Shepherding My Heart From Pride & Anxiety

Piper, on 1 Peter 5:6-7 (Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxieties on Him for He cares for you), preached the following observations on pride:

  1. Pride is Self-Satisfaction
  2. Pride is Self-Sufficiency and Self-Reliance
  3. Pride Considers Itself Above Instruction
  4. Pride Is Insubordinate
  5. Pride Takes Credit for What God Alone Does
  6. Pride Exults in Being Made Much Of
  7. Pride Aspires to the Place of God
  8. Pride Opposes the Very Existence of God
  9. Pride Refuses to Trust in God
  10. Pride Is Anxious Above the Future 
Now we can see clearly and feel the force of 1 Peter 5:6–7,
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time …
How? In what way shall you humble yourselves? Answer (v. 7): by “casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.” In other words, the humblest thing in the world is to do what 1 Peter 4:19 says, “Entrust your soul to a faithful Creator.” Casting your anxieties on God means trusting the promise that he cares for you and has the power and the wisdom to put that care to work in the most glorious way.
That trust is the opposite of pride. It’s the essence of humility. It’s the confidence that the mighty hand of God is not over you to crush you but to care for you just like the promise says. Don’t be proud, but cast your anxieties on him because he will care for you.
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
"Are You Humble Enough to Be Care-Free?"
Sermon from Nov 20, 1994
Discovered with the John Piper Sermon Manuscript Library

"I Almost Never Go To Movies"

I almost never go to movies. The reason is very simple: there are almost no movies that don’t ask me to be entertained by attitudes, motives, and actions which Jesus died to eradicate.

John Piper
Total Abstinence and Church Membership
Sermon from October 4, 1981