SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT
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 1, 2015: Become a holy habitation--a dwelling place--where My Spirit can live and manifest in and through you. Without My Spirit you will have no power to accomplish what I have called and set you to do. I have asked you to overcome the flesh, and to walk in the Spirit, but you cannot do that without making yourself a willing vessel, says the Lord. Ask and receive. Luke 11:10-13 "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 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!"
May 4, 2015: Fear and dread will cause you to live in shallowness. I would have you dig down deep within yourself to find the strength and courage to gain victory over your circumstances. Do not be afraid. Be assured that I see you and I am your very present help in your time of need. Lean on Me, says the Lord. Have faith. Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
May 5, 2015: I could hear in the Spirit the announcement of a New Beginning. It was epic. I saw a separation and great distance between religion and life in the Spirit, which became a huge expanse. Things of the earth grew dim and insignificant. I saw earthly kingdoms like tiny toys as compared to the Kingdom of God. Armies of the nations were as nothing in the presence of His mighty power. And, I was comforted to know that He is my Father. Omnipotent God! Revelation 19:6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, "Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!"
May 6, 2015: Take advantage of every opportunity to press through the darkness of current situations until you find the light of truth and goodness. The more time you spend in the light and in My presence, says the Lord, the more you will take on My character and the nature of light. Escape the grasp of every evil. Make a decision to do so now. 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
May 7, 2015: Break out of the herd instinct and of moving with the flood of dissipation. Refuse to depend on others for your spiritual well-being, and begin to seek Me in earnest, says the Lord. If you look for Me, you will find Me, but you have to put forth the effort. Do not put this off, for life and your walk in the Spirit depends on it. 1 John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
May 8, 2015: Things have not worked out as you envisioned or expected, but you must get past discouragement and disappointment. There is still divine purpose for your life, which does not depend on what you view as failure. Your future will depend on your relationship with Me, says the Lord, and your willingness to be led by My Spirit. Your responsibility is to yield and trust Me. Deuteronomy 1:21 Look, the LORD your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the LORD God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged.
May 11, 2015: You must finish what you started before you can progress. You have to be free from that which is holding you back before you receive further revelation of My kingdom and embrace greater life in the Spirit. The earth is but a stage with props that help you manifest My purposes. Your life should reflect both temporary earthly existence and eternal spiritual life, 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.
May 12, 2015: Refuse to allow your environment and circumstances to throw you off balance. You must maintain a correct relationship between things that require your attention regarding earthly needs and responsibilities and your attention to life in the Spirit and spiritual stability. If you will put Me first, says the Lord, everything you need will be provided, along with the wisdom to deal with difficult situations. Matthew 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
May 13, 2015: I know your desire to prosper in all things, and I hear your heart-felt prayers. Yet, it is important to maintain the proper balance of what you retain and what you give. It is truly more blessed to give than to receive. Let Me establish in you a heart of generosity and direct you in the way of giving, says the Lord. Luke 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."
May 14, 2015: You have become ambivalent--uncertain of what you should do or how you should feel. The only way out of this dilemma is to ask for wisdom and rely on My Spirit. I remain the same, says the Lord. My Word is true, and My guidance is sure. You can count on Me to lead you in a way that is right for you and those around you. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
May 15, 2015: There is a difference between surviving and thriving. You can survive many things and even escape disaster by the skin of your teeth, but it is My will for you to thrive in the midst of conflict and upheaval. I would have you think of everything that you encounter and endure as an opportunity to grow spiritually. View every circumstance as a way to establish yourself in Me, says the Lord. John 17:22-23 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
May 18, 2015: You are the sum total of your opportunities and choices in life, and it would be good for you to review the past briefly to understand more completely where you are now and how you got here. There are adjustments to be made at this juncture, and the more understanding you have, the better able you are to have sound judgment, says the Lord. Let Me lead you through these critical decisions. Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
May 19, 2015: Beloved, I would have you use your losses and setbacks to draw near to Me. Allow your faith to be perfected in the midst of difficult situations as you seek to know Me and My purposes more completely. Even in darkness I am near, says the Lord. Remember that I am your help and comfort in times of need. Psalms 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.
May 20, 2015: In a vision I saw a flock of sheep on a beautiful and hilly meadow. They were grazing peacefully when joy came upon them, and they began to play and run and jump. The joy seemed to be contagious. And, I heard the Lord say, "I am unleashing a wave of peace and joy that will be undeniable. It cannot be missed or overlooked. Allow it to move you. It will bring new spiritual life. This awakening will not be a rude and noisy wake-up call; it will be gentle and filled with peace. It will take you to a new level of relationship with Me. Be sensitive to this moving of My Spirit." Romans 13:11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
May 21, 2015: Chaos in your surroundings will make it hard to find peace within your soul. The only way you can do that is to rise up in the realm of the Spirit and allow Me to establish a sense of quiet calm. Refuse to allow external disturbances to bring fear, dread, or frantic emotional responses. The disruptions that have been disquieting will soon pass, says the Lord. Psalms 131:2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.
