Jesus Speaks to Lydia
Welcome to you, to our Book of Acts Bible Study, “Jesus Speaks to Apostle Paul Through a Vision – Christ Can Speak to You Through Dreams!” Today, we shall continue to examine Acts Chapter Sixteen, Acts 16: 9 – 13.
Apostle Paul and his team, consisting of Silas and Timothy were at Troas on his Second Missionary Journey. Troas is in Western Turkey, on the coast of the Aegean Sea. Paul was eager to preach the Word of God to the people of the region.
One night, while Paul was at Troas he had a vision. Jesus spoke to him through a dream:
“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,” Acts 16:9.
After Paul’s vision “immediately” they decided to travel to Macedonia, convinced that the Lord had called them to preach the Gospel in that country.
“Therefore”, they sailed to Philippi, the capital city of the region; and they stayed there for sometime, Acts 16:12. While Paul and his missionary team was in Philippi, on the Sabbath day, they left the city and went by a river because there should be a prayer meeting by the riverside; there they sat and spoke to the “women” who came, Acts 16:13.
Jesus Speaks Through Paul and Lydia Believed
While Paul and his missionary team were by the river speaking to the women, one of them, Lydia, heard them speak and believed, Acts 16:14. Lydia believed the Word of God that Paul preached and received salvation, Acts 16:14.
Lydia was baptized “and her household” and she “constrained” the team to stay at her house, Acts16:15.
Often times how we expect the Lord Jesus to speak to us is different from the reality of our situation. Paul wanted to preach in places that he thought the Word of the Lord should be preached but God had other plans. Paul could only preach where Jesus wanted to speak!
Jesus speaks to us in diverse ways
It’s always a good idea to keep an open mind while you wait for God to speak to you for you never know how He will do it. God’s way is not our way; and our ways are not His ways. The Lord spoke through Paul but now Jesus speaks to him by a “vision” or dream. The Lord is not restricted to communicate to us using one mode. Jesus speaks to us in diverse ways.
In closing, if you have a close relationship with the Lord you will always know His voice. Paul and the team recognize the vision as from God and acted “immediately.” What are you waiting for? Jesus speaks to you through your circumstances; can you discern His voice?
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