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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Our God is Greater

Subject: Declaring God’s Supreme Greatest Over Satan
by Rick Welborne

–I want to share with declarations that I make every morning during my prayer time along with putting on the full armor of God.

--We declare no weapon formed against us shall prosper! We declare that by His stripes we are healed! We declare that we are more than conquerors! We declare that the prodigals are coming home! We declare 2018 will be our year for miracles, and our year for supernatural, Holy Spirit Book of Acts growth with a new campus in the Villages! We declare the Bible is God’s Word and we will obey it! We declare we are a church for every generation! We declare we are one! We declare that every chain is broken! We declare revival is coming! We declare that we will praise the Lord in the sanctuary and in the mighty heavens! We declare that as long as we have breath, we will praise the Lord!

–These declarations should motivate us to believe God is Who He says He is and that He is greater than any other force on the earth or in the expanse of the universe...Duh...He created it all!

1. We must believe our God is greater!

–God spoke to me a verse that is easy to quote, it has been a favorite of preachers and believers ever since I have been in the Kingdom (since 1974)!

1 John 4:4 (KJV) 
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world. 


1 John 4:4 (NIV) 
4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One Who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 

1 John 4:4 (NLT) 
4 But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 

Adam Clarke - Commentary and Critical Notes - You are under the influence of the Divine Spirit, and have overcome them—your testimony, proceeding from the Spirit of Christ, has invalidated theirs which has proceeded from the influence of Satan; for greater is the Holy Spirit who is in you, than the spirit which is in the world.

–Somewhere along the way the church may not have believed this by doctrine, but have believed it by practice, that God and Satan are two equal forces opposing one another, and that we are hanging on by the skin of our teeth hoping we will win! Young man in Bastrop…you may be surprised who wins!

–I am here today to tell you that this is heresy and that we should not believe this and we should not live like we believe this...we insult and grieve Holy Spirit.

–If we will go thru whatever life throws at us and if we will go thru the double doors it will be because we come to a revelation of how great God is and how powerful Holy Spirit is.



Ezekiel 3:1012 (NLT) 
10 Then he added, “Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself. 
11 Then go to your people in exile and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says!’ Do this whether they listen to you or not.” 
12 Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard a loud rumbling sound behind me. (May the glory of the LORD be praised in his place!) 

–May the glory, the power, and the greatness of the Lord be praised in this place...Church, He is greater than anything or any situation that you are facing right now! Say it…God is greater! God is greater!

–Someone should jump to their feet and worship the great God...greater is He Who is in us than he who is in the world...get it in your spirit...get it in your heart. Get it in your mind! He is greater!

–High five a couple of people and shout He is greater! He is greater and He will take you thru those double doors to a place of multiplication! It has been His will from the beginning!

Genesis 1:27-28 (NKJV)
27  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
28  Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

Jeremiah 30:18-20 (NKJV)
18  "Thus says the LORD: 'Behold, I will bring back the captivity of Jacob's tents, And have mercy on his dwelling places; The city shall be built upon its own mound, And the palace shall remain according to its own plan.
19  Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving And the voice of those who make merry; I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
20  Their children also shall be as before, And their congregation shall be established before Me; And I will punish all who oppress them. 

–Someone needs to leave here today knowing that the Lord is the God of Israel! By the way…He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!

2. Our God Who is greater is our all in all!

–You need to know that He is King of kings, Lord of lords, Savior, Healer, Deliverer!

Isaiah 9:67 (NKJV) 
6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. 

–You need to make a decision that you are hanging with the One Whose Kingdom has no end even forever! By the way, that would include this time we live in and it includes you! Satan’s Kingdom will come to an end:

Revelation 19:1116 (NKJV) 
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 

12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 
13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 
14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 
15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 
16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. 

Revelation 20:10 (NKJV) 
10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. 

–God is greater...Jesus is greater…Holy Spirit in us is greater!!!

–When will we understand who we are in Christ...He wants us to go thru those double doors and His Word tells us that He is the Door.  He is greater! I am the door of the sheep…John 10.

