Found Wanting in the Balances?

Prophetic Article by Thomas Downes(www.thevoiceofthewriter.wordpress.com)
In Daniel Chapter 5 we have the account of The King Belshazzar, the son of King Nebuchadnezzar. He was hosting a great feast for 1000 of his lords and drank wine with them. During the feast the king saw the fingers of a man’s hand writing on the plaster wall near a lamp stand. All of the king’s wise men were called to read the words written on the wall and interpret them. If one of them could interpret the words, the king would reward him by making him the third ruler in his kingdom.
They could not figure out the meaning of what was written. But Daniel was remembered, and was mentioned to the king as having an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles and explaining enigmas. So, he was called to give the interpretation.
Because King Belshazzar had not given glory to God for all the things God had provided for him, but actually worshiped them as idols, the Lord sent the man’s hand to write on the wall: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This was the interpretation:
MENE: God has numbered your kingdom and finished it.
TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances and found wanting;
PERES: Your kingdom has been divided.
Then King Belshazzar made Daniel the third ruler in his kingdom. That very night King Belshazzar was slain.
Are you wondering what this is leading to? Is this just about Daniel? Is it just about King Belshazzar? Is it about those who didn’t understand the meaning of the writing on the wall? That may be partially true. No, this is more about the Lord’s authority over mankind’s choices that can lead to a man’s own downfall if we don’t give glory, honor and recognition to the One Who Sends Forth His Word.
You may have read many times in Isaiah 55 that says “I send forth My Word, it will not return to Me void. It will accomplish the purpose for which I sent it. You more than likely read in First Corinthians 2 where it states that “The eye has not seen, nor the ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things which God has in store for those who love Him. But God reveals those things to us, those who love Him, by His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, even the deep things of God. Daniel did not receive the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who was from God; and he came to know the things that were freely given to him by God.
But the natural man, such as King Belshazzar, and the 1000 of his lords, does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them for they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual, such as Daniel was, judges all things, yet he himself was rightly judged by no one. The name Daniel means “God is my judge.”  He was one of the captives of Judah, living in Babylon.
Is there something that has been keeping you captive? Do you find yourself “wanting in the balances”, as if the bad things you think of yourself far outweigh the good?  It may be true that the choices you have made has led you down a path that has been very destructive in your life; destructive for yourself as well as for the relationships you used to enjoy. How long has it been since you tried to make things right with the Lord? Do you believe nothing will help you turn around, to turn back to your first love? Are you aware of Who your First Love really is?
There is a way, as it says in Proverbs, that seems right to a man , but it leads to a path of destruction. Daniel, in spite of his captivity and imprisonment, kept his heart right before the Lord, and the Lord delivered him time after time, from the mouths of the lions in the lion’s den, and from  being falsely imprisoned. And the Lord used Daniel as an instrument of righteousness to rightly divide and interpret the message that the Lord intended for those who would not glorify Him.
Today, we need to get our own hearts right before the Lord, even if it means doing so again and again, until it has finally been settled in your heart that God’s ways of doing things in life really is the best way. The Lord Jesus Christ has made a way of escape from your sin, for you, with the passion that only He could accomplish.  His death on the Cross and His resurrection from the dead, has provided the way of escape from the sinful nature that had ruled your life. In the words of a song, this has been expressed perfectly:
Living He loved me;
Dying He saved me
Buried He carried my sins all away;
Rising He justified;
Freed me forever;
Now He is coming back again;
Oh Glorious day, Oh Glorious Day.
“Come unto Me, you who labor and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest. Come and learn from Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matt 11 : 28 – 30. “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.”  James 4: 10.

Writing the Vision

Prophetic Article by Thomas Downes(www.thevoiceofthewriter.wordpress.com)

