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Recently, because of aging and perhaps family history, I have been experiencing some heart issues. My cardiologist ordered a heart monitor for me to wear. (It is amazing the advancement of technology in recent years. Also, I’ve learned that this is a common practice for people with heart issues.) I received the monitor in the mail with detailed instructions. After I read the instructions I carefully attached the monitor to my upper left chest to wear for 14 days. On the monitor is a button to press when I feel I am having an issue, like a racing heart, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, dizziness, etc.

When I press the button, I record in a diary the date, time, the feelings I was experiencing, and the duration of the episode. After 14 days, the monitor along with the diary is to be mailed back to the provider. Then the technicians will study the results from the small monitor and report the findings to my cardiologist. (In other words my monitor is making a visit to my doctor.) From what the monitor reveals, the doctor determines, if needed, a course of treatment. (At the time of this writing, I have returned my monitor, but I have not heard my results. I guess my monitor is still in the waiting room (smile).

My point, how wonderful that a small monitor can be placed over the physical heart to discover certain conditions so that treatment can be prescribed. This made me think of our spiritual heart, the seat of our affections, the real person we are inside. Is there a monitor that can track its condition? The answer is “Yes.” For those who have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, the Holy Spirit who lives inside, is our spiritual heart’s monitor.

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come,he will guide you into all truth…”– John 16:13

And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”– 1 John 3:23,24 

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”-– 1 Corinthians 3:16 

When we face temptations, experience fear, doubt, sin, anxiety, pride, and overwhelming situations, the Holy Spirit within us will “monitor” our heart and guide us into all truth. Our part is to press the button of prayer and then seek the truth from God’s Word and apply it to our lives. A helpful tool would be to also keep a diary. Record when any of these situations occur. Write what you experienced, how it affected you, how you felt, where you were, and what you were doing. Also keep a record of the help you received from applying God’s Word. When you have an episode, take doses of God’s Word until your fast-beating heart slows down and becomes calm and normal again.

What a foolish thing it would be for me to receive the heart monitor, decide it was too much trouble, ignore it, put it unused on a shelf and 14 days later return it to the provider. No information would be relayed to my doctor and no treatment and help could be prescribed. In the same way, when our spiritual heart is in trouble, it would be foolish to ignore the Holy Spirit’s warnings and guidance and continue to live with an unhealthy heart. We can only live victoriously as we allow the Holy Spirit to monitor our spiritual heart. I’m thankful for the physical heart’s monitor and also very thankful for my spiritual heart’s monitor. But most of all, I am grateful for the Great Physician who oversees and cares for me (1 John 5:7).

Search me, O God, and know (monitor) my heart: try me, and know (monitor) my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked (unhealthful) way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”–Psalm 139:23,24

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct (monitor) thy paths.”–Proverbs 3:5,6 

How About Your Heart?”
How about your heart, is it right with God?
That’s the thing that counts today.
Is it black by sin, is it pure within?
Could you ask Christ in to stay?
People often see you as you are outside.
Jesus really knows you for He sees inside.
How about your heart, is it right with God?
That’s the thing that counts today.
– Dr Bennie S Triplett

…Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”– 1 Samuel 17:7

This is written because I care…Carlene

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