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."

Prophetic Word for 2017--The Bamboo House


APRIL 2017

April 28, 2017:  Set yourself on the firm foundation of truth.  Focus on that which is good and righteous in order to be strengthened.  Every day you will have to choose between good and evil--spiritual strength and weakness.  Deliberately make wise choices.  Pay attention to the opportunities that present themselves to make positive decisions, says the Lord.  Deuteronomy 30:19 "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live."

April 27, 2017:  Settle down.  Take a break from thinking about things that worry you.  Look at life through the eyes of the Spirit to see the greatness of My kingdom and your place in it.  Be kind to yourself.  Quiet your soul and seek to be refreshed and renewed before you take your next step forward in the journey that is before you, says the Lord.  I will never leave you.  Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

April 26, 2017:  Take advantage of every review of the past to remind yourself of the unbounded, limitless, and life-saving effects of the blood of Christ that was shed on Calvary for you.  It would be a colossal waste to spend this opportunity on regret and self-denigration.  This is a time when you can draw near to Me in genuine worship from the depth of your heart, says the Lord.  Be thankful.  2 Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

April 25, 2017:  In navigating your spiritual life, you have been able to overcome many if not most of the obvious things that have hindered your growth in the spirit.  If you will stay connected to Me, I will show you the details and less understood aspects of your existence that keep you from thriving, says the Lord.  Deliberately access the realm of awareness and discernment to see and know that which has been hidden in obscurity.  Isaiah 29:18 In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.

April 24, 2017:  You have come to a turning point at which you will have opportunities to make corrections in your life that will position you for greater productivity and victory.  Separate yourself from past defeats and  disappointments.  Those days are past; bury them and get moving, says the Lord.  Romans 5:5  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

April 23:  I will show you ways to get in order so that you will be more efficient and effective in all that you have been given to do.  Simplicity is the order of the day.  Be open and sensitive to My leading in this regard I would have you be unencumbered to the extent that you can focus more fully on spiritual matters and spend more time with Me, says the Lord.  I am calling you to come and dine.  Revelation 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me."

April 21, 2017:  Be steady as you establish yourself on a solid foundation of faith.  My kingdom is sure.  My word is truth.  Your future is eternal.  Take setbacks in stride knowing that they are temporary.  I have a plan and purpose that is beyond what you understand at this time, and I will show you that what you are going through will usher you into My will and a higher level of spiritual growth, says the Lord.  Trust!  Psalms 119:27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts; so shall I meditate on Your wondrous works.

April 20, 2017:  For those who face obstacles or fierce opposition in your efforts to accomplish your objectives, do not be intimidated or afraid.  Rise up in the face of adversity with faith in My ability to direct and protect you.  Practice walking and living in the Spirit.  Your most important goal is a vital relationship with Me, says the Lord.  With Me nothing is impossible.  Luke 18:27 But He said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

April 19, 2017:  There are situations in your life that you have all but given up on.  But, I tell you that it is not time to quit.  You have an opportunity right here, right now, to strengthen your commitment and to go forth with new hope.  I am with you not only to stabilize your current position, but to make it a springboard that will be the impetus for a new beginning and possibilities beyond your ability to imagine, says the Lord.  Ephesians 3:20-21  Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

April 18, 2017:  Carefully consider your options for change.  Use discernment in finding help to achieve your goals.  Most of the people you encounter will be more concerned about what they can gain by helping you than caring about your interests.  Put your trust in Me to lead you in the way you should go.  I will take you through obstacles that would subvert your efforts, says the Lord.  Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

April 17, 2017:  Perseverance will be your optimum state of mind in the days ahead.  Don't give up.  Stay the course.  Be mindful of your purpose even in the face of opposition, obstacles, difficulties, and discouragement.  Rise up in the face of adversity and overcome with persistence, says the Lord.  Romans 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

April 16:  I would have you take the land for My kingdom, says the Lord.  But, I speak to you in spiritual terms.  There are parts of your heart that have become bitter and hardened because of the difficulties you have faced.  Those hard places of discouragement, rejection, and frustration must be plowed up like fallow ground and planted with seeds of faith and trust.  You must take the ground of your own heart before you can do the external work.  Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

April 14, 2017:  In a vision I saw myself looking down into a deep well, and I heard the Lord say, "Go deep.  Many of you, My people, have skimmed the surface of what you consider to be relationship with Me.  You have become complacent and satisfied with the shallows of the familiar.  I want you to explore the depths.  I want you to grow spiritually and go beyond your comfort zone to know Me better."  John 4:11-14  The woman said to Him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?  Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?"  Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."

