Slipping Through The Cracks | Take Action

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Pastor Keion Henderson is the lead pastor of The Lighthouse Church in Houston, Texas Lighthouse is an organization that serves the body of Christ through our 5 pillars. We always ANTICIPATE a move of God in every experience, so we constantly set a great ATMOSPHERE, and we ACCEPT everyone through love. We believe the best way to impact people is by being AUTHENTIC to who we are and by taking ACTION to move everyone towards greater.

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Pastor Keion (00:22):
Hey everybody. Welcome to another conversation. This is Take Action. I am Pastor Keon Henderson and what a pleasure it is to meet your acquaintance through Telegram, through Facebook, through Instagram, through YouTube, wherever you are hearing this message, it is my complete honor to be with you today. I’ve got so many testimonies. We like to start off talking about testimonies because we want good energy and good vibes and so whatever you’ve been through throughout today, kind of shake it off because I’m about to give you some good news and the good news is, is that it won’t always be somebody else. One of these days I’m going to give this testimony list and your name is going to be on it right now. They’re getting ready to put up a QR code. We’re calling this All Miracle Report. If you have any miracle that God has performed in your life, especially in the area of finances, we want you to click that code and submit your testimony and right here on take action every Tuesday at seven.

If you’re watching it live or at any other time throughout the day, if you watch it on the recorded version, you’ll hear your name or your testimony. If you want to remain anonymous, we’ll still share your testimony because it’s good for other people to know that while they’re struggling, God is still in the blessing business. And so we want you to submit that miracle report. This is the year of wealth and wisdom for us, and we will share with the world what God has done and is doing in your life so that it will encourage somebody else. So let me just give you just a few of the testimonies that we have today. Remember I told you that we would be asking God to eliminate debt and we ask God for a $100 million debt elimination miracle at our church and let me tell you, God is not playing with us.

Somebody just put in the chat, God isn’t playing. If you want to be hood, say God ain’t planned. Whatever it is you want to say, God, I mean he’s in the blessing business since Sunday, since Sunday and at this recording so that you’ll know this is an actual conversation we’re having at the time of this. It is actually Halloween. It’s October 31st in the year 2023 and on Sunday the 29th, our total dead elimination number was around $41 million. And so since then we’ve had several reports coming in in the amount of 756,420 more dollars in debt elimination and cancellation, which brings us to a subtotal or grand total of $42,360,000, $968 and 17 cents. So we’re literally on the precipice of $43 million in debt elimination and in 48 hours, God has done yet another 756, almost $757,000. Now why is this important? Because I told you that at this season it’s going to take a miracle because the government has called student loans back into the payment system.

People are back to paying. Forbearance has ended for some, but yet those of us who are operating in the kingdom connected to this ministry and yes, operating in the year of wealth and wisdom, there should be no end. The Sabbath for us shall have no end. Now, that’s on the debt elimination side. So listen, we have not only that, we have over 1000 people who have reported refunds. So if we took the debt elimination and added the accumulation of wealth, well then some people are going to take that money and they’re going to pay off debt, which will go into this debt elimination. I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re already at a hundred million dollars if you take what’s coming in and what’s going out, I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re not there. But let me give you one other grand testimony. I got one testimony for somebody connected to our ministry.

It says we have been praying for one of our, and this is a partner at one of our west locations. You may think of it as a volunteer. We call all of our volunteers partners. So one of our west partners whose husband lost his trucking contract, they started a home daycare because, and listen to this, and they wanted a standalone daycare, so they didn’t want it to be through a franchise, so they sold a seed into this ministry and then the Bible, I was going to say the Bible and the people said that the last time they sold a seed at the West campus, they sold it for their business as she had applied for a grant. So she applied for a grant, she sold a seed and asked God to bless the process and watched this in less than 30 days. Everybody type in the chat, 30 days in less than 30 days.

