Sometimes a scripture can take on deeper meaning when it is examined using opposites. Consider Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things in Him that strengthens me.” (ASV) Brainstorm opposites for the words, “can,” “all” and “in.” Now, replace those words with the opposite brainstormed words. The scripture might be something like: I cannot do anything outside Him that strengthens me.
This verse becomes very clear when it’s seen through a different lens. Everything done outside of the Lord is not lasting and not worth doing. Every task that God puts before you like being a friend, going to school, helping a parent, doing homework, going to church, reading the Bible, working hard cannot be done well and right without Jesus. With Jesus, you can do everything the best way possible.
Try this opposite experiment with other promises scriptures by replacing the words in bold with opposite word.
Do not fear, for I am with you. Isaiah 41:10
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God…will guard your hearts. Philippians 4:6-9
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
Examining scripture through an opposite perspective can make the Word come to life because the flip offers a different point of view by coming to a new understanding of Christ’s peace, mercy, grace and strength.