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Raising up Micaiahs

“As the Lord lives, what the Lord says to me,
that I will speak” (1 Kings 22:14 ESV).

I recently read the story of Micaiah’s prophecy against Ahab. For those who aren’t familiar, the passage centers around the wicked king of Israel, Ahab, and his decision to war against Syria.

For some backstory, King Ahab asked Jehoshaphat of Judah to assist him in battle. Jehoshaphat said, “Inquire first for the word of the LORD” (verse 5).

Ahab assembled around 400 prophets and commanded them to reveal what the Lord was saying. The prophets declared, “Go forth, for the Lord will give it [the battle] into your hands” (6). 

King Ahab was satisfied, but Jehoshaphat wasn’t. He asked Ahab, “Is there not another prophet of the Lord of whom we may inquire”(7)?

Ahab admitted, “There is yet one man by whom we ay inquire of the Lord… but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me, but evil” (8).

Long story short, Micaiah was brought forth and spoke the Lord’s truth, declaring, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘These have no master; let each return to his home in peace’” (17).

In an interesting twist, it turns out God had given Israel’s prophets the wrong word so they would entice Ahab into battle (19-23). Micaiah was the only one who spoke truth.

It was a risky decision. After Micaiah was finished, King Ahab threw him in prison and ordered the guards to “give him nothing but bread and water until I return safely” (27).

It turns out Ahab was killed just as Micaiah prophesied. Interestingly, we don’t know what happened to Micaiah. Did God deliver him from prison? Or did he remain in captivity?

This story both inspires and humbles me. So many Christians, rather than speaking out, avoid hardship. They parrot whatever society tells them and start to resemble the world. This is a dangerous place to be since the world rarely follows what the Lord is truly saying.

In 2021, some of you may recall the Lord told me it would be a year of the power of peace. When I looked up peace in Matthew 5:9, I found “Blessed are the peacemakers.” My immediate thought was peace keepers: those who do not cause conflict. 

Upon researching the original definitions of the word, I found “peacemakers” comes from the cognate that means “to bravely declare God’s terms which makes someone whole” (cognate 1518 eirenopoios). So in this case, being a peacemaker is not staying silent but speaking the truth from the Lord, which brings wholeness.

The Call To Holiness

“Be holy… for I the LORD am holy” (see Lev. 20:26)…

I re-read through one of my favorite mystery novels last week, and I felt the Lord say, “Dawna, I need you to put this book down.” A little confused, I asked, “Why?” He said, “I’m calling you into a new season of holiness. These books won’t get you there.”

I was shocked. For about twenty years, I had been reading mystery novels as an innocent hobby. I made sure to avoid graphic material, so the stories I read were quite tame.

But God challenged me to up my standards in this season. As I set the book aside, He said, “I want you to go through your personal library and throw out the books I tell you.”

Although some of these stories were personal favorites, I nevertheless followed His command. By the end, I had disposed a handful of books.

Why the Call to Holiness is so Important

2022 already so far has been a challenging year for prayer. After a 2-year pandemic and now a sudden war, the temptation might be to view this season as the devil’s playtime. But the Lord wants us to come up to His level so we can see the enemy is beneath His feet.

I want to encourage you in this season to embrace God’s call to holiness. As we separate ourselves from sin (even what seems innocent), we’ll be able to stay tucked up under the Lord’s wings and rebuke darkness.

Ask the Lord what you can do this week to strengthen your relationship with Him. Remove any podcasts, streaming channels, or news stations that might be pulling you away from a stronger connection with God.

Even the most innocent escapes can become dangerous if we allow them to take up space in our hearts. (You’ll know if something has become destructive if you’re unwilling to give it up.) If God reveals an issue to you, tear it out by the root.

This blog post was inspired by an excerpt in Dawna’s live Q & A from the Warring with Wisdom e-course. If you want to join the Q & A on April 21, enroll in the online class and join via the zoom link (link is posted in the e-course).

Are you feeling exhausted, distracted, or hopeless?

These may be signs of spiritual warfare negatively affecting your life.

Are you ready for a new strategy in spiritual warfare?

Many Christians today fail to pay attention to the spiritual realm. Their blinders keep them ignorant to attacks, leaving them feeling exhausted, distracted, or hopeless.

But we don’t need to let the spiritual realm affect us. We can rise above the enemy’s attacks and stand in the truth that we are protected.

