Spiritual heart attacks are wake up calls to those of us who aren't taking care of ourselves spiritually. Our spiritual hearts are similar to our physical hearts in that it is a pump. Whatever we take in (or don't take in) through our spiritual heart is pumped right back out.
Similar to the way God breathed on the first man and gave him life, Jesus breathed on His disciples saying, "Receive the Holy Spirit," (Jn 20:22). Wouldn't it be wonderful if our spiritual hearts were taking in and pumping out the Holy Spirit! But, just like when we don't put good things into our body, we can damage our spiritual heart when we fail to care for it properly.
The following are some warning signs that you may be having a spiritual heart attack:
- Feeling of emptiness. Most spiritual heart attacks involve an emptiness or worthlessness in everything we do. When we question why we are here or feel like no one cares about us, or that we do not have a purpose, we need to find a church and priest immediately!
- Depression. I understand there are many physical, psychological, and physiological causes of depression. But the spiritual heart will suffer if there is no connection to feed it from God.
If you have any other warning signs of a spiritual heart attack, please share them in the comments section.
The good news is that after a spiritual heart attack, God will "revive the hearts of the crushed," (Isa 57:15) and promises:"I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts," (Eze 36:26).