Send In the Prophets… It’s Harvest Time!

Send In the Prophets; It's Harvest Time! by Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.com blogI’ve been studying Mark 12, and I just realized something awesome: When harvest time comes, God sends in the prophets.

I never noticed this application before, but it comes directly from Jesus, and it has HUGE implications for Christians today.

Check out this story, a parable that Jesus told in Mark 12:1-8:

  • A man planted a vineyard and built all the necessary stuff in it to protect it and to make wine.
  • He leased it to some vinedressers and went away to a far country.
  • At “vintage time,” He sent a servant to the vinedressers to get some of the vineyard’s fruit.
  • However, instead of turning over the fruit, those vinedressers took the servant, beat him, and sent him away with nothing.
  • The man sent more servants, but all of the servants were treated shamefully. Some of the servants were killed. Some of were beaten. The tenants threw stones at others. All of them that lived were sent away empty-handed.
  • Finally, the man sent his beloved, only son… but the tenants killed the son so they could try to claim the inheritance for their own.
  • Jesus ended the story by saying that the man would come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others.

 What does the story mean?

In this story, Jesus was basically re-wording and re-telling the history of God’s attempts to be in intimate relationship with His own Jewish people:

  • The man represents God the Father.
  • The vineyard represents the covenant promises: Kingdom power and intimacy with God.
  • The wicked tenants represent the Jewish people of their day and of centuries prior to the time of Christ.
  • The servants that the Father sent represented the prophets God had sent in centuries past.
  • The Son represented Jesus.
  • Ultimately, since the Jews rejected God, God offered His salvation to the Gentile (non-Jewish) people so that all who believe on Jesus could be saved.

In this story, however, Jesus is also reminding us how the Jewish people treated the prophets over the centuries, and predicting how they would ultimately treat Him (Jesus). Throughout history, God had sent prophet after prophet to His people the Jews. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elijah, Elisha, Hosea, and Ezekiel are just a few of the prophets God sent.

And you know what? The Jews treated those prophets shamefully and often killed them. But that’s not the point I want to make in this blog post.

The point that I want to make today is: Jesus said point-blank that God sent His servants the prophets in at harvest time (vintage time), in order to receive the harvest.

Whoaaaaa.

Why does that matter? Here are 3 reasons why it matters a lot: [Read more...]

How To Govern In the Spirit Realm

How To Govern In the Spirit Realm by Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.com BlogAs we talked about in “Is Your Church An Un-Church” and “10 Practical Areas God’s Children Should Govern,” YOU were made to rule and reign. You were made to govern as God’s representative on earth.

That means that God’s people were never meant to be under the weather, under attack, or under the circumstances. We weren’t meant to be under anything. We were created to have dominion.

So how do you go about having dominion in your life? How do you exercise the authority God created you to exercise?

Here’s how to govern in the spirit realm:

1. Become a man or woman of prayer.

God moves when His children pray. It’s as simple as that. The halls of history are marked through the ages with the lives of men and women who shaped history through prayer. These men and women rose early, stayed up late, and spent days and nights in prayer.

If you want to govern in the spirit realm, you must learn to pray. Prayer is the conduit God has chosen to use to send His blessings into your life and mine. Prayer is also the conduit God has chosen to implement His purposes on the earth in churches, cities, and nations.

If you want to govern in the spirit realm, learn to pray.

Related: 5 Ways To Ask God To Increase Your Prayer Life; How To Get Your Prayers Answered 100% of the Time; and Radical Prayers Get Radical Answers

2. Stand on God’s promises.

God’s promises in the Bible are for everyone who has faith to receive them, and who meets the conditions laid out with the promise.

If you want to govern in the spirit realm, find God’s promises about your situation. After you have found them, begin to mediate on them. CHEW on them in your mind and spirit. This will build your faith. Then, as you chew on God’s promises, pray them back to God.

