Flipping the Script
Key Verse to Read and Treasure
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2, ESV)
The phrase “flip the script” originated from the graffiti scene. It came about as other graffiti artists took a rival’s tag name and replicated it upside down or backwards. This showed disrespect for their rival and showcased the superiority of the one doing the replicating. It meant that the originator’s “script” or “tag” was so simple that anyone could replicate it in any orientation. The original artist would have thought their work was grand and not easily turned around but they were shown differently.
Let’s apply this to what the devil has planted deep in our psyche and soul. He is clever but he also believes he is so great and clever that we cannot possibly identify his strategy or destroy what he has done and turn his own words back on him by using the word of God to our advantage. The devil feels accomplished when we begin to speak over ourselves, our situations, and others the thoughts he has planted. Paul says, learn to flip the script.
The Word of God instructs us to apply these same principles and skills to our mind. This is what Paul talks to us about in Romans 12. He writes we need to let go of an earthly or worldly mentality and flip the script on an idea or belief the enemy has planted deep within our mind and heart. When we flip the script on what we speak or believe we adopt a more heavenly or Christ-like approach and mindset. It is more than just positive talk but truth and hard facts that cannot be altered.
As we continue to abide in Jesus—which includes reading his words in Scripture—we are introducing the principles, laws, and precepts of God. As we learn more about Jesus in the Gospels, we see him putting the core values and principles of heaven to work. Jesus is consistent with how he does this. Whenever he had a need he did not solve that problem or satisfy that need the world’s way but proceeded to do it God’s way.
Once, when Jesus and Peter needed to pay their temple tax Jesus told Peter to go to the lake and the first fish he pulled from the water would have their drachma for both their taxes (Matt. 17:24-27). Jesus nor the disciples were wealthy, they didn’t have a lot of money to live off. We notice that Jesus did not stress or panic about money, he did not instruct Peter to steal or resort to unscrupulous ways to get the money needed, but Jesus used the principle of trust in God and faith–filled action to obtain the money needed.
At other times we see Jesus using other principles like honesty, integrity, love, forgiveness, and wisdom to address a need or situation. The principles of heaven will never fail to produce the desired outcome. Whereas the principles and mindset of this world might advise us to approach things entirely differently. This, way cannot result in having a God-ordained or blessed outcome if we are not willing to have a new thought or flip the script about the things and matters of life that we have learned from worldly examples or the devil himself.
God says stop thinking so worldly, read my word, learn how I operate, and flip the script of your mind. You cannot bring a worldly approach to your problems and issues and expect the blessing of God to be the outcome.
Flipping the Script using the Word and promises of God is a powerful weapon the devil does not expect we know how to use. When we are no longer conformed to the world which is carnal but being transformed by the renewal of our mind it is the same as reversing the usual or existing position in a situation, doing something unexpected or revolutionary. Think of how something as simple as flipping the script on our thought process can result in something that is revolutionary!
Jesus, I have just one request: y the power of your Holy Spirit help me learn this powerful art of flipping the script on my thoughts which will result in a revolution of changed actions. Amen
What do I need to apply flipping the script to today? Can I see myself as a spiritual revolutionist?