I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED IF LONELINESS and LACK OF LOVE CAUSE MORE DISEASE and EVEN DEATH THAN ANYTHING ELSE! When a man's spirit is wounded he loses hope and even a desire to live. "The spirit of a man sustaineth him, but a wounded spirit, a lonely spirit, who can bear?" (Pro.18:14) People can actually die of heartbreak! They say that's another kind of heart trouble, that a person who goes through great emotional strain or stress such as heartbreak or great sorrow, that somehow or another water gathers around the heart in the body. It must be some kind of reaction that the Lord created to try to help the heart bear the strain. They call it heartbreak or heartache, and sometimes they actually die of it.
THAT'S WHY WHEN THEY PIERCED JESUS' SIDE, OUT CAME BLOOD and WATER! (Jn.19:34) Think of that! In other words, He died of a broken heart! They always say, "He died of a broken heart for you and me, our sins"--but that's not what broke His heart! He knew that we were going to be saved and be forgiven. What broke His heart was thinking that God had to turn His back on Him! "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" (Mat.27:46) God had to forsake Him, like a sinner, so He could die and suffer for our sins.
JESUS DIED OF A BROKEN HEART BECAUSE GOD FORSOOK HIM!--TEMPORARILY OF COURSE, FOR OUR SAKES, THAT WE MIGHT BE SAVED!--That He might receive our punishment.
IT'S PITIFUL HOW SOME MEN ABUSE THEIR BODIES! There was a guy at Wheaton College, I remember, that died in the marriage bed on his wedding night, died making love because it was too big a strain on his heart. That's when his wife wrote that beautiful song:
"DEEP ABIDING JOY, FILLS ALL MY LIFE TODAY, THERE'S A SECRET REASON WHY I LOVE TO PRAY! There's an inner wellspring deep within my soul, Jesus precious Jesus has at last complete control! When I saw His wondrous face, and the beauties of His grace. I obeyed His call, yielded, that was all, and He filled my heart with song!" Apparently she was putting the guy first and it wasn't the Lord's will, and the Lord took him so she'd give her life to the Lord.
I'LL TELL YOU, IT'S DANGEROUS TO PUT ANYTHING BEFORE GOD! He said, "I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, and I will have no other gods before Me!" (Exo.20:5,3) With the people who know Him and know better, whatever you put before God He'll almost invariably take it away!--If you worship someone or something more than you do the Lord, whether it's your mate or your child or your home or your job or your car or television or the opinions of men or whatever!
THE LORD REALLY JUST TOOK AWAY EVERYTHING I HAD, ALMOST EVERYTHING EXCEPT MY FAMILY, THANK GOD, and I even had to forsake them and go out and work with TV and all, and leave them with Eve. A lot of times I had to leave Eve and the kids home. He had to really drag me down to the depths to where I was broken and humbled enough to be thankful for anything.
ONE FORM OF HEART TROUBLE IS OBESITY, TOO MUCH FAT! Being too fat crowds the heart and makes it hard for it to beat, hard for the blood to circulate, and then even globules of fat forming in the walls of the blood vessels called cholesterol--a nice word for just plain fat--puts an extra heavy load on the heart trying to pump it through those fat-clogged blood vessels. Sometimes the heart just can't make it.
THE HEART IS REALLY AN AMAZING MUSCLE, IT CAN REALLY TAKE A LOT!--Almost more abuse than any other part of your body! It's one muscle that has to keep functioning all the time, 24 hours a day! The only rest the heart gets is in between beats! That momentary relaxation before it starts another beat is the only rest it ever gets--that is until you're dead! I read an article one time about how much energy the heart puts out, how much power it produces. I think I even read that in one year the heart beats so much and produces so much pressure and power it would be enough to lift the Queen Mary so many feet in the air!--Which was at one time the largest ship in the World! Think of that!
SCIENCE SAYS THAT THE BODY IS THE TOUGHEST MACHINE IN THE WORLD and CAN STAND MORE ABUSE THAN ANY OTHER MACHINE! It can stand more abuse than any machine that man has created. It can stand years of abuse and misuse before it finally breaks down, and even then if given a chance it will repair itself and repair the damages and repair the worn out parts etc. God has made the human body the most marvellous machine in the World, and the mind the most marvellous computer and the eyes the most remarkable of all cameras!
I HAVE DISCOVERED and I AM FIRMLY CONVINCED THAT THE EYES ARE NOT ONLY CAMERAS, BUT PROJECTORS! Think of that! They cannot only receive, but they can project.
My name is James Arendt. I was raised in the Hegewisch neighborhood on the southeast side of Chicago, Illinois, served in the USAF from 1970 to 1974, and became a full-time missionary for Christ living 40 years in Japan, 3.5 years in Russia, and a few months in other countries such as Finland, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, South Korea, Taiwan and mainland China where I also served the King of Kings, Jesus, as an Ambassador for His Kingdom.
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