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."
July 1, 2015: This is a time when you can take whatever steps are necessary to leave the past behind in ways that are deliberate and decisive. You must do this before you can step into the next phase of progression. Be done with things that are no longer useful and not relevant to who you are and where you are going. Hold the things of the earth with an open hand, says the Lord. Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
July 2, 2015: Don't give up when things become difficult. Push through; press through; get through. You can do this, and you are the only one who can do this. Know that I will guide you and give you direction when you feel you have lost your way or your momentum. Changes are taking place, but there is no need to fear. You are moving to higher ground spiritually, and I am with 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.
July 3, 2015: When things get really hectic, you need to take a breath and let go of the stress of the situation. Remember that I give wisdom when needed. I will also give you the strength to accomplish all that is before you. Clear your mind of all anxiety and stay calm, says the Lord. Trust Me. Proverbs 17:27 He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
July 6, 2015: I speak to the feeling that you have of not knowing where you are and that you are not sure of your next step. That is because changes are taking place that affect your life and your sense of stability. Things will never be the same again, and you must let go of all that keeps you from being free to move on. But, you must also realize that your spiritual equilibrium only comes from your life in Me, says the Lord. Stay connected. Isaiah 33:6 Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, and the strength of salvation; the fear of the LORD is His treasure.
July 7, 2015: Keep pushing through difficult circumstances. Breakthrough is assured if you refuse to give up. This is much like the birthing process; the reward is worth the fight. You will press into a new beginning when old things are in the past and put away. Isaiah 42:9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.
July 8, 2015: There are issues that need to be resolved, and you do not know how to bring them to resolution. But, I say to you that if you will release your offense and trust Me to take care of this, I will. I will lead you in the way of righteousness and bring peace not only to your own heart but to your situation, says the Lord. All you need to do is let go and put your faith in Me. Mark 11:22 So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God."
July 9, 2015: I am doing a new thing in and around My people, says the
Lord. This new thing will require change on many levels. But, I will
prepare you by directing you and giving you wisdom in accepting and cooperating
with the changes that are necessary in reaching new spiritual heights. Do
not be afraid of the unknown. Nothing is hidden from My sight, and all
that you need to know will be revealed to you.
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.
July 10, 2015: I heard the word divergent. And, the Lord says, "Forces of darkness have begun to scatter you, My people, and cause you to move apart and go in different directions. The enemy's goal is to distract you from your primary purpose and focus. It is vital that you stay connected to Me at this time and maintain a sense of unity with one another. Be one with Me." Ephesians 4:3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
July 13, 2015: There are certain requirements that must be met at this time before you can be free to do the next thing. Establish yourself in a place of willingness to do all that I have asked of you, and continue to accomplish what I have set before you, says the Lord. Be strong and do the work. 2 Chronicles 15:7 "But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!"
July 14, 2015: Find your place of peace even in the midst of turmoil. Be calm and collected regardless of what is going on around you. Rise above the darkness of the earth and live as a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven, says the Lord. Refuse to be troubled by what you hear. You belong to Me, and I will protect My own. 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."
July 15, 2015: I see and know what you have endured at the hands of others, but I want you to give up on any thought of retaliation or retribution. When you take matters into your own hands instead of putting your trust in Me, I cannot bring justice. Your forgiveness and the release of your anger will make a way for My judgment to be carried out, says the Lord. Romans 12:19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
July 16, 2015: Relationship with Me is a very tender thing. It is delicate and needs to be protected. It is easy to lose the sweetness of our love affair by allowing your commitment to Me to become religious works. Take inventory of where you are spiritually, and renew your sense of deep love, says the Lord. Refuse to drift away in your busyness. 2 Thessalonians 3:5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
July 17, 2015: Stop and reflect on what I have asked of you, says the Lord. Take heart that you have accomplished a lot of what has been given to you to do. But, more is required. Keep pushing through and do not give up. Hear My still, small voice encouraging you, and be aware that I am strengthening you. This is not beyond your ability or resources, for I am your present help in these times. Psalms 143:10 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.
July 20, 2015: I want you to face yourself directly, and look carefully at things that cause you to be in bondage. It is My desire that you be free from everything that keeps you from perfect liberty. Every day is an opportunity to choose life and freedom as opposed to darkness and oppression. Choose life, says the Lord. Deuteronomy 30:19 "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live."
