Since I was diagnosed with “heart disease” in 1998 with a 7-Way Heart By-pass in 1999, I thought I might have some insight into the treatment of the physical disease.
United States Statistics of Heart Disease and Heart Failures (CDC).
1. Almost six million hospitalizations each year (in the United States) are due to cardiovascular disease.
2. Every 34 seconds a person in the United States dies of heart failure.
3. More than 2500 Americans die from heart failure in relationship to heart disease.
4. Every 20 seconds, a person in the United States has a heart attack.
5. At least 250,000 people die of heart attacks each year in the United States before reaching the hospital.
I don’t think anyone today has any reservations regarding the seriousness of heart disease in this country. If you do, the statistics I referenced should make you aware of a serious physical condition; personally, in our families and friends. It has touched most people’s lives. What are the breakthroughs in medical science that can help in prevention and correcting the disease and even heart failure? There are many, including the possibility of heart transplants. Heart transplants are done as a life-saving measure for end-stage heart failure.
Survival Rates of “Heart Transplants”.
1. 88% survive the first year.
2. 72 % survive the first five years.
3. 10 year survival is close to 50%
4. 16% survive 20 years.
What to Expect After a Physical Heart Transplant.
1. Cardiac rehabilitation which helps improve the health and well-being of people.
2. Heart monitoring: blood tests, lung function, EKG, echocardiogram.
3. Heart rejection prevention medications.
Are you wondering what all these heart disease statistics have to do with, “What to Expect After a “Spiritual” Heart Transplant”?
Lets go to the greatest Heart Surgeon there is and ever was, Who is daily practicing heart surgery and demonstrating what you can expect afterwords.
The Godly Heart Transplant
Ezekiel 11:19 “And I will give them one heart [a new heart] and I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony [unnaturally hardened] heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh [sensitive and responsive to the touch of their God].”
Ezekiel 36:26-27 “A new heart will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall heed My ordinances and do them.”
So, God the Heart Surgeon can give us all a “new heart of flesh” along with “a new spirit” and while He’s at it, God will put His own Spirit within you at the same time. The Holy Spirit will monitor the recovery and rehabilitation of the new heart transplant. God’s Spirit will cause you to be able to get up from heart surgery and then “to walk…” !
The Heart Transplant Prognosis; begins with a “spiritual Law”
We all know that there are physical law to deal with in our lives; local traffic laws, laws of physics; natural and physical laws. There are “spiritual laws” also. I found a good definition in my detective work of a LAW: “A rule or action based on an established fact.” With that definition in mind, turn to the Book of Romans to look at a “spiritual” law that explains “The Heart Plant Prognosis“.
Romans 8:2 “For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being from the heart transplant] has freed me from the law of sin and death.”
With your new heart and new spirit, you have been given the prognosis of “the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus“. You are a “new creation”. That is definitely “good news” in the outcome of the heart transplant. Your spirit and soul have been given a clean bill of health.
Diagnosis first and then the prognosis after the surgery.
Everyone on earth who hasn’t received a new “heart transplant” has the same “diagnosis”.
Romans 5:12 [Diagnosis given] “Therefore, as sin came into the world through one man, and DEATH as the result of sin, so DEATH spread to ALL MEN, [no one being able to stop it or to escape its power] because ALL MEN SINNED.”
The great Physician’s [Jehovah-rapa]; God heals, provided a way to stop “spiritual death” by open heart surgery. As the terminal patient, you will have to decide to go ahead with it. Life or Death, it’s your choice! It’s a Spiritual Law. If you decide to go for a 100% recovery, you will probably want consultation in regard to, “What to Expect After the Spiritual Heart Transplant”.
Walking in the Fruit of the Spirit
Heart disease is primarily caused by the narrowing the arterial walls within your body by a substance called “plaque”. Eventually, the plaque builds up so much in your arteries that blood is unable to flow to the heart because of “blockages”. Thus, the possibilities of a heart attack or in my case and others, by-pass surgery is needed to “by-pass” the blockages. Your “flesh” has become a hinderance to your heart functioning properly. Can this same explanation be applied to the “spiritual” heart disease?
Galatians 5:16, 19-23: The PA (Physician’s Assistant)
“But I say, walk and live ['after the transplant', habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).”
The Arterial “Plaque” Blockages
Verse 19-21, “Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency, idolatry, sorcery, eminity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissentions), party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like, I warn you beforehand…” THAT IS the “plaque” that can cause death! An old saying: “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth More Than a Pound of Cure”.
Verse 22 says, “BUT the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is…”
In my first post-operative appointment with the heart surgeon after my surgery in 1999, I asked him some important questions. “What can I do at home that will keep me in good heart health?” He explained to me that there were three key elements in keeping heart disease at bay:
1. Diet; being careful to what you consume that causes a “plaque build-up”. Less sugar and fat and more vegetables and “FRUIT”.
2. Exercise by walking.
3. Medication; reducing the plaque build up in the body’s arterial-vascular system.
“Spiritual” Heart Disease Prevention
1. Diet: the “Fruit of the Spirit”, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control”.
Galatians 5:24 says, “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and appetites and desires.”
2. Exercise: by “walking” to increased the blood flow to the heart; prevents the tendencies of a hard or stoney heart.
Galatians 5:25 “If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also WALK by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our 'heart-life' in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit].”
As my own cardiologist and my godly Cardiologist would say, “I won’t tell you to do something you can’t do!” (Galatians 5:24)
Blood flow blockers and Spiritual Medication:
In the next blog, I want share my research of two items contained in Scripture that reflects on “preventative spiritual medication” and the causes to “spiritual plaque”; blocking the blood flow to the heart.