by Jamie Zenteno

We all have walls around us right? Ok physically yes, there are walls at the office, at home, in the garage, at church . . . at our favorite coffee shop.

But what about the walls we can't see? A misunderstanding between friends. . bam . . a wall goes up.

An argument over why in the world your spouse can't do things like you do . . bam . . another wall  goes up.

What about when a dear friend tells you the truth but you don't really want to hear the truth. . yes there goes up another wall.

The longer the walls stay up, the more brick and mortar we keep piling on top building the walls higher and higher.

Or what about feeling like your hitting a brick wall every time you look at a certain situation. Your kids making the wrong choices, finances all tangled up, medical decisions needing to be made the list goes on and on.

All of these walls seem very real to us and I believe one trick our enemy has up his sleeve is to make us forget that we absolute power over all of this junk.

Before we know it we've actually enclosed ourselves in solitary confinement of our own miserable fort. Looking up, frustrated, hopeless, mad, sad and even disappointed.

Some walls are thin like sheet rock and come down easily and quickly. But other walls we put up are hard and strong like bricks.

                                                                       <image from flicker>

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The greatest thing about all of this is that what goes up must come down. That's how gravity works right?

Well that's what God does too. All the walls we put up were never meant to be there and they were also never meant to stand for eternity either.

John 10:10 (NKJV) 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

I think that when we start to praise Him for what He's already doing it takes our focus off of our problems, misunderstanding and hurts. It then makes us, the frail humans that we are, put all of our attention towards God.

Take the story of Joshua and Jericho in Joshua chapter 6. The Israelites knew that there enemies were behind the walls of Jericho ready to attack them. But what did God tell Joshua to do? Be silent for 6 days and on the 7th day blow the horns and shout!

Oh I love it!!

After they sent up praises for the victory God was about to deliver THE WALLS CAME CRASHING DOWN!

They walls of Jericho once ever so high crumbled to the ground. Why do you think so many songs have been written about victory?

Look at these lyrics I'm sure you'll recognize a few:

"Let God arise our enemies be scattered"

"The enemy he has to leave at the sound of Your great name"

"Look around hear the sound of sinners found we will see the walls come down"

Do not live in defeat. Do not live hopeless. Chin up my dear. Chin up.

If you see someone down  and you're having a bad day too don't join the pity party. Give them grace. Give them space. Give them mercy. Give them encouragement. Why? Because that's what Jesus gave you when He spilt His blood on the ground to save you.

I hope you find encouragement as you face your day with all that it beholds.

I leave you with this final scripture:

Psalm 16:8 (NLT) 8 I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.