That’s a month For those of us who are not quick on our feet with math, she got a notice that she had been approved for a $100,000 grant for the start of her new standalone daycare plus an additional $8,000 for the home daycare that she had in the meantime. And she sent me the expansion initiative, provider agreement, and I’m looking at it right now, and the startup award is in the amount of $110,000. She has the ability now to have 99 kids in her capacity and 25 infants. And this is what happens when you sow into the kingdom of God and you connect to an anointing that produces, so I want you to know they’re putting, giving instructions up on the screen because we don’t wait in the take action community until the end of the message to decide what we’re going to give. We’re going to do it like they did in the days of the tabernacle.

We set our sacrifice at the beginning. We sacrifice before we enter into the meat. We sacrifice early to let God know I didn’t do this as a result of manipulation. I did this as a result of dedication. And so I want you to put virtual hand claps in the chat for these individuals who have had at least $757,000 in debt eliminated in the last 48 hours plus another $110,000. And here’s the term that I love. The term that I love was provider agreement startup award, and here’s the word that I’m speaking over your life. God is about to send startup awards all over the world. Some of you all are starting businesses and starting companies and you’ve been starting initiatives. I speak and prophesy into your life now that God is sending the startup award in your direction. Somebody say, Lord, award me. Award me. I got a business, I got an idea. I have initiatives. Award me. And this all takes place when you take action. To that end, let’s go to the book of Ephesians chapter four. Ephesians chapter four. This is one of my favorite scriptures.

The 26th verse is often exegeted, the 27th is not. So we’re going to talk about both and see what we can get out of this well of water. Ephesians 4 26 says, be ye angry and what sin not, let not the sun. Do what? That’s right. Go down on your wrath or your anger. Verse 27. This is to all my bishops and my potentates and to all of my pastors, those in the fivefold ministry. This is one of them. And what neither give place to the devil. Be angry. Sin not okay. Don’t let the son go down on your anger and don’t chew. Whatever you do, don’t give place to the devil. Now I want to talk, and this is just so that you can search it online. Let’s talk about slipping through the cracks. Let’s talk about slipping through the cracks and we’ve all heard that term. We’ve all heard that term. What does it mean?

What does it mean when I tell you, I heard recently the best definition on the term slipping through the cracks that I ever heard in my life. Just recently I was reading and came across it and I was searching some things and it said, here’s a proper definition for slipping through the cracks. It says to not be noticed or dealt with by a system that is crazy. That is crazy to not be noticed or to be dealt with by a system. I can find many places in the world today where people are slipping through cracks.

Let’s see, oh, here’s one slipping through the cracks of the healthcare system. How many of y’all know people who the insurance companies or the health system has been able to not keep a promise or to find a way around a life insurance policy? There’s always a way for your claim to slip through the cracks. So some of you all have gone to school and gotten degrees somehow when it comes to getting gainful employment, you slip through the cracks. The education system, how many of our kids are slipping through the cracks? Let’s talk about the financial system.

How many of you all are slipping through the cracks? What about the mental health situation in our country, people who are actually having mental health crises, but yet it isn’t until they act in some sort of nefarious way, somehow slipping through the cracks. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families in Maine where a gunman takes an assault rifle and kills 18 people, and the last I heard wounded 13, it wasn’t 18 and 13, he wounded millions because people are reminded about what that assault weapon has done at least 400 plus times in America this year, and he had just went to an institution for a mental health episode two weeks before the massacre just slipping through the cracks to not be noticed or dealt with by a system. Well, it is the same thing in your life and in my life. One of the ways the devil gets into our lives is he enters listen, he enters through every place in our life where we don’t have a system I could quit. That should have made you say, Ooh, he enters into every space in our life where we don’t have a system and where there is no system, he can slip in unnoticed.

I want to talk to you about the entry points in your life where there is no preemptive system that’s set in place, and I’ve studied this all week to tell you that I found the one place where we’re often the most guarded and you would think that this would keep the devil out. We’re often the most guarded in this area, but also the most vulnerable and I have found out that this is the way the devil keeps getting in our life over and over and over and over and over and over again. If you are ready for me to tell you the one place that the devil is right now sitting at the door to find a way to slip through the cracks in your life, I want you to raise your hand in the chat if you need this information. Okay, I’m going to wait. Matter of fact, I’m going to look myself to see if I see hands because if you don’t show me hands, I’m not giving you this information. I’m going to give it to you anyway. Are you ready? One of the entry points the devil tries to use to enter your life the most consistently is through relationships.

