Transparency. I am often told how transparent I am in my writings.

In other words, I don’t hide my flaws. I often share them. I am real and human. I make mistakes like everyone else. But. I continue to seek God. I continue to ask him to change me daily. If my mistakes can keep you from making the same mistake, that’s a good thing, right?

If you are a friend or family, I may also include you in my writings. Usually, I ask before sharing something personal, like today.

Most of you know Kelita. I met Kelita when I spoke at a women’s conference at her church. Our connection is a God-connection. We don’t hang out together. Most, if not, all, of our conversations are about God or the word of God. I trust her spiritually and she trusts me.

She is the main person I share prayer requests with. That’s a good thing. She is also the one I share some disappointments with. I am safe there. We can share our bad days with each other without judgment.

Last week, we were doing just that. She began by sharing something with me that was upsetting her greatly. I should have responded with the word of God, but I didn’t. I too, was having a really bad day. I responded accordingly. Instead of encouraging her in the Lord, I got in the ditch with her. I have repented. We both have.

The next morning, I received this email from Elijah List:

Warning Dream: Don’t Get Hooked by the Enemy! By Joe Joe Dawson
I want to share a dream I recently had, along with the insight the Lord gave me, as I believe this to be a warning dream, offering both a challenge and an equipping from the Lord for the Body of Christ.

“I am telling you, my friends, we are about to experience a turnaround in America.”

In my dream, I was walking down a road late at night, and there were very tall buildings on either side of the road. There were many people in front of me, behind me and on both sides, and I noticed people on top of the buildings as well.

As the dream progressed and I kept walking, I saw many “strings” dangling from above. The strings looked like fishing line and there were fishing “hooks” on the ends. I then saw signs on the sides of the building along the road, just ordinary signs. As I continued walking along, I noticed many people being taken away by the hooks that were in their pathway, but I kept walking. The further along the road I went, the signs on the building became neon signs. As I continued on, the signs kept getting “brighter and brighter”. The hooks were different as well, and became bigger and shinier.

I then saw people in front of me and behind me being rapidly yanked away by the hooks. I could not see anything on top of the buildings of where the hooks were coming from. People who were being pulled away by the hooks would start to turn and look at the bright signs on the buildings. As they turned, the hooks would get caught on their jaws and pull them up. I also saw some people who would be hooked by their mouths or their ears. I even saw several people be hooked in their nose and then be pulled up by one of the hooks.

As the dream continued on, the amount of people around me, in front of and behind me became smaller and smaller. It seemed like everyone was being pulled away by these hooks. The lights on the buildings were getting brighter and brighter as well.

The further I walked down this road, there were more and more hooks that kept increasing in size and number. I was now having to weave my way through the hooks. I knew in the dream that if I turned aside to look at the bright signs that I would be pulled away by one of the hooks.

I was then awakened from the dream at 5:21 in the morning. I immediately heard the Lord say, “Look at Facebook.” I thought, “Really? Facebook this early in the morning?” But I knew when I opened up Facebook that the first thing I saw would be very important in regards to this dream.

I opened up my phone and saw a post about a prominent minister, and saw that they fell tragically. In this post, this minister was admitting publicly to his fall. I knew that the Lord was trying to connect this occurrence to the dream. I immediately knew the Lord was wanting to tell the Body of Christ that the enemy is strategically trying to come after many Believers in this season. Distracting lights are shining so bright on some people that they are losing their focus and being pulled away.

“People were rapidly being yanked away by the hooks. People in front of me and behind me were being yanked away by the hooks.”

In the dream, people were being hooked by their ears and being pulled away, because many people are allowing things into their ears that will pull them away from what the Lord is saying to them. There were also people who were being hooked by their mouth, which can mean negative speech, word curses or criticism. I remember in the dream that people were being hooked by their clothes, their jaw and all different areas.

I am telling you my friends, I believe we are about to experience a turnaround in America. God is releasing a powerful outpouring and reformation that many have been praying about for many years. However, the enemy is also coming strategically in this hour to try to derail people’s destinies. We must never allow ourselves to think that we “have arrived” to a certain place where we do not need to be wise against the enemy.

The enemy is coming after people to pull out of their race and destroy ministries, marriages, businesses, families and organizations. He is coming after your character and integrity. But if you keep yourself consistent in the place of intercession, maintaining a lifestyle of both prayer and fasting, you will not be pulled away by the hooks of the enemy.

The enemy hates to see the people of God advancing and moving forward. The longer you continue in anything along your path, the enemy will become frustrated and try to tear apart your marriage, wreck your children, and ruin your business. The enemy wants to destroy everything that God has established in your life up to this point. But let me encourage you: God has not brought you this far to just bring you this far only!

We must stay wholeheartedly focused on what God has called us to do. We are in a season of acceleration and great promotion in the Body of Christ. However, we must become extremely focused first on the Lord and second, on our calling. Don’t allow the enemy to come in and hook you in any areas!
Stay close to the Lord, and keep pursuing your spouse and nurturing your family. Stay close to the true apostolic and prophetic voices God has placed in your life. God has placed those leaders in your life to help protect you and keep you on course. Surround yourself with wise people who care about you, your marriage, your family, your business or ministry, and your character and integrity. This is not a time to run alone! Keep your eyes upon the Lord in this season. The hooks of the enemy are there but we must be wise to him. I challenge each and every one of you, stay focused!
Oh, my word! I was immediately convicted by the words; There were also people who were being hooked by their mouth, which can mean negative speech, word curses or criticism.

I repented. I sent Kelita a text. I said, “today, we are saying nothing but positive things.” She agreed.

As I repented of this God showed me something. I could see, in my spirit, myself and Kelita. As we spoke the words from the day before, ropes began to wrap around us. These ropes were attempting to wrap around us entirely. The goal was to bind us up. To stop us from moving forward.
Immediately God spoke to me and said, “Don’t be bound up with what you have been loosed from.”

Galatians 5:1says; It was for this freedom that Christ set us free, completely liberating us; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery, which you once removed.

The Passion Translation says it like this; Let me be clear, the Anointed One has set us free—not partially, but completely and wonderfully free! We must always cherish this truth and stubbornly refuse to go back into the bondage of our past.

The Bible says by our words we are justified or condemned. Our words matter. Our words, when we are stressed, matter. Our words, when things aren’t going our way, matter.

Ephesians 4:29 says; Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

James 3:10 says; Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

Friends, we can’t confess the word one minute and complain the next. We cannot speak the word of God one minute and speak negative words about our situation in the next breath.

Why? The Bible says a man who wavers will receive nothing from the Lord. (James 1:6)

Speaking negative words will keep us bound up. Negative words will keep us from moving forward. A bound man or woman cannot move forward. They will remain stuck in that place.

I know we have all done this. But we cannot continue to do this. If we do, as the man said, we will be hooked by the devil. As the Lord showed me, we will be bound up, unable to move forward. This is a tactic of the enemy, one that we cannot give into.

I’m reminded of something my great-grandmother used to say, “if you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all.” If you can’t speak the word, be quiet. Keep your mouth shut until you can speak the word.

The enemy is trying to hook us, refuse to take the bait. Many of you may be facing challenges right now. Refuse to say anything except what the word says. Speak only words that you want to see come to pass. Refuse to be bound. Remember, positive, faith-filled words will empower you to move quickly through seasons of adversity.

“Regardless of what we see- we simply must will ourselves to say what we want to see”KP