A Healthy Heart

The man had been experiencing shortness of breath, lack of energy, and eventually, chest pain. Tests revealed blockages in several vessels of his heart, blockages that had slowly and quietly built up over years. The symptoms were minimal at first, easily dismissed in the middle of his busy days. But they became more and more severe until he could not ignore them any longer. He wisely sought medical help and found himself lying on a table counting backward from 100…99…98…97…
His symptoms are similar to spiritual heart problems – shortness of Holy Spirit breath, lack of spiritual energy, and unresolved heart pain. Hardened hearts also happen slowly, and over time, can lead to a very serious problem. The man’s condition was called “hardening of the arteries.” God calls our heart condition “a heart of stone.” How does our heart get so hard? It almost always happens with small seemingly insignificant steps away from God, that, one by one, don’t seem to be that threatening. Like hitting the snooze button and sleeping through our morning quiet time, once, then another morning, and another morning, until we just reset the alarm altogether. It happens when we spend so much time reading our emails that there is no time to read the Bible. Our prayer life suffers as we look to the world for advice, rather than seeking God’s counsel for our needs. The choices we make in entertainment, online usage, conversations, and relationships can cause us to become numb to sin and one more brick is added to our hearts. Hearts can also grow hard and bitter when we let wounds fester and refuse to forgive.

Thankfully, God offers us spiritual heart surgery: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” Ezekiel 36:26. God can take your cold, brittle heart, and give you a new heart that responds to His love and grace. What do you see when you look honestly at your heart? Has it become hard? Have you become bitter and cold toward God? The Master Cardiologist is always willing to do a “heart transplant,” if you will surrender your heart into His hands. Beloved, does your heart need God’s healing touch today?

2 thoughts on “A Healthy Heart

  1. I always equated a heart of stone to an unbeliever… But as a believer, that slowly over time placed God 2nd in my life, my heart was definitely filled with the sin of omission… James 4:17… We know God should be first, but alas He was second to the weeds of life becoming more important than our focus on God…

    It was 7 years and two days after my salvation on June 2, 2002, that God led me to the sermon by REV. C.H. Spurgeon… “Grieving the Holy Spirit”- http://www.romans45.org/spurgeon/sermons/0278.htm

    If you have never read this sermon, it is an excellent sermon for believers that are living for Christ… I swore Spurgeon was talking to me, and I got down on my knees and asked God to take back control of my life… It was June 4, 2009, when God was again first in my life, and praise the Lord, I still do my best to remain Spirit-filled, and focused on the Lord…

    Hope this testimony will help one of your readers… 🙂

    Blessings in Christ, bruce

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