Welcome to to TUESDAYS TOGETHER (in the WORD). We are reading through the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs this year and sharing what spoke to us on Tuesday's.
See? They were ready to preach the Word in Asia and God said, "Not yet." Instead of going anyway, they passed by and turned around. Oh, to be that aware of the Holy Spirit's promptings, to be that obedient, and to be about God's business wherever He chooses to place me!
Lydia worshiped God before she made her relationship with Him real and personal.
"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. One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message. 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." ~ Acts 16:13-15 (NIV)
I grew up worshiping the Lord before I received Christ as my personal Savior. I sang the songs, prayed, read my Bible, went to church, etc. Lydia apparently did, too. Worshiping God isn't enough, though. We must open our hearts to Him and receive His grace and mercy, just as Lydia did, and respond.
a) a male opening the womb (the closed matrix), i.e. the first-born
b) of the eyes and the ears
c) to open the mind of one, i.e. to cause to understand a thing
1) to open one's soul, i.e. to rouse in one the faculty of understanding or the desire of learning
a) to bring a ship to land, and simply to touch at, put in
2) to turn the mind to, attend to be attentive
a) to a person or a thing: of caring for, providing for
3) to attend to one's self, i.e. to give heed to one's self
a) give attention to, take heed
4) to apply one's self to, attach one's self to, hold or cleave to a person or a thing
a) to be given or addicted to
b) to devote thought and effort to