Placeholder Image1 Peter 3:15-17

15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.


This morning the inspirational word is a reminder – The Word of God is Powerful


Peter reminds us to sanctify or set apart God in our lives. Specifically we have to set apart God in our Heart {Greek– kardia}, the central or innermost vital part, the seat of our mind, will and emotions. It sounds good to think that God has a specific place of importance for us but what does that mean?  As we endeavor to sanctify God we have to remember we can’t separate Him from His Word.


The Word isn’t like anything else. It is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword.  God’s word cuts… but as a master surgeon you can be cut quickly to remove what shouldn’t be and then stitched carefully so that you can heal and be better than before.


Perter also reminds us to be ready with an answer {Greekapologia}.  He says that we should make a defense, give an answer. Know what God has said in His word and know His character.  Be ready to stand like David (who is this uncircumcised Philistine) and the 3 Hebrew boys (our God is able).  Be ready with answers for others and yourself.


Keep in mind:

  • We live in a world that has forgotten God and traded Him for pleasure of self.
  • Laws don’t reflect Biblical principles and those upholding a Biblical worldview are ridiculed, rejected and silenced.
  • We are to be lights In this dark world as ambassadors for Christ.


If you know that you know the Word works… then work the Word.

If you’ve sanctified or set  apart in your mind to reverentially fear the Lord then trust in Him and Commit your ways to Him. He will direct your path, you will have wisdom and you will be established.


Be prepared to give an answer:

To those without hope – no job, high debt, relationships crumbling

Tell them where your hope lies – hope (expectation of something good)… My hope is built on the solid rock of Christ.  My anchor is Him and His work.  I know my redeemer lives… He has redeemed me- saved me from the wrath of God.  He walks with me & talks with me & tells me I am His own.  Tell them to look to Christ.


To those who are struggling – dealing with the ups & downs of life; going through

Tell them to go through. Whatever they (or you) are dealing with today will come to pass tomorrow.  It always seems darkest before day break.  We serve a God that not only will be there in the midnight hour but is able to also turn it around.  God’s plans are for good and not evil.  God’s design for your life is every bit as awe-inspiring as tomorrow’s sunset.  He is there.  Practice the presence of God.  Call on His name.  He answers.  He hears and if He hears, we have the petitions we have asked.  Praise Him in the middle of it.  He will give us the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.


To those who are at the peak / pinnacle– enjoying life , everything is good

Remind them that if it had not been for God’s grace… His divine influence on the heart of man that shows up in the life of the believer.  His grace keeps and sustains and propels us to do what we couldn’t without Him.  On the mountain we praise God so that others may see our good works but glorify Him.  Our goal or aim should be to bring God glory in everything that we do.


His promises are in His word.  Know it.  Trust it.  Live it.