The Power of A Promise

With their husbands now dead and her sister-in-law Orpah going back to Moab at Naomi their mother-in-law’s bidding, Ruth made a decision to not go back with Orpah.  Instead she “clung” to Naomi, “her promise” and made a vow to her and God with these words:

Ruth 1:16-17 (AMP);

“And Ruth said, Urge me not to leave you or to turn back from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge.  Your people shall be my people and your God my God.” “Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.  The Lord do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts me from you.”

By honoring Naomi, Ruth activated “The Power of a Promise”, (God’s promise to her).  On the other hand, Orpah chose to kiss Naomi and turn back, in doing so she kissed her God-given promise goodbye!

Dear friend, when you and I cling to our God-given promises, hope for that promise is conceived within our spiritual womb.  A promise can never be carried to full term and birthed without hope.  Somewhere In Ruth’s marriage to her husband the, “Revelation of Hope” became the “Power of the Promise” of her Marriage Covenant.  Ruth knew that the Covenant of Marriage that she made was not just with her now dead husband, the Covenant of Marriage that she made was with God Himself and therefore lived on!  Ruth understood that what God Promised to her while her husband was alive, would now be fulfilled for her although her husband was dead.  Indeed, “A threefold cord is not easily broken.” Ref. Eccl. 4:12b. (NLT) You see, Promises from God don’t die, they will always be fulfilled as long as we don’t lose our hope and give up on the Promise, as Orpah did.

Though the enemy has contended hard for our God Promised “Inheritance”, when we keep our eyes on Jesus and follow the instructions of the Holy Spirit, which is a type and shadow of Ruth following Naomi’s daily instructions, we too will be led to our “Kinsman Redeemer”!  God takes great delight in seeing His Promises fulfilled in our lives because He knows that when that happens we too will become a catalyst of fulfillment for that same promise coming to pass in someone else’s life.  This is how we co-create with The Greater One Who Dwells Within Us!

In the last chapter of the Book of Ruth, we read an astonishing historical account of the genealogy of Obed, the son…”The Promise” that was born to Ruth and her, “Kinsman Redeemer”, Boaz:

Ruth 4:17 (AMP);

“And her neighbor women gave him a name saying, A son is born to Naomi.  They named him Obed.  He was the father of Jesse, the father of David [the ancestor of Jesus Christ].”

When Ruth clung to Naomi, her faith created the spiritual umbilical cord that would reach into the womb of future generations and birth, “The King of Kings, The Lord of Lords, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the Ultimate Kinsman Redeemer”!

Faithful One, it is time to CLING to your God Given Promises and follow through on long-delayed instructions that seem impossible to do.  God, Himself is The Power behind your Promise and He is waiting to deliver ALL that He has seeded in your spiritual womb so long ago before time even began!

As you recognize, “The Power of YOUR Promise” and step out in faith, realize that this is Our Time as The Body of Believers, The Modern Day Church to, “Birth Boldly For Him”!

                                           Where are you in the Birthing Process of Your Promise?

I have personalized the following questions for you.  Take some time with God and ask yourself where you are in the process.  Allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate your path.

  1. Am I being faced with a tough decision that I need to make right now?  One that could potentially take me in two different directions?
  2. Have I taken the time to pray about this decision and hear what God has to say about it?
  3. Do I believe that God wants to fulfill His Promises to me and through me?  Why, or why not?
  4. When was the last time that I experienced, “The Power of a Promise” being fulfilled in my life?
  5. Have I ever been the catalyst for, “The Power of a Promise” being fulfilled in someone else’s life?

*Mighty One of The Most High God, I want to encourage you that as you go through these questions, keep a journal and please don’t allow the enemy to discourage you in any way.   Know this, that your promises are “YOUR” promises, they may not look like, sound like, or even project like someone else’s;  that’s because they are not supposed too!  God fashioned you just the way you are, “for such a time as this”!  I can hardly wait to see and hear what your, “Spiritual Baby” looks and sounds like!  Congratulations!

 

© 2018 Clare Matthews – Boldly For Him. “All Rights Reserved.”

Dislodging Distractions

In January of 2016, I was praying, and listening to The Lord, while preparing to minister at a local church.  He gave me the following Word, which I am now compelled to share with you.