Through relationships. If there is an unresolved issue or if there was an ugly conflict, the devil uses conflict as the entry point to get into our lives and situations. He’s on your job because of a conflict with an employee or a coworker. He’ll get into your ministry because he’ll come through the church and you’ll say stuff like, Hey, I didn’t expect to go through that at the church. I didn’t expect that from the church people relationship, you’ll be at odds with your mother, your sister, your brother, your father, your aunt, your uncle, your children’s mother, your children’s father, your ex-husband, your ex-wife, and here comes the devil. Why? Because wherever there is conflict, there is anger. So why do you think he says, don’t give place to the devil. Second, and he says, be angry and sin not first because anger is the crack or the conflict is the crack that the devil continues to find his way through, over and over and over again. I’m telling you that conflict is the crack that the enemy builds his room in and he builds the walls out of a material called offense.

People who are offended become defensive, and when you are offended and you become defensive, you become angry and here comes the devil. He builds the room of anger with materials called offended and the walls are made of isolation. How many of you have said, you know what? I ain’t fooling with people no more. How many of you said, you know what, dating ain’t for me. How many of you said, you know what? I ain’t going to church no more. I’m done with church people. You see, this is how the devil isolates us. He gets us away from all of our help. He gets us away from all of our support. He gets us into conflict and then he slips through the crack of conflict because we’re supposed to be conflict, conflict, resolvers, but we get angry and we sin as opposed to becoming angry and sinning not.

Paul says, listen, don’t give place to the devil. If you could just say this to yourself right now, devil, you have no place here. I want you to say it to yourself three times. Devil, you have no place here, devil. You have no place here, devil. You don’t have a place in my house. You don’t have a place in my home. You don’t have a place in my relationship. You don’t have a place in my parenting. You don’t even have place with a relationship that is over. You have to even not allow the devil listen to trick you into being mad with somebody you’re no longer with isn’t the point of separating from somebody is so that you don’t have to be mad at ’em?

How many of you are mad at somebody you’re no longer with slipping through the cracks? If you were going to be mad with ’em, you should have stayed with him. If the devil he takes place, Paul says you’re going to have to fight tug of war. He’s going to try to take place, but don’t you give place like keep the knot on your side of the line. Okay? The word place in the Greek is the word topos, T-O-P-O-S, topos or topos in the Greek, listen to this, it carries the idea of territory and region, okay? That’s why when you’re studying the earth is called topography, right? Because topos zones, region territory, it’s where we get our English word topographical because Taos depicts geographical locations. So this lets us know that if the Greek word for place is tappas or Taos, then what this lets us know is that the devil watch. This is after every zone, territory and region in your life.

He’s not just settling for your mind, he wants your heart too. And after he gets your heart, he wants your emotions and after he gets your emotions, he wants your mental health. And after he gets your mental health, he wants your marriage. After he gets your marriage, he wants your other relationships. After he gets your other relationships, then he wants your business. After he gets your business, then he comes into your ministry. After he gets your ministry, then he gets into your children. After he gets into your children, then he comes for your parents. After he comes for your parents, he comes for your sanity. After he comes for your sanity, then he comes for your confidence. He’s not settling for a room. He wants the whole house. He’s coming to take the entire region of your life. That’s why everywhere you turn there’s negativity.

Everywhere you turn, there is frustration. Everywhere you there is insecurity. Everywhere you turn, there was jealousy. Everywhere you turn, there’s envy. Everywhere you turn, he wants the whole region. I want you to understand the devil wants everything. He wants your mind, your heart, your body, your soul, your energy, your voice, your thought, your cognitive ability. He wants your health. He wants your physiology, your psychology, your sociology, your finances. He wants it all. He’s coming to take and vex and make you angry. In every region, in every zone, in every place of your life, you have to start doing a search party to find out where the skeletons are and what acres are they laying on. And sometimes you have to get something outside of you to sniff out the odor of decay so that they can tell you even if you don’t know you’re dying in this area, and I hate that no one has ever told you.

