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."


HOLY SPIRIT AND FIRE

APRIL 2019

April 22, 2019:  Stay true to what you know is righteous.  Do not deviate from the leading of My Spirit, says the Lord.  When you try to twist or alter the Word to suit your position and purpose, you are in dangerous spiritual territory.  Deuteronomy 12:32 "Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it."

April 21:  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.  Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

April 19, 2019:  Beloved, any kind of hatred in your life as a born-again, Spirit filled believer is not acceptable.  Any response other than that of My Spirit in you is not suitable.  Vitriol is not of Me for I am a God of love and am no respecter of persons.  The warfare that is admissible is spiritual warfare against the devil and his demons, says the Lord.  It is time for every child of God to make that distinction.  Galatians 5:22-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.  And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

April 18, 2019:  Some of you, My people, need a break from the monotonous grind whether mentally or physically.  You need fresh perspective of your life and purpose and the time to deliberately see through spiritual eyes.  It is time to reset.  Re-establish yourself in divine motivation to get beyond where you are stuck, says the Lord.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.

April 17, 2019:  Honest evaluation of your life and circumstances will reveal that which keeps you from living in the Spirit.  There are problems that need your attention and adjustment both internally and externally before you can thrive in My kingdom.  There are things you need to embrace and things you need to release in order to be in a position for blessings and progression, says the Lord.  I will lead you in the way you should go.  Psalm 78:52 But He made His own people go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

April 16, 2019:  You are in a time of preparation when you can formulate a strategy that will accommodate the coming changes.  There are options and opportunities that can be optimized to give you the most effective approach to your unfolding future.  Ask Me for the wisdom and guidance you need to proceed, says the Lord.  Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

April 15, 2019:  The strength and power of the internal work that you have done will be revealed by your thoughts, actions, and the words of your mouth.  There are areas in your life where self-control is still an issue.  Victory can only be achieved as you yield to the work of My Spirit, says the Lord.  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.

April 14:  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 12, 2019:  You will be facing and making many choices in the days ahead.  How do you know what is right and best?  Ask Me to show you the way to go.  Spiritual discernment is more important than ever in your options and evaluations.  So, calm your soul and seek wisdom, says the Lord.  James 1:5 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.

April 11, 2019:  I am opening a new chapter in your life.  The last chapter is over and done, and the conclusions are no longer relevant.  Position yourself to step into what I have prepared for you.  Step into the newness of life in the Spirit.  Rise above your history and be done with regrets and condemnation, says the Lord.  2 Timothy 1:12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

April 10, 2019:  Those issues that have been on the back burner, so to speak, can soon be put to rest.  They  will be things that have kept you tied to the past and hindered you from moving on.  This is a time of extrication! But you will have to revisit that which has delayed your progression and growth one last time, says the Lord.  You will have the confidence necessary when you walk this time out in the Spirit.  Proverbs 3:26 For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.

April 9, 2019:  There are and will be many things that need your attention, but planning is one thing and obsession is another.  Refuse to allow these issues to distract from the greater need of spending time with Me.  I want you to be aware of My presence and to be sensitive to the wisdom and guidance that I will give you, says the Lord.  Then, you can walk in perfect peace.  Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

April 8, 2019:  Take stock to see the areas in your life where you have been disobedient to My word.  Those are the places where the enemy can enter in and wreak havoc.  If you are uncertain, ask Me to show you where you fall short of complete obedience, and deliberately make the correction.  Only then will you reap the fruit of obedience, says the Lord.  Romans 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

April 7:  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 5, 2019:  Pay attention and be aware of My leading, for I impart wisdom and direction in every situation.  You are not beyond My reach nor are you unworthy of My help, says the Lord.  Refuse to dump down into self-degradation, but rather rise to a new spiritual level where you can receive all that I have for you.  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 4, 2019:  Many of you are making plans for the future, but you must be honest with yourself that your intentions and expectations are subject to change.  Flexibility is a must because actual circumstances will change your perspective.  Realize that false assumptions can only produce disappointment, says the Lord. Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

April 3, 2019:  To those who have developed a habit of negativity and complaining, I want you to begin by counting your blessings.  Focus on what is right and good in your life regardless of how insignificant it seems.  By doing this you will be sowing the seeds of righteousness and blessing.  It is time to stop seeing yourself as a victim of life's circumstances and change the outcome of your life by being grateful for the small things, says the Lord.  Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

April 2, 2019:  A very strong anointing has been released on those who sincerely desire to completely yield to Me.  This anointing will give you strength and protection as you move forward in My purposes.  And I tell you honestly that breakthrough is imminent.  I will give you the wisdom needed to make the most of this time, says the Lord.  Persevere!  Romans 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

April 1, 2019:  It is of utmost importance that you align your heart and mind to be in complete unity with Me.  You can do this when My Spirit is active within you.  Set yourself to walk and live in the Spirit.  Only then will you have the anointing to express My thoughts, feelings, purposes and desires, says the Lord.  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.

