“My God put it on my heart.” Nehemiah 7:5

We hear it all the time, “Follow your heart.” Well, I don’t know about you, but my heart has gotten me into a boatload of trouble. I shudder at the thought of returning to, and following through, every deep-seeded, passionate plan my heart compels me to do.

So how do we know the difference between what our fickle heart is chasing and what our God desires to do through us?

I’m certain the following is by no means an exhaustive list, but I found three things happening in Nehemiah also spoken of in the New Testament

If God has put something on your heart—it’s for the good of everyone. “All the people gathered as one man.” (Nehemiah 8:1)

“In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.” (Acts 10:34)

If God has put something on your heart—it brings order. “And day by day, from the first day to the last day, he read from the Book of the Law of God” (Nehemiah 8:18)

“God is not the author of confusion but of peace.” (1 Corinthians 14:33)

If God has put something on your heart—it brings God glory. “They bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.” (Nehemiah 8:6)

“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His own will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:11-12)

Hope this helps, my friends!

Published by JoAnn

Words are my thing. The Word is my world.

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