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from JO’s sermon tonight:

when we hear that phrase, most of the time we think of it as a bad thing, we’ve been set up, made to look like we did something that we didn’t do, but the scripture talks about a different type of frame:

Hebrews 11:3 (KJV)

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

it’s not just talking about the physical world;  the word in the original language is “eons,” meaning ages or times;  it’s saying God has a frame around your times, He has put a fence, a boundary around your life, nothing can penetrate your frame that God doesn’t allow;  trouble, sickness, accidents, they can’t just randomly happen, the frame is set;  you don’t have to worry about your future, there’s a frame around your health, children, finances;  it’s a boundary set by the Creator of the universe;  not only can nothing get in without God’s permission, you can’t get out, you can’t make a mistake big enough to break out of that frame, you can’t get too addicted, discouraged, angry, it’s a destiny frame;  God won’t let you get so far off course that you can’t still fulfill your purpose;  you may come right up to the edge, about to do something to get you in trouble, and you’ll bump into the frame, God will push you right back

God knows how to protect you, not only from accidents, wrong people, God will protect you from yourself;  sometimes we’re the most dangerous thing we face;  at the family reunion, you’re about to tell that relative off, somehow you feel a peace come over you, or they walk out of the room at just the right time, that’s not a coincidence, you better thank God for your frame.  this frame has kept us out of more trouble than we realize;  thank God for your frame or you might not still have a job, you might not still be married;  how many times when we were about to tell our spouse exactly what we think, exactly what they should do, and we hear the still small voice saying don’t do it, bite your tongue, walk away;  we take the advice, that’s the frame

in the scripture, David experienced this frame:

1 Samuel 25:1-36 (NIV)

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=I%20Sam%2025:1-36&version=NIV

Abigail was a part of the frame; God ordained her to be there at the right time to know exactly the right thing to say to prevent David from being distracted by killing Nabal and his men, which could have kept him from taking the throne

God is so good He will always send the right person to say the right thing to keep you from missing your destiny

Jonah experienced the frame:

Jonah 1-3 (NIV)

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jonah%201-3&version=NIV

God will always let you do your own thing, go your own way, but He’s so merciful, at some point you’re gonna bump into your frame;  Jonah refused to go to Nineveh, escaped on a boat, and when a huge storm overtook it and the other men realized he was to blame, they threw him overboard;  God allowed the difficulty into Jonah’s frame, not to harm him, but to push him toward his divine destiny;  when it looked hopeless, a big fish came and swallowed Jonah up;  the fish was part of the frame.   you can run as much as you want, but you’ll never run out of your frame, you’ll keep bumping up against it again and again, it’ll always push you back towards your divine destiny; you can go out and party, live it up, not give God the time of day, deep down you’ll be miserable, thinking “Why can’t I enjoy this, why am I so unsatisfied?” it’s because of the frame God’s put on your life;  you are ruined for living a defeated, mediocre, compromising life, God’s calling is on you, you can go your own way, but God has a way of getting you back on course.  God has put a frame that you can’t penetrate, the enemy can’t penetrate, the wrong people can’t penetrate, the most high God has fenced you in, He’s put boundaries around your life so strong, all the forces of darkness cannot get in, and you cannot get out;  we can make mistakes, run from the call, try to ignore it, but the frame around your life was put in place before the foundation of time, when God breathed His life into you, He framed your world

that’s why, parents, we don’t have to worry about our children, they’ve been framed;  they may get off course, but sooner or later they’ll bump into the frame.  they can’t go too far to miss their destiny.  they’re gonna bump into it again, again, again, until they finally say, “I’m tired of fighting, God I’m gonna let You have Your way, I’m gonna honor You with my life.” God has the right people lined up for you, your children, your grandchildren, quit worrying about them and start thanking God for the frame; don’t ever go around telling your friends how your children are so off course and they’re never gonna do what’s right, zip that up and get in agreement with God, “Lord, I wanna thank you that my children have been framed, I’ve committed then into Your hands, and Lord You said the seed of the righteous will be mighty in the land.” you may not see how it can happen, that’s not your job, your job is to stay in peace, knowing that your children have been framed.  your prayers are activating God’s power, when you pray just imagine the frame is getting smaller, the boundaries are getting tighter, God won’t let them go as far as they used to, He’ll make them uncomfortable in compromising situations, He won’t let them enjoy doing wrong like they did before, God knows how to tighten the frame;  even when they do dumb things they can’t get out of the frame;  God will always have the right person

