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Peace Through Framing our Thought Life

Updated on November 2, 2020
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Tamarajo is an avid Bible Studier who loves nothing more than to seek out the treasures in God's Word and share them with others.


You will keep him in perfect peace (shalom, shalom), Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

— Isaiah26:3

The idea and experience of peace elude us at times as we live life in this chaotic fallen world and these bodies of flesh. It is in these times and conditions that our thoughts can become as storm-tossed as a raging sea. The above portion of Scripture calls us back to our right mind, right thinking, and rightful positions as children of another kingdom, not of this world.

The Hebrew word translated "mind" in this passage is "yatzar," meaning to frame or form in the mind, with the concept of purpose and intention. It also includes the idea of meditative thought. "Yatzar" is the first word in the sentence when reading this verse in Hebrew, signifying that perfect peace begins with framing our thoughts and being purposeful and intentional about it.

Framing Thoughts

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.

— Hebrews 11:3

The above verse reveals how our inner world is to be framed by the Word of God. The Father has shown us by example how this works in the way He created all things.

Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.

— John 5:19

Jesus also compares the firm foundation of a life of those whose thoughts are framed and built upon His Words.

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock.

— Matthew 7:24

Thoughts are the materials that are used to shape and form our lives. What our thoughts are conformed to will have a determined outcome.

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 12:2

The second word in the Isaiah 26:3 verse is "samech" and means to support. A frame of a house must be supported and held up by something. In this case, the reference is to God.

He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.

— Luke 6:48

When the framework of our thoughts is sustained and supported by God, we are assured He will keep ('titzor" ) watch over, tend to, guard and make sure of our peace.


Pictograph For Peace Beginning With Sheen—Teeth

The literal translation for perfect "peace" is "shalom shalom." When a term is repeated twice in Hebrew, it is done so for emphasis. It signifies abundance, greatness, completeness, totality, infinitive absoluteness, and complete satisfaction.

The Hebrew word "shalom" actually means completeness and wholeness on all levels. It is an all-inclusive state of well-being, including health, relationships, finance, and carries the idea of being safe and secure.

The pictograph interpretation of "shalom" offers us some further insights.

The first Hebrew letter in the word "shalom" is a "sheen," and it is a picture of teeth that comes with the idea of chewing, devouring, and or destroying.

. . . the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

— I John 3:8


Lamed—a Shepherd Staff

The second letter of the Hebrew word shalom is a "lamed," and it is a picture of a shepherds staff. It carries with it the idea of authority. As it refers to our above verse, we might say that it also can be like a shepherd corals his sheep, so we ought to corral our thoughts by being deliberate and taking authority over them.

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ . . .

— II Corinthians 10:5

During a most recent challenge, the Lord brought the above verse to mind.

Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck,
O captive daughter of Zion!

— Isaiah 52:2

It is often our thoughts and imaginations that hold us captive, and by taking our thoughts captive, we are loosing ourselves from captivity to them.

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The third letter of "shalom" is "vav" and is a nail picture and attaches things. It can also indicate cause and effect.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

— John 10:10

Mem—Watery Chaos

The last letter is a "mem" and is a picture of waves of water and can indicate chaos. At the end of the word, it is a closed "mem," meaning hidden water or hidden disorder.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:12

Putting these concepts together, we can see that a state of well being has to do with destroying (sheen) the authority (lamed) that is the underlying cause (vav) of chaos (mem) in one's world. It also implies that "shalom" is already there. It is the chaos that prevents us from experiencing it. It is like the sun that is always shining, but storms may come and deter us from seeing it

"Bless, O my soul! the living God. Call home thy thoughts that rove abroad. Let all the powers within me join, In work and worship so divine"

Isaac Watts

Things in the Visible realm that Cause Chaos

. . . a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!

— Mark 7:37

This portion of Scripture shows us a type of chaos that is obvious and visible. In our private worlds, we might see them as real problems that arise with people and circumstances.

Things in the Unseen realm that Cause Chaos

. . . They were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority. Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him. Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a word this is! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.”

— Luke 4:32

This portion of Scripture shows us the "behind the scenes" chaos that we cannot see with our natural eyes and, in this particular example, can be symbolic of the internal turmoil that comes from the spirit realm.

