How Shall We Fight for Joy?

I read this on John Piper’s website and wanted to share it with you.

How Shall We Fight for Joy?
By John Piper
January 1, 1995

1. Realize that authentic joy in God is a gift.

2. Realize that joy must be fought for relentlessly.

3. Resolve to attack all known sin in your life.

4. Learn the secret of gutsy guilt – how to fight like a justified sinner.

5. Realize that the battle is primarily a fight to see God for who he is.

6. Meditate on the Word of God day and night.

7. Pray earnestly and continually for open heart-eyes and an inclination for God.

8. Learn to preach to yourself rather than listen to yourself.

9. Spend time with God-saturated people who help you see God and fight the fight.

10. Be patient in the night of God’s seeming absence.

11. Get the rest and exercise proper diet that your body was designed by God to have.

12. Make a proper use of God’s revelation in nature.

13. Read great books about God and biographies of great saints.

14. Do the hard and loving thing for the sake of others (witness and mercy).

15. Get a global vision for the cause of Christ and pour yourself out for the unreached.

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Comments

  1. Monkey Giggles says:

    excellent — Thank you

  2. Right timing – Thank You.

  3. Thanks…I'm printing this out.

  4. Thank you for sharing…Pray earnestly and continually for open heart-eyes and an inclination for God.I needed to see that today.

  5. Hi Sue! I like the list, but esp. #15. What are we doing around us, in our neighborhood, schools and how we love/treat others? WOW! Great list. I'm studying fruits of spirit (BM study) and last week was on JOY.Sandy

  6. Sue Cramer says:

    Sandy, That one is right up your alley girl! You are a great example for all of us with your hospitality.

  7. Great encouragement. I like John Piper. In 2005 a team from his church visited us.

  8. Mel's World says:

    Seriously…we are totally thinking along the same lines here my friend…I hadn't even read your blog in a couple of days and posted a Speak to My Soul Devotional today about JOY! Thanks for your nuggets…they are perfect!