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The Placebo Effect

Posted: May 30, 2017

With my years of working as a nurse, I’ve read some interesting clinical trials and heard about research that doctors have conducted using the placebo effect.

The placebo effect is “a remarkable phenomenon in which a placebo -- a fake treatment, an inactive substance like sugar, distilled water, or saline solution -- can sometimes improve a patient's condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful.”

I have always found that to be extremely fascinating! What it’s basically saying is, your expectation of success or failure can directly affect your outcome. If you believe or expect your outcome to be positive, it’s more likely to turn out positively, and vice versa. If you believe or expect your outcome to be negative, it’s more likely to turn out negatively.

Wow! A lot can be said of your expectations! Your level of expectation in a situation can directly determine the outcome.

With that being said, what are your expectations of receiving the Holy Spirit? Do you focus on all the reasons why you don’t think you could receive the Holy Spirit in your life? Or do you wait with hope and expectation that God will pour out his Holy Spirit on your in a powerful way?

“Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
- Acts 1:4-5 NLT

Lord, thank you that you promise us as believers that we will receive the Holy Spirit. Help us to raise our level of expectation, trusting in You for the Holy Spirit to operate fully in our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.