SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND
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."
November 3, 2014: I am dealing with areas in your life that represent insecurity. Examine yourself to find those places that need to be submitted to Me for healing and restoration. It is time for you to be done with feeling inferior and condemned. Take your rightful place in My kingdom and be who you were designed to be, says the Lord. I will help 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.
November 4, 2014: You are in a time of heightened awareness. It will be possible for you to perceive things that you normally would not discern. However, you will have to position yourself to pay attention if you are going to notice and realize the nuances of your surroundings in this season, says the Lord. I will give you the ability, but you must exercise it. Ephesians 5:14 Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light."
November 5, 2014: Be aware of the opportunities that come to make changes in the most basic part of your life. I am calling to the core of your being to be transformed completely to reflect My nature and values. It is a work of purity that can only take place through absolute, spiritual surrender. It will require a renovation of your own value system as you prioritize according to that which will withstand the test of time, 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.
November 6, 2014: Examine the things that are not working in your life and circumstances. Your first instinctive reaction to finding something wrong is to overreact. But, instead of making broad, sweeping changes you would be wise to begin with small, incremental adjustments that will not throw you off balance. Be strong and remain steadfast in truth and in the things that are working for you, says the Lord. Galatians 6:4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
November 7, 2014: Take a stand for truth, and do what is right and good in every situation. Refuse to allow the enemy to draw you away from a place of conscious awareness of purity. Let there be no compromise of morality and righteous intention, says the Lord. You are Mine; you belong to Me. I want you to be a living, breathing example of life in the Spirit. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
November 10, 2014: If you pay attention, you will know that I am showing you ways to improve your circumstances that will ultimately result in a better quality of life. I am revealing things that need to be changed and can be changed that will be very beneficial to you, says the Lord. However, this benefit will not come if you do not do what is necessary. 2 Chronicles 7:14 "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
November 11, 2014: Beloved, I want to be able to mold you into My image and for you to so completely surrender that we are truly one. My desire is to be able to hold you much like a potter holds and shapes clay, says the Lord. I have much to do on the earth. Will you be an instrument of My purposes without considering your own goals and personal desires? I have called, but it is up to you to answer the call. Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.
November 12, 2014: To know good from evil has been given to you through discernment, and I would have you always do what is right and just. But, I also desire that you help one another when you have opportunity and the ability to do so. You are My hands extended in support and My mouth to give encouragement and wisdom to those in need. You are My ambassadors, says the Lord. Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
November 13, 2014: It is good to have a plan, but you must also be willing to scrap your good ideas and change course for the sake of staying in the flow of the Spirit, says the Lord. Be sensitive to My leading as I take you on a path that you have not known nor understood. There are things that you must experience in order to learn more of My kingdom and purposes, says the Lord. Be flexible. 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."
November 14, 2014: When you face life's dilemmas refuse to allow frustration or discouragement to have any part in your process of finding solutions. Rather, quiet your thoughts and emotions and seek Me for wisdom. You can accomplish nothing when you find yourself in turmoil. But, I will show you the way out of impossibility, says the Lord. Put your trust in Me, for I am the God of possibilities. Psalms 18:30 As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
November 17, 2014: Take a moment to look back and gain perspective of how far you have come and how much you have grown. Enjoy that moment, but use it as a measuring line of how much further you can go if you set your heart again on your spiritual journey on the earth. There is much for you to do in the days ahead, and I am preparing you to fulfill your kingdom purpose, says the Lord. Psalms 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
November 18, 2014: In a vision I saw a man
clearing the rubble from a brick wall that had been destroyed, and when I looked
beyond the wall I saw a city in ruins and a few people working to clear the
rubble. And, I heard the Lord say, "This is a picture of the church, which
has been ravaged and lies in ruins. I call to the remnant to clean up the
mess and rebuild according to My plumbline and standards. It will be a
great and lasting work."
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.
November 19, 2014: Beloved, your prayers for wisdom, direction, and breakthrough have come up before Me, says the Lord. I have heard and answered your request, and you will soon see your situation become more transparent and understandable. Things will begin to unfold and what you need to do next will suddenly become obvious as I make a way where there seemed to be no way. 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.
