|1 Peter 3:15 |
15 But sanctify [set apart] Christ as Lord in your hearts,4 and always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks the reason for the hope that is in you, with gentleness and reverence;
4 Sanctify [set apart] Christ as Lord in your heart. In your thinking, set the Lord apart in your heart from the selfish spirit that reigns there. The Lord is holy and pure; your selfish spirit is evil, profane, and an abomination. Don't confuse the many voices of deceit you will hear from the evil in your heart with the single holy voice of the Lord in your heart.
It takes time, practice, and patience to learn to recognize the voice of the Lord. His words are always kind, gentle, peaceable, easily accepted, without sarcasm, without bitterness, without condemnation, without harshness, pure, clean, humble, wonderful. There are never any emotional words, there is never any emotion in his voice; his words are plain, factual, wise, easily understood, easily accepted, and never leaving you guessing as to their meaning. The enemy's many voices are emotional, sarcastic, incomplete, condemning, harsh, fearful, and bitter. The enemy uses many voices: your's, friends, relatives, dignitaries, etc. Eventually you will hear the Lord. And once you begin to hear, you will hear with increasing frequency. He has a soft voice. Sometimes, you will not hear a voice, you will just suddenly know something immediately. George Fox called this an 'opening.' An 'opening' can be expressed in words, but it is a feeling that infuses your entire being, as feeling surrounded or immersed in the immediate understanding.