SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT
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 2, 2015: It's been a bumpy ride in recent days, but things will now begin to level out--making it easier to get your bearings. In this process you will need to be quiet and not allow the turmoil of your emotions and thoughts to drown out the sound of My voice, says the Lord. Be still, perceive, and discern. Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
November 3, 2015: Keep your wits about you. Your spiritual atmosphere has been stormy, but you need to let the dust settle before you make important decisions. This is a temporary condition; you will quickly regain perspective and clarity. Wait for it, says the Lord. 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!
November 4, 2015: Take every opportunity to quiet your soul and rest. You have expended energy in unusual ways, and the stress has made you feel tired. Your regeneration and rejuvenation will come from being in My presence, says the Lord. I will lift you up. Acts 3:19b "...so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord."
November 5, 2015: Reflect on your relationship with Me, says the Lord, and let it deepen so that you become a reflection of My character and nature. This is a deliberate act of devotion and dedication. The times demand that you make a choice. You will either be a citizen of My Kingdom, or you will be worldly. Refuse to allow any distraction to take you off course. 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.
November 6, 2015: I want you to release the dread in your heart to Me. Do not allow fear to rule in your soul with regard to what might happen in the days ahead. Today's issues are enough to deal with in righteousness without adding supposition. Avoid wasting your time and energy on a fear-based future, says the Lord. Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
November 9, 2015: In a vision I saw a man sitting in a clearing in the middle of a forest. Night was falling, and he had encircled himself with small, individual campfires to keep the predators away. And, I heard the Lord say, "It is the fire of My Spirit that will not only comfort you, but will also keep the enemy at bay. Position yourself to live in spiritual safety." Luke 3:16 John answered, saying to all, "I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."
November 10, 2015: Watch for opportunities to deal with things that will bring you into more complete order, says the Lord. The worlds were framed by order, and My kingdom is built by order, so optimum benefit in your life will require divine order, 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.
November 11, 2015: I want to change your view so that you can see things from My perspective, says the Lord. I want you to look beyond your personal concerns and desires to see yourself and your circumstances as temporary. I would have you consider what is important spiritually and eternally, and I will open your eyes wide to see with precision. Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.
November 12, 2015: Pay attention to how you respond to life and circumstances, and make changes that are necessary in order to always do what is right and good. Always choose the most righteous option in making decisions. Do no harm to anyone, but always regard those around you, says the Lord. You must do this if you are going to prosper in all things. 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, 2015: In transforming you into My image, I must shine a light that is brighter than the sun, a light that will penetrate every area of darkness in your soul. I want you to see with precision all that lurks in the shadows beneath your exterior. These will be things that must be relinquished before you will be able to see Me face to face, 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.
November 16, 2015: If in your heart, you seek My face and My will, I will direct you in the path of righteous living. And, your actions on that path will please Me very much. If you depart from that path to have your own way in satisfying your flesh desires, you will also depart from My presence, says the Lord. Choose wisely. Romans 9:8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.
November 17, 2015: I have sanctified and set you aside for Myself--separated from the world and worldly values to spiritual and eternal values. I am raising up a people whose hearts wholly belong to Me without compromise or hypocrisy. You are called by My name and no other. Be one with Me, says the Lord. Isaiah 43:7 Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.
November 18, 2015: Be aware of your spiritual environment. Discern the atmosphere and your effect upon it. See what you must do to make it better for yourself and for those around you. You have a great responsibility to represent My kingdom in your place on the earth. Do what it takes to be a good ambassador, says the Lord. Let your light shine; let freedom reign. Luke 11:33 "No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light."
November 19, 2015: Watch for a tendency in these hectic times to lack patience with others and to snap at them. This is a function of the flesh exhibited in pride and disrespect. But, My desire for you is to always walk in the Spirit and to respond to others with kindness and consideration, says the Lord. I want your heart to be an extension of My heart. Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
November 20, 2015: You have faced difficulty and uncertainty in your transition into this new season, but now things will smooth out somewhat as you are able to see more clearly the path that you are on. Resist every temptation to be afraid of what the future will bring. Stay present with Me, says the Lord. Trust and obey! 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.
