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."
January 1, 2015: You can begin again with a clean slate. Come before Me and release all things that have kept you from spiritual progression. Choose to live life in the Spirit, and rise above the things of the world that weigh you down and keep you from all that I have for you. Make good choices in your sowing and you will reap a good harvest, says the Lord. Galatians 6:8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
January 2, 2015: You have made good progress, but you must continue to press on until you have complete break-through. Otherwise, you will find yourself slipping back into old patterns of thought and behavior and lose what you’ve gained. Be diligent, and continue to seek My face for fresh revelation and spiritual insight. Growth is a sure sign of life. Stir up your desire and reach beyond where you are now. You have much to give and much to do, but you must realize that accomplishment comes in small increments. Consistent, small steps will result in covering a lot of ground. Don’t get discouraged with what will seem like slow progress. Just keep moving. Leave past failures behind. Do not dwell on the mistakes you have made or unpleasant outcomes. You must not become a victim of regret; think about your experiences as opportunities to be strengthened in faith and to trust Me, 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?
January 5, 2015: You can accomplish extraordinary feats if you will just hunker down and set your heart on success. Do not be deceived; it will not be easy. The enemy of your soul will endeavor to hinder your momentum. Use the authority I have given you to defeat his purposes and to do what I have set before you to do, says the Lord. 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."
January 6, 2015: There are still issues that need to be sorted out before you can break free from troubling circumstances, but on the whole you have come a long way and have accomplished a great deal. Refuse to allow the last nagging details to steal your peace and keep you from strong faith in Me to show you what you must do next, says the Lord. Onward and upward! Isaiah 50:10 "Who among you fears the LORD? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD and rely upon his God."
January 7, 2015: Many of you, My people, have become disoriented because of extraordinary activity around you or in your own lives. Sometimes it seems like you have become fragmented or separated from your spiritual convictions. Now is the time to quiet yourself, reconnect with Me, and reactivate your faith, says the Lord. When you do that, you will be able to access by faith the grace that you need to continue on with confidence that I am with you. Romans 5:2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
January 8, 2015: Take advantage of this time of new beginnings supported with abundant grace. Think back and remember the times that I have rescued you, and know that I am not finished. If I delivered you in the past, I will do so again. Do not be afraid of the unknown nor fear failure, but put your complete trust in Me to lead, guide, direct and protect you, says the Lord. Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
January 9, 2015: I want you to prepare the way to find Me in earnest. So many make a profession of faith, but never follow through to make a way for My wisdom, direction, teaching, and blessing. There is a way for you to go that will not only set an example for others to live in righteousness, but to prepare a place for the great blessings and benefits of My kingdom, says the Lord. The way must be clear and open. Mark 1:3 "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.’"
January 12, 2015: You must find the place of peace and strength in My presence regardless of the difficulties you face. Refuse to give in to the temptation of discouragement and despair. Some things are inevitable, but if you will trust Me to bring you through, your faith will rise to a level that the enemy of your soul cannot touch, says the Lord. I will set your feet on higher ground where you can withstand any onslaught. Psalms 118:5 I called on the LORD in distress; the LORD answered me and set me in a broad place.
January 13, 2015: In a vision I saw an old and completely dilapidated house. The foundation was cracked the exterior siding was rotting, and it needed new windows and roofing. The interior of the house was badly damaged and in need of repair. I watched as the cracks in the foundation were filled in, and the exterior of the house, roof and windows were replaced. In the interior, the wiring and plumbing were repaired, the walls were replaced and painted, and the appliances were upgraded. What was once condemned became a beautiful habitation. And, the Lord said, "Behold, My House!" Ephesians 2:19-22 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
January 14, 2015: Step out of the shadows and walk in the light. Evil forces abound and seek to take advantage of any weakness. I will give you wisdom and the discernment to know the difference between good and evil, says the Lord. Do not be afraid. Let Me lead you in the way of righteousness and peace, and I will keep you under the shelter of My wings. Psalms 61:4 I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah
January 15, 2015: Release yourself from the stigma of past failures and disappointments. Refuse to see those things as being an embarrassment to you. But, think of all things--difficult or not--as opportunities to see spiritual reality, to learn valuable lessons, and to know Me better, says the Lord. Nothing is wasted in My Kingdom. Everything that you encounter serves a purpose. 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.
