Every think about your “heartbeat?” I’m not talking about the one in your chest that thump-thumps, I’m talking about your REAL heartbeat. If you are familiar with the Creation, Fall of Man, and Redemption through Jesus, skip down to the line of asterisk (*****).
The Bible tells us that before the original sin, man walked with God, Genesis 1:
“31And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.”
Then satan came as a serpent to deceived Adam and Eve and they ate from the Tree of Life. This was the first sin. It is known as the fall of man. God had to send Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden. Every person is born into that sin.
“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” Psalms 51:5.
God sent Jesus to be the sacrifice for sinful man, 1 John 3:5:
“You know that He appeared in visible form and became Man to take away [upon Himself] sins, and in Him there is no sin [essentially and forever].”
If we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, he restores us as 1 John 3 goes onto explain:
“6No one who abides in Him [who lives and remains in communion with and in obedience to Him–deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] commits (practices) sin. No one who [habitually] sins has either seen or known Him [recognized, perceived, or understood Him, or has had an experiential acquaintance with Him]. 7Boys (lads), let no one deceive and lead you astray. He who practices righteousness [who is upright, conforming to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action, living a consistently conscientious life] is righteous, even as He is righteous. 8[But] he who commits sin [who practices evildoing] is of the devil [takes his character from the evil one], for the devil has sinned (violated the divine law) from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done]. 9No one born (begotten) of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, for God’s nature abides in him [His principle of life, the divine sperm, remains permanently within him]; and he cannot practice sinning because he is born (begotten) of God. 10By this it is made clear who take their nature from God and are His children and who take their nature from the devil and are his children: no one who does not practice righteousness [who does not conform to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action] is of God; neither is anyone who does not love his brother (his fellow [i]believer in Christ).”
So before Jesus we are sinners. If we truely accept Jesus we will not deliberately, knowingly, and habitually practice sin. Jesus makes us a new creation, 2 Corinthians 5:17:
“Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!”
As children of God we are expected to continue to grow. Colossians 1:
10“That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition].
Hebrews 5:”13For everyone who continues to feed on milk is obviously inexperienced and unskilled in the doctrine of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action), for he is a mere infant [not able to talk yet]! 14But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law.”
So with all that in mind, we have to realize that without Jesus we are nothing. Jesus bring us to a point where we can begin to grow with the help of the Holy Spirit. So I ask you again, What does your heartbeat look like?
Take a look at this graph.
The first part of this graph is your heartbeat without Jesus. People with this heartbeat tend to have one or more of these traits that appear over and over: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, greed, covetousness, anger, rage, bad feeling toward others, curses and slander, foulmouthed abuse and shameful utterances from your lips, lie to one another (Colossians 3), bitter jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry, selfish ambition) (James 3), callous and past feeling and reckless and have abandoned themselves [a prey] to unbridled sensuality, eager and greedy to indulge in every form of impurity [that their depraved desires may suggest and demand], foul or polluting language, evil words, unwholesome or worthless talk, bitterness, indignation, wrath (passion, rage, bad temper), resentment (anger, animosity), quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention), slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language), malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind) (Ephesians 4), just to name a few. You can read about other sins in my other post titled NT Sins.
A person with this kind of heartbeat can never be called God’s child. His heartbeat is weak, it beats on the negative side of everything. When something happens, it is hard to get the next beat to be higher than where it started from. People with this heartbeat can remain on a low for long periods of time. There is no hope for this heart. This is a heartbeat of a dead man walking. It is a heart that is dead IN sin:
Ephesians 2:1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.”
The only way to over come this dead heartbeat is to look to Jesus. Jesus paid the price for our sins and reconciled us to the Father. We actually DIE when we accept Jesus. We die to our old self and we die TO sin. Romans 6:
6We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin. 7For when a man dies, he is freed (loosed, delivered) from [the power of] sin [among men]. “
That is what the flat-lined heartbeat indicates in the chart above. Our death with Christ. You can not continue to have the old heartbeat and no heartbeat – it is one or the other. If you are still walking with the old heartbeat – you have not truly died with Christ.
I have heard so many testimonies that have included miraculous healing from illness, sickness, alcohol, drugs, sex, pornography, etc. That was Jesus’s way of shocking their heart so that THEIR heartbeat would flat-line and HIS heartbeat could begin. I see where Jesus does carry people for a short time. He does all the work during this flat-line time. But at some point, the heartbeat has to be restarted. Unfortunately, some people restart the heartbeat on their own. Their heartbeat starts back up, but it is returned to below the flat-line. They may still be freed and healed from those things, but they can not live freed because they do not have the Holy Spirit to help them live the way they should.
For those who allow Jesus to restart their heart, they will truly begin a new life in Christ. They will become pro-active in their new life, seeking out the things of God. Romans continues with
“8Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.”
What does a heartbeat like that look like? A person with this kind of heartbeat will have the following traits on a regular basis (remember we all have a bad day here and there): tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper], gentle and forbearing with one another (Colossians 3), express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly], lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), making allowances because you love one another, rejecting all falsity, express the truth with his neighbor, useful, helpful, kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely] (Ephesians 4), peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle), yields to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity) (James 3), just to name a few. Someone with this heartbeat may fall short sometimes, but they will not cross that flat-line, even when they are tempted to or start to. (As an added note, please see some of my other posts under Ring out the False, Ring in the True. I have seen people use the lack of these traits in someone else as a shield against things they, themselves, are doing wrong. As Christians, we are not called to be forbearing, meek, yielding or impartial to sin. There is no defense or reasoning for sins we commit, they are what they are and the only way to overcome them is to repent which means to change our ways.)
Romans 8:“4So that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit]. 5For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit.” … “13For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever.”
I encourage you to look at your heartbeat. Matthew 7:16 says we can know by our fruits. John 13:35 says we can know by our love. 1 John 2 says we can know by our obedience to his commands. In Matthew 22:
“Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Examine your heartbeat – don’t deceive yourself – 2 Corinthians 13:
5Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”
Better to find out now that you are failing than to find out on Judgement day.
If you find your heartbeat below the flat-line, and would like to accept Jesus, I encourage you to find a quiet place and confess your sins and ask Jesus into your heart. Then find a church that is near you and begin attending.
If you seem to be walking somewhere in the middle, on the flat-line, it’s time to step up and start walking the walk. Ask Jesus to restart your heart, re-dedicate yourself to Him and His ways. There really is no middle ground to walk on.
If you would like to improve your spiritual walk, find time to connect with God each and every day. Try practising some of those traits, working at them, and asking the Holy Spirit to guide you. There are many books and bible studies out there that can help you grow in your walk. There is a little guide on Campus Crusade for Christ that Talks about Spiritual Maturity. But ultimately, use the Bible as your guide – after all, it is God’s inspired Word just for this purpose.