There comes a time where a person must throw himself at the mercy of the Lord in order to hear what He really is saying. There are times when it seems as if you have dried up the well all by yourself, and what’s left is the mud at the bottom of the well. Are you trying to draw water from a cistern that once had such an abundance of water as a resource that you weren’t paying attention when it was running low?
Remember the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis where He had the Word of Knowledge from interpreting a dream about the seven years of famine that was coming? What did he do? He commanded that wheat be stored up for the next seven years for the seven years of famine that was coming. In other words, he prepared the nation of Egypt for its utmost survival, as well as for his brothers and his father’s house  . He had no idea that he was about to save, through his actions, his own family as well.
It should be pretty obvious that God’s ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so much higher are His ways than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts. But we are not always aware of the obvious. When we think we have it all together, He can allow a few things until we become aware of how short we really are of His excellence. But we are made in the image of His dear Son and He will not allow you to go through more than you can endure without providing the way of escape. .
You are being emptied by His ways because His ways are higher. You are being transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you will have the mind of Christ;  because His thoughts are higher and purer. You are being given the vision which He wants you to write because it is meant for such a time as this. You are being prepared through trials that you had no knowledge of beforehand so that you will have to trust the Author and Finisher of your faith. For the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross despising the shame of it, and has sat down at the right hand of the Father, having triumphed over it, as well as triumphing over death. Now endure the writing of the vision, for you will triumph as well.
With ever increasing joy you are about to enter a time where water is being restored to your wellspring of life. When you thought you had used up all that you have, He is saying: “I have a new thing for you.” The wells of salvation are being made known to you so that you will know what is really  true, and the truth about the wellspring of life will set you free. It will pour into your spirit as the anointed river of life, and will flow through your life as the anointed overflow of the Lord’s Presence. Therefore with joy shall you draw water from the wells of salvation. When the Lord gives you the vision, He will provide what the vision needs.
Your walk with Me is about to change. There are legions of angels doing battle in the heavenlies, knocking down and disrupting the strongholds of your enemies  Where you had been weak in your attempts to resist temptation, the Lord has sent forth His Word into your weakness to restore your strength. This is the anointed river of life that is restoring unto you the years that the swarming locusts have eaten.
This is the river of life that is speaking to you, it is the Voice of the Lord that is calling out to you. “I have been calling you by your own name and you are mine. I have not forgotten you, nor have I ever left you. But turn around and run to Me says the Lord, for I am your fortress, I am your deliverer. For he who runs to Me will find Me, for the door will never be shut unto you. For the Name of the Lord is a strong tower, and the righteous run unto Me and find safety”; says the Lord.
“Now write the vision, and make it plain on tablets so that he may run who reads it.”  Habakkuk 2: 2.

A Word for the Weary(New Book)

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Creating the Atmosphere

The word “conducive” is not a word I hear a lot from other people. But it still has a meaning that is extremely important when referring to the way things work in our everyday lives. A school teacher has to create an atmosphere in the classroom that is “conducive” to learning. The teacher, or professor, must make himself relatable to the students in such a way that they can see his or her strength of knowledge in the course being taught. Credibility is of utmost importance to those under their direction.
On the job, or in a business, the leader of the business, whether it be the president, or the office manager or the shop floor supervisor, there has to be a “normal” expected conduct in their own behavior when it relates to productivity from employees. They are expected to truly lead. Real leadership will cause those under them to witness what it really takes to succeed where they work. They must lead by example. They must create the atmosphere that is conducive to the success of the business, as well as success for the employees.
Now, what does it take for us to create an atmosphere in the church that is conducive to receiving from God by faith? Do we personally have the faith, credibility, strength of knowledge, strength of character, and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ to create the atmosphere for people to receive from Him? What do we really, and truly need to lead others into receiving from the Lord?
We desperately need The Holy Spirit within us, to indwell us, Whom Jesus sent, as He promised in the gospel of John, chapter 15. He is the Teacher, the Comforter, that leads us along the path of righteousness for His Name’s sake. We must know His Voice with greater clarity, coming to know Him with exponentially greater desire every day that we are aware of Who He is. The more you know Him, the more you will receive from Him. The more you receive from Him, the greater your expectation of Him will become. Your own dependence on His Presence will cause you to become more and more of what you were called to be.
The indwelling of His Presence empowers you to walk in His calling on your life. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing, comprehending rhema revelation, comes by the Word of God. This refers to the Word that is Sent, the Word that accomplishes the comprehension you truly need, because of the Word’s power to transform us.
This is why Romans 12 says: “I beseech you brethren, by the mercies of God that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual act of worship. And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you can prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
This is the transformation we need in order to lead others into receiving what God has for them. For apart from Him we can do nothing that would be convincing to those watching and looking for the manifestation of the sons of God. We would be just “a sounding brass and a clanging symbol.” We would only be making noise that has no anointing, or meaning to those who are watching and looking for real leadership.
This transformation will be what enables us to create an atmosphere conducive to receiving from God. The Word of God will begin to flow into and through your life with the power of God that people are really hungering and thirsting for. What are you going to do about it?
Jesus Christ is the Baptizer. He baptizes us for the purpose of the indwelling, empowering presence of God in your life. He empowers you to receive the Word of the Lord, and the power of the Word That is Sent will be not only be self-evident in its own right, but will also be the evidence people are looking for in your life. And, hopefully, they will want what you have, which is, really, Christ in you, the hope of glory.
This will create God-given opportunities to be the witness of His transforming power. He is the Creator that will draw others into the atmosphere of the Holy of Holies; conducive for learning the Presence of the Lord, and calling upon His wonderful Name. They will find grace to help them in their time of need. For in His Presence they will find fullness of joy, and life forevermore.
prophetic article written by Thomas Downes- http://www.thevoiceofthewriter.wordpress.com

