I’ve never experienced the trauma of a heart attack! I’ve experienced the chest pains that would seem to indicate one, but with further tests it was determined to be the result of stress. It’s really hard to imagine the stopping of my heart … yet it happens every day throughout the world to many people. Some survive … some don’t! Perhaps one or more folks who are reading this post have experienced this event and would tell us that it is life-altering.
Just as our physical heart is so susceptible to disease … our spiritual counterpart is just as vulnerable. Sin … it can and does infect your heart and mine, causing all kinds of coronary problems that left unattended can cost us our spiritual lives! Sobering thoughts aren’t they?
So … the question that we would like to have you start off your week with is this: just how healthy is your spiritual heart?
- Has the problem of sin created some blockage in your spiritual veins that is interfering with your prayer to God?
- When the challenges and difficulties of life present themselves to you, are you a disciple whose spiritual well-being is easily winded?
- Are those nagging pains emanating from your conscience knowing you’re not living up to what God’s expectations are for you creating sharp pain that is really hard to ignore?
Very simply, most if not all of us at various times in our lives will experience similar symptoms and are actually very close … even dangerously close … to experiencing spiritual cardiac arrest!
As always … the inspired Word of God offers the Great Physician’s prescription for producing a healthy heart The apostle Peter writes in 2 Peter 1:3, “as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness …” Folks, we’ve just got to realize the value of having this Book in our possession and learning all of the preventive measures and care that we can initiate!
When the vital signs of the Emergency Room show a physical problem, we do what the cardiologist prescribes for us to do if we want to live. In the same way but with much more at stake … our souls … we must learn to “guard our hearts with all diligence.”
“Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
Bill Fairchild, Jr.