January 16, 2015: Take a close look, and you will see the flaws that could thwart your plans. Incremental adjustments now will result in the changes necessary to achieve your goals, both spiritually and naturally. Do not be afraid to find your own errors. Error does not diminish your character, but gives a place for courage, humility, growth, and personal depth. Seek Me for wisdom in all things, says the Lord. Romans 5:3-4 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
January 19, 2015: In your quest to find your people, those with whom you can feel connected, expect awkward moments. Transparency is not your first choice, but you must develop relationship with others through trust and compatible values. Your relationship with Me, says the Lord, is sacred and intimate. And, it must be protected from those who would desecrate what is holy for the sake of their own desire for attention. 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."
January 20, 2015: Regardless of what comes at you, I am with you to bring you through to clarity and victory. Be strong and resolute, and refuse to allow fear or panic to take you out of the flow of My Spirit. Take whatever time is necessary to quiet your thoughts and emotions, and then ask for wisdom about your next step, says the Lord. I will show you the way. 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.
January 21, 2015: Many of you, My people, are trying to force your will in certain situations to bring about the change necessary to achieve your desires. But, you would do well to trust Me to bring about opportunities for change that will not only benefit you but those around you. Everything done through selfish ambition will result in unrighteousness, says the Lord. Allow Me to reveal the flow of My Spirit. Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
January 22, 2015: Do not be hasty. Take it slow and easy--one step at a time to avoid making mistakes that you will regret. Evaluate every situation and be sure that your choices are correct before moving forward. Deception of any kind can derail you and take you off course. I will give you the ability to achieve a heightened state of awareness that will make things a lot easier if you will yield to My work in you, says the Lord. Lean on Me and depend on the wisdom that I give you. Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding.
January 23, 2015: In a vision, I saw someone walking on a path through a rich, green forest. He had a leather pouch with a drawstring and was moving slowly and carefully looking for something along the path. Then, I saw him picking up gemstones that became visible as he went. There were diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and other kinds of gems that he put in his bag. I believe that these are the hidden riches and treasures of darkness that God has spoken of. They represent divine revelation revealed to us when we seek to understand. Isaiah 45:3 I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches in secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, Who call you by name, am the God of Israel.
January 26, 2015: Don't give up! The difficulties of recent days will pass, but you must press on. Keep moving forward seeking Me for wisdom and guidance. I will lead you through this valley of shadows and bring you into a place of peace and safety. Trust Me in all circumstances, says the Lord, for I will lead you to victory. 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.
January 27, 2015: Watch and be aware that the enemy will try to draw you into old traps. The result of falling into the same trap over and over again will result in your inability to move forward as you encounter one dead end after another. Now is the time to pay attention and to learn to avoid the first step that leads you down the wrong path, says the Lord. Stay in the flow of My Spirit. Ecclesiastes 9:12 For man also does not know his time: Like fish taken in a cruel net, like birds caught in a snare, so the sons of men are snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly upon them.
January 28, 2015: Nurture your sense of thanksgiving. Deliberately develop a grateful heart, because in so doing you will open the door for greater blessings. Grumbling and complaining will hinder the flow of good things in your life, says the Lord. This, for some, will take considerable effort to establish new attitudes and patterns of behavior, but it will be well worth the hard work it takes to overcome negativity. 1 Timothy 6:6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
January 29, 2015: You are embarking on a new phase of existence, and spiritual understanding is vital to your well-being. If you will quiet your inside chatter and listen, I will give you wisdom and instruction. You cannot hear My voice unless you take control of your thoughts and emotions. I want to be able to lead, guide, direct and protect you, says the Lord. Be calm and yield to My leading. Psalms 131:2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.