“Distractions are violations of the spirit and they cause you and others to stumble.  They are used by the enemy to stir up strife and sow discord among the brethren and among men because they bring division to your spirit.  Distractions will cause you to walk in a double-minded manner that will leave you empty-handed and empty-headed.  The mind of Christ is always single-minded and single focused.”    

The impact of this Word in my own life and those that received it have been life changing!  The testimonies that I heard touched my heart, as I witnessed God do a deep work in the lives of His sons and daughters.

What is a distraction?  A distraction is simply defined as, “A thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else.”

The synonyms for the word distraction lets us know why they are so deadly and why God is so opposed to them in our lives.  Here are several of them, “frenzy, hysteria, madness, insanity, mania, etc.”  These are all indicators of living a distracted life.

What causes distractions?  Mark 4:18-19 (AMP) clearly answers this question for us;

“And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word.”  “Then the cares and anxieties of the world and “DISTRACTIONS OF THE AGE,” and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.”   

How do distractions affect our relationship with God?  James 1:5-8 (AMP) gives us the answer;

“If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.”  “Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting).  For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.”  “For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from The Lord.”  “[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, he feels, he decides].”

Regarding distractions, the book of James has much to say about the repercussions of being double-minded.  It is sobering to see for ourselves the fruitlessness of an “unstable and unreliable and uncertain” life.

How do we, “Dislodge Distractions”?  Apply His Word!

Dislodge is defined in the Merriam Webster dictionary as, “to drive from a position of hiding, defense or advantage.”  “To force out of a secure or settled position.”  When we wield the Word of God against those hardened places of hidden distractions in our hearts, we are actively driving out those distractions from their “secure or settled positions” in our lives.

What scriptures can I use to, “Dislodge Distractions”?  The following scriptures will get you started.

1st Corinthians 2:16 (AMP),

“For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge?  But WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His Heart.”

Colossians 3:1-3 (AMP),

“If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His Resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the Right Hand of God.”  “And SET YOUR MINDS and KEEP THEM SET ON WHAT IS ABOVE (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.”  “For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.”

Colossians 3:16 (AMP),

“Let the Word [spoken by] Christ (The Messiah) have its home [IN YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.”

Dear friends, I call you “Mighty and Undistracted.”  As you continue to search His Word and Abide in Him, you will “Be Strong and Live Free….. Boldly For Him”! 

 

© 2018 Clare Matthews – Boldly For Him. “All Rights Reserved.”

Pressure Proof Love

The excruciating pain that wracked His body could not keep Him from forgiving them, from loving them, indeed this was the moment for which He was created.  As He hung on The Cross of Calvary struggling to breathe, barely alive, He prayed this final prayer;

Luke 23:24 (AMP);

“And Jesus prayed, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And they divided His garments and distributed them by casting lots for them.”

With ten of the most powerful words ever released into Eternity, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ conquered the power of un-forgiveness on Calvary once and for all!  Think about it, “He CHOSE to be obedient to His Father, even unto death”.  Ref. Phil 2:8.

By choosing to, “love under pressure”, Jesus Christ made the way for each and every one of us to, “love under pressure” as well.  You see the enemy will always try to get us to, “buckle in bitterness under pressure”, because he knows that if we choose bitterness over love, that we are actually rejecting God; because God is Love!

Hebrews 12:15 (The Passion Translation) gives us a warning of the repercussions of a bitter heart.

“Watch over each other to make sure that no one misses the revelation of God’s Grace.  And make sure no one lives with a root of bitterness sprouting within them which will only cause trouble and poison the hearts of many.”

It is very dangerous to house a bitter heart and to associate with bitter people.  It will literally poison your life!  Like a venomous snake, once bitten by a bitter heart, trouble and death both spiritually and in some cases naturally are sure to happen…..UNLESS, we take the Anti-Venom of God’s Grace and receive His Eternal Love.  As we “CHOOSE” to follow His example to, “Love Under Pressure”, we become Agents of Life, perpetuating God’s Grace, no matter how difficult of a situation we may find ourselves in.

In essence by learning how to “Love Under Pressure”, we are strengthening our love walk and developing a “Pressure Proof Love”; A love that will, “Forgive Under Pressure” and go the distance!