Some of us think we’re healthy because we’ve recovered in every other area, but we still have this one zone that the devil gets to slip through the cracks in. Lemme tell you, it doesn’t take much a, he doesn’t walk through the front door. He comes under the door. A mouse doesn’t knock on the door and say, I’m coming in your kitchen. He comes in through a pipe. He comes in through a crevice, a small place where you’re not paying attention and then eats away at the inside. How many of you knows that the enemy has snuck in through the cracks and he’s eating away at your marriage, eating away at your confidence, eating away at your soul health, your mental health, your physical health, eating away. It’s just slipping, slipping through the cracks. The devil is so territorial that he wants it all. He won’t settle for a room. He wants it all. He has an eternities past, started his campaign against you, but in order to be successful, he must find an entry point.

He must find that door with no lock on it. Or perhaps you thought because you were guarded that it would help. There’s a problem. You have all of your guards at the door of your heart that you didn’t leave any guards for the door of your mind. See, here’s the problem with being guarded. Wherever you’re guarded, you send all of your guards to that area, but you don’t know. You leave all of the other doors unguarded and he slips in through the crack. You’re guarding the front door. He walks right in the back, slipping through the cracks. Lord told me, he said, tell my people that the devil’s entry points are consistent and they’re identifiable. Number one, here’s one of the cracks. When you refuse to let go of old hurt and wounds, this is a deliverance service. This is a deliverance service. This comes through the crack when you just can’t figure out a way to let it go.

How many of you all struggle with letting go because you just got to let them know where they hurt you. You just got to get closure. I literally was in a meeting with one of our employees and she said, I just got to get answers. I said, how in the world are you going to get answers when your directive is to move forward? Answers have to always come from behind you. Sometimes you have to be okay marching forward wounded as opposed to turning around and asking the wolf that bit you to give you a reason why. I’ll tell you why the wolf bit you. It’s a wolf. There is no explanation as to why the snake struck other than the fact that it’s a snake.

You got to let go. Number two, here is the second place the devil gets in when we refuse to acknowledge what we did wrong. Did you hear me clap? Oh, we so good at telling everybody else how they wronged us. When is the last time you said, Hey, I’m calling you to apologize to you because I wronged you. Most of us refuse to acknowledge what we did wrong, and that’s another way the enemy slides in. Here it is. You ready for the third one When we refuse to forgive others for what they did to us, okay, can I just acknowledge something real quick? What they did was messed up. You didn’t deserve it and it shouldn’t have been done. But if you don’t forgive ’em, you’re leaving a crack for the devil to you suffer longer than the pain of their infraction. Some of the stuff that you think is pain from what you went through last time, it is not the pain from what you went through last time.

It is the pain from the devil gnaw at your courage that came in through the crack, you associated with the breach of the last situation. This was the enemy continuously causing you mental anguish because you allowed him to slip through the cracks. Here’s the other entry point. How the devil slips into our lives is when we get into a place where we refuse to stop judging other people. Oh, how many judgmental people watching me today? Oh, you don’t like this one? I know it. I’m going to have to ask Dominique to tell me what the numbers were on this one to see if my decrease, if my percentage decreased on this message from last week’s message when I was telling you, oh yeah, you can do it in the name of Jesus, pastor, thank you for that word. But see, we often turn off the one that’s going to help us the most because the Bible says, judge, not lest ye be judged.

You got to refuse to judge people. Oh, and here’s the next crack. When you refuse to say, I’m sorry, Jesus, help me in the house of God refusing to say I’m sorry. Here’s the last one that I can identify refusing to practice humility. If you and I do any of these that I’ve just learned named we leave a crack through which the devil can enter to accuse us in our own mind. What does the Bible say in Revelation 12? That he is the accuser of the brethren. That’s why Paul says, don’t give place to the devil because if he slips through the crack, he accuses you in your own mind.

