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."

2020 VISION by MARSHA BURNS

JULY 2020

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.

JUNE 2020

June 30, 2020:  Beloved I would have you connect again to your spiritual foundation.  I am calling you back to your eternal purpose and a life of simplicity and purity of heart.  Walk in the liberty and complete freedom that comes with living in the Spirit so that you do not succumb to the lure of darkness.  Maintain a strong and vital connection with divine purpose.  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.

June 29, 2020:  Many have grown weary of being isolated in an effort to keep yourself and others safe in the pandemic.  Yes, I know of this pandemic, and it is good for you to keep yourself in a place of safety until it has passed.  Consider that even though you feel lonely, you are not alone.  I am with you.  Take this time to draw closer to Me and feel My love for you.  I am with you to guide you through trials and troubles.  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.

June 28, 2020:   To those who are struggling to survive in spite of danger or hardship, it is good to do what it takes to make it through.  However, I want to cause you to thrive instead of just survive.  Thriving begins with your thoughts, intentions and faith.  If you set your will and believe, I will show you the way to thrive spiritually and naturally.  You will grow, develop, advance and succeed as you follow My lead.  3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

June 27, 2020:  In times like these when so much seems to be more wrong than right, you will have to take your victory laps where you find them.  Encourage yourself often, even in the little things, and do your best to rise above your carnal nature to walk in the Spirit and stay close to Me.  Philippians 2:14-16 Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

June 26, 2020:  Refuse to allow your thoughts to become the garbage dump of your soul.  Set your sights higher so that your thoughts reflect spiritual truth and things that are good and not evil.  You do not have to go down the path of destruction.  When you change your mind, you change your path.  Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.

June 25, 2020:  Be humble and avoid conflict.  Refuse to allow a haughty spirit to cause you to act or respond inappropriately.  Pride will only escalate the problem and create more trouble.  These are times when a soft answer will turn away wrath.  Exercise self-control and show respect to those around you, says the Lord, and I will undertake on your behalf.  Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

June 24, 2020:  You must put forth the effort to change your perspective.  You have to look beyond the thoughts and opinions of others to gain spiritual insight.  Do not take what you see and hear as gospel.  Rather seek to know My heart and to hear My voice.  I will not lead you astray.  I will rescue you from deceit and establish you in truth.  Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

June 23, 2020:  I speak to those who are overwhelmed emotionally, mentally or physically. Take the time to settle down in the peace and safety of My presence.  Make the truth of My Word your standard and live in the strength and assurance that I never change.  I know you and understand your plight, but you need to know that this too shall pass.  Move your perspective from the temporary to the eternal.  Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

June 22, 2020:  Do not underestimate the power of your will.  It is an impenetrable wall.  It is the driving force on the way to accomplishment.  It is vital to your spiritual growth.  You have to want to have relationship with Me and to live and walk in the Spirit.  You have to want to resist evil and to choose good.  Use your will to the benefit of yourself and others. Set your will to be completely united with Me.  Job 23:12 I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

June 21, 2020:  In a vision I saw a solid foundation that was laid in Christ.  The religious structure built on that foundation lay in ruins, but the foundation remained strong and ready to be built upon again.  And, this time it will not be according to the dictates of men and religion, but by the Spirit of God.  The mystery is found in hope and the promise of a new beginning that surpasses every other beginning.  The expectation of His purposes in our lives will be fulfilled. The power of His cleansing fire will usher in this new life and light.  1 Corinthians 3:11-14 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.  If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.

June 20, 2020:  Attune your spirit to My Spirit in order to receive the inspiration that will answer questions and solve problems.  You will begin to see beyond the darkness and frustration in your quest to live according to My will and purposes.  This is a place beyond flesh and the natural order of things.  You will discover ways to make necessary adjustments in your perception and responses to your environment, which will result in greater spiritual freedom. 
2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

June 19, 2020:  You are longing for your life to be normal again and to get back to that which is predictable and comfortable.  But, you cannot recover life as it used to be.  I tell you honestly that things will never be the same.  This is not a time to look back; it is a time to look forward.  Many of the adjustments you have made to accommodate an unusual season will become your new normal.  Lean on Me and trust Me to give you the wisdom and strength to advance in a new environment.  2 Peter 3:14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.

June 18, 2020:  My eyes are not dark that they cannot see, nor My ears dull that they cannot hear.  I see, hear, and know your struggles.  I am your source of help and strength in times of trouble.  I will lift you up and provide the strength you need to prevail.  Refuse to give in to the temptation to dump down in discouragement.  Exercise your faith in Me.  Hebrews 12:12-13 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

June 17, 2020:  You are in between what has been and what will be.  It is important to understand that you are in transition.  Be good to yourself, be safe, and move through this transition with the grace that I provide.  Don't be rash or get ahead of the curve.  This time will require extraordinary patience, but you can do this!  2 Thessalonians 3:5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.

