John Piper – Love Her More, Love Her Less: Living for God’s Glory in Marriage

My main point is simple: If your marriage is going to make God look glorious, then you must find more satisfaction in God than in your marriage.

The assumption behind the topic and behind the main point is that God is ultimate and marriage is not. God is the most important reality in the universe. Marriage is less important — far less important, infinitely less important. God is unimaginably great and infinitely valuable and unsurpassed in beauty. “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable” (Psalm 145:3).

Therefore, God is absolute reality. We are not. The universe is not. Marriage is not. We are derivative. The universe is of secondary importance, along with everything in it. The human race is not the ultimate reality nor the ultimate value nor the ultimate measuring rod of what is good or what is true or what is beautiful. God is. God is the one ultimate absolute in existence. Everything else exists by him and for him.

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John Piper – Sin Will Never Make You Happy

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Carved in the bark of every tree in the garden of God are the words, “If it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). Three words are branded into the flesh of every Christian: “You . . . have . . . died” (Colossians 3:3). And the heartfelt confession of every believer is, “I have been crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20).

But what does this mean? Who died when I became a Christian? Answer: my “flesh” died. “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh” (Galatians 5:24). But what does “flesh” mean? Not my skin. Not my body. That can be an instrument of righteousness (Romans 6:13). No, not the body.

What then? We see the answer in the kinds of works that the flesh does. “The works of the flesh” are things like idolatry and strife, anger and envy (Galatians 5:19–20). These are attitudes, not just immoral acts of the body.

What Is the Flesh?

The closest thing to a biblical definition of the flesh is Romans 8:7–8: “The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” So the flesh is the old me who used to rebel against God. In the flesh, I was hostile and insubordinate. I hated the thought of admitting I was sick with sin. I defied the idea that my greatest need was a Good Physician to make me well. In the flesh, I trusted my wisdom, not God’s. So nothing I did in the flesh could please God, because “without faith it is impossible to please him” (Hebrews 11:6). The flesh does nothing from faith.

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John Piper – Satan’s Ten Strategies Against You

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…that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs. 2 Corinthians 2:11

One of the most sobering facts about life is that all humans have a supernatural enemy whose aim is to use pain and pleasure to make us blind, stupid, and miserable — forever. The Bible calls him “the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world…the accuser” (Revelation 12:9–10), “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31), and “the god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

He is our “adversary [who] prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Yet, in the most appalling and unwitting bondage, the whole world willingly “follows the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). At his most successful, his subjects march obliviously to destruction, and take as many with them as they can.

The “good warfare” (1 Timothy 1:18) that I wrote about under the title “Awake and at War” includes the daily resistance of this enemy (1 Peter 5:9; James 4:7), the daily refusal to give him an opportunity (Ephesians 4:27), and the daily stand against his schemes (Ephesians 6:11).

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John Piper – 1 Thessalonians 3:11–13: What Does It Mean to Be Holy?

Without holiness you will not see the Lord. Without knowing what holiness means you may never attain it. In this lab, Pastor John helps us understand what it means to be holy.

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John Piper – Arm Yourself to Battle Satan (1 Peter 4:1)

The enemy’s flaming darts and God’s great commission make spiritual warfare unavoidable, and spiritual pacifism suicidal. In this lab, Pastor John tells us how to arm ourselves for combat.

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John Piper – Micah 7:7–9: How to Rise After We Fall into Sin

Our hearts break when we repay God’s faithfulness, kindness, and love with sin. In this lab, Pastor John covers what we should do after our spiritual adultery has left us broken, guilty, and distant from God.

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