3. Our revelation of Who our great God is will be our victory!

--It was important to Jesus to know His disciples knew Who He was…at one time He asked them…Who do people say that I am? Then, He asked them Who they thought He was? Peter got it right this time:

Matthew 16:13-19 (NKJV)
13  When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?"
14  So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
15  He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
16  Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
17  Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
18  And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
19  And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

--This portion of scripture is so rich with such revelation about how this God Who is greater can bless us and give us power!

--Because of Peter’s confession of Who Jesus was…"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
listen to the promises from Jesus:

A. Peter experienced divine revelation about Who Jesus is…don’t we all need that?

B. Peter received the promise of helping Jesus build His church…what a privilege!

C. Peter received the promise of having power over the enemy…hell shall not prevail!

D. Peter received keys with the power to bind and loose…let’s use what Jesus has given us!

--What is so powerful about these promises to Peter was the fact that poor Peter made a lot of bad choices, yet God was still able to use him in all these areas.

--Once Peter was baptized in Holy Spirit power, his life changed forever because he knew Jesus in a dimension he had never known…He knew Jesus was greater.

--Immediately Jesus used Peter to build His Kingdom…three thousand souls were saved and baptized on the Day of Pentecost…obviously Jesus was greater than all of Peter’s mistakes.

--Peter saw such power over the enemy that he saw a little girl raised from the dead and even his shadow was healing the sick as he passed by…I believe Jesus’ power was greater.

--Obviously Peter had found and received the keys to the Kingdom of God from Jesus because God proved He was greater by making Peter into the rock He promised…He can do that for us!

--The Book of Psalms gives us such insight into how to keep or maintain this view of Jesus that He is greater!

Psalm 77:1115 (NKJV) 
11 I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. 
12 I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds. 
13 Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God? 
14 You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples. 
15 You have with Your arm redeemed Your people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah 

--I know the greatness of the Lord when I remember His works and His wonders, when I meditate on His works, and when I talk (testify) of His deeds. 

--I know the greatness of God when I realize His way is in the sanctuary…what does that mean…the sanctuary is the place more than likely that I will experience greater revelation of Who He is and His plan for me.

Psalm 135:16 (NKJV) 
1 Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD; Praise Him, O you servants of the LORD! 
2 You who stand in the house of the LORD, In the courts of the house of our God, 
3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant. 
4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His special treasure. 
5 For I know that the LORD is great, And our Lord is above all gods. 
6 Whatever the LORD pleases He does, In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places. 

--Praise, worship, and singing in the house of the Lord helps us to experience His awesome greatness and reveals to us His will.

Psalm 145:110 (NKJV) 
1 I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. 
2 Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. 
3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. 
4 One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. 
5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works. 
6 Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I will declare Your greatness
7 They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, And shall sing of Your righteousness. 
8 The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. 
9 The LORD is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works. 
10 All Your works shall praise You, O LORD, And Your saints shall bless You.




Sunday, January 14, 2018

Praying Circles Around Your Walls – 2

Subject: Our Hidden Sins
by Rick Welborne

Joshua 7:1-13 (NLT)
1  But Israel violated the instructions about the things set apart for the LORD. A man named Achan had stolen some of these dedicated things, so the LORD was very angry with the Israelites. Achan was the son of Carmi, a descendant of Zimri son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah.
2  Joshua sent some of his men from Jericho to spy out the town of Ai, east of Bethel, near Beth-aven.
3  When they returned, they told Joshua, “There’s no need for all of us to go up there; it won’t take more than two or three thousand men to attack Ai. Since there are so few of them, don’t make all our people struggle to go up there.”
4  So approximately 3,000 warriors were sent, but they were soundly defeated. The men of Ai
5  chased the Israelites from the town gate as far as the quarries, and they killed about thirty-six who were retreating down the slope. The Israelites were paralyzed with fear at this turn of events, and their courage melted away.
6  Joshua and the elders of Israel tore their clothing in dismay, threw dust on their heads, and bowed face down to the ground before the Ark of the LORD until evening.
7  Then Joshua cried out, “Oh, Sovereign LORD, why did you bring us across the Jordan River if you are going to let the Amorites kill us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side!
8  Lord, what can I say now that Israel has fled from its enemies?
9  For when the Canaanites and all the other people living in the land hear about it, they will surround us and wipe our name off the face of the earth. And then what will happen to the honor of your great name?”
10  But the LORD said to Joshua, “Get up! Why are you lying on your face like this?
11  Israel has sinned and broken my covenant! They have stolen some of the things that I commanded must be set apart for me. And they have not only stolen them but have lied about it and hidden the things among their own belongings.
12  That is why the Israelites are running from their enemies in defeat. For now Israel itself has been set apart for destruction. I will not remain with you any longer unless you destroy the things among you that were set apart for destruction.
13  “Get up! Command the people to purify themselves in preparation for tomorrow. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Hidden among you, O Israel, are things set apart for the LORD. You will never defeat your enemies until you remove these things from among you. 

