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Summary: Matters of the heart.

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THE SYMPTOMS OF A DEFECTIVE HEART

LUKE 16:15

THE HEART IS A HARD-WORKING MUSCULAR PUMP WHOSE STEADY ACTION SUSTAINS LIFE. WITH EACH BEAT, THE HEART SENDS BLOOD THROUGHOUT THE BODY TO CARRY OXYGEN AND FOOD TO ALL THE BODY’S CELLS. THE RHYTHMIC BEATING OF THE HEART BEGINS ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS BEFORE BIRTH.

THE HEART IS A LARGE, HOLLOW, MUSCULAR ORGAN DIVIDED INTO LEFT AND RIGHT SIDES THAT PUMP AT THE SAME TIME. VEINS COLLECT BLOOD FROM THROUGHOUT THE BODY AND CARRY IT TO THE RIGHT-SIDE PUMP. THAT PUMP THEN SENDS BLOOD TO THE LUNGS, WHERE IT PICKS UP OXYGEN. THE OXYGENATED (OXYGEN-RICH) BLOOD THEN FLOWS TO THE LEFT SIDE OF THE HEART, WHICH PUMPS IT THROUGH ARTERIES TO THE REST OF THE BODY. VALVES CONTROL THE FLOW OF BLOOD THROUGH THE HEART. THE LEFT-SIDE PUMP, WHICH SENDS BLOOD THROUGHOUT THE BODY, IS LARGER AND STRONGER THAN THE RIGHT PUMP.

THE MOST COMMON HEART DISORDER IS CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE (CAD). THE HEART NEEDS A CONSTANT OXYGEN SUPPLY BECAUSE IT IS ONE OF THE BODY’S HARDEST-WORKING MUSCLES. THIS OXYGEN IS DELIVERED BY THE CORONARY ARTERIES, WHICH CARRY ABOUT 5 PERCENT OF THE BLOOD PUMPED FROM THE HEART DIRECTLY TO THE HEART MUSCLE. IN CAD, THESE ARTERIES BECOME NARROWED, WHICH REDUCES—OR MAY EVEN STOP—THEIR ABILITY TO CARRY OXYGEN. INSUFFICIENT OXYGEN MAY REDUCE THE HEART’S ABILITY TO PUMP AND CAUSE PAIN OR DAMAGE TO THE HEART MUSCLE.

ALMOST ALL HEART ATTACKS OCCUR WHEN A BLOOD CLOT SUDDENLY AND COMPLETELY BLOCKS A CORONARY ARTERY. THIS CONDITION IS CALLED A CORONARY THROMBOSIS, OR SIMPLY A CORONARY. THE PART OF THE HEART MUSCLE NOURISHED BY THE BLOCKED ARTERY BECOMES DAMAGED BY LACK OF OXYGEN. UNLESS BLOOD FLOW RETURNS WITHIN MINUTES, MUSCLE DAMAGE INCREASES. HEART CELLS BEGIN TO DIE AFTER FOUR TO SIX HOURS WITHOUT BLOOD. THE DAMAGE CAN AFFECT THE HEART’S ABILITY TO PUMP AND MAY CAUSE THE PATIENT’S DEATH. IF THE CLOT CAN BE DISSOLVED WITHIN FOUR TO SIX HOURS, DAMAGE TO THE HEART CAN BE REDUCED.

THE WORD HEART OCCURS 830 TIMES IN 762 VERSES.

THE HEART CAN BE PRETENTIOUS, SEEKING THE SUPERFICIAL APPROVAL OF MEN. THE APPROVAL OF MAN IS OFTEN A VERY HOLLOW AND ALWAYS A TRANSIENT THING; CHANGE THE COMPANY, AND YOU CHANGE THE VERDICT.

ONLY GOD “KNOWS US ALTOGETHER;” FOR IT IS HE ALONE THAT “LOOKETH UPON THE HEART,” THAT IS “A DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTS OF THE HEART.” HIS GLANCE PENETRATES TO THE INNERMOST CHAMBERS OF OUR SOUL. HE SEES AND KNOWS:

1. THE MOTIVES BY WHICH WE ARE ACTUATED IN OUR DEEDS; SEEING OFTEN THAT APPARENTLY GOOD DEEDS ARE INSPIRED BY LOW OR EVEN BAD MOTIVES, AND THAT DEEDS WHICH SOCIETY CONDEMNS ARE RELIEVED BY UNSELFISH PROMPTINGS.

2. THE FEELING THAT ACCOMPANIES OUR EXPRESSION; WHETHER IT IS SLIGHT OR WHETHER IT IS DEEP; OFTEN PERCEIVING THAT IT IS MORE OR THAT IT IS LESS THAN WE IMAGINE IT TO BE.

3. THE PURPOSE OF OUR HEART TOWARD HIMSELF; DETERMINING WHETHER, IN THE PRESENCE OF MUCH PROFESSION, THERE IS GENUINE DEVOTEDNESS; WHETHER, IN THE ABSENCE OF PROFESSION AND EVEN OF ASSURANCE, THERE IS NOT TRUE GODLINESS IN THE SOUL.


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