This week on the new Kenn Blanchard Show podcast we are talking about heart conditions. Not in the medical sense, but in the spiritual.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)
In the physical or real as most people think, a Heart Attack is when A blockage of blood flow to the heart muscle. A heart attack is a medical emergency. A heart attack usually occurs when a blood clot blocks blood flow to the heart. Without blood, tissue loses oxygen and dies.
When we talk about blood we talk about the constantly circulating fluid providing the body with nutrition, oxygen, and waste removal.
The words heart and blood are used often in the Bible as well in a spiritual context.
We throw around the phrases like “ I heart you” and mi Corazon. But it’s the heart that trips us up. It’s what’s in our hearts that keeps us down.
As people, regular folks, we think we have to be a certain way, eat special foods, not do certain things and while that is true up to a point for health reasons, sanitation reasons, culture etc, that is not what God said.
Nothing that goes into a person from the outside can make him unclean. It’s what comes out of a person that makes him unclean.
Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Romans 14:17
We get caught up in outward appearances, and secretly harbor the things that really kill. Your heart can be wrong. It can be full of cancer, tumors and poisonous evil. It is evil that makes a young man find a gun, load it and kill children. It is evil that makes you lust after stuff. It is evil that justifies in your mind, most of what we take as normal, acceptable and legal today. It is evil that brings us pain, anger, abuse, mistrust. It is evil that gives us thoughts of suicide, fratricide, matricide, it’s a heart condition.
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6:5
And God, who knows the heart, bore witness by granting them the holy Spirit just as he did us. Acts 15:8
And he said to them, “You justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts; for what is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God. Luke 16:15
Psalm 53:2-3 says this: “God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one!” (NLT)
Every story you hear and every person you know that has committed a horrendous crime was either one of two things. A victim of violence, abuse, hurt or neglect or just evil. I don’t believe everything and everybody is possessed by a demon but I do believe in the absence of God in your life, you will be filled with something. Physics says that nature abhors a vacuum. This idiom is used to express the idea that empty or unfilled spaces are unnatural as they go against the laws of nature and physics.
Pornography for example fills a hole inside sometimes. It is big because it can be addictive, destructive. Sex isn’t bad. Sex isn’t porn. Pornography is intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings. It can become like a drug. It can defile you. It can hinder your prayer life. It can be a gateway to demonic influences.
And it is contagious. Evil is viral. Hurt people hurt people.
According to the ancient philosopher Aristotle, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” Aristotle based his conclusion on the observation that nature requires every space to be filled with something, even if that something is colorless, odorless air.
The same principle is at work in our spiritual lives. When the Holy Spirit begins to convict us of sin, the idea of starting a self-improvement plan immediately comes to mind. We put forth our best effort to defeat our worst habits. But every attempt to get rid of unclean thoughts, attitudes, and desires is destined to fail because getting rid of one creates a vacuum in our souls. As soon as we empty ourselves of one vice, others move in to take its place, and we end up just as bad or worse than when we started.
Thinking about vacuums helps us to understand the importance of what Paul was saying to the Ephesians when he prayed that Christ would dwell in their hearts through faith and that they would “know the love of Christ . . . that [they] may be filled with all the fullness of God” (3:19).
The only permanent solution to the problem of sin in our lives is to replace it with the love of Jesus, which fills the vacuum. The more we are filled with His love, the less room there is for any evil thing.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
And he shall go out unto the altar that is before the Lord, and make an atonement for it; and shall take of the blood of the bullock, and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about. Leviticus 16:18
So my prayer for us today is as David wrote in Psalm 51:10 ” Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
Faithfulness is the key to blessing and victory. Knowing that what comes out of you, starting from your heart and mind is what can damn you. Knowing that you have the power to overcome this evil influence with the blood of the Lamb of God. It is not food or drink but a heart condition. God can see your heart. You can fool us with your piety, fancy clothes and church talk but you can’t fool God.
“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9a NLT)
1 John 5:4-5 says, “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”
The Bible says in Proverbs 28:20, “A faithful man will have many blessings” (HCSB). I want your life to have many blessings. Thank you for listening, and following this podcast/blog. May God bless you richly.
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