November 23, 2015: Even though these are uncertain times, you can be certain about My Kingdom, says the Lord. My Word and promises are true and will never change. You can move forward with the certainty that I will direct your steps because you trust in Me. Know that I am with you. 2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
November 24, 2015: If you can position yourself to be in the flow of My Spirit, you will experience a time of great grace. It will be a time of favor and acceptance, which affords joy, pleasure, sweetness and delight. However, you must release yourself from all worry and fear and forgive those who have wronged you in any way. Be free so that you can enjoy this time of grace, says the Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
November 25, 2015: Refuse to allow chaos to steal your peace and ability to stay in order. There is a spiritual storm raging all around you, but you can be free and stay above it by recognizing and refusing to be a part of it, says the Lord. Your place of refuge is in Me; I am your safe harbor, a port in any storm. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
November 26, 2015: I see many of you, My people, trying to manage life instead of letting life flow through you. I would have you relax and trust Me that I am with you; leading and directing you. There is too much emphasis on human perfection and not enough on staying in the flow of My Spirit, says the Lord. Let go and let Me. Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
November 27, 2015: Establish yourself in humble and sincere worship, and you will see Me and experience My presence as never before. There is a place of entry that requires righteousness and complete surrender. Come to Me in Spirit without fleshly desires or concerns. Come into the holy place where you can be refreshed, says the Lord. Acts 3:19 "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord."
October 1, 2015: Change has been a major theme in the past few months. Do not underestimate the effect these changes have had on your spirit, soul, and body. They have been significant, and might have left you still reeling. But, know that what you have been through has equipped and prepared you for the days ahead. You will look back at this time and see the value of your separation from that which was no longer valid in your quest for spiritual clarity, and you will cherish the lessons you learned, says the Lord. You will never be the same. Isaiah 54:14-15 And one shall say, "Heap it up! Heap it up! Prepare the way, take the stumbling block out of the way of My people." For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones."
October 2, 2015: Reset! It is time to recognize the need to start
over. Wipe the slate clean and begin again by getting your priorities in
order and doing what is important for this season. Everything in the past
has brought you to this point in your life. Take stock of what you want to
take with you into the next phase of your existence and what you want to leave
behind, and then do it. Be brave and resolute, says the Lord.
Isaiah 50:7 "For the Lord GOD will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I will not be
October 5, 2015: If you are to live in My Spirit and establish yourself in divine order, you must do all that I ask, says the Lord. You, My people, have come a long way, but you must push through until your obedience is fulfilled. Don't stop short of your goal, but rather push through to complete freedom from all that holds you back. 1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
October 6, 2015: Be aware that the forces of evil are swirling around you to create confusion and chaos. I tell you to be still and be calm while you resist with an inner strength that cannot be overcome, says the Lord. Be at peace and find your habitation in Me. Be strong, and let your light dispell the darkness that is encroaching. 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.
October 7, 2015: Spiritual freedom is the doorway that will lead to the access of benefits in My kingdom, says the Lord. Bondage of any kind will keep you from the fullness of life in the Spirit. I have given you authority to overcome and defeat the flesh, the devil, and worldliness. You must make choices that result in either life or death; liberty or bondage. Scrutinize your decisions. 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.
October 8, 2015: Let bygones be bygones. Mourning over the past and thinking about what you could have done, should have done, or might have done is a waste of time and energy. What you did or did not do is a fact of life. What you can do is learn from your experiences, both positive and negative, and move on with greater insight because of what you have been through. That's life. From this moment forward depend on Me for direction, guidance and wisdom, says the Lord. I will help you. Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
October 9, 2015: I speak to many when I say that you have become distracted with worldly concerns to the point of falling asleep spiritually. Now is the time to shake yourself awake and get on the path of walking in the Spirit. I want you to live in Me and live your faith, says the Lord. I did not call you to religious exercise, but to a vital and strong relationship with Me. This will require a shift in focus. John 14:20 "At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
October 12, 2015: You have been out of your comfort zone for some time. I have asked you to do things that were difficult and even exasperating. But, now you will begin to establish new routines and ways of doing things that will make life much easier in many ways. What you must do now is be sensitive to My Spirit and allow Me to take the lead. Determine to know My will in every situation, says the Lord. 1 John 2:17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
October 13, 2015: In a vision I saw myself and others with me moving supernaturally with great speed. We had a destination in mind and everything else was moved out of the way. Our focus was on our ultimate goal, and we did not waver. We felt compelled by the Spirit to continue on our course unhindered. The forces of darkness and works of the flesh had no power, and they were as nothing to us in this state of being. Psalm 18:29 For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
October 14, 2015: You can now deal with unresolved issues as many things will now be brought to a conclusion. You can look back briefly to realize the events that have brought you to this place, but do not dwell there. Be prepared to move on without regret. Allow My plans and purposes to not only be understood but realized at this time, says the Lord. Proverbs 19:21 There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the LORD’S counsel—that will stand.
