Do you have an undiagnosed heart condition?
The LORD does not see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. – 1 Samuel 16:7
26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.
27 And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.
In the summer of 2016, former Miss North Dakota, USA Samantha Edwards, died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition. Had Samantha been aware of it, she might well have survived. Her autopsy revealed that she had a genetic undiagnosed heart condition: right ventricular arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy. This gives rise to a question: How do you know if you have an undiagnosed potentially harmful heart condition like this in advance?
On planet Earth, many people are born with genetic physical abnormalities, deficiencies, or defects. But sadly, the entire human race has a deadly spiritual heart condition. It has been diagnosed by the Father and He has provided a treatment plan for anyone who would take it.
When the Father looks at our hearts, what is His diagnosis?
9 The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?
10 But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives.
“President Calvin Coolidge came home from church one Sunday, and his wife asked, ‘What did the preacher preach about?’ ‘Sin,’ the President said in his usual concise manner. ‘What did he say about it?’ Mrs. Coolidge further inquired, and the President replied, ‘He was against it’” (Wiersbe).
The Father is also against deadly spiritual heart abnormalities. Based upon the Father’s diagnosis, He desires to perform spiritual heart surgery. The natural human heart is damaged beyond repair. The only solution is a new heart, a transplant created in labs of heaven. The Father alone is capable of spiritual heart transplant surgery.
However, people themselves are often totally unaware of this fact. “The human heart is deceptive; we may think we know why we do something, but really we may be doing it for another reason. It is naturally sick, really totally depraved, and in need of healing. No one really understands his or her own heart, nor do we understand why our hearts behave as they do” (Constable).
REFLECT & PRAY
Do you have a heretofore undiagnosed heart condition? The Father knows your heart completely. He is aware of all of its secrets and machinations.
Father thank You that You have given me a new heart. I desire to have a willful submission to Your guidance and direction.
Born in the 18th century, William Carey was a sickly child. Humanly speaking, it was doubtful that he would be successful in life. His future did not look bright at all. But the Father had plans for him. He called him to become a pastor and missionary to India. He became an educator, translator, social reformer, and cultural anthropologist. He set the pattern for modern missionary work which many Christian missionary organizations have followed ever since.
David, son of Jesse, outwardly was an ordinary young man. He was the youngest of his brothers. He spent most of his time caring for sheep near his home in Bethlehem. But then something marvelous happened. The Father sent the prophet Samuel to anoint the next king of Israel. All of his older brothers were rejected. This young, insignificant shepherd lad was the one. The Father saw David’s heart. David had a heart for God. The Father told Samuel to anoint David as king. And Samuel did so.
At that moment, the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David from that day on (1 Samuel 16:13). The insignificant shepherd had become the next king of Israel. Not only did he have a heart for God, but now he had a heart from God. And he was filled with the Holy Spirit. He was supernaturally empowered to be king. “The ‘heart’ in Scripture refers to a person’s inward moral and spiritual life, including the emotions, will, and reason” (ESV notes).
The way a person looks on the outside is no predictor of who they are on the inside. Their outward appearance is purely superficial. The heart is the most important part of any human. That is what matters most to the Father.
Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Pause for a moment and consider, “What does it mean to be a person after God’s own heart?” Such an individual would be in complete harmony with the Father. Their primary motivation would be to please the Father. What mattered to the Father, would matter to Them. What the Father disapproves of, they would also.
Such children of the King practice a willful submission to the Father’s guidance and direction. “When He says, ‘Go to the right,’ you go to the right. When He says, ‘Stop that in your life,’ you stop it. When He says, ‘This is wrong and I want you to change,’ you come to terms with it because you have a heart for God” (Swindoll).
All children of Adam and Eve struggle from spiritual heart conditions. Their hearts are by nature stony, stubborn, and willful. The Father’s treatment plan is spiritual heart surgery. He provides a new, transplanted heart that is tender and responsive to Him. The Father places His spirit within every child of the King. As a result, our prognosis is drastically altered (Ezekiel 36:26-27).
We have the privilege and ability to walk in the spirit.
Galatians 5:16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you will not be doing what your sinful nature craves.