July 21, 2015: You can begin to celebrate breakthrough in the areas of life where you have been stuck for sometime. It will come like the breaking of a dam--slow at first followed by a final burst. This will bring a sense of relief and a season of divine order and liberty, says the Lord. Flow with the moving of My Spirit. Psalms 98:1 Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
July 22, 2015: Push forward to meet the criteria I have set for you. Conquer obstacles and difficulties as they arise, and trust Me to give you the strength and wisdom necessary. Establish a pure heart and keep your eyes on what is truly important so that mundane and practical matters do not take the place of spiritual focus, says the Lord. Keep looking up. Psalms 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
July 23, 2015: Come softly into My presence, says the Lord. Experience the sweetness of righteousness and purity. This is your place of escape from the hassles of the world and all the filthiness of flesh. Come and rest. Be healed and restored. Let go of all corruption and defilement that seems to be inescapable except for rising up in the Spirit to commune with Me. Psalms 71:2 Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape; incline Your ear to me, and save me.
July 24, 2015: Make a decision to be flexible. Changes, both small and great, will require your ability and willingness to accept them so that you can progress. If, at any point in this process, you refuse to incorporate these changes into your life experience you will get stuck spiritually. I am moving you into positions that will result in maximum benefit to you and those around you, says the Lord. James 3:17 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.
July 27, 2015: You are transitioning into a time that will ultimately look very different compared to where you have been. Hold the past loosely and move forward with expectation. Simplicity is the order of the day as you establish yourself in greater spiritual freedom, says the Lord. Let Me lead you. Psalms 31:3 For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name’s sake, Lead me and guide me.
July 28, 2015: Quiet your soul and ask for My wisdom and direction before you do something you will regret. Take this time to draw near to Me and be close so that you can stay on course. Refuse to allow your emotions to take the lead, says the Lord. Otherwise, you could find yourself far from what is right and purposeful. 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!
July 29, 2015: Do not despair when things do not seem to be working out for you. Refuse to speak negatively about your circumstances or lose heart, but quietly wait for My leading. I will show you ways in which you can make the course corrections necessary to your victory, says the Lord. Let faith, hope, and love be your strength. Psalms 27:13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
July 30, 2015: Set a watch for unauthorized intrusions into your life and circumstances, and stay protected. Beware of schemes and scams at this time. If you will stand on the firm ground of righteousness and truth, you will be able to discern both good and evil, says the Lord. I will show you when evil intentions are present. Your connection to Me is vital. 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.
July 31, 2015: Righteousness triumphs over evil. Do what it takes to
win every battle and in so doing you will win the war. I have given you
the authority to defeat the powers of darkness regardless of how they manifest,
but you must exercise your legal right to overcome. Discern your spiritual
environment to know when and what to fight, 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."
June 1, 2015: Changes are taking place in the realm of the Spirit, and you may find yourself feeling disoriented, disconnected, or even lost. Take this time to seek Me for wisdom and direction. Do not make any major decisions until you are clear and more settled. Refuse to be afraid or allow confusion to become a stronghold. Quiet your soul and be still, says the Lord. Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God...
June 2, 2015: Make sure that your faith is not misplaced, and that you trust Me alone and not people or circumstances. I answer the prayer of faith according to My will, says the Lord. Circumstances will change. People will disappoint you. But, I am the same forever, and My Word is truth and trustworthy. James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
June 3, 2015: Do not stop; do not lose your forward momentum. It is important to keep moving because I cannot direct you when you sit down and refuse to take the next step. Your life has purpose, so do not buy into the lies that bring condemnation. Believe in Me and My ability and willingness to open up the land of promises to you, says the Lord. Get ready to advance.Jeremiah 7:24 "Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward."
June 4, 2015: In the midst of difficult challenges, be assured that I am your very present help, says the Lord. I will give you the wisdom necessary for breakthrough on every front. And, I will give instruction and direction. Refuse to allow a fear of failure to undermine your potential victory. Be strong. Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
June 5, 2015: You are entering yet another season of distractions. Don't fool yourself into believing that distractions are good for you. Stay focused, and stay on track. Take every opportunity to be led by My Spirit and stay connected with Me. That is what is actually good for you both temporarily and eternally, says the Lord. Vacation from your routine should not be a vacation from Me. Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
June 8, 2015: Let Me have your heart, says the Lord. I'm not asking for a piece of your heart. I'm asking for your whole heart. You know the difference between loving someone and loving someone with your whole heart. I want you to love Me with your whole heart--nothing held back. I want you to give yourself completely to me. You will not regret your decision to do so. Mark 12:30 ‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.
June 9, 2015: You need a time of rejuvenation. It would be good for you to have times of rest and relaxation, but your restoration comes from seeking Me and being in My presence. Come deliberately to Me in spirit and receive all that you need, says the Lord. Do not delay. 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."
June 10, 2015: In a vision, I saw angels standing on both sides of a gate above the earth. They were blowing their trumpets and I heard the Lord say, "Come and enter here. Do not live as an earth dweller; live as a kingdom dweller on the earth. I am calling you to live in the power of My Spirit so that you can represent Me and My kingdom." Colossians 3:1-2 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.
