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."

 

JULY 2014:

July 1, 2014:  Beloved, I don't want you to argue back and forth over things you disagree with.  You do not have to prove yourself to be correct or right.  Instead, hold your beliefs close to your heart and examine them with My Word as the standard.  It is not up to you to convince others to be like you or to align their concepts with yours, says the Lord.  Be free and let others enjoy the same freedom of choice.  Romans 14:5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.

July 2, 2014:  Examine those things that have not worked for you, and make the necessary adjustments.  Make sure that all of the elements in your life are working together for your ultimate good.  Refuse to allow things that waste your energy and resources to be a distraction from your spiritual commitment, says the Lord.  Live in the Spirit!  Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

July 3, 2014:  Stop and take a personal inventory of how you manage your resources.  I speak of time, money, energy, and concentration.  Productivity in the world is not the same as spiritual productivity.  You are set in this world to establish My kingdom in all things.  It is My desire for you to become a better steward of all that you have been given and all that you have been given to do.  I will direct your steps, says the Lord.  Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."

July 4, 2014:  Re-establish yourself on the solid ground of faith.  You cannot acquire spiritual benefits without trusting Me, says the Lord.  And, you cannot rely on your efforts in the natural realm to achieve maximum benefits in the Spirit.  You have heard it said that desperate times call for desperate measures.  Do not think of faith as your last act of desperation, but your first choice in getting help.  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.

July 7, 2014:  Maintain your vital connection with Me, says the Lord, which will stabilize your life in these hectic times.  Be strong, focused and unwavering, and it will help you deal with the chaos around you.  You will also need to take time to quiet your soul and be still.  Refuse to allow yourself to be drawn into things that steal your peace.  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!

July 8, 2014:  Be quiet.  It is in your best interest to stop worrying and fretting and start putting your trust in Me.  For, I will show you the way and be with you on the journey.  Be sensitive to My leading, and do not rely on your own thoughts and desires.  I know what is best for you, says the Lord.  Have faith!  Psalms 5:11-12  But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.  For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

July 9, 2014:  What you say is a direct reflection of your heart, and your speech reveals whether you walk in the Spirit or in the flesh.  Pay attention to the words of your mouth, and deal with the issues within yourself that cause a negative overflow.  I have called you to righteousness, faith, and peace.  When you walk in unity with Me, says the Lord, the fruit will be evident.  Psalms 141:3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.

July 10, 2014:  Position yourself in My presence, says the Lord, and I will give you directions for solving difficult problems.  But, don't come with your own solutions or good ideas, for that will block true wisdom.  You need to come with the innocence and openness of a child.  Come in faith and let Me lead you.  James 3:13-18  Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.  But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.  This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.  For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

July 11, 2014:  This is a time when you can deal effectively with disappointment, but you must first recognize that it stems from presumption and false hope.  I would have you come into spiritual reality through true discernment and not conjecture based on the desires of your soul.  You are in a season of maturity where you can leave childish pretending behind and actually fulfill your kingdom position and do the work I have assigned to you, says the Lord.  Be in the flow of My Spirit.  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 14, 2014:  Be who you are.  Be genuine.  There is no need to try to gain the approval of others through pretense.  True acceptance comes from Me.  A lack of sincerity will derail spiritual discernment and will interfere with your relationship with Me, says the Lord.    Be honest in expressing your feelings, thoughts and intentions.  2 Corinthians 1:12 For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.

July 15, 2014:  There are new possibilities on the horizon.  Take this time to prepare yourself by re-evaluating your priorities.  I speak to you in terms of spiritual reality and eternal values, which ultimately must take precedence over all things worldly and temporary.  Rise up to new heights where you can truly live in the Spirit, says the Lord.  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 16, 2014:  In your spiritual progression, you must do first things first.  Just take the next step as I direct you.  Your steps have to be in order.  When you refuse to do that which is in your spiritual flow now, your progress will be hindered or even stopped until you accomplish what I have set before you, says the Lord.  Let Me lead you.  Let Me direct your steps.  Psalms 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.

July 17, 2014:  It is time for expansion.  Break out of the mold, and transcend old limitations so that you can operate outside the box.  Be done with the fear that is rooted in false assumptions.  Be revitalized.  Be courageous and bold.  Trust Me to lead you in the ways of refreshment and renewal, says the Lord.  You will be delighted with the results.  Psalm 103:2-5  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

July 18, 2014:  When you push through into new territory, both spiritual and natural, you will have extraordinary experiences and opportunities along with unexpected challenges.  These challenges will either be your impetus for growth or will cause frustration and discouragement.  Your response to your circumstances will determine whether you will be victorious or victimized.  Be strong and courageous, says the Lord.  Let Me lead you to victory.  2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

July 21, 2014:  Get in the river.  Let the flow of My Spirit carry you into My purposes for you.  You can only do this when you trust Me completely, says the Lord, and when you have established a personal and strong relationship with Me.  Don't be afraid of where I might take you because I am for and not against you.  You are My dwelling place.  Psalms 46:4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.\

July 22, 2014:  You can see a path of expansion before you.  Don't obsess about expanding; rather, let Me use My word in and through you to establish a pathway that you will see and follow.  Refuse to be in stress or try to control the progression or outcome.  Watch and be amazed at how I will direct this great drama that will unfold before you.  It will be a production that will be unforgettable.  Be My instrument of divine purpose, says the Lord.  Isaiah 54:2-3 "Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited.

