Acts 16:14 reads as follows in the King James Version:
Act 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
Focusing on the clause “whose heart the Lord opened,” the following cross references can be given:
opened. or, opened effectively. or, completely opened. Ac 7:56. 17:3. Nu 24:3, 14, 15. Mk 7:34, 35. Lk 2:23. 24:31, 32, 45.
Giving the full text for these references:
Act 7:56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
Act 17:3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
Num 24:3 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
Num 24:14 And now, behold, I go unto my people: come therefore, and I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days.
Num 24:15 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
Mar 7:34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.
Mar 7:35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.
Luk 2:23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)
Luk 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
Luk 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
Luk 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
These verses speak of completely opening:
(1) the ears (Mark 7:34, 35)
(2) the eyes (Luke 24:31)
(3) the Scriptures (Luke 24:32; Acts 17:3)
(4) the mind or understanding (Luke 24:45)
(5) the heart (Acts 16:14)
Take time to read the Bible. Surely everyone can find twenty minutes in a day to devote to the consecutive reading or repeated reading of the New Testament. Doing so changed my life, and I am sure that if you will do the same, God will enter and bless your life too.
Think you cannot understand the Bible on your own? Think again. There is enough truth that is plain enough upon even a first reading that you will benefit from reading the Bible for yourself.
In the account in Acts chapter 16, Lydia, a wealthy and successful business woman, listened intently and persistently to the teaching of Paul. God opened her heart, and her life was transformed.
No matter where you may be in your own spiritual journey, reading the Bible will take you further in the right direction than any other possible source of spiritual light. Make the decision today to take the first necessary step of reading the Bible itself, for yourself, on a daily basis. Over time you will be very glad you did.