Joy is Our Strength
Scripture Reading: Romans 7:21-25
Key Verse: Romans 8:1
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
You probably will sing “Joy to the World” during this Christmas season, but could you sing “This Joy is Mine”? In other words, do you have joy in the Lord? I might be wrong, but I feel too many Christ-followers have lost their joy.
These past couple of years have been tough years for many of us, but shouldn’t Christ-followers shine bright during tough years? Don’t we proclaim that we have the answer to life’s problems? Don’t we believe that “greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world”? (1 John 4:4).
So, what is the problem with so many Christ-followers these days? I might be wrong, but I suspect we have a problem with condemnation. I think too many feel condemned about their failures.
The devil is not dead, he is very much alive and working to destroy the church. He knows that he really has no power to separate God’s people from God, so he works on their joy. The devil knows, better than some Christ-followers, that joy is our strength!
When a Christ-follower falls short of perfection in their obedience to our Lord, it gives the devil an opening to pour condemnation on us. The moment you realize you are feeling condemned, you can know that those thoughts are from the devil himself.
Therefore, it is important for Christ-followers to be faithful in their Bible reading. The Bible is very clear:
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1).
When we sin, the Holy Spirit is faithful to correct us, guide us to learn, and help us grow in our walk with God. But God never uses condemnation on His children.
Remember, it is the devil’s job to make you feel condemned; it is your job to resist his lies and claim God’s promise of forgiveness and love.
Look at the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 15:13:
May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him…
Do you see what our job is if we want God’s joy and peace? It is to trust Him. That is hard when we feel condemned. But the more we claim these promises the more joy we experience.
I pray you will be able to sing “Joy to the World” with more energy because you have experienced His joy in your heart!
Father, through Jesus, you have set me free of condemnation and I will live out that freedom today! In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.