Faith is not the absence of fear, it is moving forward in spite of fear. When Jesus tells us not to fear, He doesn’t mean that we won’t have fearful feelings, He means that He wants us to be brave and to go in the direction of our calling, even if we are afraid. In essence, faith is doing it afraid.
Some of you reading this have a fear of flying. No matter how many people tell you that it’s safe or try to convince you with statistics, you still get jittery the moment the engines start revving. You feel these feelings even though your chances of getting in a plane crash are one out of eleven million, and you are more likely to be struck by lightning twice than to get in a plane crash once. Nevertheless, your feelings of fear are real, and they’re okay as long as they don’t stop you. You still need to get on that plane because you have somewhere to go. The problem would be if you didn’t get on the plane and didn’t get to where you needed to be.
When we don’t trust God and our fears keep us from acting in faith, we are missing out on one of the greatest blessings of life in the Kingdom — living in the truth that anything is possible to those who believe! When we live a life of daily trust in the Lord, we can accomplish great things, as we take steps of faith toward the goals and dreams He has called us to. He is more than enough to get us through any fear we face and hand-in-hand with Him, we can do it afraid!