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
May 24, 2018: You will find it helpful at this time to re-organize your thoughts, intentions, and course of action to accommodate new elements that you have not considered. The challenge is to refrain from stubbornly clinging to the past and old ways of doing things. Be flexible and willing to move with the flow of My Spirit even when it feels strange or foreign, says the Lord. Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
May 23, 2018: Refuse to allow your strong convictions to become judgments against others. No one has yet achieved perfection, and to believe that you are more perfect than others is a function of pride. I would have you see through My eyes and know that love and acceptance are what you must strive for, says the Lord. Where the Spirit is there is love. Matthew 7:3 "And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?"
May 22, 2018: Do not beat yourself up. The enemy of your soul does a fine job of that already. And, I want you to know that if you are doing something against My will and purposes, I always bring conviction so that you can change your mind and heart. You must forgive yourself so that you can proceed. You are worthy of relationship with Me, says the Lord. 2 Thessalonians 1:11 Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power.
May 21, 2018: In a vision I saw someone climbing out of a dry well. And, I heard the Lord say to those who have been stuck and stagnant: Use your energy to get up and climb out of your darkness. Fruitfulness doesn't happen to you, but is the result of your efforts to do what may seem impossible. Rise up and walk strong. Rise up and put on My strength, says the Lord. I will do through you that which you cannot do alone. Psalms 30:11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.
May 20: Wake up and be vigilant. The enemy is going to stir up envy and jealousy, which will cause you to make comparisons between yourself and others. This will result in unnecessary offense. But, you can easily escape this trap by getting away from self-focus and emotional neediness. Walk and live in the Spirit, says the Lord. Forgive and move on. 2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
May 18, 2018: Do not get sidelined by the fear of failure. This is one element of life that always works against you. When temptation comes recognize that if you entertain it, the door will be open to undermine your effectiveness. Instead of withdrawing or retreating, recognize it as an opportunity to break through the self-imposed limitations into greater freedom, says the Lord. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
May 17, 2018: You can do this; you can get through this challenging time. I will renew your strength and help you move forward, says the Lord. But, you must set your mind on where you are going and not on where you have been. You can arise to new heights both naturally and spiritually. You must believe to achieve. 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.
May 16, 2018: Difficulties are inevitable, but you must set yourself to endure the hardship. Quitting is not an option. When you do not know what to do, ask Me and I will answer you. Trust Me to strengthen you even when victory seems impossible. Do not listen to the lies of the enemy, and refuse to be afraid. You will look back on this time as one of momentary, light affliction, says the Lord. Be strong and resolute. 2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
May 15, 2018: When you walk the road of redemption you are fulfilling My desires and will for you. Do not deviate from this road of righteousness and peace. Do not become aligned with those who disparage others, but rather be an encouragement. Any other position is one of being haughty and against all that is godly, says the Lord. Develop a heart of respect and kindness. Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
May 14, 2018: The changes that you have endured have positioned you for a new beginning. What has been torn down has effectively made a way for building up that which is more appropriate and vital at this time. Put the past behind and look to the future, for there are things that you must do to fulfill your purpose and destiny in My kingdom, says the Lord. Rise up in new hope. 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.
May 13: Guard your heart and mind so that you can establish yourself in a place of peace. You need to be at peace before you can properly discern your spiritual environment. And, you need to know the condition of that environment before you can do effective warfare against the enemy of your soul, says the Lord. Use your authority to establish and maintain purity. Luke 10:19 "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
May 11, 2018: This is an unusual time when you feel like you are out of sync. But, you need to know that this is a transitional time before you settle into a better place both naturally and spiritually. Do not despair, but take life one step at a time knowing that the difficulties you experience now will not last forever. Be patient and lean on Me, says the Lord. Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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."
May 10, 2018: My beloved people, refuse to allow your daily grind to cause you to fall into a spiritual sleep. Remember that your time on earth is temporary and does not even come close to carrying the same weight and significance of eternity. Take this time to re-evaluate your priorities, and adjust your value system so that you actually develop and maintain personal relationship with Me, says the Lord. Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
May 9, 2018: Live in the light and holiness of My presence. Find the place of unity in the Spirit and maintain that spiritual connection. Stay the course as I help you to overcome the distractions and obstacles that take you from Me, says the Lord. Be strong and focused, and do not deviate from righteousness, peace and joy. I am with you and in you. John 17:22 "And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one."
May 8, 2018: Beloved, I want you to be available to Me every moment of every day. Only those who put aside their own, worldly agendas are fit to do My work, says the Lord. I am looking for individuals who truly belong to Me that I can direct to fulfill My purposes and who do not hesitate to do all that I ask. Will you be one of those? Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
May 7, 2018: I speak to those who have been overwhelmed and feeling lost. You need to reset and realign. Intentionally find your place in the realm of the spirit in relationship with Me, says the Lord. This is the only place where you belong and can feel whole again. It is your comfort zone. Come and take your rightful place in My kingdom. Luke 17:20-21 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you."
