About the Heart

Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”  So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

  • Galatians 4:6-7

According to the NIV, the word ‘heart’ appears 725 times in the Bible, 576 times in the Old Testament and 149 times in the New Testament.  The word ‘heart’ appears in all but eight books of the Bible, four in each testament.  Those books are Ruth Esther, Micah, Haggai, Titus, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude.  You might know from your own Bible study that most of these books are very short.  The last three on the list are a mere one chapter.  The eight books not containing the word ‘heart’ total only 29 chapters of the total of 1189 chapters in the Bible.  (Note: If you read three chapters per day, you’d be 94 chapters short of finishing the Bible.  So, maybe read 5 each Sunday?)

Now, don’t get the idea that there are 725 thoughts of love because of the 725 times of using the word ‘heart.’  Scripture tells us that the heart of man is bent on evil.  Pharaoh was not the only one to have his heart hardened.  And when we are sad or in despair, our hearts either sink or ache.

But the Scripture above tells us that God’s Spirit enters our heart.

In Mark Lowry’s comedy routine on Open-Heart Surgery, he talks about how he doesn’t think Jesus sits next to a valve in your heart and watches the corpuscles go by.  Ffft.  Ffft.  Ffft.

Why did I mention this?  As you read this Tuesday evening, I will be preparing for a heart catheterization tomorrow morning, Wednesday.  The doctor will take a probe and enter my heart.  They will take a bunch of pictures.  They will measure blockage here and there.  They will fix stuff, if it needs it and if it can be done then, by placing a stent to relieve an obstruction.  As a result, I may find out that I have no heart problems.  I may find out that other things must be done to fix my heart problems.  Or I may find out that they fixed my heart problems while they were inside my heart.

But the heart that really counts has already been entered and fixed.  God went inside.  He didn’t need to take pictures, because He already knew everything about me, down to the cellular level.  And the Holy Spirit might have needed a few stents to fix the blockage that kept me from hearing Him as He guided, counseled, and encouraged me in my walk with God.  That’s already done.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. May God’s hand hold your heart through this procedure. He loves you Mark with every beat of his own heart. I pray for success and quick recovery and healing.

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    • Just got the schedule. Show up at 9:00am for the prep. If they do anything other than look around, I will spend the night – at least one. I have posts scheduled through Saturday, but I’ll post a note when I am able. As always, thank you for the prayers.

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  2. I pray that God blesses the doctors and their assistance with wisdom and skill, that all goes well with you, and that blessings also pour into the hearts of the family and friends who are waiting with you. J.

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  3. Many prayers Mark—we need to raring to go come Turkey Day!!!
    May God bring peace to both you and your wife, skill to your surgeons and health
    to your heart!!!
    I’ll be waiting to read your tale about this latest “adventure”…
    Much love!

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  4. It is Wednesday morning so this is The Day, The medics do wonderful things with the heart now-a-days. I had an artificial aorta valve six years ago, I’m very thankful. Doctors guided by the Lord’s wisdom and skill are even better. I’m sure the Lord is watching for you as a result of prayer. Be blessed and get all healed up real fast. 😀

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    • Thank you so much. Just got up from my nap – drugs hit me upon getting home. Very little blockage and only in one artery – not enough for a stent. Don’t know why I have shortness of breath, but at least one of the most serious options is not the cause.

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  5. I missed this post Mark, I pray all is well with you and your wife. You will be back on your feet in no time.

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