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."

 

 

APRIL 2014

April 1, 2014:  I am leading the way so that you can follow Me on the perfect path that I have set before you.  But, you must develop a surrendered heart so that you do not go your own way or from a vantage point of self-interest.  You are Mine.  You are not your own.  I have purpose for your life that you have not yet realized.  Let Me take you to your destiny, says the Lord.  1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

April 2, 2014:  Pay attention, for I will reveal the things in you that need attention.  This discovery can lead to a greater understanding of the internal work that must be done before you can move on with your life.  The foundation has been laid for a deep cleansing in areas that have been hidden in darkness until now.  Let faith mature and be strengthened by this process, says the Lord.  1 Peter 1:7  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.

April 3, 2014:  You can now make great inroads that will help in accessing what has heretofore been beyond your reach.  There are things that you needed to deal with before moving on.  You are at the very cusp of beginning a new phase of existence.  Enter it with clean hands and a pure heart, says the Lord.  Psalm 24:3-5  Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

April 4, 2014:  Watch for prime opportunities to have a reality check.  Decisions you have made in the past will now come to a position of harvest, either good or bad.  It is time to rise to a new level of spiritual reality where you can be more effective in doing what is good for you and My kingdom, says the Lord.  Discernment will become clear when deception is removed.  Proverbs 15:21 Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, but a man of understanding walks uprightly.

April 7, 2014:  Evaluate where you are spiritually by looking to see where you have been and how far you have come.  And establish
awareness of where you are going.  It is necessary to keep pace with My purposes for you at this timeThese are days of defining moments that will carry you to divine destiny, says the Lord.  2 Peter 1:2-4  Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

April 8, 2014:   Your encounters will reveal situations that would not only become distractions, but could cause you to feel disoriented.  You need to keep your feet planted firmly on what is true and good.  Entertaining any fantasy at all will result in a long and unfruitful ride.  Stay present with Me, says the Lord, and look to Me for guidance.  Be alert!  1 Corinthians 7:35 And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.

April 9, 2014:  Yield to the work of renewal that I am performing in you, says the Lord.  I am calling you to a higher place of strength and life.  Rise up to take your place so that the life of My Spirit may be made manifest in and through you.  Do not doubt this great work, but rather be part of My exhibition to the world of life, liberty, and righteousness.  Romans 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

April 10, 2014:  You are not only about to step into a new day, but a new order as well.  Adjustments will have to be made to accommodate your newness of life.  You will not be able to hang on to old mindsets and advance at the same time.  I will show you the things that must be released before you can be free, says the Lord.  Your part is obedience to do what I reveal to you.  1 John 1:5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

April 11, 2014:  Watch for opportunities in the course of your mundane and ordinary life to be extraordinary spiritually.  The honor you bring to My kingdom will not only be an outward show of your faithfulness, but will definitely be the inward condition of your heart that manifests in every thought, motive, attitude, and action.  Make sure that righteousness rules, says the Lord.  Romans 1:17  For in it [the Gospel of Christ] the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."

April 14, 2014:  The preliminary work has been done, and the door is open.  All you have to do is take the next step.  Do what is directly in front of you to do.  This journey will be taken one step at a time, in which you will focus your entire being--spirit, soul, and body--on that which is immediate.  I will give you wisdom and direct your steps, says the Lord.  Have faith in Me.  Mark 11:22  So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God."

April 15, 2014:  As you continue on your spiritual journey, you must keep in mind that love is the primary thing.  Let your love for Me and for one another override every other emotional reaction and mental response to life and circumstances.  If you will do this first, obedience in all other areas will follow, says the Lord.  1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

April 16, 2014:  Now is a time when you can leave spiritual immaturity behind and grow up into the strong, unwavering, mature disciple that you were intended to be.  Embrace all that I have prepared for you in My kingdom, since before the foundations of the earth.  I have not only prepared the kingdom for you, but I have prepared you for the kingdom.  Let maturity take its perfect course, says the Lord.  Hebrews 5:12-14   For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.  For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.  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.