January 30, 2015: How can you rule and reign with
Me in My kingdom when you cannot rule over your own soul? I have given you
the power to overcome the works of the flesh and all the power of the enemy,
says the Lord. But, you must exercise that authority in order to be free
and effective. Be diligent to do what it takes to walk in liberty of
spirit, soul, and body. Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but
overcome evil with good.
December 1, 2014: Come out from the darkness that has kept you from being all you can be in My kingdom, says the Lord. Let all oppression become a thing of the past. Move into the realm of liberty and be free to allow My Spirit to move you from victory to victory. Truly, many of you have been laboring under unnecessary burdens; let Me take them from you. Matthew 11:30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
December 2, 2014: It is more important than ever that you actually live in Me and become aware of pitfalls. There is a myriad of distractions that could take you off course if you aren't paying attention. Establish good priorities so that you can remain spiritually connected. Do nothing apart from the moving of My Spirit, 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."
December 3, 2014: Watch for and take advantage of opportunities to walk in freedom, unrestrained by things that put you down. I not only speak of your personal liberty, but of your ability to set others free. If you are to live free from the tyranny of others, you must also be willing to release those who you have had the power to control. Let go of all bondage, says the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
December 4, 2014: Rise up above worldly view--away from your cares and burdens--and seek Me. For, surely I will be found by you, says the Lord. True wisdom comes from My Spirit and not from the earth. Do not invest your life and energy in that which is temporary, but live now in eternity by abiding in Me. Allow the process of spiritual transformation to take place in your life now. James 3:13-18 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 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. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
December 5, 2014: Refuse to give up or let up; keep pushing against the powers of darkness until you have complete breakthrough. I have made a way of perfection in every circumstance. But, you must stay in the flow of My Spirit. This is a time when you need to mind your own business and maintain good boundaries for yourself and others. Stay within the confines of righteous authority, says the Lord. 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.
December 8, 2014: Be diligent to do all that you have been given to accomplish. This is not a time to slack off or procrastinate. To do so would get you out of the flow of My Spirit. Stay present with Me, and I will give you supernatural ability to perform even the most difficult of tasks, says the Lord. Be strong and overcome. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
December 9, 2014: You are in the early stages--the very beginning of the current spiritual season. And, you can barely tell a difference from the last season; the changes are imperceptible. But, the subtleties are important and powerful. Take the time to evaluate what has occurred in the past two months, and you will see more clearly the significance of what I am doing in your life, says the Lord. Zechariah 4:10 For who has despised the day of small things?
December 10, 2014: Your recent situations have been a testing ground. This is a prime time for you to learn from your mistakes as well as from the things you have done right. Pay attention to the hardships and the victories. Both are equally important to your spiritual positioning. My desire is for you to see and understand the difference between walking in the Spirit and living in the flesh, says the Lord. Romans 5:3-4 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
December 11, 2014: Although things have not worked out exactly as you had envisioned or hoped, there are valuable lessons in the process. There are adjustments to be made in your actions and expectations that will be necessary to re-establish yourself in divine order, says the Lord. Be flexible and wait for My wisdom before you forge ahead. 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.
December 12, 2014: When you are facing difficulties and disappointments, remember who you are--where you came from and who you belong to, says the Lord. I have chosen you and called you by your name, and you belong to Me. I am the King of Glory. You are being transformed into My image. Do not live beneath your station, but live by grace in My kingdom. Isaiah 51:1 "Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug."
December 15, 2014: This is a time of renewal when you need to consider renewing commitments of all kinds. Don't overlook the necessity of giving attention to this process that will improve, repair, and assure success. Your deliberate consideration will result in a greater sense of order, says the Lord, and will also renew your spiritual strength. 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.
December 16, 2014: Cream always rises to the top. If you will allow Me, I will lead you into areas of expression that will reveal your innermost being and allow your strengths and giftings to rise up and pour out. But, you must refrain from fantasy in order to allow your true nature to shine. Stay honest with yourself and refuse the temptation to exaggerate or embellish who you are, says the Lord. Humility will look good on you. Psalms 34:2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; the humble shall hear of it and be glad.
