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Don’t Be Afraid Of Their Threats (Just Keep On Keeping On)

If you're obeying God and someone is threatening you, don't be afraid of their threats. Click here for an encouraging word! By Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.comYesterday, some people tried to inflict significant harm upon me and this blog.

I won’t go into all the details, but suffice it to say they didn’t like my message because:

  • I talk about the goodness of God;
  • I believe and write about the entire Bible, including how we must submit completely to God AND that He will bless us as we obey;
  • I talk about my personal testimony; and
  • I talk about how you can have the same personal testimony (in all the good ways, that is). ;)

And these people didn’t like that. So they did their thing and what happened happened.

The whole circumstance makes me sad.

But I’ve been seeking the Lord about this situation. Of course I had the initial, gut-level reaction of “Smite ‘em Bless ‘em, Jesus” and all of that. The shock, the disbelief, the shaking my head, etc. I know you all have been there with different situations, so nobody’s judging. (Right?) ;) And, I will have to say, I was in a fairly good humor throughout the day. Speechless, but good-humored about it. :)

And then I did the thing about praying for those who hate me, and all that jazz. [Read more…]

The Worst Discipleship Technique That Made No Disciples Ever

Why leaving people alone is the worst discipleship technique ever... and what we can do to reach people. By Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.comCan I shoot straight with you today? There’s a disturbing trend going on among Christians that I want to talk with you about. It’s a certain, modern discipleship/”mentoring” technique that Christians seem to have come up with just recently. It’s definitely NOT in the Bible, and it wasn’t in the early church.

And because of this modern discipleship technique, people are getting hurt.

Because of this modern “mentoring” technique, people are NOT getting reached for Jesus… and disciples are NOT being made.

This is a problem, and frankly, it’s time to talk about it.

Now, I admit right away that this may disturb some people’s theology. It’s definitely going to disturb people’s pride and ego. But it really needs to be said anyway.

Are you with me? Ok, here we go… hang on tight!

The worst discipleship technique that made no disciples ever is:

“Call me if you need me.”

You could also call it “Out of sight, out of mind.” Or “I don’t have time to chase you; if you need me, you’re going to have to reach out to me.”

Yup. You could call it that. I’ve heard people say (or heard of people saying) all three things, and at different times I might have even said any of them myself. Because, frankly, I’m one of the busiest people I know, and I really don’t have a lot of time these days.

And the reasons I’ve heard for this terrible discipleship method are:

  1. “People have to want to change.”
  2. “I don’t have time.”
  3. “I’m too important/high-level/titled to reach out.”
  4. “They know where to find me.”
  5. “If they need me, they’ll reach out.”
  6. “He/she says that because he/she came up under _____ as a spiritual father, and that’s what his/her spiritual father does.”

And every single one of those reasons are total hogwash. Let’s address them in easy, numbered format, corresponding to each reason excuse listed above: [Read more…]

How To Regain the Will To Live

You can regain your hope, even if all seems lost. Click here for how to regain the will to live based on my own personal story. By Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.com

There have been times when I have lost my will to live.

That doesn’t mean I was suicidal, although I have dealt with that too. I’m talking about something different here. I’m talking about losing my will to live–my will to go on–my will to carry out God’s purpose for my life. You can lose your will to live without actually wanting to die, but both things are equally destructive.

Have you lost your will to live also? If you have, I want to share with you today how you can get it back, based on my own personal experience.

How to regain the will to live:

… based on my own personal story.

1. Tell God where you are.

He already knows, so this is not going to be a shocker for Him. God’s not sitting in Heaven gasping in disbelief when you confess your deepest struggles to Him. He knows all about it before you do, so you can be open and honest with Him. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.

In my situation, I felt pretty battered and beat up because of some things I’d been through. I felt so bruised, and I couldn’t just snap out of it. I didn’t even realize I had lost my will to live. But I started talking to Papa about it, and my prayer went something like this:

“Papa, I just feel like I can’t go on. I’m hurting. I’ve been through the wringer. I know You’ve called me so I can’t walk away, and I want to be right with You… but I don’t have it in me to keep taking this.”

