Solid Joys is a daily devotional written and read by John Piper. These short and substantive readings will feed your joy in Jesus every day of the year. Discover more from Piper at desiringGod.org.
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We know more of the mystery of our redemption than David did. We know Christ. But we lay hold of the mercy in the same way he did.
The gospel is the good news that God bought for us the everlasting enjoyment of God.
Stand in awe and be at peace, knowing that no natural event is outside of God’s wise and good purposes, and perfect control.
God made humans in his image so that the world would be filled with reflectors of God. Images of God. So that nobody would miss the point of creation.
God is totally committed to the perseverance and eternal security of his blood-bought children.
Yahweh is a proper name (like Peter) built out of the word for “I am.” It teaches us that God absolutely is.
Between eternity past in God’s predestination, and eternity future in God’s glorification, none is lost.
God will honor the work of his Son by raising our bodies from the dead, and we will use our bodies to glorify him forever.
God has justified us. There is only future grace in front of us. Satan cannot overturn that decree.
Sometimes God makes seemingly strong people weaker so that his divine power will be the more evident.
Suffering must not drive you from God. Instead, it should drive you from everything but God.
Faith is like muscle tissue: if you stress it to the limit, it gets stronger, not weaker. When your faith is tested, the result is greater capacity to endure.
Our sovereign God says there is an appointed number of martyrs. They have a special role to play in planting and empowering the church.
Strengthen your heart and renew your courage by fixing your gaze on the invisible truth you see in the testimony of those who saw Christ face to face.
If you don’t fight lust with a seriousness that is willing to gouge out your own eye, you will go to hell and suffer forever.
The heart that loves money is a heart that pins its hopes, and pursues its pleasures, and puts its trust in what human resources can offer.
The way to thwart the devil is to strengthen the very thing he is trying most to destroy — your faith.
Jesus is interceding for us today that our faith might not fail. Our endurance in faith and joy is finally and decisively in the hands of God.
When God’s word feeds faith’s appetite for God, it weans our hearts away from the deceptive taste of lust.
Trusting God’s future grace comes by hearing the word. Therefore, preaching the word to ourselves is all-important in overcoming spiritual depression.
The Bible is replete with saints struggling with sunken spirits. But God includes such testimonies so that we might use them to fight the unbelief of despondency.
Prayer is the great link of faith between the soul of the saint and the promise of God’s future grace.
God promises not merely that we will find grace “to help in time of need,” but that the grace is well-timed by God.
Moment by moment, God supplies the strength in which we serve. He does this because the ongoing, inexhaustible supplier of power gets the glory.
Whatever added signs and wonders God may show to amplify our witness to Christ, they will come through his grace and power.
Believe the promise that in this day God will be at work in you to will and work for his good pleasure.
Paul prayed for grace for the day, trusted that it would come with power, and then acted with all his might.
You may think you need to save your life in order to do your ministry. On the contrary, how you lose your life may be the capstone of your ministry.
Costly acts of love don’t just happen. They are impelled by a new appetite — the appetite of faith for the fullest experience of God’s grace. We want more of God.
The glory of Christ is magnified when we are more satisfied with his future grace than we are with the promises of sin.
When we don’t believe all the promises of God, we won’t receive the full measure of the Spirit.
“Works” longs for the joy of being glorified as strong. “Faith” longs for the joy of seeing God glorified as strong.
When he was in anguish, Jesus rested his soul in the sovereign wisdom of God.
Faith in God’s forgiveness means savoring the truth that a forgiving God is the most precious reality in the universe.
All the wrongs that have been done against us by believers were avenged in the death of Jesus. Look to the cross of Christ.
No one has ever lived who was more worthy of honor than Jesus; and no one has been dishonored more. But he triumphed by entrusting himself to God.
Your very soul is in danger if you hold on to an attitude of unforgiving bitterness. Leave it to the wrath of God.
Imagine being able to enjoy what is most enjoyable with unbounded energy and passion forever. That is not our experience now, but it will be one day.
It is good news that God is gloriously happy. No one would want to spend eternity with a gloomy, unhappy God.
As the source of every good pleasure, God himself pleases fully and finally. It is therefore astonishing how little effort is put into knowing God.
Even if we know that God is good to us, we may believe that his goodness is constrained. But Jesus is at pains to help us not feel that way.
The unwillingness of others to repent will not hold the saints hostage. Hell cannot blackmail heaven into misery.
Faith in God’s promises must be so real that the love it produces proves the reality of the faith.
What can sustain the will to die for others, when you are innocent? Jesus banked on love and future joy.
The experience of future grace often depends on whether we will take refuge in God, or whether we will run for cover to other shelters.
There is a fear that is slavish and drives us away from God, and there is a fear that is sweet and draws us to God.
What’s at stake in fleeing covetousness and fighting for contentment in future grace is eternal life.
Whenever we sense the slightest rise of covetousness in our hearts, we must turn on it and fight it with all our might using the weapons of faith.
God is glorified when the power to be holy comes from humble faith in future grace.
The fight for good works is a fight to believe in future grace. Therefore, learning to fight for holiness by faith in future grace is supremely important.