Fresh Fire By The Spirit Of The Lord

Fresh Fire By The Spirit of the Lord.

Fresh fire is ignited by a single spark that is kindled and then fanned into a blazing fire that lights up the surroundings. The kindling burns out, but not before it ignites everything next to it. Fresh fire keeps increasing in magnitude as more and more fuel is added. Fresh fire continuously consumes all that is given into it.
The more you pour yourself into the fresh fire of the Lord, the more of yourself will be consumed as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God; which will be your worship, it will be the right thing to do..Be not conformed, or consumed by this world, but be transformed by the renewing of the fresh fire in your mind, so that you can prove the good, and acceptable and perfect will of God. Your life will prove the effective power of the Word That Is Sent. The fresh fire is the Rhema Word that is Sent and it consumes all that is given into it
But it does not stop there. This is Pentecost. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. The Fresh Fire that has consumed all that is given into it becomes the power that transforms and empowers you to be the witness, and the servant of the Lord that He has called you to be. As a result, out of your innermost being will flow forth rivers of living water.

Now, “why do you labor for that which doesn’t satisfy? Why do you spend your money on that which id not bread? Come and delight yourself in Me, says the Lord, and I will show you the richest of fare.”
“The old has past away; behold. all things become new.”.
‘And all flesh shall see that I, the Lord, have kindled it; It shall not be quenched.”
“Arise and shine for your light has come, and the Glory of the Lord is rising upon you.”
“Call upon Me, and I will answer you and show you things that you know not.”.
The wisdom that is from above is first of all pure…..”
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
He who sows in the Spirit, will, of the Spirit, reap everlasting life.”

Thomas Downes

No Matter How “Professional”

No Matter How “Professional”

Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it. Infidelity has difficult connotations that no one wants to be associated with. Yet it happens. Husbands that are not faithful to their own wives bring a pall upon themselves that many times is ignored for their own selfish reasons. If a husband thinks his wife is no longer “good enough” for him, he more than likely was not treating her in such a way that would have been honorable himself.
All kinds of “successes” that take the preeminence over relationships with our wives and husbands are nothing more than a source of pride that sugarcoats your own “self-worth.” But then the rain that comes in our daily lives will reveal who we really are. There is nothing that can cover the truth about you. You are known by your own actions.
No matter how “professional” you make yourself appear, when you use someone for your own goals and then discard them,, your own actions will cause you to be figured out before you even complete your intended path. .

“Why do the heathen rage and the peoples believe in a vain thing. The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together,against the Lord, and against His anointed, saying,”Let us break their bands asunder,and cast away their chords from us. He that sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure. Yet, have I set My King upon My holy hill of Zion.” (Psalm 2: 1-6).

“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 from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to Whom we must give an account.” (Hebrews4: 12 – 13),

Thomas Downes

The Reason Why Forgiveness Came.

The Reason Why Forgiveness Came.

There are those who seem to believe that they cannot forgive. There are those who choose not to forgive no matter what.
There are those who use unforgiveness as a tool of manipulation.
There are those who continue to commit behavior to spite those who forgive. They don’t care how others feel about what they do.
There are those who feel forgiveness is a waste of time.
But there is “The Lord Who Sees”.
But there is “The God Who Knows.”
There is The One Who says “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”.
There is a forgiveness that goes far beyond the intents, and purposes, and reasons of mankind.
There is a forgiveness that transcends time.
There is no time for us to reason it away.
We don’t have enough strength within us to push His reasons away.
His reasons for forgiveness are to keep us from harm’s way.
The harm where unforgiveness causes all of us to waste away.
So, why do people still choose not to forgive?
Because, like Jesus said, while hanging on the Cross,
We know not what we do.
But how can we come to know?
But how can we reason ourselves into believing what Jesus said?
On our own, in our own ways, it can’t be done.
With man this is impossible.
But with God, all things are possible.
Without Him, you cannot do what it takes to receive forgiveness.
But with Him, forgiveness becomes a free gift.
Jesus is the reason why Forgiveness came.
His Name means “Salvation”
Salvation means “Deliverance from the power of sin.”
Deliverance from harm’s way.
Deliverance from wasting away.
Deliverance to give us the strength to run to Him.
For the Name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to Him, and they are saved.”

Thomas Downes

You Are Filled With Power.

You Are Filled With Power.

There are opportunities that arise where you have to trust the abilities the Lord has given you, listen for His Voice on the fly and “wing it”. Your real skills and abilities are based upon what the Lord sees in you, by His indwelling Presence, not upon what you think you see. Be strong in the Lord and the power of His Might. “As for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might.” The Lord has abundant ways of using you just as you are, especially when you keep your heart with all diligence.
Be mindful of His Presence, be ready to move even when you feel as if you are not prepared. He has been preparing you for the sudden opportunities even as you wonder if He is with you. Your faith is always stronger than when you first believed. Do you feel like you are not ready for tomorrow? There is a well within you that has been filling up with every passing day. “Therefore with joy shall you draw water from the wells of Salvation””Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”
“The just shall live by faith”.
“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, it is the evidence of things not seen.”
“The people who do know their God shall be strong, and take action.”
“Be confident of this very thing, that He Who has begun a good work within you, will complete it until the Day of Jesus Christ”.
“You are filled with Power, for the Spirit of the Lord is upon you, and dwells within you”
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Thomas Downes

Accelerated By The Holy Spirit

Research satellites have been sent to explore the far reaches of space in recent years;  like the Mars Rover, studying the surface of the planet Mars, or the Cassini – Huygens Spacecraft sent to the Saturn system. So much planning of amount of fuel to be used, the materials necessary for the spacecraft itself, materials that have the capacity to resist extreme heat and extreme cold, as well as being as lightweight as possible to conserve fuel, yet be able to go the entire distance. Then it needs to be able to function when it arrives on the scene. Power sources necessary to run the operating systems are planned and implemented, as well as cameras and video systems that would afford it the ability to send clear images back to Earth for all of us to study and enjoy.

