Hebrews 11:3 (NKJV) By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
Faith is a gift from God (Eph 2:8). By this gift of seeing the unseen realm we understand that certain words God spoke framed the physical realm we see. Unseen things create seen things. Things you cannot see are able to shape and mold and place physical things. In fact, physical things cannot be created unless the unseen realm is involved.
Here are more examples of unseen things (God’s spoken Words) creating things.
Words Create Things
Psalm 33:6 (NKJV) By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
God spoke and the heavens were made, built, fashioned, created. If God chose not to say anything those worlds would not have been made. They could not exist without Him speaking.
John 1:1–3 (NKJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
John 1 parallels Genesis 1. John 1 states explicitly that the Word of God is God, and is equal to God. The Word of God is the tool chest God used to create our world. Read Genesis Chapter One and count how many times it says “And God said”. God is laying out a pattern. He is revealing to us how He created the universe. The rivers, the suns and moons and stars, all material substance, appeared because He said so. God carefully chose words and spoke them by faith to create the earth and all that lives on it. The unseen is the source of the seen. The unseen realm has the raw materials, which you cannot see with your eyes. The spirit realm has the stuff you need to build whatever you can see.
Your Words Create Your Things
Most people do not understand the power of words. Specifically their own words. Words have power because we are spirit beings in the same class as God Almighty. We are made in His image (Genesis 1:26-28, 5:1, 9:6, 1 Corinthians 11:7). Sin corrupts and perverts the image of God in man. This is why some people do sadistic and malevolent things to other people. Sin corrupts and God redeems. God is at work restoring His image in all those who obey Him. Whether we obey God or not, we are made just like Him. This means our words have astounding power to create, to destroy, to encourage, and to belittle.
Consider these verses describing the effects of our words.
Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
God tells us in this verse we can sustain life, even create life, or end life. We can release life and blessing, or death and cursing. This power works for good or for evil. This power is activated and released with the words you speak. It is a somber moment when you understand you can affect someone’s entire life with your words. It is your choice.
Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV) I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
We can choose life! No matter what we are dealing with we can choose life. The world is ruled by words. We cannot change that fact. But we can choose the words we live under, live by, and live for. When faced with words bringing death, we can learn to release life. When things go sour we can choose to speak positively, redemptively. When the bills are bigger than the paycheque we can still speak increase and abundant supply. The Word of God is life! Modify the boundaries of your life by saying what God has already said about it. This is how He framed His world. This is how we can frame our world too.
Mark 11:23 (NKJV) For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Jesus begins this thought indicating anyone can do this. “Whosoever” can “not doubt in his heart”, and believe what he says will come to pass. Jesus ends the verse saying such a one can “have whatever he says”. Notice this verse mentions “say” three times, and “believe” only once. It is more important what you say than what you believe. And you can change what you say to deliberately change what you believe. If life and death are in your tongue you can select alternate words leading to updated thinking and transformed values.
Have you ever said “It’s flu season again, I always catch the flu”? If you believe what you say, and do not doubt it, you will catch the flu if you keep saying that. How about cute sayings like “there’s always more month left at the end of the money”? Or “I never get any breaks”, or “The only luck I ever get is bad”? Can you see that those who repeat things like that are building faith in their words, and their own words bring those things to pass for them. But Jesus said to speak to the mountain. The mountain represents the issue, the challenge, the problem you face. If flu season is coming again, say “I never get the flu. I am healthy and strong and safe in Jesus”. Saying different words creates different tracks in your brain and will produce different mindsets and priorities over time.
Let’s consider the words of Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Matthew. He blows the lid off our perceptions and limitations!
Matthew 17:20 (NKJV) So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Jesus states clearly that NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU. Unbelief makes things impossible. Faith makes all things possible. But only if you SAY what you BELIEVE. You believe something then say what you believe. Your faith can grow to the point where you can size up any mountain in your life and tell it to move out of your life. It will move out of the way because you said so, not doubting in your heart. Jesus said so. He cannot lie.
