The Word That Is Heard.

The Word That Is Heard.

The Lord is quickening His Word to you. It is the “Alive” Word, Rhema, that is transforming you by the renewing of your mind. It is the “Word That Is Heard”, that is causing the assurance of things hoped for, with the evidence of things not seen. For faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. It is bringing forth visions,and insight that the Spirit of the Lord is incubating for the masses It is becoming the sure Word of Prophecy.The Lord Who Sees will hasten His Word to perform it.
For the eye has not seen, nor 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 it is revealed to those who love Him by His Spirit; yes, even the deep things of God.
The Lord will do nothing until He reveals it to His servants the prophets.
I will stand upon the ramparts to see what He will say to me; and consider how I shall answer when I am reproved.

Thomas Downes.


Though We Live in The World

Though We Live In The World

What does it mean to enter His, the Lord’s rest? In Psalm 37 it says “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him for such as be blessed of Him shall inherit the Earth.” In Hebrews 4 it says “they would not enter His rest because of their disobedience.” What prevents us from entering His rest? Oftentimes our own thoughts can be consumed by negativity while allowing the memories of past events, or preconceived notions, or even “buttons being pushed” to take preeminence over what we know is right. We unwittingly are giving the powers and principalities of the air, and the rulers of darkness, negative words that we tend to speak out, to use as tools and weapons against us and the ones we love.
We need to give the Holy Spirit the preeminence over our thoughts, and let Him keep watch and reveal to us where we need to take back any ground we have given over to our adversary, and enemy of our mind (soul). WE can only enter His rest when we use the Lord’s Word as the Sword of the Spirit He has intended for it to be. Hebrews 4 says ” For the Word of God is quick and powerful, sharper than any double – edged sword; it PENETRATES even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments ( casting down imaginations) and every pretension (every high thing) that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.” (2 Cor 10: 3-6).
We all need to know that “there is now therefore a rest for the people of God” and enter into it through obedience. “The eyes of the Lord are roaming to and fro throughout the whole earth, seeking those whose heart are steadfast toward Him, to show Himself strong in their behalf.”

Thomas Downes

The Flood Of Remission

The Flood Of Remission.

“Then He showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you Satan, The Lord Who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you. Is not this (man) a brand plucked from the fire?”
Now Joshua was clothed in filthy garment and was standing before the Angel.
Then He answered and said to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments.” And to him He said, “See, I have have removed your iniquity from you , and I will clothe you with rich robes.”
And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.”
So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the Lord stood by.”
(Zechariah 3: 1-5.).
There are leaders in the Kingdom who have grown weary in their calling and have taken a wrong turn somewhere in their walk with the Lord. You have seen yourself making wrong decisions, taking wrong turns, acting out the very things that the Lord had delivered you from. And you stand accused by an adversary who has been watching and waiting for the perfect time to speak out against you.
You have obeyed the Lord in most things as the opportunities arise. You have spoken out against the work of the adversary so many times and have succeeded in obedience to your calling.
In the meantime the adversary has been waiting to get even, waiting for that perfect time to put you in the place of the accused, for he is known as the accuser of the brethren. He has been all too familiar with the results of being found the liar and thief, and killer and destroyer, and has relished the very fact that he can succeed when you fall short.
Now I call you, servants of the Most High God, that you stand before the Angel of the Lord, and present yourself as the living sacrifice that you have been called to be. There is a flood of remission waiting for your return to the Angel of the Lord. His Name is Holy, His Name is “Wonderful Counselor”, His Name “Everlasting Father”, His Name is “Prince of Peace.” The chastisement for your peace was laid upon Him, and by His stripes you are healed.
Know this day that the Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them. There will be a performance of the Word That Is Sent, and it will not return to Him void but will accomplish the purpose for which it is sent.
“Though the enemy had come in, like a flood the Spirit of the Lord has raised up a standard against him.”
The Blood of the Lamb is “The Flood Of Remission” and whom the Son has set free, is free indeed.
Now stand therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made you free, and be not entangled again in the yoke of bondage
For He is faithful to His purpose in you. Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
To the Lord, calling upon the Lord will never grow old.
He has determined that every time you call upon Him is always brand new in His sight. He delights in hearing your voice.
Honor Him with your voice, and with the cry of your heart.
There is great deliverance waiting for you..

Thomas Downes

The Kindness Of The Power Of God

The Kindness Of The Power Of God.

