When Life Is a Zoo, the Lord Is Your Keeper

When Life Is a Zoo, the Lord Is Your KeeperDo you ever feel like your life is a zoo? Are your circumstances spinning out of control? Do you feel attacked on every side?

If so, the Lord gave me an encouraging word for you today [Read more...]

3 Reasons To Demystify the Gift of Prophecy

3 Reasons To Demystify the Gift of Prophecy by Jamie Rohrbaugh at FromHisPresence.comHave you ever heard somebody use the word “prophetic” and thought it was weird? Or, have you ever referred to anything “prophetic” and had someone else look at you funny?

A lot of people tend to think that the gift of prophecy is reserved for people who walk around calling themselves prophets. They think that anything with “prophecy” or “prophetic” attached to it must be some mystical, pie-in-the-sky concept reserved only for those with special abilities. However, that’s not the case.

Prophecy is a spiritual gift that is necessary in the Body of Christ. Its purpose is to build up, encourage, and minister to people–both Christians and non-Christians. Every believer needs prophetic ministry from time to time, and every believer should learn how to function in prophetic ministry themselves. Prophecy and prophetic ministry should not be great mysteries in Christian culture.

So here are 3 reasons that the gift of prophecy should be demystified:

1. It’s not about the title.

Most people who are truly prophetic will not–I repeat, NOT–walk around claiming to be prophets. God might be using them as prophets from moment to moment, or even in full-time vocational prophetic ministry. Nevertheless, most people who are well-trained in the prophetic will shy away from that title. It’s about humility, and about not drawing attention to oneself (since most people that think of “a prophet” have an over-inflated view of what being a prophet means).

Several years ago, I went to one of John Paul Jackson’s classes about how to hear God. The instructor there was talking to us about humility, and she said that even Mr. Jackson doesn’t call himself a prophet. (In case you aren’t familiar with John Paul Jackson and Streams Ministries, suffice it to say that he is definitely used as a prophet of the Lord, and he has a rock-solid, international reputation.) I have always been struck by that. If John Paul Jackson won’t call himself a prophet, I don’t know of anybody else that should either. ;) [Read more...]

5 Keys To Easy Prophetic Worship

5 Keys To Easy Prophetic Worship. Do these 5 things to help spontaneous songs flow supernaturally!

Several years ago, I was given the opportunity to start leading worship in my church’s intercessory prayer meetings and healing rooms. I didn’t know anything about leading worship at the time! However, I did know how to worship, and I had been trained in prophetic ministry. So I used the tools I had and experimented a lot. :)

Over time, the Lord showed me 5 Biblical keys to easy prophetic worship. These 5 things have helped make this style of worship accessible and fun for our team.

I wrote for WorshipMinistry.com this week about how to make prophetic worship easy. If you’re involved in church worship at all and want to venture into prophetic worship, this article will help you.

Prophetic worship doesn’t have to be difficult or intimidating. Do these 5 things, and the atmosphere in your worship session will be so pregnant with God’s glory that new songs will just FLOW.

Click here to read “5 Keys To Easy Prophetic Worship” on WorshipMinistry.com!

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The Real Reason You Exist (and It’s Not To Worship)

The Real Reason You Exist (and It's Not To Worship). You were made to be with God in love.There’s a Christian fallacy out there that’s really popular. That fallacy is the teaching that the reason you exist is to worship God.

There’s only one problem with that: the reason you exist is NOT to worship Him.

“Whaaaat?” (All the religious and spiritual people just gasped in shock.)

That’s right. I know people say that the reason you exist is to worship God. It sounds spiritual. It sounds Biblical. It sounds really noble, and worship is spiritual and noble and Biblical and necessary and wonderful and more. I love to worship and am not belittling worship or saying it’s not important at all; it’s one of the most important things we could ever do.

But worship is not the reason you exist, and the paradigm that it is has caused a lot of pain in the Body of Christ.

