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."

AUGUST 2020

August 4, 2020:  Take advantage of the uniqueness of this season to do internal work.  Examine your thought life and see how you respond to others.  Be honest about the things you fear, for those things will undermine your faith.  You choose a different outcome of your thoughts and actions when you turn from evil and unbelief.  Ask for revelation of the condition of your soul, and it will be revealed to you by the Spirit.  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 3, 2020:  I speak to those who feel like a race horse waiting for the gate to open.  Your prancing up and down will not make the gate open any quicker.  Settle down.  Conserve your strength and energy.  The time will come when you can run the race again, and you will run well.  Now is not that time.  Be patient.  Luke 21:19 "By your patience possess your souls."

August 2, 2020:  Do not despair.  Your breakthrough will come.  It will be like the breaking of a dam, which begins as a trickle and then bursts forth in ways that are unstoppable.  Right now, today, that seems to be an impossibility.  But it will come.  Your hope and faith in Me will bring forth its reward.  Wait for it.  Hebrews 10:35-36 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.

August 1, 2020:  When you focus on things you cannot do, you are likely to get discouraged.  There are things that you can and should do at this time.  Set yourself to do what you can to overcome darkness and live in the light of My grace.  I am with you to ultimately bring you through to victory.  Be strong and resolute.  John 15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."

JULY 2020

July 31, 2020:  In a vision I saw someone on a raft trying to paddle upstream and doing so with great difficulty, and I heard the Lord say that this is the condition for those who are not in the flow of the Spirit.  Living and moving in the Spirit always makes life easier.  You would do well to be carried by the power of the Spirit of the Lord.  Otherwise, you will have to work against significant resistance.  Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, and will say, ‘Destroy!’

July 30, 2020:  Come to Me and let us commune together in silence and sobriety.  Take advantage of this time to draw near to Me and form a bond of unity so that we are of one mind and one heart.  If you seek Me, you will find Me because I am not far from you.  Accept the invitation and make the effort and you will be forever changed.  Psalm 30:5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

July 29, 2020:  Many of you expect to respond to life's circumstances and do things perfectly on the first try.  Everybody makes mistakes.  Trial and error produce understanding.  Do not be ashamed of what you deemed a failure.  You learned a valuable lesson that will make you a more productive human being.  The learning process will be of more value to you than getting everything right the first time.  Don't give up.  Ask Me for the strength to endure.  Psalm 84:6-7 As they pass through the Valley of Baca [weeping], they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.

July 28, 2020:  You have become weary in the present season and it seems as though things will never get better.  But I tell you honestly that the current circumstances will not last forever.  There is an end in sight.  Take this time to establish a living, vital relationship with Me.  Spiritual growth and understanding are the order of the day.  Come into My presence.  I will give you the strength to endure.  Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

July 27, 2020:  In a dream, I kept hearing the word codify, which means to arrange systematically according to a plan.  I believe the Lord is telling us to place ourselves under divine order according to His plan and purpose for each of us.  He is omnipotent, having unlimited power; omniscient, knowing all things; omnipresent, being everywhere at the same time.  He is Almighty God, and we can trust Him to lead, guide, direct and protect us when we are completely submitted to Him.  Psalm 100:3 Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

July 26, 2020:  The current environment seems to be untenable and out of control.  However, as the external noise gets louder, the more you need to quiet your own soul and seek to be at peace.  Determine to abide in the Spirit where the outside world cannot penetrate.  You are safe and stable in My presence.  Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

July 25, 2020:  Refuse to get absorbed into the flood of dissipation.  It is beneficial for you to choose righteousness in every situation.  You know the difference between right and wrong, good and evil.  When you live in unity with Me, your responses to life will be an extension of My will.  Holiness is a beautiful thing.  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.

