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 2016--Simplify And Fortify

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JULY 2016

July 29, 2016:  This is a time when you should reflect on how you handled your most recent challenge.  Did you get afraid and lose your composure?  Or, did you quietly stand on your foundation of faith and trust Me to bring you through?  How you responded will tell you something about where you are spiritually and could lead the way to victory in the future.  Be honest with yourself, says the Lord.  Colossians 1:21-23 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

July 28, 2016:  Watch for flesh reactions that open the door to the enemy; he is always looking for an opportunity to establish discouragement, hopelessness, and disability in your life.  Defeat him at the first sign of his work, or he will work to defeat you at every turn.  Remember that I am greater than he is, says the Lord, and when you abide in Me you are also greater.  1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

July 27, 2016:  If you will come into My rest and find the peace that I provide, I will be able to show you the things that hinder you.  I will reveal places of bondage that were established long ago that you have not yet released yourself from.  I will show you the way to a level of freedom that you have yet to attain, says the Lord.  James 1:25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

July 26, 2016:  Refuse to allow the issues of life to overtake and debilitate you.  I have given you the power to overcome every attack of the enemy, even that which has the potential of taking you down.  Be strong.  Move in the direction of breakthrough in every situation, says the Lord.  Know that I am with you to strengthen you.  Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

July 25, 2016:  I see your heart and know your desires for true relationship with Me, says the Lord.  Your faithfulness to Me and My people will be rewarded with My presence.  Refuse to be distracted from spiritual pursuit.  Stay on course and be steadfast.  Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

July 24:  Rise above the clamor and turmoil in the world around you and see that I have put a fresh hunger in you.  This is not a natural hunger but one that can only be satisfied by My word and the revelation that comes from seeking My face, says the Lord.  It is as soft as a light breeze and as refreshing as a rain shower, so you will have to be quiet enough to discern this work and yield to it.  Come to Me and be renewed.  Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

July 22, 2016:  You are in the third wave of the storm that began some time ago.  Just when you think you can move on, you can't.  The storm is for the purpose of giving you opportunities to deal with issues in your life that prevent spiritual elevation.  Look beyond the raging storm to see what is keeping you from living and walking in the Spirit, says the Lord.  Matthew 7:24-27  "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.  But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."

July 21, 2016:  Watch for new opportunities that could bring variety and interest to your life.  However, not every opportunity will be right for you.  You must exercise discernment to know what is right for you and what is not.  Choosing that which is right will enhance your life and give it fuller meaning as opposed to being a burden, says the Lord.  Choose well.  Hebrews 5:14 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.

July 20, 2016:  I have brought you this far, and I will take you the rest of the way, says the Lord.  Be who you are, and do not try to be something you are not.  Allow My character and nature to be developed in you.  It is more important than ever for you, My people, to exemplify spiritual reality and represent Me in a tangible way.  Be true to yourself and others.  Ephesians 6:24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.

July 19, 2016:  Be watchful, and don't let your guard down even when you experience a time of relative peace and quiet.  The enemy will exploit your vulnerabilities when you least expect it.  Stay strong and exercise spiritual discernment in all things, says the Lord.  1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

July 18, 2016:  The decisions that you make in the coming days and weeks will have extraordinary influence.  Give careful consideration to your choices at this time and rely on Me, says the Lord, to give you the wisdom necessary to secure your position both spiritually and naturally.  1 Thessalonians 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.

July 17:  You are on a path that is unfamiliar and at times seems very precarious, but you must not be afraid. I am leading you and directing your steps. Open your eyes and see how far you have come. Don't stop here, for you still have a ways to go. The path is narrowing and demands more of you than you thought you could possibly endure. But, with Me all things are possible, says the Lord. Keep pressing on. Psalms 18:33 He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places.

