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."

 

 

AUGUST 2014

August 1, 2014:  I want you to view this as a new day, a new time, and a new order.  Put troubling things behind you and look for new opportunities to better express My kingdom.  I speak not only of the realm of the Spirit, but also of the natural realm and your sphere of influence.  This is a time when simplicity will be of greater importance than complexity, says the Lord.  2 Corinthians 1:12  For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.

August 4, 2014:  Be still and sense the glory of My presence, says the Lord.  I am drawing you closer so that you can gain greater spiritual perception.  I want you to see and understand what I am doing now and in the days ahead, but you must quiet your inner chatter and let Me fill you with light.  Let go of the things that stand in the way of peace.  Psalms 46:10a Be still, and know that I am God.

August 5, 2014:  Growth is the epitome of incremental change, and your desire for spiritual growth requires change.  The only thing holding you back is your resistance.  You can't keep things the way they are and grow at the same time.  Something has to give, and that would be your will.  Be willing to let go of everything that has outlived its usefulness in your environment, says the Lord.  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.

August 6, 2014:  Maintain vitality in spiritual reality, and refuse to get stuck in the issues of life.  This is a time when you need to rise above emotional responses and all things that keep you in bondage, says the Lord.  It is My desire that you walk in freedom in all things.  Systematically extricate yourself from everything that opposes and prevents your complete liberty.  Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

August 7, 2014:  Set yourself apart from all turmoil, and dedicate yourself to My purposes and the assurance that I know you; I know your name, your current situation, and your challenges.  I have heard your prayers.  Be at peace and trust Me to lead you through the maze of circumstances that you now face.  Do not be afraid; I am with you, says the Lord, and I will show you the way.  Isaiah 49:15-16  "Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.  See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me."

August 8, 2014:  Work through the temptation to be overwhelmed.  Look at what is immediately before you and take first things first.  If you look at the whole picture, you are likely to get bogged down in the scope of your responsibility.  You have not been given more than you can handle, but the way you deal with it is key to your success, says the Lord.  1 Corinthians 10:13   No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

August 11, 2014:  Life becomes tedious at times, but you need to rise above weariness by re-focusing on your spiritual walk.  Stir up a fresh interest in your vital and tangible relationship with Me, says the Lord.  Lift your vision higher!  Deliberately draw near to Me and experience the reality of My kingdom.  It will be good!  Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

August 12, 2014:  You have been in the fires of affliction to be purified and refined like precious metal.  The sin and impurities in your life have risen to the top of your life where you can see them clearly and deal with them appropriately.  Do not despise this process; it is exactly what is necessary for you to be transformed into My image, says the Lord.  Isaiah 1:25 I will turn My hand against you, and thoroughly purge away your dross, and take away all your alloy.

August 13, 2014:  I am perfecting your faith through opportunities that come with challenges.  Your responses to these difficulties will define the level and strength of your trust in Me to perfect those things that concern you.  You will be required to persevere and move through this time with faith and grace, says the Lord.  Be strong and courageous.  James 1:2-4  My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

August 14, 2014:  In a vision I saw a group of people walking around blindfolded.  They were aimless because they could not see where they were going.  Each one had the ability to take the blindfold off, but they were afraid.  To see clearly would mean they would have to assess their current position and make course corrections that would require solid decisions.  My sense was that they would rather be victims of their blindness and justified by their helplessness than to take responsibility for their condition.  I heard the Lord speaking to their hearts to trust in Him to bring them out of their bondage.  Isaiah 42:16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.

August 15, 2014:  Everything is going to be all right.  I have given you this assurance in the past, but I am bringing it again by way of remembrance.  You will move into a more powerful spiritual reality that will result in destiny fulfilled.  Your destiny will not be haphazard or partially fulfilling; it will be rich and deep.  The process has begun, and I will bring it to completion, says the Lord.  Trust Me!  Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

August 18, 2014:  I am preparing you for the days ahead by strengthening you and giving you greater resolve to take appropriate actions to make things right in your sphere of influence.  Remember that you can only exercise authority where you take responsibility.  Stay within your boundaries and allow My wisdom to guide you in all things, says the Lord.  Ezra 10:4 "Arise, for this matter is your responsibility. We also are with you. Be of good courage, and do it."

August 19, 2014:  Stay in step by not getting ahead or lagging behind.  I am setting a brisk pace for moving forward from the place of spiritual stagnation.  Maintain a constant gait as you stay close to Me, says the Lord.  Awaken now from marginal consciousness to be quick and alert.  Let new life spring forth that will overcome all darkness and complacency.  Ephesians 5:14 Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light."

