March 5, 2018

2 Corinthians 4:13 (NLT) — 13 But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.”

A carpenter frames a house before he does anything else.  A house will only be as strong as its frame. The frame of a house is what the rest of the house hangs on > the insulation, windows, siding, shingles, doors etc.  The frame determines the strength,  shape and size of the house just like our skeletal system determines the shape and size of our bodies. The rest of us, the skin, muscle, cartilage, blood vessels etc. hang on our frame. We are only as strong as the frame our bodies hang on.

Our words are what frame our lives. Our words show what kind of faith we have. Paul said that because of his faith in God he continued to speak words of victory and not words of defeat no matter what the circumstance was that he might be going through. Paul knew that God is a winner and so he spoke the words of a guy that was winning.

Last Saturday night the Underwood girls basket ball team was losing 64-62 with three seconds remaining on the clock. Underwood takes a time out and the coach tells them how they are going to win. One girl was to take the ball out of bounds by throwing it about a quarter of the way down court. That girl was to turn and throw it to another whe was to be just outside the 3-point line and that girl was to turn and shoot the ball. The ball would go through the basket and the girls would win; and that is just what happened! His words framed the win.

Hebrews 13:5–6 (NLT) — 5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” 6 So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”

To speak out words of faith in times of difficulty is so important in framing our world. Because we believe in God and we believe that he will never abandon us or fail us, we speak confidently into our situation. Hebrews 11 says that the world was framed by the word of God and so to we frame our world by the words that we speak.

Speak words of grumpiness, doubt, fear, cynicism—and that’s the world you and your family will inhabit. But speak words of faith, hope, and joy even when you’re going through hard times—and such will be the characteristics of your world. Paul could have been murmuring and complaining, doubting, whimpering, and crying. But that’s not what he chose to do. “Yes, we’re going through tough times,” he said, “I believe in God so I speak words of faith.”

The strength, size and shape, in other words the character and characteristic, of the world you live in will depend on how you frame it and how you frame it will be determined by the words that you speak.

Proverbs 12:25 (NLT) — 25 Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.

Proverbs 16:13 (NLT) — 13 The king is pleased with words from righteous lips; he loves those who speak honestly.

Proverbs 18:20 (NLT) — 20 Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction.

Proverbs 20:15 (NLT) — 15 Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies.

Proverbs 30:5 (NLT) — 5 Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.

Be Inspired Hilltop!