The Apostle Paul knew a lot about, “Pressure Proof Love” and being a “Love Distance Runner for The Kingdom of Heaven”.  This Mighty Man of The Most High God endured being stoned, shipwrecked, beaten, imprisoned etc., only to come to the end of his life and with great anticipation and expectation have this to say, not only about his, but about our eternal reward as lovers of Jesus Christ as well;

2nd Timothy 4: 7-8 (NKJV),

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

As Jesus was being crucified, there were two criminals who were being crucified on either side of Him.  One criminal mocked Him while the other criminal received Him. The criminal who received Him, “loved His appearing”; and that day received his reward to be in Paradise with Jesus!

At the end of our race who will we identify with my friend, the one who mocked Him or the one who received Him?  As we choose to “Love Under Pressure”, like the Apostle Paul so eloquently stated, we to will receive our “Crown of Righteousness”!  Glory to God!

Time For A Heart Check:

  1. Do you find it difficult to love under pressure?
  2. How do you handle being mistreated?
  3. If you are in an abusive situation, are you willing to leave that environment, so that you can be restored and healed?
  4. When was the last time that you handled a difficult situation successfully by walking in truth and love?
  5. Are you a “Love Distance Runner”?
  6. What steps can you take to pressure-proof your love walk?

 

© 2018 Clare Matthews – Boldly For Him. “All Rights Reserved.”

Dawn of A New Hope

Everywhere we turn we see people looking and searching for a,  “Dawn of A New Hope.” Perhaps you look in the mirror and the reflection that you see is of someone looking for a, “Dawn of A New Hope.”

Esther 8:16 (AMP) speaks of a group of special people who remind us that we too can find this hope,

“The Jews had a light [a dawn of new hope] and gladness and joy and honor.”

Though the Jews mentioned in Esther 8:16 (AMP) lived nearly five hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ, they remind us today of the Good News that we as modern day Christians have.  That Good News is that God sent His only Begotten Son to Planet Earth over two thousand years ago to pierce the darkness of death with the Blood of The Lamb. With Jesus Christ’s Blood now sprinkled on the mercy seat of our hearts, we too as Believers, Christ Followers now possess the promise of a, “Dawn of A New Hope.”  This Supernatural Hope is ours for the believing and the receiving!

As Born Again Believers, our lives should reflect a, “Dawn of A New Hope.”  When someone who is searching for a life worth living reads the epistle, “Dawn of A New Hope” inscribed upon the tablets of our heart, they too will be drawn to The King of Kings and The Lord of Lords!

There are many ways that Hope speaks through our lives and touches the hearts of the world around us.  Hope speaks through our speech, our actions and our attitudes.  When the God kind of Hope is operating in our lives, it will always produce what the rest of Esther 8:16 (AMP) says it will produce,

“Gladness and Joy and Honor.”

Whenever we come in contact with someone in this world, whether they are a Christ Follower or not, “Gladness, joy and honor,” should be the gifts that we deposit into their hearts and lives.

The next time that you look into the mirror, know that if you are a Born Again Believer in Jesus Christ, that you have personally been commissioned by Heaven to be an Ambassador and Dispenser of, “Gladness and Joy and Honor.”  These should be the gifts that we are actively on purpose, on a daily basis, depositing into the lives of our family first and then the world around us.

Matthew 5:16 (AMP) says it this way:

“Let your lights so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and Glorify your Father Who is in Heaven.”

This is The Father, The King of Kings and The Lord of Lords Who has Shined upon you and me with the Everlasting Promise of a, “Dawn of A New Hope!”  Let us now Glorify Him by Boldly spreading “That Hope” wherever we go!

 

                                                                    Hope Building Questions:

1.  Am I a good read?

2.  Do the pages of my life reflect, gladness and joy and honor?

3.  Have I received the Eternal Hope that comes through faith in Jesus Christ?

4.  If I have received that Eternal Hope, am I Boldly dispensing That Hope wherever I go?

5.  As a Born Again Believer in Jesus Christ, what can I do to activate, “That Hope” in my own life on a daily basis?

 

© 2018 Clare Matthews – Boldly For Him. “All Rights Reserved.”

