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Cracks In The Soul

   Normally in counseling I look for doors where the enemy may come into one's life and cause problems.  However, on occasion I find people who have tried their best to shut all the major openings but still have severe attacks from the enemy.  As I encountered such a case, I prayed for discernment.  After several days of prayer, God gave me something of a vision and reminded me of a story that my dad had told me.

    When he was a young boy, during the days of the dust bowl on the plains of Texas, he went with his dad to visit an Uncle and Aunt that lived on the plains.  They arrived at the house late in the afternoon.  He said that the house was a small house that was not very well built, and it had cracks under the doors.  Shortly after Dad and his dad arrived, a sandstorm blew in.  The sky became dark early in the evening as the sand filled the air. There was little to do but to go to bed.  My dad said that he pulled the sheet up over his head to keep the sand out of his eyes and nose.  During the night, toward morning, he awakened to discover that his body felt weighted down. He could hardly move for the weight.  When daylight came, he discovered that the sand had blown in through the cracks in the house and settled as a heavy weight upon the bedding.

    The spiritual application is that if we have cracks in our house during the storm of attack by the enemy, he can enter through those cracks.  The cracks may seem rather small on a sunny day, but we see their significance when the storm comes.  Some of these cracks may not be as major as being raped or being involved directly in Satanism.  Remember these are cracks, not major doors opened. Some general areas of cracks are: little sins, idle words, neglect of a clearing our conscience, emotional hurts, the lust of the eyes, unrestrained thoughts, failure to be filled with the Spirit, and a failure to act in faith. This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but illustrative of little cracks.

The little cracks

    Solomon, a wise man, stated, "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes" (Song of Solomon 2:15).  It was not the elephant that destroyed the grape vine, but the little foxes. It is the little sins that we often overlook. We may excuse ourselves by saying, "Everyone does it" or "It was just a mistake."  However, the little sins are cracks. Paul wrote to the Galatians, "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump" (Galatians 5:9).  We need to clear our conscience of little sins as well as the big ones.

The cracks allow the enemy to enter

    We have a picture of this as God spoke to Cain. "And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.  And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him" (Genesis 4:6-7).  The picture is of a wild animal that is crouched at the door awaiting for an opening to enter.  Solomon said, "He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction" (Proverbs 17:19).  My mother at a very large dog that she kept pinned up in the back yard.  She lived in a rural community at the time.  If she allowed the dog to get out, he would chase cars that passed the house on a highway.  If you went to the gate in the back yard, the dog would wait until you opened the gate ever so slightly, then he would spring at the opening, forcing his way through it.  Picture Satan crouched at the gate of your soul looking for a crack to spring through and enter.

The crack in our speech

    Solomon declared, "A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit" (Proverbs 15:4). We can open a crack to our souls through saying the wrong words. In fact, Jesus said, "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned" (Matthew 12:36-37).  We are held accountable by God for even the jokes we tell. The jokes can be an opening for the enemy to enter.  You may even remember at this moment a bad joke that you have told. Many years ago when I was in college, I went out to a restaurant with some friends.  One of the guys liked to tell jokes.  He was the center of attention, and I wanted to be in that position.  I had stored up some good jokes in my memory. When my friend got started telling jokes, I started telling jokes also and out did him. He was hurt, but I was haunted by guilt.

The crack of disobedience

    Let us take a look at what God declared about His Law.  "But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee" (Deuteronomy 28:15).  We should note that the people were to do all that was in God commandments and all that was in His statutes. If the people did not obey all, then they would become subject to the curses. David said, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me" (Psalm 66:18).  Even a little unconfessed disobedience will allow doubt into our hearts and keep God from answering our prayers.  Therefore, there is a need to get a clear conscience.  "Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck" (I Timothy 1:19). If we don't have a clear conscience, we will open our lives to the enemy.  Paul also wrote, "And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men" (Acts 24:16).  Solomon, the wise man, wrote, "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy" (Proverbs 28:13).

The crack of hurts

    We often forget that hurts are also cracks.  We may say that the hurt was so long ago that it doesn't matter any more.  Why then is it still so vivid in your memory? Others may try to intellectualize the hurts away, trying to understand why the offender did what they did.  Another person may deny the hurt by saying, "Oh, that was nothing." However, the truth is, "The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly" (Proverbs 18:8).  When God began to heal my hurts, He had me to ask the Holy Spirit to show me where all the hurts were in my life (Psalm 139:23-24).  It took over a month and a half for God to work through my life.  Furthermore, my life has been good and without many hurts. Another factor is that hurts usually open the door to anger and bitterness to enter into our lives. "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil" (Ephesians 4:26-27).  Whenever we are angry longer than one day, we have opened our souls to the enemy to come in and take up squatting rights. "Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled" (Hebrews 12:15).  We become defiled when we allow the enemy to enter into our lives.

The crack of lust of the eyes

    The eyes can be another opening by which the enemy enters. Solomon wrote, "Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied" (Proverbs 27:20).  Have you ever noticed that when you begin to look at something that you know that is wrong to look at, it is difficult to stop looking. Jesus also said, "But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart" (Matthew 5:28).  I have heard it said, "It is not against the law to look."  However, God looks at what is in the heart and so does our enemy.

The crack of thoughts

    Have you ever just allowed your imagination run wild?  I work often with people that have opened their lives up to the enemy through fantastical thinking.  The Word of God says of an evil person, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee" (Proverbs 23:7).  Paul wrote, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (II Corinthians 10:5).  Please notice that we are to examine every thought.  The problem is that one thought always leads to another, then another, then another, and then to another. Soon, we have traveled a long way down the wrong path of thoughts.

The crack of emptiness

    Some people think that it is enough to get saved and get their ticket to heaven.  They are deceived. "When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.  Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.  Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation" (Matthew 12:43-45).  I used to think that this passage only applied to those who did not have Jesus living in their spirit-man.  I have learned that these verses may apply to born again, once "spirit filled" Believers as well. A vacuum is an invitation for the enemy to enter.  Therefore, we should heed the words of Paul, "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18).

The crack of laziness

    Everyone needs to rest at times; however, there is a grave danger when we take liberty with that rest. The Word says, "Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man" (Proverbs 6:10-11).  Even for Believer to sit still and to do nothing when he knows what to do is dangerous. The Word says, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin" (James 4:17).

The crack of false doctrines

    Many people think that it O.K. to have their own individual opinion about certain things.  Once, I spoke on the cracks that one may have in their helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17) in a small group meeting.  The devil didn't like the topic, and "all hell" broke loose.  Christians began to yell and falsely accuse one another.  However, in the end, God had the victory.  Paul wrote, "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:  Which is not another; but they be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ" (Galatians 1:6-7).  I continually work with people who have cracks through false doctrines.  The Word says, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ" (Colossians 2:8).

How does one close the cracks?

You will find many of the answers through reading the other articles on this web site.

See also:

    The Open Door
    Stronghold of Lies

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