more aware of your distance from Me.  You realize that your religious culture has let you down and that what you do outwardly to serve and worship Me is meaningless and unfulfilling.  I will teach you that true worship and service is being what you were created to be and not what society dictates.  Only then will you experience a true anointing, says the Lord.   Matthew 6:5 "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men."

September 9:  When things seem to no longer work or properly meet your needs, you will have to make some adjustments.  This is a time when you are being re-positioned so that you can maximize the benefits of the new season.  Don't panic when changes are inevitable.  It will be much the same as your eyes having to adjust from darkness to light--they get used to it--and you will begin to see clearly again, says the Lord. 1Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the tie, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.

September 7, 2018:  Come to Me in times of need.  You do not have to carry your burdens alone.  I am indeed with you to bring you through every challenge and to give the wisdom necessary for perfect progression, says the Lord.  Find your assurance and rest in My presence.  Psalm 23:4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

September 6, 2018:  Refuse to be irritated and disturbed by delays or lack of progress.  A perfect order and timing are set in motion for your life.  Trust Me to bring forth those things that are important to your progress and well-being in due season.  Impatience will only lead to your being unsettled and distraught.  This should be a time of quiet faith and endurance, says the Lord.  Hebrews 12:1 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.

September 5, 2018:  Maintain good order in your life circumstances.  When there is chaos, judgment is impaired and wisdom is absent.  Quiet your emotions and be sensitive to the leading of My Spirit in every situation.  Only then can you proceed in truth and righteousness.  Put aside your prejudice, says the Lord, and allow justice to prevail.  1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

September 4, 2018:  Beloved, I want you to come closer to Me.  You have achieved a level of comfort in seeking and interacting with Me, but there is more.  There is a higher level of spiritual understanding and perfection that you have stopped short of.  Press through this barrier of complacency and rise to new heights, says the Lord.  Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

September 3, 2018:  There are lessons to learn that will equip you to move forward with grace instead of awkwardness.  It is My desire for you to be equipped and ready for the days ahead and the things that you will be required to do, says the Lord.  I will give you all the wisdom and direction you need.  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.

September 2:  Take advantage of windows of opportunity as they open in the spirit realm.  They will seem to open suddenly and then close again if you wait too long to act.  Timing right now is everything.  You will need to pay attention and discern the moving of My Spirit if you want to be in the flow and be carried.  Otherwise, you may find yourself striving to move forward only to have to overcome obstacles and hindrances, says the Lord.  Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.


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


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