SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND
by Marsha Burns
"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."
October 1, 2014: Now is a time when you can make the necessary adjustments to get back on track spiritually. Your course correction will come when you focus on that which brings life, vitality, and eternal perspective. The requirement is that you move deeper in the flow of My Spirit, says the Lord, and stop puddling around in the shallowness of religious exercise. This is not about getting by, but reaching beyond your grasp. 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.
October 2, 2014: If you are going to move ahead in spiritual progression, you cannot allow the past to define your future. Set yourself to begin again now with a fresh, clean slate--uncontaminated by past failures or even past victories. Let kingdom truth mold your new life, day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Establish yourself in vital, intimate relationship with Me, says the Lord. This is freedom! 2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
October 3, 2014: You are entering a new phase of existence where you have a tendency to feel disoriented. In order to re-establish firm footing in this new spiritual environment, you will need to stay spiritually aware. You must pay close attention to the details of where you are and what you do and still see everything through the eyes of the Spirit. This may feel like multi-tasking, but it will soon become your new normal, says the Lord. Refuse discouragement. Proverbs 10:25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
October 6, 2014: Whatever comes your way, get on top of it as quickly as possible. Don't let the enemy's tactics get you down or keep you down. I have given you authority to gain the victory over every attack. Trust Me, says the Lord, to lift you up, strengthen you, and cause you to stand strong. Just don't be afraid. 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.
October 7, 2014: To those who have taken a wrong turn and have gotten on the wrong track, I say it is not too late to make a course correction and get back into a solid place spiritually. What's done is done. You cannot allow past mistakes to define who you are or where you are going. Make a concerted effort to get right spiritually. You must be righteous before the rest of your life will fall into proper order, says the Lord. Isaiah 60:21 Also your people shall all be righteous; they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.
October 8, 2014: Survey your environment, and take time to assess current conditions. You will need to quiet your inner chatter in order to be objective so that you can see, hear and discern spiritual reality. Allow My presence to permeate everything in and around you. Let your faith become the primary resource in life. Only then can you act according to My will and purposes, says the Lord. James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
October 9, 2014: Breakthrough at this time is not a singular incident as much as a process. It is a marathon rather than a sprint. Stay with the process until you know that you have broken through the barriers that have hindered you, says the Lord. Be diligent, and I will give you wisdom and will strengthen you to do all that is necessary at this juncture. Continue in your faith. Psalms 31:24 Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.
October 10, 2014: Watch for feelings of ambivalence. When you are uncertain and do not know which way to turn or what to do next, you would do well to wait for My direction, says the Lord. Do nothing until you are more settled. You might also get mixed signals from others that keep you from knowing where you stand. Refuse to overreact to what people do or say. Stay calm and be at peace. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
October 13, 2014: You have begun to reap the harvest from what was sown during the beginning of the season that is ending. Some will experience great favor and benefit while others will endure hardship. Others will fall somewhere between those two extremes. This is a time when you would do well to learn the lessons of the harvest, says the Lord. Matthew 13:23 "But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
October 14, 2014: Examine your life and determine the aspects, both spiritual and natural, that cause you to thrive. You must protect those components from any form of destruction if you are to obtain a sense of safety and security. Your foundation must be solid spiritually before you can build anything that can withstand the onslaughts that come with time and circumstance, says the Lord. Be deliberate and diligent in your construction. Matthew 7:24-27 "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."
October 15, 2014: Make the effort and take the time to establish sure footing. Even though My word stands forever unchanged and I remain the same, there will be new protocols regarding the assignments that I will give you in the days ahead. There are things that you need to know and understand before you forge ahead. Discernment and finesse will be required before you can fulfill all that is purposed for you, says the Lord. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
October 16, 2014: Weep and mourn for those who once walked with Me and have turned again to their own foolishness. Their eyes have grown dull and their hearts have grown cold to the reality of My kingdom. Everyone, hear My call to wake up and know the times and seasons and understand the futility of carnal living. Stir up your faith and rise again to acknowledge My presence and power. Trust in Me, says the Lord. 2 Peter 2:21-22 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: "A dog returns to his own vomit," and, "a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire."
