SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT
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."
HOLY SPIRIT AND FIRE
July 16, 2019: You have heard it said that it is darkest before the dawn, but I tell you that it is always the darkest when you choose not to access My light and spiritual life. That darkness will envelop and isolate you. You must choose to take the first step that will extricate you from the deep darkness of despair and hopelessness. You will find the light as you move towards Me, says the Lord. Seek Me with your whole heart. Isaiah 60:2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.
July 15, 2019: To many who have lost your joy because you are overwhelmed with darkness and dissatisfaction, I say this to you: It is time to lift yourself to new spiritual heights where you no longer think only about the miseries of life. I want you to find a place of joy in the Spirit. It is not My will that you live in despair without hope. Put your faith and hope in 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.
July 14: 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 12, 2019: Refuse to allow disappointment to cloud your perspective. Remember that assumption leads to disappointment, which fosters discouragement. Stay on solid ground emotionally, mentally and spiritually by reserving judgment and giving others latitude. Stay righteous by maintaining your own integrity in every circumstance, says the Lord. Psalm 19:13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.
July 11, 2019: You are not alone, nor are you on your own. You have the Helper, My Spirit, who will interact with you where you are to guide and protect you. You must not be afraid, but go forth with the assurance of supernatural preservation. Stay in the shelter that has been provided for you, says the Lord. Psalm 91:5-9 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. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place.
July 10, 2019: For months now, I have had a vision of a man in a mud bog. He is covered from head to toe in thick, sticky mud as he struggles to get up and out on solid ground. This vision speaks to me of the difficulty of spiritual progression. Each time I see the mud man, he is closer to getting out of the bog. We know that breakthrough is imminent, but not immediate. And today, in the Spirit I heard the words "Patient Resilience." I believe it means that we continue to tolerate difficulties without complaint as we stay strong and tough in our recovery and progression. Colossians 1:10-12 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
July 9, 2019: Check yourself as to whether or not you have lost ground. You worked hard to get to the place I prepared for you, and you stood strong. But you may have to examine the boundaries that you set and shore up the breaches. Otherwise the gap will widen. It will be easier to deal with now rather than waiting until later, says the Lord. Stand strong! 1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
July 8, 2019: For those who are spiritually sensitive, you know that you have broken through the spiritual environment that has kept you from moving forward. Many of you have felt stuck as though you cannot wake up from a dream. But, now is the time to not only awaken, but to move forward. I will take you on a journey that you would not even have imagined. Prepare for progression, says the Lord. Romans 13:11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
July 7: 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 5, 2019: You, My people, have set a course of spiritual awareness and growth, and with your ultimate destination in mind do not deviate from the path before you. It is easy to get distracted and forget the significance of each phase of your journey. Every step is important; stay righteous and be focused, says the Lord. Psalm 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
July 4, 2019: You are beginning another season of intense internal work that will reach to the very core of your being. If you will yield to the work of My Spirit in you, it will be possible to see and overcome attitudes, thoughts and behaviors that have undermined your spiritual effectiveness, says the Lord. 1 Peter 1:17-21 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
July 3, 2019: Every action is the result of thought and choice. Please My heart, says the Lord, by keeping your mind fixed on that which is righteous. Choose to fulfill your purpose through obedience to My word. It is not too late to make better decisions that will result in blessings. 2 Thessalonians 1:11 Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power.
July 2, 2019: Disappointment comes when your expectations are not fulfilled. Take every day as it comes without presumption. Your idea of how things should be will not change reality. Save yourself some grief by accepting your current position while trusting that I am with you to lead you through every difficult and dark valley, says the Lord. Do not be afraid. Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
July 1, 2019: For some of you, My people, new beginnings have been like rolling over in your bed asleep. This is a time when awakening spiritually is a necessity. New beginnings require changes. It is time for you to move into a new realm of effectiveness in the Spirit as you seek Me with your whole heart and mind. Set yourself to achieve new spiritual heights, says the Lord. Psalm 148:1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!
June 30: 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 28, 2019: For those whose faith has been unwavering, your patient endurance will be rewarded. You have managed to stay the course and keep spiritual perspective even through times of uncertainty and testing. And I say to you, "Well done, My good and faithful servant." Steadily pursue Me and keep your focus on all that is right and good, says the Lord. Matthew 25:21 His lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord."
June 27, 2019: Find and maintain your optimum spiritual position. There is a place where you can be exactly what you were created to be, doing precisely what I have called you to do. This is divine order customized to fit you. It is your cutting edge where you can be the best version of yourself possible, but it will take courage and effort to make some very necessary changes. You must be willing to let go of fear and bondage, says the Lord. This is your decision. You can either move forward or not. 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.
June 26, 2019: Regardless of the corruption that abounds in the world, it is more vital than ever that you maintain personal integrity. Make sure that you are established in truth, honesty, and goodness in the midst of wickedness and exploitation. Rise above the fray to be part of the solution instead of becoming one more element in the problem, says the Lord. Shine as a light in the darkness. Philippians 2:14-16a Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life.
June 25, 2019: You are in the process of breakthrough. Solutions to problems will not be quick or easy, but once you break through, they will be lasting. The changes you make to achieve the next level in your life in the Spirit will not come without effort. Eventually you will look back at this time and see that the difficulties of this time were not only necessary but optimum in producing life and growth, says the Lord. Press on! 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.