April 17, 2014:  You may feel like you are flying blind at the moment, unable to see where you're going.  Just wait for My direction before you take another step.  This is a new day and a new time when even what has been familiar will suddenly seem unfamiliar and strange.  This is definitely a time when you must walk by faith and not by sight, says the Lord.  Trust Me!  2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

April 18, 2014:  I have opened the door to My secret place so that you can come in and learn of Me.  The season you have entered has a mysterious element, but if you come through that door, you will discover that which has been shrouded in mystery.  You will have revelation that transcends your intellectual understanding.  You will be able to walk in the Spirit unhindered, says the Lord.  Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

April 21, 2014:  This is a time when you can make plans for the days ahead, but after you decide what you want to do, hold your plans loosely.  Hold them in your heart as with an open hand so that I can still have My way with you.  Be flexible, and allow Me to change the details or even your direction.  The facts are not all available to you at this time, but they will unfold with time, says the Lord.  You belong to Me; let Me direct your steps.  Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.


MARCH 2014

March 3, 2014:  You can make great progress spiritually at this time, but you must be willing to let go of everything that will keep you where you are.  Your stubborn refusal to let go of whatever represents comfort or security will become a stumbling block to your own personal liberty.  Be willing to rise up from where you've been and soar in the Spirit on your thermals of faith, says the Lord.  Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

March 4, 2014:  When you find yourself in a position of correcting others, make sure that you do not do so from a haughty position, or one of lording your power over them.  Rather, keep an attitude of humility that stems from a desire to help and strengthen others.  Problem-solving is most effective when all parties involved are assured of their liberty and equality.  Exercise your respect for others, says the Lord.  Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

March 5, 2014:  Beloved, let the light of My truth shine in you to expose the darkest recesses of your being.  There are still things hidden that must be revealed for the purpose of setting you free, says the Lord.  Righteousness must be restored before your own light can shine unhindered by the darkness of carnal living.  Set your heart on purity.  Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

March 6, 2014:  This is a time when the fruit of the past five years will come to maturity.  To understand this you may have to examine the theme of that time period and be particularly sensitive and discerning as to what it has produced.  Prepare yourself for a new beginning when old things will lose their importance and your interest.  You will have prime opportunities to turn your thoughts more completely to spiritual things and your relationship with Me, says the Lord.  Psalms 5:3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.

March 7, 2014:  Take a mental inventory of your life and its various components to determine how you are influenced and how you influence others.  The goal of this examination is to clear out those things that are unclean or impure--things that defile.  Make the internal decision to surrender fully to the leading of My Spirit, says the Lord.  I will transport you into a place of righteousness that you have yet to experience.  James 3:17 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.

March 10, 2014:  Follow the dictates of integrity.  Let righteousness rule in your heart so that you can behave according to your belief in the truth of My Word.  It is important that you, as a representative of My kingdom, can be trusted.  Set yourself to live up to the standards that I have set for you, says the Lord, and I will empower you to do all that I have set before you.  Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

March 11, 2014:  I am moving My people to higher spiritual ground.  In order for you to be part of that company, you must individually release others from offense and division.  My Body is not fragmented; it is a whole unit.  You must forgive each other and love one another in righteousness from a pure heart, says the Lord.  Only then will you be available to advance spiritually.  1 Peter 1:22  Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.

March 12, 2014:  I have opened a door to the season ahead of you.  It will be a time when you will be able to see and understand spiritual truth with greater clarity--a season of freedom from bondage and past difficulties that will bring refreshment to your soul.  You stand at the very threshold of a new beginning, but you must first put the past firmly behind before you can move ahead.  Let go of everything that is holding you back, says the Lord.  Philippians 3:12-14  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.  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, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

March 13, 2014:  Be aware that there is a separation of wheat from chaff--this is a separation of what is relevant and purposeful from the irrelevant.  That which is no longer useful to your spiritual position will be stripped away for the purpose of establishing purity.  Clarity is the result of your process of becoming clear, clean and transparent in who you are and what you do, says the Lord.  Let this process have free rein in your life.  Luke 3:17 "His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire."

