"Then He placed His right hand on me and said: Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last” (Revelation 1:17).

Jesus said first, “Do not be afraid” This is what we need to hear in these days when many of us are so anxious. Remember, fear doesn’t glorify God. Jesus was always saying “fear not” to his frightened disciples. The Gospels record that every time they were in trouble, they expressed themselves in manifestations of fear, anxiety, worry and panic, but the Lord always came along at the right moment and said, “Fear not.” We are called to do the same. We have nothing to fear when we trust in the power of Jesus.

Our identity doesn’t depend on the things we have done. Our identity is who God says that we are. When we choose to follow Jesus, we become a new creation. The old passes away and we become who we are in Him – children of God. Take hold of the truth of God’s Word.