SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS:

SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS:

Many of those who have been scribes of My prophetic voice have become dull of hearing and are not pressing in to hear My voice or to discern the moving of My Spirit.  Yet, they continue to want to be seen, heard, and recognized as being vessels of honor.  There will be a clear distinction between those who honor Me and give Me glory and those who seek their own glory.  Those who are true seekers in My kingdom will discern truth and error, says the Lord.

Jeremiah 23:26 “How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart.” 
AMEN!

Can You Handle the Truth?

handle the truthMy best friend and I both grew up under my brother, who was our Pastor and we find ourselves praising my brother more and more about the firm foundation that we were taught. My oldest brother, now sidelined by a stroke, taught us the gospel of Jesus Christ based on God’s Holy Word the Bible. We did not get this positive-thinking milk toast gospel that people are being fed today.

Part of receiving God’s word is understanding that all that is shared by God is NOT ALWAYS POSITIVE. I feel sorry for these touch, feely Christians who have to be spoon fed the Bible with honey, in order to make it palatable. As this world hurries to a close those Christians are in for the shock of their lives!

But here is the real truth. Few people are students of the scripture anymore. We pick and choose what we want to read. And if we don’t like what it says, we don’t read it anymore. We stick to the scriptures that make us feel good about our sin and our disobedience. And we surround ourselves with people just like that as well. And then we attack those who share what they see in the spirit and label them rumor-mongers. But I say “can you handle the truth?”

Here is another truth. Everything in life is not as it appears and the sooner we accept that the better off we will be. There is a danger to seeing life only through rose-colored glasses and not be able to handle even the most constructive criticism. Here are a few examples.

I was following a Christian actress on twitter. Nobody really noteworthy according to the world, but she professes Christianity. And when I  follow a Christian, I don’t expect their posts to contain vulgar language. Well she tweeted a post with the f-word and a big bottle of alcohol and it said “grown”. I think it was her birthday, so she was “celebrating”. Well I simply tweeted her back and asked “Christian?”. Well she blocked me from her account. (good riddance). This is what I mean by touchy, feely Christianity. Posed with a simple question, she got offended, but it was alright for her to tweet out a vular post. Deliver me from these wimpy saints!

Here is another example of a different kind: I’ve shared often that before 911, my former Pastor, who is also a Prophet, sent out a nationwide letter warning people NOT to do business on September 11, 2001. One of the church members had a business meeting at Windows on the World Restaurant and because she believed the prophet and understood his track record, she cancelled her meeting, not needing an explanation. Well we all know what happened and we all know that nobody made it out of that restaurant alive.

So what would a positive-only hearing Christian have said? They would have probably rationalized it away and thought their meeting was more important and viewed those warnings as ‘negative”. And they probably would have ended up dead.

Can you handle the truth? It’s funny. When I share something I see or sense in the spirit, people usually always want to crucify me, but then they inevitably have to come back to me and tell me I was right. Yes, we love to stone the prophets!

So what should we do? Keep sharing the truth. Keep being misunderstood and keep being graceful when those touchy-feely Christians have to come back and apologize and say at the time, they just couldn’t handle the truth. Let them continue to walk in disobedience to God, and dig themselves deeper and deeper in a hole and have to learn the hard way.

Meanwhile be encouraged truth-tellers. Continue to warn, exhort and share it as you see it. Continue to talk about hell, judgment and what is going to happen in these last days. Continue to balance out this fluff gospel, that tells people we are going to live happily ever after, with the truth. Let them tell you that over time your voice is fading in to nothingness, because in a minute they are going to tell you just the opposite. And then when they come running for you, remind them of God’s grace and ask them “can you handle the truth”?

John 8:32

New International Version (NIV)

32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Back to Work

1029309_Blog_Graphic_W-O_logoI have to admit that I had grown a little weary of some things. After all, this particular thing that I have been going through has been a VERY long journey. Have you ever been on one of those? So I was just tired. But I know it’s time to get back to work! This blog has proven to be strategic in the plan of God. More effective than direct communication. 🙂

God showed me some things long ago and I have to say I see the beginning of it. I even blogged about some storms coming in the month of March and I make no apology. I think someone is telling me I was off, but I have learned that with the prophetic, you don’t always see what God is saying immediately. Even if He’s saying something will happen in a particular time frame. Sometimes it’s just the beginning of the storm.

