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

 

AUGUST 2017

August 21, 2017:  Press through the darkness, and resist the work of degradation against you and humanity.  Continue to push until your existence is found in My kingdom where truth and righteousness prevail.  This is all a matter of where you invest your time, energy, thoughts, emotions and will.  You do not have to subject yourself to the work of the enemy even though it seems to be pervasive, says the Lord.  Romans 13:11-14   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.  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.  Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

August 20:  I had a dream of the end of the world and of spending my last day on the earth, and I heard the Lord say, "I want you to consider where you are spiritually. Are you where you need to be, or do you need to make some adjustments in your priorities? I want you to live every day of the rest of your life considering that it may be your last and being ready for My soon return. Don't spend one more day in complacency." 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.

August 18, 2017:  If you need wisdom, ask Me.  You can ask a number of other people, and they will all give you an opinion based on their own ideas and intellect.  But, if you ask Me, I will give you truth as it relates to your spiritual and natural condition.  Don't be afraid to appear in My presence to ask for whatever you need, says the Lord.  Luke 11:9 "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."

August 17, 2017:  It is My desire that you continue to advance in spiritual understanding and discernment.  But, your human sympathies and focus on worldly issues will impede your progress.  You must strive to be focused on being one with Me.  Only then will you be able to stay on track spiritually.  Refuse to allow anyone or anything to derail you from eternal purpose, says the Lord.  Ephesians 4:1-3  I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

August 16, 2017:  Do not underestimate your position in the Kingdom.  Many of you feel like you are ineffective and even expendable.  You may not be called to reach multitudes with the Gospel, but you can establish righteousness and peace where you are.  You can exhibit the fruit of the Spirit in everything you are and do, says the Lord.  You can bring love where there is hatred, truth where there is deception, and acceptance for all people.  You can make a difference.  Galatians 5:22-23a  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

August 15, 2017:  I am reminded of two visions that were given to me recently.  One was of someone standing on the pivotal point of a teeter-totter trying to keep it in a horizontal position.  The other was a man crossing a deep chasm using two logs as a bridge.  There were two key elements required--focus and balance.  And, I heard the Lord say, "It will be vital for you to keep Me in view as your central point of attention while maintaining solid footing and equilibrium.  Be steadfast."  Hebrews 3:14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end.

August 14, 2017:  When you come into My presence, you must do so quietly and tenderly--your mind and emotions calm and still.  Enter in with a heart to perceive and ready to receive that which I want to impart, says the Lord.  Leave everything behind except your desire to know Me.  Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

August 13:  There are still things in your life that are out of sync with the flow of My Spirit, but I will give you wisdom and direction that will bring these things into complete order. You must, however, be obedient to My leading and not resist change. Change is the order of this season, both small and great, before you can move into the perfection of the next phase. Keep your heart and your spiritual ears open and ready to yield, says the Lord. Proverbs 4:12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.

August 11, 2017:  Beloved, I don't want you to lament your failures or celebrate your successes; I want you to stay focused on Me and eternal things.  It is too easy to dump down into self-condemnation and rise up into pride because of the way you navigate your circumstances.  This is vanity and grasping for the wind.  Keep your mind on the Kingdom, which has the greatest value, says the Lord.  1 Peter 1:13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

August 10, 2017:  Prepare for more change as destiny unfolds both for individuals and nations.  Now is the time when you personally need to reevaluate the things that really matter in your life and weed out that which has become a nuisance to your existence, says the Lord.  I will help you with that evaluation by giving you extraordinary wisdom.  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.

August 9, 2017:  I speak to those who have a tendency to judge and criticize people around you.  Be aware that if you are critical you will be criticized.  It is a product of the spiritual law of sowing and reaping.  If you do not want to be judged, you must be willing to overlook what you consider to be flaws in them and know that I love them as I love you, says the Lord.  Luke 6:41-42  And why do you look at the speck in your brotherís eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, "Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye," when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brotherís eye.

August 8, 2017:  Be aware that what you experience in your carnal existence will provide opportunities to learn and grow spiritually.  It is up to you to make the most of your encounters and observations of events as they happen.  Even though you live life in a carnal body, you can also live and walk in the Spirit, says the Lord.  Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

August 7, 2017:  Your spiritual journey is not measured in days, weeks or months.  It is measured by acts of  obedience.  There are vital principles that must be conceived of and implemented before you can move to the next level.  Ask Me to give you understanding of the work being done in you at this moment so that you can more completely cooperate with what I am doing, says the Lord.  Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."

August 6:  Take it slow and easy. Do not be hasty, but rather be thorough, and I will lead you through this maze of confusion and chaos into a solid victory, says the Lord. Be deliberate in your decisions by choosing righteousness, peace and joy in My Spirit. Pay attention to the checks in your spirit man that require you to stop before you make a mistake in judgment or put yourself in harm's way. I am with you to direct and protect you. Trust Me. Romans 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

August 4, 2017:  You can find a sense of freedom when you stay close to Me, says the Lord.  As you walk in the Spirit you will become aware that you are flowing free.  Submit to Me, and I will take you to places you never dreamed possible.  You will be delighted with new-found liberty as you trust Me to steer you in the right direction.  John 10:27 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me."

