Are you at risk of a Heart Attack?

 (WA)Wednesday: Having a Heart Attack?

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Pain piercing into my chest triggering the urge to cough violently as if the jolts would somehow return my heart to its right function. I buckle over with the nerve signals bursting through my shoulder up my neck and flowing into my arms, till my fingers became numb.

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My Heart!

 I can scarcely breathe. Oxygen seeps from my stagnating vessels. The source of circulation in my body, of life, blocked and failing. Cardiac arrest, blood put on pause till the right voltage could shock me back into sync.

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Defib

Till the surgeon could clear my arteries of sclerosis, the hardening, the blockage.

I’m sick and I need healing!

Of course, we can’t determine the length of our days but we can try to take care of ourselves with certain measures and regular check-ups. Sometimes our heart conditions could be prevented with lifestyle change or external interventions should we be aware of them. It’s our duty to get it checked out.

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ECG TRACE

Musings from within the storms and the darkness that so often fills the night sky lately. As the rain fell it was no longer easy to feel I was safe from the torment that was outside.

 

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Nature under attack

 

The raging winds in the trees and the torrential downpour drawing closer to sweeping me up. This couldn’t affect us safely inside our fortified structures?Could it? In a heartbeat could I be vanquished? Or were these comforts akin to a crumbling high tower placed at the end of every street?What was our true protection from harm? The enemy does not receive a storm watch holiday just because we have. He is an opportunist why would he sleep? On this particular stormy night, I think about Disease: specifically a heart attack of all things.

When you are at risk of a heart attack you show certain markers. I am not a doctor so forgive me if my description falters. There may be some indications or risk factors  such as Congenital heart disease or disorder, improper weight /obesity, poor physical stamina: shortness of breath, diabetes, high blood pressure,  other circulatory complications: cholesterol, atherosclerosis, occlusions etc

Doctors would usually perform a battery of tests to check a number of different factors, monitor them and prescribe prophylactic measures whether by lifestyle change, medication, both or even surgery. To measure a persons cardiovascular state, a cardiologist performs a stress test where the patient comes in and performs a number of increasingly strenuous exercises whilst hooked up to an ECG and usually an Ergospirometer is used to simultaneously check the cardio-pulmonary performance as the body metabolizes oxygen in the process of fueling the body to do work and ultimately to live. Another test to detect heart attack is the blood test for the levels of the protein troponin. When the heart has become damaged it releases troponin.

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I come to Him like a babe

Whilst cardiovascular disease poses a large threat to our life physically, what does it mean for our spirit? As I thought about this process I turned the concept to our condition in the soul? What pre-markers are we showing in our daily walks that indicate we are at risk of heart attack spiritually? Is there a lack of love, a disinterest in others? Are we unkind or outright evil? Are we trusting in earthly things? Are we lazy, gluttonous, self-righteous, immoral, prideful, lustful, perverse? The list goes on. Would you allow God to do heart surgery on you today?

 

The bible says

Proverbs 4:23 (AMPC)23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.

How many of us are on track for spiritual cardiac disease and are indeed very sick but not taking preventative measures? As I searched my own life I found a few areas that were in need of prophylaxis: for me, this means strategies for prevention of an undesired disease before it has a chance. Prophylaxis comes from the Greek word for “guarding”

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What is a disease?

DIS………EASE

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Am I in right standing in spirit before God? Or am I experiencing symptoms of a lack of ease in my spirit? We are not to live complacently or lives filled with ease but we are to overcome battles and to be well in spirit. To be victorious with power from the blood of Christ Jesus. His blood washes the vessels of my heart clean and it softens every hardened part. The un-quenched Holy spirit within us could it be like the stent holding my vessels open to the blood of Christ pouring in? He is so much more than that! how educational arteries stent GIF That He would help us come out of various temptations and be delivered out of our infirmities all the while serving his purpose for our life: obediently. Our healing brings us into the ease of a soul secured, a soul guarded, a soul protected and able to defend against the injury opposing it. A soul yielding all the weapons and shielded in the Armour of God. What we sometimes fail to see is that this is a continued call to readiness and preparation for battle. A soul assured in the covering and work of Christ. Wherever this is lacking you bet your bottom dollar your soul will not be at ease.

Here are some questions I need to prayerfully ask myself as Christ performs surgery on my heart:

  1. Is my heart sick?  Heal my heart oh Lord.
    • Jeremiah 17:9-10 ESV The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
    • Proverbs 4:19-22 The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.20 My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings.21 Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the centre of your heart.22 For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.
  2. Is my heart hardened towards the things of God: Help me obey.
    • Psalm 40:8(AMPC)I delight to do Your will, O my God; yes, Your law is within my heart.

    • Ezekiel 36:26 ESV And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
  3. Is my heart: unfaithful or covenant keeping? May my heart keep your covenant and serve you as my only TRUE and LIVING GOD!!
    • Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (ESV)
  4. What is my heart full of; blockage or life? Fill my heart with your truth and clear my heart of sin
    • Psalm 119:11 ESV I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
    • Romans 5:5 ESV And hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
  5. Is my heart transplanted, is it mine, or HIS new heart? Create in me a clean heart!!
    • My Human Heart: Mark 7:21-23 ESV For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
    • His pure heart: 1 Peter 1:13-16 (NKJV)Living Before God Our Father 13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”[a]
  6. What are the motives of my heart? May my motives be pure 
    • Psalm 19:14KJV Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.
  7. Is my heart “Fit for purpose’ or left unguarded and fit for evil? Guard my heart Lord, may I train my heart in godliness and not evil.
    • 2 Peter 2:14 KJV Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: a heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
    •  Mathew 12:45 ESV Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation.”
  8. Is my heart trustworthy? Search my heart oh God, Try me Oh God, remove every wicked way in it.
    • Luke 8:15 ESV As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.
    • Psalm 139:23 KJV Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts
  9. Is my heart broken and contrite? Make my heart weep over sin.
    • Psalm 51:10 ESV Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me
  10. What are my hearts desires? Please allow my desires to be pure in your eyes, Lord hear my prayer!
    • Psalm 66:18 ESV If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
    • Proverbs 16:2(AMPC)All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart)
  11. What is my heart saying? Lord help my heart be wise and not suppress YOU!
    • Psalm 53:1 ESV  The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good.

Are you at risk of a heart attack?

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