July 24, 2020:  I could hear the ticking of the clock--tick tock, tick tock--and I heard the Lord say:  The passing of time is a fact of life.  You cannot change it.  You cannot go back to another time or skip ahead.  Each moment has its own problems and pleasures.  The only thing that can change is how you perceive it and what you do with it.  You would do well to take it as it comes and live every minute in the power of the Holy Spirit and in union with Me.  2 Corinthians 4:17-18  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 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 23, 2020:  When things become too complicated, seek Me for wisdom.  Things aren't as complex as they seem.  The solution is often found in simplifying your process.  I will lead you through this maze of uncertainty, but you need to trust Me to reveal what you need to understand.  Quiet your soul and find your place of peace so that you can be spiritually aware.  1 Peter 3:11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.

July 22, 2020:  Beloved, it is My desire that you separate yourself from the works of the flesh and allow My Spirit to dwell in you richly.  Become one with Me and be renewed and strengthened by the power of My presence.  Choose the path of righteousness, peace and joy.  Stand firmly on the rock of salvation. Galatians 5:19-23 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

July 21, 2020:  In a visionary moment I could perceive the darkness of the world closing in so as to obliterate or choke out the light of God.  I heard the instruction of the Lord that it is necessary to push back the darkness with our faith and the understanding of His word. It is imperative that we walk in the light of truth.  To not walk in light is to slip into obscurity and gloom.  We must set ourselves to watch and be vigilant to keep ourselves in the safety of His presence. 2 Corinthians 4:6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

July 20, 2020:  The best is yet to come, but the worst is not over.  It will get worse before it gets better.  You must stay the course by finding your stability in Me and trusting that I will lead you through this valley of the shadow of death.  The days are treacherous, but you will find a place of safety with Me.  Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

July 19, 2020:  Take care of the details of your personal life and do all that is necessary for you to stay connected to Me, and everything else will come into order.  Many of you have concerned yourself with issues that you have no control over.  You must release those worries to Me and be at peace in your soul. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

July 18, 2020:  For everything there is a time and season.  You have to keep in mind that My perfect timing is not necessarily your timing.  Patient endurance is required to get through this season in divine order.  Trying to force your agenda will not produce the effect you desire and could even prolong the agony of waiting.  Rest assured that I will open the way of progression in due season.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.

July 17, 2020:  There has been an onslaught of wickedness released over the land, and the effect is overwhelming.  This strange spiritual climate can be exhausting.  Many of you have separated yourself from this evil with an invisible veil of protection.  That covering has made it more difficult to see and discern spiritually.  You have to press through the veil to see spiritually again, while finding your place of protection in Me.  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.

July 16, 2020:  I want you to be in lockstep with Me.  You cannot do that when you are harboring ill will against others.  You must forgive in order to thrive spiritually, mentally, emotionally or physically.  Let go of pride, anger, and vendettas.  Love covers a multitude of sins.  John 13:34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

July 15, 2020:  In a vision I saw the dawning of a new day. It was majestic and powerful. The presence of God was palpable. Every part of creation began to awaken in unison like the instruments of a huge orchestra playing the first note at the direction of the conductor. I could feel the hope of the day. It was pristine and like the canvas of a painter ready for the first stroke of the brush.  And, God said, “This is indeed a new day spiritually with the potential for greatness. Use what I have given you to make it extraordinary. Seek Me for wisdom, and I will give you direction and guidance.  Greatness comes in our partnership.”  Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

July 14, 2020:  In this time it is imperative that you function according to My wisdom.  It is the only way you can navigate through the challenges you face in these evil times.  More than ever, you must walk in the Spirit and not allow your carnal nature to rule.  Righteousness is an absolute prerequisite.  Ephesians 5:15-16 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

July 13, 2020:  Agitation is a weapon formed against you to get you off track, but you can bind the power of that weapon and maintain your peace if you will take the time to do so. Actively resist the temptations that come to express anger or impatience, and they will pass quickly. However, if you act on the irritation that you feel, it will lead to unpleasant consequences. As you continue to maintain self-control you will gain spiritual freedom, says the Lord. Matthew 16:19 "And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

July 12, 2020:  Do not fret about what the future may bring.  You can't live there.  Your life consists of the here and now, and you can only make choices in each moment that will affect the trend of your existence.  You are a child of the light and not darkness.  Be diligent and do good right now, and the harvest will come in due season.  Ecclesiastes 11:4 He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.