Why pain, you ask? [Read more...]

3 Things I Learned From Surviving a Mockingbird Attack

3 Things I Learned From Surviving a Mockingbird AttackHave you ever had God speak to you through a really strange event?

I had something really, really strange–freaky, in fact–happen to me a few days ago. I was out for my early morning walk/run when I was attacked by a mockingbird. (You can’t make this stuff up!) I was walking down the sidewalk in a greenway area, innocent as you please, when this thing swooped out of a tree and flew right at my head.

At first, I thought maybe it was a weird coincidence. But then it came back at me from the other direction… and again and again. It would leave a tree and fly right at my face. It got within a couple of feet each time, and I waved my arms at it to ward it off. It would swoop by me and land in another tree. Then turn around and come back at me again. This happened over and over as I was walking over a decent distance.

There was no apparent reason for the attack. I didn’t see a nest anywhere. There were no injured chicks on the ground. It just seemed to come out of nowhere.

After I got the message that this thing was attacking me, it scared me a little bit. I didn’t know if it was going to try to peck my eyes out or what, and it flew straight at my head each time. Since there was no provocation, immediately I sensed in my spirit that this was a demonic attack. [Read more...]

3 Secrets To Promotion In God’s Kingdom

3 Secrets To Promotion In God's Kingdom by Jamie Rohrbaugh

Do you dream of doing great things in God’s Kingdom? Are you ready to go to the next level of intimacy with God, spiritual maturity, and usefulness in ministry?

If so, you are not alone. Most people who follow Christ desire to see more of Him in their daily lives (and all of us should desire more). The Bible tells us that the Christian journey takes us from glory to glory and from faith to faith:

Start-quoteBut we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith’” (Romans 1:17).

We’re not called to stagnate. We’re called to be hungry and thirsty for righteousness. We’re called to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling and to walk worthy of the divine calling to which we were called.

So if you’re ready for MORE in the Kingdom, what do you do? How do you go about getting promoted to the next level?

Some people would tell you that you just have to wait on God. That has some truth to it; we should wait on God in every aspect of our lives. However, “waiting on God” can sometimes be taken out of Biblical context. If you’re hungry for more, you don’t have to just sit back and hope.

There are secrets to promotion in God’s Kingdom. There are actual things you can do to accelerate the process of growth and promotion. You have a huge amount of influence in both the manner and timing of your promotion, because only you can decide how ready you will be. [Read more...]

Stop Expecting the Church To Promote You

Promotion comes from GodVenom spewed out of her mouth as she vented her frustration. She had served her local church all these years, she said, but the church didn’t recognize her talents. She wanted to be promoted to a specific position, but the promotion she wanted was nowhere in sight. She was angry at God and the church because she had not been given the authority she felt she deserved.

I felt sorry for the woman as I heard her talking: not because she hadn’t been promoted, but rather because she couldn’t hear the poison in her own words. Despite her natural abilities, there were heart issues at play. It seemed pretty obvious that, until she was willing to submit to God’s work in her own heart, the odds of her getting the promotion she wanted were zero. [Read more...]

Superstars Versus Fathers

boy rock starFrom the archives: I am reposting this today as it might be one of the most impactful and necessary pieces I’ve ever written. What do you think about superstars vs. fathers? Please share your thoughts in the comments at the end of the post!

The Christian Church at large has a lot of superstars. I wish it had a lot of fathers instead.

“What’s the difference?” you may ask. Here’s what I think (and please tell me your thoughts in the comments):

A superstar and a father may have the same level of talent, training, anointing, and opportunity. However, there is a big difference in behavior and heart attitude between the superstar and the father. There’s also a big difference in results.

Heart attitudes and behavior of superstars versus fathers:

  • A superstar gathers people around him so they can serve him. A father gathers people around him so he can serve them.
  • A superstar elevates himself. A father elevates others. [Read more...]

