Shift the Spiritual Atmosphere Using Your Gift of Discernment

Shift_the_AtmosphereI frequently hear from Christians who struggle with what they discern. They may be experiencing physical, mental or emotional strain from spiritual warfare and demonic encounters.

When these people come across Enliven Blog, they are relieved to hear from someone who has experienced similar problems.


The Atmosphere of the Holy Spirit

It is true that in my early years of growing in discernment, I was adversely affected by negative atmospheres. However, that is not my experience today.

Today, I live with a continual awareness of the Holy Spirit being with, in and upon me. I know that the atmosphere I carry is one of ‘righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.’ (Rom 14:17)

This is my usual experience, and if it is ever anything otherwise, I can quickly make my way back into that awareness of God’s Presence.

  • It is simply a matter of doing whatever it takes to get back into a place of reliance upon what Jesus has done for me. (Col 2:13-15) This may involve confession, repentance, an act of obedience, renouncing something—or most often, simply returning to a position of trust in God.

I know that peace and the experience of God’s Presence is my inheritance as a Christian—and it is yours too.


Take the Weather with You

‘Everywhere you go, always take the weather with you’ sings one of our favourite New Zealand bands. [1]

As people who discern and sense atmospheres, we have a choice. We can come under the dark clouds, or we can rise above them. Better still, we can participate with the Holy Spirit in shifting the atmosphere.

Determine that you are not going to be like a thermometer, going up and down with the temperature of the environment and people around you.

You can be a thermostat. You can set the temperature. You can take the weather with you. And the weather forecast in God’s Kingdom is ‘righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.’ (Rom 14:17) [2]


Notes:

[1] Crowded House, ‘Weather With You’, 1992

[2] The above article is an excerpt from the revised version of the book, ‘Unlocking the Gift of Discernment’


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22 thoughts on “Shift the Spiritual Atmosphere Using Your Gift of Discernment

  1. David

    Hi Helen,
    This may seem a little off topic but I think runs parallel with your blog.
    I have had a few experiences with the weather. About 2 yrs ago I was interceding for an 8 month period leading up to my sons wedding. One of the main promptings that kept coming up was the weather, as it was an outdoor wedding in an area with high rain fall. I focused on prayer over the venue area rather than an entire region, so I asked for an umbrella. For 2 weeks leading up to the big day it had rained constantly, when suddenly we awoke to clear sky on the wedding day. We had an entire day and night of clear sky. We had to vacate the venue by 10.30 pm, when at 10.32pm, it started to rain, I told my son God had taken the umbrella down. He made comment that he had been concerned about some of the bigger drinkers attending, but they sat quietly the whole night like meek little mice. I believe the atmosphere was pre determined through prayer, so there was no ground for poor behaviour.
    The atmosphere was filled with relaxation and laughter. The hire company turned up the next morning to pack up and where stunned it didn’t rain.
    Cheers Helen.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      I love that story David! Our God can take care of spiritual atmospheres and natural atmospheres too! And the interaction between the two, as your testimony illustrates.

  2. Marinda

    Is the reason I have spiritual warfare problems because of the energy around me is negative and why my mood is different back and forth and things of that sort. Also I do not see things a lot and i am told when these things have legal rights they affect your blessings and your ability or see or hear them. Because one time i was reading a blog about spiritual warfare and then i heard whispers all around me then when i turned around they were gone. Then it happened again and never in my life have i heard anything like that. I just wish i knew how to get rid of the negative things because I usually am a happy person well kinda i do have a sadness in me but i try to smile all the time and being around people makes me so happy so that helps to. I do not know what i really do but i wish i could learn how to control it. Also i was going ask what the different is between discernment and Prophecy
    Thank you so much

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Marinda,
      Prophecy and discernment of spirits are two distinctive gifts. My descriptions in brief are:
      Prophecy is the Spirit-given ability to receive and pass on a message from God (expressing His heart and intent) to a church, group or individuals.
      Discernment is the Spirit-given ability to perceive whether Divine, human or demonic origins are the source of a presenting spirit, atmosphere, event or revelatory message.

      As far as the spiritual warfare you have been experiencing, my question to you is, do you have Christian leadership in your life and someone who can help and pray with you?

  3. Trudi Singh

    Love this Helen,
    Some of my favourite ways to shift atmospheres are thanksgiving, putting on worship music and also declarations. I have often encouraged others to enter into thanksgiving through times of sadness or discouragement. I was also in a home meeting where I went around the table asking others to thank God for something – the presence of God fell – it was amazing.
    I also sometimes like to create some silence to shift an atmosphere of chaos – I might spend the day with all screens switched off and music switched off in my car.
    Another favourite way to shift atmospheres is to ask the Holy Spirit what to do. Sometimes the reply is a task or a scripture or an answer of another sort.
    Thanks for a great message!
    Trudi

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Trudi, I love all of those!
      I especially love your thought about silence to shift chaos – this would not come naturally to many people but is a significant word of advice…brilliant!

  4. Matshepo

    Hi hellen

    thank you very much for your blog. I really find it hard to interpret the sensations i experience. For instance i went to watch a movie with friends yesterday, Immediately when I arrived at the venue my emotions changed, I was disturbed, I was so down and hurting out of nowhere. At times I get sensations the whole body, how do I interpret this? How do I get to know what sensations under my feet, in my hands or at times at the ring finger mean. This is frustrating me. Especially discerning people’s emotions.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Matshepo,
      It may be better, given that you are not sure what is going on, to use the sensations you are receiving as a prompt to pray. Respond in faith, rather than frustration.
      I can’t comment on what you are personally discerning from a distance or why, but I do recommend the security of church life. Those of us with gifts and spiritual insights need leaders around us, who can speak into our lives and help us navigate what is going on.

