Friday, August 7, 2015

Don't Build a Wall - Wear Your Armor!

Many times in mentoring/discipling men and women, we will run into a wall.  A wall is a self-devised protection around our heart intended to keep us from being harmed again.  If I were to paint a
picture, it would look like a brick wall put around a specific area of our emotions in order to keep us safe.

As we help people to mature in their faith, at times we find that they have trouble moving forward from a traumatic memory.  Sometimes forgiving people is difficult in a specific area where there has been pain. Other times a person has experienced deep rejection from someone close to them and cannot get past the rejection.

Whenever we hit this mental block, we know that a person has put up a wall of protection for some reason.  This "mental block”  or wall can keep people from attaining complete freedom.

The other night I was speaking with a woman who felt rejected by a past boyfriend.  She was having trouble hearing from the Lord.  I asked her if she had built a wall of protection around her heart to shield her from future pain.  She agreed that there was a wall she had
built after being betrayed by this man.

What we don’t understand is that when we build a wall to protect ourselves – what we are really doing is shutting down our emotions and that wall ends up separating us from part of our relationship with God.  We build walls because we don’t trust God to protect us.  So emotional walls around our heart are built on the foundation of a lie.  “God isn’t very good at protecting my heart.”

If an arrow of rejection or pain has pierced our heart, it was because we were not wearing our spiritual armor laid out for us in Ephesians 6.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Ephesians 6:14-17
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. (feet of peace) In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (emphasis and additions mine)

If we are wearing and using all 6 of these pieces of armor, then we are safe from the arrows of the enemy, and there is no reason to build a wall to protect ourselves.

If we LOVE the truth and have it buckled firmly around our waist, it will keep us from deception.

If we keep our hands clean and pursue holiness in all that we do, the breastplate of righteousness will protect our heart.

If we keep our “shoes of peace” on at all times no one can steal our peace from us, because the gospel (the good news) of Christ is our foundation and no one can snatch us out of His hands.

If we use our shield of faith when arrows of biting words come toward us, we will not be hit by rejection because by FAITH we know WHO we belong to.

If we keep our helmet of salvation on the tormenting thoughts of the devil cannot penetrate our minds.

If we keep the sword of the Spirit near us and use the word of God to cut down temptation of the devil in the same way that Christ did in His 40 days in the desert.  “It is written…” are very powerful words indeed!

Building a wall around our heart for protection is not a healthy way to deal with pain.  Scripture lays out for us the perfect formula to protect our hearts - we need to wear our armor!

Steps to Wholeness

If you have hit a wall in your emotions and are having trouble with getting completely free, seek the Holy Spirit and ask if you have built a wall around your heart.  If you know that there is one.  Put on the Armor of God.  Piece by piece, pray and put it on by faith. 

For instance, Father God I pray that the truth would be buckled around my waist.  I pray for the belt of truth to be buckled around my waist. I pray for the breastplate of righteousness over my chest.  I pray that the shoes of peace would be on my feet.  I pray that the shield of faith would be in one hand and the sword of the spirit would be in the other.

1.       Then with your armor on, picture the wall around your heart. 
2.       Ask the Lord if there is anyone you need to forgive. 
3.       Forgive those people.
4.       Ask the Lord for a tool to take down the wall.  (some people see a sledge hammer, some see a bull dozer, others see a pick ax,  others have seen a pen to write the truth on the wall) 

5.       Whatever tool you see, use it by faith to take down the wall around your heart.  You should feel some freedom come to your emotions.  Pay attention to anything that you might see on the other side of the wall.

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