4 Simple Keys to Finding Rest For Your Soul

4 simple keys to finding rest for your soulThe world whirs around us in a dizzying array. Life is so fast that some folks–like maybe you, and definitely like me–rarely have time to stop, let alone rest.

When life gets overwhelming, we need rest not only for our bodies, but also for our souls.

Why does finding rest for your soul matter? [Read more...]

If My Dream Never Happens (My Thankfulness Fail)

If my dream never happens (my thankfulness fail)I don’t know about you, but I have a dream inside me that I haven’t seen happen yet. Do you?

If so, then maybe you can identify with this, because I’ve been struggling with something lately.

Here’s what I have been struggling with:

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Pray These 3 Things To Tame Your Tongue

God can tame the tongueHave you ever gotten frustrated with your own inability to tame your tongue?

James 3:7-8 tells us that no man can tame the tongue, and that it is evil and full of poison in its natural state. Ugh! How terrible! What hope do we have, then?

This is our hope: We may not be able to control our words, but we serve a God who CAN tame our tongue!

My article in The Christian Journal this month contains 3 powerful points to pray in order to get your tongue tamed. If you, like me, have not yet reached perfection in the area of your words, hop on over to The Christian Journal and read “God Can Tame the Tongue”! It’s on page 8, top left corner.

Click here to read “God Can Tame the Tongue” now!

 

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What Does the Voice of Jesus Sound Like?

voice of Jesus sounds like the sound of many watersThe Bible tells us that the voice of Jesus sounds like the sound of many waters. Have you ever wondered what, exactly, that means?

I am sitting beside a tumbling mountain creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as I write this. There are many small rapids and waterfalls around me, and the rushing water hitting against the rocks makes a distinctive sound.

I learned from Ray Hughes that this sound of water is similar to [Read more...]

Would You Tell Me Your Opinion, Please?

Hello, friends! I need your opinion today. Would you help me by telling me what you think?

I’ve been blogging just over a year and a half now, and it has been such a joy. I really enjoy connecting with you via this blog as we grow in the Presence of God together. THANK YOU for reading, for commenting, for emailing me, and for all your social media “likes” and shares.

I’d really like your feedback about what you enjoy vs. not-so-much about this blog. I want to know how I can serve you better with this blog. Would you please complete the brief, 5-question, multiple-choice survey below? It’s super-easy and will only take a few seconds, and all your answers are completely anonymous.

Thank you in advance for your thoughts! :)

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Radical Prayer #4: The Anointing of the Sons of Issachar

How to know God's timing anointing of the sons of IssacharDid you know that, in the Bible, there was a unique group of people that always knew what to do and when to do it? A group of folks that had such perception and wisdom that a whole nation followed them and waited for their example?

It’s true. They were called the sons of Issachar, and they were one of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Check out what these bad boys (and girls) had going for them:

  • They studied the movements of the stars and planets and understood chronological time.
  • They were responsible for calling the whole nation together when the stars aligned, literally. (The Jewish feast days are approximately based upon the lunar calendar, with consideration also given to the movement of the sun. The nation had to gather to worship God on specific days on this heavenly calendar.)
  • When signs and wonders happened in the heavens (with the sun, moon, stars, etc), the sons of Issachar knew how to interpret the meaning of those events.

The sons of Issachar understood chronological time, but they also understood spiritual and political time.

  • The sons of Issachar could discern what God was doing and when He was doing it.
  • They knew when one move of God was ending and another one was beginning.
  • They could discern when a leader was falling and another leader was rising.
  • They could even tell you who the next leader should be. They knew who to follow and when to follow him or her. [Read more...]

If Your World Is Shaking, This Is For You

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If your world is shaking all around you, you are not alone.

I’ve been experiencing some shaking in my life recently. A couple of days ago, the Lord gave me a mental picture that brought me great comfort. The only way I could write it down was in poem format, and I felt led to share it with you today. So if your world is shaking, if your heart is breaking, this is for you. [Read more...]