Joshua 6:17-19 (NLT)
17  Jericho and everything in it must be completely destroyed as an offering to the LORD. Only Rahab the prostitute and the others in her house will be spared, for she protected our spies.
18  “Do not take any of the things set apart for destruction, or you yourselves will be completely destroyed, and you will bring trouble on the camp of Israel.
19  Everything made from silver, gold, bronze, or iron is sacred to the LORD and must be brought into his treasury.” 

--Last week we told you that you need to be praying circles around your walls just like Israel had done with Jericho. Like Honi with his staff…Israel circled Jericho in obedience to God’s command. Walls fell!

--God worked an incredible miracle for them…last week was to be an encouragement to believe and trust God:

1. In 2018 I challenge you to pray bold prayers!

2. In 2018 I challenge you to pray and not give up or quit!

3. In 2018 pray circles around those things that are most important!
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
16  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
17  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
--Today I believe through our text God is going to speak to us a word of reproof (rebuke), a word of correction (adjustment}, and a word of instruction (training) so that we can be complete (whole).

1. The word of reproof is that our sin or sins have more of an impact than just on us.

--Pastor, what I am doing will only affect me…matter of fact my children, my family, and even my church does not know what I am doing. As long as I keep it hidden, I am good. Really?

Joshua 7:1 (NKJV)
1  But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the LORD burned against the children of Israel. 

--The children of Israel committed a trespass (a sin), different translations say they disobeyed the Lord’s instruction, they ignored His commands, they acted unfaithfully, they violated His instructions, they broke faith, they sinned.

--Notice it was they…it was Israel…it was God’s people who disobeyed and sinned against God. Wait a minute, Preacher, it says that it was Achan who took things he was not supposed to take.

--I guess you have me; you are right in saying it was Achan who committed the sin but the truth is that sin has a way of affecting more than just the person who does it. 

Romans 14:7 (NIV)
7  For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone.

Joshua 7:20-21 (NLT)
20  Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the LORD, the God of Israel.
21  Among the plunder I saw a beautiful robe from Babylon, 200 silver coins, and a bar of gold weighing more than a pound. I wanted them so much that I took them. They are hidden in the ground beneath my tent, with the silver buried deeper than the rest.”

--I saw…I wanted…I sinned…do you see the problem here with Achan…it was all about him and about what he wanted with no regard to how it would affect anyone else. Who does that sound like?

Isaiah 14:12-15 (NKJV)
12  "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 
13  For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;
14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.'
15  Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit. 

--How many of you believe that if Achan could do it all over that he would have made a better choice…he had been warned by the word of the Lord earlier…do not take anything!

Joshua 7:24-25 (NLT)
24  Then Joshua and all the Israelites took Achan, the silver, the robe, the bar of gold, his sons, daughters, cattle, donkeys, sheep, goats, tent, and everything he had, and they brought them to the valley of Achor.
25  Then Joshua said to Achan, “Why have you brought trouble on us? The LORD will now bring trouble on you.” And all the Israelites stoned Achan and his family and burned their bodies.

--Pastor, that is not fair that Achan’s sin affected his entire family…not only did his sin affect the family but it also affected the entirety of Israel…think of the impact on the families of 36 soldiers who died.

