One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul (AC 16.14).
What a miracle is conversion!
Before God opened our hearts we were spiritually dead – darkened, blind, deaf, ignorant and unable to understand the things of God. Hardened, deceived and enslaved by Satan. We hated God and loved wallowing in the mudpits of our rebellion, flinging God’s word behind us (PS 50.17).
The unregenerate heart is an impregnable fortress.
No amount of human reasoning can crack this stronghold’s walls. Pleading, begging, or dangling someone over the very pit of hell won’t. Jonathan Edwards tag teaming with George Whitefield wouldn’t. Jesus said that even if someone came back from afterlife it wouldn’t convince the wicked heart (LK 16.31).
Unregenerate hearts are invincible – except to Christ. To break through the bunkers of our blindness and ignorance requires the divine lightning bolt power of the Lord of Hosts. Charles Spurgeon said that in order to save us, Jesus stormed our hearts like a mighty warrior and demolished every wall opposing him. But he didn’t stop there. He gave us new hearts, infused with life and the Spirit of God, new hearts that long for his word, like newborns for milk.
Enlightening the human heart is a miracle of greater magnitude than creation, when God said “Let there be light” (2 CO 4.6). A miracle even more amazing than when Jesus spoke to Lazarus, who’d been dead and in the tomb for 4 days and raised him to life.
Do you see Jesus as your beautiful God and Savior? Then praise your Heavenly Father today for his awesome, miraculous power that opened your heart. And keep praying that Christ will open the hearts of your unsaved friends and family members. He has the power to tear down the mightiest walls.
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