August 20, 2014:  You, who are in darkness and despair, step into the light of My presence.  Come to Me.  Do not obsess about the things that plunged you into hopelessness.  Look up and re-establish yourself in a place of faith and trust, says the Lord.  I will bring you through this time of trouble, but you must believe and take the first steps of liberation.  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.

August 21, 2014:  My desire for you is to walk in the light and to express My glory on earth.  It is impossible for you to do this when you are consumed with the darkness of the world.  Be righteous, and become the most true, authentic version of yourself possible.  You can only do this when you have personal experience in vital relationship with Me, says the Lord.  John 7:18 "He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him."

August 22, 2014:  When you fail to accomplish what you set out to do, refuse to see yourself as a failure.  Rather, see failure as an opportunity to make a course correction instead of sinking in the mire of condemnation.  You are Mine; you belong to Me.  I am with you to show you the way to victory, says the Lord.  Be strong and courageous.  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.


JULY 2014

July 1, 2014:  Beloved, I don't want you to argue back and forth over things you disagree with.  You do not have to prove yourself to be correct or right.  Instead, hold your beliefs close to your heart and examine them with My Word as the standard.  It is not up to you to convince others to be like you or to align their concepts with yours, says the Lord.  Be free and let others enjoy the same freedom of choice.  Romans 14:5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.

July 2, 2014:  Examine those things that have not worked for you, and make the necessary adjustments.  Make sure that all of the elements in your life are working together for your ultimate good.  Refuse to allow things that waste your energy and resources to be a distraction from your spiritual commitment, says the Lord.  Live in the Spirit!  Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

July 3, 2014:  Stop and take a personal inventory of how you manage your resources.  I speak of time, money, energy, and concentration.  Productivity in the world is not the same as spiritual productivity.  You are set in this world to establish My kingdom in all things.  It is My desire for you to become a better steward of all that you have been given and all that you have been given to do.  I will direct your steps, 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."

July 4, 2014:  Re-establish yourself on the solid ground of faith.  You cannot acquire spiritual benefits without trusting Me, says the Lord.  And, you cannot rely on your efforts in the natural realm to achieve maximum benefits in the Spirit.  You have heard it said that desperate times call for desperate measures.  Do not think of faith as your last act of desperation, but your first choice in getting help.  James 1:6-8  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.  For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

July 7, 2014:  Maintain your vital connection with Me, says the Lord, which will stabilize your life in these hectic times.  Be strong, focused and unwavering, and it will help you deal with the chaos around you.  You will also need to take time to quiet your soul and be still.  Refuse to allow yourself to be drawn into things that steal your peace.  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 8, 2014:  Be quiet.  It is in your best interest to stop worrying and fretting and start putting your trust in Me.  For, I will show you the way and be with you on the journey.  Be sensitive to My leading, and do not rely on your own thoughts and desires.  I know what is best for you, says the Lord.  Have faith!  Psalms 5:11-12  But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.  For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

July 9, 2014:  What you say is a direct reflection of your heart, and your speech reveals whether you walk in the Spirit or in the flesh.  Pay attention to the words of your mouth, and deal with the issues within yourself that cause a negative overflow.  I have called you to righteousness, faith, and peace.  When you walk in unity with Me, says the Lord, the fruit will be evident.  Psalms 141:3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.

July 10, 2014:  Position yourself in My presence, says the Lord, and I will give you directions for solving difficult problems.  But, don't come with your own solutions or good ideas, for that will block true wisdom.  You need to come with the innocence and openness of a child.  Come in faith and let Me lead you.  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.

July 11, 2014:  This is a time when you can deal effectively with disappointment, but you must first recognize that it stems from presumption and false hope.  I would have you come into spiritual reality through true discernment and not conjecture based on the desires of your soul.  You are in a season of maturity where you can leave childish pretending behind and actually fulfill your kingdom position and do the work I have assigned to you, says the Lord.  Be in the flow of My Spirit.  1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

July 14, 2014:  Be who you are.  Be genuine.  There is no need to try to gain the approval of others through pretense.  True acceptance comes from Me.  A lack of sincerity will derail spiritual discernment and will interfere with your relationship with Me, says the Lord.    Be honest in expressing your feelings, thoughts and intentions.  2 Corinthians 1:12 For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.