December 17, 2014: I hear many of you, My people, asking, "When will you come, Lord?" I understand your dismay at world conditions and the spiritual darkness that covers the earth, but the end is not yet. What you must know is that I am with you in the realm of the Spirit and that I will not leave you. I will guide you and give wisdom and the ability to gain the victory over the powers of darkness. It is a great asset to be in My kingdom and to have access through faith to all that I have made available to you, says the Lord. Be encouraged. Romans 5:1-4 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. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
December 18, 2014: The enemy has released a wave
of confusion and chaos that has created some stress. However, you can
easily rise above this negative atmosphere by staying present with Me and
walking in the Spirit. Refuse to allow anything to come between us, says
the Lord. Quiet yourself and stay calm as you settle yourself on solid
spiritual ground. Psalms 61:2 From the end of the earth I will cry to
You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
December 19, 2014: Be strong and unwavering in times when distractions abound. Stay connected to Me by not allowing anything unrighteous to rule your thoughts, emotions or behavior. Then righteousness, peace and joy will be your trademark. I am calling you to be closer to Me and further from the things of the world than ever before. You belong to Me, says the Lord. Romans 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
December 22, 2014: Refuse to allow grumbling, complaining, and self-pity to inhabit your spiritual atmosphere. The challenges of this season are many and varied, but I have given you the ability to rise up, overcome, and be victorious in every situation. Gratitude is a choice. Allow thanksgiving to issue forth from your heart, and your environment will change, says the Lord. Be grateful for what I have given you. Psalms 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
December 23, 2014: Your hunger for spiritual truth will begin with a desire to learn. When you think you already have a good grasp and knowledge of My kingdom, you might find yourself at a standstill. Growth is a sign of life. This is a time to stir up your sense of curiosity to discover what you do not know and move forward with an excitement for what is yet to be discovered. Revitalize your spiritual walk, says the Lord. Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."
December 24, 2014: Set a watch for things that come up that will set you on the road to frustration and resentment, says the Lord. The trials that you endure can result in greater strength and patience if you have the correct mindset. Make the necessary adjustments to maintain spiritual integrity and peace. I am with you to bring you through to victory. 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.
December 25, 2015: Be quiet and still. Allow My love, joy and peace to inhabit your atmosphere so that there is nothing else--no worry, fear, rejection or condemnation. Just Me. I will be your companion, your strength in weakness, your clarity in the midst of confusion, your contentment in temptation. Let Me be your all in all, says the Lord. I am with you! Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
December 26, 2015: Shake off the things that have kept you preoccupied and tied to the world. Today is a new day; live it with resolve to seek first My kingdom, says the Lord. Set yourself to not only know about Me, or know about the spiritual realm, but to experience and live the truth that you have discovered. I call you to be a true disciple, says the Lord. Luke 14:27 "And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple."
December 29, 2014: This is the beginning of a time of elevation when you will need to set your sights on higher ground. If you will activate your faith in this direction your access to spiritual revelation and growth will be amazing. You must, however, make a deliberate decision to receive the greatest benefit of this season, says the Lord. Isaiah 49:11 I will make each of My mountains a road, and My highways shall be elevated.
December 30, 2014: I heard your request for fresh fire, and I have made that available to you. But, you must stop thinking that things are on the decline. Shift your focus to see life and light. The most valuable days of your life occur when what you value comes into proper order. Your values will now align more perfectly with My will, says the Lord. 2 Chronicles 7:1 When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.
December 31, 2014: I want you to see the uniqueness of your life and the path that you have chosen. The paths of others have crossed yours and even been parallel with yours for a certain distance before separation. But, ultimately, you are responsible for your own desires, choices, and direction. Refuse to allow regret to overwhelm you nor consider what might have been or could have been. Do not look back. Walk with Me into the days ahead with the assurance that I will never leave you nor forsake you, says the Lord. 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.
Faith Tabernacle of Kremmling
Bill and Marsha Burns
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459
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