In my last blog I discussed two of three topics mentioned regarding Spiritual Heart Disease and “cardiac rehabilitation”; becoming one new man (person), through a “Spiritual” Heart Transplant in Christ Jesus. The two devices I mentioned in monitoring the recovery process were: Diet and Exercise. I want to look into the third device in the helping of your Spiritual “Heart Disease”.
An often used medication prescribed by physicians, in connection with heart disease is a “Statin”. Statins are drugs used to lower “bad”cholesterol (HDL). Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if you have too much in your blood, it can stick to the walls of your arteries, narrowing or even blocking the blood flow. That often leads to heart disease, heart attacks and even death [MedlinePlus]. Plaque in your body is: “Typically made up of cholesterol and other fats, calcium deposits, cells, and cell debris.”
Now that we know the physical problems leading to HEART PROBLEMS and the medications used to control them, open your Bibles to look at the causes and medications used for monitoring “spiritual” heart disease.
“Lasciviousness” [plaque] V.S. “TEMPERANCE” [statin]
Neglect of the Heart can cause disease of the flesh. Neglect of the “Spiritual” Heart [the ‘hidden man’; I Peter 3:4] can cause disease of the flesh; same effect. The disease can make it difficult for you even to breathe.
LASCIVIOUSNESS is the reciprocal of TEMPERANCE
Hebrews 2:1-4 “…pay much closer attention than ever to the truth [the evidence] that we have heard, lest in any way we drift past and slip away. For if the message given through angels [the Law spoken by them to Moses] was authentic and proved sure, and every violation and disobedience received in appropriate (just and adequate) penalty. How shall we escape [appropriate retribution] if we neglect and refuse to pay attention to such a great salvation? For it was declared at first by the Lord [Himself], and it was confirmed to us and proved real and genuine by those who personally heard [Him speak]. [Besides this evidence] it was also established and plainly endorsed by God, Who showed His approval of its signs and wonders and various manifestations of [His] power and imparting gifts of the Holy Spirit [to the believers] according to His own will.”
Walking [or exercising] in “neglect” produces negligence of restraints.
Hebrews 12:1-3 gives us the antidote to negligence. “Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus” ‘Consider Jesus’ so you won’t faint in your mind. Learn how Satan operates in preventing “lasciviousness”. The most powerful weapons of the devil are:
2. DECEPTION is not all lies. It has some truths that have been “twisted”.
3. WICKERED TRUTH—“Wickered furniture can be distinguished from other furniture made; “it’s always twisted”.
We all have to learn to “walk in the Spirit” after receiving a “Spiritual” Heart Transplant” [we are now in Christ Jesus], and NOT the soulish, emotional mind of the flesh (our body, soul and spirit) we had before. “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” II Corinthians 5:17 You have a NEW HEART!
The Law of “Seed, Time and Harvest” Genesis 8:22. ALL of life operates in the Genesis Law.
The devil’s strategy is to plant “contaminated seed”, and FEAR – SEED is simply “contaminated faith”. “Plant the seed and it will grow”, the “Law of Genesis 8:22 didn’t say to you what kind of seed. And if it’s a LAW, anybody can get involved. If a Christian is in the Law of Faith v.s. ‘demon people’ in the Law of Sin, Christians will win every time.
I once heard a television Pastor say, that ” it cost 5 million dollars per month for the ministry to go forth into the world”. He also said that the television ministry was “planting seed“; “We walk by faith and not by sight”. God’s seed is greater than Satan’s seed.
Taking away Satan’s ability to sow seed [‘bad cholesterol’] into your life.
1. Most Television programs.
2. Most Movies.
3. Certain Music.
I know what you might be thinking after mentioning the bad seed planting. “It’s NOT all bad seed, is it?” Remember that your heart is the ground that word-seed is planted. The point of entry for sowing the seed into your heart is through your eye-gates, your ear-gates and your mouth gates. Proverbs 4:23-24 says, “Keep and guard your HEART with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flows the springs of life. Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk far from you.” If your cardiologist would tell you something similar about the care and health of your physical heart, would you not pay attention to his wisdom? Your “Spiritual Heart Surgeon” is giving you some preventative directions. You alone will have to make the choice to follow His wisdom.
“Lasciviousness” is defined as “lewd, licentious, lecherous (obscenity, sexual immorality).” In Romans 13:13 the word “wantonness” is used in place of “lasciviousness“. In the Amplified Version of the same verse, “immorality and debauchery” are used. In the New American Standard, “sexual promiscuity and sensuality” replace the word “lasciviousness“. In any case, the “seed” is there and they are the issues or “the springs of life“!
BLOOD CLOTS ARE FORMED: Sensuality, immorality, debauchery, sexual promiscuity and lasciviousness are all formed in the heart.
NO RESTRAINTS, NO BRAKES to guarding your heart. When that is permitted in to your thinking it can become a “stronghold” of your mind, will and emotions. A “STRONGHOLD” can been defined as a “house of thoughts”. A blockage to your heart’s blood flow, and will lead to a “spiritual” heart attack or a “spiritual” stroke that affects your thinking. The Sunday morning message today was about how much time we spend in our daily routines. We’ve become participants of “The Global Information Technology Network”. It’s a real organization that includes technical devices such as cell-phones, “I-Pads”, “Kindles”, “Blackberry”, Notepads, Lap-Top computers etc. We have to communicate electronically it seems, to fill a void. The speaker mentioned that teenagers text over 3000 times in any given month or more. “No restraints, no brakes”. The devices become “idols”. The idols have replaced the Word of God. Do you spend more time today’s technology than you do reading in your Bible? I am just saying here…
Only a “statin” will break-up the blocking effect of the Lasciviousness Plaque; it’s TEMPERANCE. It’s doing the things that developes “temperance-statin” in your life; the fruit of love.
TEMPERANCE-statins or “self-control” is a compound; it is connected with exercising; “walking in the fruit of the Spirit“.