October 17, 2014: Be aware that you are likely to be uncomfortable and even indecisive in this season. There will be a sense of urgency to figure out what to do. You will be tempted to get drastic and be radical in changing your direction. However, you must persist and stay on track. Refuse to get upset. Maintain peace, stay calm and have faith. This is all about learning to trust Me in the midst of chaos, says the Lord. Stay the course and see My handiwork. Psalms 9:10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
October 20, 2014: Some of you, My people, tend to trust Me for the big things, but not the little things. And, some trust Me for the little things, but not the big things. But, I want you to begin to deliberately come to a place of faith and trust in all things. Depend on Me for wisdom, direction, and the power to overcome, 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.
October 21, 2014: Cry out from the depth of your heart. Reach up and let Me pull you out of every darkness of the soul into light, truth, and life. Your eternal self must rejoice in My availability to you when you reach and search. Consider life in transition, change and transcendence. Yield with nothing held back; nothing that I cannot touch, have or possess in you, 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.
October 22, 2014: Allow Me to mold you and remake you. I want to remove everything that opposes truth and righteousness. Will you put yourself in My hands without protecting your offenses and secret sins? Will you humble yourself under My might and power to transform you from being natural into being spiritual? Release yourself from the past and truly become Mine, says the Lord. Jeremiah 18:2-4 "Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words." Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.
September 1, 2014: The new season has begun, and you are on the threshold of a new beginning. You must be open and flexible if you are to make the most of the opportunities afforded you. Shake yourself from the slumber of apathy and complacency or you will overlook the possibilities that are available to you. Many of you, My people, have gotten stuck in hopelessness and despair to the point that you cannot consider an alternative to your situation. But, I say you must rise up out of the dead ashes of the past and deliberately consider My ability to bring you forth, says the Lord. Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
September 2, 2014: Take advantage of windows of opportunity as they open in the spirit realm. They will seem to open suddenly and then close again if you wait too long to act. Timing right now is everything. You will need to pay attention and discern the moving of My Spirit if you want to be in the flow and be carried. Otherwise, you may find yourself striving to move forward only to have to overcome obstacles and hindrances, says the Lord. Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
September 3, 2014: When you feel the need to look back at the people and situations in your life that produced rejection and pain, touch it lightly. Refuse to allow the enemy to make you feel unloved or inadequate. You are completely accepted, loved and satisfactory in My sight, says the Lord. And, if you will offer up the suffering that you have endured I will honor your sacrifice, and it will become a sweet fragrance to Me. Then, you can access the healing that was made available to you at the Cross. 1 Peter 2:24 [Jesus] who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
September 4, 2014: Darkness and despair abound on the earth, but you do not have to succumb to hopelessness. I would have you fight against the things that would oppress and depress you. You can do this by stepping out of spiritual darkness and coming into the light of My love and presence through the expression of heart-felt gratitude for what is right and good. Light dispels darkness and good triumphs over evil, says the Lord. Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
September 5, 2014: Beloved, I want you to become more aware in discerning the choices that are before you every day. Some of you will choose evil by default through passivity and not actively resisting the work of the enemy against you. You must take an active role in being righteous. You can't always choose what happens to you, but you can choose to put your faith in Me, says the Lord. I will strengthen you and bring you through adversity. James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience [steadfastness, constancy, endurance].
September 8, 2014: Rise above all chaos and turmoil, and enter into peace. Even when your circumstances place many demands on your time and energy, you can do all that is necessary and still maintain tranquility. However, you will have to be focused and stay calm to receive the wisdom you need to get through the changes that this season brings, says the Lord. Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
September 9, 2014: When things seem to no longer
work or properly meet your needs, you will have to make some adjustments.
This is a time when you are being re-positioned so that you can maximize the
benefits of the new season. Don't panic when changes are inevitable.
It will be much the same as your
eyes having to adjust from darkness to light--they get used to it--and you will
begin to see clearly again, says the Lord.
1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.
September 10, 2014: Set yourself with great determination to be righteous by keeping your spiritual, emotional and mental space clear and clean. Your discernment depends on your ability to know the difference between light and dark, good and evil, right and wrong. And, your well-being depends on always choosing what is right and good. Refuse the temptation to be friendly towards corruption on any level, says the Lord. 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.
September 11, 2014: Stay calm and take one step at a time. Frustration is your enemy and will cause you to make mistakes, so you will have to step back and be sure that you are doing what is necessary to accomplish that which is next in your spiritual flow. Ask for wisdom, and I will give it. I will lead you in the way you should go, says the Lord. Put your confidence in Me. Isaiah 45:2 ‘I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron.