The last thing mentioned in this verse is because we trust "betach" in Him, we are enabled to experience this "shalom"!

According to the Word pictures, the definition of trust is "to abide and rest inside the goodness of God, protected, embraced, and surrounded by His compassion and favor." Our thoughts must be built upon this concept of trusting in His goodness and revealed Word to experience His ultimate peace (shalom, shalom).

It is clear that the battlefield is in the mind and that our thought life is the framework of our experience. Our battle is to destroy the authority causing us chaos by taking jurisdiction over our thoughts and actions and purposing them to God's thoughts and desires so that we might experience the wholeness and security of a life lived well.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

— Philippians 4:6

When the framework of our thoughts and meditations and imaginations are leaning upon, resting upon, and being supported by Him, then He will keep us in perfect, perpetual, most assured wholeness, soundness, security, and tranquility.

* All scripture references are taken from King James or New King James versions of the Bible.

© 2010 Tamarajo


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      8 years ago

      You are welcome! I forgot, inspiring!

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      8 years ago

      Thank you SparrowMinistries I appreciate your visit and encouraging comments.

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      8 years ago

      Very good, thought provoking, challenging, and encouraging hub!

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      10 years ago

      Thank you tinamarie9884 for your visit and comment.

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      10 years ago

      Tamarajo, Excellent hub, lots of information. I am glad that I came by to read.

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      10 years ago

      Thank you for your visit jparedes.

      Yes our thought life is critical to our state of being. Our own thoughts and the thoughts of this world tend to lead to hopelessness, despair, and chaos.

      Thoughts that are corralled and instructed according to His truth and His word lead to peace despite situation and circumstance.

      Thank you for your gracious comment.

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      10 years ago from Makakilo, Hawaii

      Very informative hub! I totally agree that there is a battlefield within our minds that we must conquer and replace with the fullness of Gods mighty and never ceasing Word. This, I have found, is the most powerful weapon against the chaos you speak of.

      Thanks for such a well put together hub on peace. Blessings!

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      yolanda yvette 

      10 years ago

      I could tell this would be a great read as soon as I saw the Isaiah 26:3 reference. I wouldn't want to rush through it, so I'll come back to it when I have more time.

      I know I'll enjoy learning from you. And I'm truly honored to be one of your fans. Thanks for sharing with us.

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      10 years ago

      Thank you Healing Touch for your vote and gracious comment. I love His Word too.

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      Laura Arne 

      10 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


      So many of my fave verses here. Luke, matthew, phillipians. Great hub. I must bookmark up and awesome.

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      10 years ago

      Thank you for your visit and comment James. It is amazing what all goes on in our minds. Making His thoughts ours make for a stable life. Allowing thoughts to roam aimlessly unchecked can lead to an incorrect and faulty framework for our lives.

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      James A Watkins 

      10 years ago from Chicago

      Yes, the mind is a battlefield. Thank you so much for this edifying missive. It is very good.

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      10 years ago

      Thank you for your visit and comment Judicastro. I have heard that preached before too about not just thinking but speaking and it is true. I have practiced this and it works. your comment is a great addition to framing our thought life by making sure we speak the Word of truth.

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      10 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

      What a thoughtful and well written hub Tamarajo. Thanks for you excellent word construction. Our pastor shared with us when he was talking about the warfare that goes on in our minds that we cannot battle thoughts with thoughts. To win the battle we have to open our mouths and speak the word. Then he said count to 10 in your mind and recite these words and he gave us a scripture to speak out loud. There was no way we could continue to count and speak at the same time. He said that if we try and battle thoughts with thoughts we will lose everytime. Taking every thought captive takes speaking out loud over them. Thanks so much for sharing this I really enjoyed reading it!

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      10 years ago

      Heart4theword. Nice to see you. I like that one too. It helps me focus my thoughts on Him rather than the problem knowing that He can rule a universe He can rule my problem.

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      10 years ago

      Igc4jc Thank you for your visit and comment. I agree I think we are so easily distracted by the living in this fallen world with all it's discouragements and difficulties. Eyes on Him and the truth give a much better and more accurate perspective.

