By LWAM, Aug 24 2014 10:47PM
After God brought out the Israelites from Egypt, He did not choose a city in any of the twelve tribes of Israel to have a temple to be built for His name. Instead, He chose a man who had the city and the temple in His heart. This man was David, a man after God’s own heart. David confessed that “...it was in my heart to build a house for the name of the Lord my God” (1 Chronicles 22:7). David captured the fortress hill of Zion in Jerusalem from the Jebusites, named it the City of David (2 Sam 5:7), transferred his capital from Hebron to Jerusalem and it is here that he planned to build the temple. God commended Him and said “because it was in your heart to build a temples for my name, you did well to have this in your heart” (1 Kings 8:18). David’s heart was stirred by a noble theme (Psalms 45:1)
When the appointed time comes for God to fulfill His Word, He will cause the hearts of men to be moved and stirred. When Samuel saw Saul, he told him: “...I will tell you all that is in your heart.” (1 Sam 9:19). Our hearts reflect who we are (Prov 27:19). In order to fulfill His word spoken through His prophet Jeremiah about the return of the exiles, God moved the heart of Cyrus King of Persia. After the Kings heart was moved, then the Israelites hearts were moved and they prepared to go up and build the Temple of the Lord (Ezra 1).
The issues that make you cry and grieve are a clue to what God has assigned you to heal and restore. When Nehemiah heard that Jerusalem’s wall was broken down, its gates burnt with fire were and that the remnants in trouble and disgrace he sat down, wept and mourned for days (Nehemiah 1:3-4). He prayed to God for favour before the King. God answered his prayer and Nehemiah obtained favour before the king and he was able to rebuild Jerusalem.
The Greek word used in the New Testament to describe the Heart is ‘Kardia’. This figuratively refers to the spiritual part of man usually places emphasis on the spirit of man or the innermost being of man. The spirit is the seat of spiritual understanding and desires. It is the radar system of our being.
There must be something that makes your heart pound and leap (Job 37:1). There are some vital questions that you ought to ask yourself if you are to possess the great riches of your inheritance in Christ Jesus.
1. What stirs up your heart?
2. What is your heart’s burning desire?
3. What are you constantly meditating upon in your heart?
4. What are you constantly talking about?
Where your treasure is, there your heart will also be (Matt 6:21). Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life (Prov 4:23)