The Wedge Between You And Wisdom

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I shall say of the Lord; “You are my Refuge and my Fortress, my God in Whom I trust.” Where is the secret place of the Most High? “You are my hiding place; You encompass me about with songs of deliverance.” Why do we need a hiding place? Because there comes a time where we need a fortress, a place of refuge and protection that is found only under the covering of His Presence. The reality of His Presence is where we will find the assurance of things hoped for. Where else will you discover the secret things, the hidden things, the revelation,  the Word He gives, that opens things up for you?
Have you not known?  Have you not heard? That the Lord, the Everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints, nor does He grow weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like the eagle. They shall run and not grow weary. they shall walk and not faint.
For such a time as this. You are being prepared every time you seek Me says the Lord. The renewing of your mind is My working, and I have been calling out to you for that very reason. This is what has been preparing you for hearing My Voice. Every hardship you have endured has been used to drive you to My Presence, into the Holy of Holies, for you to find grace to help prepare you for the anointing in your life. I call you to turn away from your resistance to My leading, turn away from the gainsaying that has built a wedge between you and My wisdom. For wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, you will find strength in salvation; the fear of the Lord will be your treasure.
The wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure, and then peaceable, full of mercy and good fruit, easy to be entreated; it is without hypocricy and without partiality. When you follow through on even a momentary Word from the Lord, there will be a release into the supernatural intervention He has set forth for you. Where you have felt stymied about what to do about a situation, a single short statement from His heart will propel you into a new path you had never known before. For He has said many a time to you “Behold, I am doing a new thing; shall you not know it? ‘ “Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name; you are Mine.”
He is speaking things to you that had been hidden from you before now. The eyes of your understanding are being enlightened, so you will know the hope of your calling. The Presence of the Holy Spirit is making a new road for you, newly paved, that is coursing through what had been a wasteland before, but is now beginning to blossom as the rose. The understanding and comprehension of His love and direction for you are opening up for you due to the renewing of your mind. Light is shining forth now where darkness had prevailed before. Repentance, and forgiveness, are setting you free.
Now the truth that you had finally come to respond to and obey, and set your mental focus on, is beginning to propel you forward with a new purpose. The real change you have been hoping for is starting to take hold. Now you will see a new beginning. Now stay on the course He has set before you, for He Who promised is faithful and He will do it. Not by your might, not by your power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord.
Written by Thomas Downes(www.thevoiceofthewriter.wordpress.com)

The Sword of His Mouth

Prophetic Article by Thomas Downes(www.thevoiceofthewriter.wordpress.com)
As I sit here pondering about what I just saw in the Spirit, words come rushing in as I try to put together the things He is showing me. The Word of the Lord is pouring forth at His own magnificent pace, while a simple man like myself can see that He is at work leading us all to a far greater weight of Glory. There is nothing hidden from the One to Whom we all must give account. All things are laid bare, and He sees all that there is, even what we may call “the best of what we have.” But we all know that the best of what we have, on our own, falls far short of the magnificent intent of His own heart.
But know this with all certainty;  that He has been calling you forth since the day you were first conceived in your mother’s womb, that you have been called forth to become a prophet to the nations. To begin to call forth those things that are not, as though they were. Jesus is the Author and the Finisher of your faith. The vision the Lord has given you has been born into your faith, born into the assurance of things hoped for, born into the evidence of the things not seen. These things are what the Lord has given you to call forth, those things that had not been known; they are now being made known by revelation.
Before now, your eyes had not seen, nor had your ears heard, nor had these things entered into your unbelieving heart, the things which God had in store for you.. But now that you have been born of the Spirit, now that the love of the Father dwells in you, these things are being made known to you, because now they are being spiritually discerned. They had been too deep for you to comprehend before, but the renewing of your mind is now proving to you what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. What you could not comprehend or accept before is beginning to make sense. Because you are presenting yourself as a living sacrifice, you are being transformed by the renewing of your mind..
At this point you may be asking, “what was that you saw in the Spirit?” What I saw was “the Sword of His Mouth” that you will discover in the book of Revelation. The Sword of His Mouth is the Word of the Lord that is pouring forth with power. The power of God is in the Word that is Sent. “I send forth My Word., it will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish the purpose for which I sent it”. This Word that He sends for you is the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. It is a weapon of your warfare, it accompanies the whole armor of God to use against the wiles of your adversary; the imaginations that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God. It is a weapon to bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