--We said this was going to be a reproof (a rebuke) so hear me out…It may not be fair what Achan’s sin did to everyone else but think about it…we see the same thing acted out every day.

--The alcoholic is not just destroying his life, the drug addicted person whether legal or illegal is not only affecting his life, the mom or dad who is messing around (fornication or adultery) is not only hurting himself.

Joshua 7:21 (NLT)
21  Among the plunder I saw a beautiful robe from Babylon, 200 silver coins, and a bar of gold weighing more than a pound. I wanted them so much that I took them

--Achan took what he wanted but he got more than he bargained for…his sin cost him everything…he lost the robe, the silver, and the gold but he lost much more…he lost his family…his life.

--I don’t want to be too cruel today with this reproof but just imagine with me Achan’s children looking at him and saying right before they stoned them…Why daddy? The Ten Commandments:

Exodus 20:5-6 (NLT)
5  You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.
6  But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.

2. The word of correction is to deal with your hidden sins.

Joshua 7:19 (NKJV)
19  Now Joshua said to Achan, "My son, I beg you, give glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession to Him, and tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me."

--I know you know this…there is no such thing as hidden sin…you may take pride that you can sneak around and hide your stuff from family and friends but nothing is hidden from God.

Hebrews 4:12-13 (NLT)
12  For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
13  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

Luke 8:17 (NIV)
17  For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.

--What sobering verses to all of us…we need to make sure that we have repented of our sins (confessed our sins before God) and turned back to God with all our hearts. These are words of loving correction.

--If we do not deal with these sins it will have an adverse effect on our relationship with Jesus, it will have an adverse effect on our families, and it will have an adverse effect on the body of Christ.

--Pastor Rick, are you trying to tell us that when we sin we can really effect the spiritual life and victory of Life Church and of our families? Yes, listen to this verse again: Listen to Israel and they in these verses:

Joshua 7:1 & 11-13 (NLT)
1  But Israel violated the instructions about the things set apart for the LORD. A man named Achan had stolen some of these dedicated things, so the LORD was very angry with the Israelites. Achan was the son of Carmi… 11  Israel has sinned and broken my covenant! They have stolen some of the things that I commanded must be set apart for me. And they have not only stolen them but have lied about it and hidden the things among their own belongings.
12  That is why the Israelites are running from their enemies in defeat. For now Israel itself has been set apart for destruction. I will not remain with you any longer unless you destroy the things among you that were set apart for destruction.
13  “Get up! Command the people to purify themselves in preparation for tomorrow. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Hidden among you, O Israel, are things set apart for the LORD. You will never defeat your enemies until you remove these things from among you. 

3. The word of instruction is to be obedient to what God says…His Word!

Joshua 6:17-19 (NLT)
17  Jericho and everything in it must be completely destroyed as an offering to the LORD. Only Rahab the prostitute and the others in her house will be spared, for she protected our spies.
18  “Do not take any of the things set apart for destruction, or you yourselves will be completely destroyed, and you will bring trouble on the camp of Israel.
19  Everything made from silver, gold, bronze, or iron is sacred to the LORD and must be brought into his treasury.” 

--God’s instructions are really simple when you think about it: Everything must be completely destroyed, do not take any of these things, and silver, gold, and iron goes to the Lord’s treasury…His House!

--Think about homes where there is total disobedience…chaos, think of churches where people are obstinate and do their own thing…trouble, think of couples with no honor or respect…division. God delights when we obey Him.
Isaiah 59:2 & 14-21 (NKJV)
2  But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
14  Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street, And equity cannot enter.
15  So truth fails, And he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him That there was no justice.
16  He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.
17  For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, And was clad with zeal as a cloak.
18  According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, Fury to His adversaries, Recompense to His enemies; The coastlands He will fully repay.
19  So shall they fear The name of the LORD from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.
20  "The Redeemer will come to Zion, And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob," Says the LORD.
21  "As for Me," says the LORD, "this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants' descendants," says the LORD, "from this time and forevermore." 