May 6: Watch for open doors that will bring you closer to Me, says the Lord. I will make a way for My Church to come into perfect order, but each of you as a member of My body must exercise your will and desire to come higher. Set your heart and mind to get your priorities in order and actually choose to put Me and My kingdom first. Then, everything else will fall into line. Ephesians 4:14-16 ...we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
May 4, 2018: Patiently evaluate your options in every circumstance, and get wisdom. Diligently take the time to discern spiritual atmosphere so that you can stay in the flow of My Spirit, says the Lord. There will be a few twists and turns in the days ahead, so stay calm and do not be afraid. The way has been prepared before you. Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
May 3, 2018: Rise up in newness of the Spirit. Position yourself to receive all that I have for you, says the Lord. I have made available all that you need. Refuse to dump down in the pit of victimization and self-pity. Set your mind on what you know to be true and good. I will draw you up from the depths in an instant if you will seek Me with all your heart and trust Me. Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
May 2, 2018: Live in the moment and refuse to project out to assume the future outcome of any situation. Stay present with Me, says the Lord. Walk in the Spirit despite the chaos that surrounds and encroaches on your personal space. Access the peace and great strength that I have made available to you. John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
May 1, 2018: Stand still and be quiet. The level of your faith depends on your ability to keep your emotions under control in every situation and circumstance. Do not be afraid. Establishing and maintaining your spiritual connection to Me is of utmost importance. Trust Me to keep you safe, says the Lord. Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.
April 30, 2018: Trust Me to bring you along what seems to be a narrow and treacherous path. I tell you honestly that this path will soon take you to a new, rich and abundant plateau. Know that I am with you every step of the way and I will not allow you to slip or fall, says the Lord. Be sensitive to the leading of My Spirit. Psalm 17:5 Uphold my steps in Your paths, that my footsteps may not slip.
April 29: Embrace all that brings life and awakens you from spiritual slumber. I have given you the grace to endure difficulties and uncertainty, but much of what has burdened you is coming to an end and will give way to a season that can bring great joy and peace. However, you must let go of any grief that has prevailed or set a tone in your life. Let Me lift you up, says the Lord. Isaiah 42:9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.
April 27, 2018: You are on the right track, but you have to stay focused and have patience. Spiritual discernment is more vital than ever in finding your way in the current environment, which is unfamiliar and strange. Know that I am with you and will bring clarity and direction as you move forward, says the Lord. 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
April 26, 2018: Examine yourself to see if you are honestly trusting and believing that I will direct your steps. When you walk by faith and live in the Spirit, fear will be replaced by the assurance of divine order. I will prepare the path and lead you in the way you should go. Nothing is impossible with Me, says the Lord. Luke 1:37 "For with God nothing will be impossible."
April 25, 2018: Breakthrough is the hallmark of this season. But, you have to do your part by putting forth the effort to succeed. Instead of just allowing life to happen to you, move to the place where you make decisions that will benefit you both spiritually and naturally. Do not be a bystander as life passes you by, says the Lord. Rather, be a positive force in your environment. 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.
April 24, 2018: There are things you can do now that have been impossible in the past for a variety of reasons. The doors are opening and possibilities are presenting themselves for your consideration. Be sensitive to current opportunities to move beyond where you have been stuck. The days ahead must be taken one step at a time instead of one leap at a time. Prepare for a methodical and consistent process, says the Lord. Isaiah 42:9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.
April 23, 2018: When you feel uncertain and undone, trust Me. I know the way you should go and what is best for you, says the Lord. And, I will prepare the way. Let Me lead you in perfect timing so that all of My will is accomplished in and through you. Put away all fear and doubt as you put yourself in My care. Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.
April 22: Beloved, you have now crossed the bridge of transition into the new season and entered through the door that opened to the path ahead of you. However, you have encountered fog so that you cannot see more than one step ahead of you. I tell you not to be afraid or allow the feeling of being unsettled to overtake you. You are in a place of silence, but that will give way to a time of purification and of preparation for what is ahead, says the Lord. Zechariah 2:13 "Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!"
April 20, 2018: There are tasks that you need to perform that would be better accomplished if you simplified the process. Ask Me to show you how that can be done. I will lead you in the way of efficiency, which will give you hope and strength to get on with it, says the Lord. This action could give you the new beginning you long for. Psalm 25:4 Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths.
April 19, 2018: Find the place where you have peace in your spirit and in your soul and make it a bulwark, a fortified place. Peace will be a guard against fear and worry. It will become a place of strength and confidence in My ability to give you wisdom and keep you safe, says the Lord. Be at peace with yourself and with everyone. Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.
April 18, 2018: Stand firm on your commitment and dedication to kingdom life. Things that undermine consecration abound, but you must set yourself apart for My plans and purposes. When everything around you pulls and exerts a force against sanctification, press in. Come close to Me, says the Lord. Let your light shine in the darkness. Luke 11:33 "No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light."
