Today I'm continuing to talk about how you can have change in your life effortlessly, and I know that sounds impossible to people, but it is not. This is what the Word of God can do in your life. It's like a seed. It contains the power of God, and when you plant God's word in your heart, it just changes you effortlessly. It's awesome, and I've already spent nearly two weeks on this subject, so I've already covered a lot of material. I would like to remind you that I have teaching on CD... On DVD, and then we also have this book and a study guide that goes along with this that covers all of this teaching on effortless change, and I've had many, many people say that this is the favorite thing of all of the stuff that I teach, and of course, it depends on what your need is and where you are.
Whatever you need at the moment is really what you need, but as far as just a general thing that effects every person that every person needs, I tell you, this is just a foundational truth that every single person needs to understand these truths. Let me turn over to 2 Peter and I want to use some of the things that Peter said as an example of how the Word of God works in your life. I've been using a lot of things. I haven't got time to go back and summarize, but again, please get these materials that we're offering. But I've just been talking about how important it is to take God's word and then...And put it in your heart. This is the number one way that God has of revealing himself to you... Giving you wisdom... Giving you direction... Guidance... Comfort... Everything that you need... Everything that you need is in the Word of God, and here's Peter saying some of these same things.
You know, in 2 Peter, chapter 1, let me just start with verse 1. It says, "Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ: grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord". How many of you need grace and peace? You know, I think that probably a lack of peace is one of the most common characteristics, even among Christians. There's many Christians, you know, and Jesus said that in the last days men's hearts would fail them for fear, looking at all of the things that are coming upon this earth.
As we head towards the end of time, I guarantee you, the ungodly are increasing, there's so many things happening. Mankind is developing the ability to literally destroy ourselves, and I mean, millions of people at one time, and I hear... I saw a bumper sticker once that says, if you aren't disturbed or bothered, you aren't paying attention, and did you know if that's... If you're only looking at things from a human standpoint, that's true, and so I think that a lack of peace is one of the most common traits that people have today, and yet this says that, grace and peace is multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. You don't get peace by just praying for it and begging God, oh God, please still the storm that's in my life, please move in my life. It comes through the knowledge of God, which is the Word of God.
You could use this verse in Isaiah, chapter 26, verse 3, and it says, the Lord will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed upon him: because he trusts in him. If you aren't having peace, it's because your focus is not on God and on his word and in what he is saying and what he's doing, it's on what the world is doing. It's looking at all of these negative things. So, my point is, many people are praying for peace. They come, and I have people that ask me, would you please pray for me? I'm just so disturbed, I'm worried about this, would you please pray for me and lay my...Your hands on me so that I could receive from God? And although God can just supernaturally touch you, that is not the dominant way, that is not the preferred way that God wants to move in your life. He wants to give you grace and peace multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and that knowledge comes through his word. God's word is what reveals his knowledge, his way of thinking does.
In the next verse it says, "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". What a powerful verse that is, all things. You know, the word "All" in the Greek here, it means "All". It means everything. Everything that you need... Anything that you need, if you need healing, it comes through the knowledge of him. If you need prosperity, it comes through the knowledge of him. If you need wisdom for your marriage, how do you deal with things, how do you deal with your kids, all of the things that you need are in the Word of God. Everything that you need comes through the knowledge of God. All things that pertain unto life and Godliness come through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue, and then in verse 4 it says, "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises".
It's talking about, through this knowledge we're given these exceeding great and precious promises. God's knowledge produced the Bible... Produced these promises that we stand upon, and so everything that you need comes through the knowledge of him and that knowledge is what gave us these exceeding great and precious promises, that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. So, Peter here is talking about how absolutely essential the Word of God is to your life, and then, let me drop down into verse 12. He was continuing to talk about this same thing, and in verse 12 he says, "Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth".