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

NOVEMBER 2018

November 19, 2018:  The new season that began with Rosh Hashanah is now in full swing.  It is a time when you can move into the manifestation of greater spiritual power and experience a level of higher discernment and awareness.  Access by genuine faith the new anointing that is now available to you.  Set yourself to become a true worshiper, says the Lord.  John 4:23 "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him."

November 18:  In a vision I saw a man clearing the rubble from a brick wall that had been destroyed, and when I looked beyond the wall I saw a city in ruins and a few people working to clear the rubble.  And, I heard the Lord say, "This is a picture of the church, which has been ravaged and lies in ruins.  I call to the remnant to clean up the mess and rebuild according to My plumb line and standards.  It will be a great and lasting work."  Hosea 6:1  Come, and let us return to the LORD; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.

November 16, 2018:  I kept hearing the sound of victory in my spirit, and I felt the soft touch of the Spirit confirming His word that we are overcomers and will see better days ahead.  Life has not been easy, but we have learned much about ourselves, others, and the work of God through the challenges we faced.  We thank God for His wisdom, direction, and goodness.  1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

November 15, 2018:  You will be required to exercise patience especially when you encounter difficulties.  You might not want to respond with patient continuance, but failing to do so is the function of pride.  I would have your every response be one of righteousness and peace, says the Lord.  Allow My Spirit to rule in your heart.  Ecclesiastes 7:8 The end of a thing is better than its beginning; the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

November 14, 2018:  Darkness covers the earth, but you must not become part of that darkness.  I have called you to be light and to bring light into every situation and circumstance.  Your light will encourage others to also move into light and the brightness of life, says the Lord.  John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

November 13, 2018:  I have called you to a new anointing that requires your awareness.  You can improve your spiritual discernment by looking and listening as I reveal My purposes.  It is My desire that you deliberately ascend to a higher place where you can receive wisdom and direction.  Quietly and powerfully  carry out My instructions, says the Lord.  Psalm 101:6  My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with Me; he who walks in a perfect way, he shall serve Me.

November 12, 2018:  Remove yourself from everything that creates unrest in your soul, and come close to Me, says the Lord.  I am calling you to new anointing if you can receive it, but it requires your complete dedication.  Your eligibility comes with separation from the world and worldly values as well as commitment to the work of My Spirit.  Rise up to this higher level of fidelity and your spiritual awareness and understanding will increase.  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.

November 11:  If you are in a conundrum and do not know what to do, seek Me for wisdom and direction.  Trust that I will show you the way.  As you reflect on times past when you got off track, you will be able to see more clearly the errors in thought and feelings that misled you, says the Lord.  Be willing to change your methods of operation.  Isaiah 48:17 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go."

November 9, 2018:  For those who have ears to hear, eyes to see, and a heart to receive, I am releasing a new and powerful anointing.  That anointing will enable you to carry out My will surreptitiously and without opposition from the enemy, says the Lord.  I will give you divine wisdom and direction so that you can carry out My wishes with excellence.  Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

November 8, 2018:  The past is coming up for review again, and you must choose whether or not to wallow in regret or to learn from mistakes and make adjustments.  The temptation will be to entertain condemnation, but that would be a flesh response when the answer is to walk and live in the Spirit.  Choose the high ground, says the Lord.  Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

November 7, 2018:  Many have deviated from the path that I have chosen for them.  They have done this by allowing their hearts to be divided by turning their attention to their trouble instead of drawing near to Me, says the Lord.  I want My people to return to a place of spiritual safety and strength with single focus and renewed love.  Psalm 37:39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble.

November 6, 2018:  These are days to be excellent.  Be the best version of yourself possible.  Arise to every position of righteousness, justice and faithfulness.  Hold yourself to the high standard of My Word and purposes.  You can do this because I have sent the Helper to assist you in this endeavor, says the Lord.  John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."

November 5, 2018:  You, My people, are always transitioning from day to day, week to week, month to month, season to season, and year to year.  You continue to be in a state of transformation as experiences and challenges present opportunities for spiritual growth.  Right now you are in the early days of a new season.  I will give you wisdom and guidance as you move forward by the power of My Spirit, says the Lord.  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.

November 4:  You are in a time of heightened awareness.  It will be possible for you to perceive things that you normally would not discern.  However, you will have to position yourself to pay attention if you are going to notice and realize the nuances of your surroundings in this season, says the Lord.  I will give you the ability, but you must exercise it.  Ephesians 5:14 Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light."

November 2, 2018:  Take nothing for granted.  Look beyond the obvious to observe the subtlety.  There is more to see than you anticipated, says the Lord.  Do not be too sure of yourself.  Remember that being overly confident equates to pride, which is not a becoming feature.  Carefully guard your heart.  Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

November 1, 2018:  Examine yourself to see if your thought pattern is becoming a habit and setting a trend that is not consistent with My word or purposes.  Do not depart from My will for your life, but rather set a course that will draw you closer to Me, says the Lord.  It is My will that you become One with Me in thought, action and purpose--always seeking truth and righteousness.  John 17:22-23 "And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me."


OCTOBER 2018

October 31, 2018:  You have every opportunity to see the worst in people or to see the best in people.  Neither position gives you a clear picture in your judgment of others.  Everyone has to endure challenges in life, and everyone makes mistakes.  You would do well to see others through My eyes, says the Lord.  That is to know My love and to apply mercy.  Be generous in your evaluations.  Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."

October 30, 2018:  Be strong and unwavering in your devotion.  Do not deviate from spiritual truth and righteousness.  Your relationship with Me is the most important aspect of your life, says the Lord.  Guard and protect that connection with every fiber of your being.  Your life depends on it to not only survive but to thrive.  Proverbs 4:20-22 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.

October 29, 2018:  The issues that you have not wanted to deal with are coming up again for review.  And, you would do well to consider your options in preparation for what is ahead.  The conclusion of these matters may not be immediate, but they will require some planning before the complete resolution.  Trust Me to lead you in the way you should go, says the Lord.  Psalm 143:8 Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.

October 27:  The way has been made for you to live according to the dictates of My word and purposes for you.  The only thing that can hold you back is your carnal nature.  You must desire My kingdom, see the truth, and follow where I lead.  I have given you the ability to overcome any obstacle that would keep you from complete unity with Me, says the Lord.  John 17:22 "And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me."

October 26, 2018:  These are the days of breaking through the darkness of your own soul and spirit.  Honest internal work is required before you can actually see what is keeping you from the light of My presence.  It is My will for you to live and walk in the light so that you can actually be the light of the world, says the Lord.  Be done with evil intentions.  Matthew 5:14-16 "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

October 25, 2018:  Protect and keep yourself from hatred, strife and contention.  My kingdom is about your love for Me and your love for others.  Do not allow anything to derail your compassion and empathy for all people.  Let your light shine in darkness, even the deep darkness that covers the earth, says the Lord.  Glorify Me with your righteous attitudes and good works.  Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.

October 24, 2018:  Watch for and resist the deceptions and temptations of the enemy.  Those cleverly designed plans are for the purpose of taking you into captivity.  Sin opens the door to demonic activity.  Your freedom depends on your ability to choose righteousness and stay connected to Me, says the Lord.  Romans 6:20-22 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.

October 23, 2018:  Stay strong and stand on the righteous principles of My word, says the Lord.  There are elements in the world around you that will chip away at your values and morality, but you must maintain your spiritual integrity.  Make a determination to always do what is right and good.  Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

October 22, 2018:  Be aware of the factors in your environment that can derail your faith and spiritual progression.  You must make every effort to anchor yourself on the firm foundation of life in Christ.  It is easy to be distracted, so set your heart and mind on eternal truth, says the Lord.  John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

October 20:  Some of you, My people, tend to trust Me for the big things, but not the little things.  And, some trust Me for the little things, but not the big things.  But, I want you to begin to deliberately come to a place of faith and trust in all things.  Depend on Me for wisdom, direction, and the power to overcome, says the Lord.  James 1:6-8  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.

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.


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


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