Acts 16:13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.
This means Lydia already had a relationship with the Lord, for how else can she worship a God she does not know? She would not have been worshiping God if she did not know Him intimately, yet her heart was closed to greater revelations of the person of the Holy Spirit. In verse 14″ The Lord opened her heart to “respond” to Paul’s message.” This means she(Lydia) listened, heard, understood what was been said, she received it, and responded by acting on it by faith! Note that it is possible to listen and not hear, so also to hear and not understand, yet understand and not receive – which means in this context to accept, and you can receive and not respond – which is taking commensurate action! May God help us to start acting on His word by faith.
How often do we rest on our oars as Christians, having been in the faith for a “long” time – emphasis here, that we are closed minded to fresh revelations in The Word. We fail to see the changing season and what the present demand of us, which invariably causes us to experience change on a continuum in order to see a desired future.
Lord God Almighty, thank you for your saving grace. Thank you Lord for sight, revelations, and understanding. Lord, I pray that your Holy Spirit will continue to open up our hearts to receive of you. Help us Father to seize our Kairos moment like the children of Issachar in 1 Chronicles 12:32 in Christ Jesus mighty name we pray. Amen
1 Chronicles 12:32 from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!