John Piper | – How Do I Feed My Joy in Jesus Every Morning? // Ask Pastor John


If Christ is not our supreme treasure, something else will gladly take his place. So how do we preserve our joy in God through the day?

Today we celebrate the compounded effect of human labor in America. We call it Labor Day — happy Labor Day! In fact, day by day we can invest our lives in what becomes a major enterprise over the years, like in reflecting on the effect of daily habits and disciplines over the course of a whole life. Today’s question is from a listener named Kate.

“Hello, Pastor John! I want to start by thanking you for your ministry to the saints. Your podcast has been helpful in my own life concerning Christian living. I’ve recently been quite intrigued and curious about Christian Hedonism — something that you are so passionate about and I have come to believe is beautiful. My question is, What are the little things I can do throughout my busy day to find this joy in God, the joy you so clearly know?”

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  1. I did something like this during my college years. I would reach a chapter and write on an index card a verse that struck me. I would carry it around with me and read it randomly for the rest of the day. At the end of the day, I would stick it on my wall. That was a time of immense spiritual growth. I should do this again.

  2. O, world, if only you found Jesus, then you would find joy, and you wouldn't have to ask the question! To some extent it seems absurd asking all these questions, God isn't a hobby, following God should be your profession.

  3. Thanks Pastor John! I declare with my brothers and sister " We will humble ourselves and lift our eyes and hearts and minds to Jesus….casting all our anxieties to His loving, mighty, eternal truth, Holy Spirit alert our minds, and open our mouths to resist the roaring, devouring lions and silence its lies and illusions…..We declare the Kingdom, The Power and Glory belongs to our Sovereign King, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, the Alpha and Omega, Our Saviour and Rock of refuge….We will sing songs of deliverance to our Mighty Father in Heaven, Emmanuel, mighty to save now and forever more, amen."

  4. Thank you for such encouragement! I did spend sometime in the word this morning and it was good. Last night before work i said "i choose to die to myself self, pick up my cross, and follow You" i said this in prayer to God.

  5. Recently I asked God where the joy of my salvation had gone and as usual He always responds. This is one of many messages on "ioy" which have just so happened to "conveniently" appeared. God speaks you just have to listen. I must say that this message couldn't have been more timely and I must confess I feel like I am drowning in a sea of paperwork and urgent requests and deadlines. I can feel a burn out coming on and I am just pressing on gas hoping I can continue on E without cutting out. I know that Pastor John's practical exercise in just what I need. The Word breathes life in us and if I don't get it in me and down in my spirit I will have nothing to latch unto when the world comes hurtling at me day after day. Thanks you Pastor John for your message. I pray to remain focused and disciplined in doing this

  6. Very good message, confirming the importance of making a concise effort to focus on God through scripture. Specifically, starting our day with him, meditating on his word, asking for his Spirits leading, and deliberately focusing on certain verses. Truly, putting God first is work, that takes: determined focus, time, and dedication.

  7. I'm getting happy and sad feelings I should know how you do things by now you give ❤️ then you take ❤️ back
    I'll make myself happy no matter what just like I always do
    Skippity Doo da

  8. You may alao read a short text called the Present which is available for free on the website called Global Truth Project.The book is about the trurth of life and it shows the full picture of life for the first time so that you may stop being deceived by the world and be able to follow the steps of Jesus.A life- changer!

  9. Please explain,

    -In what context it is moral to turn children into voluntarily working servants?

    -In what context it is moral to treat voluntarily working servants as property?

    -In what context it is moral to pass voluntarily working servants on to children as permanent inheritance?

    -In what context it is moral to treat voluntarily working servants so bad that relatives shouldn’t be treated that way?

    -If slavery was voluntary, then why it is restricted to only foreigners?

    Leviticus 25:44-46 However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way.

    * Please explain, in what context it is moral to beat voluntarily working servants with many blows?*

    Luke 12:47 The servant who knows the master's will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.

    * Please explain, in what context it is moral to beat voluntarily working servants as long as they don't die?*

    Exodus 21:20 “Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, 21 but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property.

