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Sleep Peacefully; God Says You Can

Jesus repeatedly said, “do not be afraid”. So let me ask: do you sleep peacefully?

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As you think about going to bed tonight, do the words, “sleep peacefully” seem ridiculous?

The devil WANTS you to be afraid… ALWAYS!

Satan and his demons may be totally evil, but they are definitely not stupid.

However, they do not have infinite resources as God does.

They are not omnipresent, meaning they can’t be everywhere as God can.

Nor are Satan and his demons all-powerful. All of them combined are as nothing compared to the infinite God.

Because of these limitations, Satan and his demons have to pick their battles carefully.

And that’s exactly what Satan did when he tempted Jesus.

The passage of Matthew 4:1-11 shows how Jesus basically clobbered the devil with Scripture. In so doing, He demonstrated the technique for us.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.” (Matthew 4:1-2)

The phrase: “He was hungry” has got to be the biblical understatement of all time!

After 40 days of fasting, Jesus — as a human being — was at His weakest point ever. That’s the moment Satan chose to try to get Him to sin.

Do you know why? Because Satan is a bully, and that’s how bullies operate. They go after those who are weaker than they are.

Small wonder, then, that demons go after us when we’re weary, half asleep, and already churning over difficult problems.

Fight back! Here’s what I urge you to do:

Here are several verses that you need to know by heart:

…for he gives to his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2)

When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
    when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. (Proverbs 3:24)

In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
    for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)

You keep him in perfect peace
    whose mind is stayed on you,
    because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3)

Don’t those thoughts seem wonderful to you? Those thoughts are from the Mind of God. He wants you to sleep peacefully. And realize this: He was already thinking of you in eternity past, before He even made the universe!

How To Apply The Principle:

  1. Realize: If it’s in the Bible, it’s possible.
  2. Decide: If it’s possible, tell yourself that you want it.
  3. Discover: what possible conditions there may be. Is it available to anyone?
  4. Learn: what steps, if any, must I do. What’s my part? (See “Here’s What To Do” below.)

Do You Want To Sleep Peacefully?

Here’s What To Do!

Get some 3″ x 5″ recipe cards, and write / print each verse on a card.

OR: I’ve made it even easier for you. Scroll down, and you’ll see an image of a page of 4 Scripture cards. I’ve put these into a PDF file, which you can open and view by clicking the link below the image. From there you can save the PDF file and print the page of cards. I’ve put faint lines around the edge of each card to show where to cut. Cut them out with a scissors, or with a ruler and a utility knife. You end up with (4) cards, 3″ x 5″ (like recipe cards).

I printed mine on heavier 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper, 65# weight, from an office supply store.

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Scripture card page

To open/save/print this page of Scripture cards in a separate window,  CLICK HERE 


I’ve given you all the information you need, along with examples and materials.

Now it’s up to you.

Do you like the way things have been going? Or are you unable to sleep peacefully? Is your “sleep” plagued by nightmares, fear, doubt, worry, anxiety, even panic attacks? That doesn’t have to continue. Let God help you!

Don’t listen to the voice of reluctance telling you that all this Bible stuff in nonsense, and that it won’t work and you’ll never be able to sleep peacefully. Those thoughts are lies from the devil!

I assure on the authority of the Word of God: turning to Him and learning a few helpful verses WILL work and that you CAN sleep peacefully! You will finally be cooperating with God instead of keeping His hands tied.

Even if you haven’t committed these verses to memory yet, Keep a set of these printed verses beside your bed. If fear or anxiety tries to grab you, do this: turn on the light if necessary (or use a small flashlight) and speak these verses out loud! That’s what I did. In my crisis moment, having memorized a verse, I stood up beside my bed and spoke God’s Word. You can read my own incident in my article entitled The Night I Stood Up To The Devil .

Those verses are like medicine for your soul. And, like medicine prescribed by your doctor, this “medicine” needs to be taken internally.

Print out a couple of sets of them. Take one with you and read the card over several times during the day. Put another set on your night stand, and read them out loud as you’re getting into bed.

I also suggest you get a set of our Scripture cards, which you can see in the gallery below this article. But regardless, spend a little time each day feeding your soul on this spiritual medicine, which God has prescribed for your spiritual health.

Now pray this prayer, and then get busy.

PRAYER: “Heavenly Father, I’m going to sleep peacefully because here’s what I know: You are always with me, You are vastly more powerful than any demons seeking to torment me, and I’ll sleep well because I have put my trust completely in You. I will never again fear going to bed. You will bring me safely through whatever problems I face tomorrow. But right now I praise you, Lord, because tonight my sleep will be SWEET!!”


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  • Pamela Akers January 2, 2018, 12:53 PM

    This was very helpful.. I had a nightmare of the devil and I woke up saying one of the devil’s names .. I instantly rebuked the devil in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and rebuked him back to hell from whence he came. As I did this I immediately felt electricity going through my body.. I knew it was the holy Spirit comforting me and giving me the words to say .. Amen thank God he still answers prayers..

