From Finally Alive by John Piper:
The new birth happens as we are brought into contact with the living and abiding word, the gospel. The first effect of this new birth is that we see and receive God and his Son and his work and his will as supremely valuable. That’s faith. This faith overcomes the world, that is, it overcomes the enslaving power of the world to be our supreme treasure.
Faith breaks the enslaving spell of the world’s allurement. In that way, faith leads us into obedience with freedom and joy. God and his holy will look beautiful and not burdensome. The new birth has taken the blinders off. We see things for what they really are. We are free to obey with joy.
May God confirm your spiritual reality–your new birth–by overcoming the seductive power of the world in your live. “Everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.”
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