October 15, 2015: You have been scattered, but I want you to collect yourself. Take stock to see what it is you really need to consider and accomplish. Pull your thoughts in so that you are not obsessing about things you have no control over. Rather, trust Me to cause all things to work together for your benefit, says the Lord. I am doing a great work in these days in the lives of My people. 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.
October 16, 2015: You, My people, are My great experiment. I have given you the ability to choose for yourselves whether or not you will love Me and serve Me. And, your choices will bear fruit one way or another. You can say with your mouth that you will do all that I ask, but the proof will be in whether or not you are actually obedient. Your words can be a lie, but your actions tell the truth, says the Lord. Matthew 21:28 "But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said to Him, "The first."
October 19, 2015: The changes that have come about in your life will have greater than normal impact on your future. Even though some of what you have been through seemed destructive, you have put your future in My hands, and I will lead you in the way of righteousness and peace. Allow Me to be your guide, says the Lord. Isaiah 58:11 The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
October 20, 2015: You will begin to look at core matters in your life without being distracted by extraneous concerns. You will be able to focus on what is really important to you. You must get to this place of awareness before you can realize effective spiritual progress, says the Lord. Don't waste your time worrying about things that have no eternal value. 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.
October 21, 2015: When you can't figure out what to do, you need to take a break from the issue and quiet your soul. Ask for wisdom, and I will show you the next thing to do. Then, it is up to you to be obedient and follow My directions, says the Lord. Trust Me to bring you through every difficulty. 1 John 5:14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
October 22, 2015: I have already told you not to despise the days of small beginnings. And, you have been obedient and content with what you have. You have been diligent to do all that I have asked. But, now you will be moving into a season filled with not only small things, but great things. My plans and purposes for you are being fulfilled, says the Lord. Zechariah 4:9-10a "The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands shall also finish it. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. For who has despised the day of small things?"
October 23, 2015: This is an opportune time to break old bad habits and to begin to form new, beneficial ones. Many of the things that you blame on forces of evil are simply bondages of the flesh formed from habitual choices. Allow Me to give you the strength to overcome by making better decisions, says the Lord. Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
October 26, 2015: In a vision I saw a bird with ruffled feathers, and the Lord said, "I know the difficulties that you have faced in recent months, and that you have been agitated and annoyed at times. Your feathers have been ruffled, so to speak. But now you must release all sense of aggravation and move on. You cannot walk in the Spirit and hold on to your grievances." Mark 11:26 "But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses."
October 27, 2015: I saw lights in a vision--one on either side of me and one out ahead of me. I knew they set the boundaries of our journey. I heard the Lord say that if we would stay within the spiritual parameters set for us that our success would be assured. Our decisions will either be according to His will or according to our flesh. Flesh will move us off of His perfect path, but walking in the Spirit will keep us in His heart and in His will. Psalms 17:8 Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings.
October 28, 2015: Maintain clarity of thought and purpose, and refuse to allow non-essentials to cloud your vision. Strive to be focused so that you can stay connected to Me and receive wisdom and direction. It is imperative that you stay on track spiritually. Know that there is an over-abundance of things that can and will distract you if you aren't careful, says the Lord. 2 Corinthians 10:5 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.
October 29, 2015: You have had to deal with hindrances, but now you will be able to break through barriers with very little effort. It might take some planning and diligence, however. Be glad and thankful that you are able to put those nagging things behind you, says the Lord, and set yourself to live in peace. John 8:36 "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."
October 30, 2015: Refuse to feel sorry for yourself or to lose hope. Rise up in the strength of My purpose for you. Do not underestimate the power of your will to go as hard as you can for as long as you can to accomplish what I have set before you, says the Lord. You are not alone; I am with you to gain the victory. Luke 17:6 So the Lord said, "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you."
Bill and Marsha Burns
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