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Grace and peace are to be multiplied unto you through the exact, full knowledge of God. So, how do you get to know God?

By Learning God's History
One of the ways you get to know God is by studying and learning His past. You need to study both the Old and the New Testaments. Much of God's history is found in the Old Testament. By reading the Old Testament books, you will see how God interacted with His people in those days. You will see how He dealt with them in Genesis and Exodus, in Numbers and Deuteronomy, in Joshua and Judges and Ruth, in First and Second Samuel, and on and on.

By Learning God's Culture
By reading God's history, you will also come to know about God's culture. You will understand how He really acts and why some things are the way they are today. We know what God's culture is: He is holy - period!

By Communicating With God
Another way to get to know God is by spending time in communication with Him. He communicates to you through His Word, then you communicate with Him. By communicating with the Lord over an extended period of time, you will come to know Him. You can observe His actions and know how He works through time.

People are always asking, "How do you know the voice of God?" Just the way you get to know the voice of anybody else. If you hang around that person long enough, you will learn his voice. It's the same with God.

I don't have to see my wife to know when she is in the room. I can just hear that voice speaking to another person, and I know it's Deborah. We have been together for twenty years, so I know her voice well.

In the same way, I have learned about the flow of the Holy Spirit by seeing how He has moved over the years. There are certain things I can just see happening. I don't have to hear the Lord speaking to me; I just know what is coming next because I know how He moves at times.

Knowing God Through Jesus
In 2 Peter 1:2 it says, "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. May grace (God's favor) and peace be multiplied to you in (the full, personal, precise and correct) knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord."

The reason God gave us the New Testament was so that we could come to understand Jesus, the Son of God. Remember Jesus said, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father (John 14:9). This is why we are to spend time in God's Word. Grace and peace being multiplied to us is dependent upon that. Coming to a place where we never stumble or fall is dependent upon that.

This Scripture verse does not say that grace and peace will be multiplied to you just through knowledge. There is more involved than just getting information. There is some particular information you must obtain. It says, "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord."

Through Him We Are Given All Things
"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 1:3).

This verse tells us, "His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that are requisite and suited to life" (AMP). This happened when God raised Jesus from the dead. That's when these things were provided for us through Jesus.

Notice this verse says: According as his divine power hath given unto us all things. What does the word all mean? It means everything! How much is left after all? Nothing!

We are able to receive all those things He has given us through Jesus being raised from the dead. All the promises of God are appropriated through the exact knowledge of God - knowing Who He is, knowing His character, and nature.

Source: Success Strategies From Heaven by Keith Butler
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishing

Author Biography

Keith Butler
Web site: Word of Faith International Christian Center
Bishop Keith A. Butler is the senior pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center. Keith Butler is the founder and president of Keith Butler Ministries (KBM), an international organization established to take the life-changing message of the Gospel to "the uttermost parts of the earth." Through Live Your Faith Seminars and the establishment of our PISTIS School of Ministry in various locations, Keith Butler provides teaching of the Word of God on a variety of subjects such as how to live the life of faith, how to fulfill the call of God for your life, how to receive your healing, the importance of walking in love and many more topics. PISTIS is specifically designed to train ministers so that they are equipped to go out into their world and teach and preach Jesus effectively.

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