For example, one of my favorite promises is found in Isaiah 54:13:

Start-quoteAll your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.”

I stand on this promise for my spiritual children, and I pray it often. When I pray this promise back to God, I simply remind Him of what He promised me, and then I ask Him to do it:

Start-quoteHeavenly Father, Your Word says that all my children shall be taught by YOU personally, and that they shall have great peace. 

So Father, I ask that YOU would disciple _______ today. Show them the way they should go. Teach them. Shepherd them and watch over them. I cannot, but You can. 

And Father, I pray that _______ would have great peace. I pray that nothing would be missing in their lives, and nothing would be broken. Let them be totally whole on the inside and out.

Fill them with Your love and the fruit of the Spirit. Help them to sense Your presence and affection today, and keep them from sinning against You. Thank You, Father, for You have promised to do this, and I know You will. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

I just keep on praying this promise over and over, and I watch as God keeps His Word.

In what situation do you need to govern? Locate God’s promises about that situation, and claim those promises as your own:

  • Chew on them until you really GET them in your spirit.
  • Pray them back to God.
  • Remind Him of His Word, and
  • thank Him for keeping His promises.

You will see radical results.

3. Be bold. Pray and believe God’s Word for what it says, even if it sounds too good to be true.

Many Christians dumb down the Word of God because they don’t have enough faith to believe it for what it says. [Read more...]

10 Practical Areas God’s Children Should Govern

10 Practical Areas God's Children Should Govern | FromHisPresence.com Blog by Jamie RohrbaughAs I wrote about earlier this week, Jesus intends His Church to govern. We are to be God’s representatives and agents here on the earth.

That means that God’s people were never meant to be under the weather, under attack, or under the circumstances. We weren’t meant to be under anything. We were created to have dominion.

So what are the places over which we, as God’s children, should have dominion?

Well, let’s look at God’s original intent from the creation story. Genesis 1:26-28 tells us:

Start-quoteThen God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

God originally made us–His children–to have dominion over every living thing on the earth. Psalm 115:16 reiterates this:

Start-quoteThe heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men.”

I’m pretty sure that having dominion over everything on the earth means we’re to govern everything, all the time.

So what does dominion look like practically in every Christian’s life?

Well, it means [Read more...]

Is Your Church An Un-Church?

Is Your Church An Un-Church? By Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence BlogI heard recently about an un-church service that was held not for Christians, but for positive thinkers.

Certain people in an American city wanted the opportunity to make new friends, have camaraderie, and hear a positive message. They didn’t want anything to do with God, but they thought a lot could be said for the way Christians have church.

So they held an un-church service for themselves. They put a motivational speaker at the pulpit. If I remember the story correctly, they put their arms around each other’s shoulders and they sang “Lean On Me.” Then they all left feeling happy about themselves.

I wonder if the American church has, in many cases, become an un-church just like that.

Oh yes, the sign out front still says something about God. The bulletins [Read more...]

Your Trouble Will Be Worth It: My Guest Post On (In)Courage Today!

Your Trouble Will Be Worth It by Jamie Rohrbaugh | Guest post on (in)courage.me

Hi friends! Guess what? I have a guest post over on Dayspring’s (in)courage.me today called “Your Trouble Will Be Worth It”! It’s a story about a really, really difficult situation God brought me through recently, and how He showed me that my trouble (and yours!) will be worth what it takes to get there. No matter what you’re going through, if you’ll surrender to God throughout the process, He’ll work it out for your good. Your trouble will be worth it!

Here’s a little teaser:

“My world spun around me. My heart felt like it might cease beating at any moment. I was reeling from a heavy blow and every breath hurt.

I had obeyed God, but I paid a price for my obedience. Repercussions came from unexpected places and the cost was agonizing.

I could not handle the pain. So I crawled, bleeding, to the One who can, and I fell at the feet of my Savior… where I heard precious words whispered into my soul…”

Click here to read the rest of the story! And if my story speaks to you, please leave a comment over there and tell me what you think; I pray it will encourage you. No matter what you’re going through, your trouble will be worth it!

