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."

 

OCTOBER 2014

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.


SEPTEMBER 2014

September 1, 2014:  The new season has begun, and you are on the threshold of a new beginning.  You must be open and flexible if you are to make the most of the opportunities afforded you.  Shake yourself from the slumber of apathy and complacency or you will overlook the possibilities that are available to you.  Many of you, My people, have gotten stuck in hopelessness and despair to the point that you cannot consider an alternative to your situation.  But, I say you must rise up out of the dead ashes of the past and deliberately consider My ability to bring you forth, says the Lord.  Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

September 2, 2014:  Take advantage of windows of opportunity as they open in the spirit realm.  They will seem to open suddenly and then close again if you wait too long to act.  Timing right now is everything.  You will need to pay attention and discern the moving of My Spirit if you want to be in the flow and be carried.  Otherwise, you may find yourself striving to move forward only to have to overcome obstacles and hindrances, says the Lord.  Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

September 3, 2014:  When you feel the need to look back at the people and situations in your life that produced rejection and pain, touch it lightly.  Refuse to allow the enemy to make you feel unloved or inadequate.  You are completely accepted, loved and satisfactory in My sight, says the Lord.  And, if you will offer up the suffering that you have endured I will honor your sacrifice, and it will become a sweet fragrance to Me.  Then, you can access the healing that was made available to you at the Cross.  1 Peter 2:24  [Jesus] who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

September 4, 2014:  Darkness and despair abound on the earth, but you do not have to succumb to hopelessness.  I would have you fight against the things that would oppress and depress you.  You can do this by stepping out of spiritual darkness and coming into the light of My love and presence through the expression of heart-felt gratitude for what is right and good.  Light dispels darkness and good triumphs over evil, says the Lord.  Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

September 5, 2014:  Beloved, I want you to become more aware in discerning the choices that are before you every day.  Some of you will choose evil by default through passivity and not actively resisting the work of the enemy against you.  You must take an active role in being righteous. You can't always choose what happens to you, but you can choose to put your faith in Me, says the Lord.  I will strengthen you and bring you through adversity.  James 1:2-3  My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience [steadfastness, constancy, endurance].

September 8, 2014:  Rise above all chaos and turmoil, and enter into peace.  Even when your circumstances place many demands on your time and energy, you can do all that is necessary and still maintain tranquility.  However, you will have to be focused and stay calm to receive the wisdom you need to get through the changes that this season brings, says the Lord.  Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

September 9, 2014:  When things seem to no longer work or properly meet your needs, you will have to make some adjustments.  This is a time when you are being re-positioned so that you can maximize the benefits of the new season.  Don't panic when changes are inevitable.  It will be much the same as your eyes having to adjust from darkness to light--they get used to it--and you will begin to see clearly again, says the Lord. 
1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.

September 10, 2014:  Set yourself with great determination to be righteous by keeping your spiritual, emotional and mental space clear and clean.  Your discernment depends on your ability to know the difference between light and dark, good and evil, right and wrong.  And, your well-being depends on always choosing what is right and good.  Refuse the temptation to be friendly towards corruption on any level, 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.

September 11, 2014:  Stay calm and take one step at a time.  Frustration is your enemy and will cause you to make mistakes, so you will have to step back and be sure that you are doing what is necessary to accomplish that which is next in your spiritual flow.  Ask for wisdom, and I will give it.  I will lead you in the way you should go, says the Lord.  Put your confidence in Me.  Isaiah 45:2 ‘I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron.

September 12, 2014:  I am doing a supernatural work in you, My people.  If you will get up to the highest point of your own desire and ability to seek My face, I will take you higher spiritually and give you greater freedom of movement.  You will see and discern with unprecedented clarity and become one with Me in purpose--moving with power and precision, says the Lord.  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.

