Current Sermon Series: JOSHUA

On Thursday, January 14, 2016, terrorists in Jakarta killed seven people (although five of them were the attackers themselves) and wounded nineteen others. Immediately after the attacks, the Twitter hashtag #KamiTidakTakut began trending. Kami Tidak Takut is Indonesian for "we are not afraid." One man tweeted, "Terrorist, their job is to spread terror and create fear. If you are afraid, they win. So stay courageous guys."

Over the last year, terrorists loyal to ISIS have attacked Paris, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Garland (TX), Tunisia again, Cairo, Turkey, Egypt, Paris again, California, Turkey again, Philadelphia, and now Indonesia. Authorities say an ISIS sympathizer in Houston planned to blow up two malls there this week, then attack a military base in Grand Prairie. It's hard not to be afraid as ISIS-related terror attacks continue to escalate at home and around the world. Nearly half of Americans say they are afraid they or a family member will be a victim of such an attack.

What do you fear? Fear of failure? Fear of loneliness? Fear of rejection? The unknown? Pain? Fear has a way of clouding our thinking just as it can kill our faith and our courage. Fear makes us fight for control. Fear can cause us to compromise. Fear tends to paralyze. OR, fear can lead us to greater faith in the promises of God. You see, courageous faith is not primarily a function of how you feel. Faith is living out and believing what the Bible says in the face of what you feel.

In the book of JOSHUA, the Lord God charged Joshua and the people of Israel to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:6,9). Courageous faith looks a lot like faithful obedience (Joshua 1:7-8). Courageous faith requires loving those who are not very lovable or even likable. Courageous faith means forgiving someone who has hurt you or someone close to you. Courageous faith requires serving someone who is not like you, lives differently than you or even someone you’re afraid of. Courageous faith is trusting God when you’re going through a gut wrenching trial. Courageous faith sometimes means choosing be alone when going along with the crowd would cause you to sin or compromise your reputation. Courageous faith is caring for your children when they are young and for your parents as they grow older. Courageous faith is trusting God’s promises that He is present, that He will protect you, that He will use you and use other people to lead you, and that He will empower you to live for Him.

There are times of crisis in life when we rise up and say, Kami Tidak Takut, "we are not afraid." Most of the time, however, courageous faith doesn’t look very courageous. It’s not the absence of fear, it’s the presence of faith in God and the promises of His Word:

“Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

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