The Lord Is Designing Your Path.

The Lord Is Designing Your Path

The Lord sees the path He has for you. He spoke to Jeremiah in Chapter one saying ; “What do you see, Jeremiah?” Jeremiah replied; “I see the rod of an almond tree, blossoming.” “You have seen well Jeremiah. I will hasten My Word to perform it.”
The Lord not only sees the path He has for your life; He also sees the willingness you posses to know what it is He has for you.
Just as the rod of the almond tree was blossoming in the vision given to Jeremiah, the path that the Lord has been designing for you is blossoming, actively growing, in the vision as you seek Him for Who He is.
He is The Lord Who Sees, and, The God Who Knows.
The Lord Who Sees is not just taking pictures of what He sees. He is creatively, and miraculously expanding every component of provision for the vision, by His creative design, and by His dynamic, holy, interactive vision, He speaks what He sees and it will miraculously be brought into the natural realm where you live
It will leave you in awe as you see it come to pass.
The God Who Knows doesn’t need to take notes like we would, when we see something being presented to us, so we can remember what an instructor said.
By His own knowledge of your ways, your emotions, your desires, your intelligence, your intentions, your willingness to listen for His Voice, as well as His knowledge of your drive for total personal submission; He will instruct you and lead you along the path of righteousness for His Name’s sake. He will direct you with His own Eye watching over you.
There is a way that seems right to a man; but the Lord knows the outcome.
Jesus said; “Many are called, but few are chosen.”
Therefore, seek the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near.
I will stand upon the ramparts to see what He will say to me. And how I shall answer when I am reproved.
“Whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son in order that He might be the first born of many brothers.” (Romans 8: 29)..

Thomas Downes

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The Fragrance After The Rain

The Fragrance After The Rain.

The Lord will not forget His Love for you. He also remembers when He became your First Love. He also remembers why you made Him your first love. He remembers the cry of your heart in the times of duress when you were not even aware of His reaching out to you.

He wants to refresh your life like the smell of the forest, the fragrance after the rain. There are times of refreshing ahead of you, when He opens your understanding about His intent to open the heavens to you, when you had walked on your own, as you thought no one could possibly see where your heart really was.

But the eye has not seen, nor has the ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, the things that God has in store for those who love Him. But God reveals these things to those who love Him by His Spirit, yes even the deep things of God.
There is a river that has been flowing all along that has been finding its way to you every time you take a turn away from it.
The River is called “The Word That Is Sent”

This River finds its way back to you because it is sent to fill a void that nothing else can can possibly fill. It will flood every desert, fill every chasm, wash every stain, and cut like a double edged sword.
It will divide soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and discern the thoughts and intents of your heart; It will reveal to you the intent that is being fulfilled by the One Who Sent It..
Those will be the times when you will see the error of your ways, and begin to cry out to Him again, when you will say
:
“Take me back;
“Take me back, dear Lord;
“To where I first received You.
“Take me back;
“Take me back, dear Lord;
“To where I first believed”
. .
Jesus is:” The Word That Was Sent”; He dwelt among us
There is much more to His Name when we stay near to Him.
He will be become known to you as “the fragrance after the rain.”

Thomas Downes

It Will Burst Forth From Within You.

It Will Burst Forth From Within You.

If you are given a gift, where do you put it? Where are you keeping it? Where are you hiding it? Why are you hiding it?
If the Lord says to you, by name: ………”What do you want me to do for you? How will you answer Him?
There are times the Lord will ask you a question when it seems to be the most unlikely, and inopportune timing.
I believe it is because He wants to show you what is more important than what you are doing at the time.
He wants to show you that He is watching over you.
That is what a truly loving Father will do
He wants the Gifts He has given you to radiate the beauty of His Character.
He wants the Gifts He has given you to reveal the awesomeness of His Presence for those who are looking for the manifestation of the sons of God.
People are crying out for what you have been hiding.
They are crying out for what you are keeping hidden in your spirit.
They may even ask you: “What happened to what the Lord gave you? Why are you so quiet about it?
God does not give to you the spirit of fear but of Power, Love, and a sound mind.
A wellspring of Life has been trying to push forth from within you.
The Lord will be leading you to the place where the Word of the Greater One that is in you, is going to burst forth from within you.
Your God given gift will no longer be contained, or restrained.
Those crying out for what the Lord has given you, are going to be crying forth with great joy because of the wellspring of Life that has finally begun to gush forth from within you.
Fear not for I am with you, says the Lord, and I will be with your mouth, for none of the Words that I give you will fall to the ground; but they will accomplish the purpose for which I sent it, says the Lord.

