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."

Prophetic Word for 2017--The Bamboo House


SEPTEMBER 2016

September 30, 2016:  Take a deep breath and clear your mind of all the turmoil that keeps you from living a focused life.  You have allowed too many things to encroach on your walk in the Spirit.  And, you have spent too much of your energy and life force on temporary, worldly issues.  Your circumstances can only change when you change your mind and position yourself in faith and trust in Me, 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.

September 29, 2016:  You are like a race horse waiting for the gate to open.  You think you are ready to run, but it will only be right when you see the opening.  Don't be impatient.  Be still in the core of your being.  Rest on faith that My purposes for you are true and set.  But, you must not get out ahead of Me.  Wait for My direction, and when I lead you out you will have developed a steadfast heart, says the Lord.  Psalms 112:7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

September 28, 2016:  In this time of being challenged by difficult situations, you must persist in order to break through into victory.  There are lessons to learn that will benefit you in the days ahead if you will take the time to evaluate honestly where you fell short.  You must jump this hurdle before you can be fully ready to embrace all that I have prepared for you.  Stand strong and resolute in the face of adversity, and trust Me to lead you into your destiny, says the Lord.  1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

September 27, 2016:  Beloved, I want you to remember that condemnation is a work of the flesh in response to the conviction of the Spirit.  Condemnation will paralyze you spiritually and keep you from receiving wisdom and direction.  To avoid this trap, you must walk in the Spirit, receive conviction, take correction, and make a  change, says the Lord.  Rise up out of that place of guilt and shame and leave the past behind.  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.

September 26, 2016:  Search your heart and be objective in finding those things in you and in your circumstances that have kept you from being able to move forward to accomplish what I have set before you, says the Lord.  Make the changes necessary to position yourself to be confident, strong, and able.  Ask Me to help you.  Psalms 46:1  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

September 24:  This time of transition and turmoil has caused you to experience the feeling of being disconnected.  That does not mean that you are actually disconnected, but rather that this new spiritual territory is unfamiliar.  You are not yet comfortable, but you will settle in and continue to gain and maintain a level of ease.  You will have more opportunities to grow and gain revelation through your experiences, but it will be much less chaotic, says the Lord.  Draw close and stay connected to Me.  Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return to the LORD; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.

September 23, 2016:  You, My people, are in the process of spiritual refinement.  You are being tested and purified so that I may find you fit to carry out My purposes in you and your place on the earth.  No one can take your place or do what I have intended for you.  You alone can carry out your singular objective as you yield to the work of My Spirit, says the Lord.  Isaiah 48:10 Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

September 22, 2016:  Come close to Me, says the Lord, and I will speak to your heart.  I will direct you to where you need to go and what you need to do.  Let Me be your navigator.  I will warn you when you are getting off track and steer you back to the correct course.  But, you must trust Me and allow My intervention into your life.  Quiet your soul, and let Me lead.  Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

September 21, 2016:  You are coming to an intersection in life where you must choose the direction your life will take.  The choices will be clear, and you will be able to distinguish between the two.  One path will draw you ever closer to Me, says the Lord, and the other path will take you further down the road of worldliness and self-interest.  Choose wisely.  Deuteronomy 30:19 "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live."

September 20, 2016:  Take a stand against evil.  You will have opportunities to compromise this stance for the sake of not being rejected by the world.  But, you must make a conscious decision to maintain a position of righteousness regardless of the cost.  The spiritual reward for your dedication and commitment will far outweigh the worldly benefits of compromise, says the Lord.  1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

September 19, 2016:  Make your witness and testimony sure.  Your testimony is not credible when you quote My word and yet do not exhibit My character and nature.  Your witness of the gospel message is more powerful when not just spoken but demonstrated.  Do not be a hearer only but a doer of the word, says the Lord.  1 John 1:5-6 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. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

September 17:  Beloved, examine the motivation behind your commitments.  My desire is that when you commit it is motivated by your love for Me, says the Lord, and not your need for approval or position.  I would have you come into the secret place before Me with a pure heart and righteous dedication.  Refuse to allow the enemy to establish selfish ambition or corruption in your reasoning and subsequent actions.  Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

September 16, 2016:  I heard in my spirit the phrase "patient continuance."  And, the Lord said, "Stay on course.  Do not deviate from your purpose in My kingdom.  Distractions will come that would cause you to lose focus and drift, but you must remain steadfast and immovable.  Deliberately choose to be loyal and faithful to Me."  Romans 2:5-8  But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who "will render to each one according to his deeds": eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath.