July 15, 2016:  The demands on your time and energy have made you feel scattered, and you would do well to take inventory to define what is really important to you.  You may have to let go of things that are unnecessary and that reduce your level of effectiveness.  Deliberately prioritize your to-do list in order to preserve your peace of mind, says the Lord.  Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

July 14, 2016:  Take the time you need to rejuvenate and gain strength.  The storms have been relentless and difficult.  But, you have been able to find shelter and a place of safety in Me.  Continue to return to your safe haven in times of trouble.  I am your safe habitation, says the Lord.  Psalm 46:1   God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

July 13, 2016:  Establish yourself in a position of eternal perspective.  Your values and activities should reflect your spiritual commitment.  Never lose sight of who you really are.  Your relationship with Me is the solid foundation on which you build your life and future, and it is the only place of safety in the storms of life, says the Lord.  Matthew 7:24-27  "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.  But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."

July 12, 2016:  I see your heart, and I know that you are feeling a little disoriented and lost.  World conditions and the tragedy of man's inhumanity to man is disconcerting to say the least, but you must find your place of peace and safety in Me, says the Lord.  Your strength comes from your relationship with Me as you walk in spiritual reality.  Make a difference where you can by extending kindness to others.  Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

July 11, 2016:  I make all things possible to those who really believe.  I speak of those whose faith has been activated and there is no doubt, unbelief or fear.  When you are afraid and live in worry, your faith in Me is thwarted, says the Lord.  Remind yourself of My goodness.  Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."

July 10:  Be aware of an attack from the enemy to try to establish discouragement that would undermine your effectiveness.  The main goal will be to cause you to become disheartened and to give up.  But, I tell you truly that you are closer to breakthrough than you know.  Refuse this attempt to weaken you, and stand strong in your faith and resolve to overcome, says the Lord.  Victory is assured.  James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

July 8, 2016:  Examine yourself to see where your faith is.  I tell you truthfully that many who think they are in faith are actually in presumption.  Your faith must be solid and real so that you are not merely hoping, but knowing.  There is no doubt or fear in faith.  There is no speculation in faith, says the Lord.  Psalms 19:13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.

July 7, 2016:  For those who have been dedicated and obedient to what I have asked, you are very close to moving into new spiritual territory.  It will be a level of understanding the mysteries of My kingdom and the wisdom to proceed with greater power and anointing, says the Lord.  In the meanwhile, stay quiet and be alert.  Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

July 6, 2016:  You may have experienced a setback, but you must not allow isolated incidents to bring spiritual confusion.  Your instinct is to exaggerate the significance of a personal affront instead of just taking it in stride.  The world is not perfect, you are not perfect, and people around you are not perfect.  Give yourself and others a break, says the Lord.  Trust Me to bring you to a place of wholeness.  Psalms 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands.

July 5, 2016:  Position yourself to receive and walk in the new anointing that has just been released.  It is available to you, but you must access it by faith.  This anointing is for the purpose of making you more aware spiritually in order to fulfill more completely all that I have given you to accomplish, says the Lord.  This anointing will cause you to be more effective in kingdom work.  Romans 5:1-2  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

July 4, 2016:  In a vision I saw a door across the room.  It was shut, but there was such a bright light on the other side of the door that the cracks around the door framed it.  It was very inviting.  And, I heard the Lord say, "Open the door to bring light and life.  Do not stay in the darkness of present circumstances.  Allow My light to bring the next revelation and the wisdom that follows into your life in a more powerful way."  Ephesians 5:13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.

July 3:  Beloved, don't despise the process.  There are still things I want to bring forth from your life that have not yet matured.  Discern and refuse the temptation to be intolerant or impatient.  This progression will take time to develop, so settle that factor as part of your pattern of advancement.  Don't be in a hurry; savor the moments that bring revelation and spiritual growth, says the Lord.  Your harvest is undeniable.  Mark 4:26-29 And He said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.  For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.  But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."