June 24, 2019: I want to enlarge the place of your spiritual tent. I want your life in the Spirit to spread out wider, longer, deeper. My desire is for you to remove old religious boundaries to make way for a more expansive life in the Spirit, says the Lord. There is more for you to know and to do in My kingdom. Expansion requires effort, but you are well able to fulfill My desires for you. 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: 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 21, 2019: You will encounter hindrances, but know that all things work together for your benefit. You may not be able to understand the delays, but you can rest assured that as you yield to My Spirit you will see that your timing is ultimately on track. Relax and trust that I am directing your steps to fulfill My intentions, says the Lord. Refuse to become anxious or annoyed. 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.
June 20, 2019: Your path forward will require careful consideration as you seek Me for wisdom and direction. Do not be hasty or casual in your decisions. Exercise patience when it is unclear what your next step should be. Wait until you have clarity about My plans and purposes for your life, says the Lord. I will lead you in the way you should go. Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
June 19, 2019: Many of you struggle with condemnation even when you know that walking in the flesh is not where you want to be. Know that there is a place of humility where pride has no power to condemn or elevate. As you genuinely walk in the Spirit you will find peace and freedom, says the Lord. You have nothing to prove. Be who you were created to be. Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
June 18 2019: If you listen carefully you will hear the screams of situations that require your attention as well as the loud voices that want your attention. But I want you to hear My still small voice that you can only discern when you get quiet. I want to give you assurance that I know you and that I am with you. I want to give you the wisdom necessary to navigate your current circumstances successfully, says the Lord. Psalm 107:30 Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven.
June 17, 2019: I'm calling forth a people who will be wholly devoted to Me. I am calling you for such a time as this when the world is in utter chaos and confusion. Your devotion to Me will manifest as peace and tranquility in the midst of life's storms because you will not be afraid. You will know that you belong to Me and that I take care of My own, says the Lord. Colossians 1:21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven...
June 16: 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. Psalm 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 14, 2019: I know you get in a hurry, but I need you to take your time and be patient. You will get to your due season quickly enough. Remember that there are things to learn and discover on your journey that will be missed if you rush. Relax and take time to enjoy the moment, says the Lord. Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
June 13, 2019: Watch for the tendency to take on more than you can effectively handle. You cannot do everything at once. Narrow your focus and just do the next thing. Otherwise you will get scattered and overwhelmed. You can only do one step at a time and one day at a time as you move through what is required of you, says the Lord. Stay calm and maintain internal peace. Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
June 12, 2019: I will show you the way when there seems to be no way. There are avenues you can take that you do not know about and have not yet considered. You just need to trust that you are precious to Me, and I will direct and protect you, says the Lord. Do not be afraid. Fear brings torment and will override your faith. 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
June 11, 2019: When breakthrough comes it will begin with your thoughts and intentions. You cannot move forward until you have a solid plan. Without definitive direction you will only go in circles. If you seek Me for My perfect plan, I will inspire and guide you into My purposes, says the Lord. But you must develop a mindset that will motivate you to take the next step. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
June 10, 2019: I am calling you to a new, higher level of effectiveness in the Spirit. As you realize those areas of the flesh that need to be eliminated and act accordingly, your spiritual awareness will increase. Be sensitive to My conviction, and know the difference between conviction and condemnation. Conviction comes by My Spirit. Condemnation is a work of the flesh. Conviction will bring liberty while condemnation will bring more bondage, says the Lord. Yield to this great work of My Spirit. Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
June 9: 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 7, 2019: Seek to do good. Let the words of your mouth and meditations of your heart be righteous. Honor others and recognize that I value every person with equality. I am no respecter of persons, says the Lord. Let your love flow like a river of life, and your harvest will be rich and plentiful. Matthew 7:12 12 "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."
June 6, 2019: Beloved, you can do nothing about the past except learn from your mistakes and forgive those who have hurt you. Leave the past behind and press on to new heights. Set your heart to live by the Spirit so that you can attain righteousness and peace, says the Lord. Many of you will have prime opportunities to change the course of an otherwise miserable life. 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.
June 5, 2019: Move with the flow of liberation. This is a time when you can break free from bondage, whether obviously apparent or subtle. Expand your thoughts and ideas of what is possible for you. You are capable of more than you have believed. Push back previously accepted boundaries and limitations, and embrace hope for your future, says the Lord. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
June 4, 2019: In a vision I saw a field of ripe pumpkins, and the Lord said that we are entering new spiritual territory. It will be a time of spiritual growth and of sowing seeds that will produce an unusual harvest in its season. Pumpkins are the largest of fruits. We will be reaping the fruit of our labor, so this season will provide opportunities that will bring forth a bountiful harvest. Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
June 3, 2019: You have been in a time of monotonous stagnation, but you are on the verge, the absolute cusp of breakthrough. Prepare your heart and adjust your attitude so that you are ready to forge ahead. Watch for every opportunity to progress, says the Lord. Be ready to take the next step. Isaiah 52:12 For you shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight; for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
June 2: 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.
Faith Tabernacle of Kremmling
Bill and Marsha Burns
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459
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