And if you’re visiting my blog for the first time from (in)courage: Welcome!

I’m so glad you stopped by. It’s great to meet you! I wish we could sit down over a milkshake and get to know one another. :) I know we can’t, but I’d still be honored if you’d sit down with me, rest awhile, and let’s talk about Jesus.

If you need encouragement, I pray you’d find it here. God has not forgotten you! Here are 3 of my favorite encouraging posts:

And I do occasionally write challenging posts. If you like to be challenged, you might enjoy reading:

And finally, if you like satire/humor, here are 3 very tongue-in-cheek posts you may enjoy:

Thank you again for stopping by! Again, I’m very honored to meet you. Please comment, reach out, introduce yourself, follow me by email below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest… and let’s get to know one another!

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Why I Support Israel (and 8 Ways You Can Too)

Why I Support Israel and 8 Ways You Can Too by Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.com BlogIsrael has been all over the news lately. They are having a tough go of it. Hamas has been barraging them with rocket fire. The entire militant, terrorist community is out to get them.

In times like these, we must support Israel. Why?

1. Israel is God’s covenant people.

God Himself chose Israel to be His personal inheritance. His covenants were originally made with the Jews… not with anyone else.

When Jesus came, God through Jesus Christ made a way for Gentiles (non-Jews) to be grafted in to Israel. Basically, that means that God started considering every believer in Christ to be a Jew. (Jesus was a Jew; we are dead to ourselves and Jesus is alive in us; that makes us Jews too.) By making a way for all Christ-followers to be considered Jews, God made a way for us to be part of His covenant too.

That is huge. That means that we owe everything to the Jews, and the apostle Paul actually tells us so in Romans chapters 10 and 11.

We do not stand on our own. We stand in Christ because God grafted us into the covenant He made with the Jews. The Jews are still the original inheritors of His covenant, and they will be saved from sin through faith in Christ in the end.

2. God will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse her.

I don’t want to be on the receiving end of God’s curses, do you? I want to be blessed. God blessed Abraham and his children with extreme blessings: wisdom, intelligence, financial provision, and everything else you can think of. I want to be blessed like that. So I’m going to bless Israel.

Do you want to bless Israel too, but aren’t sure how to do it? Here are 8 practical tips: [Read more...]

A Powerful Spiritual Lesson From the Stupidest Movie Ever

Ella EnchantedI had the pleasure of watching Ella Enchanted recently. I loved it because it contains one of the most powerful spiritual lessons I’ve ever seen. (Yes, it’s the stupidest movie ever, but let’s not talk about that, ok?)

This movie shows a visual depiction of how the Word of God works: how it’s creative and effectual, and it actually creates the thing it’s sent for out of nothing.

How does “Ella Enchanted” show the effectual Word of God? Here’s the plot:

Ella lives in Frell, a not-modern, not-quite-old medieval world with humans, giants, fairies, and elves all living together. When Ella was born, a fairy put a “gift” on her that she would always be obedient.

Yeah, that’s right. Obedient. You’d think that might be a positive thing, but it’s not. Whenever anyone tells Ella of Frell to do anything–that’s right, anything–their command hits her visibly and she does whatever she was instructed to do. [Read more...]

18 Awesome Ways To Totally Fail At Discipleship

18 Awesome Ways To Totally Fail At #Discipleship by Jamie RohrbaughDiscipleship. It’s a great thing. Some people love it; others, not so much. Some are successful; others, not so much.

If you want to be one of the second group that doesn’t love discipleship and totally fails at it, I have some tips for you today. Without further ado, here are 18 awesome ways to totally fail at discipleship (in no particular order):

1. Never try it.

This is the best way, bar none. If you want to totally fail at discipleship, just don’t bother to try. Stay isolated in your own little world. Never get involved with anyone else’s life, and you won’t have to try any of these other 15 steps in order to fail at discipleship.