May 22, 2015: Take time to regain perspective. You may have to look back to see how far you have come before you can see clearly where you are and where you are going. Remember that as you yield to Me, says the Lord, I direct your steps along the path to your ultimate destination. There is no need to worry or to have regrets. Your experiences and challenges have strengthened your faith as you are being transformed into My image. 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.
May 25, 2015: The transition that you are in at this time is not a simple transition between seasons of your life, but is a transition from one era to another. It is more significant than you have realized. What is coming in the next span of time will, in many ways, bring to fruition that which you have worked for in the past decade. Changes that you make in the near future will produce significant and lasting results, says the Lord. Move forward with confidence that I am leading you. Follow Me. Mark 8:34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me."
May 26, 2015: Whether it seems like it or not, the truth is that everything that you experience and endure will work out for your ultimate and eternal good. Do not look at your disappointments with finality, but look at your challenges as opportunities to come closer to Me, says the Lord, and to lean on Me more completely. You can come through every situation with greater endurance and faith. Trust Me. James 1:2-4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
May 27, 2015: I am looking for a people who have purified their hearts and separated themselves from all corruption to seek My face, says the Lord. I call you to be part of that company. Make a decision. Allow My Spirit to live in you. Refuse to allow worldly concerns to take you away from complete unity with Me. Come. 2 Corinthians 6:17 Therefore "Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you."
May 28, 2015: You may be reeling from recent events, but I am bringing you to a new place of equilibrium and balance. I will give you the strength to put the past behind and move forward with faith and confidence. Refuse the temptation to condemn yourself with thoughts of regret. I am still with you, says the Lord. Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
April 1, 2015: Be on the alert for things that will interrupt your routine. They will not necessarily take you out of your spiritual flow, but you will need to stay calm and make adjustments that will allow you to do what you have to do and still be in the Spirit. Deal with disturbances without procrastinating, and take them in stride, says the Lord. There is purpose in accommodating disruptions, which you will see and understand after the fact. Isaiah 58:11 The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
April 2, 2015: For those of you, My people, who are stressed because of your work load or circumstances, take a deep breath. I tell you truthfully that everything is going to be all right. No need to worry. Take every opportunity to relax even if it is for a few minutes, and re-focus on knowing you have My Spirit to comfort you and lead you to peace and safety, says the Lord. You are not alone. Psalms 31:3 For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.
April 3, 2015: Rise up from the depths of discouragement and despair. Regardless of difficult situations or the fierceness of the storms in your life, I am still with you. You can trust Me to bring you through to victory. Remember that the purpose of a storm is for you to seek Me, find Me, and trust Me. You live in an imperfect world, but you serve a perfect God. Live as though you believe that, says the Lord. 2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
April 6, 2015: Regardless of what you have to endure in this life, you must keep in mind that I am your Savior, your Deliverer, and your Safe Haven. In this world you will have trouble, but I will help you and bring you through to victory, says the Lord. Have faith in Me. 2 Corinthians 4:6-9 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
April 7, 2015: Get ready to emerge from a transitional time when progression seemed to have stalled. It's not that you haven't accomplished what was necessary, but forward motion was difficult and hindered at best--almost like walking through mud. You will soon sense a time of release as you move with less restriction and greater freedom, says the Lord. 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.
April 8, 2015: I see those whose hearts have become dull or even dead to life in the Spirit. I call you forth from being spiritually deaf to hearing My voice again. I call you forth from spiritual death to live in the Spirit again. Shake yourself awake and rise up to be alert and vibrant. These are times that require your alertness and attention, says the Lord. Come forth! John 11:43-44 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Loose him, and let him go."
April 9, 2015: You must learn to protect your own spiritual and natural space, especially as chaos, confusion, and division continue to get worse. Come into My place of safety for you and refuse to get entangled with situations that steal your peace, says the Lord. Make a conscious effort to maintain a strong connection with Me. 2 Peter 2:20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.
April 10, 2015: It is time to awaken to greater awareness, discernment, and higher purpose. You cannot move to this new spiritual level when you are still half asleep. I am calling you to come up here. Quiet your soul and feel the moving of My Spirit; hear the sound of My voice, and follow My leading. You are on the threshold of a great awakening, says the Lord. Be sensitive. Ephesians 5:14 Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light."
