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How's your heart, part 1

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POSTED: November 10, 2007 5:00 a.m.

The medical field had risen to the task of trying to inform us all that we need to take care of our hearts. February was heart month. This year one of the main points brought out by the American Heart Association has been the fact that heart disease is a real and present danger to women. This fact surprises many, but the static’s tell us it is a fact.

There is another question that everyone should be asked, and that is "How’s your heart spiritually?" This question is even more serious than questions about our physical heart. For if the physical heart fails, the spiritual heart better be ready.

Solomon wrote, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:" (Prov.23:7). If the heart of an individual is chained to the things of the world, then he is worldly. Paul had a companion who loved the world more than God. "For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world,…" (2 Tim 4:10). His desires got the best of him.

E. A. Hoffman wrote a song entitled, "Is Thy Heart Right with God?" in which he asked several pointed questions concerning the individual’s relationship with God. "Have thine affections been nailed to the cross?" Paul wrote, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory" (Col. 3:1-4). Our heart’s desire should be to serve and worship God, seeking to put Him first in all that we do. From one of John’s letters we see the folly of loving the world. "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever" (1 John 2:15-17). We must "nail our affections" to the cross.

If we want to take care of our spiritual hearts we must turn to God’s word, read it, study it, and obey it. Our "hearts" can be healthy.

 

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