A Kingdom Heart

He was an old man with a lot of years of hearing and obeying God under his belt, yet now he finds himself in one of the most difficult assignments of his life, one that would require all of the spiritual training and fortitude that he had.  As he gazed intently into the face of a guilty King and smelled the remnant of an unauthorized burnt sacrifice, Samuel quickly thought back to his childhood in the Temple.  With vivid clarity he remembers hearing the voice of God calling him, entrusting him to speak for Him.  It was such a hard word for a young boy to deliver, yet somehow he knew that he had to be obedient and say “Only what he heard The Lord God tell him to say.”  Ref. 1st Samuel 3:10-21 and John 12:49-50 (AMP).  Though Eli the Priest, was his mentor and caregiver, Samuel knew and understood that his love and allegiance to God was greater and he chose to be obedient.  To obey or not to obey?  That was Samuel’s test, he chose well, he chose obedience to God, thus was Samuel’s “Kingdom Heart” established.  He would eventually be promoted to the office of Chief Priest and Prophet over Israel.  An honor of no lightweight or distinction.

Now here he is staring into King Saul’s, guilt-stricken fearful face as a Holy Righteous anger burns within him and with the Authority of Heaven backing him up, he delivers a message from God that would forever terminate Saul’s rule over Israel as King and prepare the way for his successor to take his place…..one that God describes in 1st Samuel 13:14 (AMP) as, “A man after His own Heart.”

“But now your Kingdom shall not continue; the Lord has sought out [David] a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince and ruler over His people because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”

Interestingly enough Samuel’s own rise to Faithful Priest and Prophet of The Most High God was foretold many years earlier by another man of God.  This un-named Prophet spoke a word of judgment to Eli the Priest on account of the sins of his two sons Hophni and Phinehas.  We read that prophecy in 1st Samuel 2:34-35 (AMP),

“And what befalls your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, shall be a sign to you—-in one day they both shall die.”

“And I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest (Priest), who shall do according to what is in My heart and mind.  And I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed (Anointed) forever.”

God is telling us through these scriptures that a “Kingdom Heart” is established through obedience to do all that is, “In His heart and mind” for us to do.  Obedience knows no time, age, class or distinction, obedience only hears the Heart of The Father and says “YES” no matter the difficulty of situation or guarantee of personal favor or gain.  True obedience is an act of the heart.  A heart full of genuine love for God, His people and His Kingdom.  It is not an excuse filled answer, nor a shallow, insincere action meant to please for a returned favor or a perceived promotion.  As we read and study the life and ministry of Samuel, it is easy to see that his zeal for The Lord was birthed out of his love and obedience to The Lord.  Samuel proved to God through his obedience to Him that he could be trusted to carry out the plans and purposes of, “His heart and mind”.  Therefore Samuel was granted Kingdom Favor and Promotion and given access to the very counsels, plans and purposes of God Himself!

To obey or not to obey?  That is still a question that you and I have to answer on an ongoing basis in our everyday walk with The Lord.  Will we answer like Saul or Samuel? The choice is ours!  Let us choose “True Obedience” as Samuel did and live close to God, my Kingdom Friend!

2nd Chronicles 16:9 (a) (AMP), “For the Eyes of The Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in the behalf of those whose hearts are blameless toward Him”.

Key Questions For Developing a Kingdom Heart:

  1. Have I done the last thing that The Lord has asked me to do?  If the answer is (no), why not?
  2. What is the fruit of my obedience to The Lord?
  3. Am I willing to obey God no matter the consequences?
  4. Do I fear men more than I love God?
  5. What adjustments do I need to make in order to be fully obedient to The Lord?

 

© 2018 Clare Matthews – Boldly For Him. “All Rights Reserved.”

Kingdom Walker

Our perception regarding, who we are in The Kingdom of God is crucial to our success as a “Kingdom Walker.”  Last month The Lord started sharing with me His Heart regarding our,   “Footing” in His Kingdom, “The Kingdom of Heaven”.  He started showing me the importance of not only recognizing Who we are in Christ Jesus, But He also started emphasizing the vital need that He has for us as Born Again Believers of The Most High God, to, “speak the way He Speaks and to walk the way He Walks.”  His Desire for Intimacy with us is so strong that He went through great personal sacrifice in order for you and me to be brought back into fellowship with Him.  That sacrifice referred to as, “The Lamb of God” in The Bible has a name…..Jesus Christ, The Son of God and the Son of man!

