Blog Posts by Jon Bloom
Five Ways to Refresh the Saints in Your Life
When reading Paul’s letter to Philemon this week I saw a theme I hadn’t really seen before. This letter is an instruction on how to refresh the saints.
Philemon was a refreshing person. When Paul thought about Philemon he thought…Continue Reading
When the Vine Really Became Precious
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
It was a July morning in Manila…Continue Reading
Lay Aside the Weight of Discontentment
I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance…
What to Neglect to Have a Rich Life
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)
This verse from Colossians is so full…Continue Reading
The Powerful Glory of Yielding Power
Perhaps the only thing harder for prideful humans than humbly wielding power is humbly yielding power.
And the most beautiful Old Testament example of this is the way Jonathan yielded Israel’s throne to David. But as we see in 1…Continue Reading
How to Humbly Give and Receive Correction
Because we struggle so much with pride, correction can be difficult to give graciously and difficult to receive graciously.
That’s one reason to be very thankful for Exodus 18. God is so kind to have Jethro and Moses give us…Continue Reading
God’s Bright Design for Your Bitter Providences
This is the will of God, your sanctification. (1 Thessalonians 4:3)
“God Moves in a Mysterious Way”
God tells us everything we need to know to live godly lives (2 Peter 1:3). But sometimes we wonder.
The unexpected, unexplained twists…Continue Reading
Hope for the Battle with Intractable Weakness
We all have sin-infected weaknesses that are intractable. They are deeply woven into the fabric of who we are and are frequently exacerbated by our sinful responses to them.
Inherent weaknesses are different from indwelling sin. Indwelling sin is evil…Continue Reading
Six Benefits of Ordinary Daily Devotions
Private devotions aren’t magic. We know that (for the most part).
But still, we can be tempted to think that if we just figure out the secret formula — the right mixture of Bible meditation and prayer — we will…Continue Reading
Lay Aside the Weight of Prideful Comparison
By the grace of God I am what I am. (1 Corinthians 15:10)
God made you to be you.
You have the body God gave you — with all its genetic capacities and limitations (Psalm 139:13). You were born at…Continue Reading
The Impoverishing Power of Financial Prosperity
The story of the rich young man in Mark 10 has a chilling message: earthly prosperity can make people spiritually destitute.
“Teacher! Teacher, please wait!”
Jesus and his disciples were just leaving town. They turned and saw a young man…Continue Reading
You Can Take Heart in Uncertainty
Uncertainty is a difficult thing to bear. We want to know where the provision is going to come from or if we’re going to die of this disease or how this child is going to turn out or if our…Continue Reading
Jesus Has Overcome the World
One thing the Bible is not is utopist about life in this world. It gets unfairly criticized for encouraging a pessimism that makes people passive about doing anything to improve things; people who are “too heavenly minded to be any…Continue Reading
Lay Aside the Weight of Fragmented Focus
No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. (2 Timothy 2:4)
The Debilitating Weight of Too Much
If we’re going to successfully run the race of faith with endurance (Hebrews…Continue Reading
How to Endure Common-to-Man Temptations
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may…
How Jesus Exposed the Idol of Self-Glory
The love of our own glory is the greatest competitor with God in our hearts. And sometimes we cloak this idol in a pious disguise. In Matthew 21, Jesus exposed this idol in the hearts of a few men with…Continue Reading
Seven Ways to Pray for Your Heart
Over the years, as I’ve prayed for my own heart, I’ve accumulated seven “D’s” that I have found helpful. Maybe you’ll find them helpful as well.
With seven you can use them a number of ways. You might choose one…Continue Reading
Lay Aside the Weight of “Not Feeling Like It”
What do you not feel like doing today?
You know what I mean. It’s that thing that’s weighing on you, which you know would honor God because it obeys his law of love (John 15:12), or is a work of…Continue Reading
Watch Your Mouth
It is humbling to remember that as Christians we are still vulnerable to Satan’s deception. One moment we can speak glorious truth and the next moment destructive, satanic words. We must be on our guard, something Peter learned the hard…Continue Reading
Lay Aside the Weight of Restless Work
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
July marks my 20th year working with John Piper and many precious colleagues in this mission of Desiring God. It is a…Continue Reading
Lay Aside the Weight of Self-Preoccupation
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)
Want to…Continue Reading
God Will Never, Ever Break His Promise
How might Isaac have explained to his young sons, Jacob and Esau, why God had commanded his father, Abraham, to offer him as a burnt offering (Genesis 22)?
Eight year-old Esau sat on his bed-mat firing imaginary arrows in the…Continue Reading
Lay Aside the Weight of Sluggishness
“And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit…
Two Kinds of Regret, One Kind of Hope
What do you regret? That question can trigger some vivid memories. I don’t like to think about them. I wince as I remember things I wish I had never done—terrible, wounding words I spoke, confidences I betrayed, dark lusts I…Continue Reading
God’s Mercy in Messed Up Families
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to find an example of what we would call a “healthy family” in the Bible? It’s a lot easier to find families with a lot of sin and a lot of pain…Continue Reading