September 15, 2016:  Keep your thoughts and emotions under control so that you do not open the door to attacks from the enemy.  Make sure that you are in complete unity with Me and under My protection, says the Lord.  Pay attention to the things you say or do that keep you from being righteous and that prevent you from walking in the Spirit.  Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

September 14, 2016:  Watch for opportunities to update things that are outdated or to fix things that are broken.  This is a sign in the natural realm of a necessary process before you can move forward with clarity and purpose in the spirit realm.  Be diligent to wrap up the old season so that there are no loose ends to be dealt with before stepping into the new spiritual year, says the Lord.  Proverbs 13:4 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.

September 13, 2016:  Walk with Me as you would walk with a dear and trusted friend.  I will lead you in the way of spiritual experience that will result in greater understanding, faith, and maturity.  You are in charge of this walk.  You can choose your own path.  You can choose not to walk with Me, but you would be missing out on a vital opportunity to know Me, says the Lord.  Psalms 16:11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

September 12, 2016:  Just when you think the changes you have made are sufficient, you will begin to see that your transformation is far from over.  Outward corrections have been a sign of the need for internal work.  You will soon see that the essence of the time ahead of you is spiritual and significant.  Allow this work to lead you into complete unity with Me, says the Lord.  Ephesians 4:13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

September 11:  Now is the time to begin to settle into the changes that have brought order.  You are being positioned for maximum strength and effectiveness both in the natural realm and in the spirit.  What seems like loss was simply dross, for you are being purified on every level.  And, you will begin to realize the power and anointing that comes with greater purity, says the Lord.  Stay the course!  Daniel 12:10 "Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand."

September 9, 2016:  Many of you, My people are vacillating in your position of faith.  Establish yourself in unwavering faith in order to transcend your flesh or carnal nature.  It is through righteousness and by My power that you overcome the works of darkness.  You must walk in the light to get free and stay free, says the Lord.  1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

September 8, 2016:  Self pity is your enemy.  Get up out of that place of weakness and infirmity and allow My strength to sustain you.  You have to change your mindset before your body can respond to strength and wholeness, says the Lord.  You are not a victim.  Let victory lead the way into each day.  Nehemiah 8:10b Then he said to them, "Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

September 7, 2016:  You have made some headway even though it seemed to be slow going.  I want you to be aware of the significance of your victories both small and great and take heart.  Be encouraged.  Small steps can also take you the distance if your are diligent to stay the course.  Be strong and refuse to give up, says the Lord.  1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

September 6, 2016:  Do whatever it takes to get ready to move on.  Many of you, My people, are about to be extricated from difficult conditions.  You will have an opportunity to be released from all manner of restraint that has kept you from living in complete freedom.  This is true naturally, but it is especially true supernaturally.  I want you to live the ecstasy of spiritual liberty, 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.

September 5, 2016:  Rise up out the rubble of destruction, disappointment, and discouragement.  What once was is no more, and you must press on to that which is ahead of you.  Do not bemoan your loss, but as you look to the future know that you can trust Me to be with you and that I will help you.  Now is a time to regain spiritual perspective, says the Lord.  Psalms 46:1  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

September 4:  I saw a man walking around the perimeter of a town as he surveyed the damage, which reminded me of Nehemiah. He was sorrowful at the destruction he could see and was calculating what it would take to rebuild and restore what once was a holy habitation. And, I heard the LORD say, "You are My holy habitation. You too have been broken and some of you, My people, still lie in ruins. Yield to Me, and I will restore and renew all that has been broken." Then, I could feel the re-positioning or a shift of my spirit in union with God and the alignment of my internal energy with health, life and purpose. John 17:22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one.

September 2, 2016:  Precision is your friend.  The more precise you can be in your intentions and requests, the better.  You can avoid misunderstandings by being clear and direct in your communications.  I speak not only of the natural realm but the spiritual realm as well.  Be specific in your prayers and be sure that you ask from a position of absolute faith and trust; no doubt or unbelief, says the Lord.  Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

September 1, 2016:  In a vision I was on a lazy and smooth stretch of a river.  Yet, I could see just ahead a change to rapids, and I knew I needed to prepare myself by being alert for that which was before me.  And, I heard the Lord say, "You have been in a relatively quiet time spiritually.  Steady yourself and get ready for things to change in rapid succession, and trust Me to bring you through safely."  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.

