The Heartfelt Faith – Recovering from a Heart Attack….
The end result of living a heartless faith will be you living a life that is borderline at best. You can only walk that tightrope so long before you fall off. The narrow path opens your life up to wide open living that is generated by the Holy Spirit coming alive in your life. The strength of your core will help you withstand the challenges of daily living. It will affect EVERYTHING!!!
We need to rediscover our true heart’s cry. When we rediscover that, our life will take a drastic change toward the best God has to offer us. That is God’s Way!!!
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death
God loves with a great love the man whose heart is bursting
with a passion for the impossible.” William Booth
When we realize that we are in a battle and that battle is for our heart. We will suddenly want to draw near to the one who holds our heart and ask Him to protect us from the attacks on our heart.
How to survive a spiritual heart attack:
1. The Little Things – Recognize the changes going on around you and be alert to things that are creeping into your life that are affecting your heart.
Sugar intake – (The Silent Killer) Never underestimate the media and its strong influence on your heart.
You must adjust your intake of sweets that are polluting your system and replace them with the meat of the Word of God. Psalm 119:11
2. Compromising Cohesion – Questionable things that didn’t use to be a problem are starting to block your relationship with Christ and other Christians. You know something is wrong and you just don’t have the Spiritual Energy you used to have, but you think it is nothing to worry about. You have questionable lifestyle issues that are sticking to your life like glue and you can’t shake them anymore.
Sin Cholesterol – Blocking your arteries and stopping the flow of the Holy Spirit’s influence on your life.
You need an accountability group to help you work through some of the issues you are dealing with. They will help steer you in a healthier direction and your blockage will clear up with time.
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
3. Consult “the” Physician – The last thing we sometimes want to admit is that we are sick and getting worse. What we do is postpone the trip to the doctor because deep inside we know what His diagnosis will be and what that means. We practice avoidance, hoping everything will just work itself out. It never does….Then we have what we never thought would happen. The Attack on our heart!!
Routine Checkup –One of the most dangerous things for a Christian is becoming stagnant, or sitting on the sidelines. We fill our days with everything else but God and instead of keeping our faith current, productive, and growing, hours turn into days, and days turn into weeks, and so on. Time escapes us and we don’t even realize that too much time has gone by between prayer times and it is starting to show in our attitude and our lifestyle.
Ephesians 5:16 says to be redeeming the time because the days are evil. Part of that evil is letting time slip through our grasp. Instead of living a vibrant, active life for Christ, we become lazy and let those things necessary for good spiritual health fall to the side of our schedule. Time that used to be spent with God is replaced with just TIME SPENT!!!
4. Heed the warning signs – If we are not aware enough to see that things are not right. If we ignore advise from those who love us. If we continue to walk on the slippery path of compromise, then the attack on our heart will be successful and the damage will be devastating. The freshness of our commitment to the Lord will be battered and bruised and the effect on us and those who know us will be tragic. We must heed the warning signs and realize that every day is a day to be lived for Christ and lived from our heart.
Get the blood flowing again – 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” That what I call Heart Surgery.
What is your heart saying to you now?
Are there compromises in your life that are affecting your heart?
Is Christ in charge of your heart?
Is your heart health good or bad?
What are you willing to do to make it right?
Today is the day to experience a true lifechange through a drastic change of heart. Move from a mediocre heart commitment to a passionate life that is driven with a strong heart that is pumping blood from the only source that’s lasting….Jesus Christ!!!
The Pilgrimage continues…..