November 20, 2014: Chaos, confusion and despair
are signs of the enemy at work in your environment. Refuse to allow
anything to interrupt your peace and faith. You will need to be calm and
quiet internally and allow My presence and power to permeate your atmosphere.
Stand your ground and maintain all that is good, says the Lord. Isaiah
32:18 My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in
quiet resting places.
November 21, 2014: Many things have captured your attention and divided your resources. If you become aware of what is happening, you will see that there are spiritual lessons to be learned from each event and from the people around you. There are tidbits of wisdom that were dropped along the way that you now need to pick up again and acknowledge before you can move on, says the Lord. Be alert. James 1:2-4 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.
October 1, 2014: Now is a time when you can make the necessary adjustments to get back on track spiritually. Your course correction will come when you focus on that which brings life, vitality, and eternal perspective. The requirement is that you move deeper in the flow of My Spirit, says the Lord, and stop puddling around in the shallowness of religious exercise. This is not about getting by, but reaching beyond your grasp. 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.
October 2, 2014: If you are going to move ahead in spiritual progression, you cannot allow the past to define your future. Set yourself to begin again now with a fresh, clean slate--uncontaminated by past failures or even past victories. Let kingdom truth mold your new life, day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Establish yourself in vital, intimate relationship with Me, says the Lord. This is freedom! 2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
October 3, 2014: You are entering a new phase of existence where you have a tendency to feel disoriented. In order to re-establish firm footing in this new spiritual environment, you will need to stay spiritually aware. You must pay close attention to the details of where you are and what you do and still see everything through the eyes of the Spirit. This may feel like multi-tasking, but it will soon become your new normal, says the Lord. Refuse discouragement. Proverbs 10:25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
October 6, 2014: Whatever comes your way, get on top of it as quickly as possible. Don't let the enemy's tactics get you down or keep you down. I have given you authority to gain the victory over every attack. Trust Me, says the Lord, to lift you up, strengthen you, and cause you to stand strong. Just don't be afraid. Hebrews 12:12-13 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
October 7, 2014: To those who have taken a wrong turn and have gotten on the wrong track, I say it is not too late to make a course correction and get back into a solid place spiritually. What's done is done. You cannot allow past mistakes to define who you are or where you are going. Make a concerted effort to get right spiritually. You must be righteous before the rest of your life will fall into proper order, says the Lord. Isaiah 60:21 Also your people shall all be righteous; they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.
October 8, 2014: Survey your environment, and take time to assess current conditions. You will need to quiet your inner chatter in order to be objective so that you can see, hear and discern spiritual reality. Allow My presence to permeate everything in and around you. Let your faith become the primary resource in life. Only then can you act according to My will and purposes, says the Lord. James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
October 9, 2014: Breakthrough at this time is not a singular incident as much as a process. It is a marathon rather than a sprint. Stay with the process until you know that you have broken through the barriers that have hindered you, says the Lord. Be diligent, and I will give you wisdom and will strengthen you to do all that is necessary at this juncture. Continue in your faith. Psalms 31:24 Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.
October 10, 2014: Watch for feelings of ambivalence. When you are uncertain and do not know which way to turn or what to do next, you would do well to wait for My direction, says the Lord. Do nothing until you are more settled. You might also get mixed signals from others that keep you from knowing where you stand. Refuse to overreact to what people do or say. Stay calm and be at peace. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
October 13, 2014: You have begun to reap the harvest from what was sown during the beginning of the season that is ending. Some will experience great favor and benefit while others will endure hardship. Others will fall somewhere between those two extremes. This is a time when you would do well to learn the lessons of the harvest, says the Lord. Matthew 13:23 "But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
October 14, 2014: Examine your life and determine the aspects, both spiritual and natural, that cause you to thrive. You must protect those components from any form of destruction if you are to obtain a sense of safety and security. Your foundation must be solid spiritually before you can build anything that can withstand the onslaughts that come with time and circumstance, says the Lord. Be deliberate and diligent in your construction. 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."