AUGUST 2016

August 31, 2016:  I have set you to be light in the world that disspells spiritual darkness.  As the darkness abounds more and more, your light must shine brighter and brighter.  When you maintain relationship with Me, you will not walk in darkness.  Push back the darkness where you find it, and do not allow it to overtake you, says the Lord.  John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

August 30, 2016:  Your spiritual foundation was founded on Christ and is still solid.  What you built according to the dictates of men and religion is being torn down so that you will be ready to build again according to My Spirit, says the Lord.  You are about to begin again, and this new beginning will surpass every other beginning.  There will be a tantalizing sense of mystery founded on hope and promise along with an excitement of expectation of My purposes being fulfilled.  This newness of life will go beyond anything you have imagined or believed.  However, the power of the cleansing that you have experienced internally and externally must be maintained.  1 Corinthians 3:11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

August 29, 2016:  Sharpen your awareness so that you can see clearly the direction that I want to take you in.  You will only know the significance of your thoughts and actions of this time when you begin to bear fruit.  Pay close attention to the unction of My Spirit, the still small voice that will direct your steps, says the Lord.  Psalms 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.

August 28:  Beloved, the discomfort of this season will soon be a thing of the past.  Keep your mind on spiritual things--things that cause your faith to be strong.  For, I will bring you through this awkwardness, and you will gain the victory.  What you learn at this time will be most valuable in the days ahead, but you must endure and persevere, says the Lord.  Trust Me!  James 5:11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

August 26, 2016:  Look to your circumstances to see what is broken, for there is a parallel condition spiritually.  I am showing you signs in the natural that mirror your spiritual state.  Make the necessary adjustments on all levels so that your life will be in good working order, says the Lord.  You will be able to perceive the reflection of the unseen realm through what you can actually see.  Psalms 123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, until He has mercy on us.

August 25, 2016:  Press through the hindrances in your life and reach for Me, says the Lord.  Freedom is your right in My kingdom, but you must not allow the enemy to keep you from reaching your goal.  Take the time to identify and define the reason your are not moving higher spiritually.  Then, do all that is in your power to overcome.  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."

August 24, 2016:  This is a time to prepare for the days ahead.  This preparation will include cleaning up and clearing out your spiritual, emotional and mental space so that you enter the next phase of your existence with only that which will produce good fruit, says the Lord.  Consider those things in your life that have become a hindrance to blessings and make the necessary changes now.  Proverbs 4:12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.

August 23, 2016:  Pay attention!  I will show you the way and give directions as you gear up for the new spiritual year.  You must quiet your soul so that you can perceive My signals, says the Lord.  Be particularly still, alert, and receptive.  Position yourself by faith to hear My still, small voice.  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!

August 22, 2016:  Know that when you are going through a rough patch it is for the purpose of learning something valuable about yourself as you relate to Me, says the Lord.  Look for the silver lining in every dark cloud, and appreciate the opportunities you are given to grow and gain spiritual strength.  Job 12:22 He uncovers deep things out of darkness, and brings the shadow of death to light.

August 21:  Beloved, allow humility to be your hallmark so that your character and nature will exhibit goodness, kindness, compassion, honesty, integrity, generosity, respect and love. You will not be judged by religious culture but by how you treat others. Become one with Me, says the Lord, and let Me do a work in your heart to establish righteousness and peace. Then, there will be no condemnation. Proverbs 21:23-24 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles. A proud and haughty man —"Scoffer" is his name; he acts with arrogant pride.

August 19, 2016:  Take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself to be kind and considerate of your fellow human beings.  Be generous in your attitudes towards others, and be helpful when you can.  But, I say, do this from a heart that has been regenerated through My love for you.  Recognize and understand My grace and great mercy, says the Lord.  Do not forget that 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.

August 18, 2016:  Establish your faith in Me by learning what I will do.  Bolster your faith by remembering what I have done in the past.  Remember that you cannot be in fear and have faith at the same time.  You must trust that I hear and answer the prayers of the righteous, says the Lord.  Activate your faith by believing I will do what I have said in My word.  Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

August 17, 2016:  Step back for a moment from the intensity of being on the front lines to gain perspective of your overall position.  Know that where you are now and how you deal with current issues will be a determining factor in the direction and outcome of your future.  It is not often that you need to make this assessment, but this is one of those times, says the Lord.  I will help you see where you are.  Jeremiah 33:3 Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.

