My last few blogs have dealt with the cause and effects of “Spiritual” Heart Disease; “Lasciviousness” or lack of “self–control“. I called this, LDL (bad)Cholesterol causing lipoprotein or hardening of the spiritual arteries. God’s prescription for preventing plaque building in your spiritual circulatory system was the intake of the “fruit of the Holy Spirit“; “TEMPERANCE” or “self–control” (Galatians 5:16-26).
Issues of the Heart Condition in the Last Days
II Timothy 3:1 “BUT UNDERSTAND this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble…”
Stress is not exclusive to Christian believers. But in this verse it refers to “times of great stress“. Between the years of 1989 thru 1996 I worked for a plumbing repair service company in Seattle. My position was, “everything the owner didn’t want to deal with” or General Manager. Stress affected me in such a way that on the Sabbath-rest, I would begin to stress at 2 PM, about the next day outside pressures. I gained over twenty-five pounds from eating constantly and didn’t want to be bothered about making mondane decisions at home; especially spiritual decisions. According to WebMD, “Medical researchers aren’t sure exactly how STRESS increases the risk of heart disease and heart attacks. STRESS itself might be a risk factor, or it could be that high levels of STRESS, make other risk factors. For example, if you are under STRESS, your blood pressure goes up, you may over eat, exercise less or you may be more likely to smoke.” Is that what II Timothy 3:1 is really talking about? I personally think so and deaths resulting from heart disease out-paces cancer by over 2 to one!
What does it mean by “in the last days“? “To God a Day is like a thousand years” (2 Peter 3:8; Psalm 90:4).
In the Book of Hebrews, we are told that the seventh day, God’s Sabbath-rest, has yet to be fulfilled (Hebrews 4:4-9). The Book of Revelation confirms that the seventh day is a thousand years (Rev. 20:4). No one knows the exact day of Jesus’s return to earth, but the signs are happening in the world and in the church right now.
Adam to Abraham = almost 2000 years.
Abraham to Christ Jesus = 2000 years.
JESUS to this present age = almost 2000 years.
Therefore, according to Scripture, the world is approaching the end of 6 Days or about 6,000 years. The last day of God’s plan will be Day 7, God’s Sabbath-rest and the Day of the Lord.
How does The WORD Detective know that we are “in the last days“? By seeking the Word of God every day. Lets continue in seeking out what God sees.
II Timothy 3:2-5 tells us, “For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, PROUD and ARROGANT and CONTEMPTUOUS BOASTERS…” The list goes on and on. They are all contributors to an eventual spiritual heart attack.
“Abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane. They will be without NATURAL [human] affection, relentless, slanderers, intemperate and loose morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good…” it goes on and says, “[They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God.” (The “three entry gates”; eye gate, ear gate and mouth gate of Scripture)
The Ultimate Cause: “the spirit that makes one overestimate himself and underestimates others”.
The 7-things God hates are found in Proverbs 6:17-19:
#1. PRIDE or a proud look.
#2. A LYING TONGUE.
#3. HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD.
#4. HEART PROBLEMS: “A HEART THAT MANUFACTURES WICKED THOUGHTS and PLANS.”
#5. FEET THAT RUN TOWARDS EVIL.
#6. A FALSE WITNESS WHO LIES UNDER OATH.
#7. PLANTS DISCORD IN THE CHURCH; “among his brethren”.
Number one on the list of seven things that God hates is, PRIDE; An Ultimate Cause of Spiritual Heart Attacks.
Pride can be defined as “trusting in your own ways instead of trusting in God’s ways for your life. PRIDE wants to do it “My Way” as Frank Sinatra used to sing. God’s Way is doing things according to His plan, not your own. QUESTION: “But I am tired of waiting on God’s plan for my life. It’s stressing me out!” If you are thinking these words to yourself, while you are waiting, God has given you a “new song” to sing. Psalm 40:1-4 is about a guy who is patient within God’s way and not his own.
Psalm 40:1 says, “I WAITED patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.”
“BUT…you don’t know the STRESS that I am going through right now.” I might not know, but your Father knows!
Ecclesiastes 7:8 gives you “stress reliever” medication in saying, “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning of it, and the PATIENT in spirit is better than the PROUD in spirit.”
God’s Word pertaining to the prognosis of your STRESS: “Your end is going to be better than your beginning.”
THE WAY OF THE WORLD IS AROUND YOU!
Exodus 5:2 “But Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.”
People that don’t know God have their own standard in handling the issues of the heart instead of god’s standards. Your PRIDE will bring you down. And oh, the things that are said in PRIDE! It happened to the “light-bringer and daystar, son of the morning! The words that came out of his mouth in Isaiah 14:13-14, “And you said in your HEART, I will ascend to heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit upon the mount of assembly in the uttermost north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” The mighty angel of God and his PRIDE became the “ultimate cause” of his fate…and Satan fell in verse 15. It was ‘I will’ instead of “Thy will be done”‘.
PRIDE that comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unhealthy’ or unclean.