Monroe column: Unscrambling eggs

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 6, 2012

Have you ever heard the saying, “You can’t unscramble eggs”? Sometimes when we go back and revisit our past in our minds and let the enemy bring us under condemnation for our past, we are trying to unscramble eggs, in a sense. We cannot change what has been done or what has been said no more than we can unscramble an egg.
In other words, say you wanted to have a scrambled egg for breakfast and you have one egg. So you scramble it up and then you think, I would rather have a boiled egg. Could you take that egg and put it back together to boil it? No, of course not. And neither can we turn back time and change something we’ve already done. So quit trying.
When we become a Christian, the word tells us that we are a new creature in Christ Jesus. We are to renew our minds with his word so that when the enemy tries to bring our past mistakes up, we can tell him that we have been washed in the blood and we are now a new creation. Our Father in heaven says he remembers our sins no more. He says there is now no condemnation in those who are in Christ Jesus.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new…” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind….” (Romans 12: 2a).
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit….” (Romans 8:1).
What does the enemy try to make you think upon? Does he attack you with your past? Does he try to cause you fear in some situations?
“For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’”(Hebrews 13:5a-6).
Keep God’s word in your heart and in your mind so that you are able to rebuke the enemy with the word of God. It is his word that gives you power to fight the enemy.
Another saying that comes to my mind along this line is “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” There has never been a more damaging statement than that one. Words do hurt. God says our words can be life or death to us. When we speak things out, we are planting seeds. We must put a watch on our mouths and only speak those things that are edifying and uplifting to others. Also we want to put a watch on our ears and stay away from those who are always speaking negative things.
“A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. And those who love it will eat its fruit…” (Proverbs 18: 20-21).
“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 4:8).
How many times have I myself had to recall this scripture and focus on saying something nice or nothing at all?
We can get caught up in the atmosphere around us and when it is not good we need to be strong in the word and attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit to walk away. But when we do miss it, and sometimes we will, then we need to not beat ourself and let the enemy hold us under condemnation, but instead remember who we are in Christ Jesus, repent and renew our mind with His word.
Jesus loves us so much and His plan for us is to prosper and be in good health, and to have an abundant life full of joy.
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers….” (John 3:2).
Remember there is a difference between condemnation and conviction. Conviction leads us away from doing harm, and condemnation attacks us in our minds. Recognize the enemy for who he is. He is the accuser of the brethren and he will try his best to keep us under condemnation so that we will not experience the abundant life the Lord wants for us.
How can we stop trying to unscramble our eggs?
Stay in his word!
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