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."
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 You will look back at this time and see the value of your separation from that which was no longer valid in your quest for spiritual clarity, and you will cherish the lessons you learned, says the Lord.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.
September 1, 2015: The enemy will do what he can to create confusion and to complicate matters even when they are relatively simple. You must stand on the solid ground of peace and stay calm enough to see situations clearly instead of through the eyes of stress. Be found in My presence where I can give you wisdom and the ability to overcome all adversity, says the Lord. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
September 2, 2015: When you are feeling overwhelmed, do not despair. Let Me put you in the perfect flow of My Spirit and establish you in peace where you have no stress or anxiety. You can trust that I will move you through this turbulent time with grace, says the Lord. There is no need to worry. 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.
September 3, 2015: Many of you, My people, are at a point when you must re-evaluate who and where you are along with your attitudes and motivations. This is a time when you can get back on track with what is important spiritually instead of only pleasing yourself. Take advantage of this opportunity to rededicate your heart to Me, and set yourself apart to live in the Spirit, says the Lord. This is a new day! 1 Chronicles 29:5 "Who then is willing to consecrate himself this day to the LORD?"
September 4, 2015: In a vision I saw a blind man making his way along a fence. He was told that the fence would lead him to his destination, but he did not know if it extended beyond his destination. He had to stop often to get his bearings from what he could hear or feel. He knew if he stayed close to the fence he would arrive safely. And, I heard the Lord say, "I will lead you to your destination, but you must be aware of My presence and leading." Psalms 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
September 7, 2015: The changes that take place at this time will require all of the concentration that you can muster. You must be focused and deliberately walk and live in My Spirit, says the Lord. Your nature must become My nature if we are to become One. You cannot walk in the Spirit and still try to gain access from outside of yourself. I am in you! Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
September 8, 2015: I will bless those who have hearts to bless others. I honor and reward generosity, says the Lord. Look to see where you can sow seeds of kindness, and do not overlook opportunities to help where it is needed, says the Lord. As My nature develops in you, My desire to give will flow through you, and your harvest will be plentiful. Luke 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."
September 9, 2015: My desire is for you, My people, to do justice. That is to discern right from wrong and make a decision to do what is right in every case. The world abounds with injustice, and you must fight the perversion that comes to seduce you into compromising the truth. You must stand for what is right and good without wavering, says the Lord. Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
September 10, 2015: Prepare yourself to step up to the plate and be all that I have called you to be. No more excuses; no more letting yourself off the hook. Take responsibility for where you are and what you have done. Take this opportunity to make good choices that will affect you and those around you in the best ways possible, says the Lord. 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.
September 11, 2015: There is a widening chasm of separation between light and darkness, good and evil, strength and weakness. Beloved, I have called you to the place of light, good and strength. Refuse to allow anyone or anything to keep you from your rightful position, says the Lord. Choose wisely in every situation and be resolute. Proverbs 3:31 Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
September 14, 2015: Assimilate all of the changes that have taken place in the past three months. Some of what I have directed you to do has seemed radical. However, these adjustments have been necessary before you can move forward with clarity and purpose. As you become accustomed to how things in your life look now, you will see that you have simplified and fortified, having greater strength and protection than ever, says the Lord. 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.
September 15, 2015: Pay attention to My still, small voice and the gentle moving of My Spirit, says the Lord. Be sensitive to subtle things because understanding small things will open your eyes to the grand scheme of things. I will lead you into places of safety where you can remain quiet and calm in the midst of turmoil and chaos. Do not be afraid, but put your trust in Me. Psalm 23:1-3 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
September 16, 2015: Let go of everything that keeps you bound and unable to move on. Be free. Let your spirit soar with Me. I have revelation to impart as well as greater knowledge of My kingdom and understanding of My ways, but you must position yourself to receive without restraint. Walk with Me. I will reveal the wonders of things unknown, says the Lord. Jeremiah 33:3 Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.
September 17, 2015: You are a work in progress. Don't give up before you see the fruit of what I have called you to. When you get overwhelmed, step back and look at the big picture. Regain your vision so that you can see clearly where you are in the process, says the Lord. Keep your faith strong in Me instead of emphasizing the state of opportunities or performance. 1 John 3:20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.
September 18, 2015: I know the difficulties that you have faced. I see where you are and what lies ahead, and I tell you truthfully that I am with you to bring you through all things. Never fear what you cannot perceive or understand, but trust Me to give wisdom and direction in every circumstance. I will not fail you, says the Lord. Psalm 91:1-7 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust." Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.
September 21, 2015: Let Me fill you with My presence--My glory. Seek Me. Wait on Me. Don't leave without making contact and knowing that we have communed together, says the Lord. It is My desire that we have a more intimate relationship and that you allow My Spirit to move you into a position where our mutual interests are fulfilled. 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."
September 22, 2015: Do you feel the shift? Changes are taking place. It is a time when you will be able to bring many issues to resolution after feeling stuck. Problems will be solved supernaturally where natural solutions failed. Keep your head up, your ears attentive, and your eyes open as you set a watch for opportunities, says the Lord. Mark 13:33 "Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.
September 23, 2015: Refuse to allow stressful situations to shake your confidence and quiet reserve. Keep your focus intently on Me, says the Lord. Be sensitive to My leading. There is nothing too big for Me to accomplish. I will bring you through in victory. Stay calm and solidly positioned in your faith. Matthew 17:20 So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you."
September 24, 2015: There are still matters that need to be taken care of before you can progress. This will require careful thought and a solid plan. Spend the time necessary to be sure that you are in a divine flow and being led by My Spirit, says the Lord. This is a crucial time in establishing yourself in spiritual precision. Stay connected to Me so that you can receive wisdom. Proverbs 2:2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding.
September 25, 2015: Ask for wisdom in sowing seeds for the next harvest. This is a significant time when the seeds of kindness and generosity will produce a greater than usual harvest in the months to come. It is important that you treat others with the same respect and kindness as you believe you deserve, says the Lord. Be righteous. Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
September 28, 2015: You are living in troubling times, but you must not allow your environment to penetrate and disturb your peace. Gain and maintain peace in the Spirit and know that when you become one with Me, you are under my protection and direction. Do not be afraid, says the Lord. Psalms 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
September 29, 2015: When all hell seems to be breaking loose, hunker down. Be quiet and do not allow turmoil and confusion to disturb your peace and sense of well-being. Call on Me for wisdom and direction. I am your present help in trouble, and nothing is too difficult for Me, says the Lord, and I am with you. Zechariah 2:13 "Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!"
September 30, 2015: Honesty and integrity are cornerstones of righteousness. I call you, My people, to be right and good in all things and to keep your heart aligned with My purposes, says the Lord. Trust is a sacred part of relationship with others as well as with Me. Be fair, reliable and honest in everything you say and do, and blessing will flow into your life. Otherwise, darkness will prevail. Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.
Bill and Marsha Burns
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459
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