Inspiring John Piper Quotes On Marriage, Missions, Prayer

John Stephen Piper is an American Reformed Baptist continuationist pastor and author who is the founder and leader of desiringGod.org and is the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This John Piper quotes on hope, joy, worship will motivate you.

Best John Piper Quotes

  1. “If you can’t see the sun you will be impressed with a street light. If you’ve never felt thunder and lightning you’ll be impressed with fireworks. And if you turn your back on the greatness and majesty of God you’ll fall in love with a world of shadows and short-lived pleasures.” ~ John Piper
  2. “What is sin? It is the glory of God not honored. The holiness of God not reverenced. The greatness of God not admired. The power of God not praised. The truth of God not sought. The wisdom of God not esteemed. The beauty of God not treasured. The goodness of God not savored. The faithfulness of God not trusted. The commandments of God not obeyed. The justice of God not respected. The wrath of God not feared. The grace of God not cherished. The presence of God not prized. The person of God not loved. That is sin.” ~ John Piper
  3. “Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. And ultimately, marriage is the display of God.” ~ John Piper, John Piper quotes on marriage
  4. “One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.” ~ John Piper
  5. “If you are sufficient for your task, it’s too small.” ~ John Piper

  6. “My feelings are not God. God is God. My feelings do not define truth. God’s word defines truth. My feelings are echoes and respond to what my mind perceives. And sometimes – many times – my feelings are out of sync with the truth. When that happens – and it happens every day in some measure – I try not to bend the truth to justify my imperfect feelings, but rather, I plead with God: Purify my perceptions of your truth and transform my feelings so that they are in sync with the truth.” ~ John Piper
  7. “In EVERY situation and EVERY circumstance of your life, God is always doing a thousand different things that you cannot see and you do not know.” ~ John Piper
  8. “Life is not a straight line leading from one blessing to the next and then finally to heaven. Life is a winding and troubled road. Switchback after switchback. And the point of biblical stories like Joseph and Job and Esther and Ruth is to help us feel in our bones (not just know in our heads) that God is for us in all these strange turns. God is not just showing up after the trouble and cleaning it up. He is plotting the course and managing the troubles with far-reaching purposes for our good and for the glory of Jesus Christ.” ~ John Piper
  9. “People don’t enjoy salt. They enjoy what is salted. We are the salt of the earth. We do not exist for ourselves.” ~ John Piper
  10. “Sin is what you do when your heart is not satisfied with God.” ~ John Piper

  11. “Our deeds are not the basis of our salvation, they are the evidence of our salvation. They are not foundation, they are demonstration.” ~ John Piper
  12. “A Christian is not a person who believes in his head the teachings of the Bible. Satan believes in his head the teachings of the Bible! A Christian is a person who has died with Christ, whose stiff neck has been broken, whose brazen forehead has been shattered, whose stony heart has been crushed, whose pride has been slain, and whose life is now mastered by Jesus Christ.” ~ John Piper
  13. “Whenever your heart starts to be anxious about the future, preach to your heart and say, ‘Heart, who do you think you are to be afraid of the future and nullify the promise of God? No, heart, I will not exalt myself with anxiety. I will humble myself in peace and joy as I trust this precious and great promise of God – He cares for me.'” ~ John Piper
  14. “If God’s love for his children is to be measured by our health, wealth, and comfort in this life, God hated the apostle Paul.” ~ John Piper
  15. “Don’t be surprised. There is nothing new under the sun. Only endless repackagings” ~ John Piper

  16. “Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon.” ~ John Piper
  17. “Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us—a crucified God—must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.” ~ John Piper
  18. “Prosperity cannot be a proof of God’s favor, since it is what the devil promises to those who worship him. (Matt. 4:9)” ~ John Piper
  19. “The Gospel is not how people get to heaven.
    The Gospel is how people get to God.” ~ John Piper
  20. “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” ~ John Piper
  21. “Life is too short, too precious, too painful to waste on worldly bubbles that burst” ~ John Piper