I was open and transparent with God. Honestly, even by confessing that much, I felt some sense of relief. It was like I wasn’t alone anymore; God was on my team and He was listening to me. It really helped.

In the same way, you can and should be open and transparent with God. Transparency is the only way to find freedom. When we are transparent, God can reveal the truth to us about ourselves, our situations, and His solutions. John 8:32 gives us God’s promise about this:

Start-quoteAnd you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Related: What I Got For Being Transparent

2. Ask God to give you the will to live.

In my situation, the prayer above just naturally led to my asking the Father: “Papa, I need the will to live.”

When I was praying, that thing about “the will to live” seemed to come out of nowhere. I had not been able to put a label on my feelings before, but that was it exactly. I am convinced that that particular prayer/phrase came up because the Holy Spirit was helping me pray. [Romans 8:26 states: “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (NIV).]

After I asked the Lord to give me the will to live again, I felt a change immediately. I felt a fresh impetus–a drive–a spark come alive in my spirit that hadn’t been there for a few days.

Related: When Loving Your Sheep Hurts: How I Found Healing After Betrayal

3. Take whatever is bothering you to the Father and ask Him to fix it all, and give you favor.

We generally lose our will to live because of outward circumstances:

  • things we’ve hoped for that haven’t happened yet;
  • the way people treat us;
  • feeling lonely, etc.

Only Father can truly fix these issues. But He wants to do more than fix them. He wants to turn all of your situations around IN YOUR FAVOR.

When I was going through my situation, I took the things that were bothering me to the Father and asked Him to defend me, protect me, guide me.

However, I didn’t stop there. I also asked Him to work things out to bless me hugely. I asked Him to surprise me with good things and to give me favor. I also asked Him to develop my character and help me to walk righteously, no matter what.

I want to be right with God, and I want everything He has for me. Since the Holy Spirit is our Advocate (John 14:16 AMP), advocating for me is His job. It’s also His job to do great and mighty things that I don’t even know to ask for when I call upon Him (Jeremiah 33:3). He’s better at His job than anybody else, so I’m asking Him to do it–and I know He will.

Have you lost your will to live?

Papa sees and knows. Whatever you’ve been through that has left you battered and bloody, He can and will help you.

  • So tell Him where you are.
  • Ask Him to give you the will to live again.
  • Then pour out your heart to Him and ask Him to do great, HUGE things on your behalf in every area. Ask for all the specific things you can think of, and also ask Him to do the things you don’t even know to ask for.

If you will, then not only will He give you your will to live back, but He will also astound you at the way He turns your circumstances around.

Does this message minister to your heart today? If so, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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10 Prayers That Draw Me Closer To God Than Any Other Prayers

10 Prayers That Draw Me Closer To God Than Any Other Prayers infographic By Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.com

Have you ever been alone with the Lord, when all of a sudden you feel a deep-down, gut-level connection with God that feels different than ordinary prayer?

You know…

  • It’s that feeling you get when you know you’re speaking deeply to His heart, and He is listening hard and speaking deeply right back.
  • That feeling of knowing the Holy Spirit is right there with you, and you’re in the most intimate communion with the Father.
  • It’s when your heart is laid bare before Him, but you’re safe there and you know it.

Yeah. That feeling.

There’s really nothing like it. Just being with Him, opening your soul, and knowing that He’s receiving it all and that He’ll take care of you.

How would you like to experience that kind of connection with Him every time you pray?

You can.

How do I know? Because I love to spend time with the Lord in prayer, but some prayers draw me closer to Him than others. Sometimes I feel His presence and His heart more than I do at other times, and I’ve noticed a pattern.

I’ve noticed that certain, specific prayers seem to spur that connection with Him where all the deep parts of my heart are laid open, and it’s all right.

For me anyway, there are 10 prayers that draw me into this level of intimate closeness with the Lord during my quiet time. Well, actually, 11 prayers, because the first prayer is always asking the Lord to fill me with the Holy Spirit anew and afresh today. That’s THE most important prayer of all.

But after that, there are 10 specific prayers that draw me closer to God than any other prayers. I thought I’d share them with you today, in case you’d like to pray them yourself.

What’s special about these prayers? Well … [Read more…]