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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.

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The Year the Walls Came (started coming) Down


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)


Online Tools To Help You Discover God’s Promises


If you’ve read the book Walls, you already know how important it is to discover, choose, and share the promises of God.  They are the “secret weapons” that get you past any Wall you might encounter!  As you discover the Wall that seems to be the primary challenge in your life right now, consider the following tools to help you on your own personal “Promise Hunt”:

Biblios.com offers a great keyword search tool to take you right to Bible passages related to your Wall.  Even better, when you click on the verses in the list related to your key word or phrase, it will display the passage in multiple translations – giving you a better sense of what the verse really means.

The Blue Letter Bible is one of the best online tools around – offering a wealth of tools that will help you grab hold of the promises God has to offer, and will help you better grasp what these promises really mean.  When you type in a key word or phrase, note that the default translation is the King James Version.  You might want to use the “drop down menu” to search in more modern translations as well.  For example, the ESV is a very accurate, word-for-word translation of the original language, and the NLT is a great translation to get a good grasp of the meaning of the verse.

A visit to the “topics directory” at Bible.org opens you up to a wealth of fantastic, biblically sound articles about a host of subjects related to the mindsets that lead to Walls.  Consider looking through the listing of writings related to the Wall you are facing.

The “Got Questions” website has become a wonderful hub of reliable information on all sorts of topics related to faith and the Bible.  If you come across a puzzling passage, or a dilemma in your study, you may find that there are some wonderful answers available here.

As you discover new places to investigate the promises of God, please let us know so we can share them with others who are in the process of tearing down their Walls!


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