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How God’s Attributes Relate to Your Wall

January 7, 2016

 

 

 

You’ll read throughout this website – and throughout the book Walls – that Walls are unhealthy mindsets that keep us from living life as God intended. Beyond that mindset, it’s important to remember that this unhealthy belief system is really grounded in a misunderstanding of who God is. To understand Walls, then, one must remember God’s attributes. Every Wall we face has at its foundation a direct misinterpretation of God’s nature. Check out this simple PDF to understand how our Walls relate to who God is:  Attributes and Walls

It’s time for a Faith Breakthrough!


Where do I begin?

November 30, 2015

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!


The Forty Walls

October 7, 2015

Walls can be as plentiful as the unhealthy mindsets we generate, but there are forty walls that almost all of us has to deal with at one time or another.  The good news: we’re all in the same boat.  The better news: you don’t have to hold on to these mindsets!

As you may already know, we believe that there are eight primary walls.  Each of these eight can manifest itself in distinct ways – which brings us to forty.  Check out the printable (PDF) version of the Forty Walls here:

Forty Walls

Identifying your wall is a major step toward a Faith Breakthrough.  Let the Walls come down!


“There’s No Way That’s MY Wall!”

September 23, 2015

In the past ten days, two thousand of you have begun the journey toward a Faith Breakthrough by completing the Walls Assessment on the right-hand side of this page.  I’ve heard from many of you stories of how excited you are to finally identify your wall in anticipation of its demise!  I’ve also heard from some who are not sure whether the conclusions represent what they are really facing.  With that in mind, I want to offer three important reminders:

1.  The wall listed after you complete the assessment is one of eight that represent several in each category.  They represent many more walls.  Remember – walls can be as numerous as the unhealthy mindsets that can impact our thought lives.  In fact, once you complete the assessment, if you click on the button that invites you to learn more, you will receive a listing of several walls within that category.  This means that the assessment doesn’t just point to eight walls, but forty different walls.  For example, you might have completed the assessment and discovered a Wall of Isolation.  You found yourself saying, “No way!  I’m a very social person!”  But that only tells part of the story about this wall.  Neglecting to see God as loving can impact relationships in numerous ways.  For example, a Wall of Anger can appear under this category.  You can see all Forty Walls by clicking here, and print a “PDF” of those Walls for future reference.

2. Keep in mind that the questions you answered on the assessment relate directly to the attributes of God.  That means the main point about the Wall you are facing is that you are having a difficult time seeing God for who He is according to one of His attributes.  That’s the most important thing to consider.  Don’t forget the MIQ (Most Important Question) – “Who is God?” – and its importance in this process.

3.  Finally, this assessment is not intended to be a deep scientific instrument to probe the furthest reaches of your psyche.  Only you can know whether you honestly answered the questions. But if you did, then these results of those answers really do say something about how you see God – and how those mindsets may be impacting your life in ways you haven’t noticed.  Don’t be too quick to dismiss what the Holy Spirit may be wanting you to see about yourself.

Tearing down Walls isn’t an easy process.  But it may be one of the most rewarding things you ever do.  As you look back over your assessment, as God to show you the next steps that you need to take to move closer to a Faith Breakthrough.


Confusion in our Lives

March 5, 2015

This is a guest blog entry written by Jeremy Hall, Student Ministries Pastor at Bannockburn Baptist Church.

“Confusing” is a widely used word in our culture today and it often helps us communicate our intellectual state. For example, I find crossword puzzles confusing, the DFW Airport is confusing, and the study of epistemology is confusing. But sometimes I am confused not because of my intellectual state, but because of my emotional state. For example, in the ministry in which I serve, there are teens living with illnesses such as cancer, Cystic Fibrosis and diabetes. Intellectually I can understand that in this fallen world things like this happen, but emotionally I am confused. I am confused by how a teen could possibly have to endure these illnesses. I am further confused when I look at the status of many families in America. It confuses me when I hear of parents neglecting their kids or men that have forsaken their marriage vows. Intellectual confusion hurts my head whereas emotional confusion elicits a feeling of heartache.

Confusion is a reality in our world, but it becomes a wall in my life whenever I allow my intellectual and emotional confusion to become spiritual confusion. This spiritual confusion I am talking about is partnered with frustration that stems from my desire to see things work out differently than they have and then become frustrated that they haven’t. This often leads me to blame God and wonder how in the world He could let such a thing happen. Ultimately, my response to spiritual confusion is to think that I have the right to judge God. At the very moment that we take it upon ourselves to put God on trial, we have ceased to worship Him and have tried to become Him and the “wall” between us and God has been erected. Not because God put the wall there, but because we have.

The wall of confusion is an ever present struggle in many of our lives. I have found that the only way to combat this wall is through the strength of the Holy Spirit and a change in the way I view circumstances. Instead of focusing on what I wish or think should happen, I must view life’s challenges as opportunities to learn from God, allow Him to transform me (Romans 12:2), and place my faith in the One that is in control (Hebrews 11:1). Being confused isn’t a bad thing; in fact it can be very healthy as we seek to better understand that which confuses us. But we must be diligent to not allow our confusion to keep us from resting in the Lord and proving ourselves faithful to Him.


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