Side Effects


We’ve all seen the advertizements on medications where the side effects are worse than the symptoms of the disease. It always amazes me that people will actually agree to take what their doctors prescribe, desperate for a cure, relief from the pain, even if the side effect is ‘violent, uncontrollable diarrhea’.  Adverse reactions are simply a part of every man made plan to be well.

As I was reading in Matthew 6 today, I ran across the title, ‘Don’t Worry’. It began in verse 25-34 and I highly recommend you spend some time reading the whole passage. What I would like to insert here begins in verse 31-34:

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

I don’t know about you, but I needed to read that! Not just read it, but allow it to get inside of me and fill me up. One of the best things about God’s words is the side effects aren’t adverse. Psalm 107:20 says; He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction’s.  Why would we seek another way when His way works so perfectly? Why would I want to see another doctor when He is the great physician?

Do you know what the ‘kingdom of God’ is? It’s His way of being and doing. Romans 14:17 says, ‘It’s righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost‘. We know that God is love, so His kingdom must be about the power and demonstration of that love. John 3:16 says; For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

I believe. I believe that the God who made me will keep me. I believe that when I focus on Him and trust in Him, have relationship with Him, I can’t help but take on His nature of Love. I believe in the power of Love. Not this worlds pathetic and conditional love, but the kind of Love that keeps giving even when I don’t deserve it and did nothing to earn it. I believe that when I allow myself to walk in that kind of Love, it will spill over on those around me and will look like Christ when He walked in Love on the earth. Signs will follow the teaching of Love.

Oh Father, fill me up with Your great and powerful Love. Let it course through my veins. Let it pour from my lips. Let it confront religious spirits and cast down vain imaginations. Let it heal the sick and raise the dead. Let is stand up against hypocrisy, jealousy, envy and strife. Let those who know Your name also know Your Love and choose to walk in it. May You be the first one they speak to in the morning and the last one they say goodnight to. May it cover us like a soft, fluffy cloud, bringing with it Your great peace. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.

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