Confessions of an Unlikely Worship Leader: How to Live In an Open Heaven

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Confessions of an Unlikely Worship Leader | Free blog series by Jamie Rohrbaugh |

I went to lead worship at the healing rooms last night with holy fear and trembling. I felt like God was going to move powerfully… and He did.

Yesterday afternoon, I was reminded of something I heard Pastor Bill Johnson of Bethel Church (Redding, CA) say once. He said that he asks his worship team what they want the church to look like in five or ten years. Then he tells them to begin writing songs about that now, because music changes the hearts of people.

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    During the last eighteen months, God has totally changed the paradigm of the prophetic ministry in my church. The old way was trying to get the presence of God. It was trying to convince God to heal. The old way didn’t work and wasn’t even good theology.

    The new way actually works. The new paradigm tells us how to live in an open heaven:

    • God is already here. We are living from His presence. (A topic near to my heart, as you can tell from the title of this blog!)
    • Everything God is, and everything He can do, is available to us right now.
    • God wants to heal and minister to us in every way. We don’t have to convince Him to do it. He wants to heal everybody, including you, and He will…
    • Because He loves us.

    I was thinking about that paradigm shift yesterday, and about how we have an open heaven. I have an open heaven. Right now.

    That is the truth of God’s Word. Everyone needs to know this and walk in it. But not everyone is involved in the prophetic ministry. Not everyone comes to our classes, so not everyone hears about this new way.

    So how do we shift everyone’s paradigm? One way is through music.

    So yesterday God gave me a song about Heaven being open to us; about our actually belonging in the throne room of Heaven, in the very bosom of the Father.

    And last night, after a brief time of preaching and sharing, we sang it. Then we continued to sing about Heaven. It was powerful.

    The thing about Heaven is that it’s completely focused on the Person of God. So when we meditate on Heaven, sing about Heaven, and study Bible passages about Heaven, the heavenly perspective rubs off on us. We begin to be completely focused on God as well.

    We begin to realize that Heaven is our home. It’s where we belong; we are only on loan from the Father to the earth for a brief time. We came from the bosom of the Father, Who knew us before He put us in our mother’s womb. In reality, we never have to leave the Father. Your life can be Heaven on earth. {Tweet this!} It’s a matter of perspective. It’s about what reality you decide to embrace.

    In John 3:13, Jesus said to Nicodemus:

    Start-quoteNo one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.”

    When Jesus uttered those words, He was physically standing in Israel, talking to Nicodemus. Yet He said that He was in Heaven at that very moment.

    Why? Because that was His paradigm. He was operating from the presence; from Heaven to earth.

    We are supposed to emulate Jesus in every way. Our reality–our paradigm–must be from Heaven.

    So if you are not there yet but want to be, how do you change your paradigm?

    • Study Scripture passages about the appearances of Jesus.
    • Meditate on Heaven.
    • Sing about Heaven.
    • Invoke your holy imagination and imagine yourself taking part of the worship before the throne.
    • Imagine yourself being cradled in the Father’s arms… and never leaving.
    • (You can also read my series on “21 Days to the Manifest Presence of God,” if you haven’t already done so.)

    I am spending time meditating on Jesus. I often imagine myself worshipping at the throne of God. These things are making all the difference in the world.

    You can do these same things too, and your paradigm will change. You will begin to live from the presence of God, and your reality will change to reflect that.

    Does this message inspire your spirit? If so, I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below!


    1. I’ve just been reading several books that is saying everything you just wrote. How awesome is that! Our God is an awesome God! Thank you Jamie!

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