July 15, 2014:  There are new possibilities on the horizon.  Take this time to prepare yourself by re-evaluating your priorities.  I speak to you in terms of spiritual reality and eternal values, which ultimately must take precedence over all things worldly and temporary.  Rise up to new heights where you can truly live in the Spirit, says the Lord.  2 Corinthians 4:18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

July 16, 2014:  In your spiritual progression, you must do first things first.  Just take the next step as I direct you.  Your steps have to be in order.  When you refuse to do that which is in your spiritual flow now, your progress will be hindered or even stopped until you accomplish what I have set before you, says the Lord.  Let Me lead you.  Let Me direct your steps.  Psalms 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.

July 17, 2014:  It is time for expansion.  Break out of the mold, and transcend old limitations so that you can operate outside the box.  Be done with the fear that is rooted in false assumptions.  Be revitalized.  Be courageous and bold.  Trust Me to lead you in the ways of refreshment and renewal, says the Lord.  You will be delighted with the results.  Psalm 103:2-5  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

July 18, 2014:  When you push through into new territory, both spiritual and natural, you will have extraordinary experiences and opportunities along with unexpected challenges.  These challenges will either be your impetus for growth or will cause frustration and discouragement.  Your response to your circumstances will determine whether you will be victorious or victimized.  Be strong and courageous, says the Lord.  Let Me 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.

July 21, 2014:  Get in the river.  Let the flow of My Spirit carry you into My purposes for you.  You can only do this when you trust Me completely, says the Lord, and when you have established a personal and strong relationship with Me.  Don't be afraid of where I might take you because I am for and not against you.  You are My dwelling place.  Psalms 46:4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.\

July 22, 2014:  You can see a path of expansion before you.  Don't obsess about expanding; rather, let Me use My word in and through you to establish a pathway that you will see and follow.  Refuse to be in stress or try to control the progression or outcome.  Watch and be amazed at how I will direct this great drama that will unfold before you.  It will be a production that will be unforgettable.  Be My instrument of divine purpose, says the Lord.  Isaiah 54:2-3 "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. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited.

July 23, 2014:  I am shining a light on things in you and around you, which have been cloaked in darkness.  These are things that you will need to take into consideration before making any significant changes.  You desire wisdom, but this goes beyond what you could have imagined, says the Lord.  Be willing and open so that you can receive all that is available to you.  Psalms 51:6 Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

July 24, 2014:  Rise above the clamor and turmoil in the world around you and see that I have put a fresh hunger in you.  This is not a natural hunger but one that can only be satisfied by My word and the revelation that comes from seeking My face, says the Lord.  It is as soft as a light breeze and as refreshing as a rain shower, so you will have to be quiet enough to discern this work and yield to it.  Come to Me and be renewed.  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.

July 25, 2014:  I heard the Lord say, "Go deep!  Refuse to get stuck in what you already know religiously, and look for a deeper spiritual understanding of Who I am and who you are in Me.  Move into the realm of spiritual reality where My Word is not just a fable, but is the plan by which you live your life here and now and for eternity.  You are in a crucial time where you must choose to grow or you will become dormant."  2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

July 28, 2014:  You are entering a time of exploration and discovery when you can search for Me with all your heart and examine My character and nature in order to know Me on a personal level, says the Lord.  I will show you who I am in greater depth of understanding so that you can discover who you are in My kingdom.  This discovery will expand your spiritual horizons.  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."

July 29, 2014:  Thoughts of people from your past bring another opportunity to forgive and let go of feelings of rejection, betrayal and abandonment.  Do this quickly so that you do not become obsessed with things you can do nothing about.  Stay present with Me, says the Lord, and keep your focus on things that matter here and now.  2 Peter 1:10-12 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.

July 30, 2014:  What have you overlooked?  You cannot continue on the path that I have set before you until you see and understand what you failed to recognize and consider.  If you will be still, ask for wisdom, and look carefully, you will see what it is that I am showing you, says the Lord.  This is a time when you can bring all factors into consideration and tie up loose ends.  Psalms 119:27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts; so shall I meditate on Your wondrous works.

July 31, 2014:  Hide yourself in the secret place of My presence, says the Lord.  You must stay hidden until the onslaught passes by.  I will keep you safe as long as you trust Me to protect you.  Let the unction of My Spirit and My still, small voice lead you away from danger and harm.  I know where you are at all times.  You are the apple of My eye, and I will defend you with My power and might.  Psalms 17:8 Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings.


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


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