Emotional walls are protective barriers and defense mechanisms that we build in efforts to self-protect. When walls are erected in our lives, we are incapable of establishing, building, and maintaining healthy relationships as we are interacting with others through an impenetrable barrier.
There is a lot of conversation and discussion about "tearing down" emotional walls. Yet, for so many who have suffered deep hurt and pain, and therefore have constructed walls of protection--the very idea of "tearing down" emotional walls may seem too aggressive, scary, or unwelcome. It is here that we need the word of God to help us with our angst.
David clearly points out in Psalm 18:29, that we overcome/leap over walls by God and with God. He never calls us to "go it alone". He is with us to help us navigate the terrain of our hearts--all of the fears, anxieties, uncertainties, and misgivings. He knows when the walls went up, why they went up, and what is necessary to overcome them. And, they must be overcome. If our personal emotional walls are not overcome, we will be immobilized and unable to move into our destiny unbridled by insecurity, doubt, and mistrust.
Whatever emotional walls are in your life, God is with you to help you overcome them. Jesus went to the cross for the walls in your life. You have been redeemed and called to complete liberty and freedom. If you are living behind a wall, you are in a place of bondage to self. This is not God's desire for you. You are destined to leap over walls and experience the exuberance of personal liberty, freedom, and emancipation that can only come from God!
Thoughts for Reflection
1. Are there walls in your life today?
2. Name the emotional walls in your life. When were they erected? Why?
3. Are emotional walls impeding your ability to sustain healthy, meaningful relationships?
Father, I pray for each person who is making a decision to leap over the emotional walls in their lives. I thank you for your promise according to Psalm 18:29, that you are with them. You Holy Spirit is their helper and guide, enabling them overcome. Thank you for complete liberty and freedom through the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thank you for redemption, complete freedom, and victory. May they sense your safety, protection, and grace as they overcome In Jesus' name, Amen and so be it according to the word of God!