April 17, 2018: There are things you have not understood with regard to where you are and what you can do. It is like pieces missing in a puzzle. Now, take the time to seek Me for wisdom and direction. I will show you that which has been elusive, but you must position yourself in neutrality so that My pure word to you is not skewed, says the Lord. Proverbs 8:6 Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things.
April 16, 2018: Hush! You must learn to quiet your mind and emotions so that you can establish yourself in the flow of My Spirit. There is too much noise in and around you, and that noise will hinder your ability to hear Me, says the Lord. Concentrate on getting silent inside, and listen intently for My instructions to you. It is the only way you can get on track spiritually. Zechariah 2:13 "Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!"
April 15: As you continue on your spiritual journey, you must keep in mind that love is the primary thing. Let your love for Me and for one another override every other emotional reaction and mental response to life and circumstances. If you will do this first, obedience in all other areas will follow, says the Lord. 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
April 13, 2018: When you seek and ask Me for wisdom, I cause you to be extraordinary. The impossible becomes possible. All you have to do is ask believing that I hear and answer your plea. Do not waver in faith or purpose. Let Me show you the way to supernatural accomplishment. I can do in and through you that which you are unable to do on your own, says the Lord. 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.
April 12, 2018: I am preparing you for the next phase of life. The past is behind and has become part of your history, but it is not vital to where you are now. You will benefit greatly by staying connected to Me, says the Lord. Stay relevant to My plans and purposes for your life, and be sensitive to that which is required of you at this time so that you are free to forge ahead. I am with you every step of the way. Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.
April 11, 2018: Beloved, it is My wish that you learn to be gentle with everyone. The world is full of harshness and severity, but you must be kind, tender and understanding. Only then, will you be led by My Spirit into blessing and abundance. Remember that what you sow is the substance of your harvest. Matthew 7:12a "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them."
April 10, 2018: Times are changing, and you must adopt a mindset of flexibility. Be sensitive to My leading, and be ready to make changes that will insure that you are where you need to be. My path is a narrow one, and your obedience is the key to walking with Me, says the Lord. Stay close! Romans 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
April 9, 2018: There are many things that will draw your attention away from Me. But, you must be like the watchman on the wall who looks for potential danger and takes precautionary action to thwart disaster. I would have you be awake and alert and ready to overcome the powers of darkness sent against you, says the Lord. Watch! Matthew 26:41 "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
April 8: Your encounters will reveal situations that would not only become distractions, but could cause you to feel disoriented. You need to keep your feet planted firmly on what is true and good. Entertaining any fantasy at all will result in a long and unfruitful ride. Stay present with Me, says the Lord, and look to Me for guidance. Be alert! 1 Corinthians 7:35 And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.
April 6, 2018: Be bold and strong. Resolutely leave the past behind. Do it on purpose, and set your heart on what you can do to move on. Nothing will change the mistakes that you have made. Be finished with regret and the dread that overwhelms you. Ask for and receive My forgiveness. I will be with you in your new beginning, 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.
April 5, 2018: When you find yourself mired in disappointment and discouragement, you must struggle to get free. Change your focus to find your hope and strength in developing a strong and viable relationship with Me, says the Lord. My kingdom is your bulwark, a place of safety both now and forever. Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
April 4, 2018: When you lose focus do not go the route of condemnation. Rather, make the necessary corrections that will lead back to the path of righteousness. Return to Me for wisdom and healing of the heart. I have not forsaken you, says the Lord. You are precious in My sight. Proceed with confidence in My ability to move you in the right direction. Isaiah 44:22b Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.
April 3, 2018: In a vision I saw a pristine landscape with flowering trees. There were graceful dancers celebrating life—new life that comes with spring and new growth. And, I heard the Lord say that we are entering a time of new spiritual growth that will be very beautiful yet somewhat fragile. We need to move softly and with precision so that we can be aware of the change that growth brings and to hear His voice with greater clarity. We must not take this time for granted but rather worship God with all that we are and all that we do. Psalms 65:10 You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows; You make it soft with showers, You bless its growth.
April 2, 2018: In a vision I saw a cooking pot on the stove that was boiling over, and this is what the Lord said about that: Even though peoples and tribes of all different kinds seem to be boiling over with disputes and vitriol, it should not be so with you. You belong to Me in a spiritual kingdom where mutual respect and peace exist. There will be wars and rumors of wars, but you must maintain peace in your heart, says the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.
April 1: I am leading the way so that you can follow Me on the perfect path that I have set before you. But, you must develop a surrendered heart so that you do not go your own way or from a vantage point of self-interest. You are Mine. You are not your own. I have purpose for your life that you have not yet realized. Let Me take you to your destiny, says the Lord. 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?
Faith Tabernacle of Kremmling
Bill and Marsha Burns
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Kremmling, Colorado 80459
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