In Scripture, Satan is referred to as a “roaring lion seeking who he may devour.” Note how he is called “a lion” and not “the lion”. The enemy can only mimic God’s power, so his authority is nonexistent.

But Satan is still out there trying to devour us. The more we educate ourselves on spiritual warfare, the better we will be at protecting our bodies, souls, and spirits.

Are you ready to war with wisdom?

Part of being successful in spiritual warfare is knowing which types of battles we are facing. The enemy can either attack our bodies (through sickness), our spirits (through demonic assaults), or our souls (through destructive thoughts). Depending on which assaults we are experiencing, there may be different strategies we can use to emerge victorious.

For instance, if the enemy attacks our bodies, our best response is to rest. God engineered our bodies to recuperate, so incorporating rest into our lives is a great way to let our bodies heal.

In contrast, when facing a spiritual attack (like demonic visitations or nightmares), partnering with God and His angels in the Third Heaven is key. Prayer, intercession, and worship are powerful weapons of warfare. If you find yourself harassed, invite God’s presence and shift the atmosphere.

Lastly, if we feel Satan is attacking our minds, the best response is to resist his voice. Joyce Meyers calls this “the Battlefield of the Mind.” As we reject Satan’s lies, we can embrace God’s truth.

These are just overviews of each area we can be attacked in. Honing our gifts of discernment will enable us to defend ourselves accordingly.

If you’re interested in learning more about the spiritual realm, or how to protect your body, soul, and spirit, check out my new online training, the Warring with Wisdom e-course.

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What are you looking forward to in 2022?

Stewarding hope while waiting.

2020 was a difficult year for many, and 2021 has become a slow, chaotic climb to normalcy.

However, I am believing that in 2022 we may begin to see the fulfillment of many prayers we have been crying out for in the past 2 years.

In early November, I heard the Lord say, “I am releasing higher ranking angels.” (These are the hosts who have been standing day and night in His presence).  

I have also seen what looks to be “secret service” angels converging around myself and others.

Patricia King mentioned these angels in a November Facetime broadcast and claimed that these were heavenly hosts sent to protect God’s followers from error.

To prepare for this next year, I believe we need to ask God for discernment. There are so many lies and polarizing ideas swirling through the atmosphere right now.

It’s important we ignore these antagonistic voices and lean into God’s Word, so we can see through the world’s (and enemy’s) smokescreens.

I keep hearing a phrase from a worship song echoing throughout my prayer time: “He is up to something. Right here. Right now!”

I feel an excitement rising in the air as I look forward to what God is planning to do in 2022.

As you move forward into this next season, equip yourself with God’s wisdom, break any alliance you may have with the enemy’s schemes and lies, and partner with heaven’s hope as the Lord releases His higher ranking angels.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Joy-filled New Year. 

You were Made for Adventure

Guest blog by Stephen K. De Silva

Life is not a clean, smooth road that’s easy on our brakes or suspension.

No, life is messy, filled with jerks and spikes, deep problems and amazing breakthroughs.

As we build our plans, the human tendency is to prepare for what we expect and exclude those events we don’t anticipate. This creates the perception of a linear existence—a straight line from point A to point B. Routine. Normalcy.

Routine is an easy rut to fall into because we like life a certain way, and we get used to events arriving in an organized manner.

The problem is we will have a difficult time finding purpose in our life if we make all our plans based solely on what we know.

We were designed to live an adventurous life. When all we have is routine, our hearts get sucked dry. We become desperate and susceptible to influences that aren’t healthy.

But adventure fills us with light.

When we have room for both—the known and the unknown—our heart thrives.

Here are some questions to consider this week if your life is feeling stagnant. Talk with God about each these questions and write down any answers He reveals to you:

1.   What am I doing to increase my peace and hope in this season?

2.   What am I doing to make life fun?

3. How can I incorporate an adventure this week?

4.   Am I resting all three parts of my being: body, soul, and spirit?

5.   What is one simple thing I can do to change my finances for the better this week?

We are tasked with bringing God’s kingdom to earth—to rearrange the world because we’re light. Light, by nature, is a powerful force that is more than capable of defeating darkness.

When I teach about becoming a Prosperous Soul, that’s what I’m trying to do—to teach people how to walk in the power of the light, which is their inheritance in Christ.  

I pray your soul truly prospers this week as you perceive ideas for adventure and decide to take them.