September 15, 2014:  Embrace change.  For some it will be small things that need to be tweaked, improved, or re-arranged.  For others it will be the need to exchange or replace that which is broken.  And, for others it will be a time of complete renovation.  I speak of your spiritual condition as well as your emotional, mental, and physical environment.  I am preparing you for the days ahead that will require soundness of spirit, soul, and body if you are to make the most of the opportunities that are presented, says the Lord.  Now is the time to get ready to move into the new season.  1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

September 16, 2014:  Keep yourself in righteousness and honor.  I have provided for you sanctification and have set you apart for Myself, says the Lord.  Protect your commitment.   Be established in My kingdom through dedication to My purposes.  Refuse to allow the enemy to steal your peace or undermine your spiritual position.  Set a watch for his shenanigans.  Deuteronomy 4:9 "Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren."

September 17, 2014:  Beloved, I want you to begin to recognize and discern when you are getting off track.  The first sign will be that every effort is blocked as though a door has been shut.  When this happens, stop and ask for wisdom and then wait for My leading.  Do not proceed until you are assured that I am guiding you and directing your steps.  Get in the flow of My Spirit, says the Lord.  Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

September 18, 2014:  Many of you, My children, are conflicted--as though being caught between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings.  This is because there is winding down from the past season and a gearing up for the next.  You are in transition.  What is passing isn't over yet and what is coming isn't here yet.  This is a time when you have to be patient and allow My grace to sustain you, says the Lord.  This too will pass.  2 Corinthians 12:9a  And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness."

September 19, 2014:  These are not easy times, but it is a time when you can learn a lot about yourself and your ability to persevere.  Make a decision to endure and push through the difficult situations that you face, and you will absolutely have breakthrough.  And, when you do emerge from the darkness the light will be brighter, the victory sweeter and the joy more exhuberant.  It will be worth all the effort, says the Lord.  Stay the course.  1 Peter 1:6-8  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.

September 22, 2014:  I want you to step back and take a look at the bigger picture.  While looking at details is admirable, you can miss a greater understanding that is necessary in accurately evaluating a particular situation.  Take the time to make adjustments in the way you see things so that you have greater clarity of intent and purpose, says the Lord.  Psalms 14:2 The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.

September 23, 2014:  Stand strong in the face of adversity, for I say to you that challenges will come as devastation seems to rule the world.  It is up to each of you, My people, to establish righteousness and kingdom principles where you are--in your life and circumstances.  You will do this through choosing good over evil, says the Lord.  Set yourself apart to reflect My character and nature.   1 Corinthians 6:15  Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!

September 24, 2014:  Consider where you have been, where you are now and where you are headed.  If your life seems to be on a path that has departed from spiritual commitment and consecration, you will need to make a course correction before it leads to destruction.  Let Me direct you in the way of righteousness and peace so that I can bless you, says the Lord.  2 Thessalonians 3:5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.

September 25, 2014:  The next phase of your spiritual progression is beginning to unfold.  Position yourself for the greatest benefit of the season by getting your priorities in order and developing righteous values.  Move away from self-absorption to consider and esteem one another.  Be honest and righteous in every area of life--relationships, finances, goals and desires.  I am the light that will guide you through the darkness that covers the earth, says the Lord. 
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

September 26, 2014:  Deliberately deal with things that distract you from seeking My face with a whole heart.  These are critical times in your spiritual development and supernatural progression.  This is a time when you need to get your head screwed on straight--to become clear in your thinking and calm in your emotions so that your attitudes, motives and actions line up with the truth of My word, says the Lord.  Become one with Me.  2 Corinthians 10:4-6  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

September 29, 2014:  Hunker down and maintain your spiritual position as you resist the temptation to yield to outside pressure and the opinions of others.  Take a defensive stance against the schemes of the enemy to disrupt.  Be cautious and make sure that your plans do not become a departure from security or safety, says the Lord.  Stay covered.  Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

September 30, 2014:  Come here.  Come with Me.  Follow Me.  Many of My people have been given a mantle--a calling and purpose.  But, when things became too challenging, the mantle became contaminated with things of the world and of the natural realm.  The garment is no longer fit for the work of My kingdom, says the Lord.  Come again for a new garment, which will require renewed commitment to do what I called you to do before the perversion of purpose by the flesh.  Revelation 3:18 "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see."


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


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