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Open Up Your Heart

By Cathy Haynes
 
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Scripture Verses
Acts 16:11-15

 11From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day on to Neapolis. 12From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.

 13On 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. 14One 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. 15When 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.

Devotion
Lydia, already a worshiper of God, opened her heart to something new that she had never heard or been taught.  She paid attention to Paul and the men with him.  They were sent by God to deliver a message of Grace.

Sometimes the way we were raised or the things we were taught can be a hindrance in learning or accepting new things.  God wants us to be single-minded, believing His Truths.  He does not want us to be narrow-minded, or to think that ours is the only way.

I am not saying we have to believe anything and everything that we are told.  It is our responsibility to look in Gods word for the truth.  The Bible is our guidebook to help us live here everyday.  If we think we already have all the answers, or that we know everything, that is being prideful.  God will use many different tools to speak to us.  If we are allowing Him to reach us any way He chooses, we will be able to receive all that He has for us.

What has God been trying to tell you lately? Is there a thought you need to let go of to embrace His?  Can you swallow your pride? Admit that someone else may have a message from God for you, and that your thinking could have been wrong?

Prayer
Jesus, we ask you to take any prideful spirits out of our hearts and minds.  We want to be open to new things you have for us.  Help us to be more like Lydia and welcome your truth.  We thank you for what you want to do in each of us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.