August 16, 2016:  I will lead you to victory in the days ahead.  You will know without equivocation that I am with you to show you the way to optimize your potential benefits, says the Lord.  I will give you strength and renewed hope in fulfilling your purpose.  Move forward knowing that My grand design is being worked out in your life.  Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

August 15, 2016:  Be attentive, and I will show you all that you must do.  Do not underestimate My ability to break in on you and give you the wisdom and understanding necessary to deal with your current situation.  I know you.  I know your heart.  I know what is best for you, and I will reveal My plans to you.  Pay attention, 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.

August 14:  In a vision I saw a group of people walking around blindfolded.  They were aimless because they could not see where they were going.  Each one had the ability to take the blindfold off, but they were afraid.  To see clearly would mean they would have to assess their current position and make course corrections that would require solid decisions.  My sense was that they would rather be victims of their blindness and justified by their helplessness than to take responsibility for their condition.  I heard the Lord speaking to their hearts to trust in Him to bring them out of their bondage.  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.

August 12, 2016:  When you ask for wisdom and direction, do not be afraid that you will not receive it.  Your fear puts you in a position of being double-minded, and you will most certainly not receive.  Rather, ask for wisdom and be confident that I will give you what you ask and will show you the way, says the Lord.  It is My good pleasure to speak to you in ways that you can understand.  Be bold.  Psalms 138:3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.

August 11, 2016:  Beloved, you are still in a very dry time spiritually as you finish up what you started some time ago.  You have to get through this time before you can find the fresh anointing for the next season.  Don't get ahead of yourself.  Take one step at a time and deal with one thing at a time to get through this tedious place that will require patience and perseverance, says the Lord.  I will give you the strength to endure.  James 1:4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

August 10, 2016:  Let your light shine in the midst of a dark and crooked generation.  You can't change the atmosphere of the whole earth, but you can make a difference in your sphere of influence.  Refuse to allow evil to rule where you have spiritual authority, says the Lord.  Be righteous in all things.  Isaiah 60:2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.

August 9, 2016:  Put away from you the things that prevent your coming to Me in simplicity of faith.  I speak of those things that you stress over and worry about.  You must let go of everything that hinders your walk in the Spirit.  You cannot live in fear and be in the Spirit at the same time.  You must choose the better position in order to have sweet communion with Me, says the Lord.  Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

August 8, 2016:  When life's circumstances become too complicated and convoluted, you must get back to basics.  It is time to get back to the word of God and redemption through the Cross of Calvary.  Establish yourself again in things that actually matter in terms of eternity.  Refocus and regain your sense of simplicity, says the Lord.  1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

August 7:  Be especially diligent to be aware of opportunities that arise to cause you to be insecure or feel powerless.  Any place of unworthiness in you will cause you to vacillate between My acceptance and condemnation.  I have not rejected nor abandoned you.  You are Mine, and I am your place of strength and security, says the Lord.  Yield to My mercy and grace, which is sufficient for any situation.  2 Corinthians 12:9a  And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness."

August 5, 2016:  The old season is beginning to wind down.  This process has to be complete before you gear up for the next move of My Spirit, says the Lord.  This is a time to clean up and clear up lingering issues of the past two years in order to be ready for what is next.  Search your heart and mind to know what needs to be done.  Galatians 6:4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

August 4, 2016:  Take every opportunity that presents itself to adjust and correct situations that have been difficult and wrong.  Adjustments will open the way to move forward without hindrance, says the Lord.  But, you will have to deal with things that would be easier to ignore.  Set yourself on a path of truth and righteousness.  Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.

August 3, 2016:  For those who can receive it, you are about to embark on a new spiritual journey.  It will present unusual risks, but will also have the potential for great reward.  This journey will require the kind of determination that is born out of a struggle for life and freedom.  I will give you the strength necessary to achieve your goal, says the Lord.  Psalms 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.

August 2, 2016:  Monitor your reactions to changes that are forced upon you.  Do not overreact, but rather take them in stride and stay in peace.  Most of what is changing at this time will be beneficial to you in the long run even though it is a bother and irritation to have to deal with now.  Trust Me to give you the strength and wisdom to do all that is necessary, says the Lord.  Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

August 1, 2016:  Make sure you nourish your spirit with that which is pure and holy.  Be diligent to feed on the truth and righteousness of My word instead of things that disrupt your peace, says the Lord.  You are what you eat!  Psalms 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.


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


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