“Your loving kindness is better than life. My lips will praise You, thus will I bless You; I will lift up my hands in Your Name. (Psalm 63:3).
Your life has passed from death to life, from darkness to light. From being far from God, to being brought near by the Blood of Christ. None of this could take place by your own volition, by your own power or by your own thinking. His ways are much higher than your ways and His thoughts much higher than your thoughts. You would not even be aware of what He does, or what He is doing unless you have the mind of Christ.
And you would not even have the mind of Christ without His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead.
While reading history, we may at times be sleeping through the events that took place, because we have not been wakened to their impact. The Apostle Paul states: “Awake, oh sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” (Ephesians 5:13)
Also in Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you will prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
The Lord has given you complete access to Who He is, He has given you the right to enter the Holy of Holies through the veil, which is His Body, so that you can find grace to help in your time of need. He understands that we are but dust without Him, without the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. His thoughts toward you are more numerous than the sand on the seashore. We have come to know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering, being made conformable to His death. He has given us baptism also to bring us into conformity to His resurrection, where “we go down in death, and rise again in newness of life.(Philippians 3:10).
Now, what can we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).
And, “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” (Ephesians 4:8).
He has given you the ability to hear the Voice of the Holy Spirit. He leads you along the path of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Because of His Power in the midst of any storm you may experience, He will send forth His Word, it will not return to Him void, or cancelled out, It will accomplish the purpose for which He sent it.
Remember Elijah in First Kings 17.
The Word That Is Sent is Rhema. It is life giving Spirit.
You are the purpose for which He will send forth His Word.
Because He is your glory and the lifter of your head.
He is your shield and your exceedingly great reward.

Thomas Downes

It’s Time To Listen.

It’s Time To Listen.

Is something calling you away from your real calling? Jesus said: “I know My sheep and My sheep know My voice.” Be aware that Satan is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, Resist him therefore, steadfast in the faith because YOU know your Redeemer lives. Start clamoring against him with the weapons of your warfare.
A subtle enemy who sneaks up behind you can’t stand it when he is suddenly exposed for what he really is. You have the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. You have the Voice of the Spirit Who is in you, Who has enjoined Himself to you by the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. He has enjoined His Voice to your voice for the purpose of His Word being revealed with power in your life. He has enabled you to be all that the Lord has called you to be. Be fully persuaded, therefore, that what God has promised, He is able also to perform.
He is faithful to fully equip you with the tools you need to fulfill your calling. Start walking in it with your active or reactivated faith, because without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that comes to God must believe that He is God, and that He is the rewarder unto those who diligently seek Him.
I believe, therefore I speak. I speak forth a new realm for your life, and my life, of walking in the power of God, because I know and I am fully persuaded, that He Who promised is faithful to both you and me, and He will do it. Is anything too hard for God? It is time to listen.

Thomas Downes

The Splendor And Beauty Of His Intent.

The Splendor And Beauty Of His Intent.

Today the Lord has a plan just for you, only. He is personally involved with every detail about you. He sees what we would call Awesome, the very things that he thinks about you. There is no comparison for the path He has designed. There are so many jewels He wants to show you.They are jewels that reflect His character in you, the one He loves
The beauty that surrounds Him right now is like the emerald rainbow that arcs over His Throne. The beauty that He bestows is as the pure, white garments that have already been prepared for you to wear. They are so white that there is nothing on earth that can match its purity or beauty.
His plan and promise for you has the radiance of the Rainbow in the sky, colors so radiant in splendor, revealing the blend of the white light that, when shone through a prism,reveals the make up of His plans and thoughts toward you. When He brings these plans to pass, you will see how He has blended all things together for your good, because He is developing your calling by Him, and developing your love for His Presence.
It is such a magnificent grace He has made manifest for you.
There is such splendor and beauty in His intent toward you.
There will be a grand fulfillment of His love for you.
He is beautiful beyond description,
Too marvelous for words.
Too wonderful for comprehension,
Like nothing ever seen or heard
Who can grasp His infinite wisdom?
Who can fathom the depths of His Love?
He is beautiful beyond description;
Majesty enthroned above.
I stand; I stand in awe of You
I stand, I stand in awe of You.
Holy God to Whom all praise is due;
I stand in awe of You.

He makes broken lives beautiful..

Thomas Downes

*** I Stand In Awe ~ Words and music by Mark Altrogge © 1986 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI).

What Are You To Do?

What Are You To Do?

This is spiritual wisdom:concerning the times we are in.
You and everyone who belongs to Jesus Christ have to do Spiritual Warfare against the powers and principalities of the air. Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God to the pulling down of these strongholds. They are more powerful than we have realized. For the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.
When one person prays a thousand of the enemy are put to flight. When two people agree in prayer, ten thousand are put to flight. Do you want to know why I am sharing this with you? It’s because the Word of God says “My people perish because of a lack of knowledge. Because they have rejected knowledge, so shall they be rejected.”.
It says in Jeremiah 33:3; “Call upon Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you know not” We must be diligent not to reject the things that the Lord wants to show us. “Does anyone lack wisdom? Let him ask of God, for He gives it to you liberally.” Now, stand upon the ramparts and see what He will say to you, and consider how you will answer Him when you are reproved. When you are being reproved, your mind is being renewed.
The Holy Spirit will set you straight.
For the wisdom from above is first of all pure, and peaceable; it is full of mercy and good fruit; easy to be entreated. It is without partiality and without hypocrisy. For wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times; you will gain strength through Salvation. The fear of the Lord will be your treasure.
“If My people. who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; I will hear them from heaven, I will forgive their sins and I will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Thomas Downes.