Then my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials, and the people to be registered by genealogy. Then I found the register of the genealogy of those who came [from Babylon] first.. – Nehemiah 7:5
Seeing how thinly the city was inhabited, and casting in his mind what evil might come of it, he bethinks himself (by a motion from heaven) how to set things to rights; that the city might be better peopled, and so preserved. This to do, God put into his heart by his Holy Spirit (the sweet motions whereof are the sound of his goings, the footsteps of his anointed, Psalms 89:51). We are not sufficient of ourselves (saith that great apostle) to think anything as of ourselves: but our sufficiency is of God, 2 Corinthians 3:5. Nemo vir magnus sine aliquo afflatu Divino unquam fuit, saith Cicero; no man ever grew to be greatly good without a Divine instinct. – John Trapp
The Holy Spirit dwells inside you and promises to guide and direct you. Even in things that don’t seem so spiritual. Notice Nehemiah didn’t say, “God put it in my heart to join the worship team, or to start a prayer group.” No, God can and does do that kind of thing, but sometimes He directs us about things to do at work or in our everyday lives. And that’s the kind of stuff we usually blow off or talk ourselves out of. But it’s God trying to break into our daily lives and allow Heaven to make a difference here on earth.
Bill Stark shared how God puts important and beautiful things in your heart too…if you’re open to believing, in faith, that He does. If you know God to be good and that “He has good plans for you”, as Jeremiah says, then you may wonder exactly what He’s uniquely put on your heart.
- to draw close to Him in prayer and silence each day?
- to give time or money to an organization serving the poor or disadvantaged?
- to serve your clients and co-workers as though they were actually God’s children?
- to move closer to Him by participating in a spiritual renewal retreat?
- to love on your wife or husband with a sacrificial love (even when it’s not ‘deserved’)
- to stop dividing people politically by who’s right and wrong, but to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly before God?
- to come along side others and help them grow in their faith?
- to love everyone you come in contact with?
After His resurrection, just right before He physically departed the earth for the throne room of Heaven, Jesus spoke to the disciples saying, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” The implication was that the work Jesus was leaving for us as His disciples was not something we could do apart from the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.