If you’re like me, life tends to go at such a pace that there is rarely time to pause and reflect on what took place yesterday (or even today, for that matter), because there’s always something pressing on the horizon. Yet, with 2011 drawing to a close, I think we need to pause and recognize the incredible, catalytic thing that happened in Central Texas this fall. If you live somewhere else in the world, don’t tune this out; let it encourage you with the power of what can happen when God’s people begin to tear down walls in a community!
Beginning on September 11, over 35 congregations from across the region – representing over 50,000 people -kicked off the Walls Project: a six-week journey intent on unleaching God’s promises as we tore down the spiritual barriers that were separating the Church from one another, the Church from the community where we live, and most importantly, separating the people of God from the abundant lives they were created to enjoy. Since we began to wrap up the Walls series, it became more and more apparent that the people weren’t done with the idea of tearing down walls.
“God stories” continue to pour in. Of senior adult leaders who finally faced walls of bitterness and isolation that had been holding them back for decades. Of pastors taking on walls of bitterness toward other fellow pastors. Of husbands and wives tearing down the walls that were dividing and destroying their homes. Of families – literally – taking sledge hammers to the physical walls that had been built to represent the invisible ones that were just as real. Of ordinary people discovering the Breakthrough of Grace offered by Jesus, and removing the wall of guilt and shame through salvation.
And on the stories go, as they continue to gather and expand and lead to new breakthroughs. I’m praying that the Walls didn’t stop coming down in November – or even linger into December. I’m praying that’ve just scratched the surface of what God is going to do as He removes the barriers that hold us back. Thank you God for 2011! And thank you God for the promise of 2012! Let the walls come down.
 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.  We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,  being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
(2 Corinthians 10:4-6 ESV)