July 23, 2014:  I am shining a light on things in you and around you, which have been cloaked in darkness.  These are things that you will need to take into consideration before making any significant changes.  You desire wisdom, but this goes beyond what you could have imagined, says the Lord.  Be willing and open so that you can receive all that is available to you.  Psalms 51:6 Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

July 24, 2014:  Rise above the clamor and turmoil in the world around you and see that I have put a fresh hunger in you.  This is not a natural hunger but one that can only be satisfied by My word and the revelation that comes from seeking My face, says the Lord.  It is as soft as a light breeze and as refreshing as a rain shower, so you will have to be quiet enough to discern this work and yield to it.  Come to Me and be renewed.  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.

July 25, 2014:  I heard the Lord say, "Go deep!  Refuse to get stuck in what you already know religiously, and look for a deeper spiritual understanding of Who I am and who you are in Me.  Move into the realm of spiritual reality where My Word is not just a fable, but is the plan by which you live your life here and now and for eternity.  You are in a crucial time where you must choose to grow or you will become dormant."  2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

July 28, 2014:  You are entering a time of exploration and discovery when you can search for Me with all your heart and examine My character and nature in order to know Me on a personal level, says the Lord.  I will show you who I am in greater depth of understanding so that you can discover who you are in My kingdom.  This discovery will expand your spiritual horizons.  Deuteronomy 4:29 "But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul."

July 29, 2014:  Thoughts of people from your past bring another opportunity to forgive and let go of feelings of rejection, betrayal and abandonment.  Do this quickly so that you do not become obsessed with things you can do nothing about.  Stay present with Me, says the Lord, and keep your focus on things that matter here and now.  2 Peter 1:10-12 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.

July 30, 2014:  What have you overlooked?  You cannot continue on the path that I have set before you until you see and understand what you failed to recognize and consider.  If you will be still, ask for wisdom, and look carefully, you will see what it is that I am showing you, says the Lord.  This is a time when you can bring all factors into consideration and tie up loose ends.  Psalms 119:27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts; so shall I meditate on Your wondrous works.

July 31, 2014:  Hide yourself in the secret place of My presence, says the Lord.  You must stay hidden until the onslaught passes by.  I will keep you safe as long as you trust Me to protect you.  Let the unction of My Spirit and My still, small voice lead you away from danger and harm.  I know where you are at all times.  You are the apple of My eye, and I will defend you with My power and might.  Psalms 17:8 Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings.


June 2014

June 2, 2014:  Refuse to allow your thoughts to run wild.  You can do this by deliberately focusing your attention on things that will benefit you and those around you.  You can make great strides spiritually if you will set your mind on spiritual things instead of on worldly things.  This is a matter of discipline, but you can do it, says the Lord.  2 Corinthians 10:4-5  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.

June 3, 2014:  As a member of My Body, set a watch for inconsistency, for it will become a hindrance whether you are inconsistent or those around you lack stability.  This inharmonious behavior will result in a chaotic environment.  You can't do anything about the choices that others make.  But, you can choose to display strong and unchanging spiritual values, says the Lord, and refuse to be subject to those who do not.   1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

June 4, 2014:  Your choices will take on extraordinary meaning and significance at this time, and will have a greater impact on your future than you might think.  Be sensitive and submitted to the leading of My Spirit, and take care to choose wisely and righteously if you want the outcome to be positive.  1 Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.

June 5, 2014:  Let Me take you beyond the mundane into refreshing and exciting aspects of My kingdom, says the Lord.  All you have to do is seek the extraordinary and have faith that I will show you things in the realm of the Spirit that transcend your natural mind and your world view.  But, you must set your desire on the supernatural, and trust Me.  Psalms 27:8 When You said, "Seek My face," My heart said to You, "Your face, LORD, I will seek."

June 6, 2014:  Beloved, you are always transitioning from what was into what is coming.  To avoid the confusion that transition brings, you have to stay with what is now.  Stay present with Me to see what I am showing you right where you are.  Take each moment as it comes and be open to the current spiritual work.  Having righteous thoughts, motives, and actions is a full-time job.  Do it well, says the Lord.  Psalms 101:7 He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.

June 9, 2014:  Exert the necessary energy to extricate yourself from emotional bondage.  Yes, it's been tough.  Yes, you've experienced situations and circumstances that have been devastating.  But, you can't stay where you are and be available to all that I have for you in My kingdom.  Release yourself from the past and let Me bring healing to your soul, says the Lord.  Walk with Me. 
1 John 3:19-21  And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.  For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.  Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.