Thomas Downes

The Best In You

The Best In You.

There are things that people say, or things that people do, or events that happen, that some will say “brings out the best in you.” There are emotions that crop up, feelings that spring into motion, and words that fly forth. Yet when it comes to the Spirit of the Lord’s performance of the Word of God in your life, there is no comparison to what He has accomplished in you despite all of your character flaws.
We can put on a front to look like nothing is out of place. We can shield ourselves from the “authority figures” that we want approval from. After all, a person of few words can appear to be wise. He never says anything that people would ask questions about. Or he can shout scriptures continuously to shield and cover any wrongdoing., to convince himself (and others) that he is cleaner than he appears.
But what about “the best in you”?
Where does it really reside?
“The best in you” resides in the Spirit of the Lord Who is indwelling you, enjoined to your spirit.
“The best in you” will spur you to humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, so that He will lift you up.
“The best in you” will acknowledge that He is faithful to forgive us of our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
“The best in you” will prompt you to trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and not lean on your own understanding, but acknowledge Him in everything you do so that He will direct your path.
“The best in you” will believe that he who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, will abide under the shadow of the Almighty, and declare Him to be your refuge and your fortress, your God in Whom you will trust.
“The best in you” will seek first the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness so that all these things will be added unto you
“The best in you” will believe that without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is God, and that He is the Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
“The best in you” will present yourself as a living sacrifice,holy and acceptable to God.
“The best in you” will not be conformed to this world, but will be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you can prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
For where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom
Whom the Son has set free, is free indeed.

Thomas Downes

Because He First Loved Me.

Because He First Loved Me.

The Lord’s magnificent Presence is surrounding you right where you are, and His eyes are observing the very thoughts of your heart. He always has the perspective of the caring Father Who knows how to meet you, Who knows what is really important that will open your eyes to the realization of His knowledge of you. Have you not seen? Have you not heard ? That the everlasting God never grows weary, nor become faint while waiting for you to call out to Him?
He has been surrounding you all the while that you have felt lost in a great expanse of loneliness. He has been preparing His outpouring for you all the while as you have been trying to find what might possibly fulfill you. Your heart has been filled with an emptiness that can’t be satisfied with things that have no real worth. Yet these seem to be the only things that are available according to your way of thinking.
But the eye has not seen, nor has the ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God is revealing these things to those who love Him by His Spirit; yes, even the deep things of God.
Therein lies the answer: He reveals these things to those who love Him.
The love of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, is the foremost outreach of God the Father that is extended to you for the purpose of kindling your love for Him. We love Him because He loved us first.
He loved us first so that He can reveal these things to those who love Him. Just how unselfish can this be?.
If we love others first before they love us in return, then God will reveal these things to them as well. Yes even the deep things of God. Because the eyes of their understanding will be enlightened, so that they will know the hope of their calling as well. They will come to realize the riches of His inheritance in the saints.They will receive the revelation that they, along with you and I, have become His inheritance
Therefore, as the words of a famous song says: “Oh How I Love Jesus; Because He First Loved Me.”

Thomas Downes

The Door That Fits.

The Door That Fits

A door is being constructed to replace, and being remodeled for it to become the door that fits your walk in the Spirit.. At times you may have felt “You know, it is a door but it doesn’t seem quite right just yet. I really am not sure about this”. But God has placed a hand in front of you for the sake of the right timing for the door that the Lord has intended for you to enter. Therefore trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not upon your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in everything you do and He will direct your path.

Thomas Downes

His Righteous Right Hand.

His Righteous Right Hand.

The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. The Lord has seen the travail of your heart about the things that have been so difficult to change. But the tears you have shed in His Presence have been caught as they fell right into His righteous right hand and have been placed in the bottle of remembrance that is held close to the Lord’s heart. “I know the thoughts I have toward you, says the Lord. thoughts of peace, not of evil. To give to you a future and hope. My hands will shield you, My Spirit will fill you, and My righteous right hand will lead you along the path of righteousness for My Name’s sake; says the Lord”

Thomas Downes