If you’re interested in hearing more of Stephen’s teachings, check out his Prosperous Soul Master Course.

Bodywork

Restoring the physical body through inner healing.

One of my favorite subjects to talk about is Bodywork, the concept of praying for physical healing during a Sozo session.

Since Jesus healed throughout His ministry, we inner healing ministers can also look for ways to introduce the Holy Spirit’s power in our meetings.

Bodywork is essentially a forgiveness tool that works to remove pain or bitterness stored up in the body.

Scripture reveals that holding onto bitterness and unforgiveness leaves us in bondage (see Matthew 18:23-35). When we use bodywork, we undergo a healing process that brings freedom and restoration to the body, soul, and spirit.

When to use Bodywork

Bodywork tends to fit best toward the end of a Sozo session. Because some people feel discouraged after struggling with chronic pain or disease, I usually address these issues near the end after God has already imparted some other breakthrough.

The Steps for Bodywork

The first step to applying bodywork into your session is to 1) identify the need. A typical question I have my clients ask is, “Holy Spirit, is my body mad at me?”

Sometimes the client hears “no” or is uncomfortable asking this question. If so, they can say, “Holy Spirit, am I mad at my body?”

The next step in applying bodywork is to 2) clarify the need. This allows the Sozoee to gain more information about the pain or sickness in a person’s body. Typically, I have my clients ask questions like, “Holy Spirit, why is my body mad at me?” or “Holy Spirit, why am I mad at my body?”

Once God reveals to the Sozoee why their body is mad at them, or why they are mad at their body, they can move on to the final phase: 3) forgiveness.

To complete this step, simply have the client pray, “Holy Spirit, I ask my body to forgive me for not giving it adequate rest . I ask my body to release me from any anger it has towards me in Jesus’s Name.” (If the Holy Spirit leads you in another way to pray, of course follow His lead. This is just a sample prayer.)

If Holy Spirit revealed to the client that they were mad at their own body, you can have them say, “I forgive my body for failing me. I release any bitterness I have towards my self. Holy Spirit, please release me from this feeling of self-hate.” 

Once the client is finished releasing forgiveness, have them test out their bodies or try something they couldn’t do before.

Sometimes healing is instantaneous. Other times it takes days or even weeks. Sometimes a person will hear an encouraging response or feel a shift in their mood and say, “My body forgives me and wants me to promise to start taking care of it.” 

And that’s it. We have found bodywork can sometimes be used with Divine Editing when the body’s normal is to be always sick or in pain. Bodywork can also be used in generational prayers if the client’s family has been plagued by the same ailments over and over again.

If you’re interested in learning more about bodywork or any other Sozo tools, check out our Advanced Sozo Training (Part 1) with Dawna De Silva and Yvonne Martinez.

Displacing Generational Spirits

Using the blood of Jesus to break free from demonic influences.

Generational spirits are one of many issues we work through in the inner healing/deliverance world.

But what are generational spirits?

Generational spirits are evil spirits or influences that have been handed down through several generations.

A grandparent, for instance, may have partnered with a spirit of fear. This spirit may have been passed down to their children or grandchildren through repetition, partnership with sin, or just unconscious acceptance of it.

Generational issues do not necessarily always mean demonic spirits. They can simply be ungodly mindsets, influences, or beliefs that have been handed down through the family line.

No matter which type of generational influences you are facing, the goal is to identify their presence, renounce partnership with them, and replace them with God’s truth.

Breaking Free from Generational Spirits

Although the name itself signifies these influences have been around for some time, generational spirits are not any more difficult to get rid of than any other inner healing issues.

These spirits are powerless against the blood of Jesus. Just like any other attack from the enemy, they can easily be removed through application of God’s Word, prayer, and repentance.

Identification and Renunciation

Breaking free from generational spirits follows a simple process.

The goal with these steps is to identify the sin or demonic activity and then walk this person through repentance and forgiveness so they can apply God’s truth to their life.

To work through this simple process, follow these 5 easy steps:

  1. Identify — First, discern the lie or evil spirit. Remember that a generational issue can be an ungodly mindset you learned from your parents or grandparents or an actual demonic spirit you have partnered with. Say, “Holy Spirit, are there any generational influences affecting me or demonic spirits my family has partnered with?” Write down what He says, and remember… this process should not be scary. All you are doing right now is getting information.

