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."
MAY 2013 --
May 1, 2013: Go ahead and make your plans, but hold them loosely. Be willing to allow Me to make the necessary adjustments in your thoughts and desires to keep you in the perfect movement of My Spirit, says the Lord. I will direct your steps, but you must first yield completely to My will. Do not allow the stubbornness to get your own way to prevail. Proverbs 16:9 A manís heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
May 2, 2013: Watch for distractions devised by the enemy to keep you from exercising your power to stop him. I have given you the authority to trample him underfoot, but you must be alert enough to discern his attacks and resist him, says the Lord. He will try to convince you that his work against you is your fault. The devil is a liar! Luke 10:19 "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
May 3, 2013: Beloved, take the time to come into the secret place and be shut in with Me until this difficulty is over and the indignation is past. I see that trouble has overwhelmed you in many ways and caused you to despair, but know that I am with you to help you overcome and obtain the victory, says the Lord. Be strong and unwavering in your faith. Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.
May 7, 2013: Be flexible. I will begin to restructure many areas of your life to enhance the spiritual aspects of your existence. You will be pleased with the results, but only if you yield in complete obedience to this process. You will be tempted to drag your feet in response to change, but things will go much better if you will embrace this fresh wind of My Spirit with a whole heart, says the Lord. 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
May 8, 2013: It is important for you recover from recent stress by leaning on Me. Be strong. Don't give up. All things that represent problems are only a stepping stone to understanding the work of My kingdom more completely. Keep looking up, says the LORD. Never forget that I am leading you to victory. Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
May 9, 2013: Let the moving of My Spirit be your motivation as you navigate through the next weeks and months. You will be required to make some changes to accommodate this new level of spiritual experience. Stay calm and maintain your peace, says the Lord. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
May 10, 2013: Know, My beloved, that I have been with you and protected you; even carried you in times when you were not able. Discouragement is not an option. Faith and trust will sustain you and open the door to victory. Be courageous and strong. Refuse to let your circumstances take you down the slippery slope of despair, says the Lord. Psalms 20:2 May He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion.
May 13, 2013: If you will pay close attention, you will see that you are experiencing vital, life-changing opportunities that will give greater spiritual perspective. These times are to be valued and not wasted. Embrace and optimize every chance given to grow in wisdom and understanding, as well as to advance in the spirit realm, says the Lord, and be grateful. Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
May 14, 2013: The time of change has come. You will never be the same again, but I have things to teach and to show you that you could not have received until now. These will be times to remember and to cherish even though they seem to be beyond your ability to fully deal with presently, says the Lord. It's not your power that will bring you through; it is Mine! Zechariah 4:6b "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit," Says the LORD of hosts.
May 15, 2013: I would have you, My people, walk in sincerity and without pretense. Be who you are in Me, and that will allow the manifestation of My Spirit to flow through you unhindered. However, if you are afraid to be rejected and seek acceptance and approval, those around you will only see your insecurity even when you try to be religious. These are times when you can experience greater freedom on all levels, says the Lord. 1 Timothy 1:5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.
May 16, 2013: Beloved, I am doing a unique and powerful work in you that will change how you see not only My kingdom, but the world. It will be as though a fog has lifted. You will be able to see with greater clarity than ever and to move forward with certainty. Presumption will melt away as you begin to see everything for what it is and how it relates to you. Press through your self-focus into the spiritual light of truth, says the Lord. Psalms 117:2 For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!
May 17, 2013: I am making a very clear distinction between responses that come by way of My Spirit and those that emanate from religious culture. I will bring to light and reveal every expression that does not come from a pure spirit, says the Lord. The time of regeneration will begin with awareness and a willingness to follow Me with a heart of love. Be transformed! Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
May 20, 2013: Brace yourself for shaking. Everything that can be shaken is being shaken. This is a time when everything that cannot withstand this spiritual earthquake will be torn down and become rubble. You will be tempted to try to keep things together and protect what cannot be saved. Let the storm have it's way and come to completion before you try to rebuild, says the Lord. Hebrews 12:27 Now this, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
May 21, 2013: I have given you the right of passage through these dire straits and difficult ways. I will show you the way through every situation with precision and extraordinary discernment and insight. These are days to keep your mouth shut and learn to look and listen so that you can see and hear spiritually, says the Lord. Trust Me to lead you to safety. Psalms 12:5 "For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise," says the LORD; "I will set him in the safety for which he yearns."