April 13, 2017:  Consider well the spiritual seeds that you plant at this time, for they will indeed produce an abundant harvest.  Refuse to sow unrighteous seeds of anger, bitterness and division because they will produce a harvest that you will not like.  What you do now will either bring great joy or sorrow.  Your choices will determine the outcome of your actions, says the Lord.  Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

April 12, 2017:  You must face your difficulties head on.  Trying to ignore or sidestep these issues will only make matters worse.  Do not be afraid.  Ask Me, and I will bring that which has remained in obscurity into clarity so that you can see exactly what you have been trying to avoid.  You cannot make adjustments until you are honest with yourself, says the Lord.  Proverbs 3:25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes.

April 11, 2017:  Deal with unresolved issues and settle disputes, for these are things that will hold you back and keep you from success in the days ahead.  Forgiveness is required on every level if you are to move unhindered into the destiny that I have prepared for you, says the Lord.  Do nothing apart from the leading of My Spirit.  Let love abound in your heart. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a  Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

April 10, 2017:  Step into this brand new day with confidence that the past has no power over you.  Begin again today as you look with fresh eyes at the possibilities before you.  Move forward by the leading of My Spirit with renewed faith.  Set yourself to walk and live in the Spirit.  And, allow the reality of the spiritual realm to become more significant and real than the temporal life on earth, 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.

April 9:  Make a special effort to stay present with Me, says the Lord.  Resist the temptation to dwell on the past, and deliberately let go of all failures and regrets.  Walk with Me here and now even though your tendency will also be to race ahead and try to see what the future holds.  There are things that you need to see and deal with right here where you are now.  Let me show you and give you wisdom.  Psalms 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.

April 7, 2017:  Beloved, I will take you step by step, day by day to achieve what I have set before you.  Wisdom is yours for the asking when things get complicated or confusing.  I know everything about you, and it is My will for you to overcome every obstacle and walk the road to victory, says the Lord.  Do not be afraid.  Only trust Me to lead you through this maze.  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.

April 6, 2017:  Stay calm even when situations arise that tempt you to get flustered.  It will be to your benefit to establish yourself in a place of peace.  The enemy is pushing your buttons to get you into fear, which will also provide an open door to further harass you.  This is a perfect time to practice walking and living in the Spirit, says the Lord.  Mark 4:39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

April 5, 2017:  Stir yourself up and renew your faith.  Yes, there have been disappointments and setbacks, but those things can serve to strengthen your spiritual resolve.  It depends on whether you choose to be a victim or to rise up to be an overcomer.  You can allow your past difficulties to anchor you where you are.  Or, you can allow them to fuel the next phase of your destiny, says the Lord.  Romans 5:1-5  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

April 4, 2017:  Look to the horizon.  You cannot progress until you know where you are going.  Identify your destination and keep it in mind as you continue your journey.  Looking back will only serve to take you off course.  Set yourself to stay focused, and do not forget your ultimate goal and spiritual purpose, says the Lord.  Psalms 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.

April 3, 2017:  What's done is done!  There is nothing you can change about what you have endured.  It is now time for you to rise up out of the dead ashes of the past and begin to move forward on the path that I have chosen for you, says the Lord.  What you have learned will serve you well.  Philippians 3:13-14  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,  I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

April 2:   Approach uncertainty with faith that I am with you directing your steps.  Nothing is uncertain to Me or in My kingdom.  I know the beginning from the end, and you can trust Me to lead you in the way you should go.  I am for you and not against you.  Maintain peace in all things, says the Lord.  Psalms 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.

 

MARCH 2017

March 31, 2017:  Allow Me to transform you, says the Lord.  What you do matters far less than who you are in Me.  I am looking over the face of the whole earth to find those whose hearts are in sync with Mine.  I want you to walk and live in the Spirit with no distance between us.  Come and be unified; become one with Me.  John 17:20-21 "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me."