  5. Sharon

    Happy 2016 Helen! A little late, I know, but I just celebrated the Chinese New Year so it doesn’t seem *that* late to me 😛

    It’s been a while since I’ve visited so there’s lots here for me to read and process. God is so good. Life continues to be eventful — not at all a bad thing, but just that there’s always so much to pray around (life of a prophetic, hey?) and He is my anchor in it all. It’s always good to read and receive confirmation that I’m on the right path with Him. Bless you!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Yes happy new year to you Sharon!! Yes we enjoyed the Chinese New year celebrations her in Melbourne City. What fun!
      I’m glad to hear you are still enjoying your life with God, thanks for stopping by!

  6. scarlett smith

    Thank you for this website. Found it today and have been speed reading many of the articles but will go back and re-read to study and pray about the issues. I have a 90-year old friend who is so excited about learning more about the Holy Spirit. She shares her experiences of being aware of the voice of the Holy Spirit with everyone to encourage believers and she gives scripture verses to encourage every one she is contact with. I would appreciate any other materials you have. Please pray for Voncille’s ministry in this late season of her life. SS

  7. Russ Couch

    Excellent blog Helen. Thank you.

    This is our testimony of how real and genuine the presence and atmosphere of the Holy Spirit is;

    At our church on Monday night this week we attended the regular prayer meeting. The presence of the Holy Spirit was very active and strong as we worshiped our Heavenly Father. The following day I was the Veterans Hospital as a patient. My wife accompanied me.

    While in an open clinic setting with several people in the near area. The presence of the Holy Spirit manifested and filled the atmosphere of the area. The Holy Spirit began to bubble up in my soul with a prophetic word for a male nurse. The word was very real and my wife could see and feel spiritually what was occurring. The male nurse came to the cubicle where we were and in a direct and natural voice I spoke over him as the Holy Spirit gave me the prophetic word. My wife had retrieved paper and pen and wrote as the prophetic word was spoken. The word was of God’s love and the usefulness of this nurse in the kingdom of God and encouraged him to step further into the grace of God. The nurse began to visibly receive the word as tears filled his eyes. He received the word and stated I am a believer and was very thankful for the word. My wife later gave him a written copy of the prophetic word.

    The nurse then returned to the nurse station area and began to engage in conversation with several nurses and staff about what just occurred. Several of the nurses then began to say they were believers. A female nurse then came to us and we engaged in a very anointed conversation about the real and active presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. She became visibly touched by the Holy Spirit as we discussed how our Savior is the same yesterday, today and forever. The power of our Heavenly Father creates atmospheres of His Holy presence beyond our fleshly understanding.

    We were asked if we would be wiling to speak to a group of christian medical staff at the hospital.

    This is a real an recent and active example of the strength of the Holy Spirit, that may humbly serve as an example of the power and glory of the God we serve. As believers we should be willing to step out in faith and that often requires us to move out of our comfort zone in order to be submissive to the Holy Spirit.

    May God be honored.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Wow! I love it. Such an awesome story Russ, may this become even more ‘commonplace’ for you as the Spirit bubbles over through you!

  8. Robin

    Grateful to have come upon this. I am Christian of 20+ years and have had many of the pre-Christian experiences you described in your blog. I am also A recovering alcoholic, set free. I am now working with many women and trying to use the gift to help others find freedom in the Truth and point them and point them back to Him. This can be confusing. So thank you for giving me the tools to further kingdom purpose. -R

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Robin, thank you for taking the time to leave the note – what a great testimony and ministry – I pray you will be further enlarged and empowered, and that many more lives will be touched by Jesus through you.

  9. Mathato

    enlivenpublishinci ithank God fr all these teaching I have this gift of discernment all my confusion will come to an end as I follow and learn more
    God has called for a purpose

  10. Dee Avery

    This is excellent, Thanks Helen. The atmosphere in my home is all over the place, up high and down low, mostly due to my boys. I try very hard to stay steady and not let it steal my joy, and this is going to help a lot. From now on a thermostat!

  11. Daniel siwale

    Am lifted with the good teachings and it has make me fill strong and no more fear and doutness to prophecy.I thank God for every thing.

  12. Lenard

    Hi Ms. Helen,

    Can you help me to be enlightened?
    When I became a Christian since October 2007, up to now I have a constant dream that occurs almost every month. For 9 years, I’ve been constantly seeing and casting out bad spirits in a dream. This includes like entering a house that I could sense a very heavy atmosphere and in my senses I’ve known an indwelling of a spirit. Sometimes, I literally see in my dream a bad Spirit and its possession to people I’ve known and even to strangers. Whenever I’ve had this events in my dream, I often cast them out in Jesus’ name while praying in tongues. That would always be the scenarios. I’ve often see people in my dream being possessed by bad Spirit or see spirit literally and sometimes their presence only in a certain place, and whenever I have these encounters, I always cast out and pray in tongues in my dream then I will be awaken with the clear picture of my dream. Also, there are instances that what I have dreamed of did actually happened and what is significant, in my dream, I’ve prayed sometimes in words I’ve understand but most of the times in tongues then I will wake up having the memory. So, what I’ve always done, I often pray for the people or scenarios in my dreams that God would take care of it.

    I don’t know its meaning and I’ve been looking for someone who can somehow can give an insight on my experiences. I’m also having a sensitive sense in the change of atmosphere, of sensing and understanding emotions eventhough the person I’m talking with is a stranger or first time encountered. I’m also aware if the one speaking is having an anointed or gifted life and even partly in struggle. I’m praying for it and haven’t have the clear understanding. I don’t know really and hope you can help explaining these to me.

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