  2. Forgive others — Ask the Holy Spirit who you need to forgive. Ask Him who opened a door to this demonic influence, then verbally forgive any family members or friends He brings to mind. Perhaps your mother or father partnered with a lie that opened a door to alcoholism or substance abuse? Maybe a grandparent partnered with shame, and this feeling has been in your family line ever since. If you’re not sure who to forgive, ask the Lord for His insight. Realize that you don’t need to forgive every single family member who ever existed. Simply work through those God has shown you. Once you’re ready to forgive, say, “Holy Spirit, I choose to forgive [my father, grandmother, aunt] for opening a door to this generational sin or influence.”

  3. Forgive yourself — Next, ask the Lord to forgive you. Chances are you have made some agreements with this generational spirit, even if that means you unknowingly partnered with it. Once you’re ready to begin, say, “Holy Spirit, I ask You to forgive me for partnering with [fear, guilt, or shame]. I release any and all bitterness against myself to You in Jesus’s Name.”

  4. Renounce — In this step, you command the spirit to leave. This is where you sever ties with the enemy once and for all and declare, “I see you, [fear, shame, guilt], and I’m not going to partner with you. I send you back in Jesus’ Name.”

  5. Replace — This is the last and most important step. Scripture shows we shouldn’t leave a space empty that was once inhabited by the enemy (see Matthew 12:43-45). Get alone with God when you’re ready and ask Him, “Lord, what truth do you want to put in place of this demonic influence or lie?”

When you hear the Lord’s truth, thank Him for His wisdom and think about how you can apply this revelation to your life.

Science tells us that it takes about 60 days to create new pathways in our brains for “default” truths. So whatever the Lord reveals, be faithful and apply this wisdom to your life. Don’t just leave His truths to rust away in your prayer journal. Activate them. Remind yourself daily of His truth and speak it out over your life.

If you know more about the Sozo Ministry or wish to even schedule your own Sozo session, check out our Basic Sozo Training:

What is God doing in this season?

We are going to new levels, but we may need to leave some things behind.

One question I get often asked is, “What are you discerning God is doing in this season?”

The best prophetic word I heard recently on this subject was from Kris Vallotton. He declared the church was being put in a rocket ship and sent into outer space.

What’s interesting about rocket ships is they have to shed their fuel tanks at a certain point; otherwise they won’t reach their final destination.

In this same way, I believe God is taking us to new heights, but to hold onto our new levels of authority, we’ll need to leave behind what may hold us back in this new season.

These might be old beliefs or mindsets, ungodly ideas or tactics, or maybe even some recent decisions we’ve made that won’t get us to where God is taking us.

If you’re not sure what to say yes or no to in this season, get alone with God and ask Him, “Lord, what are you wanting me to let go of this year?”

Write down what the Lord shows you and adapt any changes He recommends over the coming months. Practice saying ‘yes’ to what God is doing and ‘no’ to the unnecessary weights He wants you to leave behind.

Watch the original video below that inspired this blog:

Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts

The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. – Proverbs 18:10 NIV 

Pastor Graham Cooke has a wonderful saying, “when you’re going through life’s storms, ask who God is to your situation.”

Reminding ourselves of God’s nature is not a distant, Biblical concept, but a powerful weapon we can use in battle to bring encouragement to our daily lives.

When we face financial difficulties, we can turn to Jehovah Jireh, the Lord Who Provides. When we struggle with fear or anxiety, we can call upon Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts.  

Since God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, we can stand in the truth of Who He is in Scripture and declare His blessings over us.

Many of the names of God are found in the Old Testament, but that does not mean they are not relevant today.

Connecting with God’s nature not only allows us to pull on His goodness; it also takes our eyes off the enemy and puts them back on the Lord where they belong.  

So much about us winning in spiritual warfare is dependent on us putting our eyes back on God.

When we focus on the enemy, we become weak and vulnerable. When we focus on the Lord, our spirits soar.  

Jehovah Sabaoth, The Lord of Hosts

One of my favorite Names of God is Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts. This is the Name I call on when I feel nothing is going my way, when I feel surrounded by my enemies, and when I need to be reminded that I am not alone.  