The fellowship that we have with God did not and does not end at Calvary.  Once you and I say, “yes” to Jesus through the recognition and acceptance of Who Jesus Christ is and what Jesus Christ did for us at Calvary as our Lord and Savior, we are then Born into The Kingdom of Heaven!  We are now, “Kingdom Walker’s” because we are now, “Kingdom Carrier’s”!  We house The Kingdom of Heaven “within” through salvation.  In Luke 17:20-21 (AMP), we find Jesus explaining this truth to a group of Pharisees, though He had yet to go to Calvary;

“Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, He replied to them by saying, The Kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display,”
“Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the Kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you].”

Even though Jesus Christ was standing right in front of them and sharing His Identity with them, the Pharisees failed to recognize, “Who” He really Was and Is. However in Matthew 16:13-17 (AMP) we get a very different response from one of His Disciples;

“Now when Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
“And they answered, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“He said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I am”?
“Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
“Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in Heaven.”
“And I tell you, you are Peter {Greek, Petros—a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra—a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it.]”

So I ask you friend, “Who do you say that the Son of the Living God Is”?

This is not a question to be simply answered.  You see, embodied within your answer is The Heaven Sent Revelation that brings Eternal Transformation!  Anything that becomes, Revelation to you has the power to Transform you from the inside out.  That is what happened to Peter who WAS Simon Bar-Jonah, his personal revelation from God that, “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God”, Transformed him from the inside out! Jesus then called him by his new name, his new identity, “Peter”, whose spoken out the revelation that Jesus is, “The Christ the Son of the Living God”, would become the “Rock” the foundational Revelation, which the Church would be built upon.

Wait!  There’s more!  Jesus then reveals to Peter in Matthew 16:19 (AMP) one of the most powerful Transformative Revelations and Responsibilities for The New Testament Believer;

“I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose (declare lawfully) on earth must be what is already loosed in Heaven.”

Revelation, Transformation, Responsibility….

This is, Our Time Kingdom Walker!  Time to Boldly Walk the road less traveled and Rise Up in One United March for surely, “The Kingdom of God Is Within You”!

KEY QUESTIONS FOR KINGDOM WALKERS:

1. Who do I say that the Son of The Living God Is?
2. What Revelations have I allowed to transform my life? Do they line up with The Word of God, The Holy Bible?
3. What areas of my life is The Lord asking me to take personal responsibility in as a Kingdom Walker?

 

© 2018 Clare Matthews – Boldly For Him. “All Rights Reserved.”

Safe Passage

The clock will strike midnight and we will enter a New Year, a New Season.  2017 will be, “last year” and 2018 will officially be the “New Year”.  As we journey from one year to another, from one season to another, God has “Safe Passage” in store for each and every one of our lives, through every season of our lives, even in difficult and potentially dangerous situations.

The definition of, “Safe Passage” from the Macmillan Dictionary is:

“Official protection for someone who is traveling through a dangerous area.”
“The practice or process of protecting.”

The Apostle Paul gives us a very detailed account of God providing “Safe Passage” for not only him but also for a whole crew of people with him. We read about it in Acts 27: 22-25 (AMP);

“But [even] now i beg you to be in good spirits and take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you but only of the ship.”
“For this [very] night there stood by my side an angel of God to Whom I belong and Whom I serve and worship.”
“And he said, Do not be frightened, Paul! It is necessary for you to stand before Caesar; and behold, God has given you all those who are sailing with you.”
“So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith (complete confidence) in God that it will be exactly as it was told me.”

Notice that it was Paul’s “complete confidence” in God’s word not in the angel that delivered the word, that strengthened him for the ocean drama ahead. In Acts 28:1 we read,

“After we were safe on the island, we knew and recognized that it was called Malta.”