April 13, 2015: Be sure that the word you receive from Me is applied where it is intended. You must have discernment to understand the relevance and places of effectiveness of that which I speak. To do this, allow Me to give you the wisdom to know the intent and how you will be affected, says the Lord. John 6:63 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life."
April 14, 2015: I speak to many whose hearts have been torn and minds scattered. You are trying to find peace, but having lived in crisis for so long, you have lost your bearings and are not able to find your true self in Me, says the Lord. Your identity has been compromised. You must stop running and re-establish yourself in a place of spiritual safety and stability by drawing close to Me again. I am with you. Psalms 73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all Your works.
April 15, 2015: For those who have taken on more than you can effectively handle, it is time to tie up loose ends and to simplify. It is not good for you to be overextended. Pull back where you can, and get your priorities in order so that you actually have time for Me, says the Lord. For, it is in the time you spend in My presence that you will be restored, renewed and invigorated. Acts 3:19 "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord."
April 16, 2015: There are adjustments to be made before the new season is in full swing. There are decisions to make, things to let go of, and things to acquire. This will not necessarily be a wide swath of change, but will be minor adjustments that will keep your life on the course that is optimum for you, says the Lord. Let Me lead you in the way of righteous change. Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.
April 17, 2015: Come into order on every front. The days ahead require your full attention, so you must not be distracted by trivial matters that can be dealt with at this time. Do not procrastinate, but take care of things that remain unresolved. I will give you the strength and guidance necessary to take first things first and move forward with precision, says the Lord. Psalms 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.
April 20, 2015: You can either live in the soft breeze of My Spirit or in the whirlwind of your own making. It is the difference between walking in the Spirit and living in the flesh. The choice is yours. But, it would be good for you to quiet your emotional responses and knee-jerk reactions to circumstances, and let Me lead you in the way of peace, says the Lord. Luke 21:19 "By your patience possess your souls.
April 21, 2015: You might feel like change is being forced upon you, but I tell you truthfully that if you will embrace this time of adjustments, you will benefit greatly in the days ahead. Don't be reluctant to let go of that which has outlived its usefulness. You cannot move forward and stay stationary at the same time. Allow Me to show you the way, says the Lord. Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
April 22, 2015: In a vision I saw a round corral filled with horses. They were in the middle of an open range and waiting with wild anticipation for the gate to open. And, I heard the Lord say, "You are in a time of waiting for the gate to open so that you can experience more of My kingdom and advance in spiritual understanding. As flowers come forth in springtime when conditions are right, so will new life in you come when spiritual conditions are right." Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
April 23, 2015: You have been through a troubling and unsettling time, but you will come out on the other side in victory. You will not be weakened by your experiences; you will be strengthened and have new understanding of what it takes to overcome and succeed, says the Lord. I continue to be with you and to lead you into righteous responses to difficult situations. 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."
April 24, 2015: Life experience for many of you has been like being in white-water rapids with the roar of the river ringing in your ears. You are about to emerge from this treacherous stretch into a time of when navigating life will be easier and will even have periods of absolute peace. Maximize the benefits by putting trauma behind you and calming your soul, says the Lord. Be comforted. Mark 4:39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
April 27, 2015: Embrace change and trust Me that whatever changes you endure will work to your benefit. There are things that you have needed to let go of, and if you don't let go willingly it will be more difficult to move on. I know your situation, and I know what is best for you, says the Lord. Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
April 28, 2015: In a vision I saw a man looking at the stars and identifying the constellation Orion. I knew this had to do with navigation and of finding his bearings. And, I heard the Lord say, "You have been in a difficult storm and are feeling unstable in many ways. Now is the time to look and see where you are and to point yourself in the direction of your destination. The storm has created a separation between that which is actually important and that which has just consumed your time and energy. Look to Me for direction and guidance." Psalms 31:3 For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name’s sake, Lead me and guide me.
April 29, 2015: I am vitally interested in how you treat others. It is My desire that you respect and value every human being regardless of their position or station in life. It is time for My chosen ones to be done with all prejudice and unrighteous judgment. You may disagree with the decisions and actions of others, but that must not be a basis for mistreatment, says the Lord. Matthew 5:43-45 "You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust."
April 30, 2015: I always encourage and entreat you to align your life--your purposes, goals, attitudes and actions--with what is good and true. Your life in the Spirit depends on your willingness to walk in the ways of righteousness and peace, says the Lord. Prioritize your life to actually put Me first in all things. Many of you say that is what you want to do, but actions speak louder than words or intentions. You must do it! Matthew 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
Faith Tabernacle of Kremmling
Bill and Marsha Burns
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459
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