  22. “The deepest and most enduring happiness is found only in God. Not from God, but in God.” ~ John Piper
  23. “Do we eagerly long for the coming of Christ? Or do we want him to wait while our love affair with the world runs its course? That is the question that tests the authenticity of faith.” ~ John Piper
  24. “If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism, but deception.” ~ John Piper
  25. “I’ve never heard anyone say the really deep lessons of life have come in times of ease and comfort. But, I have heard many saints say every significant advance I’ve ever made in grasping in the depth of God’s love and growing deep with Him, have come through suffering.” ~ John Piper
  26. “The suffering of sickness and the suffering of persecution have this in common: they are both intended by Satan for the destruction of our faith, and governed by God for the purifying of our faith… Christ sovereignly accomplishes His loving, purifying purpose, by overruling Satan’s destructive attempts. Satan is always aiming to destroy our faith, but Christ magnifies His power in weakness.” ~ John Piper
  27. “The key that unlocks the treasure chest of God’s peace is faith in the promises of God.” ~ John Piper

  28. “The ultimate difference between God’s wisdom and man’s wisdom is how they relate to the glory of God’s grace in Christ crucified. God’s wisdom makes the glory of God’s grace our supreme treasure. But man’s wisdom delights in seeing himself as resourceful, self-sufficient, self-determining, and not utterly dependent on God’s free grace.” ~ John Piper
  29. “The highest mental health is not liking myself but being joyfully interested in everything but myself.” ~ John Piper
  30. “The most dangerous thing in the world is the sin of self-reliance and the stupor of worldliness.” ~ John Piper
  31. “Prayer is the open admission that without Christ we can do nothing. And prayer is the turning away from ourselves to God in the confidence that He will provide the help we need. Prayer humbles us as needy and exalts God as wealthy” ~ John Piper, John Piper quotes on prayer
  32. “It is better to lose your life than to waste it.” ~ John Piper

  33. “A woman who fears the Lord will not run away from God to satisfy her longings and relieve her anxieties. She will wait for the Lord. She will hope in God. She will stay close to the heart of God and trust in his promises. The prospect of departing into the way of sin will be too fearful to pursue; and the benefits of abiding in the shadow of the Almighty too glorious to forsake.” ~ John Piper
  34. “Christ did not die to forgive sinners who go on treasuring anything above seeing and savoring God. And people who would be happy in heaven if Christ were not there, will not be there. The gospel is not a way to get people to heaven; it is a way to get people to God. It’s a way of overcoming every obstacle to everlasting joy in God. If we don’t want God above all things, we have not been converted by the gospel.” ~ John Piper
  35. “The happiest and holiest children in the world are the children whose fathers succeed in winning both their tender affection and their reverential and loving fear. And they are the children who will come to understand most easily the mystery of the fatherhood of God.” ~ John Piper
  36. “The strength of patience hangs on our capacity to believe that God is up to something good for us in all our delays and detours.” ~ John Piper

  37. “You may be going through things right now that are painfully preparing you for some precious service to Jesus and to his people. When a person strikes rock bottom with a sense of nothingness or helplessness, he may find that he has struck the Rock of Ages” ~ John Piper
  38. “God seldom calls us for an easier life, but always calls us to know more of him and drink more deeply of His sustaining grace.” ~ John Piper
  39. “May we catch enough of a vision of Christ that we will not be satisfied unless we know him more fully.” ~ John Piper
  40. “Life is war. That’s not all it is. But it is always that. Our weakness in prayer is owing largely to our neglect of this truth. Prayer is primarily a wartime walkie-talkie for the mission of the church as it advances against the powers of darkness and unbelief.” ~ John Piper, John Piper quotes on missions
  41. “Prayer causes things to happen that wouldn’t happen if you didn’t pray.” ~ John Piper

  42. “But whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live for it and die for it. And you will make a difference that lasts. You will not waste your life.” ~ John Piper
  43. “We are all starved for the glory of God, not-self. No one goes to the Grand Canyon to increase self-esteem. Why do we go? Because there is greater healing for the soul in beholding splendor than there is in beholding self.” ~ John Piper
  44. “God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.” ~ John Piper
  45. “The critical question for our generation—and for every generation— is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven if Christ were not there?” ~ John Piper
  46. “We weren’t meant to be somebody–we were meant to know Somebody” ~ John Piper

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