Ever known of anyone that has had to have a heart transplant? It is quite a major surgery!! In January 2021, my husbands brother had to have a heart transplant. How it all happened, all the details and recovery are completely miraculous. But that will be for another conversation.
In talking with my brother-in-law about his transplant…we were amazed at the process of what happens. There was one thing that was quite mind blowing. When the doctors remove the old heart, they cut it away from the body, the flesh. That includes all the nerves connected to it. When the nerves are severed, they do not reconnect them. The transplanted heart is denervated. It retains its own pacemaker so beats automatically.
So no longer does the brain communicate to the heart through the nerves and tell it what to do. If someone is scared, they will just be scared in their mind…their heart will not get that cue from the brain to beat faster. Isn’t that just a fascinating thought? I am not a doctor…and there are so many other complicated things with this surgery…but that is the part I wanted to highlight.
Ezekiel 36:26-27 says:
I will plant a new heart and new spirit inside of you. I will take out your stubborn, stony heart and give you a willing, tender heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit inside of you and inspire you to live by My statutes and follow My laws.
So, this is not a physical heart transplant this scripture is speaking of…but it is spiritually. When we give our lives, our hearts, to the Lord…He takes our old heart, and gives us a new one! We begin our spiritual journey with a new heart.
In the actual physical heart transplant, the brain (the mind/will/emotions) no longer tell the heart what to do. Those nerves were disconnected.
So, it makes sense that if God removed our old “heart” and gave us a new one, then no longer does our flesh – our mind, will and emotions – have the place to tell our hearts what to do. They have been disconnected! Our hearts beat on its own pace. It has its own beat and direction. Our new hearts follow the beat the Lord sets for us.
Therefore, it is so important to realize the difference in our mind, our will, our emotions, and our spirit, our heart. When we are born again, we have been given a new heart. We should no longer allow our lives to be ruled by our mind, will and emotions. That is quite the challenge in the world we live in. We must feed our spirit and not our flesh.
Just like the physical heart transplant, there was a separation. It is so important to learn to recognize the difference in what our spirit is saying, from what our flesh is saying. We must feed our spirit the things of the Spirit and strengthen our spirit within us. The Holy Spirit becomes our “pacemaker” and keeps our heart beating according to what God says.
Lord help our heart to beat for things of YOUR Heart!! Help us not listen to our flesh but listen for what YOUR heart is saying!
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.