SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT
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."
May 24, 2016: Re-set. There are areas of your life that lack control, and you need to get back to a place of optimum safety and security in every area of life--spiritually, physically and in your soul. Find yourself on solid ground by setting your will to always do that which is of greatest benefit to you and those around you, says the Lord. Proverbs 20:11 Even a child is known by his deeds, whether what he does is pure and right.
May 23, 2016: Carefully consider and evaluate your thoughts and actions. You can make this determination by what you say and do. Make sure that everything emanates from your relationship with Me, says the Lord. These are times that require your undivided attention in following My ways. Psalms 18:21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
May 22: Take time to re-evaluate your life. Take stock to see what is really important to your well-being on every level. But, remember to put first things first, and that would be your spiritual wellness. I am doing a particular work in this season to prepare My people, says the Lord, to be dedicated to My kingdom and consecrated to do and to be all that I have called you to. This is not a work according to man's doctrine or end-time scenarios. This is a true spiritual work that will begin and end with your vital connection with Me. Psalms 10:17 LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear.
May 20, 2016: There is a spiritual storm coming, says the Lord. There will be shaking, sifting, and scattering. Expect the seeds you have sown to bring forth a harvest, whether good or bad. Many who have deceived and exploited others, will be deceived and exploited. This storm is necessary to awaken those who have fallen asleep or become complacent. My people who are already awake must stay awake spiritually to avoid destruction. Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
May 19, 2016: Examine yourself to see where you need to make adjustments. Your standard is My word, says the Lord. And, you must not only read and hear spiritual truth; you must become an example of what you know is right and good. Walk in the light. Live in the Spirit. 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.
May 18, 2016: Be flexible, says the Lord. Some of the resources that you have depended on in the past will no longer be viable. Do not react emotionally to these changes, but rather be creative in finding alternative sources and solutions. Remember that I, your God, am your dependable provider. And you can trust Me to meet your every need and to give wisdom and direction. 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.
May 17, 2016: In a vision I saw a tiny speck of light in the distance that began to increase in size and intensity. And, I heard the Lord say, "I am giving you opportunities to increase in revelation and wisdom. You must no longer dwell in darkness, but reach for My light and let it encompass you and permeate your entire being. This is a time for you to emerge and move out in faith and victory." 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.
May 16, 2016: There are many ways that you can get sidetracked at this time. You must be spiritually focused to make the most of this season. When you are too busy with things of the world, you can miss what I am trying to reveal to you, says the Lord. And, that could make you vulnerable. Proverbs 5:1-2 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding, that you may preserve discretion, and your lips may keep knowledge.
May 15: I would have you, My people, walk in sincerity and without pretense. Be who you are in Me, and that will allow the manifestation of My Spirit to flow through you unhindered. However, if you are afraid to be rejected and seek acceptance and approval, those around you will only see your insecurity even when you try to be religious. These are times when you can experience greater freedom on all levels, says the Lord. 1 Timothy 1:5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.
May 13, 2016: Many of you, My people, have revisited old places of failure and pain. This is not productive for you, says the Lord. Much of how you perceive the past is subjective as you can only see with flawed vision, distorted by your feelings and opinions. You cannot change one thing about the past, but you can go forth in the power of My Spirit. This is a new day in which you can choose to walk in the Spirit. 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.
May 12, 2016: Your time of transition is almost over. You just need a little more patience and staying power before you can begin the next leg of your journey. Allow expectation to be a motivating force as you position yourself to progress. Establish and maintain purity, says the Lord. Resolutely seek the moral and spiritual high ground. Leviticus 20:26 And you shall be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.
May 11, 2016: Ask Me to reveal your faults. If you will be absolutely honest with yourself and with Me I will help you position yourself to walk in greater clarity of soul and spirit, says the Lord. If you seek spiritual purity this internal work is a requirement. You cannot walk in the Spirit when you maintain pretensions and facades. Psalms 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
May 10, 2016: Fortify your power mightily! Many of you have forgotten that I have given you authority over the powers of darkness, which have exerted control over your life. It is within your ability to be determined to overcome. You must exercise the power that I have given you to fight your way to freedom, says the Lord. You are well able to gain the victory. 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."