I am confident in my ability to see. Why wouldn’t I be, when all I have seen is manifesting. It’s like I can see a clear course and those storms that started are only increasing. But that is okay. God is in the storm.

I also see that God strategically connected me with a certain ministry for a reason. Sadly the church has resorted to positive thinking messages and has forsaken the Bible. Listen beloved; everything is not the Devil. God will raises up people to execute judgement against you and he won’t even discipline them. God will use them to discipline YOU. But that is another post!

Jeremiah 1:4-5, 9-10

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Prophet Is Called

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;Before you were born I sanctified you;I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

New King James Version (NKJV)

Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:

“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. 10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.”

How Soon We Forget!

I was recalling some events that took place a few years back when God told me to warn someone of a “stalker-like” scenario. At the time I was called everything from jealous, to manipulative, but there is nothing like vindication when you see what God has had you warn someone of, come to pass. In this case, I will never forget turning on the television seeing the incident on the news! Now that is vindication. Even after it happened, for a minute I was blamed. Can you imagine? But I had nothing to do with the scenario that played out.

Again, I see another situation that seems quite similar to the one I just shared. As one who walks in the prophetic, I am responsible to share what I have seen. So I must warn. Honestly, I don’t care if someone thinks I am trying to sabotage something. God will hold me responsible if I don’t warn. If God showed you someone possibility getting in trouble with the law, wouldn’t you warn them to? The last time, never in a “million years” would I have believed the situation would have played out like it did, even after God showed it to me.

The prophetic walk is so misunderstood. The truth is, I am here in Florida and there is nothing I can do except share what I have seen. If people don’t want to heed, that is on them. I just know their “blood” will not be on my hands. It’s kind of sad that people have such short memories. I guess their lives are too busy. How soon we forget. Often that is why we must go around the same mountain over and over. But this time may not end as well as it did before.

Jeremiah 1:17-19

New International Version (NIV)

17 “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. 18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

For those of the prophetic order

I accepted the call on my life when I was 19 years old. That was quite a long time ago since I am now 40 something. My call came from Jeremiah 1 which is the call of the Prophet. I didn’t even understand at the time, but over the years I learned exactly what I was called to.

Those of the prophetic order are used to confirm, exhort, guide, predict and “see” for others. It’s not an easy ministry because it is the one ministry in the five-fold ministry that is the most misunderstood. But I am more commited than ever before to always obey when He tells me to minister to someone. Let me explain why.

Recently a friend of mine made a life altering decision and I KNEW she was making a mistake. I warned her, but in the end I gave in and just became a “supportive friend”. Well now I am watching my friend endure hell because she disobeyed God.  But I feel slightly responsible because I did not hold my ground as a minister. I put friendship first.

I have to tell you this. When God allows you to “see” for people, just obey God and do what he tells you to do. You may be accused of trying to sabatoge or block them or you may be called jealous, but just obey God. You could be sparing them a lifetime of pain.

 Jeremiah 1 : 1, 4-8

   1The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:

  4Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

   5Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

   6Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

   7But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

   8Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.

Don’t shoot the messenger!

On occassion I may share something that I believe God has given me or showed me for other individuals. It’s a gift. But a lot of times if what I see is not a good thing I always have to deal with a backlash as though it originated with me.

I have found that sometimes people don’t understand the vessel is just a mailman. Your Pastor is a mailman. The Evangelist is a mailman and a spiritually gifted or prophetic person is just a vessel.

But when people don’t understand they misinterpret and blame the vessel and honestly it all about correct understanding.  So if you get a hard word from the Pastor or the Prophet, don’t shoot the messenger.  Just remember it all originated with God.

Jeremiah 1 : 7-10

7But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

   8Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.

   9Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.

   10See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.