July 1, 2016:  Consider your vulnerabilities--those places in you that can be exploited.  You must protect yourself to keep others from taking unrighteous advantage of you.  You can do this by hiding yourself in Me, says the Lord.  When you live in the Spirit, you will have the necessary discernment to see trouble before it comes.  Ephesians 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

JUNE 2016

June 30, 2016:  Put your issues aside and stop fussing over things that are basically inconsequential.  Quiet your soul and find your place of peace.  Begin again with a clean slate, leaving behind all the things that have kept you in turmoil.  You have very little authority or control over most of the things you worry about.  Re-establish spiritual perspective, says the Lord.  Matthew 6:27 "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

June 29, 2016:  Keep yourself from defilement.  This may require pulling back from activities and relationships that are not beneficial to you.  Stop and consider what and who influences you the most and make sure the input is positive and not negative.  Your relationship with Me, says the Lord, requires time and spiritual effort as you allow Me to be the greatest influence in your life.  Psalms 62:7 In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

June 28, 2016:  Quickly review your obligations according to what I have called you to.  This evaluation is necessary if you are going to put yourself in My flow and order, says the Lord.  You will be tempted to either step aside or go beyond My will and optimum purpose in your life.  Establish your priorities.  Romans 8:9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

June 27, 2016:  Many of you, My people, are still skimming the surface.  You have a form of godliness through religious exercise, but you have not developed relationship with Me in the Spirit.  It is time for you to dig in, get connected, and find the place of spiritual truth and the actual flow of the Spirit, says the Lord.  2 Timothy 3:5 having a form of godliness but denying its power.

June 26:  Yield to the process of sanctification, for indeed I am perfecting those things in you that need to be reclaimed for the Kingdom of God.  I speak of those places where the enemy has continued to maintain a stronghold.  These are days of redemption to liberate you from all demonic oppression and to free you from all bondage.  Surrender to My work in you, says the Lord.  You will not be disappointed.  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.

June 24, 2016:  If you have lost your way and cannot seem to get your bearings, the only thing to do is calm yourself and be silent.  Do not allow turmoil and chaos to rule.  Find peace and allow My presence to fill your being and your surroundings.  I am with you, says the Lord.  I am your everlasting partner in life.  John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

June 23, 2016:  This is a time when you must deal with things that have been ignored because they could impede your progress.  You must enter this phase of your journey with a clear head and heart.  Clarity is vital to your ability to interact with circumstances as they arise.  You will either learn and grow through the challenges or you will allow your emotional responses to drag you down.  Rise up in faith that there is purpose in all that you encounter, 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.

June 22, 2016:  You are embarking on a new journey that will seem strange and unfamiliar.  You will need my wisdom in navigating the uncharted waters of your life and circumstances.  Unbridled faith and trust in Me will be required at this time as you leave the past behind and launch out into newness of life, says the Lord.  Draw near to Me.  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.

June 21, 2016:  Hide yourself in Me, says the Lord, when it seems as though you have no control over your circumstances.  Refuse to allow your emotions to take you off course.  Set yourself in a position of faith that I will give you the necessary wisdom to get you through this difficult time.  I will help you, but you must quiet your soul so that you can receive spiritual direction.  Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.

June 20, 2016:  You will overcome the obstacles that you have recently encountered.  It has been a struggle, but you have fought the good fight, and victory is assured.  Stay focused and keep your eyes on the prize.  The destination will be worth the journey, says the Lord.  Refuse to get discouraged!  1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

June 19:  Be strong and stay focused on things that actually matter--things of eternal value.  Do not get distracted from abiding in My presence, says the Lord.  Stay present with Me.  Then, everything else will be taken care of as you move in the power of My Spirit.  Put first things first every hour.  Feed on things that have spiritual substance.  Psalms 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

June 17, 2016:  Live in Me!  Never depart from My presence.  Relationship does not consist of having a brief, one-sided conversation in prayer once a day or once a week and then going about your life in the flesh.  You can say that you love Me and that you belong to Me, but the proof of that declaration is in the depth of your life in the Spirit, says the Lord.  Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

June 16, 2016:  I will bring light to the shadowy areas of your life--those places that you justify as not being so terrible because what you are doing in the shadows is not as bad as other people you know.  The light will reveal those areas for what they are so that you can make better choices, says the Lord.  Be righteous!   Job 12:22 He uncovers deep things out of darkness, And brings the shadow of death to light.

