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Walls and The Blessing

I spent yesterday in Colorado Springs in an extraordinary meeting.  20 leaders gathered in the conference room at Focus on the Family to discuss “The Blessing Challenge” – an exciting collaborative effort with the goal of giving 1,000,000 children the gift of a blessing.  If you’re not familiar with the concept of the blessing, it dates back to the very beginning of time.

In Genesis 1:28, right after God made man, the Scripture says, “He blessed them.”  To offer a verbal blessing, give affirmative touch, and to ascribe value to a life is something that can have a profound impact on the success or failure of a child’s ability to live a life of fulfillment and purpose.

More recently, Dr. John Trent wrote a bestselling book called The Blessing in 1993 along with Dr. Gary Smalley. The book lays out clear instructions for giving – and receiving – a biblical blessing.  In a revised edition to be released this spring by Thomas Nelson, the book will also serve as the centerpiece of this national movement for sharing the importance of giving The Blessing.

The really exciting part?  There is an unprecedented spirit of cooperation among competing publishers to make this happen.  Thomas Nelson, Lifeway, Tyndale House, and Focus on the Family were all represented in the room – all committed to making this a major push in the days ahead.  And Dr. Trent, the guy in the center of the vision, stood up in the midst of the meeting and said,

“As I’ve looked back through the years at The Blessing, the one area we didn’t cover enough is what do you do if you missed the blessing.  I believe that is where Ryan Rush’s new book Walls takes a significant role in this project.”

As outlined in my new book to be released in February, walls are unhealthy mindsets that keep us from living the life God intended.  Of course, these walls are invisible.  But, as The Blessing reminds us, these walls can also be inherited.   That’s where the Faith Breakthrough becomes so important.  With the biblical components of a breakthrough, anyone who has missed the power of a parental blessing can still walk in the blessing of God!

Earlier this week, I gathered for a prayer meeting with over 150 pastors from around Central Texas.  I was asked to lead a prayer time surrounding the families of these leaders.  We began by outlining the eight primary walls that people face, and then prayed specifically for the primary walls they were facing.  Then, for the first time, I shared how the power of The Blessing can work for – or against – the walls they were facing at home.  After some very moving testimonies from guys who had never received such affirmation from their fathers, we gathered about twenty of the pastors who were present in the center of the room … and blessed them.

The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that you cannot experience a breakthrough without some measure of The Blessing.  And you cannot fulfill the call of The Blessing without first overcoming the walls that are separating you from this powerful, ancient principle.  I’d encourage you to pick up The Blessing and Walls – not just because I am shamelessly encouraging you to buy my book, but because I want you to read the chapter on “A Promise Shared” in Walls, and the chapter on “When a Child Misses the Blessing” in The Blessing.  It’s amazing how these principles go hand in hand.

I’m honored to play a part in the exciting Blessing movement to come!  But you don’t have to wait on the movement – make a point to bless those whom you influence this week.

5 Comments on “Walls and The Blessing”

  • Bob September 30th, 2011

    Having trouble taking the evaluation. I click onto the window and go to the next screen with two boxes “previous” and “next”, try to click next and nothing. what can I do?

  • admin October 1st, 2011

    Bob, not quite sure what might be happening there. We know the evaluation is working for most, but want to try and get it working for you as well. What operating system & browser are you using? Would you email us at with this info so we can try and help solve it with you?

  • brent jones October 3rd, 2011

    Does this really work?How come nobody is using this? I guess i am in no danger of getting laughed at,unless a bunch of people are just waiting for some insecure sucker like me to type something as weak as this…hmmm. Well,i’ll see if i can find my way back to this spot in a day or two and check it out. I’m new.Over and out.

  • Ryan Rush October 6th, 2011

    It really works! We’ll call you one of the pioneers, though. I’ve heard from many folks personally who haven’t wanted to share with “the world” what’s happening, but I really thing this can be a great part of the Breakthrough process. The fact of the matter is we ALL face walls, and honestly, there is not one of the wall that are commonly faced that we don’t all deal with at one time or another. So the idea that, “I don’t want anyone to know what I’m dealing with” is just another unhealthy mindset. Thanks for being willing to share that you are facing your Wall… and that you’re headed for a Breakthrough. Blessings! Ryan Rush

  • natofborg January 12th, 2012


    I took it and discovered that if you know yourself well, it will come across as common sense. If not, then you might be surprised and learn something about yourself. It is essentially a tool that a therapist would use.

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