August 3, 2017:  There are challenges that you must work your way through, but it is My desire that you confront those issues without getting into conflict.  Refuse to play the blame game, but rather seek to find what it is in yourself that needs to be brought into divine order.  Only through maintaining peace will you gain the understanding necessary to overcome, says the Lord.  Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

August 2, 2017:  When things seem to be falling apart--not making sense.  Be quiet and do not allow worry or fear to dictate your actions.  Come to Me for wisdom and clarity.  Exercise your faith to know that I will show you what to do and the way you should go.  Wait for My leading, says the Lord.  Jeremiah 10:23 O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.

August 1, 2017:  Do not despair.  Things are not as they seem.  It is not as bleak as you think.  It feels ominous, but I know the end from the beginning, and I will cause you to have experiences that will prepare you for the unfolding of My will.  Do not be afraid or disappointed.  You belong to Me, and I know more about what you need than you do.  Trust Me with your future, says the Lord.  1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."

JULY 2017

July 31, 2017:  Make sure that your feet are firmly established on the path that brings you closer to Me, says the Lord.  There are many ways you can go, but only one path will lead to eternal life and peace.  Consider your motives and desires and realign them to fit with this narrative.  John 12:25 "He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life."

July 30:  I am bringing everything to a place of very specific and detailed order in your lives if you will allow Me to do so, says the Lord. When I finish, there will be no loose ends as all things come into divine perspective and purpose. Your part is to embrace change and trust Me. It will be like pieces of a puzzle that suddenly fit and cause the greater picture to come into view to be seen and understood. 1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 

July 28, 2017:  Examine yourself to see what you have been obsessing about.  It will be something that dominates your thoughts.  Truthfully, you cannot move forward until you release that obsession to Me and allow Me to direct your steps and to give you wisdom that can give you some relief.  Shift your focus from flesh to Spirit, says the Lord.  Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

July 27, 2017:  There has been a spiritual fog that has made it difficult to see clearly or to know what to do next. It has been virtually impossible to make any progress.  But, I tell you that the fog will soon lift and you will have the clarity to understand your destination, the direction you should go, and the steps you should take.  Depend on My leading, says the Lord.  Psalms 31:3 For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your nameís sake, lead me and guide me.

July 26, 2017:  Proceed along the road of righteous intention.  Keep your heart right with Me by always doing good.  Be generous with love, forgiveness, and mercy.  You live in times when it seems like it is every man for himself.  I want you to not just think about what is good for you, but how your actions affect those around you.  Take care of yourself and others, says the Lord.  Luke 10:27 So he answered and said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself."

July 25, 2017:  To those who have been blocked from achieving what you want to accomplish:  You have done what you were able to do on your own without success.  But, you can trust Me to do what you cannot.  I see your dilemma and I know what needs to be done in a way that is most beneficial to you.  Release your concerns and rest in the assurance that I will undertake on your behalf, says the Lord.  Luke 18:27 But He said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

July 24, 2017:  I have given you authority to fulfill what I have called you to do and to be.  If you allow anyone to usurp that authority, you will not only be disobedient, but the outcome will be disastrous both for you and the one who comes between us.  Stand your ground and pay attention to My leading, says the Lord.  Isaiah 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.

July 23:  Beloved, be very deliberate in your walk with Me, says the Lord.  You can't rush through your religious duty and establish your part of our relationship.  The value you place on knowing and loving Me must take priority and requires constant awareness and care.  Believe My great love for you.  Allow My love to penetrate even the deepest darkness and greatest despair.  Jude 1:21   Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

July 21, 2017:  In a vision I saw a huge rock that had been chiseled to be perfectly square; it was as high as it was wide and long.  The Lord said, "I Am the Rock on which you must live.  My word is your foundation.  It is strong, immovable, and eternal.  It represents your moral and spiritual ethic, and I am establishing that same ethic in those who have strayed from spiritual truth and righteousness.  I will bring them back to that solid foundation."  1 Corinthians 3:11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

July 20, 2017:  You are an individual, distinct and precious in My sight, says the Lord.  You are unique, unlike anyone else.  So then, why do you compare yourself to others?  In your comparisons you will either find yourself to be inferior or superior.  It is My desire that you find yourself neither better nor worse than others, but that you are intrinsically equal to every other human being, and you have the same opportunity to know Me and establish spiritual relationship with Me.  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.

July 19, 2017:  You are in a time of progression.  However, you must understand that you will make progress one step at a time and not necessarily a leap at a time.  There are things you need to learn along the way that will establish your sequence and stabilize your accomplishment, says the Lord.  Move forward deliberately and with confidence in Me to direct your steps.  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.

