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(Scripture from the NKJV and KJV)

– For He is our peace – who has made both one – and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us. – Ephesians 2:14

– “Her heart was a secret garden – and the walls were very high.” – William Goldman, “The Princess Bride

Walls have been built by mankind since ancient times.  Some can be purely decorative by design.  Some can be either memorials or religious in nature – such as the Vietnam Veteran’s Wall or the Wailing Wall.  Others can be protective – to keep our computers from crashing – or race cars from crashing into crowds.  However, the vast majority of walls are constructed to create, establish, and maintain a barrier, border, or boundary between people or cultures.  Hadrian’s Wall, The Berlin Wall, and The Great Wall of China were built with this intent.

Whatever the reason for their existence, many walls can evoke a sense of inquisitive wonder in us.  Have you ever been driving or walking down a road in a strange place and come across a wall?  It may have stretched on for a good distance, and there was no way to truly see what was on the other side.  That normally didn’t keep us from wondering what the barrier had been built for in the first place.  However, in his classic poem “Mending Wall“,  Robert Frost wrote, “Before I built a wall, I’d ask to know what I was walling in or walling out.”

When God formed us in our mother’s womb, He built an invisible and spiritual wall over our hearts.  As soon as we took our first breath of life, we became strangers upon this earth (1 Chronicles 29:15, Hebrews 11:13).  We were on the “other side” of heaven.  A barrier blocked the spirit of the world in our hearts at the time of our physical birth – from the Spirit of God that is given to us when we are truly “born again” (1 Corinthians 2:11-12).  This wall only gets broken down when the Holy Ghost is given to us – and Christ comes to dwell in our hearts by faith (Ephesians 3:16-17).

Physical walls separate some people from each other.  Spiritual walls separate all people from God.  Even when our Father breaks this barrier down with Christ. we can set about building our worldly walls all over again through pride and selfishness. In her book “Breaking Pride”, Heather Bixler wrote, “Pride is often a way to protect our hearts and to hide truth.  It causes us to shut down and build walls.”  When we’re born again, God sets about building up walls all around our exterior beings – the ones of worldly wishes, wants, and worries – so we have nowhere to look but up to see and focus on things of the Word.

Once our spiritual blockade is torn down by God from above – His love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost given unto us (Romans 5:5).  The Lord’s lamp of love should now light up our whole bodies (Luke 11:36).  The prior partition preventing this is pulled away.  Our being becomes like a prism.  As soon as His light comes into our hearts from heaven – it immediately gets reflected back out of us in every direction without delay (2 Corinthians 4:6).  The peace of God that now dwells within us – should put aside the pieces of any other wall in our way that tries to prevent it.

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