March 14, 2014:  Take time to examine what I have given you in the way of gifts, talents, and opportunities.  Then, be aware that I will show you ways to move forward by taking those things to a higher and more efficient level.  You will experience growth and greater maturity that can astound you as you extend yourself beyond the barriers of previous expectations, says the Lord.  Let Me transport you to the outer limits.  Isaiah 55:9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts."

March 17, 2014:  Make every effort to stay surrendered and spiritually focused.  There is a wide variety of things that can and will take you off course if you let down your guard and allow your mind to wander.  Watch for all manner of seduction that will cause you to deviate from My perfect plan and purpose for your life, says the Lord.  Keep looking up.  Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

 March 18, 2014:  There are plenty of reasons for you to see your life as less than perfect or even very bleak, but I want you to realize that your pilgrimage in the world is temporary.  You have heard the phrase "hope springs eternal", and I want to assure you that I have given you the ability to rise up in hope regardless of your circumstances.  But, you must choose to trust Me and have faith in My ability to bring you through every difficulty.  Position yourself to be an overcomer and believe in Me more than you believe your hardships, says the Lord.  I am with you in all things.  Psalms 31:24 Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

March 19, 2014:  Do not despair when things are hidden from your sight or beyond the scope of your understanding.  This is a time to trust Me with all things because nothing is hidden from Me, says the Lord, and I am your strength and your shield.  It is My power that undergirds you.  I will reveal the truth of every situation in due time.  Establish yourself in peace.  Mark 4:22 "For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light."

March 20, 2014:  Beloved, it is My desire that you break free from all bondage and access the benefits of redemption, says the Lord.  The price has been paid, and the way to absolute liberty has been opened to you.  But, you must turn your focus from self-interest and selfish ambition to surrender yourself to My purposes alone, seeking things above and not things of the earth.   You need to get your priorities in order if you want to succeed in the things that matter.  Matthew 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

March 21, 2014:  Put away all harshness, and let sensitivity arise so that you will be able to discern spiritual truth and reality.  The gifts of the Spirit do not operate when your carnal nature rules.  Nor, can the fruit of the Spirit grow to maturity in such an environment.  You can be strong without being judgmental, strict, unpleasant and unkind.  Let My nature rule, says the Lord.  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."

March 24, 2014:  Do not react emotionally to recent and unexpected developments.  Ask for wisdom and yield to My directives.  Stand strong in righteousness, and exercise your authority to bind the works of the enemy.  Resist every form of evil that tries to intrude.  I have given you power over darkness, says the Lord.  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.

March 25, 2014:  Ask for wisdom in your current dilemma, and I will show you how to proceed.  I will reveal pieces of the puzzle that you have not yet considered, says the Lord.  Trust Me to take you in a proper progression so that nothing is lost, stolen or destroyed that is still of value.  My ways always bring life and liberty to all concerned.  Be strong and persevere.  Romans 5:3-4   And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

March 26, 2014:  You have been given the light of the revelation of My kingdom, says the Lord.  There is no reason for you to allow darkness to rule.  Rise up in the strength of truth and life, and push back the powers of darkness that encroach.  Establish yourself in righteousness, for I have given you authority over all evil.  Live in the light!  Luke 11:36 "If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light."

March 27, 2014:  Keep your eyes wide open, and do not fall asleep in this time of potential growth and spiritual development.  Watch and be amazed at the signs that I will show you--things that are undeniably My work around you, says the Lord.  And, when you don't understand the meaning of the sign, ask Me what it means, and I will give you the interpretation.  You will be delighted with all that I will show you if you are aware and pay close attention.  Acts 2:19a  I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath.

March 28, 2014:  I am calling you to a higher level of spiritual insight.  But, in order for you to embark on this spiritual progression, you must first purify yourself so that your focus is not compromised by desiring things of the world.  Your desire must be set on kingdom destiny, purpose, and benefits, says the Lord.  Be single-minded!  James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

March 31, 2014:  Go up!  And, as you ascend, things will rapidly begin to change as the chains of the past are broken.  Freedom will  come when you defeat the powers of darkness that have established strongholds in your life.  Then, old bondages will never be able to hold you again.  This is a new day, a new time, and a new season in which you can experience great freedom, 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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