June 10, 2014:  Have no regrets.  You have had prime opportunities through your experience to learn something about yourself and about the Kingdom.  Be released into a perfect flow with no striving.  Rather, enjoy the ease of being carried along in spiritual flow.  Get yourself to that place of enduring peace.  Let Me have My way, says the Lord.  Surrender!  Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

June 11, 2014:  Be calm and refuse to allow the stress of pressing situations and environments to take its toll.  You don't have to push yourself beyond normal limits, but you do have to trust Me to for help and wisdom in handling difficulties.  I am with you to empower you by grace and lead you in peace, says the Lord.  Psalm 23:1-2  The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.

June 12, 2014:  Some things have been put on hold for a short time so that you can get your heart right with Me in this particular.  I am dealing with selfish motivations and places of disregard for others.  When you recognize wrong attitudes and set things in order, you will be able to proceed, says the Lord.  Love is the order of the day.  Romans 13:10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

June 13, 2014:  Take care to treat others with the same respect you expect.  Weigh your criticism of others to make sure that what you say is not only valid but helpful.  My kingdom is not about critical judgmentalism, but about exhortation.  I call you to extend love, peace, and kindness, says the Lord.  Be a vessel of goodness.  Luke 6:41-42  And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s 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 brother’s eye.

June 16, 2014:  I heard the phrase, "Steady as she goes."  And, the Lord says:  Do not deviate from your destination.  I have set your direction, and your spiritual development and the outcome will depend on your staying on course.  Refuse to be drawn away by distractions and interruptions to divine flow, says the Lord.  James 1:13-14  Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.  But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

June 17, 2014:  In your questions about how to proceed, wait until you have a definitive answer.  Any doubt about your direction or responses to circumstances will produce double-mindedness.  If you need wisdom ask, and then wait for an answer, says the Lord.  For, it is my desire to guide your steps and keep you in a spiritual flow.  Let Me lead.  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.

June 18, 2014:  Small corrections can make a big difference, and I am showing you things that need to be corrected in order for you to have a better outcome.  Your tendency will be to over-correct, so it is important that you pay attention to that aspect of your life, says the Lord.  See to it that you don't get down on yourself, but rather recognize that no one is perfect.  You are simply being 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.

June 19, 2014:  Take advantage of the grace available to you to deal with issues that have caused you to procrastinate.  These are things you have dreaded or at least have not looked forward to.  Now is the time to take care of whatever has been a bother so that it will not become a stumbling block, says the Lord.  You will have My help to take appropriate action.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

June 20, 2014:  Beloved, I am calling you to come higher.  I speak in terms of seeking Me with a greater sense of purpose in light of eternity.  Establish your perspective to see beyond the natural world.  That which is temporary must not be viewed as permanent.  Your life and time should be invested in the Kingdom to produce long-term and long-lasting benefit, says the Lord.  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.

June 23, 2014:  Press!  It is not about taking an occasional lunge at walking in the Spirit.  I speak of the constant awareness necessary to live in the Spirit.  This is about keeping your spiritual life active enough to rule over your flesh (carnal nature).  No one is going to do this for you.  This is your responsibility, says the Lord.  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.

June 24, 2014:  Watch and listen, for I will reveal the areas of life where you have gotten stuck.  And, I will give wisdom and direction with regard to your freedom.  It is time for you to move on with bravery and boldness from the trauma and difficulties you have endured.  As you let go of the past, it will let go of you, 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.

June 25, 2014:  You have asked for wisdom to know how to deal with difficult problems.  But, have you listened?  Have you paid attention to My still, small voice urging you to do what you have not considered?  It is one thing to ask and another thing to receive.  You must silence your frustration and self-criticism and be at peace before you can hear, says the Lord.  Proverbs 2:6-8  For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints.

June 26, 2014:  Examine the places in your life where you have become overextended.  I speak to you about things that are beyond your control or ability to deal with effectively.  Pull back where you can to avoid the stress that comes with taking on too much.  You would do well to stay within your safe boundaries where you can achieve the effects that you desire and stay spiritually focused, says the Lord.  Jeremiah 42:10 ‘If you will still remain in this land, then I will build you and not pull you down, and I will plant you and not pluck you up. For I relent concerning the disaster that I have brought upon you."

June 27, 2014:  Pay attention, for I will show you where you have strayed from the path that I have prepared for you.  You will have to make some adjustments in order to re-establish your spiritual and righteous course.  There are things that interrupt the divine flow in your life and cause you to deviate from My purposes.  You will know these things by their fruit.  Let go of everything that steals your peace, says the Lord.  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 30, 2014:  You are at a point of spiritual discovery.  If you will allow it, I will reveal greater depth and meaning in the truth of My Word.  However, you will need to yield to the moving of My Spirit and not stubbornly hang on to the traditions of men and the works of the flesh.  Open your heart and mind to receive revelation, says the Lord.  I am bringing you higher.  Acts 26:16 ‘But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.


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


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