On the other hand, if you don’t want to fail at discipleship, just try it. Recognize that you’re learning and growing too, but love people enough to be willing to fail if it means that, overall, you can help them grow in the long run.

2. Condemn everybody… for everything.

What’s up with that verse that says it’s the goodness of God that leads to repentance (Romans 2:4)? Yeah, avoid that one if you want to fail at discipleship.

If you want to be really bad at discipleship: [Read more...]

3 Fun Ways YOU Can Have a Deeper Worship Experience

3-Fun-Ways-Musicians-Can-Have-a-Deeper-Worship-Experience-by-Jamie-Rohrbaugh-on-WorshipMinistry-smallDo you ever struggle to enter into a deep encounter with God in your worship? If so, this word is for you!

I’m a glory hog. I admit it. There’s nothing better for me than to revel in the Presence of God, and I want all I can get. When all eyes are on Jesus… when the cry of our heart is going up to Him … when I’m with the Body of Christ and we are all worshipping in unity…when you can feel and see Him and the Father and the Holy Spirit… I am undone. There’s nothing better.

Psalm 16:11 tells us:

Start-quoteYou will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Having a deeper worship experience that results in radical encounters with God like that is not hard. God always wants to encounter you, so if your heart is turned toward Him, He’s ready and willing to catch you up in His arms!

However, even though it’s not hard, deep worship IS something that has to be LEARNED. So… I wrote this month for WorshipMinistry.com about how YOU can have a deeper worship experience. These are my 3 secrets, tried and proven. Yes, the title of the article says it’s for musicians. But forget the “musician” word. ;) This article is for ANYONE who desires to have radical encounters with God in worship.

Are you ready? Click here to read about 3 Fun Ways YOU Can Have a Deeper Worship Experience!

Related: Read my transparent Confessions of an Unlikely Worship Leader here!

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Kingdom Women, Arise and Stand Like Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon, Kingdom Woman by Jamie RohrbaughWhat does it mean to be a Kingdom woman?

To me, a Kingdom woman is a woman who knows where she fits in God’s divine plan, and does everything she can to carry out God’s purpose for her life with her whole heart. Being a Kingdom woman is not an easy task, but every woman can do it.

I wrote about one of my favorite examples of Kingdom women–Catherine of Aragon–over on JudyDouglass.com today. Catherine was Queen of England in the 16th century.

Despite all the odds against her, Catherine of Aragon knew who she was and she knew who her God was. She knew what she was called to do, and she stood up and did it.

By doing so, she earned a legendary place in history.

Catherine of Aragon was a warrior princess. Every modern woman can learn many things from her.

Click here to read Catherine’s inspiring story over on Judy Douglass.com!

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

When Loving Your Sheep Hurts: My Story of Healing After Betrayal In Ministry by Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.com BlogHave you ever noticed how God loves to turn awful things around for our good?

Awhile back, someone knifed me in the back really hard. It was a horrible situation, and it hurt. Badly. I didn’t know if I’d ever heal…

But I found out that healing after betrayal is possible, because God healed me.

It took some time, and during that time God led me through 3 very specific steps to heal me from this betrayal. Then, after a number of weeks, something really weird happened (read about it here in 3 Things I Learned From Surviving a Mockingbird Attack), and God used that weird experience to heal me instantly from all the remaining pain. THANK YOU, HOLY SPIRIT!

But you know what the funniest thing is? Out of that experience of deep betrayal, pain, and HEALING, God gave me an article called “When Loving Your Sheep Hurts.” And that article was published today on Christianity Today’s online magazine called Gifted For Leadership.

It’s the amazing beauty and justice of God that took something so hurtful and turned it around for my good and the good of others:

  • He healed me completely and now I am shepherding my flock with more love and passion than ever before.
  • Writing for Christianity Today by my 35th birthday was one of my life goals… now accomplished! :)
  • Best of all… the enemy wanted to take down one leader (me) with that experience, BUT GOD is going to use my story to minister to AND HEAL who knows how many other leaders who have experienced betrayal as well.