The Spirit of the Lord is enabling you to walk in newness of life. You are of God now, you are overcoming the intent of your adversary the devil, who walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, but the Lion of Judah has come into your life and He is now your Shield and your exceedingly Great Reward. You are of God little children and that evil one touches you not; for Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

The People Who Know Their God: What is Your Calling?

Written by Thomas Downes(www.thevoiceofthewriter.wordpress.com)
The people who do know their God shall be strong and take action. This also means, the people who do know their God, shall be strong and do exploits. The people who are called by God to any specific ministry respond to it with the anointing that has been placed upon them. If the anointing is strong, the response should be just as strong. If the anointing is strong, the awareness for the need for obedience is going to produce such action that the power of God becomes obvious; signs and wonders will follow the believer.

The anointed will not follow signs. The signs of healings, miracles, confirmed prophecies, and transformed lives; words of Faith, the confirmation and manifestation of things called forth that are not, as though the were, all of these things will FOLLOW the believer. For the power of God is in the Word that is Sent: this is Rhema Word, the Word of God that is quickened by the Spirit of the Lord that has transforming, and miracle enforcing power in the life of the believer. .
What would you really call yourself in regards to your relationship to the Father?  After all, hasn’t your life been transformed since you came to know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? How are you responding the the Voice of the Holy Spirit? Are you confident of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ, the day He comes back for His Bride?
If, in fact, you know that He has begun a magnificent work in you, you must indisputably be seeing the works of His hands being manifest in your life. Understand though that if you are not seeing what you would call great moves of God in your life, there is now therefore, no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life that is in Christ Jesus, has made you free from the law of sin and death.
But if you really do expect God to do great and mighty things in and through your life, then there is a basic requirement that cannot be ignored by any believer. “I beseech you brethren by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a LIVING sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual act of worship. And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you can prove the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God  (Romans 12:1-2). You will prove this with your own life. Your life will not only be the example that other people will see and observe. But God , Himself, will manifest the very meaning of what the Word of God declares about those who seek Him :
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for; it is the evidence of things not seen. It is by faith that the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things that are seen were not made by the things that are visible…..But without Faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11: 1-6). This is the result of covenant relationship with God
“As for Me, says the Lord, this is My covenant with them: My Spirit Who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendant’s descendants, from this time forth and forever.  (Now) Arise, shine, for your light has come!  And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, and His glory shall be seen upon you.”
Now hear the Word of the Lord: “My covenant with you will be an everlasting covenant, and it shall not be quenched. For My promises to you have been “Yes, and Amen”, from the very first day that I spoke them to you. For I am not slack concerning My promises to you as you might call slackness, but I have been longsuffering toward you, waiting for this day to come, where you would finally come to your senses about the calling I have put forth toward your heart. It is time for you to finally turn around and face Me, and allow Me to cleanse you from that which causes you to falter in your walk with Me. Return unto Me and I will return unto you. Though your sins have been like scarlet, I shall make you white as snow. Though your iniquities have been like crimson, I shall make you like wool. My thoughts toward you have been thoughts of peace, not of evil, to restore you back to Myself.
My anointing will flow again in your life in a way you have not expected. There will be new open doors that you have not imagined for I am doing a new thing, says the Lord. The old ways shall pass away , behold the new work will be made openly known to you, and you will walk again in the flow of the anointing. It will flow like a river of replenishing and will follow along the path of righteousness for My own name’s sake. The previous ways of thinking will no longer work because the renewing of your mind is going to reveal My own will, My own ways, My own purpose. For My thoughts have not been your thoughts, nor had My ways been your ways, therefore I will restore My purpose in you. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free, says the Lord”.
Now, be strong, and take action.