May 9, 2016: You have had many and varied opportunities to establish yourself in divine order, and you have done so in many areas. But, I want you to be alert to the process of fine-tuning where things will come up that demand your attention and willingness to bring correction and perfection, says the Lord. I will lead you in this process. 1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
May 8: It is important for you recover from recent stress by leaning on Me. Be strong. Don't give up. All things that represent problems are only a stepping stone to understanding the work of My kingdom more completely. Keep looking up, says the LORD. Never forget that I am leading you to victory. Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
May 6, 2016: Deliberately seek a quiet resting place in the Spirit. Remove yourself from all chaos and confusion, and refuse to get emotionally invested in things that do not produce life and light. You need to stay protected from circumstances and conditions that interrupt the peace of your heart, says the Lord. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
May 5, 2016: Be careful of making assumptions based on limited information. Those assumptions will lead you down a path to a dubious outcome. You will eventually have to retrace your steps to get back on solid ground. In the meantime, you will have a difficult time knowing the difference between what is true and what is false. If you find yourself in this shadowy place, reconnect and walk in the Spirit, says the Lord. 1 John 4:6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
May 4, 2016: Step into the light by leaving all darkness behind. Those things that result in condemnation, oppression and depression do not come from Me, says the Lord. When you begin to walk in the Spirit instead of entertaining the flesh, light will prevail over all darkness. Let your light shine! 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
May 3, 2016: I speak to those of you who feel as though you have been wrapped in a cocoon. This position has shielded you from experiencing life as it really is and has kept you from the freedom that you crave. I tell you truthfully that it is now time to break free from this silent, inactive place to realize your potential. It is My desire that you become the best version of yourself possible, 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.
May 2, 2016: Pay attention to what is going on around you spiritually. Get sharp and stay sharp. This is no time to miss the details of what I am showing you and doing with you. If you will do this, your discernment will come into clear focus, and you will know things that otherwise would have escaped you, says the Lord. 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.
May 1: Go ahead and make your plans, but hold them loosely. Be willing to allow Me to make the necessary adjustments in your thoughts and desires to keep you in the perfect movement of My Spirit, says the Lord. I will direct your steps, but you must first yield completely to My will. Do not allow the stubbornness to get your own way to prevail. Proverbs 16:9 A manís heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.
April 29, 2016: In reflecting back, I would have you consider and rejoice in your victories instead of lamenting your places of failure and defeat. Your mistakes have helped shape your character, but your ability to overcome has developed strength. Encourage yourself in remembering that I have made you victorious in all things, says the Lord. 2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
April 28, 2016: Many of you, My people, need to rest--not just physically, but spiritually. Your rest will come when you cast your burden on Me and trust Me to undertake on your behalf. Stop striving. Stop worrying. And, come into a place of solid faith; not hoping, but knowing that I am with you to help and strengthen you, says the Lord. Isaiah 38:14 Like a crane or a swallow, so I chattered; I mourned like a dove; my eyes fail from looking upward. O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me!
April 27, 2016: Take time to review all of the changes that have occurred in the past year. In doing this, you will be able to see more clearly the texture of the future. You won't know the details, but you will be able to see a trend, says the Lord. Be assured that I am leading you. Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
April 26, 2016: Be on high alert when things seem to be difficult or falling apart. The enemy of your soul will try to blind-side you to get you off track and to cause you to question what you thought you knew. Go back to the fundamentals of what you believe about your situation and why. You will have to regroup and make sure you are still on the right track, says the Lord. 2 Timothy 3:14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them.
April 25, 2016: Hunker down and get serious about serving Me, says the Lord. The days of complacency must come to an end before you can forge ahead in newness of life. Life in the Spirit will be more rewarding than you ever imagined, but you must make the decision and put forth the effort necessary to achieve this position. Deuteronomy 4:29 "But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul."
April 24: I will show you ways to get in order so that you will be more efficient and effective in all that you have been given to do. Simplicity is the order of the day. Be open and sensitive to My leading in this regard. I would have you be unencumbered to the extent that you can focus more fully on spiritual matters and spend more time with Me, says the Lord. I am calling you to come and dine. Revelation 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me."
April 22, 2016: Position yourself in a place of peace, and completely let
go of the fears that you have secretly nurtured. Fear is neither
productive nor will it yield positive results. Calm down. Get your
thoughts under control, and put your trust in Me, for I will bring you through
this time, says the Lord. Let Me lead you out.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
April 21, 2016: You are about to move out of the doldrums, but you may need to adjust your mindset and make corrections to your attitude in order to make the best of your circumstances. Open your mind and heart to new things even when you are afraid of being vulnerable. Put your trust in Me to protect you from real danger, says the Lord. John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
April 20, 2016: It is important that you position yourself in the Spirit to move into the next phase of existence. Positioning is vital to your readiness and progression. Establish yourself in right relationship to Me, and allow Me to give you the wisdom and knowledge you need to know where you are and where you are going, says the Lord. John 15:4 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me."
April 19, 2016: I want to show you the wonders of perceiving the world around you from a spiritual perspective. Your inclination is to see everything from a natural or worldly point of view, but I want to take you higher and help you see and understand spiritually. Set your heart to allow Me to transform you 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.
