The heart of God

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“David said to Solomon: “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the LORD my God.”-1 Chronicles 22:7

 

David had it in his heart to build a temple of the Lord.  As Christians when we realize that our bodies are temples of Holy God it brings the idea of a temple-heart a whole new kind of picture.  God has been speaking me about his heart a lot lately, espeicially at camp.  Last summer God directed me to begin reading the book Wild At Heart.  Taking me till this summer to finally finish a generous orthodoxy and pick this up I now realize that even in this delay it has all been in God’s timing. 

     At pre-service prayer at camp God kept putting it in my heart to pray for the hearts of people, that we would be people like David-people “after God’s own heart.”  At the Wensday night service God spoke to me as we danced and marched into the presence of God.  As others have said about God moving at camp He didn’t meat my expectations, he broke them.  Wensday night I expected to feel God in some deep way, to get goosbumps, maybe cry I wasn’t exactly sure.  I was open but I expected to be emotional and for me it wasn’t.  But in the quite of my inner delight in God he spoke.  There was no feelings just his still voice, “meet me tommorow.”  He would clarify that he wanted me to just listen, to contemplate and meditate over him.  So Thursday I went down to the dock with my Bible and started to read Scripture out loud, to the water, the trees, the wind the sun light.  Not that they were listening of course, but I just wanted to realize God’s breath and voice in everything around me.  And then it began to rain.  At first I was like oh know I want to finish reading this Scripture passage and then read this but what the rain did is stilled me, it made me quit trying to take control and just lot God take control.  When I realize this, that the rain too was good I got up and danced.  I almost jumped into the lake. Praising God I sat down and began to listen.  The rain lasted little and then the sun light came out again.  In that moment God spoke and showed me his heart.  I wont go into to much detail (mostly words can’t describe) but God took me deeper, revealed to me that secret place in his heart were he loves me, the world and were we can meet.  It was awesome. 

     That night the charge was “will you die for the heart of your king.”  Reggie took us through the amazing story of a Scottish warrior that died for his king and took the heart of his kind with him.  It was a pretty wild and intense story but when you think that he did that for his earlthy lord what does that mean to us who serve the Lord of the Universe, the King of kings and the Lord of lords.  Its just so amazing.  Right then and there I made a pledge that I would die by living for the heart of my king and if neccsary I would die for him.  After all, he is the King and not only so but he is the King who died for us.  Praise his name forever. 

     So, I have began to pick up the book Wild At Heart as I so nicely finshed the previous book within the week after camp.  I have begun to realize that God is taking me on a spiritual journey and inner pilgrmage; not just to seek his heart but in doing so find mine.  The heart of a man who will serve God,  not just a servent but as a holy knight pledged to his cause to battle the spirtual forces of evil, live the adventure of the great commission and to chase God till we meet and who knows someday God may want me to chase a women to mary.  Well, the whole knight thing might sound corny to you but I know it is not to me and my God.  That is our God, the One and Only.  I want to do something for him, in him, with him, by him that will shake the fabric of the “things as they are” stagnent atmophere that most walk in everyday.  Who knows what God has in mind but I am a man of his heart and will seek him, yea while I am but in my youth. 

 

Praise his name forever and blessed be the heart of our God!

“that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
       O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.”- Psalm 30:12

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About minuiperiannath

Name: Spencer Wentland College: North Central University Year: Senior Major:Intercultural Studies My story of meeting Jesus in short: Not many weeks after I was born my parents baptized me into the Christian faith at First English Lutheran Church in my hometown, Appleton, WI. There they renewed their promises to renounce the devil and his ways, the world and evil and raise me the same way teaching me to love and fear the Lord, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Creeds and when of reading age to put the Holy Bible in my hands and all the while, with the church community, instruct me in the Christian faith. My parents weren't perfect but they did fulfill the vows they made at my baptism. I had my own more personal experience with the Lord around the age of seven when I followed Jesus out of the Gospels to a "quiet, lonely place" in my backyard with the hope to do whatever Jesus did there. Without realizing it or ever being taught how to "receive Jesus into your heart" it happened quite like that even seeing a mental vision of Jesus and knowing I need to welcome him into my heart and let him sit on the throne of my life. I've never been the same since then and the Lord has kept his promise to be with me "always." I confirmed what my parents chose for me in a public confession of faith and the ritual of believer's baptism at a local swimming school where the Assemblies of God church my mom attends used to do their baptisms. I've never regretted a life with Jesus; life has always been richer, deeper and fuller because of it. About Me: Ha that's a funny question, and a popular one today. Well, if you really want to know "all about me" you will have to meet me. For starters I am hard to put in simple categories and often find myself tumbling between labels; i.e. introverted and extroverted, strong and weak, intuitive yet a rationalist, introspective and social, unique and individual yet needing people and empathetic. I belong to and am part of the Way and that is probably the most defining important part of my being. (Acts 24:14) As a God lover in the Way of Jesus Christ I long to see and embrace all things and people in his love for his glory. Creative people and places energize me. I enjoy and appreciate art and artists and like to contribute and collaborate in making my own art at times. I need my own time and spend a lot of time in contemplation- this is where I get recharged and new vision and vitality for life. A con of my personality is my ill attempts to understand everything about everything. At the same time I also get energy from others and love to be sociable. I make matrix like connections in my mind and although my comments often are perceived as random too me they are very connected to something. To me connection and harmony are very important and I believe the truth brings that out. The last few years have been filled with learning, studying and meeting wonderful people. Copenhagen, Escanaba, Nagasaki, and now back to Minneapolis! So excited to learn, grow and finish my last year at university! Call: I feel strongly called by the Lord to work and give myself as missionary of love to the Japanese people. As the Lord leads I hope to take a missionary assignment through ELCA Global Mission teaching English and serving in congregational mission and leadership in Japan. Eventually I would like to serve as an apostolic worker planting boiler rooms (missional/monastic communities) around the Japanese archipelago with a bunch of other Jesus lovers in international, incarnational bands of friends. About this blog: This blog is for my Church Administration and Personal Finance class. I'm looking forward to interesting and practical conversation and learning that will help develop my leadership and organizational skills for however and whatever takes shape out of the Lord's call.

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  1. Spencer, this by far was the best post. I read Captivating, the sister book to Wild at Heart and it really helped me to understand my role and person as I went towards a deeper relationship with God. It showed me the beauty and joy I find in myself and others as well as the joy and beauty of a relationship and bond unlike any other with Him. I was told to read the Wild at Heart to get an understanding of how God works in even the most unlikely places stilling thigns and people around us to get a grasp on our life and our own understanding.
    I don’t know exactly if I’m making since, however…If you haven’t read the book yet I would consider it greatly. Even though it’s the book for “women” it helps men understand the womanly role and for them to get a grasp on how we as daughters in Christ appear ourselves to be or “want” to appear to ourselves to be. Not only that but I’ve made it a decision today to go to the bookstore to get both books. Thanks for enlighting me and sharing this wonderful testimony with us.
    ~mv~

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