Summary: God will give you everything you need, and that there’s no temptation that will ever overcome you that you can’t handle.
I don’t know how many times I’m going to have to say this, but I really want you to get this. It is not enough to know the right things about God. The demons in hell have good theology. They do! They believe the right things about God. They know the right things about God. This is not about you coming in a room and me just telling you true things about God. That’s important. That’s part of it, but at some point, this is about knowing Him. This word, gnōstos, we’ve talked about this many times, is about a relationship. It’s about an intimate knowledge. In fact, Scripture uses the word in the sense that Cain knew his wife, and she bore him a child. So what is “know” there mean? A little bit more than head knowledge. I know a lot of you, but it’s just this idea of what do you by “know” here though? It’s not knowing about a person, it’s not an acquaintance. It’s about knowing. That’s why in the end, remember in Matthew 7:21, it says that many are going to come to Me and say, ‘But I did this, I did that,’ and what does God say to them? “Depart from Me. I never knew you.” You knew about Me. You knew a lot of things about Me. You even believed some of these things were true, but did you know Me? Was there a relationship there? You see, this grace and peace are multiplied to you as you know Him more and more. Everything that pertains to life and godliness is given to us as we know Him more and more. It’s through the knowledge of Him, through knowing Him. And so I’ve got to ask again, do you love Him, the Person? This is always what God’s wanted. The great command, even in the Old Testament, was not, ‘You shall know the right things about God.’ It’s “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind.” Otherwise, this is a religion to you, and I’m just a guy up here spouting off commands. That is not God’s desire, and that will get you nowhere. Do you see God as a person, and a person that you love? Do you love Him, or do you just love the idea of this Being and this power? That’s why I hope you didn’t come here this morning to tap into some sort of supernatural power, but you came here because you love a Person, this Person of God, this Person who created you and loves you and sent His Son to die for you so that you could take on His righteousness. And you fell in love with this Person, and you trust this Person, and you want to be led by this Person, and the more and more you know this Person, the more grace and peace you experience in your life. And when you’re separated from this Person because you haven’t had the time with this Person, it drives you nuts because He’s the love of your life. And you just go, ‘I’ve got to kick everything else out and get together with this Person, the Person of God, because I love Him. And the more I love Him, the more I know Him, the more grace and peace are just thrown at me, multiplied at me. And the more I just see that I have everything I need for life and godliness.’