October 15, 2014: Make the effort and take the time to establish sure footing. Even though My word stands forever unchanged and I remain the same, there will be new protocols regarding the assignments that I will give you in the days ahead. There are things that you need to know and understand before you forge ahead. Discernment and finesse will be required before you can fulfill all that is purposed for you, says the Lord. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
October 16, 2014: Weep and mourn for those who once walked with Me and have turned again to their own foolishness. Their eyes have grown dull and their hearts have grown cold to the reality of My kingdom. Everyone, hear My call to wake up and know the times and seasons and understand the futility of carnal living. Stir up your faith and rise again to acknowledge My presence and power. Trust in Me, says the Lord. 2 Peter 2:21-22 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: "A dog returns to his own vomit," and, "a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire."
October 17, 2014: Be aware that you are likely to be uncomfortable and even indecisive in this season. There will be a sense of urgency to figure out what to do. You will be tempted to get drastic and be radical in changing your direction. However, you must persist and stay on track. Refuse to get upset. Maintain peace, stay calm and have faith. This is all about learning to trust Me in the midst of chaos, says the Lord. Stay the course and see My handiwork. Psalms 9:10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
October 20, 2014: Some of you, My people, tend to trust Me for the big things, but not the little things. And, some trust Me for the little things, but not the big things. But, I want you to begin to deliberately come to a place of faith and trust in all things. Depend on Me for wisdom, direction, and the power to overcome, says the Lord. James 1:6-8 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; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
October 21, 2014: Cry out from the depth of your heart. Reach up and let Me pull you out of every darkness of the soul into light, truth, and life. Your eternal self must rejoice in My availability to you when you reach and search. Consider life in transition, change and transcendence. Yield with nothing held back; nothing that I cannot touch, have or possess in you, 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.
October 22, 2014: Allow Me to mold you and remake you. I want to remove everything that opposes truth and righteousness. Will you put yourself in My hands without protecting your offenses and secret sins? Will you humble yourself under My might and power to transform you from being natural into being spiritual? Release yourself from the past and truly become Mine, says the Lord. Jeremiah 18:2-4 "Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words." Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.
October 23, 2014: It is My desire to see you walk in truth. Righteousness, obedience, and freedom require the ability to know the truth. Deception can only come when you do not love the truth. Just because you believe something does not make it true, and your faith cannot work in deception. The standard is My word and your relationship with Me, says the Lord. Be honest and true. John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
October 24, 2014: I am bringing you, step by step, into a more solid position of faith and purity. Be done with superficial religiosity, and rise above carnality to walk in true relationship with Me, says the Lord. Be filled with My Spirit so that you can bear the fruit that transcends natural tendencies. I am calling you to come up here; to come higher in your spiritual walk. Galatians 5:22-23b But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
October 27, 2014: The way has been made for you to live according to the dictates of My word and purposes for you. The only thing that can hold you back is your carnal nature. You must desire My kingdom, see the truth, and follow where I lead. I have given you the ability to overcome any obstacle that would keep you from complete unity with Me, says the Lord. John 17:22 "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."
October 28, 2014: Life is short and time is precious. I have separated you to Myself, says the Lord. Your separations from others rarely feel good, but they are necessary for your growth and development. Don't lament what is past, but rather learn and progress. The events of your life are designed for your eternal, spiritual perfection. Stay focused. 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."
October 29, 2014: In a vision I saw a sort of land mass that was being pulled apart; a large part of it represented the past and another large part represented the future. They were being separated one from another by a very thin land bridge. We were on that bridge that was getting thinner by the minute, and I knew that it would soon break so that there would be no way back. We were pressing on quickly. I realized that this was a picture of where we are currently--still in transition, which causes us to feel unsettled and precarious, but we have to let go of the past and reach forward to what is ahead. Things will not always be this weird, so keep it moving! Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
October 30, 2014: Opportunities will present themselves, but you must discern a real and beneficial opportunity from that which is just a distraction. Ask Me for wisdom with regard to every new and potential situation. Do what is right and good, and endeavor to avoid traps of the enemy that will take you off course, says the Lord. Use good judgment. 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.
October 31, 2014: Establish and maintain good boundaries. You belong to Me, and your spiritual structure will cause you to be strong and will give you the ability to stay on course. Refuse to be drawn away from what you know to be a standard of excellence regardless of the pressures to compromise. Your worth is not measured in human terms of acceptance, but in spiritual terms of sacrificing carnality, says the Lord. Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Faith Tabernacle of Kremmling
Bill and Marsha Burns
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459
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