Now let’s wrap this up. We’ve been talking about anger, the enemy accusation taps, topography zones, regions, and we often say the word devil without doing a descriptive denotation or defining the word thereof. So the word devil is the word diablos or diablos in the Greek. Now listen to this. Dia means to penetrate. We’re talking about slipping through cracks. Dia penetrate. Now here is the thing that took me out when I studied it. So the word devil’s Diablo. So diablos in the Greek dia means to penetrate. Balo is the second part of the compound word. Listen to this. It is where we get our English word ballistics, dia balo, penetrate bullet. What does the bullet do?

Penetrates not only does it penetrate, listen, a bullet’s biggest damage is not the penetration. There is a wound called a through and through wound. You can get shot with a gun. The bullet can go straight through. If it hits no vital organs, if it hits no arteries, if it doesn’t, it can go right through, can heal, you’ll be in pain, but you can heal because once the bullet penetrates, immediately the skin starts to coagulate and over time it heals. And for a through and through room, it can be like nothing ever happened. This is not where a bullet does. Its big as damage, not in the penetration. I did my study A bullet with sufficient energy that does its biggest damage causes a phenomenon called cavitation. And cavitation is when the bullet goes through and area watch this after penetrating and creates an empty space where there should not be one.

So when a bullet say, for instance, a hollow point bullet, when it hits something, it flattens out. That’s why hollow points are so dangerous. They flatten out and they bounce around inside of the body. They don’t just penetrate, they cause cavitation and they start causing spaces through ripping, through organs and tears and tissue creating space where there should not be one. And then the devil, God told me that the devil’s biggest weapon against you is that when he slips in, when he penetrates into your life, he starts to cause void where there shouldn’t be one.

When your life is full of voids where there shouldn’t be any, it is very difficult to heal and the result is death. Some of you all are dying in the spirit because you did not have your spiritual bulletproof vessel on which is the Holy Ghost. When a person gets shot with a bulletproof vest, it hurts, but they live because there is no penetration or cavitation. So you have to keep the devil from penetrating your life, causing cavitation or emptiness in your life. And what zones do the devil does the devil come for? What do we talk about? He wants everything. So now when you let the devil penetrate, okay, have you ever heard of a person getting shot in the leg and they die and you say, well, how did they get? See the bullet hit a major artery or either went up through the leg, came up through the stomach, went through the heart, traveled, causing cavitation in a multiplicity of areas in the body, and this is what the devil does. He will enter through your ear, your eye or your mouth, and then he starts taking territory.

Negativity. Insecurity, viciousness, vindictiveness. You got to guard your entry points. You literally, and I’m going to give you a figurative way of looking at this. If anybody grew up back in the day where all of our homes were not built the way they are now, y’all remember Mama used to take that dry tile and put it at the bottom of the door, raise your hand if you remember mama or grandmama taking a tile or some kind of mat and putting it at the bottom of the why. She did that. She did it to keep that wind from penetrating. She didn’t have a whole lot of money to have that heat on and it going right out. So she put that towel there to prevent penetration.

You don’t have to have a lot of money to do this. You just have to have a lot of vision. I need you to find every crack in your life and put a towel at the door. I need you to find every conflict that is opening your life and I need you to solve it. I need you to identify your disagreements and your disappointments that have caused you to have the wrong attitude so that you will not be ruined by this conflict and that you won’t allow the enemy to ruin your chances at freedom. Spirit of the living God, I pray that you would cover us in every weak place. Speak to our heart. Holy Spirit, this word requires not a miracle. This one requires action. Today we declare that we’re going to take action to cure and to cover all of the conflict reservoirs in our life so that you can heal us and that we can be made whole.

We lay aside every weight that’s so easily death beset us, we put on the full armor of God. In the name of Jesus we pray. Hallelujah and amen. Listen, thank you so much for taking action with me today. Listen, you got to guard your heart and do not give place to the devil. Be angry and sin not. They’re putting the instructions up right now on the screen you can give as your heart’s content. We’re going to continue to do the work of the Lord. Listen, I love you and ain’t nothing you can do about it. I’ll see you next week.

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