What frames your world?
Hebrews 11:3 (Amplified Bible)
3 By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.
It’s the word of God that first spoke into existence the heavens and the earth. He first framed our existence and his rightful place is where He is still the one to frame our individual worlds. Yet, even in all His power, authority, dominion, omnipresence; He gave us free will. We have the power to choose. To choose now what we do with the life we’ve been given. Do we allow our experiences, our circumstances, the way we’ve been brought up to ultimately frame our world; or do we choose to constantly redefine our existence by choosing to allow God’s word to frame our life?
Have you ever stopped to capture your thoughts and take authority over them?
I’m constantly talking to myself, stopping thoughts in their tracks – not allowing them to rule me, but for them to get in line with where I’m heading. I don’t have time for negative thoughts, impure thoughts, faithless thoughts that try and bombard my thinking…and I’m surprised at how often they try!
We all have thousands of thoughts filling our minds each day, we need to train ourselves to be aware of the dialogue in our heads. Take the time to consciously control and replace junk thoughts. We have the power to decide what thoughts frame our lives. The key is what to replace them with. I don’t think simply replacing a negative thought with a positive thought is enough; sure it’s better than a negative thought. I have found something better to replace a negative thought, something better than a positive thought.
I believe God’s word – the Bible, is the best thing to replace our junk thoughts with.
I find my junk thoughts are so contrary to what the Bible says to be true and all the more reason to replace them, because they are so out of line!
God’s word has power, has authority to change things and speak things into being. It’s one thing to have hope – but what in? Hope is a positive expectation in circumstances. Circumstances are not always controllable – so how can hope just be placed in circumstances coming into alignment?
Take for example my amazing Father-in-law who is a healthy, fit man who just suffered a major heart attack where statistically only 5% of people survive. If hope is placed in good circumstances; being aware that he keeps himself in good health, eats well, is a non-smoker, a fit man through years of rowing, then a heart attack shouldn’t have happened at age 60 with no risk factors. Hope would then still believe everything will be ok. Based on what? The controllable things like lifestyle choices, diet, exercise were all in place – but it was the uncontrollable that took place. Hope has to be anchored in something more than circumstances realigning themselves.
Hope anchored to the word of God – even when circumstances are crazy and things are not seeming to come back together, we can trust a God that ultimately fashioned not just this life, but the next. I do believe He heals, He restores and that His promises are true: He works all things together for our good. Even beyond our current circumstances of this life, is the promised life which is eternal. Something I can hardly wrap my head around. In heaven there are no tears, no pain, no negative circumstances. Only good all the time!
God’s word gives us something to anchor our hope in. It gives us thoughts to frame our world into something significant, something beautiful, something brilliant and ultimately something eternal. I want my world to be framed by that.