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"Use Your Voice! Don't Be Muzzled by the Enemy"

Hakeem Collins
May 19, 2020

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God began to give me a prophetic word of caution and encouragement when I was in prayer. The Lord said that while we are in a time of being quarantined (and there are many healthcare precautions to consider – precautions which were put in place to minimize the spread of the coronavirus and any disease), we must also keep in mind, spiritually speaking, that the enemy wants to undermine the prophetic words that were released in the new decade and new year. There were prophetic words God spoke through many credible prophets which declared: this is the year of the voice of the prophets, the year of the mouth, the era of the voice, the year of speaking what you are seeing, and the year of prophetic vision.

The Plan of the Devil Exposed

The coronavirus wasn't God's plan to teach the Church a lesson, or just some widespread plague, but it was created by an invisible enemy to muzzle, mute and mask the mouth of the prophetic in the Body of Christ. The enemy wants to silence and censor the voice of the Lord in the Church.

The Lord spoke to me and said that, spiritually, the invisible agenda of the invisible adversary – the devil – is to shut the mouths of the prophets and prophetic Believers to keep them from speaking clearly and declaring the Lord's decrees in this season. God spoke to me and said that this year is the year of the Lord's decree, and in the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established. Having our mouths covered in the natural is imperative in this time of the pandemic, and is the staggering, crippling and horrendous result that this coronavirus has caused.

However, keep in mind that God will not have us ignorant of the enemy's devices, strategies and plans (2 Corinthians 2:11). The enemy's plan is to mute, muzzle and mask your ability to speak out of your mouth. Your mouth is a weapon against the enemy. I come to declare that this is still the year of the mouth, the year of the voice of the prophetic, the year of the Lord's decree and the year of vocalization. (Photo via Piqsels)

While there is gross darkness on the earth, and we are in times that look uncertain, it is equally the greatest opportunity and moment for the Body of Believers and His prophets to be the voice of the Lord – speaking light in darkness. God says to not be silent, censored, muted and masked, but to speak up and speak out of your mouth.

Being Muzzled

I recall going into a Walmart store one morning and they prohibited me from entering in. Why? According to the worker, I must have a mask covering my mouth upon entering because it was a new state order. At the time I didn't have a face mask, and I was just at that same location hours ago without one, so I instantly looked to see if there was anything in writing, disclosed anywhere in sight, or posted on the doors of the store before I obeyed the order. It turned out that there was something posted within eyesight, but I was a little upset because I drove all the way there and then had to drive back to get a mask.

I truly understand the importance of having a mask on, and truth be told, I do feel a sense of safety when having one on myself and seeing others with them on while going into public places. However, in my opinion, the safety, health precautions and sanitation preventatives should have already been our first priorities – especially when handling food – among other important things.

When I came back to the same store with a mask, the same worker asked me a question with his mask on but I couldn't understand anything he was saying. His voice sounded muffled and distorted. I had to ask him to repeat himself several times while getting 6 feet closer to finally understand what he was saying. He complimented me on my mask.

The point of my story is to illustrate this: The enemy doesn't want you to speak clearly and boldly out of your mouth. He wants the words spoken out of your mouth to sound muffled, confusing and distorted. Don't allow the enemy to muzzle, mute and mask your mouth to speak in this season.

I am reminded of the Scripture in 1 Corinthians 9:8-10 that says:

"Do I say this from a human perspective? Doesn't the Law say the same thing? For it is written in the Law of Moses: 'Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.' Is it about oxen that God is concerned? Isn't He actually speaking on our behalf? Indeed, this was written for us, because when the plowman plows and the thresher threshes, they should also expect to share in the harvest." (Photo via Piqsels)

When an oxen is muzzled how can they eat? How can they feed themselves? An oxen is a hard working animal. If the oxen are muzzled then they are unable to eat the corn that keeps them working. The enemy wants to muzzle your mouth so that you starve, spiritually speaking, keeping you from what God intends to feed you when the harvest comes.

Revival is coming and the harvest fields of souls are about to bud. Revival and reformation is in the mouth of the Church. God says to not allow the mask to muzzle and mute your ability to decree a thing in your life or see it established (see Job 22:28).

Use Your Voice!

God spoke a prophetic word to me in prayer and said to tell His people, "Do not allow the mask that you are wearing in the natural to muzzle, mute and minimize your mouth and the power of your voice, through the Holy Spirit, from speaking in this season. Don't allow the mask to mute your sound, your voice or your volume to decree the secrets of God. Don't allow the mask to mute and censor you. Don't allow the mask to muzzle you! Don't allow the mask you are wearing to cover up or hide what I desire to speak through you and out of your mouth here and now!"

Your mouth will be used to speak light in darkness and destroy the works of the enemy through this invisible enemy – the coronavirus! Your mouth and your voice matter! Don't let your mouth be muzzled but instead, uncover the plans of the enemy with your mouth.

Amos 3:7-8 (NIV): "Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets. The lion has roared – who will not fear? The Sovereign Lord has spoken – who can but prophesy?" (To order Hakeem Collins recent book 101 Prophetic Ways God Speaks click here.)

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Hakeem Collins
Hakeem Collins Ministries
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Dr. Hakeem Collins is a part of a new generation of world changers. Gifted with a unique dual apostolic and prophetic call, he is a sought-after conference, church and ministry speaker who has traveled extensively throughout the United States preaching the message of the Kingdom. He is the author of: 101 Prophetic Ways God Speaks, Heaven Declares: Prophetic Decrees To Start Your Day, Prophetic Breakthrough: Decrees That Break Curses & Release Blessings, and Command Your Healing: Prophetic Declarations to Receive and Release Healing Power.

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