The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy, according to Revelation 19:10. I’m believing God to take my story and put it in the hands of the right people at the right places at the right times, to bring healing to the hearts of many wounded leaders. (So please, hop on over here to read the article, and I’d be honored if you’d share it on social media with your friends. You never know who might be hurting that you can reach with this word of hope at just the right time.)

So what the enemy intended for evil, God turned around for my good… and He’ll do the same for you.

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3 Amazing Prophetic Words For the Jewish New Year 5775!

3 Amazing Prophetic Words for the Jewish New Year 5775Happy New Year! The Jewish New Year, that is–the new year on God’s calendar. Tonight at sundown marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year that ushers in the year 5775 on the Hebrew calendar.

Why does the Jewish New Year matter to Christians?

Because God still works in times and seasons based on the original calendar He laid out in the Bible for His covenant people, the Israelites. As Christians, we have been grafted into His covenant (Romans 10-11), and we get all the same blessings and benefits He gave (and still gives to) the Jews!

Related: Radical Prayer #4: The Anointing of the Sons of Issachar (How to Discern God’s Timing)

So why should you be excited about this Jewish New Year 5775? Because it represents a new beginning and the start of a new season for YOU!

When God’s calendar shows a new season, [Read more...]

This Month’s Book Reviews: Historical Fiction, $10 Date Nights, and Supernatural Encounters

I have several books to review from August, and I haven’t finished reading my September books yet. If you need a good read, though, please check out the books below!

If you would like to order one of these books, please click on the image of the book cover to be taken to Amazon (via my affiliate link). Amazon will pay me a small commission on your purchase, which will not impact your purchase price, of course. :) And thank you in advance!

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden:

This is one of the best novels I’ve read in a very, very long time. I ATE IT UP. It’s inspirational, historical fiction. The story is about a woman who signs on to work with someone she hates to find a cure for tuberculosis. Does her hate turn into something else? You’ll have to read it and see. :)

I will tell you that the plot was amazing. The characters were personable and well-developed. The whole story was riveting. Seriously, you all know that I love to read fiction to de-stress. Historical fiction in particular. But I promise you I’m not biased. If you like historical fiction too, GET THIS BOOK. (And of course, please click on my Amazon link to do so…). You’ll be thrilled with it. ;) Guaranteed. <=Click the cover to purchase on Amazon!

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What Is the Prophetic Significance of the Scotland Unity Vote?

What Is the Prophetic Significance of the Scotland Unity Vote in 2014? by Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.com blogJust a few days ago, the people of Scotland voted to reject independence and remain united with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the UK). This was a monumental vote that has been centuries in the making.

When events like this happen in the world, God’s people need to stand up and take notice. Events such as this have significance; they herald the work of God. What is happening in the spiritual realm is unveiled in the natural realm.

So what is the prophetic significance of the Scotland unity vote?

Here’s what I believe it means: [Read more...]

16 Characteristics of the New Breed Arising!

16 Characteristics of the New Breed Arising by Jamie Rohrbaugh #RevivalThere’s a new breed arising. It’s a generation of people separated not by their age or stage, but by their faith in the words of the King.

How is this new generation defined? Here are 16 characteristics of this new breed of revivalists:

1. This new breed believes that God says what He means and means what He says. They take God at His Word – not watered-down, not diluted, but believing exactly what God says to believe.

2. There’s a new breed arising that is not afraid to love fiercely and deeply against all odds.

3. There’s a new breed arising that believes it’s the goodness of God that brings men to repentance; that God’s goodness should be shown to all men.

4. There’s a new breed arising that believes God meant it when He said He would pour out His Spirit on ALL flesh—even those who don’t desire it. [Read more...]