Warring with Wisdom is available to order!

Warring with wisdom in the body, soul, and spirit.

I am so excited to announce that my new book, Warring with Wisdom, is available for purchase. When I first started writing this book, I wanted to answer the question why some spiritual battles felt different than others. Some battles, for instance, seemingly targeted my body, while others seemed only to affect my soul (mind) or spirit.

These questions lead me on a journey to find out how to best engage in spiritual warfare and protect my body, soul, and spirit from demonic attacks. Through Scriptural study and personal revelation, I have discovered that there is key wisdom hidden in the Bible that shows us how to defend ourselves against this multi-dimensional strategy from the enemy.

Spiritual warfare is not always the same. Sometimes the enemy attacks our spirits and we need to partner with God to allow His power to invade our situation. Other times our bodies get the brunt of the attacks, and we need to pray for healing or take actionable steps to make sure our bodies can rejuvenate through rest. Sometimes our soul (minds) are the target, and we need to shore ourselves up with Biblical wisdom and declarations for defense.

There are so many different ways we can engage in spiritual warfare. Depending on what types of battles we are facing, we will need to partner with God and Scripture to decide which strategies work best for our situations.

I am so excited to get this book out this year, especially in the midst of everything that is going on. I know that you’ll learn a lot from it; I am delighted to have you all on this journey. God bless you, and here’s to us all being wise warriors for Christ.

Shifting Atmospheres Through Intercession – Understanding Our Authority

Being successful in spiritual warfare is about knowing who you are in Christ.

When Jesus ascended into heaven, He encouraged us with these empowering words, “All authority on heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

When we engage in spiritual warfare, we must do so from the third heaven — where we are seated with Christ in the heavenlies.

“… when he [God]… seated him [Jesus] at his right hand in the heavenly places far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1:19-21 ESV).

The third heaven is believed to be the spiritual domain where God resides. It represents the highest level of spiritual authority and is the correct position from where we should war.

We get hints of the third heaven in 2 Corinthians. The Apostle Paul writes:

“I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know–God knows.” (2 Corinthians 12:2 NIV).

I have had many people ask me, “Dawna, why didn’t God protect me when I went out and prayed against a regional spirit?”

In my opinion, this happens when we step outside of God’s covering. We should never try to “take on” the enemy in our own strength. We should simply serve as obedient intercessors asking the Lord what He wants to impart over a situation, person, or region. Partnering with the Lord in battle, we can successfully combat the enemy’s influence.

As we worship and intercede from this higher perspective, we come into alignment with the power of heaven and step into our identities as beloved brothers and sisters in Christ. If we truly believe that we are “seated with Christ in the heavenlies” far above every “rule and authority,”, then spiritual warfare should simply be a matter of seeing what God is doing and releasing His goodness over a situation.

Jesus is our role model as the ultimate atmosphere shifter

Jesus’ calming of the storm when He was with His disciples is a perfect example of how to shift atmospheres.

One of my favorite passages from Scripture is the story about Jesus calming the storm. Found in Mark 4:35-41, the famous passage shows Jesus and His disciples crossing the sea after ministering all day.

Falling asleep in the bottom of the boat, Jesus rests completely at peace. But a storm soon comes, and the disciples, afraid of dying, rushed down and wake Him, saying, “Master, do you not care that we are drowning?”

Whereas the storm was dangerous to the disciples, Jesus lived in complete peace. He released His peace over the storm and the situation and it calmed instantly.

International speaker and pastor, Bill Johnson, has a wonderful quote. I use it often, “You will only have peace over the storms you can sleep through.”

I love this story about Jesus and the storm because it shows that Jesus truly was the Prince of Peace. Interestingly, the Bible tells us:

“It is the God of Peace who will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:20).

Most of us tend to think of peace as the absence of conflict, but for Jesus, peace was an interior state that remained, whether surrounded by evil or blessing. David’s famous passage from the Psalms, “you prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies” speaks to this reality.

Often we view ourselves as peaceful when we “feel” safe and healthy, when everything seems to be going our way. We don’t consider the reality that even in our darkest moments the Lord is with us, and His peace passes all understanding.

“Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does” (see John 5:19 NIV). 

We need to practice being atmosphere shifter like Jesus. He only did and said what His Father was doing. He actively sought after what the Lord was after and imparted that reality onto His situations.

Obviously, His relationship with the Holy Spirit made a huge difference, but even before that, Jesus was showing His complete surrender to the Lord’s will.

When we abide in our relationship with Jesus, we can shift the atmospheres around us and see what He is wanting to provide. As we stay connected to the Holy Spirit, we will truly be able to step out in faith and shift the storms that are happening in our lives.

Shifting Atmospheres Through Prophetic Intercession

Prophetic Intercession is getting quiet in the presence of God, listening to what He says, and then acting on His words.

Prophetic intercession is a shift into asking God what His heart is on a matter, and then praying what He tells you. Essentially it is praying with God, and not to God.

Prophetic Intercession is a powerful form of prayer communicated as a prophetic word or act. It commands that something to be done rather than a petitioning prayer where we ask for something to be done. It is as if prophetic intercession ignites the invisible realm and spurs it into motion.

God gave Joshua a clear promise in Joshua 10:8 that he would be victorious over the Amorites.

“Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.” 

God was declaring to Joshua what He was going to do.

At daybreak, Joshua and his army took the Amorites by surprise. The Lord helped him by raining hailstones on the Amorites as they tried to run away. Joshua knew he would win the battle because of God’s promise, but he needed more daylight to fully defeat the Amorites. The sun was going down, so Joshua made this declaration before the people of Israel in the presence of the Lord.

“Sun, stand still, over Gibson, and you, moon, over the valley of Aijalon.”

God honored these words as if they were His own. The sun stood still for almost a full day as Joshua defeated the Amorites. This story illustrates what prophetic Intercession looks like. Joshua spoke to the sun, but he was prophetically declaring his desires before the Lord.

Here is what qualifies this to be honored in heaven and loosed on earth. Jesus said in John 15:7 “if u remain in me and my words remain in u, ask whatever u wish, and it will be done for u.”

When we abide in Jesus and His word we can intercede from our hearts. If we stay connected to Jesus through the Holy Spirit and let His words and promises stay with us then all we have to do is ask because all His promises are yes and Amen.

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)

When we abide in Jesus and His word we can prophesy out of our heart knowing it will reflect His heart and will be done by our heavenly Father.

He is the word and everything came into existence because He spoke it out. He said many times in Genesis 1 “let there be….” and there was. Kenneth Copeland says in his book The Power of the Tongue

“Gods words produce exactly what He says…
once He speaks, His words will come to pass.”

In Colossians 1:17 we are told His word holds everything in the universe together and All creation responds to His word. The Bible says in Psalm 107:20 “He sent out His word and healed them.”

His word is living and creates new life in us. When we say what God says, there is power in those words to bring life for

“He is… the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.” (Romans 4:17)

As we open our mouths to declare God’s word, He breathes on these words with His divine power. Once you declare what God has given you, your declarations set in motion the power, event, circumstances and situations that will materialize what you spoke.

Isaiah 55:11 it says “so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

As we understand the power of the spoken word to create, we will better understand the power of prophetic intercession and the atmosphere shifts it causes. When we declare scripture and the truths God is speaking to us about, it causes a shift in the atmosphere as heaven collides with earth.

Next week I will be talking about prophetic acts as a way to shift atmospheres.