June 15, 2016:  This is a time of discovery when you can search and find out many things about your nature and character that you can either encourage and expand or overcome.  It is a valuable time to optimize your good traits and minimize your negative traits, says the Lord.  This is all about being transformed, says the Lord.  I am revealing many things that have been covered.  Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

June 14, 2016:  There are attitudes and motivations that you have held firmly to in the past that must be given up before you can move into the position I have prepared for you.  There can be no trace of stubbornness in your heart that would prevent your perfect obedience to the moving of My Spirit, says the Lord.  Do not be afraid to let go.  1 Samuel 15:23a  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.

June 13, 2016:  You are very, very close to coming through the recent time of transition.  Because you have not lost heart or given up, I will bless you with extraordinary grace to begin anew with fresh focus, hope, and strength, says the Lord.  Prepare to move forward.  Psalms 27:13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

June 12:  This is a time when you can establish or re-establish good personal boundaries so that you neither take advantage of someone else, nor allow others to take advantage of you.  This process is vital in obtaining and maintaining good relationships.  And, relationships with one another is only secondary to your intimate, personal relationship with Me, says the Lord.  Set your priorities in order.  Matthew 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

June 10, 2016:  Just as you are the apple of My eye, I want to also be the center of your life and everything that exists in it.  Your place of safety is in your ability to allow Me to be your all in all.  Let everything in your sphere of existence be in accord with My word and My presence.  Give Me preeminence, says the Lord.  That is the place where you can be in health and prosper in all things.  Proverbs 7:2 Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye.

June 9, 2016:  Guard your spiritual and mental space from the enemy's intrusion just as vehemently as you would guard your home from intruders and robbers.  Do not forget that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and it is your job to keep that temple in such a way as to allow My Spirit to not only inhabit, but to take charge, 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?

June 8, 2016:  Many of you are afflicted with a wandering mind so that you entertain whatever thought that comes along even when it takes you away from Me, says the Lord.  Staying in My presence is a discipline that is vital to your spiritual growth and stability.  Keep Me always in your thoughts, internal conversation, and in your heart.  Psalms 119:10 With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!

June 7, 2016:  You, My people, are My ambassadors on the earth.  I want you to exhibit My character and nature in every situation.  Where there is vitriol, let there be grace; where there is hatred, let there be love, where there is lack, let there by charity.  Allow Me to work through you in unprecedented ways.  The world needs righteous people more than ever, says the Lord.  2 Corinthians 3:2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men.

June 6, 2016:  I will shine a light on your heart so that you can see clearly your spiritual condition.  I will show you where you need to make adjustments and how you must proceed.  Do not bemoan your errors and short-comings.  Rather, allow the corrections to be the platform to reset your spiritual compass, says the Lord.  Proverbs 29:17 Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul.

June 5:  Beloved, rejoice in small victories and little breakthroughs, for they are signs of a greater triumph.  Your praise will be like a seed sown in good ground that will grow into a rousing shout of joy, says the Lord.  Your faith will also grow as you recognize and appreciate the small steps of progression instead of waiting for the final outcome to give thanks.  Gratitude is a mighty weapon against discouragement and defeat.  Psalms 5:11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.

June 3, 2016:  I would have you learn and practice the language of love.  Make the effort to speak love fluently.  Do not allow hatred to cause you to live in darkness.  With love comes light and life, but it must emanate from the heart without hypocrisy, says the Lord.  Let it be a genuine expression of My presence in you.  1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

June 2, 2016:  I speak to the multitudes when I say that you need a fresh anointing.  You can no longer rely on an old word, or your relationship with me as it was months or years ago.  You need to be revitalized and seek My face for current revelation and guidance.  You cannot live in the past or continue on in religious exercise where there is no life, says the Lord.  I call you to rise up and live!  Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

June 1, 2016:  Do not waste your time and your life worrying.  Have faith in Me, and take the necessary steps to move forward with your life in constructive ways.  This may require a change in your mind sets and attitudes, but it will be well worth the effort you put forth to do so.  Change what you can, and trust Me for the rest, says the Lord.  Matthew 6:27 "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?"


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