Jaime Geideman – Worship Leader
To say the least, I’m someone that is always having some medical drama. You name it; I’ve probably had it! Recently I had to have surgery for a hernia and it has just been the slowest recovery I’ve ever experienced.
I developed an infection post surgery and was given a prescription for an antibiotic I had never heard of so I was pretty leery about it and decided to read extensively through the possible side effects list, BIG MISTAKE!!
I was absolutely horrified to read about what could happen to me based on this medication that was supposed to help and as I was reading I feel like the Lord spoke to my heart not about those side effects but about the side effects of our lives.
I began to think about the negative side effects of a life lived under the sinful nature…
Sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits or rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like (Gal 5:19-21)
YIKES! That is equally as horrifying to read through!
What we’re supposed to be doing is “helping” others; lives lived to serve others as Jesus served us; lives lived by His Spirit. Side effects include…
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22.)
We go on to read in Galatians that for those that belong to Christ Jesus all of that sinful nature has been crucified with Jesus! So a question to ask ourselves is, are the side effects of His Spirit active and evident in our lives? I pray that they will be!