Message Scripture:

“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” – 2 Peter 1:2-3 (KJV)

Introduction:

Greetings Everyone,

I’m sorry it’s taken this long for me to get to work on the second message in our five message series Growing In Grace provided to us by You Version, and written by Joseph Prince.  It’s taken this long for things to calm down, me to work out a few more kinks in my posts, and get this second of five messages written so I can post it.

In fact, I think it would be a good idea to just pause for a moment, and ask God to help me write this message.

Opening Prayer:

Father, Thank You for this new day and the privilege of beginning it with You. As today unfolds Lord, I ask that You would give me wisdom to handle each and every situation that I encounter today. I ask, Lord, that my speech would be seasoned with grace, and that the love of God that’s shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Ghost be felt by those around me. I am grateful to know that no matter where this day takes me You will be right there with me. Let my tongue, Lord God, be that as a pen of a ready writer speaking only of the oracles of You. Let those within the sound of my voice have ears to hear and hearts that will be receptive and respond to what You are about to speak to us this day. In Jesus name…Amen and Amen.

Get to Know Your Savior More And More:

If there’s one goal that Christlike Ministries NWA has it’s to help each and every one of you establish and develop good study habits so that you can grow and mature in your personal relationships with God.  That is the very heart of what my ministry is about, and I’m excited that this is part of this series.  So, let’s see what Joseph Prince has to say to open this message.

The Bible says in 2 Peter 1:2, “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” In the original Greek, it actually says, “…through the knowledge of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.” Joseph Prince

Before we get too far into this message I thought I’d find us a good worship song to accompany this message, and I can’t think of a better song then “I Want To Know You” by SonicFlood.

It’s no secret that growth comes from knowledge and experience.  The more we know about and experience God’s grace the more we can grow in not only the knowledge of it, but the extending of it also!  It’s not enough to attend church once or twice a week, friends.  If we really want to grow and mature in the things of God then we have to learn to shut off the television, and open up our Bibles.  If we really want grace and peace to be multiplied then we have to shut off the world, and take more time to sit at the Master’s feet.  We need to discover the secret place that Mary found at the feet of Jesus that had HIM say that she was doing the needful thing.

The more time we spend at the Master’s feet the more we’ll discover that’s the place where our knowledge and growth comes from.

So God’s grace (unmerited favor) and His shalom-peace (health, provision and total well-being) are multiplied in your life through the knowledge of JESUS. The more you know Jesus, the more you will be able to tap into the ever-flowing supply of His favor, healing and provision! Joseph Prince

Paul wrote something that ought to be the mantra and mission statement of every Christian.  I mean when you think about how much Paul knew before encountering Jesus as Saul (remember he was the Pharisee of all Pharisees), and how much revelation he had after his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus…then you come to understand that the single most important piece of wisdom, knowledge, or understanding we can have (outside of His love for us) was this…

“Howbeit what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ. Yea verily, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may gain Christ, and be found in him, not having a righteousness of mine own, even that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death; if by any means I may attain unto the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:7-11 (ASV)

I consider ALL THINGS to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.  Of all the things that Paul knew, of all the revelation that he had that Jesus gave him personally…the one thing that he considered the greatest knowledge to have and pursue was this…

“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2 (KJV)

Do you seriously think you are going to acquire this knowledge by spending an hour a week in a church service?  This kind of knowledge takes an entire lifetime to gain.  This kind of knowledge takes many hours of sitting and studying and reading at the feet of the Master.  This kind of knowledge doesn’t come unless you are searching and seeking for it.  It doesn’t come from a few Sunday sermons…it comes from a lifestyle devoted to knowing as much as we can about Jesus. Amen!?!

Where do we find this knowledge? It’s found in the hearing, reading, studying, and meditating upon the Word of God.  Jesus says that He is the Good Shepherd and His sheep know His voice.  You know by now (especially if you’ve been with me for any length of time) that the Word of God is the Voice of God, and the only way we get to know His Voice is by reading, studying, and hearing the Word of God.

Inside this Bible that only around 20% of Bible believing Christians read on a regular basis is the knowledge that Paul said was the greatest thing he ever came to know.  I don’t know about anyone else, but if Paul thinks something is worth knowing above everything he’s known and learned…then I want to make that the most important thing that I want to know and learn also…Amen!?!

Well, let’s give Joseph Prince the last word to this message.  Then we’ll pray, and close it out. Amen!?!

“Beloved, every answer you need, whether it has to do with your finances, health, career or family life, is found in knowing more about Jesus in a personal and intimate way. I pray that every day, as you study the Scriptures or listen to Christ- centered sermons, the Holy Spirit will open your eyes to see more of Jesus—His beauty, His love and grace toward you, and His finished work at Calvary!”  Joseph Prince

Let’s Pray:

Lord God, we pray that as we study Your Word and listen to those Christ-centered sermons that You would open our eyes, and that You would give us ears to hear what You are speaking.  Help us to grow in the knowledge of You, and help us to get to the place where grace and mercy and peace are multiplied in our lives. Help us, Lord God, to know You in a deeper and more intimate way. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

In Closing:

This is shaping into being a really good series, friends.  This is the one you guys voted on, and I’m glad you chose it.  When I’m able to write messages like this it makes doing these kinds of series not just fun, but it also brings some personal accountability to me.

Friends, I want you to know that I read and re-read a lot of my messages so that I can hear what the Lord is saying through them also.  I need to learn and grow just as much as anyone else, and as you know I’m one that will quickly admit I don’t have all the answers…but I know where to find them.  I can even admit that as much of the Word of God as I’ve read and know I can always spend more time reading it and getting to know it and Jesus more and more.

How many of you know that we never really get to know all there is to know about Jesus?  How many of you know that we never really get to know all there is to know about the Bible?  How many of you know that you can read the same passage of Scripture one hundred times…and get one hundred (or more) different things out of each reading?

I’ll give you one quick example of what I mean, and I promise I’ll close because I still have to do the final edits before I post this.

I’ve written many times that I had read Peter’s encounter with Jesus many times before the one day I was reading it to realize Jesus wasn’t talking to Peter anymore…He was speaking to me.  Now, it was the same passage of Scripture that I’ve read many times.  I’ve learned a lot from that encounter.  I’ve learned about the kinds of love that were talked about in that passage.  I’ve learned about how Jesus was trying to get Peter to speak from his heart, and not his thoughts.  I’ve learned how Peter denied Jesus three times, and the number three is a significant number in the Bible.  However, that day I read that passage of Scripture, and the Holy Ghost poked my heart to alert me to the fact that Jesus was speaking to me…that changed how I see that passage of Scripture forever.

This is what we’re talking about when I mean we need to really study our Bibles because I promise you I’ve read that particular passage several dozen times, but how many of you know all it takes is one time for the Lord to give you revelation that changes things forever!?!

Well, thanks for sticking with me for just a little bit longer, and thank you (as always) for your patience, faithfulness, and your support.

Have a blessed evening!

Blessings & Grace;

Pastor B

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