The Heart of the Man of God
1 Peter 3:15
1 Peter 3:15
''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;''
INTRODUCTION: ''If you desire Christ for a perpetual guest, give Him all the keys to your heart; let not one cabinet be locked up from Him; give him the range of every room and the key of every chamber.'' Charles Hadden Spurgeon
''My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
Put away from you a deceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.
Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.''
In 1 Peter 3:15 we see a picture of the heart where Christ dwells. Key word is sanctify-set apart; separated and set apart for God. This work always begins in the heart.
''The destined end of man is not happiness, nor health, but holiness. God's one aim is the production of saints. He is not an eternal blessing machine for men; He did not come to save men out of pity; He came to save men because He had created them to be holy.'' Oswald Chambers
TWO KEY WORDS:
Sanctification - by the operation of the Spirit of God at salvation, He set you apart for Himself.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
''Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.''
Indwelling Presence- ''your body is the temple'' - ...
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