For the last several years I’ve been picking a new word for the year to focus on that will help me become a better person through self-development. This year my goal is to become closer yet to God so that I can clearly hear His Voice and recognize more of His signs that are leading me on His chosen path for me. So when the opportunity to join a new study course with my new church came up, called Rooted, I thought that would be the perfect word for my focus. I’m so excited to be taking this with my boyfriend, where we can both grow together and embrace what we are learning together.
Then as I was doing some self reflection, it became clear that I am already rooted with God and my real focus needs to be doing what He is leading me to do fearlessly! It was then that I changed my word for 2022 to “Fearless”! You see, we all have self-doubt. We don’t believe that we are good enough, strong enough, pretty enough, or have the knowledge, or money it takes to make our dreams come true. What we need to do instead is change our way of thinking, so I did a little research on just what it means to be Fearless. The Webster Dictionary defines Fearless as, “Free from fear: Brave” and ties to that more adjectives such as: bold, courageous, intreped, valiant, valorous, gallant, spirited, heroic, daring, etc.
Then I turned to the Bible and found that there are 100 bible verses relating to fear. One of my top favorite verses is Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Fearless is a great trait to have, but fearlessness is the next level beyond confidence. One of the definitions of confidence, “is a feeling or belief that someone or something is good or has the ability to succeed at something.” When you put your confidence in God, know in your heart that He will strengthen you. He will help you. He will uphold you. He is for you and will always be with you. So I urge you as well to fearlessly take that next step forward into the unknown with faith, even when you are uncertain of the outcome. Know that with God you can live your dreams, build bridges to places that you can’t see, and take chances others wouldn’t even imagine.
I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.Jeremiah 29:11
Here’s a few more verses I found comforting:
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” ~ Philippians 4:6
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:6