Heart Surgery

I have two friends who’ve recently endured the highs and lows of major heart surgery.

Duke University Medical Center is home to some of the best cardiothoracic surgeons in the country.  No small challenge, this kind of heart surgery. Part of the procedure sometimes involves replacing of  heart valves with either mechanical or pig valves, and bypass surgery to graft in new vein sections from the patient’s leg.

My first friend and church family member, Bobby Temple, fought a long and hard fight after his heart surgery. God chose to heal him permanently and called him home to heaven.

My second friend and co-worker, Jan, is now in the fight of her life. She is slowly improving, day by day. But it is a struggle. A struggle to move from a hospital bed to a chair and watch a few minutes of TV. It is a struggle to walk the hallway, IV pole at her side, even once a day. It is a struggle to acknowledge visitors, to talk a few words of conversation to them, to stay in the moment. These acts require an extraordinary amount of cardio and pulmonary efficiency, which are extremely difficult for her right now.

As I visited with Jan yesterday and then dug into the Word, it struck me how similar this epic battle is to the spiritual heart surgery that must happen to each of us. We are all born with a sinful, marred “heart” that must be removed and replaced. Replaced by one of God’s making. A new heart that has the Will and the Desires of God beating through it.

God says: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgements and do them.”  Ezekiel 35:26-27

Only God can thrust His hand into a man’s being, extract a stony heart, and insert a heart of flesh. The new heart of flesh He implants . . is pliable and squishy. . .  and it beats after God.

The new heart is polar opposite to the old. It no longer seeks its own. It does not exalt worthless idols. It does not sin without discretion.

It is a heart with the Holy Spirit of God instilled in it. . . cleansing it. . . strengthening it. . .  keeping its owner pointed toward the Only One Who Saves.

I am thankful for the heart surgery God did for me, for my circle of family and friends. Where would I surely be without Him?

ARE YOU THANKFUL TODAY FOR YOUR ” NEW HEART”?  STOP AND TELL HIM HOW GRATEFUL YOU ARE TODAY–

IF YOU’VE NOT HAD A ” NEW HEART REPLACEMENT” AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO START A CONVERSATION ABOUT IT?  COMMENT BELOW AND I’LL GET BACK TO YOU VERY SOON. . . GOD BLESS!

Lookin’ up,

 

 

 

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