May 22, 2013: Take time to re-evaluate your life. Take stock to see what is really important to your well-being on every level. But, remember to put first things first, and that would be your spiritual wellness. I am doing a particular work in this season to prepare My people, says the Lord, to be dedicated to My kingdom and consecrated to do and to be all that I have called you to. This is not a work according to man's doctrine or end-time scenarios. This is a true spiritual work that will begin and end with your vital connection with Me. Psalms 10:17 LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear.
May 23, 2013: Beloved, I know that your flow in the Spirit has seemed distant and undefined. This is because your have been out of your comfort zone and at times felt like you were out of control. The truth is that you are in the flow of My Spirit, but this particular flow is not what you have become accustomed to. You are in a time of intense training to develop a deeper level of discernment. Let Me take you deeper, says the Lord. Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me."
May 24, 2013: I am uncovering that which has been
hidden. I will bring all pretense and hypocrisy to light so that you can
be free to have a vital and genuine connection with Me, says the Lord. Our
relationship depends on complete honesty and pure motivations. You cannot
see things around you in the light of truth and in accurate discernment when you
are keeping things hidden in darkness. Come to the light! Matthew
10:26 "Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be
revealed, and hidden that will not be known."
April 1, 2013: Draw close to Me. Let us be one, with no separation or division between us. My desire is that your heart and mind would come into complete unity with Me, says the Lord, for this is the place of absolute righteousness and peace. You can choose to position yourself to be in this perfect union so that you are never in opposition to My will. John 17:21 That they all may be one, as you, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
April 2, 2013: Approach uncertainty with faith that I am with you directing your steps. Nothing is uncertain to Me or in My kingdom. I know the beginning from the end, and you can trust Me to lead you in the way you should go. I am for you and not against you. Maintain peace in all things, says the Lord. Psalms 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.
April 3, 2013: Your time of transition will be over soon. Just a few more points of preparation will put you in a position of moving ahead. Take a solid stand of faith and trust in Me, says the Lord, and face the final steps of this process with patience, assurance, and certainty that My will is being accomplished in your circumstances. 2 Timothy 1:12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
April 4, 2013: Do not despair, I will make a way even in the midst of your wilderness experience. You are a pilgrim passing through, and this is a temporary matter. In terms of the eternal kingdom this is momentary. Refuse to give this situation more prominence than it deserves. Let Me lead you through this time of correction and need, says the Lord. 2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
April 5, 2013: Beloved, examine and enumerate the issues that are a concern to you. Then, deliberately release them to Me, with faith in knowing that I will bring those things to completion in perfect order; just as I am also revealing those things in you that must come to justice and correction, says the Lord. Do not despise this time of sanctification and purification. Psalms 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands.
April 8, 2013: I am bringing you to another level of commitment, but you must abandon religious exercise and man's traditions to seek life in the Spirit. I am opening the treasures of walking in the Spirit as you choose to be obedient to the revelation of spiritual reality being unveiled. The blessings will be beyond what you could think or ask if you refuse to go back to what is familiar, says the Lord. Luke 12:48b For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.
April 9, 2013: Make a special effort to stay present with Me, says the Lord. Resist the temptation to dwell on the past, and deliberately let go of all failures and regrets. Walk with Me here and now even though your tendency will also be to race ahead and try to see what the future holds. There are things that you need to see and deal with right here where you are now. Let me show you and give you wisdom. Psalms 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
April 10, 2013: Be on the lookout for weapons formed against your soul, particularly your emotions. The enemy wants to not only distract you from spiritual endeavors, but wants to disable your desire to walk in the Spirit. Watch particularly for depression, condemnation, frustration and outrage. You will feel completely justified in allowing these expressions to manifest, but it would not be in your best interest, says the Lord. Exercise self-control. Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord.
April 11, 2013: Don't give up! Hold on to your faith. Even though the path seems unfamiliar and even treacherous at times, you must continue on. I have gone before you to make the crooked places straight and to remove dangerous obstacles from your way. Be strong and unwavering in your belief that I will perfect those things that concern you, says the Lord. 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.
