Many people have walls that encase them in an emotional prison, which stifles their spiritual growth and prevents them from living a life of joy and fulfillment.
The Torn Walls
Walls, Walls, Walls.
Some are made of concrete and wood.
Some are physical and spiritual.
Many people use them as barriers to close themselves in, and to shut others out. The reasons for these barriers range from being alone to hiding one’s true motives needs, and desires. These walls prevent us from walking in the true light where JESUS CHRIST guides our steps.
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delighteth in his way.” (Psalm 37:23)
“A man’s heart deviseth his way, but the Lord directeth his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
For God said in the Word, walk as children of the light and be ambassadors for Christ, for I am the truth, the way, and the life. As my representatives, you must walk as I walk, and talk as I talk, or you are none of mine.
Remember, you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)
Like constructed walls are designed to support the foundation in a house, so our spiritual walls of love, joy, peace, faith, truth, temperance, endurance, and meekness, support and elevate our spirit, which is rooted and grounded in the foundation – Jesus Christ.
If these spiritual walls are not firmly in place, we will surely become like a landfill – wide open to receive all kinds of debris in the form of false doctrines, founded on manipulative schemes, which will undoubtedly cause confusion in the greatest degree.
These walls inhibit them from moving past their pain into God’s plan of love, joy, peace, and abundance.
The only way they can move past their pain is to tear down the walls they have built by:
(1) Accepting the truth about themselves
(2) Asking God to heal their heart, mind, and emotions
(3) Forgiving themselves and the person(s) who hurt and mistreated them
Then and only then can they leave the past and move forward and live a joyful and victorious life in Jesus Christ.
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” (Philippians 3:13)
How many of you have built walls that you want to tear down?
SELF EVALUATION – be truthful; don’t wear a mask.
“We Wear the Mask” – Paul Laurence Dunbar
We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,–
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be overwise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!
Many of you are wearing a mask, but you must remove it so you can move forward in every area of your life – spiritually, physically, and emotionally, and live a joyful and victorious life in Jesus Christ.
Unforgiveness is like a 100-pound weight that is pressing down on you. The longer you allow the weight to press you down, the heavier the burden, and the harder it will be to remove it.
When you are burdened down, you become immobilized emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Emotionally – you become angry, resentful and bitter toward the people who hurt you and mistreated you. This also spills over into your relationships with friends, family, and spouse because you become irritable, harsh, unkind, ill-tempered, degrading, and unloving.
Physically – anger, resentment and bitterness causes stress, which manifest itself in sickness and disease.
“A calm and peaceful and tranquil heart is life and health to the body, but passion and envy are like rottenness to the bones.” (Proverbs 14:30)
Spiritually – you don’t seek after God as you did before; your faith decreases, and your don’t experience love, joy, and peace in your life.
To experience victory through forgiveness you must do the following:
- Acknowledge that you hurt and why you are hurting.
- Release your pain to God. Cast all your burdens upon the Lord because His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
- Allow your pain to heal by focusing on your new start, rather than the pain of the past.
Romans 8:37-39 says, “Amid these we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through God who loved us.”
When you cast your hurt; your pain; your guilt; shame; and regret on God, you no longer have to carry it. You have transferred it to God. Therefore, it can no longer burden you (weigh you down). So you are FREE to move forward by discovering and fulfilling your God-given purpose.
When you discover and fulfill your God-given purpose you will undoubtedly experience joy, peace and fulfillment.
So I challenge you today to discover your God-given purpose and fulfill it.
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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God. She is the founder of Wings of Love Women’s Ministry (WLWM), which creates an atmosphere and forum where women can realize healing and spiritual growth, while cultivating their God-given gifts and ministering in their local churches and their communities and the world.
WLWM’s desire is to connect with other women who have battled abuse in their lives, and who have been held back from moving forward for whatever reason. We seek to encourage victims of abuse to go forth and grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ with more commitment & boldness, knowing that through healing and restoration “the good work God has began in them He will complete.’’
She has produced ministry resources that are designed to equip and encourage women to grow in their spiritual walk with Jesus Christ, and discover and fulfill their God-given purpose for the Advancement of the Kingdom of God. Go to www.womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com/ministry-resources/ to learn more about our ministry resources.