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Sharing the Hope that is in YOU

1 Peter 3:15 says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”

The great Apostle Peter is telling us to set God and His Word first in our hearts. That’s what Sanctify means. When we do that, we’ll always be ready to give people answers for the hope that we have in us.

Many years ago, I was an eternally grateful, young, brand-new Christian driving a parts truck for Penske Cadillac in Downey, California. I spent hours every day listening to the late, great Walter Martin—the Bible Answer Man. This was his life verse: Always be ready to give an answer to every man that asks of you for the reason and the hope that is within you.

For hours every day I would listen to people calling into the show with questions and Dr. Martin would answer them, right from the Scriptures. Not his opinions, not his theories, but sound doctrine directly from God’s Word.

I don’t know that you can compare any thrill to sitting with someone who has a question about God and you, with confidence and anointing, are able to say, “Thus says the Lord.” There is nothing like that. There is no thrill that compares to the Word that comes out of your mouth and watching it penetrate somebody’s heart. Peter says, “Always be ready.”

Why is it Peter who is saying, “Always be ready?” Because I think Peter is looking back on his life and reflecting on the day of Pentecost when the Spirit of God came falling down and all the scoffers and seekers were saying, “Oh they’re just drunk; they’ve been partying too much.”

Peter, at that moment, stands up and says, “No men and brethren; they’re not drunk as you suppose. This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel, that ‘in the last days My Spirit will fall on all flesh and your sons and daughters shall prophecy and your old men shall dream dreams and see visions. (Joel 2:28)'”

This is that! Peter gives a three minute and thirty second sermon and three thousand people came to Jesus because he was a man who was ready to give an answer for the hope that was within him.

People you know, people you meet, people who live next door to you, people who work with you are dying, shriveling up on the inside, and looking for love. Do you have a “this is that” word for them? More importantly, do you have it in your heart? Peter said be ready always to give an answer for the hope that is in you.

Are you ready?

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