Saul was the biggest enemy of the church, he hated believers, he was having them put in prison, doing more harm to God’s people than any person of that time.  One day:

Acts 9:3-5 (KJV)

And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

God was saying, “Saul, I’ve got you in my frame, you’re trying to kick, run, ignore it, but Saul you have to understand I set the frame, I have a destiny for you to fulfill, and it’s not to stop My work, it’s to advance My work.” when people persecute you, give you a hard time for honoring God, make fun of you for coming to church, don’t let that bother you, they’re not really doing it to you, they’re doing it unto God;  Saul was harming believers, yet God said  “You’re persecuting Me,” God took it personally.  Saul became the apostle Paul who went on to write over the half of the New Testament.  some of you think that you’re too far gone, you’ve made too many mistakes, you may not be a religious person, none of that matters, all that matters is the Creator of the universe has put a frame around your life;  you can kick, run, try to ignore it, that’s just going to make you more miserable;  it’s hard to keep kicking against the frame, it’s not going to move, there’s a calling on your life, a destiny for you to fulfill, it has been set there by the most high God

Romans 11:29 (NIV)

29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.

God’s not going to remove the frame, the sooner you surrender, and say, “God, my life is in Your hands, I’m going to live for You, I’m gonna get help with these bad habits, get in church and serve and grow and pursue the dreams You put in my heart,” the sooner you do that, the happier and more fulfilling your life will be;  you may have family members or friends like Saul, you’ve  been praying for a long time, doesn’t look like they’ll ever get on course, don’t get discouraged, stay in peace;  just like Saul, they’ve been framed.  part of this frame is a hedge of protection;  God has a boundary around your life that the enemy cannot cross;  if it’s not your time to go, the enemy cannot take you out, the frame that’s placed around your life was put there by the most powerful force in the universe

Psalm 91:7 (NIV)

A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.

I know there’s a frame around my life, nothing can happen without God’s permission;  keep the right perspective, you may have lost your car, but because of the frame you didn’t lose your life, you’re not paralyzed;  God protects us from so many things that we don’t even realize; you can thank God for what didn’t happen, because of the frame you didn’t have an accident, you’re not in the hospital, you didn’t get laid off;  the enemy doesn’t determine your destiny, God does;  God is bigger than an explosion, accident or car running a red light;  God has you in a frame;  death can’t penetrate your frame, God has to allow it;  if you’ve lost a loved one, while we may not understand it, the enemy didn’t take your loved one, he doesn’t have that power, God called them home, received them into His presence; an accident can’t penetrate your frame, sickness can’t penetrate your frame, God has to give it permission, He controls the whole universe

1 Corinthians 15:55 (NLT)

O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?

I’m not afraid of you, you can’t defeat me, I know there’s a frame around my life.  it’s a hedge of protection, a bloodline that the enemy cannot cross;  the enemy can’t just do whatever he wants, he has to ask God for permission, God has to allow him to do it;  when you go through tough times, you have a bad break, don’t get discouraged, remember the frame is still up;  you keep moving forward, and you’ll not only come out, but like Job, God will bring you out better off than you were before;  don’t worry about your future, you’ve been framed, there are boundaries around your life, put in place by the most powerful force in the universe, nothing can get in without God’s permission, and you can’t get out;  all through the day instead of worrying and being stressed out, under your breath, “Lord thank you that my life has been framed, my children are framed, my health, finances, dreams, future is in Your frame” if you’ll do that, you’ll be happier, have more peace, God promises the # of  your days He will fulfill, you’ll see His protection, mercy, favor, nothing will keep you from your God-given destiny

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