What relief it must have been for Paul and the rest of the crew to know that they had safely made it dry land without any loss of life just as the Lord said it would be. The “Complete Confidence” that Paul had in God, was in His Word.  My husband Mark says it this way, “The Word of God is A Living-Being”!  I couldn’t agree with him more.  Paul’s intimacy with God grew out of his understanding of the Personhood of, “The Living Being of God’s Word”.  John 1:14 (AMP) beautifully describes His Personhood for us,

“And the Word (Christ) became flesh human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His Honor, HIs Majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.”

Paul latched on to “The Living Being”, God’s direct Word for the dangerous situation that he found himself in, because of that unshakeable confidence in The Personhood of His Word, he and the whole crew received “Safe Passage” to the island of Malta which was the destination for the next leg of their journey.

Like the Apostle Paul, so many of us can look back over 2017 and clearly see where God has directed our steps and brought, “Safe Passage” as we have navigated through some difficult and even dangerous, situations.  Now here we are safely entering 2018, let us continue to put “Complete Confidence” in The Personhood of God’s Word and cultivate an intimacy with Him that will keep our hearts firmly established in the Word that He has for our lives individually and corporately.  Let us dear Saint continue to receive, “Safe Passage” throughout every season and every year of our lives.

“Be Strong and Live Free….Boldly For Him”!

Happy New Year!

 

© 2018 Clare Matthews – Boldly For Him. “All Rights Reserved.”

 

The Everlasting Call

One of the Greatest aspects of Being Strong and Living Free, “Boldly For Him” is knowing “Who” we are in Christ Jesus and “Why” we are in Christ Jesus.  You see each and every one of us has been Hand made by God Himself and given the Breath of Life in order to fulfill, “The Everlasting Call” that has been placed within us before time began.  As I shared in my last “Boldly For Him” broadcast this past Sunday that gift and call are, “Irrevocable”.

Romans 11:29 (AMP) tell us “For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable”. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]”

This is one of the most important verses in the New Testament because it clearly shows us that God trusts his gifts and callings in human vessels that have the capability to say, “yes” or “no” to that Divine call.  However, God Himself will never change His mind about the gifts and callings that He has placed on an individuals life.  I truly believe with all of my heart and from experience in my own life that the enemy will use whatever means he can to get us to, “stall the call” of God on our lives.  One of the common “stalling cards” that the enemy uses is fear.  In (2nd Timothy 1:6-7 (AMP), the Apostle Paul has identified this stalling card at work in Timothy’s life and he directly hits the problem head-on with this encouragement and admonishment,

“That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you by means of the laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination].”

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of a calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

The Lord revealed to me through these scriptures that Paul rightly discerned that Timothy was being challenged with fear in the following areas of his life which were greatly affecting the call of God on his life:

Power = The Authority that God placed on Timothy’s call, and his confidence to wield that authority with courage, boldness, and accuracy.

Love = The Ability to see himself and others through the eyes of Grace and respond accordingly.

Calm and Well Balanced Mind = Being confident of his identity in Christ Jesus, so that he could lead through the “mind of Christ” and not by “the dictates of the flesh”.

Discipline and Self-Control = Staying focused on the teachings of his mentor Paul while not growing weary in the areas of prayer, fasting and those good works that exemplify his faith in action as directed by God’s Will for Timothy’s life and calling as a Pastor.

Like Timothy, we may all face the same challenges that he faced as we walk out the
call of God on our lives.  That is why it is so important for each and every one of us to recognize, address and uproot the spirit of fear that maybe, keeping us from answering, “The Everlasting Call”.

Mighty man, woman, and child of The Most High God, I want to encourage you with this Word from Jesus Christ to His Father as He Himself prepared to answer “The Everlasting Call” on His life….Calvary!

John 17:4 (AMP), “I have glorified You down here on the earth by completing the work that You gave Me to do.”

So let me ask you precious one, “What is keeping you from answering “The Everlasting Call?”  If you have answered “The Everlasting Call”, are you, “stalling in the calling?”

Like Paul coaching Timothy, I want to encourage you to uproot the spirit of fear that may be lurking in areas of your life that you may or may not be aware of. so that you can, “Be Strong and Live Free Through The Everlasting Call that God Has Placed Within You.”

                        Apply the following scripture as a declaration of your calling.

John 17:4 (AMP),  “I have glorified You down here on earth by completing the work that You gave me_______( insert your name) to do.”