July 18, 2017:  To those of you who have become afraid and timid, I say that you must learn to trust Me and move with the boldness that is generated by faith.  I am absolutely with you and for you.  I hear your prayers and am quick to bring revelation and answers that are vital to your life.  I have your best interests at heart, says the Lord.  Trust!  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."

July 17, 2017:  It has been a difficult trek, but I want you to look to your destination to remind yourself of where you are going and why you want to go there.  And then, look back at your beginning point to see how far you have come and how much you have grown.  This perspective will give you the courage to gather your strength for the rest of the journey, says the Lord.  2 Chronicles 32:7a "Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed."

July 16:  I am calling to you from a spiritual high place to come up here! Many of you have lost hope and have become disappointed because you have not received what you desire in the natural, physical realm. But, I say to you that your investment in life must not be in temporary things that will soon pass away, but rather in being one with Me, says the Lord. When your faith is in what you want Me to do for you instead just wanting Me, it is misplaced. Now is the time to have a change of heart. 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.

July 14, 2017:  Discouragement will take you down to the depths, so you must lift yourself up by trusting in Me, says the Lord.  Refocus your thoughts and energy to spiritual realities that will strengthen your faith and your resolve.  My purpose for you is victory and not defeat.  Psalm 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.

July 13, 2017:  You are at a point where you cannot move ahead without getting rid of stuff from the past.  There are issues that have been painful and out of your ability to control or do anything about except to leave them behind.  You cannot make significant progress until you look forward and refuse to allow those things to bog you down, 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.

July 12, 2017:  I am your healer and deliverer.  There is nothing that I will not do for you if you come to Me.  But, you must come in faith with no doubting.  You must come in the assurance that I see your need and understand your pain.  What are you waiting for?  Come to Me for help, says the Lord.  Psalms 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

July 11, 2017:  Maximize every chance you get to yield to My correction and make the necessary adjustments. These actions will be valuable in finding and maintaining your optimal potential.  It is vitally important that you stay on track with  My plans and purposes for your life without distraction, says the Lord.  Your spiritual well being will lead the way for blessing in the natural realm.  Proverbs 10:17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, but he who refuses correction goes astray.

July 10, 2017:  Your recent experiences were a departure from your normal routine and expectations, which made it more difficult than ever to stay on track spiritually.  You will need to make a deliberate effort to get connected with Me again, says the Lord.  Be one with Me, and I will give you keener insights into what I have in store for you.  John 16:13 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."

July 9:  Pay attention and watch for valuable insights that will prepare you and facilitate your spiritual development. You are ready to proceed and take the next step in a series of actions and understanding necessary to this vital process of spiritual growth. I have called you, My people, to a closer walk with Me, and that will require that you leave behind the hindrances that keep you from intimacy with Me, says the Lord. Proverbs 4:12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.

July 7, 2017:  To all of you who have made sacrifices for the sake of others, I tell you that I see your sacrifice and I count it as holy and righteous, says the Lord.  What you have given up will be multiplied back to you in the time of harvest.  Great will be your reward.  And, to those who have taken advantage of the kindness of others you have already received your reward.  Matthew 16:27 "For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works."

July 6, 2017:  Beloved, you cannot change the past, but you can learn from it, move on, and do better.  You will find yourself in situations that trigger an urge to start over.  This compunction will not be for the sake of escape, but rather to achieve some level of perfection.  Let Me guide you through this time so that you do not throw out the proverbial baby with the bathwater, says the Lord.  Isaiah 58:11 The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

July 5, 2017:  If you will put away distractions and determine to live your life within the framework of My Spirit, I will bring you to a higher level of spiritual sensitivity.  And, I will open to you revelations of My kingdom that you could not have imagined.  But, when your focus is on the world and flesh desires, your spiritual life is suffocated.  You must choose, says the Lord.  Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

July 4, 2017:  To those who feel scattered and unsure, I tell you that I am your solid foundation.  But, you must quiet the emotions and thoughts that work against you and build yourself up in the faith that I am your eternal God.  What you are experiencing now is temporary.  I am greater than your mistakes and bad decisions.  I will bring you out of chaos and give you peace, says the Lord.  1 John 3:20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

July 3, 2017:  Examine yourself to see what you need to do to shore up your position.  As things change adjustments must be made to establish yourself on solid ground.  Set your priorities so that you are in perfect order.  Take the long view to find your optimum flow that is consistent with living and walking in the Spirit, says the Lord.  2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble.

July 2:  I know that you trust Me, says the Lord, because I see your heart and know your love for Me.  But, now I am opening a door of hope that will lead to the specific resolution of the issues you have been dealing with for some time.  Move in the power of My Spirit and let hope rule in your heart.  I am with you to become strength in your weakness.  Let the weak say,  "I am strong!"  Hosea 2:14-15  "Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her.  I will give her her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor [trouble] as a door of hope; she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt."


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


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