MARCH 2019

March 31:  This is a time when you will have opportunities to re-evaluate areas of your life that need adjusting.  The temptation will come to throw everything away and just start over, but that is not the best course of action.  Not everything needs change, so you must not overreact and do more than is required.  I will give you the wisdom you need to do the right thing, says the Lord.  Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

March 29, 2019:  Watch for the temptation to feel bad about things of the past.  Remind yourself that you can do nothing about any of it.  But, what I have forgiven is forgiven, says the Lord.  Don't dig up old trash that makes you feel terrible about yourself.  You are My child, My chosen.  Go forth in the power of My love to seek righteousness every day.  1 Corinthians 13:4-7  Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

March 28, 2019:  Beloved, your faithfulness and devotion have not gone unnoticed.  You will be rewarded for your consistent faith and trust in Me, says the Lord.  I see your heart and know those whose hearts have not wavered even for a moment.  I will show Myself strong to you.  Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

March 27, 2019:  Rise above stress and frustration to know that everything that you have endured will ultimately be beneficial.  You are learning the lesson of refinement.  Like gold, you are being purified in the furnace of affliction.  When this time of testing is complete, you will have a greater understanding of what it takes to be transformed into My image, says the Lord.  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.

March 26, 2019:  You have been in a season of divine correction, but now establish yourself in the flow of My blessings.  Let go of the past and move firmly and resolutely into newness of life and liberty, says the Lord.  Stand strong on the firm foundation of faith without reservation.  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.

March 25, 2019:  Go beyond what you have come to know about Me, says the Lord.  Let Me out of the box of your own construct, the box that you developed that only considers what I will do for you.  I want you to expand your mind and heart to understand divine relationship and your purpose not only on the earth, but for eternity.  Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.

March 24:  I have brought to your attention the futility and fragility of earthly life and values.  Allow difficult circumstances to divide and separate light and darkness, truth and error, as well as eternal and temporary so that your hope will be in Me alone, says the Lord, and not in things of the earth.  Make sure that your emotions and decisions reflect spiritual life and not your carnal nature.  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.

March 22, 2019:  So many of you feel like you are taking one step forward and two steps back.  But, that is not the truth.  You are continuing to progress.  But when you feel you are going backwards it is because there are valuable lessons that you need to revisit for you to understand more completely.  Nothing is ever wasted in My kingdom.  Everything you endure has spiritual and eternal value, 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.

March 21, 2019:  My precious people, I know your desires and see your need.  I am your help in trouble, but you must ask for My provision and help with the belief that I hear and answer your prayer.  I will give you wisdom and direction, but you must ask in faith with no doubting.  I have no favorites, and I will do for you what I would do for anyone else, says the Lord.  Ask!  James 4:2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.

March 20, 2019:  Pay attention to details.  You are mostly on track when you look at the larger picture, but it will be the little things, the details, that could trip you up.  Make the corrections necessary so that there are no vulnerabilities that the enemy can exploit.  To be safe you must have integrity and be righteous in all things, says the Lord.  Psalm 25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for You.

March 19, 2019:  Stop and consider how life's circumstances have resulted in greater spiritual maturity.  You are in another growth spurt that will serve you well in the days ahead.  Know that when the going gets tough you are being trained and prepared to succeed and gain the victory, says the Lord.  James1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

March 18, 2019:  Regardless of the challenges that you have faced, I want you to remember that I have never left you nor forsaken you.  I have been with you to lead you through even the most difficult of situations.  Even though your faith has been challenged, you are stronger and more resilient than ever.  It is My desire that you now stand strong and unwavering, says the Lord.  2 Corinthians 4:8-9 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—

March 17:  Be on guard, beloved.  You will have opportunities to get involved in quarrels of various kinds.  But, you would do well to back away from conflict.  If you can bring positive instruction, do so with a humble and contrite spirit.  Otherwise, such an encounter could escalate very quickly into something you really do not want, says the Lord.  A soft answer will turn away wrath.  2 Timothy 2:24-26  And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

