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I Choose Joy

The good news is not that we cannot sin, but rather that we need not sin. God will help us!

Our Right to Rejoice: Our Power to Rejoice
Power Over Sin

Scripture Reading: 1 John 2:1-2

Key Verse: 1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

If we truly want to learn to rejoice always, we must deal with the sin factor. Sin produces death, not life. Sin robs and steals from our soul. I’ve never heard of anyone rejoicing after being robbed. The Bible understands all the things that challenge our joy, and sin is at the top of the list.

First, we must confess our sins to God and believe that because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we are forgiven. Our printed key verse gives us that assurance. Our suggested additional reading reminds us that if we sin after being part of God’s family, we can confess that and be forgiven because of Jesus. In both our initial confession and our daily walk with God, our sin is covered by Jesus, “who speaks to the Father in our defense.” We can rejoice always because Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Secondly, we rejoice because the Apostle John gives us confidence in our ability not to sin: “We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin…” (1 John 5:18a). The good news is not that we cannot sin, but rather that we need not sin. God will help us and keep us from the grip of the evil one: “…the one who was born of God keeps him safe and the evil one cannot harm him” (1 John 5:18b).

Don’t allow the devil to rob you of your joy. It’s your God-given right to rejoice! Stand on God’s Word; claim your forgiveness in Jesus’ name! We have power over sin, so we rejoice!

Father, thank you for your forgiveness when I fall short of your perfect holiness! Because of Jesus, I will rejoice today! In Jesus’ Name, amen.