Reign in life is reign over sin. Because sin
is the opposite of life, remember the choice from tree of good and evil, and
tree of life. Sin is changing the course of history. Genesis 3:22-23.
And the result is death. Romans 6:23. To resist the attraction of sin
and its stronghold we need courage.
Read Joshua 1:9. I think when God
said, “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged!” God really
understand that Joshua, as other human being also experienced fear in his life.
And I believe each and every one of us who come to this place also have fear
and have something that we are afraid of.
But let me back to the definition of the word
“courage”. In one simple sentence, courage is persistence, perseverance even
though there is a reason to fear. So, you know exactly that you fear something,
but you choose not to give up to your fear. Courage itself could be a physical
courage, moral courage, or psychological courage.
And we always admire people who show courage.
That’s why we love movies about heroes or super-heroes. From Robin Hood to Harry
Potter, or Spiderman to Captain America. I love movies, even though I don’t go
to cinema any more. And I don’t against you to watch movies, but please watch
it with discernments. Because “good and fascinating” not always reflect Godly
thing. Satan in that garden was enticing people with something “good and
fascinating” (the forbidden fruit), but by the act of eating it, Adam and Eve
against God’s will. They are become unfaithful to The Word.
If you read the book of Matthew, in the first
chapter you will find a list of biblical figures related to Jesus. Matthew 1:1-17. This genealogy of Jesus also can be found in the book of Luke
but doesn’t appear in other two books who write about Jesus (Mark & John).
Matthew put this in perspective of Jesus as The King. The genealogy shows that
HE is from the line of David, as the prophesies from Old Testament being
fulfilled in Him. I don’t have enough time to mention them one by one and tell
you their stories. And each one of them did a courageous act, their stories
lead us to the main characters in Jesus’ early life.
Mary. Matthew 1:18. Story about Mary
with more details is in Luke 1:26-38. When I compared
verses in Matthew and Luke, one important biblical value that popped out was
Being engage with someone doesn’t mean you
can give away your virginity. Either you are male or female. There is a false
thinking or false value that growing among the young people that you have to be
like them. They are kissing, they are having sex, they are cheating. Once I was
invited to a talk-show with High School Students in Bandung. And I said this: “It’s
easy to grab someone who think they want to do these things. But it’s hard, it
needs courage to keep yourself from doing that. Moreover, if there is a fear of
rejection or a “mark” that you are “weird” and “not-their-kind”. Matthew 16:26.
The second person who showed his courage is
1:19-21. What is it like if you’ve found
out your significant other in a condition that will most likely break your
heart? Could you courageously be showing him or her an act of love?
I have seen young guys and girls, doing
horrendous thing for the sake of love or fame. This is the world where the
devil and his crafty evil plans try to rip you apart! The next generation of
these last days. The devil will try that with your family, with your close
friends, with all of your significant others. But the question is could you
still say “I love you, God loves you, but we hate your sin!” Or you just keep
that hatred in your heart to them and to God. An act of love needs a courageous
heart. It shows that you are reign in life.
Now you imagine Joseph. He is a good and
noble guy but he heard the news about his fiancée who got pregnant before they
are getting married. WWJD? What Would Joseph Do? Posting a status: UNFAITHFUL!
Or an instapicture with caption: “all women is cheater”? No, he tried to
compose himself and still showing his love and respect to Mary by divorced her
in a quiet. Even though he has the right to do it publicly. You know sometimes
courage is shown in a closed door, love is not only about affection, but also a
courageous act. When you release forgiveness to someone and wishing them all
the best, you show them that you are courageous person.
In such condition you feel that you are
losing meaning, you feel insignificant. But listen this, your value, your
meaning in this life is lay within the love that you have, not in love others
don’t have. 1Corinthians
13:2. If you still remember the story of Joseph, do you remember who
gave encouragement to Joseph to take Mary as his wife? An angel. Now let’s
forward our time capsule 33 years after that Angel came to meet Joseph, an
angel also appeared to Jesus in His final hour at Gethsemane. Luke 22:43. What I can say, that was the appearance of the person Holy
Spirit, the helping Spirit of God, like what Jesus had said in John 14:16-17.
At the end of this sermon, I want you to know
that there are 3 pairs of significant threats in psychology that could cause
you to lose courage, needless to say reign in life. They are:
Fate & Death
Guilt & Sin
Jesus standing among you, now it is your decision to approach Him, believe in Him, and like the woman who touch Jesus’ robe “if I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.” Invite Jesus into your heart, invite Holy Spirit to guide you and to give you courage that you need.