June 16, 2020:  Many of you, My people, are feeling unloved and rejected.  Allow My love to surround, permeate, and lift you up.  I love and care for you above and beyond what you can understand; it is a love that is eternal.   Let love be perfected in you and pour out of you towards one another.  Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

June 15, 2020:  Don't be too hard on yourself when you make mistakes.  Use those times to be humble and to learn something about your methods.  Take those opportunities to do your best without demanding perfection, which could lead to self-deprecation.  Many times your "mistakes" can lead you to a spiritual truth you would otherwise have overlooked.  Psalm 25:9 The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way.

June 14, 2020:  You cannot go wrong when you always choose what is right and good.  There are many differing opinions and options to choose from in a divided culture.  But those who belong to Me can side with spiritual truth and access My wisdom by faith.  Allow Me to fill your heart with love as I lead, guide and direct your steps.  Hosea 14:9 Who is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent? Let him know them. For the ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.

June 13, 2020:  Do not fret about things you have no control over.  Worry doesn't help anything.  You need to be convinced that when you come to Me, I will steer you in the right direction and keep you safe.  Release troubling things to Me and be assured that I hear you.  Rise above the fray and find your place of peace in Me.  Psalm 37:7-8 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.   Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm.

June 12, 2020:  Beloved, you must move beyond your myopic vision to see beyond your lack of imagination and insight.  The current world view has become dark and in many cases hopeless, but you must not forget that you belong to Me.  I am your ray of sunshine, your port in the storm, and your hope when despair overrides optimism.  Look to Me.  Look up and see that I have not forsaken you.  Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

June 11, 2020:  You will overcome the obstacles that you have recently encountered.  It has been a struggle, but you have fought the good fight, and victory is assured.  Stay focused and keep your eyes on the prize.  The destination will be worth the journey.  Refuse to get discouraged!  1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

June 10, 2020:  Set yourself to be an example of good and not evil.  Demonstrate My righteousness.  Clearly show the existence of the truth of My word by the way you live and what you speak.  The world is full of religious people who are Christians in name only, but their words and deeds betray them.  This ought not be so.  Matthew 23:27 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness."

June 9, 2020:  Too many voices!  There are too many voices that will take you off course and encourage you to live carnally instead of living in the Spirit.  Shut out unholy conversation and be quiet.  It is vital that you are only moved by the leading of My Spirit.  The enemy is seeking to demoralize you and remove you from your place of safety in Me.  1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

June 8, 2020:  In a dream I was preaching with sincerity and passion, but when I looked out at the congregation they had all moved to the back rows of the sanctuary.  Some were sleeping and actually snoring and others were yawning and still others were slumped down in the pew.  There was no spiritual life at all.  As I was waking up I asked the Lord what this meant, and He said, "My people have grown fat and dull after being spoon-fed the truth of My word.  And, now in the pandemic, they have a rare and valuable opportunity to seek Me in earnest.  Yet, precious few have actually sought My face and entered My presence."  Matthew 13:15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.

June 7, 2020:  I have set a standard of righteousness and justice through My word.  Measure yourself, your responses to life's circumstances, and your behavior to see if you attain to that standard.  You must not compromise truth.  I have shown you what is good.  What I require of you is to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk in humility. Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

June 6, 2020:  As I sat before the Lord, I began to hear these old song lyrics:  "You've got to accentuate the positive; Eliminate the negative; Latch on to the affirmative; Don't mess with Mister In-Between."  We are being encouraged to make adjustments in outlook and perspective.  This is the stuff that faith in God is made of.  Psalm 84:5-7 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.  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.

June 5, 2020:  You are in need of strength and resilience, and both are available to you by the Spirit.  Make sure that you are willing to be righteous in heart, mind and soul, then ask to be filled with My Spirit.  He will come into you and cause you to thrive.  When you live in truth and holiness, you will prosper.  Luke 11:13 "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"

June 4, 2020:  I honor your dedication to worship and pray.  Be sure to spend time with Me.  Not only will you stay connected and feel better, but I will reward you in ways you could not have imagined.  I will pour out My anointing on those who are faithful to seek My face.  John 4:23-24 "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.  God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

June 3, 2020:  You must find rest and peace in My presence.  It is the only place of peace that is acquired beyond your thoughts and feelings. It is the peace that comes with divine perception and spiritual truth where goodness is found.  But you need to come.  Refuse to live in turmoil and confusion and seek Me with all your heart.  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."

June 2, 2020:  Refuse to allow the darkness of this world to engulf you.  Rather, allow My light to envelop you and bring life and strength.  Spiritual truth has not been shaken or adjusted by human tragedy.  I am the same yesterday, today, and forever.  You live in a world of good and evil.  You get to choose which one will define you.  John 12:46 "I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness."

June 1, 2020:  Maintain a steady pace as you push through difficult circumstances.  Slow and steady.  Slow and steady.  Before you know it the hardship you have endured will be behind you, and hope will spring forth and carry you into the next phase of existence.  Keep your faith strong as you believe that I am with you in all things and that I will never forsake you.  Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

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


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