Perhaps the most famous example of Jehovah Sabaoth in Scripture is the story of Elisha and his servant in 2 Kings. In this story, a hostile nation to the Israelites surrounded the house of Elisha, God’s prophet. Seeing the amassed armies, Elisha’s servant panicked and said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”  

Interestingly, Elisha did not partner with his servant’s negative report. He instead declared, “Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” Here is the passage: 

And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, ‘Alas, my master! What shall we do?’ So he answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha (2 Kings 6:15-17 NKJV).

This story reminds me that no matter how dark my circumstances can be, God is still working on my behalf. When I am facing impossible situations, I get to turn to God and say, “Jehovah Sabaoth, please reveal to me your hosts that are protecting me and fighting for me in this situation.” 

Connecting to Jehovah Sabaoth

When you find yourself in the middle of a fight and feel completely surrounded, plant yourself firmly in God’s Word and realize the importance of standing with God in the midst of your fight. If your arms feel tired from carrying weapons, ask for the angelic realm to bring reinforcements. Say, “Not today, enemy. I cast you out of my life. The Lord of Hosts is at my side.”  

If you feel tired and alone in the midst of battle, break off any attachments you may have with fear. Forgive anyone who has abandoned you in the past. Rebuke any lies that are saying you are alone and that your spiritual battle is bigger than the Lord’s ability to invade the situation. When you feel this way, call on Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts. Consider this verse: 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you’ (Psalm 91:1-2, 7). 

As you ponder on the words of this verse and go throughout your day, ask yourself, “What am I trusting in?” Are you believing in your own strength? Your spouse? Or your bank account? Or are you trusting in the all-powerful, loving God?  

If you want to know more about Jehovah Sabaoth and some other names of God, check out my latest book, Warring with Wisdom.

Identifying the Jezebel and Delilah Spirits

The spirits look the same but act differently.

Years ago I was invited to speak at a church in another country.

All throughout the region of that country, senior pastors from several churches had fallen into sexual sin.

In each case, a male senior leader had engaged in an affair with a younger woman.

These women had stayed with the senior pastors until they were fired from their positions, then moved on.

The church attendees asked me, “Please, can you pray with us and rebuke this Jezebel Spirit? It’s so strong in our region.”

I asked the Holy Spirit for His insight, and He showed me, “These churches aren’t dealing with a Jezebel Spirit at all. Instead they’re fighting with a Delilah Spirit.”

What are the Jezebel and Delilah Spirits?

The Jezebel and Delilah spirits are demonic spirits that the enemy uses to attack God’s people. The spirits are named after individuals in the Old Testament, Jezebel and Delilah.

Jezebel was a wicked queen who lived during the time of Ahab’s reign (1 Kings). Jezebel used her relationship with King Ahab to promote her ungodly ideas of Baal worship.

Jezebel recognized she had no real authority on her own, so she attached herself to a powerful leader to stay in power.

Delilah, in contrast, was a Philistine woman who was in relationship with Samson, one of Israel’s judges (Judges 16). Delilah used her relationship with Samson to find out the source of his strength and betray him to his enemies.

Both Jezebel and Delilah used control and manipulation to destroy God’s anointed, but the outcome of their attacks was much different.

Whereas Jezebel wanted to use her relationship with Ahab to destroy God’s people from a place of influence (like a tyrant), Delilah wanted to discover the source of Samson’s strength at an individual level and sabotage it.

Those who partner with a Delilah spirit want to sabotage God’s anointed, remove their strength, then move on. Those who partner with a Jezebel spirit want to attach themselves to someone more powerful so they can increase in influence.

Using your Gift of Discernment

Now, I’m not saying there are actual “Jezebel” and “Delilah” spirits floating around in the spiritual realm. However, I do believe we can study people’s lives from Scripture and see how the enemy uses the same tactics over and over again. (This is how we label spirits in a Sozo session. We see the evidence of a spirit that has influenced a person’s life and call it out by name [like fear, hatred, or perversion].)

Be careful not to ignore the spiritual realm (see Ephesians 6:12). The enemy may attack us in several different ways, so it is always best to ask the Lord for insight. By correctly identifying the spirits that are harassing us, we can quickly break agreement with them, confess any sin to God that opened a door to their influence, and release God’s presence over our situation.  

This week ask the Lord if there are any attacks the enemy is waging in your life. Discern what the real root issue is — the underlying tactic — and pray against it through confession and repentance or simple declarations of God’s truth. Remember not to pray out a place of fear, but from a place of hope and faith, knowing that your prayers are being heard and answered.