April 12, 2013: You are about to have significant
breakthrough in a number of areas in your life and circumstances. But, you
must believe that I am telling you the truth, says the Lord, and position
yourself spiritually for success. You have had to face many challenges
that have been not only difficult but daunting. Now, you will begin to
move out of that wilderness experience. Hosea 2:15 I will give her her
vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor 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
April 15, 2013: Beloved, I call you out of darkness into light; from despair to hope. You don't have to minimize the difficult days of the past, but you must leave those days behind and move forward in the faith that prevails over the powers of darkness and oppression. Look up, and let your spiritual vision be restored. I will lead you to victory, says the Lord. Matthew 9:29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you."
April 16, 2013: I would have you take the land for My kingdom, says the Lord. But, I speak to you in spiritual terms. There are parts of your heart that have become bitter and hardened because of the difficulties you have faced. Those hard places of discouragement, rejection, and frustration must be plowed up like fallow ground and planted with seeds of faith and trust. You must take the ground of your own heart before you can do the external work. Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
April 17, 2013: Continue to follow Me and do what is right in every situation. You know the difference between right and wrong, and you can choose to be righteous. Refuse to give in to any temptation that would result in attitudes or actions that are contrary to My character and nature. I have called you to be one with Me, and when we are unified My thoughts will be your thoughts, and your actions will follow, says the Lord. 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.
April 18, 2013: Everything that manifests
outwardly begins in the heart. Don't allow your heart to become defiled by
hardness or bitterness of soul. Be purified and liberated from everything
that would hold you in bondage, says the Lord. Let sanctification and
honor have its perfect work as you take control of your thoughts and emotions.
Matthew 12:33-37 "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make
the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of
vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of
the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his
heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings
forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may
speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your
words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."
April 19, 2013: I am bringing greater clarity in distinguishing the difference between faith and hope. Your prayers must be established in absolute faith, without any doubt whatsoever; according to My will, says the Lord. If you find that you are in a double-minded position, take the time and effort to suss out any place of fear or unbelief that would undermine your faith. Then, make the necessary corrections so that whatever you ask in My name will be done. 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.
April 22, 2013: Do not allow provocation to cause you to react in the flesh or set you back spiritually. Wrong attitudes and behavior patterns will take you out of the flow of My Spirit, says the Lord. The test is to see whether or not what you proclaim or believe is genuine. You are My living epistle, an open book for all to read. Let others see Me in you. 2 Corinthians 3:2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men.
April 23, 2013: I will show you ways to get in order so that you will be more efficient and effective in all that you have been given to do. Simplicity is the order of the day. Be open and sensitive to My leading in this regard. I would have you be unencumbered to the extent that you can focus more fully on spiritual matters and spend more time with Me, says the Lord. I am calling you to come and dine. Revelation 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me."
April 24, 2013: Come into My peace, says the Lord. Do not allow stress to take you out of spiritual perfection and flow. Be calm and trust Me to perfect those things that concern you. I am with you and will bring you through in great victory. Let your heart erupt in praise and thanksgiving for that which I am doing. I am your shield and your exceedingly great reward. Do not be afraid. Psalms 27:14 Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!
April 25, 2013: These are pivotal times when there will be a decided break from the past as I open the way to a new phase of existence, says the Lord. You will be able to move forward more freely as old restrictions are removed. I will give you the wisdom necessary to restructure portions of your life so that you can operate more completely in the realm of divine order. You are My beloved, and I am with you. Isaiah 42:16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.
April 26, 2013: Submit to My process, for indeed I
am bringing you forth in strength and power. You are chosen and precious
in My sight. There is nothing hidden from Me, and I see your heart
and your desire to walk in perfection in My kingdom. I tell you truly that
I am with you to bring you into a more perfect union with Myself, says the Lord.
Be strong and courageous, and let faith and trust be your shield and staff.
1 Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares
April 29, 2013: Look up and out from where you now stand spiritually, for there is an expansion of insight and understanding underway. Look beyond where you are and rise above those things that have been dark and gloomy. There is no cause for discouragement or depression. Rise up now to seek and to know My will and purposes. What's done is done, and now you must change your mindset and position, says the Lord. I am with you to guide you through the maze of emotions that have kept you in darkness. Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
April 30, 2013: Look alive! Be alert!
I am opening the eyes of your understanding to see and comprehend that which I
am now doing. I am releasing new hope for the hopeless and light where
darkness has prevailed. Position yourself to receive this blessing.
Now is the time for your spiritual vision to become clear and unclouded.
Let freedom reign, says the Lord.
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us
free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
Faith Tabernacle of Kremmling
Bill and Marsha Burns
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459
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