My 3 Favorite Ways To Use a Tallit

My 3 Favorite Ways to Use a Tallit by Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.comConfession: I used to think using a tallit when you pray was weird.

It’s true. I did. And it took a dramatic event to change my mind.

Awhile ago, something happened that made me feel spiritually uncovered. When this thing happened, I could really feel the absence of that spiritual covering right away.

It was horrible. The only way I can describe that feeling is: it felt like I had been tossed out on the interstate highway of spiritual warfare with little-to-no protection from oncoming cars. I felt like I was suddenly on the front lines of battle with no army behind me.

I went home, crumpled to the floor of my study, and cried.

I had a tallit that a friend had given me. It sat on the shelf and had for a long time, because I always thought using a tallit was weird. But my pastor had always taught us that it represented the covering of God.

As I sat on the floor of my study that day, I needed covering. I felt so exposed. So I retrieved that tallit. I put it over my head like it was a shield between me and the world–a shield between me and the battle. And you know what?

God covered me.

I could feel it. There was a noticeable difference in how I felt and how much peace I had when I had my tallit over my head, and when I didn’t.

So I stuck with it. I kept that thing with me. I slept with it at night because I needed that covering. It was a rough time. Eventually I got that spiritual covering back and everything became ok again. But I had learned a valuable lesson by experience about tallits:

A tallit represents covering, and using one brings supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit.

It’s been quite awhile now since the incident above happened, but I’ve continued to use my tallit while I pray and at other times. If you’re interested in using a tallit too, let me tell you about my 3 favorite ways to use a tallit:

1. I use a tallit when I pray to represent God’s covering and His secret place.

Psalm 91 tells us:

 Start-quoteHe who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust” (verses 1-2).

He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler” (verse 4).

The secret place of the Most High is that place right in God’s throne room, where you are aware of God and God alone. It’s that place where it’s just you and Abba Father, and it’s where all things are made right again.

And somehow, when I cover my head with my tallit, any place becomes the secret place. The tallit blocks out the world and helps me focus in on Him alone. It’s His wing; I can feel His feathers covering me.

Placing my tallit over my head when I pray helps me enter quickly into radical encounter with Jesus.

2. I use a tallit to represent my covering over women I mentor.

I met recently with a dear friend of mine whom I was going to mentor. It was our first meeting. When we sat down, I felt like the Holy Spirit was telling me to place my tallit over her shoulders. [Read more...]

Paul’s Secret Code To Timothy The Revivalist (Podcast 9)

FromHisPresence Podcast: The Secret Code To Timothy The Revivalist by Jamie Rohrbaugh

Is your heart burning for revival? Do you petition God day and night to send revival to your school, church, city, or ministry? Do you ever get frustrated when the revival you’ve prayed for seems slow in arriving?

Or, have you been plowing and plowing, serving faithfully, but you wonder sometimes where is the fruit of your labor?

If either of these situations describes you,  then episode 9 of the FromHisPresence Podcast is a rhema word for you today!

I was studying yesterday morning in 2 Timothy when the Holy Spirit made a certain passage leap off the page into my heart. It spoke to me like crazy, and after I pondered it awhile, I HAD to record a word about it.

In this passage, the apostle Paul is sending Timothy an on-time, encouraging word… in a bit of a stealthy way. It’s almost like a secret code. You have to think about it to get it, and Paul even told Timothy he needed to think about it more and let the Lord reveal what he (Paul) was talking about.

Why would Paul write like that? I don’t know. Maybe someone else was reading the letter. Maybe someone else was scribing the letter; they probably were. Maybe Paul knew that his advice was only for certain ears. Maybe he knew the letter would be read out loud to other people in Timothy’s city of Ephesus.

For whatever reason, Paul wrote to Timothy in a cryptic way. But Paul knew what he was doing, because the Holy Spirit was speaking through him. And when you read what he’s saying as it was written–directly to address the specific need of Timothy’s heart–then the Holy Spirit will minister it to your heart too.

So today’s podcast is about revival, and about what God is doing when revival seems to be taking a long time to get here.

Please listen. You will be encouraged. I guarantee it.

Listen to the podcast using the player below, or you can download it directly at this link. You can also download and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, here!

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Prophetic Word Roundup: Spiritual Snipers and Sudden Turnarounds

Prophetic-word-roundupTwo prophetic words have been released recently from very well-known, reliable prophets. These are radical, spirit-inspiring words that are so important, I’m dedicating an entire blog post to them here and asking you to read them.

1. The first is from Doug Addison.

It’s called Prophetic Word: Time For a Sudden Turnaround. This is the word God gave Doug Addison for the month of December 2014. It also shares quite a bit about what God is going to do in 2015.

This word is encouraging beyond belief. Please run, don’t walk, over to Doug’s blog and read it. (And if it were me, I’d either check his blog weekly or sign up for his email updates right away. Just sayin’.)

If you aren’t familiar with Doug Addison’s ministry, he is known for prophetic evangelism and dream interpretation. He also carries the anointing of the sons of Issachar and can discern God’s times and seasons. Everything I’ve ever read from him has been dead-on accurate in my life. You’ll enjoy his ministry and I’d encourage you to follow him on social media too. [Read more...]

Check Out My First Video About My Book!

Guess what? I’m so happy to share my first short video about my book with you today!

The book is called “Secrets of the Father’s Heart: 16 Keys That will Free You From Rejection and Unleash Your God-Given Ministry.” It’s all about spiritual fatherhood: how God fathers us; the rights and privileges we can legally claim as His kids; how His fathering frees us from rejection and brings us into freedom and love; and how we can and must become spiritual fathers and mothers to others.

This is a subject about which I’m extremely passionate. People are broken and hurting, and they need Jesus. And even after they do come to Jesus, people can’t grow without being raised up. Yes, the Holy Spirit can do the fathering all by Himself. He has, many times. But He works much faster if we let Him flow through us as we get life-on-life with fellow believers and father them!

My heart burns for this subject. But more importantly, so does the heart of Christ. Jesus’ most important work on earth–other than redeeming mankind–was fathering the twelve disciples. He poured into them. He raised them up. He taught them. He did ordinary life together with them.

And by getting life-on-life with them, He not only changed their lives forever, but used them to change the entire world from that time until now.

When Jesus ascended back to Heaven, He left us this sacred charge: “Go and make disciples.” It is a charge to do what He did. It was a charge to become spiritual fathers and mothers and pour into PEOPLE… BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE THE FRUIT THAT REMAIN.

So here’s my first video about my book. By the grace of God, the book should be coming out next year. (I am working on the finishing the edits I got back from my editor.) Your prayers would be much appreciated as I work to get this message out. I really believe the enduring work of the Church today must be to raise up sons and daughters, who become fathers and mothers, who raise up more sons and daughters, who become fathers and mothers. This is the only way we can effectively make disciples like Jesus called us to do.

Do you have any thoughts or questions about this subject? I’d love to hear about them if so! Please leave them in the comments!