No one sins out of duty. We sin because it offers some promise of happiness. That promise enslaves us–until we believe that God is more desirable than life itself (Psalm 63:3). Only the power of God’s superior promises in the gospel can emancipate our hearts from servitude to the shallow promises and fleeting pleasures of sin.
Pastor John Piper shows how to sever the clinging roots of sin that ensnare us, including anxiety, pride, shame, impatience, covetousness, bitterness, despondency, and lust.
Delighting in the bounty of God’s glorious gospel promises will free us for a less sin-encumbered life, to the glory of Christ. Rooted in solid biblical reflection, this book aims to help guide you through the battles to the joys of victory by the power of the gospel and its superior pleasure.
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When I was a kid, two Olympic sprinters failed to medal in a race because they failed to show up. I remember their anguish at losing because they weren't even in the arena at the right time. After reading this book, I feel like I sometimes have lost battles against sin, because I wasn't even fighting the right fight. In this book, the author puts a hand on my shoulder and assists me in being in the arena, fighting the good fight of faith. Here's a sampling of what I found: "The challenge before us in our fight against lust is not merely to do what God says because He is God, but to desire what God says because he is glorious."; "The role of God's Word is to feed faith's appetite for God."; "As I pray for my faith to be satisfied with God’s life and peace, the sword of the Spirit carves the sugar coating off the poison of lust."; "Our chief enemy is the lie that says sin will make our future happier. Our chief weapon is the Truth that says God will...
Battling unbelief contains chapters excerpted from Piper's much longer and more complete work, Future Grace. In Future Grace, each of these chapters is accompanied by two or three chapters setting forward the promises of God that we are to believe and put our hope in in order to win the battle with sin. I highly recommend Future Grace, but if the 400+ pages of that book may be a little daunting for you, start with Battling Unbelief 162 pages to whet your appetite.
So I would recommend you not buy Battling Unbelief but instead buy Future Grace which is comparably priced, contains all of the chapters in Battling Unbelief and more. If you wanted to read what you would have read in Battling Unbelief, you will simply read the application chapters from Future Grace.
When I sin, I am believing a lie that there is more pleasure, happiness, or gain to be found in that sin than in obedience. Stated conversely, when I sin I am disbelieving God's promises. I am rejecting God...
this book changed my thinking so much. if you think about our sin as unbelief . basically not believeing or choosing not to believe in what Christ is saying, then it makes it clear what the solution is. Simply believe in what He has said! this is one stiraghtforward book. Iv'e always felt that Piper is wordy and very much so "logical". so If that's not your thing then skip over it. But this deals with a variety of topics. He doesn't have a whole lot of techniquest but goes more in depth on the promises of GOd. It's a book I love to refer to every once in a while eand a great book to review the scriptuires.
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