Most people believe they have limits, restrictions, boundaries. These are man-made ideas birthed and maintained by words. If you began to say what Jesus just said, “nothing is impossible for me”, you would soon be thinking differently, seeing differently, and believing differently. When you begin saying it, you still believe it is impossible, and you believe your limits are real. But choose to agree with the Lord! He said those who say and believe, and do not doubt, can do impossible things. Why not you? Why not now? It begins with a choice.
All Things Are Possible
Mark 9:23 (NKJV) Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Jesus explains that believing something makes it possible. Everyone knows a story or two about someone who believed something that looked impossible, but they refused to doubt, refused to quit, and accomplished what others said was impossible. I suggest to you that their accomplishments were possible because of this principle God set in motion when He created the universe as described in Genesis Chapter 1.
There are many factors involved in this principle working for you. I will do my best to cover these in future articles. What I want you to see and believe is that you can change your world by changing your beliefs and changing your speech. All things are possible to those who believe. God says so, and He cannot lie!
(Hebrews 6:16-18, Titus 1:2, Psalms 33:11, Isaiah 14:24, Malachi 3:6, James 1:17).
Frame Your World
In our foundation scripture God says He framed His worlds with His Word. The Bible contains some of the things God has spoken. There are many words God spoke that are not included in the Bible. He gave us the Bible as a manual, an operating procedure guide on how to live life. We are supposed to believe His word and, by applying our faith by speaking His Word, frame our world according to His Word.
For example many people face health issues. I respect and appreciate the medical community, but there is a higher “frame” we can live in than the world they say we must accept. There are many things that cannot be helped by the best medical personnel and equipment, yet, faith in God can overcome what the medical community says is impossible. You can learn information from God, choose to believe what you learn, then use that information to change any circumstance you face. I realize this sounds too good to be true, but remember, God said it, not men. If He said it, why not give Him the benefit of your doubt and test His Word? He says you can learn and apply truth. This applied truth will completely transform you and everything around you. But only if you believe Him and consistently faithfully act on whatever He says.
I believe God. I believe I can receive truth from Him, accept it and believe, then live by it. I believe as I apply the things He teaches me, my world will change. The frames around my life will begin to adjust or move or even disappear as I learn and apply divine information. And you can too!
Definitions Of A Frame
1 frame \ˈfrām\ verb
framed; fram•ing [Middle English, to benefit, construct, from Old English framian to benefit, make progress; akin to Old Norse fram forward, Old English fram from] verb transitive 14th century
1: to construct by fitting and uniting the parts of the skeleton of (a structure)
2 a: PLAN, CONTRIVE 〈framed a new method of achieving their purpose〉
b: SHAPE, CONSTRUCT
c: to give expression to: FORMULATE
d: to draw up (as a document)
3 a: to devise falsely (as a criminal charge)
b: to contrive the evidence against (an innocent person) so that a verdict of guilty is assured
c: FIX 7b
4: to fit or adjust especially to something or for an end: ARRANGE
5 obsolete: PRODUCE
6: to enclose in a frame also: to enclose as if in a frame verb intransitive
2 frame – noun
1 a: something composed of parts fitted together and united
b: the physical makeup of an animal and especially a human body: PHYSIQUE, FIGURE
2 a: the underlying constructional system or structure that gives shape or strength (as to a building)
b: a frame dwelling
3 obsolete: the act or manner of framing
4 a: a machine built upon or within a framework 〈a spinning frame〉
b: an open case or structure made for admitting, enclosing, or supporting something 〈a window frame〉
c (1): a part of a pair of glasses that holds one of the lenses
(2) plural: that part of a pair of glasses other than the lenses
d: a structural unit in an automobile chassis supported on the axles and supporting the rest of the chassis and the body
5 a: an enclosing border
b: the matter or area enclosed in such a border: as
(1): one of the squares in which scores for each round are recorded (as in bowling) also: a round in bowling
(2): an individual drawing in a comic strip usually enclosed by a bordering line
(3): one picture of the series on a length of film
(4): a complete image for display (as on a television set)
c: an inning in baseball
d (1): FRAMEWORK 1a
(2): CONTEXT, FRAME OF REFERENCE
e: an event that forms the background for the action of a novel or play
Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. (Eleventh ed.). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc.
