Walls and The Blessing

I spent yesterday in Colorado Springs in an extraordinary meeting.  20 leaders gathered in the conference room at Focus on the Family to discuss “The Blessing Challenge”: an exciting collaborative effort with the goal of giving 1,000,000 children the gift of a blessing.  If you’re not familiar with the concept of The Blessing, it dates back to the very beginning of time. In Genesis 1:28, right after God made Man, the Scripture says, “He blessed them.”  To offer a verbal blessing, an give affirmative touch, and to ascribe value to a life is something that can have a profound impact on the success or failure of a child’s ability to live a life of fulfillment and purpose.

More recently, Dr. John Trent wrote a bestselling book called The Blessing in 1993 along with Dr. Gary Smalley. The book lays out clear instructions for giving – and receiving – a biblical Blessing.  In a revised edition to be released this spring by Thomas Nelson, the book will also serve as the centerpiece of this national movement for sharing the importance of giving The Blessing.

The really exciting part?  There is an unprecedented spirit of cooperation among competing publishers to make this happen.  Thomas Nelson, Lifeway, Tyndale House, and Focus on the Family were all represented in the room – all committed to making this a major push in the days ahead.  And Dr. Trent, the guy in the center of the vision, stood up in the midst of the meeting and said, “As I’ve looked back through the years at The Blessing, the one area we didn’t cover enough is what do do if you missed the blessing.  I believe that is where Ryan Rush’s new book Walls takes a significant role in this project.”

As outlined in my new book to be released in February (AKA, NEXT WEEK!), walls are unhealthy mindsets that keep us from living the life God intended.  Of course, these walls are invisible.  But, as THe Blessing reminds us, these walls can also be inherited.   That’s where the Faith Breakthrough becomes so important.  With the biblical components of a Breakthrough anyone who has missed the power of a parental blessing can still walk in the blessing of God!

Earlier this week, I gathered for a prayer meeting with over 150 pastors from around Central Texas.  I was asked to lead a prayer time surrounding the families of these leaders.  We began by outlining the eight primary walls that people face, and then prayed specifically for the primary walls they were facing.  Then, for the first time, I shared how the power of The Blessing can work for- or against – the Walls they were facing at home.  After some very moving testimonies from guys who had never received such affirmation from their fathers, we gathered about twenty of the pastors who were present in the center of the room… and blessed them.

The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that you cannot experience a Breakthrough without some measure of The Blessing.  And you cannot fulfill the call of The Blessing without first overcoming the Walls that are separating you from this powerful, ancient principle.  I’d encourage you to go out and pick up The Blessing and Walls – not just because I am shamelessly encouraging you to buy my book, but because I want you to read the chapter on “A Promise Shared” in Walls, and the chapter on “When a Child Misses the Blessing” in The Blessing.  It’s amazing how these principles go hand in hand.

I’m honored to play a part in the exciting Blessing movement to come!  But you don’t have to wait on the movement – make a point to bless those whom you influence this week.

8 Responses to “Walls and The Blessing”

  1. Dwane Swindal March 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    i heard you on moody radio today and missed exactly how to take the test to evaluate my “wall”.

    Please advise

    • ryanrush March 5, 2011 at 8:22 am #

      Thanks for listening! Just log in to FaithBreakthroughs.com and you’ll see the button on the left that says, “Take the Evaluation.” Let me know how it goes!

  2. stacey March 5, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    Amazing, I heard you on Chris Fabry 3/4/11, moody radio, I couldn’t wait to tell my husband about your book and how God spoke to me through that program. Thank You for all you are doing, being open about how the “Walls” effect everyone around us, including myself of course. I’m off now to start the beginning of your book on the kindle app 🙂
    May the Lord bless you and your family as you work through the issues with your 4yr old and the other struggles of daily life.

    • ryanrush March 5, 2011 at 8:23 am #

      Stacey, it was an honor to share the afternoon with wonderful people like you who are ready to tear down their walls. Thanks for taking the time to offer these kind words, and God’s best to you on your journey!

  3. Eugene Griggs March 5, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    I ne book book on Walls! How can i recieve book?

    • ryanrush March 5, 2011 at 8:24 am #


      Walls is in bookstores everywhere – including Lifeway, Family Christian Stores, and Barnes and Noble. It’s also available on Amazon.com and Christianbook.com. If you go to faithbreakthroughs.com, you can just click on the link. God bless you!

  4. Mary Oster January 27, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    Hi, Ryan., my mom was a a Rush, from South Carolina. I have heard that you wrote a book, From Sir. Thomas to me. Where can I get a copy? We have been told that our first ancestor in America was John Rush, who arrived in 1672, and tht Sir Thomas was our ancestor, also. God bless

    • ryanrush January 27, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

      Mary, thanks for the kind words about my book! You can actually purchase it at my ministry website: faithbreakthroughs.com. From my understanding, you have the heritage correct: it was John “Old Trooper” Rush who arrived first on American Soil. Blessings to you!

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The spiritual barriers people face are countless, but they can be categorized into Eight Primary Walls. These walls correlate with the 8 primary breakthroughs that everyone needs.
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I think God cares about the details of my life.
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People would describe me as a giving person.
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The possibility of gaining a good friend is worth the risk.
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When bad things happen, I wonder if God can make things better.
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I find myself more focused on the things I don't have but wish I did.
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My faith practices are more about routine than relationship.
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I believe God wants what is best for me.
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I feel compelled to make the world around me better.
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I observe things that make me wonder if I should believe the Bible.
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I feel with God's help, I can face any situation.
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I believe truth is the same for everyone.
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I am confident God has forgiven me for my past.
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I feel strong relationships are hard, but worth it.
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I worry that God is angry with me.
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I have a hard time trusting people.
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I am willing to sacrifice immediate gratification for something better down the road.
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I believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing God.
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I don't believe anyone can ever know what is absolutely true.
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I am intentionally seeking to grow in my relationships with others.
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I try to avoid temptations that would bring me harm.
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I am so busy that I find myself ignoring the most important things in my life.
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I believe the Bible has answers for today's circumstances.
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I feel I can turn to God for direction.
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I tend to expect the worst to happen.
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I have too many of my own problems to deal with the problems of others.
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I think that God will meet all my needs.
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It humbles me to think I can know God.
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I believe God is loving and kind.
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I am grateful for the things I have been given.
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I look forward to good things in my future.
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It troubles me that God has not answered my prayers.
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I have to guard against judging people when I learn they are dealing with tough circumstances.
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I question why God allowed certain things to happen in my life.
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I believe God loves me in spite of who I am.
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When looking back on my life, I tend to focus on all of the things I did wrong.
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I believe God is willing and able to answer my prayers.
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I know a lot of people, but don't feel very close to many people.
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I have witnessed things that make me wonder if God is in control.
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I spend too much of my energy pursuing material things.
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I find myself drawn to things I know are bad for me.
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I have been wronged in the past in a way I cannot get over.
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I am willing to serve others for nothing in return.
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I feel there is a disconnect between who I really am and how I act in front of other people.
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When bad things happen, I feel like I am getting what I deserve.
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People who have hurt me in the past cause me to avoid some relationships today.
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I worry about the problems that the future holds.
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I am amazed at God's power.
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When I am facing a difficult situation, I feel like I can solve problems on my own.
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