March 30, 2017:  The circumstances you have endured have left you feeling traumatized, but I tell you honestly that I am greater than your trauma.  I have brought you through every difficulty and strengthened you in the process.  Now, you must look forward and begin by taking one step at a time, one day at a time, that will lead to your destiny, says the Lord.  2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.

March 29, 2017:  When uncertainty seems to abound, it is more important than ever for you to be certain about what you believe.  Your relationship with Me, says the Lord, must be solid.  And, your efforts to make your calling and election sure is of utmost significance.  Put forth an earnest and strenuous attempt to establish yourself securely in My kingdom.  2 Peter 1:10-11 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

March 28, 2017:  I heard the word "obsequious" in my spirit.  Then, I heard the Lord say, "Compliance to My word is to your advantage.  I have set definitive boundaries through My written word by which you can thrive and prosper if you will be obedient.  Set yourself to be a doer and not just a hearer, and you will find yourself in safe and blessed habitations."  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 27, 2017:  You are about to shift from what you deemed important, or even vital to your life, to a value system that reflects spiritual reality more completely.  The shift will be subtle enough that you might not be aware of it until some time passes.  You are receiving spiritual training through the things you suffer and have suffered.  Do not lose balance in this time, says the Lord.  Hebrews 5:8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

March 26:  In a vision I saw a giraffe with its long neck stretched up to eat the most delicate and scrumptious new growth at the top of a tree.  And, like the giraffe, we are stretching way up to devour the fresh word of truth by the Spirit.  And, I heard the Lord say:  Don't stop reaching.  This is a time of excitement and revelation that will bring new spiritual experience, which will need to be defined and stabilized by My Word, says the Lord.  2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

March 24, 2017:  Take a breath and regroup.  Evaluate your life experience according to what has worked and what has not.  This evaluation will bring understanding and perspective.  Then, you can make necessary adjustments to bring order.  You cannot prosper in all things when you overlook aspects of your life that create chaos and result in destruction.  Make changes that will be beneficial, says the Lord.  3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

March 23, 2017:  Refuse the temptation to get discouraged.  Discouragement will kill your faith faster than anything, but you must stay strong in your mental attitude and in faith.  Refresh yourself in the truth of My Word, which is still for you today.  Life conditions and circumstances can lead you away from your relationship with Me, says the Lord, unless you stay strong spiritually.  Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

March 22, 2017:  You will begin to see small but significant breakthroughs in various areas of your life, which will lead to complete freedom, says the Lord.  Do not discount your progress.  Your forward momentum will  consist of a series of small steps that will ultimately lead to success.  I will show you the path to victory.  Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."

March 21, 2017:  Beloved, I want you to know that I will give you wisdom in every situation.  Refuse to dwell on things that cause you to be fearful or anxious, and look to My promises that will bolster faith in My ability to keep you safe, says the Lord.  Faith is your most precious possession.  Psalms 4:8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

March 20, 2017:  I have encouraged you to leave the past behind so that you can move into the next phase of your life.  Now, I tell you that those things that you needed to let go of and yet still cling to will become an anchor to your soul.  You must deliberately choose to release that which no longer serves your best interests.  Be free from all that could become bondage, 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.

March 19:  Beloved, I am doing an internal work in you to show you the way of walking in the Spirit.  There is a place of certainty already established in you where you can express spiritual reality in power.  But, you must do it internally before you can manifest it externally, says the Lord.  Luke 6:45 "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks."

March 17, 2017:  When nothing around you seems stable, come to Me.  Remember that your stability originates spiritually and filters down to your sense of well-being naturally.  You must press into the place of peace that only comes from My presence, says the Lord.  Refuse to allow your feelings of instability to dictate your responses.  Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

March 16, 2017:  Evaluate your priorities and deliberately and carefully consider and weigh your options for moving forward.  Choose according to the path that will allow for a clear conscience, moral excellence, and spiritual growth.  Allow My Spirit to be your guide and to establish you on higher ground  in righteousness, says the Lord.  Come out of every sort of darkness into the light of life.  Titus 1:15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.