1) to cause to be in a condition to function well, put in order, restore.
- A) restore to a former condition, put to rights (by cleaning, mending, folding together) Mt 4:21; Mk 1:19 restore someone in a spirit of gentleness, i.e. in a gentle manner Gal 6:1. mend your ways 2 Cor 13:11.
- B) put into proper condition (of a trainer who adjusts parts of the body), adjust, complete, make complete, to fix up any deficiencies in your faith or to complete what is lacking in your faith 1 Th 3:10. make you complete in every good thing Heb 13:21 adjusted / made complete in the same mind and the same conviction 1 Cor 1:10. Eph 2:2. 1 Pt 5:10.(fully) trained, practiced. when fully trained, the pupil will be like the teacher Lk 6:40.
2) to prepare for a purpose, prepare, make, create, outfit.
- A) Heb 11:3.made, created for something. vessels of wrath, designed for destruction Rom 9:22. a man set on (lit. made for) unity
- B) prepare something for someone Heb 10:5 for oneself you prepared praise for yourself Matt 21:16
Condensed from A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature 3rd Edition (BDAG)
What Is A Frame?
Reading the above definitions expands your thinking. Here is a summary of ideas about what a frame is in your life.
1) A frame is a reference point
2) A frame is a viewpoint, a perspective
3) A frame is a border that keeps things in
4) A frame is a boundary that keeps things out
5) A frame is a structure, a support
6) A frame is a window into the inside
7) A frame is a window to the outside
8) A frame is a window into the past, or the future
9) A frame is a separator from what is around it
10) A frame is access for good or for evil
I hope you can discern the importance of what God said in Heb 11:3. We have a God-given ability to deliberately speak into existence the future God reveals to us. You can hear from God and “call those things that be not, as though they were” (Rom 4:17). Your words can “cause something to be in a condition to function well”. Your words can “put in order, restore”. You have a mandate from the living God Himself to “prepare for a purpose”, to “prepare, make, create, and outfit”.
By faith we can speak the truth to change the facts. Facts are true, and I do not deny their existence. But I have learned to apply God’s truth by faith in love, and those facts will change!
My desire and purpose is to teach you how to apply Bible verses to frame your world.
Prayer for Repentance and Salvation.
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and your Saviour, I invite you to ask Him into your heart. If you knew the Lord but have not been hungering for Him I invite you to consider your ways and repent. He is faithful and righteous to wipe your slate clean when you confess your sin to Him! (1 John 1:9)
1 John 1:9 (NASB95) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
He gave His life for you, and you honour Him when you give your life for Him. It is the right thing to do!
1 Corinthians 6:20 (AV) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
You must give yourself to God for Him to come into your life and help you change. He will not force you! Ever. But oh! The joy and peace and hope He gives you!
Romans 12:1–2 (NKJV) 1) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 10:9 (NKJV) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
You must acknowledge Jesus Christ is Lord, and you must believe He was resurrected from the dead by the Father.
Say this prayer out loud.
Heavenly Father I turn to you and acknowledge You as the Almighty God, eternal and sovereign over all. I have been rebellious, selfish, and deceived trying to live without you. I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He died on the cross to redeem me from death and sin, and that He rose from the dead, alive forever with You. I ask you to forgive me of all my sin, known and unknown. Please come into my life as my Lord and my Saviour. Thank you for forgiving me, and redeeming me from sin. I choose to trust You and put You first in every area of my life. I will love You and serve You with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my resources, for the rest of my life, beginning right now. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!
If you prayed this to the Lord, please let me know! I have some resources to share with you, and will help you on your journey with the Lord.