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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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© 2019 Desiring God
February 20, 2020
Amazed at the Resurrection
Because of Jesus’s resurrection, he now has the glory for which we were made. Our ultimate destiny is to see him as he is.
February 19, 2020
The Kind of Cold That Kills
When it’s forty degrees warmer in your freezer than it is outside, the message is clear: Don’t mess with God.
February 18, 2020
When You Are Immortal
Christ said Paul was going to Rome. And that was that. No ambush can stand against the promise of Christ.
February 17, 2020
The Sweet Designs of God
Oh, how sweet are the designs of God in the sovereign salvation of hardened, hopeless sinners!
February 16, 2020
When Obedience Feels Impossible
Do you desire God? Will you trust him? The word of God to you is: God is worthy and God is able.
February 15, 2020
Every Calvary Step Was Love
Every step Jesus took on the Calvary road meant, “I love you. I love you. I love you.”
February 14, 2020
Christ as Means and End
Jesus is the end for which the universe was made, and the means that makes that end possible to enjoy.
February 13, 2020
The Perfect City
When you desire the city of God above everything else on the earth, he is not ashamed to be called your God. Your life pleases him.
February 12, 2020
It is a most striking thing how personal and national suffering drew Abraham Lincoln into the reality of God, rather than pushing him away.
February 11, 2020
The Best Form of Slavery
Amazingly, Paul connects our liberation with Jesus as our Master, and he connects our new slavery with Jesus as our Messiah.
February 10, 2020
Saving Faith Isn’t Easily Satisfied
Living and dying by faith means having new desires and seeking new satisfactions.
February 9, 2020
Better Than Money, Sex, and Power
Take all the things that drive this world, and ponder how much better and more abiding God is.
February 8, 2020
Are You Glad You Are Not God?
Submitting to God enables us to have the supremely satisfying experience of not being God, but admiring the Godness of God.
February 7, 2020
God surely has reasons for waiting to give you the breakthrough you have sought for decades. Keep asking in hope.
February 6, 2020
Reviled Here, Rewarded There
Because Jesus died in our place, he guaranteed that every good deed will prosper — sooner or later.
February 5, 2020
The Main Purpose of Ministry
The main task of all the ministries of the church is helping people see the greatness of what Christ has purchased for everyone who will value it above the world.
February 4, 2020
Five Ways Affliction Helps
Suffering has a great sin-killing effect. The more pure we are, the more clearly we see God.
February 3, 2020
The Greatest Love
We should emphasize that God loves and forgives for his own glory because the Bible does, and because it makes clear that God loves us with the greatest love.
February 2, 2020
The Forgiveness Cycle
God forgave us when we first believed in Christ. Then, from that broken, joyful, grateful, hopeful experience of being forgiven, we offer forgiveness to others.
February 1, 2020
Included in the Covenant
Christians are included in the Davidic covenant. What David received, we will also receive in Christ Jesus.
January 31, 2020
Five Purposes for Suffering
Don’t let your ignorance of the micro reasons for suffering cause you to overlook the massive help God tells us in his word of his macro purposes for us.
January 30, 2020
Irresistable grace does not mean grace cannot be resisted. It means that when God chooses, he can and will overcome that resistance.
January 29, 2020
Caused to Return
There is no hope for God’s people unless he causes them to return from their leaping into sin and unbelief.
January 28, 2020
How to Repent
Feeling rotten about your sin is not the same as repenting from it. But it can lead there.
January 27, 2020
He Knows Your Need
The same God who feeds billions of birds every hour around the world will take care of you.
January 26, 2020
The Giver Gets the Glory
We get the help; God gets the glory. That arrangement keeps us humble and happy, and keeps him supreme and glorious.
January 25, 2020
Times of suffering and deliverance are both God’s stages of care for you. He has not left you or forsaken you.
January 24, 2020
Served in Serving Others
Jesus will take care of you when you take care of others. That’s why there were leftovers after Jesus fed the multitudes.
January 23, 2020
Go Directly to God
Jesus provides an ever-present, ever-living witness to the removal of the Father’s wrath from us.
January 22, 2020
We Will Rule All Things
When Jesus says, “I will grant him to sit with me on my throne,” he promises us a share in the rule of all things.
January 21, 2020
The Anchor of Joy
Jesus anchored the happiness of suffering saints in the reward of heaven. And he anchored the happiness of successful saints in the same.
January 20, 2020
The Battle to Remind
If we don’t call to mind what God has said about himself and about us, we will languish. God is the God of the impossible.
January 19, 2020
How to Serve a Bad Boss
Every little thing you do that is good is seen and valued and rewarded by the Lord. And he will pay you back for it.
January 18, 2020
The Remedy for Pride
Yield to the sovereignty of God in all the details of life, and rest in his infallible promises to show himself mighty on your behalf.
