Thought for the day: Advice. Who do you go to for advice? Why? We all have that person, or people, we seek advice from when we are at a crossroads. The real question is: do you follow their advice? It has worked both ways for me. There are a handful of people who I go to. And by handful, I mean less than five. God is included in that count. Sometimes I listen and follow, other times…. Perhaps I didn’t like what they said (including God), so, I did my own thing anyway. You? I’m pretty sure, our stories of doing our own thing all turned out similar. Difficult, and stressful. Can you relate? Why, do we do that? Two words: pride, easy. Our pride that we know best gets in the way, and we want an easy, comfortable, life. Yet, we get the opposite. You? There was a man that at every trun in his life sought advice from God. Moses. He led the Israelites out of Egypt. No simple task. Throughout the Book of Exodus we can read over and over, he cried put to God. May we take his example and when we cry out to God for advice, DO what He says. “Then Moses cried out to the LORD,… So Moses did this…” Ex. 17:5-6 #spreadthewordacrosstheglobe #advicelistenanddo
Side effects. It is the consequence of taking something, or doing something. It is a result of a particular action. That’s my definition of side effects. What does the dictionary say, “1. Often harmful and unwanted effect of a drug or chemical that occurs along with the desired effect. 2. A result of an action that is not expected or intended.” (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary) I had part of the definition, it is a result. Side effects because they are associated with medications tend to always be negative. And, if you’ve ever read all the side effects of something it can go on and on making even the person that needs the medication to question if they should take it. I’ve often thought at the end should be: reading all of these will leave you questioning whether to take it or not, and give you a headache.
Before I go on – I am not discounting the listed side effects they are important to know. Due to all the law suits that occur companies are required to list all possible things that could happen. This gives the consumer notice. And, unfortunately sometimes something will happen as a result of the medication.
On the other hand there are those individuals that read the side effects, and then all of a sudden after taking the medication with the first ache are convinced they have developed an effect from the medication. Couple that with conversations with other individuals that have the same issue and all of a sudden their experience becomes an identical reality. Never mind the age of the person, their body type, genetics, lack of exercise, or eating well, your joints will begin to ache, and creek. Upon a visit to the doctor it is discovered the things that occur are not side effects, but the body’s natural aging process.
But, what would happen if the side effects read:
By taking this medication you will experience: Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation. From this you will be drawn to the Word of God so that you will have a powerful weapon that you cannot live without. You will pray more both day and night, you will pray for people you know and don’t know. Your eyes, and mind, will be alert and prepared for the Devil’s schemes. You will be an encourager to others like no other. (Eph. 6:14-18 MSG). Finally it will conclude with; if you experience any of these keep taking it, Seek God more intently, and share it with others.
Whoa! Can you imagine the outbreak that would occur? I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself now! And yet, isn’t that what is supposed to happen when we follow Jesus. Aren’t those supposed to be our side effects? Not being judgmental, accusing, thinking we are better than others, or more righteous because we may go to church and others may not. I will admit I have been guilty of a few of those a time or two, or three. I remember a sermon a long time ago from one of my pastors, and he said “what you allow to go into your mind may very well direct your future.” Allow me to rephrase – what you allow to go into your mind may very well cause a side effect you may, or may not want. What are you allowing to go into your mind and take up residence?
God tells us “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you in to a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Ro. 12:2 NLT) That is what happens when we take the pill of God which is His Word, the bible. We begin to feel different, and see things different. What once was negative – now is an opportunity to share. What once we went along with we choose not to, because the side effects can be harmful. May our side effects be positive and contagious; “let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.” (Eph. 4:23 NLT).
Your prescription reads: Ingest His Word daily: morning, noon, and night. Pray continually. This can be taken on an empty stomach because, “when your words showed up, I ate them – swallowed them whole. What a feast!” (Jer. 15:16 MSG).
The side effects include, but do not limit, His ability to influence others around you.
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2015
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