I write this word with some trepidation, but acknowledge that I am a recipient of this word, as well. The Lord is revealing some traps of the enemy aimed at disqualifying and silencing prophetic voices in this hour. Through a series of dreams in the last two months, the Lord has revealed three of these pitfalls in order for us to avoid them and pray accordingly.

I believe He is revealing these, not only for prophets to prayerfully consider, but for the Body of Christ to pray more strategically for those who are speaking the word of the Lord. And perhaps the reason prophetic voices are especially prone to these specific traps is because of the very grace God has given them. Prophetic voices require a God-given ability to think outside the box, take risks, and not worry about what man thinks. These are all necessary traits in order to speak what’s needed and stand against any opposition. But these qualities can also become pitfalls when prophets do not keep watch over their souls and become lax regarding the enemy’s devices. Boldness can become pride, and fearlessness can become reckless if one’s gift is not measured with wisdom, appropriate restraint, and authentic humility. 

Here are the three pitfalls I was shown: 

The first trap of the enemy is “to kiss up” to others for greater approval.

This was the exact phrase given in one of the dreams. Mirriam Webster’s definition of the phrase “to kiss up” means “to use flattery or the doing of favors in order to win approval – especially from a superior.” We may easily recognize this attitude in the workplace or business, but not often in the church. And yet, if we do not rightly assess the motives of our heart, we can easily fall into this trap. If prophetic voices seek the attention and approval of other well-known prophets in order to gain greater influence or reputation, we are in dangerous territory.

The enemy knows that our flesh seeks validation and approval – especially from those we admire or those who can promote us. These feelings are often hidden behind selfish ambition on the one hand, or insecurity on the other. Neither are easily acknowledged. And yet, the enemy will draw on our insecurities and tempt prophetic voices to try and prove the power or reach of their gifts through flattery or favors. It can also lead to jealousy and competition if not recognized and put in its place.

In John 5:44, Jesus warned His followers against seeking glory from one another more than from God. Paul also warned the Galatians to not seek the approval of men, for they would no longer be servants of Christ (Galatians 1:10). We must remember that any promotion or validation we receive must come from the Lord, first and foremost. The enemy will tempt us to “kiss up” to someone in hopes of validating our call or promoting our cause, knowing it will weaken the purity of our purpose. The Lord urges us to humble ourselves before Him and let Him do the promoting (James 4:10).

The second trap of the enemy is to see celebrity status and monetary gain as an indication of favor or blessing.

In 2021, I was offered a lucrative deal with a nationally-recognized public figure to speak at a major rally where President Trump would be appearing. The roster of other public figures invited was impressive and the potential influence this could bring was overwhelming. But, upon further inquiry, they told me that in order to be confirmed as their guest, I would be required to renounce some of my prophecies and recant some of the things I have stated on my platforms. They considered some of my statements too bold and divisive for their purposes.

Though I was initially flattered and highly honored at their offer, I quickly realized the trap that was being set. After their fourth attempt to draw me in, I wrote back and simply said “…this prophet can’t be bought.” I wasn’t about to renounce what the Lord had given me – regardless of any “missed opportunity.” And whether or not this was a legitimate invitation from this organization or a fraud, I realized that this kind of thing was probably happening to other prophetic voices. The enemy, knowing our need for notoriety and advancement, will offer all kinds of counterfeits in hopes of compromising our message. And though monetary gain and status is rarely the goal for any true prophet of the Lord, the enemy will still use it as bait.

The best way to steer clear of any compromise in this regard is to settle our priorities from the start. In answering this call, we must determine where our treasure lies and never accept an assignment or opportunity merely based on some financial reward or possible celebrity networking. Whether it’s book deals, speaking engagements, or opportunities to rub shoulders with well-known ministers, we must allow the Holy Spirit to open those doors at the right time with the right people. Until then, we must stay faithful and stay low.  Earthly fame and success is but a shallow gauge of any real favor and impact we have in the heavens.

The third trap of the enemy is to avoid needed soul care and end up “getting caught with our pants down.”

Though this is a strong statement, this was the literal picture in the dream as I saw a prophet speaking under the unction of the Holy Spirit and calling for revival, while in a personally embarrassing and compromised position. Though the anointing was real and powerful, it was clear the prophet had not dealt with some personal issues and was “bare” for all to see.