March 15, 2019:  You need a change of spiritual scenery--a change of focus.  You have been more concerned with yourself instead of actually seeking to have vital relationship with Me, says the Lord.  I am the fixer, but even when I make a way you sometimes can't get yourself out of the way in order to see the possibilities, says the Lord.  You must change your habit of self-focus.  Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

March 14, 2019:  It's a waiting game until breakthrough comes.  The question is, "How well will you wait?" You can either wait being impatient and disgruntled, or you can wait in silent trust and assurance that your future is in My hands, says the Lord.  You can wait knowing that you belong to Me and I know all things.  I will lead you and guide your steps with precision.  Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

March 13, 2019:  In a vision I saw a guy riding a tortoise across a desert, which I believe is a symbol of the spiritual environment that we have been in for the past few months--rather dry and slow.  But, I heard the Lord say that these days are about over, and we will have multiple opportunities to leave the desert behind and move in a fresh anointing of the Spirit.  Psalm 63:1 O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.

March 12, 2019:  Refuse to allow the chaos around you to affect your sense of order and ability to do what you need to do.  Settle down and move through the day by establishing yourself in peace.  Make the effort to stay connected to Me.  I will give you the wisdom and strength necessary to overcome your circumstances, says the Lord.  1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

March 11, 2019:  In a vision I saw a volcano that had once erupted through the crust of the earth and flowed with hot lava and ash and was now a beautiful mountain covered with lush vegetation.  It was bountiful and teeming with life.  And the Lord revealed that this was a symbol of internal work where unrighteousness and sin finally erupt producing repentance from which flows spiritual life. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

March 10:  Now is the time to upgrade--to take the next step.  I speak to you spiritually to rise to a higher position, greater discernment, and closer relationship to Me, says the Lord.  But, you will also see this process playing out in natural circumstances as a sign of what is happening in the realm of the Spirit.  Pay attention to those things and go with the flow and moving of My Spirit.  Psalm 24:3-4  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.

March 8, 2019:  You have had numerous opportunities to be ashamed of yourself, but these moments must not define who you are.  Everyone makes mistakes.  You must make a decision to rise up out of the failures of the past and begin with a new spiritual day in which you can exercise self-restraint and to bring honor to your life in My kingdom, says the Lord.  Proverbs 21:21 He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.

March 7, 2019:  There are many things that you must do when you don't want to do them. Instead of living in dread, take one day at a time and rise up in My strength and grace to do what is necessary. Trust Me to lead you in every difficulty and bring you through to peace, says the Lord. Procrastination will only exacerbate the situation.  2 Samuel 22:33 God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect.

March 6, 2019:  Set yourself to know what it is you really believe.  Do not be deceived.  I am not speaking of quoting scripture verses or making declarations.  You must define where your faith is truly active.  Then, you can ask of Me, and I will hear and answer you, says the Lord.  James 1:6-7 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.

March 5, 2019:  Expand your horizons so that you do not get stuck in a rut.  Find ways to grow that will increase your curiosity and interest.  Otherwise, you may become stodgy.  There are possibilities available to you if you will reach beyond where you are and allow inspiration to move to the forefront, says the Lord. Finding yourself to be dull and uninspired has its roots in your spiritual well-being.  Matthew 13:15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.

March 4, 2019:  In considering your options, always move in the direction of that which produces truth, grace and life in the Spirit.  If you do so, you will be able to receive divine wisdom and revelation.  And, your eyes will be open to understanding the best choices that will move you forward in My kingdom, says the Lord.  John 16:13-14   "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you."

March 3:  It is My desire for you to edify, to build one another up.  There is a myriad of ways you can do that, but you must give from a genuine desire to see others receive help and not from wanting to feel better about yourself.  Some of you may be able to give financial aid while others may encourage with kindness or help with tasks.  Take a step in the right direction by truly caring for your fellow man, says the Lord, and I will reward you in kind.  Romans 14:19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.

March 1, 2019:  Just as I led My chosen people out of Egypt in ancient times, so I will lead and protect My people from the tyranny of the world.  I will safeguard and care for those who travel the road of peace and righteousness, says the Lord.  I will perfect, establish and strengthen everyone who has decided to live in My kingdom.  1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

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


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