Friday, December 14, 2012

Lydia: A Conversion Experience


Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.
- Acts 16:14 -


Lydia's conversion was brought about by providential circumstances.

She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira. 
 
But providence had led her to the right spot at the right time to hear Paul preaching at Philippi.

Grace was preparing her soul for the blessing.

She did not know the Savior. 
 
But as a Jewess, she knew many truths about Jesus.

Her conversion was through the means of grace.

On a Sabbath, she was at a prayer meeting.

The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.

She did not open her own heart. 
 
Paul did not do it for her.

The Lord Himself opened her heart to receive His words.

The first outward evidence of the opened heart was obedience.

As soon as Lydia had believed in Jesus, she was baptized.

The next evidence was love.
 
It was manifested in Lydia's acts of grateful kindness to the apostles.

The Lord had opened Lydia's heart. 
 
Lydia immediately served Christ and she helped His people.

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