Helping Families by Tearing Down Walls

Faith Breakthroughs

The Year the Walls Came (started coming) Down

December 15, 2015

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.

[4] For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. [5] We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, [6] being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

(2 Corinthians 10:4-6 ESV)


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