March 15, 2017:  To those who have struggled to break through difficult circumstances and dark times of the soul, you will be able to step into the light with a fresh, new beginning.  The effort that you put forth at this time to gain that freedom will all be worth it.  You can now look forward with a new and hopeful perspective, 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.

March 14, 2017:  Watch for opportunities to extricate yourself from hindrances that have kept you from achieving your short-term destiny.  Be willing to let go of problems of the past and reach forward to new possibilities that will cause your soul to prosper, says the Lord.  If you can do this successfully, you will be delighted with the new version of your life.  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, 2017:  In your efforts to let go of the past and move on, you must be cognizant of the fact that I am going before you to prepare the way.  So, it will be to your advantage to allow Me to lead you into all that I have prepared for you and not get ahead of Me through impatience.  My timing is perfect, and I know where I am taking you, says the Lord.  Isaiah 42:16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.

March 12:  The restlessness that you are beginning to experience is the moving of My Spirit to wake you up spiritually and bring you to a new level of awareness.  It would be a mistake to try to satisfy this sense of boredom externally by trying to satisfy the flesh.  Rather, I would have you to pay closer attention to spiritual activity, says the Lord, and discern what I am doing.  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 10, 2017:  Many of you, My people, feel as though you have stagnated and have no ability to move beyond your current difficulties.  I tell you honestly that it is not your ability that matters; it is the strength of your faith in My ability to do what you cannot.  You must stop relying on your own efforts and common sense and begin to rely on Me, says the Lord.  Rise up to walk and live in the Spirit.  Luke 1:37 "For with God nothing will be impossible."

March 9, 2017:  Keep your emotions in check and stand fearless in the face of adversity.  Fear is the antithesis of faith and will interfere with your ability to trust Me, says the Lord.  Know that I am for you and that I will give you the wisdom necessary to lead you out of your current quagmire.  You will again stand on solid spiritual ground, says the Lord.  Psalm 18:19 He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.

March 8, 2017:  You have endured everything from inconvenience to hardship with every circumstance lending to the understanding of life, people and yourself.  The lessons learned have been invaluable and ultimately have had the potential of making you stronger than you have ever been as you trust Me in all things.  You are truly being transformed into My image, says the Lord.  2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

March 7, 2017:  Set a watch over your mind and emotions so that you don't get carried away from truth and reality.  You must be quiet enough to perceive and discern spiritually so that you know what I am doing and where I am taking you, says the Lord.  That which the enemy has meant to be evil or harmful to you, I will turn to your benefit.  Make every effort to get in the flow of My Spirit.  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 6, 2017:  Be strong and stay steady.  You have been in a time of sifting and sorting to know the difference between what is vital for you to retain and what needs to be discarded.  Much of what you are hanging on to will soon be shown to be detrimental to your spiritual well-being and growth.  You must decide what is necessary to your existence both now and in the days to come, says the Lord.  Choose wisely.  2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever.

March 5:  You, My people, are on the verge of breaking through into higher ground.  It is as though you have been sleeping, and you are trying to wake up and open your eyes.  You are just now being stirred to greater awareness of the spiritual realm and activity.  Press through this period of virtual hibernation with the strength of your desire to come higher, says the Lord. The time is now.  Romans 13:11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

March 3, 2017:  Now is the time to be encouraged by renewing yourself in the truth of My Word.  Bolster your faith by reminding yourself what you believe and why you believe it.  Your mind and heart need to be cleansed from the doubt and unbelief that keep you from receiving the benefits brought about by strong faith, 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.

March 2, 2017:  Everything that you have had to face and deal with in recent weeks and months has been for the purpose of revealing your heart as you take advantage of opportunities to make necessary changes.  If you will stop for a moment and review how far you have come, you will see that you have grown spiritually.  You have also learned to rely on Me more completely, says the Lord.  Psalms 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

March 1, 2017:  Set yourself to be strong and steady.  There are many things that can take you off course if you allow them to.  Refuse to react to circumstances instead of giving careful consideration before you respond.  Keep yourself in safety by allowing Me to direct your steps, says the Lord.  Psalms 119:133 Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.


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


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