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Pursuing Peace and Breaking Down Walls

Subject: Praying Circles Around Walls that Need to Fall
by Rick Welborne

Ephesians 2:10-14 (NKJV)
10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
11  Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh--who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands--
12  that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
13  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14  For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 
Hebrews 12:14-15 (NKJV)
14  Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:
15  looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;

1. Pursuing peace becomes a reality when we understand some important things about it.
--All of us, at some personal deep level, long for the reality of peace.
--The absence of war and conflict does not constitute the presence of peace.
--Real peace is an internal phenomenon.
--Real peace enables you to sleep when the wind is howling.
--Real peace assures you of the right even when standing in the presence of wrong.
--Real peace lets you see yourself standing when all around you are falling.
--Everyone longs for this kind of peace but sometimes it seems so allusive. 
--Paul, in our text, could see that there was the absence of real, genuine, authentic, abiding peace. There were, as you know, divisions in the church.
--There were divisions between the Jews and Gentiles. Jews were the upper crust and the Gentiles were the intruders. The Jews were the circumcised and the Gentiles were the uncircumcised.
--The Jews had been there a long time and the Gentiles had just gained entrance. The Jews understood the impact and importance of ceremonial law. Gentiles were new to all this.
--Because of these differences there seemed to be a spirit of strife and a lack of peace.

2. Where there is a lack of peace…there is the presence of walls.
--You do remember that the temple in Jerusalem was a temple divided. There were the men…a wall…the women…a wall and then the Gentiles. All behind a wall.
--The wall created division, the wall created strife, the wall meant separation, the wall divided husbands from wives, men from women, Jews from Gentiles…therefore there was no peace.
 --We all know walls are important in Scripture. In Isaiah we read about the watchman on the wall. In Nehemiah we read about him rebuilding the walls and gates that were destroyed.
--In Ezra we read how Zerubbabel and how he had the assignment of rebuilding the wall.
H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. - “Walls are funny things.  Walls not only invade our lives physically, but also affect our lives emotionally. They influence our lives mentally. Walls bother our lives psychologically. Are you aware of the walls in your life? Are you aware of the walls that lurks in your own mind?

3. Let’s see what a wall is or what it does.

Defense Mechanism - designed to shut out. It protects me from you. A wall defends me from being known for what I am. If there is no wall, you can see my weaknesses and I can see your weaknesses, so to protect and defend myself, I build a wall.
Prevents Communication - as long as a wall exists I can possibly know that you are talking but I cannot understand what you are saying.  As long as I don’t understand what you are saying, there is no communication, therefore, there can be no peace.
Prevents Sight - I do not have x-ray vision like superman. I can’t see you and you can’t see me if there are walls - when I cannot see you, I cannot sense you, or understand you. I cannot appreciate you. Therefore, there is no peace.
As long as there is a wall there:
--I cannot see the smile on your face and therefore share your joy.
--I cannot see the frown on your face and therefore participate in your pain.
--I cannot see the tear that flows down your cheek and therefore, I am insulated from your hurt.
--I have a defense mechanism. I cannot hear you. I cannot see you, there is no communication, and therefore, because our relationship is incomplete, because our relationship is not full, because I have not really sought to share with you and you have not sought to share legitimately with me, therefore, there is no peace.

4. Let’s look at the dangers of allowing these walls (this lack of peace in our lives).
Compartmentalization - We compartmentalize our homes, our churches, and our Christianity.
--The enemy’s strategy for our homes and churches is divide and conquer.
--You do your thing and I will do mine. We live and worship under the same roof but have no peace.
--Jesus prayer for us was that we would be one (unified, together, with one mind, with peace).
--As long as we are comfortable with our compartments there will be no peace.

5. There are two kinds of walls. A bearing wall and an interior (middle) wall.  
--To simplify: the bearing wall is designed to bear the weight of a structure and is connected
to the foundation. No wall is a bearing wall unless it is connected - foundation.
1 Corinthians 3:11 (NKJV)
11  For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
--This is so important: The middle wall can be removed without any danger to the structure.
Ephesians 2:14 (NKJV)
14  For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 
--Tonight would be a good time to confess the walls we have in our lives and get free. To find peace.