Hello old friends, new followers, and fellow bloggers-
I’m back and I have so much to say! Have you ever wondered why we have walls? I mean, why do we have partitions between rooms, people, experiences? I know we are taught that walls protect us, they are necessary for privacy and are critical for boundaries. But, what if our walls are damaging us? I mean the walls we keep on the inside that keep us from being honest with others. I remember once upon a time, my Pastor (PT) preached this epic sermon about walls. He discussed the dangers of living with walls, of being closed off from those given to you. I left that service inspired to tear down my walls, but I noticed that some of the walls I’ve built were rooted in my own disappointments and unrealistic expectations. Immediately, God began to deal with my walls.
If I’m candid, the walls I’ve built to protect myself from others became this tool to destroy me. Here are some of the walls, the Lord and I have been tearing down one by one: (1) Walls of disappointment, (2) Walls of rejection, (3) Walls associated with childhood trauma, (4) Walls of depression/suicidal ideations, (5) Walls of anxiety and fear, (6) Walls of self-hatred and diminishment of self, (7) Walls of guilt from past mistakes and behavior, (8) Walls of doubt, and finally (9) Walls of expectations. I shared my former walls so that you can have the courage to identify yours. I mean, your healing is your responsibility. I’m a big believer in honesty/transparency because I desire to grow as a person. This new found freedom drives me to open the same invitation to each of you. We do not have to live all walled up. The same God who created us can protect us and we can trust Him with our happiness.
Our walls keep us from receiving all that the Father has destined for us. Think about it, how can we believe in our dream if our wall of false belief about self stands in the way? I remember delaying on what God placed on the inside because His Word had to run into my wall of fear. It became exhausting to believe in anything, especially God’s Word. I wonder what our lives would look like if we had the courage to tear down our walls. I mean we don’t have to do this by ourselves, our Father is able and willing to help. That’s the beauty of living in this new way, we don’t have to do this alone! I couldn’t receive until I tore down my wall, I couldn’t love well until I rid myself of my walls, I couldn’t help effectively until my walls were demolished.
Our walls hinder us from loving ourselves and therefore determine how we love others.
My Pastor’s EPIC sermon about walls (Pursue Series: “Come Outside”): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ilyuf3GCZlQ