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HOW ABOUT YOUR HEART
ACTS 16:13-26

INTRODUCTION:

HOW IS YOUR HEART? HAVE YOU EVER HAD OPEN HEART SURGERY?

SPIRITUALLY HOW IS YOUR HEART? HAVE YOU EVER HAD OPEN HEART SURGERY?


1. Is it an Open Heart? v 13-15
    The Lord opened her heart - Only time this phrase is in Scripture.


    A. Note this Lady before the Lord opened her heart. v 13-14
      
        1.    Sh
e was An Interceding Lady. v 13
           
13 And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a river side, where we supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and we sat down, and began speaking to the women who had assembled. <>       

        a. Were they Praying for Men to lead a synagogue.       b. Were they Praying for the Messiah to Come.        

            c. Were they Praying for God to reveal Himself.

        2. She was An Inquisitive Lady. v 14
             14 And a certain woman named Lydia, from the city of
Thyatira a seller of purple, a worshipper of God, was
             istening
and the Lord
opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.
        
   
            a. Worship       
b. Listening        c. Responding

   B. Note this Lady after the Lord opened her heart. v 15
      
15 And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord,
come into my house, and stay there. And she prevailed upon us.
         
            1. She is An Immersed Lady. v 15a        
            a. Household equals servants.(probably
not Family)              
                        1.) All over 12 years of age.  (I get that from the same place some say there were babies in the house)
        

            2. She is An Insistent Lady. v 15b           
            a. A successful sales lady. -- large house
              

                        1.) Church started here. Thyatira
ILLUSTRATION: Reference "...and the Lord opened her heart..."
Story of little boy lost in Northern snow storm. Father and others looked all night. At the break of dawn the father kicked what he thought was a log. It was his son all snug in the snow. The boy jumped up and said "oh daddy I found you, I found you".

The father put his arms around his son and almost hugged the life out of him and said "Oh yes son you found me, you found me"

APPLICATION:

EVERY CONVERSION REPORTED IN SCRIPTURE -- AN ADULT CONVERSION.



2. Is it an Enslaved Heart? v 16-18

    A. A heart Enslaved by ... Sin. v 16 (she didn't start out enslaved)
          16 And it happened that as we were going to the place of prayer,
a certain slave girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortunetelling.
  

    B. A heart Enslaved by a .. spirit. v 16

4436. Puthon, poo'-thone; from Putho (the name of the region where Delphi, the seat of the famous oracle, was located); a Python, i.e. (by anal. with the supposed diviner there) inspiration (soothsaying):--divination.

Deut 18:10 "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, NAS

  C. A heart Exorcized by the Saviour. v 17-18
    17 Following after Paul and us she kept crying out, saying,
These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation. 18 And this she continued doing for many days. But Paul, was greatly annoyed and turned and said to the spirit, I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And it came out that very moment.

        1. Note command!

        2. Didn't immediately cast out demon. --            
            a. Why?


ILLUSTRATION:
18 year old girl in West Virginia;
a. Dope, sex, drugs, dealing in drugs, demon control

b. Obsession with Rock Music.

c. Evaluation of the Catholic Church

Book The Bondage Breaker-Neil Anderson

APPLICATION:

10 Times Unclean Spirit -All In Gospels. KJV

1 Possessed with a Spirit -- only here

46 Times demons In NT. NASB



3. Is it a Greedy Heart? V 19-21

  A. A Greedy heart placing Money before people. v 19
19 But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities,

        1. All they see is dollar signs.

  B. A Greedy heart placing More's before people. v 20-21
20 and when they had brought them to
the chief magistrates, they said, These men, are throwing our city into confusion being Jews, 21 and are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept, or to observe, being Romans.

1. Anti-Semitism

ILLUSTRATION: TOPIC: Greed INDEX: 2133
Giving with glad and generous hearts has a way of routing out the tough old miser within us. Even the poor need to know that they can give. Just the very act of letting go of money, or some other treasure, does something within us. It destroys the demon greed.
(Richard J. Foster, Money, Sex & Power)

APPLICATION:


4. Is it a Peaceful Heart? V 22-26
22 And the crowd rose up together against them: and the chief magistrates tore their robes off them, and proceeded to order them to be beaten with rods. 23 And when they had inflected many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailor to guard them securely: 24 And he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison, and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;


    A. A Peaceful heart in the face of Punishment. v 23-24a
        23 And when they had inflected many blows upon them, they
threw them into prison, commanding the jailor to guard them securely: 24 And he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison, and fastened their feet in the stocks.

        1. Beaten, back swollen, sang songs of praise.

    B. A Peaceful heart in the face of Prison. v 24-25
        1. Prison, inner prison, and stocks.
        2. Body in chains - spirit is free.

    C. A Peaceful heart in the face of Pulsations of the earth. v26
       
26 and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the
foundations of the prison-house were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's chains were unfastened.

        1. The First sacred concert in Europe.
           
a. It Brought the house down Gates etc.

ILLUSTRATION:
Young girl tossed around from home to home, sexually abused, came to church. Pastor's wife found her to be bright and desirous of a change. Got her enrolled in a Baptist College. She was invited by a fine young Ministerial student to attend a banquet. President was outraged. She asked is there anything in that Bible that could make me fit to go out with that boy. In tears the President led her to Christ. She went back to her home town and led her first boy friend to the Lord and he took her to the banquet.


CONCLUSION:

HOW ABOUT YOUR HEART

1. Is it an Open Heart? v 13-15

2. Is it an Enslaved Heart? v 16-18

3. Is it a Greedy Heart? v19-21

4. Is it a Peaceful Heart? v 22