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The Journey Continues

It would be very naïve to think that you can move past a wall and never have to worry about it again. Remember, your old walls are as close as the old, unhealthy mindsets that built them. Keep in mind these helpful tips for being a lifelong Wallbreaker.

Are you applying the promises of God in your life?

Where do I begin?

Have you ever stood deep in the middle of the forest? So deep you really don’t know the difference between north and south? Although the pine needles may smell great, and the silence can be a sweet substitute for the usual noise in our lives, eventually you have to find your way out. Yet everything looks the same. Worse yet is that there is no discernible path in or out. You’re not lost; you just don’t know where you are or how to get out. Some would say that you are stuck.

We all need a path to follow. A well worn and time tested route that allows us to get to where we need to be. Without a path, our efforts are usually in vain. Try as we might, we only make things worse. We wander even deeper into the woods. If we only could know where to begin…

Spiritual growth can accelerate when we are on the right path. The Lord tells us that His word “… is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105). He promises us that He will give us direction for living. Don’t know which way to turn? Search His word. Feeling stuck behind walls of guilt and shame? God promises us, in His scriptures, forgiveness.

The path to a spiritual breakthrough is not found in a straight line or a formula. Yet there is a process tested and found helpful: faith breakthroughs.

You don’t have to be stuck. Nor do you have to wonder where to begin your journey to the life God wants for you!

A Great Meeting in Louisville! – and the “Football Diagram”

I had the privilege of spending Friday and Saturday with ministry leaders from across the country at Southern Seminary’s  Connecting Church and Home Conference.  One of the things I love the most about the Faith Breakthroughs concept is that it fits into the context of any church culture.  Anywhere people are stuck, they can experience a breakthrough!  We were reminded, once again, that people fail to connect their home lives with their faith because of barriers that give them a false answer to the question, “Who is God?”

I’ve attached a link to a “Football Field” illustration that demonstrates the primary walls people face, the corresponding attributes of God, and the specific path to each breakthrough.  It is not intended to overwhelm people with all of the information, but to give a “big picture” look at spiritual development in the home.  In fact, I made a point to not outline every detail in my book Walls, because the most important thing you need to do is address one wall at a time in your home life.  In the meantime, don’t ever hesitate to email with specific questions.

Click here for the Football Field: Faith Breakthroughs Pathway Field

Breakthroughs in an Urban Church

I recently had the privilege of spending the afternoon with the staff of Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church – a predominantly African American congregation that is located in an urban, lower income area in Austin.  And by the way… this magnificent group of people is having an enormous impact in our hometown.  Pastor Gaylon Clark is convinced that in order to solve the challenges facing the urban community they have to fix the family – and he’s made the bold choice to be proactive in that healing process.  Pastor Clark and GMZ have made the decision to become the first African American congregation to fully embrace the Faith Breakthroughs process and implement these principles into the entire church culture!

While its not an easy thing to talk about, African American households must acknowledge and deal with the generational challenges passed down from history.  For example, slave traders in the 18th and 19th century would often separate families – selling off the father while leaving the mother with the children. After the Emancipation Proclamation, it wasn’t as if these challenges were instantly repaired. Women had taken on the role of raising the children, and men often had multiple families in several locations.  Of course, the poverty that came with the Jim Crow laws, lack of access to quality education, and segregation in general only exacerbated the challenges. (For more information on this history, see Trained in the Fear of God by Timothy Paul Jones and Randy Stinson).

Walls are unhealthy mindsets, and they originate in a misunderstanding of who God is.  When we remember that the primary place we first comprehend the nature of God is from our homes – and especially from our fathers – it is no wonder that we’re now facing a family crisis of epidemic proportions in the African American community.

… But I have great news: God’s way still works – and every home from any background can overcome the spiritual walls they faith by standing on God’s promises.  I’m convinced that Greater Mount Zion is going to be a shining beacon to others of how that healing can take place.  And I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store!

20,000 and Counting: Walls are Falling All Over the Place!

I received word today that we’ve now had over 20,000 people like you visit since its launch about four weeks ago – meaning thousands have gotten started on the journey of tearing down those invisible, spiritual walls that are keeping them from living the life God intends for them.

Before you leave the site, why not let your friends know that they too could be on their way to a breakthrough?  You can click the Facebook and Twitter links above.  Even better, a simple message in your Facebook status like this:

I just took a free online evaluation at to discover the primary “Wall” I need to address in my life.  I’m on my way to a Breakthrough!

I talk about the power of a promise shared in my book, and this is another simple example.  Your simple testimony of your own journey could change somebody’s life!  It’s a blessing to hear from so many of you about the walls that you’re taking down, and I’m praying that you will be richly blessed as you experience the power of a Breakthrough.

Exciting Days Ahead!

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The spiritual barriers people face are countless, but they can be categorized into Eight Primary Walls. These walls correlate with the 8 primary breakthroughs that everyone needs.
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I feel there is a disconnect between who I really am and how I act in front of other people.
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I observe things that make me wonder if I should believe the Bible.
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I have been wronged in the past in a way I cannot get over.
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When bad things happen, I wonder if God can make things better.
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When I am facing a difficult situation, I feel like I can solve problems on my own.
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I am intentionally seeking to grow in my relationships with others.
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I find myself more focused on the things I don't have but wish I did.
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I have too many of my own problems to deal with the problems of others.
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I have a hard time trusting people.
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I have witnessed things that make me wonder if God is in control.
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When bad things happen, I feel like I am getting what I deserve.
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I don't believe anyone can ever know what is absolutely true.
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I find myself drawn to things I know are bad for me.
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I think God cares about the details of my life.
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I believe God loves me in spite of who I am.
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It humbles me to think I can know God.
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I believe God is loving and kind.
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I question why God allowed certain things to happen in my life.
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I believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing God.
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I worry that God is angry with me.
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I know a lot of people, but don't feel very close to many people.
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My faith practices are more about routine than relationship.
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I am willing to sacrifice immediate gratification for something better down the road.
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I tend to expect the worst to happen.
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People who have hurt me in the past cause me to avoid some relationships today.
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I believe God wants what is best for me.
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People would describe me as a giving person.
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I feel strong relationships are hard, but worth it.
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I feel I can turn to God for direction.
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I am amazed at God's power.
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I spend too much of my energy pursuing material things.
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I look forward to good things in my future.
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I believe God is willing and able to answer my prayers.
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I feel with God's help, I can face any situation.
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I worry about the problems that the future holds.
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I am confident God has forgiven me for my past.
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I am willing to serve others for nothing in return.
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When looking back on my life, I tend to focus on all of the things I did wrong.
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I think that God will meet all my needs.
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I am grateful for the things I have been given.
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I believe the Bible has answers for today's circumstances.
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I feel compelled to make the world around me better.
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I have to guard against judging people when I learn they are dealing with tough circumstances.
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I am so busy that I find myself ignoring the most important things in my life.
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It troubles me that God has not answered my prayers.
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The possibility of gaining a good friend is worth the risk.
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I try to avoid temptations that would bring me harm.
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I believe truth is the same for everyone.
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