January 17, 2020
Authentic Faith Is Eager for Christ to Come
Receive Christ, welcome Christ, embrace Christ — not just as your fire insurance policy, but as your eagerly awaited Treasure and Friend and Lord.
January 16, 2020
Words for the Wind
Be patient and loving as despairing people wake up from their dark night and regret their hasty words.
January 15, 2020
The Freeness of Grace
What act could be more one-sidedly free and non-negotiated than one person raising another from the dead? This is the meaning of grace.
January 14, 2020
The Window of the Heart
Our emotions are governed in large measure by what we consider — what we dwell on with our minds.
January 13, 2020
The Command That Creates
When the command of God comes with the creating, converting power of the Holy Spirit, it gives life. And we believe and rejoice and obey.
January 12, 2020
The Experiential Key
Freedom from greed comes from the deeply satisfying faith in God’s future grace.
January 11, 2020
Passionate for God and Truth
If God exists, then he is the measure of all things, and what he thinks about all things is the measure of what we should think.
January 10, 2020
How Believers Will Be Judged
When God judges believers in the end, he will forgive us all our sins and grant us life everlasting.
January 9, 2020
Only a Little While
God is not the God of some grace. He is the God of all grace — including the infinite, inexhaustible stores of future grace, that we need to endure to the end.
January 8, 2020
Gain What You Cannot Lose
Christ promises to work for us, and to be for us so much that, when our missionary life is over, we will not be able to say we’ve sacrificed anything.
January 7, 2020
Grace Denied and Supplied
God gives both the sustaining grace we need in times of trouble, and the suffering which makes us depend on his grace.
January 6, 2020
God’s Will Is That You Draw Near
This is God’s will for you and this is why Christ died: that you would draw near to God.
January 5, 2020
Our Toothless Enemy
Satan is helpless to do the one thing he wants to do most: damn us. Christ bore our damnation.
January 4, 2020
Hope for Imperfect Christians
Does your faith make you eager to forsake sin and make progress in holiness? That’s the kind of faith God requires.
January 3, 2020
The Smallest Faith
The strength of your faith does not uproot trees. God does. The object of your faith is more important than the quantity of your faith.
January 2, 2020
What Jesus Did to Death
If you are a Christian, death is no longer a punishment for sin. Your sin has been put away by the death of Christ. Christ took the punishment.
January 1, 2020
Grace for the New Year
Be thankful for the past grace from the last year, and be confident in the future grace for the new year.
December 31, 2019
The lifetime of this year passes before our eyes, and we face the inevitable question: Did we live it well?
December 30, 2019
Outfitted and Empowered
When God works in our hearts by the blood of Christ, we feel and think and act in ways more pleasing to him.
December 29, 2019
A Horrible Destiny
Flee from the wrath of God, tremble with joy that you are saved, and rescue others along the way.
December 28, 2019
Glory Is the Goal
Study the glory of God. Treasure it in all things and above all things. Then study your soul. Know why you treasure glories that are not God’s glory.
December 27, 2019
What Is Your Aim?
God did not create humans in his image to be aimless, like lifeless leaves blown around in the backyard of life. He created us to be purposeful.
December 26, 2019
How to Contemplate Calamity
Christ’s death was judgment on him because he bore our sins (not his own), and it was mercy toward us who trust him.
December 25, 2019
Three Christmas Presents
Jesus offers you a clear purpose for living, hope that your failures will be forgiven, and help in your fight against sin.
December 24, 2019
Two Purposes for Christmas
Jesus appeared in the world for two reasons: to help us stop sinning, and to satisfy God’s anger when we do sin.
December 23, 2019
God’s Indescribable Gift
Look to Jesus this Christmas. Receive the reconciliation that he purchased. Don’t put the gift on the shelf unopened.
December 22, 2019
That You May Believe
The whole Bible is written that you might be awakened to the wonder that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came into the world.
December 21, 2019
The Birth of the Ancient of Days
Jesus’s birth was not a coming into being of a new person, but a coming into the world of an infinitely old person.
December 20, 2019
If you want to give a gift to God this Christmas, walk off the assembly line of sin and don’t go back. Take up your place, instead, in the picket line of love.
December 19, 2019
Christmas Is for Freedom
Forgiven, we are indestructible. Satan’s plan was to condemn God’s followers in God’s own courtroom. But now, in Christ, there is no condemnation.
December 18, 2019
The Christmas Model for Missions
Distrust God’s mercy, and all is lost. But conquer here, and nothing can harm you for a million ages.
December 17, 2019
The Greatest Salvation Imaginable
God put our sins on his Son and judged them there, so that he could put them out of his mind, and deal with us mercifully and remain just.
December 16, 2019
God’s Most Successful Setback
God delights to show his power through apparent defeat. He sometimes retreats in order to win strategic victories.
