Seeking your greatest and longest joy in God severs the root of sin

Posted: November 21, 2011 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship

a section of a mother’s day sermon by John Piper:

Sin only has power because of the promises it makes. Promises for happiness. Nobody sins out of duty. We sin because we believe the promise of sin that we will be happier. The only way to defeat the power of sin’s promise is with the power of a superior promise.

For example, how does the Bible free us from the love of money and the sin of anxiety and greed?

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me” (Heb 13:5–6)?We are freed from the sin of loving money by the pursuit of “contentment” in God. And that contentment is rooted in a superior promise: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

This is the whole secret of sanctification: The expulsive power of a new affection!

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