    * Please explain, in what context it is moral to kill non-virgin brides?*

    Deuteronomy 22:20-21

    If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the young woman’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done an outrageous thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.

    * Please explain, in what context it is moral to kill unruly children?*

    Deuteronomy 21:18-21

    If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them, then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gateway of his home town. And they shall say to the elders of his city, "This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard." Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you shall remove the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear of it and fear.

    * Please explain, in what context it is moral to slaughter infants?*

    1 Samuel 15:3

    Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.

  10. Thank you for this.

    A few things come to mind here in light of this video:
    -I am a programmer. Part of design in software engineering is figuring out or designing a 'tool' to use, and using it repeatedly until it becomes natural (should it be a common thing). This is especially the case for object-oriented design.

    When you know how something in software works, you don't necessarily need to have it memorized completely as long as it's written down somewhere to refer to or copy-paste from (then edit to match context).

    I sometimes will type out the full thing (syntax and all), however, so that it sticks more fresh.


    -Another thing: in different behaviors or activities, repetition of something is key to remembering it. Practicing a different way to approach something will let it become second nature.
    Even if I don't need to do something in a better way, practicing that better (but yet unlearned) way is a good method for making that behavior reflexive. And that makes it much easier to bring that behavior to bear, and to bring it to bear more effectively through that better method.

    It's like reaching for the brakes with your foot in a car: you practice it enough so that it becomes reflex when something demands you stop before you get into a collision.

    This is especially helpful for defense, as you might guess: against wrong thoughts, against going down an unhealthy chain of ideas, and against getting 'caught up' in the stream of consciousness lazily rather than focusing on productive or helpful matters.
    (politics, for example, comes to mind as something that is easy to get 'sucked into' without having any productive thinking going on: instead you just get into 'shower arguments' in your head over and over, rather than having a defense mechanism in place in order that you may stop and realign).


    -When reading and seeking to understand God's Word, don't merely breeze by without getting anything. Try to remember what you read at the end of the day, and/or throughout the day (need to do better here, I think).
    Try to remember key and powerful things that minister to you, that help you understand God's goodness more fully.

    A passage that I remember the gist of is what Paul wrote in acts: "to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward man."

    We're to meditate on God's Word, so a question: What does 'void of offence' mean here, do you think?

    -One last note: what John Piper mentions regarding not having an empty soul is very true.
    Whenever you seek to guard against something evil, recall something good should be in place of where that evil wants to be (or currently is).
    One does not stop thinking of pink elephants (not evil, but example. :P) by thinking "I want to stop thinking about pink elephants."
    Rather, one stops thinking of pink elephants by thinking of… something else!

    So it is with our thought life.
    And our desires.
    And our time.
    Even our diet.

    If you don't fill with good, you can expect the base, the common, or the evil to take the place that should have been filled with good.

  11. https://youtu.be/e-lMX8HS_8U
    Did the Bible always seem logical and does it ever make sense? Can you actually understand when reading the Bible? “The Bible is a mystery," and "written in the tongue the language of the kingdom of heaven." The spiritual thoughts must be discerned with spiritual words by interpreting the Bible with the Bible. But all things that were instead taught with the teachings of men are destined to perish with use.

  12. You may also read the "Present with Religion," a book for free on the Global Truth Project.The book is about the truth of life and it shows the full picture of life for the first time so that you may stop being deceived by the world and be able to follow the steps of Jesus and other prophets to Heaven.Knowing the truth is the the key factor to our salvation.We must know the whole truth, live in it and change ourselves according to it in order to be saved.There is no other way to our salvation.With knowing the truth there comes true repentance which is changing our minds and also there comes obediance to God' s law and finally our sanctification which is a life- long process. And God in His mercy will give us His grace which time and ability to make the proper change.Only then will we be able to attain our eternal salvation. There is nothing more important and serious to do in this fallen world.We must find this narrow path that leads to God and do it quickly and stay on on it till the end no matter what.Then we will be saved!

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