Prescription placebos used in research and practice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Scientists, religious leaders and most people who have achieved great success in life agree that positive thinking, or faith, is very important.
A woman named Dodie Osteen was battling cancer but she wanted to keep faith in the ability to get well and her attitude good, so she used what some people call “props.” Props are anything that you can see, feel, touch, taste, etc. that helps you build your faith. She put up pictures of herself before she was sick, when she was vibrant and healthy. After getting sick she turned a yellow color and lost a lot of weight. If she spent time looking at herself in the mirror, it didn’t help her faith or attitude. Seeing the pictures of herself healthy helped her believe that she could overcome cancer.
She put up a photo of herself riding a horse, having fun and in many different poses. People prayed for her. Slowly she beat cancer and is healthy now and has been for many years.
Cathy Goodman had breast cancer. She kept her faith strong by being thankful for her healing that she believed had occurred. Every morning and afternoon she constantly said “thank you for my healing.” In the evening she watched funny movies with her husband because laughter has a healing effect. She was healed of cancer without any chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
Cathy’s husband, Morris was in a plane crash and was told by many doctors that he would never breath without a machine, eat, walk or talk again. But he had incredible faith that he could do the impossible. He told himself over and over again to breathe, and as time went on he was able to breathe without a machine. He kept working hard and dreaming of success, and finally he walked out of the hospital on his own.
I am not suggesting that you avoid medicine; I take medicine when I am sick. But certainly there are people who take medicine and continue to get worse. Others combine prayer and faith with their medicine and heal quickly.
You have heard of placebos. They give a sugar pill to certain people and the real medicine to others in a group. Some people get healed by the placebo. Why do some get healed by placebos? It’s because they have strong faith. I used to think they were suckers. Not anymore. Now I feel they are champions.
Many medical doctors believe that a positive mental attitude overcomes many illnesses. The opposite is also true. My grandmother told me that when she was in the hospital she began to feel depressed. She told the doctor about her feelings and how she wanted to get out of the hospital and go home. He let her go home because he knew the depression was not conducive to healing.
Sam Walton, the man who founded Walmart said “If people believe in themselves, it is amazing what they can accomplish.”
W. Clement Stone, who was very poor but became extremely rich by selling life insurance said “Anything the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
Jesus said “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed (very little) you can tell a mountain to move and it will do it. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 Note: mountain probably meant difficulty, just as in our modern idiom, “don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.”
Bringing about strong, unwavering faith in your life takes a lot of time. One way to bring about faith is to repeat promises (some people call them affirmations). For example, repeat any of the quotes above. Say it out loud ten times every day and it will strengthen your faith. There are many other things you can do to increase your faith. I wrote a book about that very subject, there is way too much information to write in today’s blog, but I plan to add ideas about this to my blog often.
Here is a link so some of the scriptures Dodie Osteen made about healing. http://hopefaithprayer.com/scriptures/healing-scriptures-dodie-osteen/
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