December 15, 2019
Life and Death at Christmas
Jesus came that we might have Life, now and forever. Make your Now the richer and deeper this Christmas by drinking at the fountain of Forever. It is so near.
December 14, 2019
Making It Real for His People
The meaning of Christmas is that God takes salvation, puts it in your heart, and seals you as his child.
December 13, 2019
The Final Reality Is Here
Our High Priest is seated at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. No Old Testament priest could ever say that.
December 12, 2019
Replacing the Shadows
Jesus came to orient all our attention on himself, ministering for us first on Calvary as our final Sacrifice and then in heaven as our final Priest.
December 11, 2019
Why Jesus Came
In dying, Christ de-fanged the devil. How? By covering all our sin. This means that Satan has no legitimate grounds to accuse us before God.
December 10, 2019
Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh
Giving gifts to Christ is like fasting — going without something to show that Christ is more valuable than what you are going without.
December 9, 2019
Two Kinds of Opposition to Jesus
Let this Christmas be the time when you ponder what it means — what it costs — to worship and follow Jesus, the Messiah.
December 8, 2019
Bethlehem’s Supernatural Star
God influenced the stars in the sky to get a little handful of foreign magi to Bethlehem so that they would worship his Son.
December 7, 2019
Messiah for the Magi
Christmas proves how Jesus is Messiah — a King, and Promise-Fulfiller — for all the nations, not just Israel.
December 6, 2019
Peace to Those with Whom He Is Pleased
The key that unlocks the treasure chest of God’s peace is faith in the promises of God.
December 5, 2019
No Detour from Calvary
God could have seen to it that Jesus have a room at his birth. But that would have been a detour off the Calvary road.
December 4, 2019
For God’s Little People
Do not think, because you experience adversity, that the hand of the Lord is shortened.
December 3, 2019
The Long-Awaited Visitation
For the mind of faith, a promised act of God is as good as done.
December 2, 2019
Mary’s Magnificent God
The only people whose soul can truly magnify the Lord are people like Elizabeth and Mary. So, this Advent, imitate their lowliness and cheerful humility.
December 1, 2019
Prepare the Way
This Advent, bend the efforts of your imagination to make the wonder of Jesus’s arrival visible for your children.
November 30, 2019
The Triumphant Shame of the Cross
No matter how dirty with sin you are, through Christ you can see the light of God’s glory and believe.
November 29, 2019
The Only Conscience-Cleanser
Our greatest problem is alienation from God. The only solution is the blood of Christ.
November 28, 2019
The Root of Ingratitude
At the root of all ingratitude is the love of one’s own greatness. But genuine gratitude glorifies God because it admits that we need him.
November 27, 2019
How to Magnify God
The whole duty of the Christian can be summed up in this: feel, think, and act in a way that will make God look as great as he really is.
November 26, 2019
Jesus Prays for Us
Our salvation is as secure as Christ’s priesthood is indestructible. His deity and resurrection from the dead secure his indestructible priesthood for us.
November 25, 2019
Glorify God by Giving Thanks
A life that gives glory to God for his grace and a life of deepest gladness are the same life. And what makes them one is thankfulness.
November 24, 2019
Hold Fast to Your Hope
When Christ died for us, he did not buy the freedom from having to hold fast, but the enabling power to hold fast.
November 23, 2019
When God Swears by God
It is as unlikely that God will break his word of promise to bless us as it is that he will despise himself.
November 22, 2019
The Key to Spiritual Maturity
Getting ready to feast on all God’s word is not first an intellectual challenge; it is first a moral challenge.
November 21, 2019
The Gravity of Gratitude
A thankful spirit is others-exalting and glad-hearted. Therefore, pray for a great awakening of humble gratitude.
November 20, 2019
Five Reasons Death Is Gain
Death is gain because Christians will then be perfect, pain-free, rested, at home, and with Christ.
November 19, 2019
We All Need Help
Because we have a Great High Priest, the throne of God is a throne of grace.
November 18, 2019
The Piercing Power of the Word
The word of God is our only hope. It is sharp, living, and active. Therefore, be of good cheer in your battle to believe.
November 17, 2019
Change Is Possible
Don’t be a fatalist. Be a Christian. Change is possible. God is alive. Christ is risen. The promises are true.
November 16, 2019
When I Am Anxious
Take up the Bible, ask the Holy Spirit for help, lay the promises up in your heart, and fight the good fight — to live by faith in future grace.
November 15, 2019
When you feel discouraged and anxious, cling to God’s promises to be with you and uphold you.
November 14, 2019
The Marvel of Creation
When you marvel at the wonders of creation, do not marvel at the processes of chance but at the creativity of God.
November 13, 2019
Do Not Harden Your Heart
The Bible’s warnings are written that you might believe and endure, and have life.
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