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.”

 

Be Strong and Live Free

Inside every one of us is the innate desire to, “Be Strong and Live Free”! Why is this true? The answer may surprise you, especially if you haven’t made Jesus Christ your personal Lord and Savior…It’s true because God Himself created every one of us to, “Be Strong and Live Free”!

You see long before I decided to have a personal relationship with The Lord, ALL I wanted to do was to have a relationship with, “A father”. Frequently locking myself up in a bathroom crying out with tears streaming down my face as a teenager for a “father” that was not present, was all-consuming to me. Amidst the atmosphere of abusive home life, there was little room for freedom, let alone peace or individuality of any kind. I grew distant from my mother, I also developed an intense aversion to, “going to church” on Sunday’s; primarily because of the everyday hypocrisy that I lived in. Therefore, the only type of strength and freedom that I developed growing up was not based on Who God is, because I did not know God, I only knew religion. What was constantly modeled to me was that strength equals control and freedom equals running, as in running away from being controlled and anyone or anything that I could not control.

To this day, that is why, as a Christian and an ordained Minister of The Gospel of Jesus Christ, I have such an intense desire and passion to see people, “Be Strong and Live Free” “Boldly For Him”! The One True God! The God of Genuine Everlasting Relationship. The God of True Strength and True Freedom! Sadly, there are many people full of misconceptions and ideas about the Strength and Freedom we enjoy as a Friend of God. I personally came to realize that by serving in His Kingdom, I found the True Strength and Freedom that I was so desperately crying out for years ago. I know God as my personal Savior through His son Jesus Christ, I also know Him as a “Loving Father” and a “True Loyal Friend”. The Friend that the Bible says in Proverbs 18:24 (b), “Sticks closer than a brother.”

So it is with Great Excitement, Anticipation, Joy, and Expectancy that I offer to you Dear Reader, the opportunity and “The Invitation” to join me on this journey as we together learn how to,
“BE STRONG…..AND LIVE FREE”
“BOLDLY FOR HIM”!

 

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