But there was something even more troubling than the compromised position of this prophet. In the dream, I saw some young leaders enter the room and look towards the stage. Instead of being inspired by the fiery word of the Lord that had just come forth, all they could see was a fallen leader. What should have been a powerful prophetic release of the Holy Spirit, was now an embarrassment and stumbling block to the next generation.

This warning can certainly apply to the ongoing exposures happening within the Church. But I believe it is also the Father’s cry to some of His prophets who need to step away from the platform for a time of healing and rest. Prophets will always feel a sense of urgency in what they carry, especially given the hour we live in. But there is an even greater need to maintain personal integrity and a righteous standard before the Lord. Prophetic voices must consistently step away and take care of themselves – spirit, soul, mind, and body – in order to maintain the purity of the call. If we truly minister from a place of love and servant leadership, we will do whatever it takes to keep our vessel free and clear of anything that would compromise His Word or our character.  

My prayer is that we can all be more alert to these schemes of the enemy and determine to avoid these pitfalls.  God loves His prophets and desires to see them flourish and fulfill their call and assignment. He is bringing these traps to the forefront to expose the enemy’s devices and empower prophetic voices to speak without any hindrance or hesitation. May we not only be faithful to the strategic assignment on our watch, but demonstrate to the next generation that integrity of character and purity of heart are of greater value than the size of one’s following or the status of one’s platform.

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Wanda Alger

Wanda has been in ministry for over 35 years as a worship leader, teacher, author, deliverance counselor, and speaker.

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13 Responses

  1. Thank you Wanda, for a true word of caution to our prophets. After listening to John Bevere talk about the fear of the Lord, it is clear that the enemy’s traps are not always what we think they are! Bless you, your family and your ministry.

  2. This word might be firm, but really needed. I have been getting messages like this in my quiet time, so CONFIRMATION!!! This is SO RELEVANT, right now. I’ve been feeling and seeing the attacks and helping others navigate, but this ties it all together so well, thank you for sharing, Wanda!

    One was him asking me, “Are you mine?”
    Yes, of course.
    “Then treat your body as if it were MINE.”

    I needed rest from work and ministry so I could be my best representative of HIM. Tired and worn out is not a good picture of our loving Father, and we can’t help others as much when we are dragging ourselves. The only “fix” has been the secret place to refill and battle from there.

    Thanks again!
    Kurt

  3. Dan Mohler had a good word about this subject. I will send it to you in FB/ Messenger.
    John Dick

  4. Tough words but true. Thank you Wanda for your faithfulness and obedience to tell it like it is!

    Trees

  5. Thank you Wanda, even though I am not a prophet, as an intercessor I will watch and prayer for the prophets. God bless you for your obedience to Him🙏

  6. Thank you it is good to be aware of the snares of the enemy. Praying for protection for you and all the prophets as well as His Church body.

  7. Thank you, Wanda, for this word. Yes, I do receive this. Will read/listen again until I sense I have truly submitted myself, and repented of all that needs to go. Wow! Very timely. God bless you.

  8. Thanking God for this warning! Praying in agreement for open ears, humble hearts and minds. And blessings and protection for you.

  9. Elyce
    Thank you Wanda for your faithfulness to God and never compromising your stand. This message is a wake up call for all of us.
    There is a great slogan that Thomas Paine said, “Reputation is what men and women think of us, Character is what God and angels know of us.”

  10. I am so grateful for your messages. This is a confirmation regarding all three, but the last one is what Father spoke to me a few months ago. Having spend thirty years in the desert and 24 years living with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia (for my personal Job experience), the Lord told me it was time to rest my body.

    On May 10th, I went to see a new physician and it was an eye opener for my husband and I. The Lord blessed me with such hope. One week later, the Lord told me that I was going to be healed and that June was an important month for that to begin.

    I also want to say that I was encouraged by the postings of the other brothers/sisters in the Lord. God bless you. Every newsletter encourages me to no end.

    Shalom in Messiah,

  11. This applies to other leadership areas as well. Very succinct. Thank you for sharing. There will be a time of great anointing and blessings, and in that time we as leaders need to be prepared.

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