2nd June 2017

Health is very much in the spotlight – whether it's Prince Harry revealing his bouts with depression after the death of his mother Princess Diana or general public outrage towards the government's cuts to the NHS – for many, health is currently a hot talking point! While it's true that money cannot buy health, it is equally true that the greatest wealth is health. Former SEC President and Hackney minister, Pastor Sam Davis, was invited to share some insights on the impact of the mind upon health during a Health Emphasis programme held at the Hackney Seventh-day Adventist church on Sabbath 20May 2017. Focusing on the prayer of Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10, Pastor Davis pointed out that one's legacy does not necessarily have to be one's destiny: "The name Jabez means pain. Jabez was shackled with the legacy that his mother had given him through birth yet he was determined to be blessed by God thereby refusing to live according to the shackles placed on him", said Pastor Davis.

The key to practicing a healthy lifestyle all begins in the mind –after all, 'you are what you eat' and 'as a man thinks, so is he'. "Sometimes," says Pastor Davis, "we find ourselves hamstrung by circumstances because of the hand life has dealt us." Then pointing out what Ellen White says in Ministry of Healing he says: "All the physical organs are the servants of the mind, and the nerves are the messengers that transmit orders." There is a common misconception which says that genetics determines the outlook of our health. But for Pastor Davis, however, it is not genetics but a chosen lifestyle and mindset which lights the fuse and pulls the trigger. Again, quoting from Ellen White, he said: "Nine-tenths of diseases from which men suffer have their foundation in the mind. The mind controls the whole man. Many are lifelong invalids who might be well if only they thought so."

Pastor Davis encouraged the church to resolve personal grievances and allow the Holy Spirit to work in their lives so as to be emotionally and spiritually whole as God intended us to be from Creation. "If you live your life in bitterness you will inevitably make yourself sick. God made us to be happy. God wants us to live in wellness and the first step to achieving this is through the way in which we think ‒ as the Apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 12:2: 'And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.'"

Returning to the Prayer of Jabez, Pastor Davis encouraged the church that they need not allow circumstances or negative influences to dictate or determine how they live their lives. Like Jabez, we too can cry out to God, asking Him to bless us and enlarge our territory and in this case our health. Pastor Davis said, in conclusion: "You are to perform your own brain surgery and believe that through Jesus you have the power to change your thoughts and control your choices both of which can have a long-lasting impact on your health. We are fearfully and wonderfully made by God who longs to see all His children live the happy and healthy lives He ordained for them from Creation."

[Darell Philip]


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