17. Is the following expression ‘God put it in my heart to do this or that’ a biblical expression? Is it confirmed by the Bible?




Yes, it is, for Nehemiah wrote: “So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days. And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon” (Nehemiah 2:11-12) and also: “And my God put into mine heart to gather together the nobles, and the rulers, and the people, that they might be reckoned by genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of them which came up at the first….” (Nehemiah 7:5). And Paul says about Titus, who was one of his faithful fellow-workers: “But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you. For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you” (2 Corinthians 8:16-17).

When God puts in the heart of someone to do something, the person feels a strong desire to do that thing, he has a strong inclination to do that thing, thus he will feel continually prompted by God to do that particular thing which is in the will of God for him.