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Breaking Free from Frenzy

We speak peace to the storm.

Last month, I was asked to talk about what was going on in the atmosphere. It really was a crazy time.

I remember one morning being on a Zoom call with my bookkeeper, getting texts from my sister about our dad — who was in the hospital — and then getting calls from my assistant, who needed help with payroll.

My bookkeeper needed to access our systems, but the verification codes were going to Stephen! I had five things going on at once, and I felt myself descending into a frantic mode. 

When I got off the phone, I was almost in tears.

That night, Stephen asked, “Are you okay? You seem shaken.” Right then, I realized I’d been partnering with a spirit of frenzy. It had been in the atmosphere, and I’d fallen for it hook, line, and sinker.

Symptoms of frenzy

From what I’ve discerned, here are the signs I recognize about frenzy:

1) You’ll know you’re experiencing frenzy by how it affects your body and mind.

2) Your brain shuts down.

3) What normally seems easy to accomplish feels impossible.

4) It creates a fight or flight scenario in your mind.

5) Your body might even physically shake.

At the core of these attacks is stress. You feel like throwing in the towel and giving up. 

If you recognize any of these symptoms, declare, “I see you, frenzy. I do not partner with you. I send you back in Jesus’ Name.”

Next, speak to your body. Say, “Body, mind, and spirit, I release peace to you. You don’t have to take on this atmosphere. You don’t have to take on the chaos that’s going on.” 

Yes, you might have a lot happening in your life, but that doesn’t mean you have to come under its influence. Think about Jesus, Who slept during the storm. That’s a power we have access to.

I speak peace to your soul, spirit, and mind and body. I declare peace into the storms surrounding you. I Thank You, Lord, that You’re not in a hurry. I ask that everything You have for us will arrive in Your perfect timing. Thank You that we don’t have to bow to the tyranny of the urgent. I pray this all, in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Boundaries in the spirit

What’s yours? What’s not yours?

In the spiritual realm, boundaries are often blurred. We may not always discern what belongs to us and what doesn’t. Or, we may recognize what’s not ours, yet struggle to cancel its influence.

Imagine it like tuning into a radio station. There are broadcasts everywhere. God speaks consistently, affirming His goodness and our capability. On the opposite end, you have the enemy–whispering doubt and discouragement.

Understanding the enemy’s broadcasts isn’t about tuning into its frequency and agreeing with it. Our strategy is about recognizing Satan’s tactics, so we can counteract them by releasing God’s truth into every situation.

Sometimes the enemy broadcasts a lie or message over an entire region. How do you protect yourself from it?

During the inaugural Shifting Atmospheres conference in Delaware, my team and I targeted the prevalent issue of suicide impacting the region. The gravity of the situation was palpable—children as young as 11 or 12 were taking their own lives, as part of suicide pacts.

Even inside the church, families were being destroyed. The school in this area refused to let church members come in for prayer, so the ministry team remained outside and prayed for breakthrough. But the feelings of despair didn’t lift.

When my team and I arrived, we taught on Shifting Atmospheres and ended with a powerful declaration of life over the region. We prayed 2 Chronicles 7:14 and repented on behalf of anyone who had spoken death over the region. Even church members repented for playing any part in this spirit which was perpetuating violence.

Once we did the prayer, the transformation was astounding. Suicide, once rampant in the area, ceased entirely. My own son played a song breaking the stronghold of suicide and the church experienced a tangible shift in the region’s spiritual climate.

We monitored the statistics after our visit and confirmed the miracle. Suicide completely vanished from the city, and was replaced by hope.

But how do I know if it’s me?

It’s hard to know if an issue you’re struggling with is your own sin or an attack from the enemy. But the best way to learn is to identify what I call your normal

Your normal is your typical thought process you have each day. Understanding how you act and think on a regular basis can help you identify random, out-of-left-field moments when the enemy tries to infect you with his lies. 

You can also identify a demonic attack by working with the Holy Spirit to cleanse your heart. The more clean you are on the inside, the easier it is to reflect Jesus’ ways and resist the enemy. 

Today, when I recognize thoughts that don’t align with my normal, I know they’re not coming from myself. I discern that there’s a demonic broadcast, and I refuse to partner with it.

Here’s an example: years ago, while boarding a plane, I noticed a Jewish passenger, wearing a yarmulke. I instantly thought: Who does he think he is, wearing that hat? 

I immediately identified that this wasn’t from me, because I don’t carry a bias toward Jewish people. I had picked up a spiritual broadcast of antisemitism on the plane. So I called it out and sent it back. 

Whenever I feel sinful issues like anger, perversion, or hopelessness stirring within, I assess: Is this from my soul, spirit, or an external attack? 

Each morning, I gauge my emotions: am I joyful, peaceful, excited? Whatever my normal is, that’s my baseline. I check myself at the door when I leave home and when I return, asking myself, Am I still rooted in God’s truth?

But what do you do if your normal is unhealthy?

Scripture is our gauge for knowing if we’re in tune with God’s righteousness or not. If you grew up in a chaotic home, that normal of chaos will follow you until you break agreement with it. So, if you recognize a normal that is out of alignment with God’s will, repent and send it back. Partner with the Holy Spirit and replace it with truth. Get a Sozo or some other kind of inner healing. Do everything you can to get clean on the inside, so the devil can’t plant his seeds in your heart. 

If you want to improve your skills at creating Boundaries in the Spirit, check out my books, Shifting Atmospheres and Warring with Wisdom. You can overcome most demonic strategies by simply knowing how the spiritual realm works. Use the biblical strategies laid out in these books to war wisely and protect your body, soul, and spirit.

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).