      I can't tell you how many times my thoughts wanted to project worse case scenarios and my emotions would follow right along with them. But when I turned to His word and put my faith in what He said things changed.

      focusing on the bad or negative only seems to perpetuate it.

    • Tamarajo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      drpastorcarlotta thank you for your visit, comment, and vote : ). I am happy you were blessed by it. His word and ways are always a blessing.

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      10 years ago

      Hello Nobody thank you for stopping by. I agree an unguarded thought life can lead to an inferior life structure that won't hold up to the trials of life.

      His thoughts are higher than our own and I am so grateful He has invited us to come up higher than our situations, fears, and circumstance into His thoughts and build a solid and stable life structure.

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      10 years ago from hub

      Phil 4:6, has helped me so much, in my thought life and actions:) This was a great study! Thank you:)

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      10 years ago

      Thank you for a wonderful exhortation. I believe this is one of the greatest difficulties Christians face today. Placing their thoughts on things that are praiseworthy should be the preoccupation of a believers thinking. May God help us all keep our minds and thoughts on Him.

      Thank you again and God bless you always

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      10 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Wonderfully done, I must say. Thank you for blessing me. I voted this Hub awesome!!!!! Much love...

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      Robert E Smith 

      10 years ago from Rochester, New York

      So much of our lives begin with thought. One unguarded thought and the devil will make use of the moment and add his own spin to the very next one. In our moments of weakness we will stay in automatic thought mode and that is when we do most of our sinning. Great hub sister. bob

    • Tamarajo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      welcome daydreamer. So glad you were blessed by the Word of God. Thank you for stopping by.

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      10 years ago

      Thank you Rev Lady I appreciate your visit and encouraging commentary.

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      10 years ago

      Thank you for reading and commenting Dave Matthews. I have gleaned so much from learning about Hebrew language and culture and though as you say Jesus may very well have spoken aramic it is my understanding that the biblical text or Torah was in Hebrew and that is what would have been read orally.

      The modern letter symbols aren't necessarily that of the most ancient Hebrew script either the original characteres were actually the pictures used in a lot of my studies.

      The way the letters were written changed when the Israelites went into captivity in Babylon where the characters took on a different form.

      anyways I am forever fascinated by His ways. thanks again for your visit.

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      10 years ago

      Thank you for your visit and comment exjwlaurie. The concept of framing really helped me better understand the meaning too. This verse I had heard so many times took on a greater more in depth meaning to me.

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      10 years ago

      Hello lifegate. The depths of His Word is endless. So happy you were blessed by this revelation.

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      10 years ago

      I appreciate you too Creativeone. Blessed by your visit and comment.

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      10 years ago

      After a hard day, this was just what I needed. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      10 years ago from Lantana, Florida


      A marvelously vivid and straightforward presentation. It it spiritually illuminating and flows beautifully from the Word of God, through you hub, to the soul. Thank you for sharing of your time and insight.

      Love, peace and joy in Him who is our Peace!

      Forever His,

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      Dave Mathews 

      10 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Tamarajo: thank you for the various translations of the word of God from the English to the Hebrew and back. It is helpful in trying to see how words may have been applied by Jesus, though His native tongue was Aramaic a different dialect, not Hebrew.

      Brother Dave.

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      10 years ago

      Tamarajo, you did a wonderful job with this hub on peace. I love the comparison to "framing", and the photo of a building being framed. It helps us to visualize, then internalize your teaching. Very nicely done--and to good effect! God Bless!

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      William Kovacic 

      10 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


      Thanks again for a thorough, informative hub. You bring so much depth to your studies and it is appreciated.

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      10 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Tamarajo, for another word education, I appreciate you. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      10 years ago

      Hello Saintatglarge. I wholeheartedly agree understanding in depth God's Word is precious to me as well as yes English tended to make some Hebrew concepts seem somewhat generic by not distinguishing and translating certain Hebrew words clearly.

      So blessed by your visit.

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      Saint Lawrence 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Because I love the depth of words and expression and knowing that the English language loses so much in the way it is pieced together, I have appreciated this work of yours and the way you have brought clarity and insight out of the Word. Not being a student of Hebrew I enjoyed this immensely. Great song also. Blessings St.L


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