 

© 2017 Clare Matthews – Boldly For Him. “All Rights Reserved.”

 

 

Guard The Gates

Having lived on military bases, I know firsthand the vital importance of “Guarding The Gates.” Approaching a military base can be rather intimidating, especially when a base has been placed on: “High Alert” because of some impending threat. Military Police are stationed at the entrance of the base operating out of a Guard Gate with a mandate to make sure that only military personnel, their family members and guests and those on, “official government business” have access to the base. The presence of this type of scrutiny was both comforting and unnerving at the same time.

It didn’t matter how many times I drove through those Guard Gates, The MP’s as they were known, would look to the windshield searching for the identifying symbol of rank and authorization in order to let me pass through.

A well trained MP would slow the car down, locate the military decal, recognize the Full Eagle symbol denoting my stepfather’s rank as a full Colonel, then come to full attention with a salute as I was cleared to pass through the Guard Gates. The MP would not rely on the familiarity of my face alone, in order to give me access to the base, even though I lived there.

When we accept Jesus Christ into our heart as Lord and Savior, we receive the promise of the “Full Salute of Our Salvation.” At that point, we are given the responsibility through the help of The Holy Spirit to become MP’s of our own heart as we, “Guard the Gate of Our Lives.” The Bible says it this way in Proverbs 4:23 (AMP), “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.”

What you salute at the “Gates of Your Heart” you authorize to have access to your life. Never allow what is familiar to you to become the snare that could potentially kill you, spiritually, emotionally, relationally, financially or even physically. The enemy, (devil) will use what is familiar to you to set up his agents of deception in order to gain access to your heart.

Beware of any person, place or thing whether it be in the thought life or tangibly that is trying to gain access to your heart without the identifying Presence of The Holy Spirit’s Approval, which is Peace based on The Truth of God’s Word. The MP’s knew that I looked familiar to them but they would not let me drive through the gates and access the military base, which housed the heart of military activity until they were able to fully identify me and the car that I was driving and mark me as safe. Then and only then did they come to full attention and salute as I was authorized to pass through the gates.

I have three questions for you as we secure the “Gates of our Heart”.

1. What are you saluting and coming to full attention to at the Gate of Your Heart?
2. Will you choose, “The Gate of Life” and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
3. If you already know Him as Lord and Savior, will you, “Guard the Gates of Your Heart” in order to be all that God has called you to be? God’s gift of free will is yours, choose well.

Jesus Christ tells us Himself in John 10:10 (NKJV) “The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.”

If you are accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior for the first time, then the following prayer has been written with you in mind. Please join me as we pray together:

“Jesus, I really want to know You, show me Who You Are as My Lord and Savior, come into my heart and teach me how to Guard the Gates of my life. I love You and I want to serve You forever, Amen”!

Congratulations! Your name has officially been written in “The Book of Life”!

Let’s “Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving” as we celebrate the Best Day of your life as a New Believer in Jesus Christ! Reference Psalm 100:4 (NKJV).

 

© 2017 Clare Matthews – Boldly For Him. “All Rights Reserved.”

The Language of Authority

As I have been ministering on the book of Nehemiah, and on the subject of, “Authority” over the last two Sunday’s; there is a profound truth that The Holy Spirit is illuminating in my heart. This is how He has phrased it:

“Obedience is the language of Authority…
As you learn to Hear and not just speak in My Presence, you will develop an Intimacy with Me that I can trust to carry My Plans and My Purposes to The Nations, just like Nehemiah did”.

Our ability to discern the Voice of The Father comes from, “Listening to Him”. The more we are still and attentive in, “His Presence”, the more He can share, “His Heart” with us.

Once we understand what, “His Will” is for our lives or for a certain situation that He may assign to us, we can confidently and boldly speak with authority because we are now walking out:

John 12:49 (AMP),
“This is because I have never spoken on My own authority or of My own accord or as self-appointed, but the Father Who sent Me has Himself given Me orders [concerning] what to say and what to tell.”

My prayer precious fellow Saints, is that we all continue to develop an Intimacy with The Father as we together learn that, “Obedience is the language of Authority”.

 

© 2017 Clare Matthews – Boldly For Him. “All Rights Reserved.”