"But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus." -Acts 9:27
What does it mean to be fearless? Does it mean we won't have fear when trying something? Does it mean that we aren't afraid of consequences? The Bible says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Proverbs 9:10) When we have a healthy fear of God, it is wise.
However, there are fears that can cripple us, rob our potential, or steal our joy. These are unhealthy fears. They are unproductive. They don't produce anything good in us. They keep us from producing fruit in our lives. And God wants nothing more than for His kids to be fruitful! (Genesis 9:7)
Becoming fearless is not the absence of fear, but it happens when we can say with certainty that God is bigger than our circumstances. He is bigger than our giants and He is bigger than our fears. Being courageous means we choose to believe what God says, that He is greater than any obstacle we might face. "Nothing will be impossible for you," it says in Matthew 17:20. We fear, respect and love Him more than our fear. And we decide we will step out in faith to make things happen.
"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." -John 15:13
Are you able to lay down your fear today?