If you’re like me, you have many “hopes” and dreams. If I were to ask what you’d like to see happen in your life, you could probably whip up a list in no time. Our recent reader survey revealed some of the hopes and dreams we have as a community. We hope for things like:

  • Restored relationships
  • Spiritual growth
  • Financial freedom
  • Weight loss and physical health
  • Anger management
  • Personal breakthroughs
  • And so much more.

But there’s a little problem. Many of us hope for things but aren’t really sure God is for us.

Use biblical framing to take your biggest problem and place it in the context of God's Word. Let God's promises be the catalyst for boldness to help you achieve your dreams! #dreams #goals

We lack confidence on whether our “dream” is His will or if it’s our own idea… and that keeps us stuck.

Spiritual insecurity marginalizes us.

Our greatest obstacle is unbelief.

I can totally relate (more than you know). Yet until we are assured of God’s intentions, we are like the double-minded man in James 1, tossed to and fro because we have no biblical permission to be ALL IN. It’s one of the biggest (and not talked about!) hindrances to God’s people fully pursing a goal… and it’s why the entire second workshop in Grace Goals walks through the process of gaining 100% assurance of God’s approval in YOUR goal setting (see Colossians 4:12).

My aim for us as a community is implementation that results in transformation, so let’s do a little exercise together today. This is a tool I use and call it “Biblical Framing.”

If you are familiar with our Praying the Promises journals or have gone through Trust Without Borders, you have probably seen this from me before but basically Biblical Framing is taking your problem, challenge, or greatest obstacle and placing it in the context of God’s word, much like you would a picture in a picture frame.

This is the process of taking a real life issue and placing it in the greater context of God’s promises. It’s permission to believe… and then, by God’s grace, to achieve.

Caleb is an example of how to do it. He knew that God had given the Israelites the land of Canaan so he took the problem of the giants in the land and placed it in the larger context of the promise of God. The result was this famous statement:

“Let us go up at once and take the land, for we are surely able to overcome it!”

But in order to do that, Caleb had to first know and fully believe God’s promise.

In other words, God’s promise was the catalyst for Caleb’s boldness.

It can be ours too.

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Biblical Framing involves answering three questions. Grab a sheet of paper and let’s go through these together:

  1. What is ONE thing you want to accomplish in the next 6 months?
  2. What is the greatest “giant” or challenge keeping you from accomplishing it?
  3. What promise from God’s word applies to the “thing” you listed in step one? This serves as your “frame” and is your permission to be a “can-do” Caleb.

Note: If you aren’t sure about a promise, ask! James 1:5 says that if we lack wisdom, ask God and He will give it generously! So ask Him for the wisdom to know His will and for a promise you can cling to. You can scroll to the bottom of this email for some of my favorite promises.***

Now, taking the promise(s) you identified in step 3, make a frame. Yep, go ahead and write along the border of a piece of paper the promise(s) you have. Write them big and bold! Remember, this is your permission to believe…and then achieve.

Now, take the obstacle you listed in step two and place it in the context of the promise “frame”. You can even use Caleb’s statement as your framework. Simply insert your problem and promise from God into the blanks as follows:

Let us go up and take (your ONE thing from step 1) for we are surely able to overcome (the problem from step two).

That’s it! See how simple it is?

Use biblical framing to take your biggest problem and place it in the context of God's Word. Let God's promises be the catalyst for boldness to help you achieve your dreams!

Biblical framing is powerful because it intentionally transfers your perspective away from yourself and your own inabilities and limitations, away from the problems and challenges, and focuses your mind on the promises and character of God instead.

Problems are inevitable. Challenges are going to happen. Obstacles and hurdles are part of life. But our God is bigger! Always remember that your greatest work is the work of faith, to believe God means what He said, will do what He promised, and is who He is. That’s what promises are for! Our faith must rise to the challenge.

As we prepare to launch Grace Goals 2018 (mark your calendar for Monday, November 27!) I hope you will plan on joining us! It’s not only going to be fun and practical, but I am daily asking God for it to be transformational for each and every one of us as well. May we advance the Kingdom of God in the coming months!

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with Deuteronomy 30:11:

“For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach.”

We can take the land He’s given us; so let’s be all in.

Yours in Him,
AJ

*** Some of my favorite promises are below.***

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Philippians 4:19 My God is able to supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.

II Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

Proverbs 24:16 For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again…

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

Joshua 1:3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.

II Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

For even more promises, check out our Praying the Promises of the Cross Prayer Journal on Amazon here.