June 11, 2015: It is important for you to maintain peace in your personal environment even when chaos abounds and surrounds you. Protect yourself by establishing internal order, and avoid chaotic encounters as much as possible. Do what you can to stay calm even in the midst of a storm, says the Lord. Trust Me to protect you. Exodus 15:13 You in Your mercy have led forth the people whom You have redeemed; You have guided them in Your strength to Your holy habitation.
June 12, 2015: Find yourself in Me as you identify with My character and nature and embrace the truth of My Word. Be one with Me, and make My kingdom a priority so that you may prosper in all things. When your identity is found in what you do and what you have in the world, you are divided in your loyalties. You cannot serve two masters. Choose today who you will serve, says the Lord. Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
June 15, 2015: Beloved, I want you to get in the habit of doing good. I would have you express your goodness and kindness to someone else. Do it deliberately from your heart, whether it is a word or an act of kindness. Do it often, so that it becomes part of your nature, says the Lord. Psalms 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
June 16, 2015: There are things in your life that need to be fixed or adjusted--things that just aren't working right. Now is a good time to deal with these issues. If you don't know exactly what to do or how to do it, let Me show you, says the Lord. If you allow Me, I will take the lead, establish the direction, and order your steps. Psalms 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.
June 17, 2015: My eyes are searching the earth to find and reward those who are faithful. I seek those who are reliable and trustworthy in establishing My kingdom--those who are stable and stand firm in the truth without wavering. I am looking for true believers who are not only hearers but doers of My Word, says the Lord. These are one with Me. Psalms 101:6 My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
June 18, 2015: Many of you, My people, have been through a time of severe testing. Your experiences and trials have left you feeling shaky and unstable. Now is the time to lean on Me. I am your place of stability and strength. Come. Trust Me to make you strong as you build your life on the firm foundation of faith and truth, says the Lord. Psalm 107:25-29 For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea. They mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the depths; their soul melts because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.
June 19, 2015: Pay attention to your thought life and to what you do, and make a determination to separate the things that are vital from things that are a waste of time. This will help you define and refine what you believe and who you are so that you are more closely aligned with My purposes for you, says the Lord. Stay out of the shadows and walk in the light. Jeremiah 15:19 Therefore thus says the LORD: "If you return, then I will bring you back; you shall stand before Me; if you take out the precious from the vile, you shall be as My mouth. Let them return to you, but you must not return to them."
June 22, 2015: I speak to many when I say that you have constructed walls or barriers around yourself for protection, but they have also become a restriction. As long as you stay in your comfortable confines, you will not be able to see how to grow or move forward. Every season of progression involves risk, but the rewards will be worth taking the risk. Trust that I will protect you, says the Lord. Isaiah 54:2 "Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes."
June 23, 2015: In a vision I saw a soft, gentle rain falling on those who are at rest, completely surrendered to the LORD. The rain was filling cisterns that had become empty and dry. There was a sense of refreshment on every level--a healing of body and soul, memories and emotions; rejuvenation of the spirit. It was beautiful, sweet, pure life. I sensed a time of restoration and renewal by this rain of the Spirit coming to God's people.
June 24, 2015: Be humble and avoid conflict. Refuse to allow a haughty spirit to cause you to act or respond inappropriately. Pride will only escalate the problem and create more trouble. These are times when a soft answer will turn away wrath. Exercise self-control and show respect to those around you, says the Lord, and I will undertake on your behalf. Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.
June 25, 2015: Quiet your soul and be sensitive to My leading, for I will bring you by a way that you would never have imagined. You have personal resources, talent and gifts, that you have barely tapped. I will give you opportunities to use what I have given you to bless and encourage others, says the Lord. The world is full of darkness, but you must allow My light to shine in and through you. Matthew 5:14-15 "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house."
June 26, 2015: Many of you have recoiled from what you have endured in recent months and years. You have been traumatized by the difficulties that you have had to face. But, I tell you honestly that your much-needed healing is available and accessible to you. Come to Me in confidence and faith, says the Lord, and set your heart to receive all that you need to be emotionally whole again. Romans 5:1-2 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.
June 29, 2015: Take inventory and see where your forward momentum has stalled. When you stop taking ground from the enemy your victory diminishes. Make a concerted effort to recover your desire to progress. I will give you the wisdom and the strength to do all that is required, says the Lord. 1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.
June 30, 2015: I sensed something ominous in the atmosphere.
It was like forces of darkness gathering for an assault. I saw clouds gathering
above--high up in the atmosphere, and the clouds became one swirling mass like
the beginning of a funnel cloud forming, but not yet touching down. I could
feel the presence of God as if He was brooding over His people--calling us to a
place of safety in Him. There was a pleading--almost urgently--for us to be
ready and stay ready. 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word! Be ready in
season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and
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Bill and Marsha Burns
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Kremmling, Colorado 80459
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