What is Shifting Atmospheres?

Take authority over the spiritual realm.

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Shifting Atmospheres is the process of discerning and displacing the spiritual forces around you. It’s a powerful concept that allows you to use discernment to “read” what’s going on in the spiritual realm. I cover this extensively in my shifting atmospheres book

Now, when I say atmosphere, I’m not talking about the weather: rain, heat, or snow. I’m referring to the spiritual climate that influences people, cities, and even nations. 

This idea of atmospheres popped into my brain after studying the book of Ephesians. The apostle Paul gives incredible insight into how the demonic operates. He writes:

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV).

Paul tells us our battle is not with other people. It’s against spiritual forces: principalities, powers, rulers, and hosts of wickedness. Think about it like this…

Changing the channel

… demonic principalities are like radio stations, broadcasting negative messages all over the world. Each entity has its own assignment and territory. But here’s the good news—we have the power through Jesus to shift these atmospheres!

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Here’s a true story: years ago, I led a Shifting Atmospheres conference on the east coast. There was a climate of suicide over the region.

Throughout the town, teenagers were killing themselves as part of suicide pacts. It even crept into the church and harmed some Christian families. 

Once my team and I got to the region, we partnered with a local church and asked God to shift the atmosphere from death to life. When we checked back in with the church months later, we discovered that the suicides had stopped! Praise God.

How to Shift Atmospheres

The best way to excel at shifting atmospheres is to hone your gift of discernment. Scripture tells us that “solid food is for the mature,” so practice, and you’ll become a pro.

You can level up your skill of discernment by partnering with others who have a stronger gifting than you. These accountability partners can be your spouse, but I personally recommend asking a friend. You don’t want to bring too many heavy, spiritual topics into your marriage. 

In my case, I practiced with my friends, Teresa Liebscher and Debbie Roberts. On mornings when we’d meet, I’d mention my thoughts, and they’d confirm or deny what I was sensing. Sometimes I was on the mark. Other times, I was completely off. It was great training.

It’s okay to practice

It’s easy to feel pressure when trying to hear the Lord, but don’t give yourself unnecessary stress. Follow the Holy Spirit’s prompting to your best ability, and don’t beat yourself up when you’re wrong.

Prayer for Shifting Atmospheres

The prayer I use for Shifting Atmospheres starts with 1) identifying what’s going on in the spiritual realm, and ends with 2) asking God to displace it with His opposing truth. You can pray it like this:  

“I see you, atmosphere of hate. I do not partner with you. I send you back in Jesus’ Name. Jesus, I ask You to release Your message of peace in its place. Amen.”

Keep in mind, Shifting Atmospheres is not about dwelling on what the enemy is doing. It’s all about identifying and rejecting the enemy’s voice, so you can release God’s truth instead.

P.S: For an even deeper glimpse at how to displace enemy broadcasts, check out my shifting atmospheres book and shifting atmospheres training.