The path of space travel is calculated by the aeronautical engineers, planning the trajectory of the approach toward the target planet to be explored. The planetary travel, the orbit of each planet and comet are considered to not only time the rendezvous with the target, but to prevent unplanned interception by unwanted magnetic fields of the celestial bodies in space. The spacecraft can be inadvertently drawn off course and miss the intended target by thousands of miles. Even the speed of the planets traveling in their own orbital paths are closely calculated to ensure that the speed of the spacecraft and that of the target meet at the right time and place, even after years of travel to the destination.

Yet there are magnetic fields of moons and planets that can be used along the path of flight. It takes a lot of fuel to get to the destination. Therefore the magnetic fields of these celestial bodies in space can be used to “slingshot” the spacecraft along around part of the planet’s magnetic field, giving it additional speed and even saving fuel.

We who are filled with the Holy Spirit have a ‘magnetism’ about us in our walk with the Lord. People can be drawn to you because of the anointing that God has placed upon you and upon your life “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor, to set a liberty those who are bruised, and to declare the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Isaiah 61: 1,  Luke 4:18). “We have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the excellency of the Power would be of God, and not of us.” (2 Corinthians 4: 7). Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3: 17). “But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name, and will bring to your remembrance all that I have said unto you.”  (John 14: 26.).

Because of the Presence of the Holy Spirit in you, this “Magnetic Field” within you, the lives of those who meet you are going to be accelerated into the Presence of the Holy of Holies, empowered to walk in the anointing themselves. The Lord will give you the words to speak in the hour of the visitation.  Jesus said “Everything that the Father has is Mine, for this reason I told you that He will take from what is Mine and show it unto you”. (John 16: 15). Even your own walk with the Lord will be accelerated by the Spirit of the Lord. It will be “not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord.

Thomas Downes.

The Lord Is Watching For The Time

The Lord Is Watching For The Time

There seem to be real challenges to prettying up an old house. Walls are out of square, the floor sags, water flows through the basement walls like a fountain without a catch basin, spiders that came from the dark ages that we can call “octagonis octopi” But God has a purpose in every thing that is made.
There was a time when everything in this house was new. The stone wall basement in 1864, The floor joists that were hewn from the trees nearby. The leaded glass windows that reveal the curves in everyone’s sillouette, the firepit with the chimney and the cast iron pots hanging over the fire where the women in the family roasted meats and boiled chickens in the cast iron caldrons.
But today, we are entering into a realm that the old ways of walking in the Spirit require a change in how we minister to the masses, a new approach, a new paradigm. Because a tremendous shift has occurred with each new outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
This requires a renewed effort in listening for the Voice of the Lord. It never was good enough to just get by in your walk with the Lord. People are expecting more of you. They all know what a Christian is supposed to look like. And you are the only Gospel that many of them will ever read. They have been told of the old stories of how we act, even when we haven’t even seen how these stories came about.
But know this my friends; every good gift and every perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights in Whom there is no variableness nor shadow of turning. In today’s English that means “He hasn’t and doesn’t change His mind about His intent for your life.” God STILL expects you to believe what He says. He Still expects you to believe in the only begotten Son of the Father; full of grace and truth.
The Word That is Sent has been calling you out of the crowded days of busyness into the quiet place. The place of refuge where you can hide under the shadow of the Almighty. Where you can say of the Lord: “You are my Refuge and my Fortress, my God in Whom I will trust.
He has been, and will continue to be watching for the time when you are suddenly surrounded by the Promise of the Spirit of the Lord manifesting the intent of the Words of Jesus, where He said; “Everything that the Father has is Mine; and the Holy Spirit will take from what is Mine and show it to you.
He is waiting for your answer to His calling you into the Holy of Holies where He wants to hear the voice of His servants singing out with your whole heart “To Him Who sits on the throne, and unto the Lamb; to Him Who sits on the Throne, and unto the Lamb; be blessing and Glory and Honor and Power forever.
“Therefore, forget the former things, behold I do a new thing; shall you not know it. I will make a way where there has been no way; I will make steams flow in the desert, and your desert will spring forth and blossom like the rose” says the Lord.
“Call upon Me and I will answer you, and show things that you know not.”

Thomas Downes

Absolute Magnificence

Absolute Magnificence.

Jesus said that He does what He sees His Father doing. Jesus also said that “Everything that the Father has is Mine; and the Holy Spirit will take from what is Mine and show it to you. Now, what does the Holy Spirit see when He takes from what Jesus said belongs to Him (Jesus), and shows it to you?
There would be nothing short of what we would describe as absolute magnificence.
He would be seeing a Throne in Heaven with a rainbow resembling an emerald encircling the Throne, and the Father of the Heavenly Lights sitting upon it. He would see the four living creatures along with the elders, encircling a Lamb as it had been slain, Who is standing in the midst of the Throne. He, alone, is the only one able to open the scroll.
Holy Spirit would also see and hear the voice of many angels numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand encircling the Throne singing in a loud voice, singing: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise”.
“To Him Who sits on the throne and unto the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power forever.”
All those angels numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand are being multiplied by millions upon tens of millions times tens of millions of the saved that were washed by the Blood of Lamb Who sits on the Throne. They all will be singing “To Him Who Sits On The Throne and unto the Lamb”
Holy Spirit would then look upon you through the eyes the Father and the Lamb and show you things to come. For He knows the thoughts He has toward you; they are thoughts of peace, not of evil; to give to you a future and hope
Hold on My child; joy is coming in the morning.

Thomas Downes