Saturday, January 22, 2011

2 Different Women, 2 Different Results

One women, a business women, seller of purple dye/fabrics, who is found outside of Philippi along the river with a group of females. Her name, Lydia.

The other women, a damsel, possessed with a spirit of divination, found on the way to the house of prayer. Her name ungiven. She brought her masters much financial gain by soothsaying.

Both women happen to meet Paul and Silas, who were on their way to Macedonia - being led by a night 'vision'.
"And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia and prayed him, saying, 'Come over into Macedonia and help us.'"

Lydia, who sought God, heard the words of Paul and Silas and the Lord opened her understanding - enabling her to receive the things they spoke: The Gospel truth. She and her household were baptized in this Faith and were saved!

[For the Word of God is Spirit and the natural man deems it foolishness - the natural mind understands it not - nor can it - for God's Truth is SuperNatural.]

She was noted to be the first convert in Europe: a business women of moral fiber, a believer in and worshipper of God.

"One day when we were going to the place of prayer" ... they met the other female who told fortunes.

The slave-girl, possessed by a unclean spirit, followed Paul and the others, stating: "These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation."

[Although this was true it was not God approved.]

AFTER many days of her following them around and crying out, Paul was greatly annoyed and grieved. He turned to the spirit, hosted by the damsel, and stated, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!" ... As Paul stated this, the evil spirit left her.

Now we might think that a good thing, but "When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them to the authorities in the public square."

The angry owners' of the girl, accused them of causing trouble (being law-breakers), unacceptable to Roman practices (idol worship, etc.) and (without a trial) their clothes were torn off and they were beaten with sticks, imprisoned and shacked in leg irons.

So, what did they do then?

"Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God."

"Now what good is that?" your natural mind might state. But, remember God's Spirit hears and sees all!

"Suddenly, a violent earthquake shook the foundations of the jail. All the doors immediately flew open, and all the prisoners' chains came loose."

When the prison guard saw none had escaped, but sat there unchained, free men, he asked, "What must I do to be saved?"!!

"They answered, 'Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ [Who He is: what he did on the cross for us - died in our stead, buried, rose again for our justification - reconnecting us with God], and you and your family will be saved."

2 women, 2 results, BUT both just another weaving strand in God's tapestry of Life - of Light and darkness!

What one may purpose for evil, God uses for His Good.

For God "so loved the world he gave His only Son ... whoever believes in Him will have eternal life" ... who calls on His Name ... will be saved.

Not for an eternity of a natural fallen nature, BUT one suited [transformed/regenerated] for Heaven and God's Mysteries yet to come!

(Read more of this account: Holy Bible, Acts 16)

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