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“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.”

– Psalm 103:1-3

Have you heard of the placebo effect? If not, here’s what it is: when a medical research study is conducted, half of the participants receive the medication being tested and the other half receive what’s called a placebo, or a pill that is made out of a combination of inactive ingredients. Naturally, you would assume that people who take the actual drug would improve while the other half of the participants would not; however, what typically happens is that most of those receiving the placebo pills show some signs of improvement. 

The reason for this remains a mystery. Harvard-trained physician, Dr. Andrew Weil, advocates that by tricking minds into believing that the body is healthy, people actually become well. I believe that the reason patients taking placebos improve is because they are thinking more highly of their own bodies. There is power in recognizing that your body is a gift, and as you train yourself to appreciate it, it responds favorably. The spiritual discipline of a renewed mind can boost physical health as well as emotional and mental well-being. 

Friend, your body is a big deal to God! The more you learn to love and appreciate it, the better you will feel. When you became a Christian, the mind of Christ was made available to you, which means that you can see every part of your being through His eyes of blessing and affirmation. Jesus has not failed you, and there is nothing broken that He cannot restore and make new. Align your thoughts with His heart and anything is possible in your body! 

Prayer


Jesus, I ask that you would renew my mind when it comes to how I think about my body.

Reflection


What does the placebo effect teach you about the power of your mind over certain aspects of your health and well-being?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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