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