Fear Of Change
Self-leadership principles for living in faith over fear.
Luke 8: 26-38 shares a specific story where Jesus casts out a legion of demons from within a man. Once the demons were casted out, they were allowed to go into a herd of nearby pigs which then rushed down a steep bank and drowned in a lake.
I know, crazy story right?! But hang on because this is where it gets interesting.
The man who was previously possessed, was grateful for what Jesus did. I mean, who wouldn’t be right?
But those who were tending to the pigs ran back to town and told the rest of the people what happened. They all went out to see Jesus and then later asked Him to leave.
Now if you’re like me, my first time reading this in the bible didn’t make sense. I mean seriously, Jesus just casted out these demons from this man and now the townspeople are asking Him to leave?
Excuse my french, “But what the F*** is that about?”
How does that make sense? If He casted out demons wouldn’t everyone want that for themselves? Isn’t that someone you’d LIKE to have around town just in case?
Verse 37 says, “Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.”
“They were overcome with FEAR”
Their fear of CHANGE was greater than their fear of complacency.
They were more certain that their lives PRE-Jesus, was better than any miracle or blessing God would have given them.
Are you starting to get it now?
How often do we hold on to our pains, our struggles, our “demons”, because we’re too afraid of what’s on the other side of change?
We’d rather suffer in mediocrity, knowing what we’re dealing with, rather than take a risk for something better because we don’t want to be uncomfortable.
We don’t like to struggle.
We don’t like to be in pain.
We don’t like not-knowing what’s ahead of us.
And for many people, that fear of change is greater than hope or potential.
It’s why many people stay stuck.
Essentially, it’s a choice we all get to make.
What are you holding on to that’s bringing you down?
Which burdens would you love to get off your back and let God handle the rest?
How long has the fear of change been holding you back from your God-given destiny?
Which other areas of your life are affected by this fear of change?
Take some time and reflect on these critical questions.
Listen I’m no preacher, nor do I strive to be one, but I do know how my life was before I met God and after I met Him.
It’s a night and day difference, that I hope you’ll get to experience sooner rather than later.
And if this is a stepping stone for you to either begin, or even continue, on that walk with God then I’ll know this is all worth it.
Taking the time to type these out and pray for the readers and consumers of this content will be worth it even if only ONE LIFE gets changed.