April 18, 2016: You are on the right track, but circumstances will arise that have the potential of getting you sidetracked. Stay focused and keep your objective clear. This truly is a new beginning, but the enemy will do whatever he can to cause you to make the same mistakes you made in the last spiritual season. Seek Me for wisdom in all things, says the Lord. Deuteronomy 5:32 Therefore you shall be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
April 17: Continue to follow Me and do what is right in every situation. You know the difference between right and wrong, and you can choose to be righteous. Refuse to give in to any temptation that would result in attitudes or actions that are contrary to My character and nature. I have called you to be one with Me, and when we are unified My thoughts will be your thoughts, and your actions will follow, says the Lord. Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
April 15, 2016: Just when you seem to be breaking through, challenges will seem to arise that will test the strength of your intentions. Do not give up at the first sign of difficulty, but push through until you get through. Be resolute in your faith and trust, and do your best to maintain your forward momentum. Instead of relying on other people, lean on Me, says the Lord. Matthew 11:30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
April 14, 2016: You have been through a rough patch, but the problems you encountered are being sorted out. Lift yourself up and look through the spiritual lens of hope and faith. That is what will bring you through in victory, says the Lord. Refuse to get bogged down in the negativity of the past. Be strong and of good courage. Deuteronomy 31:6 "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you."
April 13, 2016: This is a new day. Put the past firmly behind you and look to Me for guidance and direction for the future. You will need My wisdom and the ability to exercise spiritual discernment so that you can know what to do and how to handle situations that arise. Stay connected to Me. Your life in the Spirit is everything, says the Lord. 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.
April 12, 2016: The road to My kingdom is narrow and the way is sometimes rough. Many of you have become compromised and lukewarm. I am the strength of your heart and the Savior of your soul. There is no way to eternal life except through Me, says the Lord. Take this opportunity to renew your commitment. Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
April 11, 2016: Listen. Hear My voice calling you to come up here. Rise up from worldly and carnal concerns to focus on things that will affect you for all of eternity. Concern yourself with establishing yourself in My character and nature, and My image, says the Lord. I will help you do this, but you must come up. Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
April 10: Be on the lookout for weapons formed against your soul, particularly your emotions. The enemy wants to not only distract you from spiritual endeavors, but wants to disable your desire to walk in the Spirit. Watch particularly for depression, condemnation, frustration and outrage. You will feel completely justified in allowing these expressions to manifest, but it would not be in your best interest, says the Lord. Exercise self-control. Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord.
April 8, 2016: Consider what I have given to you, says the Lord, the knowledge and wisdom of My word and the power of My presence. Guard closely the purity of My Spirit within you and do not cast your pearls before swine. Exercise your discernment to know when to speak and when to shut up. Let Me lead you in all things. Matthew 7:6 "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces."
April 7, 2016: Refuse to allow your life to be defined by loss and grief. Push through to new horizons and possibilities of what can be rather than getting stuck in what has been. You will have opportunities to bring positive definition to your life by coming to an understanding of what it truly means to have your life hidden in Me, says the Lord. Colossians 3:1-3 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
April 6, 2016: Define that feeling of restlessness. When you do, you will find that there is something you need to do or consider doing. It is a nudge to get you moving in the right direction. Quiet your inner being so that you can allow Me to show you the way you should go, says the Lord. Rise up in confidence that I am your very present help. Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
April 5, 2016: Watch for opportunities to help someone else. I speak to nations of people who have become self-focused and concerned about their own needs and desires. I would have you deliberately rise above selfishness to develop kindness and generosity. Remember that reward always exceeds sacrifice, says the Lord. You will not regret becoming a giver. Luke 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."
April 4, 2016: Things that have been out of order that you have not yet dealt with have kept you from complete spiritual liberty. Be obedient in taking care of the things that I bring to your attention, and you will discover greater freedom. You will experience the anointing of ease as you position yourself to flow with the moving of My Spirit, says the Lord. Colossians 2:5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
April 3: Your time of transition will be over soon. Just a few more points of preparation will put you in a position of moving ahead. Take a solid stand of faith and trust in Me, says the Lord, and face the final steps of this process with patience, assurance, and certainty that My will is being accomplished in your circumstances. 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 1, 2016: Take stock of your life before moving ahead. You have been able to correct many of the things that have held you back, but there are still things to be done. You will need to address old habits and patterns of behavior that continue to keep you in bondage. This work must be done honestly and internally before you can put the past behind you once and for all, says the Lord. Be strong and resolute. Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Faith Tabernacle of Kremmling
Bill and Marsha Burns
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459
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