Fear is designed to alert us that something is wrong. A healthy response to fear is motivation to take action so the problem is corrected. We are not called to live in fear. We are called to risky faith and courageous living because God is with us.
What happens generally in our day is people get paralyzed by fear. It gets in the way of us taking risks. It immobilizes us. Instead of empowering us to take action, it paralyzes us. This is an extremely important principle that we learn from the Apostle Paul. Moving from fear-based living to faith-based living involves taking a step of action toward facing what I fear. It requires acting as if I trust God, even if I feel fear.