September 12, 2014: I am doing a supernatural work in you, My people. If you will get up to the highest point of your own desire and ability to seek My face, I will take you higher spiritually and give you greater freedom of movement. You will see and discern with unprecedented clarity and become one with Me in purpose--moving with power and precision, says the Lord. Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
September 15, 2014: Embrace change. For some it will be small things that need to be tweaked, improved, or re-arranged. For others it will be the need to exchange or replace that which is broken. And, for others it will be a time of complete renovation. I speak of your spiritual condition as well as your emotional, mental, and physical environment. I am preparing you for the days ahead that will require soundness of spirit, soul, and body if you are to make the most of the opportunities that are presented, says the Lord. Now is the time to get ready to move into the new season. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
September 16, 2014: Keep yourself in righteousness and honor. I have provided for you sanctification and have set you apart for Myself, says the Lord. Protect your commitment. Be established in My kingdom through dedication to My purposes. Refuse to allow the enemy to steal your peace or undermine your spiritual position. Set a watch for his shenanigans. Deuteronomy 4:9 "Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren."
September 17, 2014: Beloved, I want you to begin to recognize and discern when you are getting off track. The first sign will be that every effort is blocked as though a door has been shut. When this happens, stop and ask for wisdom and then wait for My leading. Do not proceed until you are assured that I am guiding you and directing your steps. Get in the flow of My Spirit, says the Lord. Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
September 18, 2014: Many of you, My children, are conflicted--as though being caught between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings. This is because there is winding down from the past season and a gearing up for the next. You are in transition. What is passing isn't over yet and what is coming isn't here yet. This is a time when you have to be patient and allow My grace to sustain you, says the Lord. This too will pass. 2 Corinthians 12:9a And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness."
September 19, 2014: These are not easy times, but it is a time when you can learn a lot about yourself and your ability to persevere. Make a decision to endure and push through the difficult situations that you face, and you will absolutely have breakthrough. And, when you do emerge from the darkness the light will be brighter, the victory sweeter and the joy more exhuberant. It will be worth all the effort, says the Lord. Stay the course. 1 Peter 1:6-8 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.
September 22, 2014: I want you to step back and take a look at the bigger picture. While looking at details is admirable, you can miss a greater understanding that is necessary in accurately evaluating a particular situation. Take the time to make adjustments in the way you see things so that you have greater clarity of intent and purpose, says the Lord. Psalms 14:2 The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
September 23, 2014: Stand strong in the face of adversity, for I say to you that challenges will come as devastation seems to rule the world. It is up to each of you, My people, to establish righteousness and kingdom principles where you are--in your life and circumstances. You will do this through choosing good over evil, says the Lord. Set yourself apart to reflect My character and nature. 1 Corinthians 6:15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!
September 24, 2014: Consider where you have been, where you are now and where you are headed. If your life seems to be on a path that has departed from spiritual commitment and consecration, you will need to make a course correction before it leads to destruction. Let Me direct you in the way of righteousness and peace so that I can bless you, says the Lord. 2 Thessalonians 3:5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
September 25, 2014: The next phase of your
spiritual progression is beginning to unfold. Position yourself for the
greatest benefit of the season by getting your priorities in order and
developing righteous values. Move away from self-absorption to consider
and esteem one another. Be honest and righteous in every area of
life--relationships, finances, goals and desires. I am the light that will
guide you through the darkness that covers the earth, says the Lord.
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
September 26, 2014: Deliberately deal with things that distract you from seeking My face with a whole heart. These are critical times in your spiritual development and supernatural progression. This is a time when you need to get your head screwed on straight--to become clear in your thinking and calm in your emotions so that your attitudes, motives and actions line up with the truth of My word, says the Lord. Become one with Me. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
September 29, 2014: Hunker down and maintain your spiritual position as you resist the temptation to yield to outside pressure and the opinions of others. Take a defensive stance against the schemes of the enemy to disrupt. Be cautious and make sure that your plans do not become a departure from security or safety, says the Lord. Stay covered. Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
September 30, 2014: Come here. Come with Me. Follow Me. Many of My people have been given a mantle--a calling and purpose. But, when things became too challenging, the mantle became contaminated with things of the world and of the natural realm. The garment is no longer fit for the work of My kingdom, says the Lord. Come again for a new garment, which will require renewed commitment to do what I called you to do before the perversion of purpose by the flesh. Revelation 3:18 "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see."
Faith Tabernacle of Kremmling
Bill and Marsha Burns
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459
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