July 11, 2020:  Set your forehead like flint and move through these times with determination to gain the victory in every situation.  Refuse to become part of the flow of dissipation, but rather establish and maintain a standard of excellence both spiritually and naturally.  Reach higher.  Be stronger.  Go further.  The separation between righteous and unrighteous will continue to widen and become more pronounced.  Choose the side of right and good.  Isaiah 50:7 "For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed."

July 10, 2020:  I have seen a recurring vision of someone climbing a steep, craggy mountain.  It is a difficult climb and  looks impossible to navigate, but the Lord said that He will make possible that which is impossible.  Don't lose track of your hope and faith.  Don't give up or lose heart!  Luke 18:27 But He said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

July 9, 2020:  Do not let your guard down.  Set your mind and heart to maintain self-control because risks will be greater than rewards.  Stay alert and discern your environment and spiritual atmosphere.  Your avenue of safety is staying close to Me and allowing Me to guide you through this minefield.  Believe and trust.  2 Peter 1:6  [add] to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness...

July 8, 2020:  Prepare to be challenged again in old places of testing where you fell short of the goal.  You learned a few things last time, but there is still more to be done.  The lessons you learn this time around will be of great benefit and will enhance your spiritual well-being and result in eternal victory.  2 Corinthians 4:17-18   For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 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 7, 2020:  Though circumstances seem uncertain in some ways, you can find your stability in your faith in Me.  I truly am with you.  All you have to do is keep moving forward.  Take the next step.  Do the next thing.  I will help you with every decision if you will rely on Me.  Don't get stuck in apprehension.  James 1:5-8 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

July 6, 2020:  Instead of allowing your dismay of the behavior of others to bring you down in despair, let it become an incentive for you to become a better person.  You always tend to judge others from your position of strength to their position of weakness, which is unrighteous and unholy.  I admonish you to not judge others at all.  Without relationship with Me, people are wounded and broken.  Be an example of redemption.  Luke 6:37 "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven."

July 5, 2020:  The winds of change are blowing.  For those who have made Me their first love, the changes will be positive and fruitful.  But for others who have shaken their fists, the changes will only bring more difficulties and stress.  Sowing and reaping is a spiritual law, which cannot be broken.  What you give, whether good or bad, will come back to you multiplied.  Hosea 8:7a "They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind."

July 4, 2020:  I have seen the whirlwind of activity around you and the dust the enemy has stirred up to bring confusion and cloud the issues.  But, I have also seen your willingness and ability to stand firm in the face of turmoil and not be moved by the chaos around you.  And, I say to you, well done!  You have refused to release yourself to anger and debate, and you have taken a position of trust and obedience to My word.  Clarity will come just as surely as the sun burns through the morning fog. Rejoice! For the victory is sweet.  1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

July 3, 2020:  Let this time be one of forgiveness and reconciliation.  You fight and quarrel while you display a haughty spirit.  Be done with hatred, strife and contention.  How can you live in My Spirit and come against those I love?  You must exercise your senses to discern good and evil and to always choose what is good and right.  Doing evil will stain your soul.  Repent and let Me cleanse you and make you whole again.  1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

July 2, 2020:  There are some things that you need to settle in your own heart.  Otherwise, they will become issues that cause dread and worry, which will keep you from relationship with Me.  Remember that I know the beginning from the end of all things, and your worry will not change a thing.  Keep yourself in the Spirit and in peace.  Matthew 6:25-27 "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?"

July 1, 2020:  Stay calm and keep your wits about you when everything around you seems to be unstable and uncertain.  Do not forget that I am the place of safety that you can run to--a place where you can access direction, guidance and wisdom.  I will surround you with a hedge of protection and keep you as the apple of My eye.  Psalm 17:8-9 Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings, from the wicked who oppress me, from my deadly enemies who surround me.

Faith Tabernacle of Kremmling
Bill and Marsha Burns
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Kremmling, Colorado 80459
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