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    • Jan Smith January 12, 2018, 11:23 AM

      Pamela, I’m with you on “thank God” statement! what would we do and where would we be without Him?

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  • Asa September 11, 2017, 7:04 PM

    I have found sleep to be one of the most vulnerable times for any Christian, especially the period of being half-asleep. In Job 33:15, it’s stated that the Lord speaks to us in dreams and whilst half-asleep. Now, make no mistake that God can get through to us at any time if need be. But it’s easier to do so when we are not resisting. But if we are half-asleep, we are not resisting demons, either! And so they can attack us. I’ve had them attack things God has obviously promised me. I’ve had them tell me my best friend hates me, and give me nightmares about it; and when I refused to believe THAT, and wrote about it in my diary (that I believed they do not dislike me and that they are filled with the love of God), they began to attack me whilst half-asleep, telling me my friend would die in an accident. If one thing doesn’t work, they move on to the next. But God is not the author of confusion! If God speaks, there would not be fear. Any message from God is followed by peace, from my experience. Thank you for your posts, sir, you have helped me today. 🙂 God bless!

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    • Jan Smith September 14, 2017, 11:33 AM

      Asa, thanks for writing.
      I want to sharer this Scripture with you. When I first saw this, it just reached out and grabbed me:

      20 My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. 21 Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.22 When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.
      23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life, (Proverbs 6:20~23)

      Do you see what’s in there?
      The passage calls us to know God’s Word (Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck)
      I particularly like the benefits:

      • When you walk, they will lead you
      • when you lie down, they will watch over you
      • when you awake, they will talk with you

      I nearly jumped out of my chair and shouted for joy when I read those!

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  • Keith June 26, 2017, 7:29 AM

    Things to consider first must pray to receive Christ confess your sins and believe jesus died on the cross Next remove all sin out of your life big and small means ALL . Next the Bible tells us to seek the kingdom first and learn about the Bible then these things will be given to you . You will see God promises start to work in your life . Get in a good church and a small bible group so u can pray and talk with others . These things have really been good for my family and myself . And hopefully they will be for you as well as you grow in Christ

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  • Geri March 20, 2017, 12:24 AM

    I shall study more on these parts of the Bible. Thank you. I do need the help at night. God bless.

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  • rania March 14, 2017, 4:07 AM

    thank you so much for the help

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  • Jennifer March 7, 2017, 9:53 AM

    The last year of my life has been awful. I made a move down south to better my life. Weeks later I found out my parents were abusing my siblings. I reported them just as I did when I was ypunger but once again they got away with it because of money and a name. I have no contact to my siblings and I don’t know if they are ok. I’m also experiencing financial problems, health problems, and truly believe it’s spiritual warfare. If you could please contact me at the email address provided I would greatly appreciate it as I don’t know if I think my life is worth it any longer. I went through hell in 2013 and pushed through that but this is really taking a toll. I’m seeking any help I can to spiritually make it through. I feel defeated, like I have no purpose and I think this is a nasty test and I cannot fail. Please help me I don’t know what to do but some weird things are going on that I won’t mention here. I need advice. Thank you for anyone that helps/prays. I need it.

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    • Asa September 11, 2017, 6:56 PM

      Jennifer, I can’t see your email, and I know you left this in March (So you might not even see it), but I just want you to know that God truly loves you and the fight is ALWAYS worth it. I’ve gone through literally one of the worst years of my life- and there are days that I want to give up, and days that I doubt God cares anymore. I know abuse is hard, I myself have been abused, and I’m sorry about your siblings. It’s even worse when it happens to those you love, or when contact is cut off with someone. Pray to the Lord, don’t give up on Him, because He never gives up on you. God bless you 🙂 <3

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  • carolyne nizarinah January 30, 2017, 5:32 PM

    pray for me people of God,am going through hard times which I find hard to over come,I have a problem with sleeping when I sleep its full of nightmares,am reading the scriptures and praying and I believe God will deliver me from this.

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  • akol stella December 17, 2016, 1:46 PM

    thanks for those verses and the wonderful steps.be blessed brother

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  • Daniel Andrew August 19, 2016, 1:43 PM

    Bless you Jan! God has shown you the keys to defeating the evil one’s lies. I have lived in fear for years. I have lost my job, had severe breathlessness attacks hitting me suddenly, out of the blue. I have spent lots of money for diagnosis. The enemy keeps telling me that I will die of cancer, never see my wife or son, or that my family will suffer after I die. The enemy is a bully, just like you mention in your posts. I will keep reading your articles. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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    • Jan Smith August 24, 2016, 3:14 PM

      Hi, Daniel, Thanks for writing!
      I also suffered many things when I lost my job (back many years ago now)
      When you realize that the thoughts in your mind are lies, you can choose to ignore them.

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  • David Sheep January 2, 2016, 8:19 PM

    Where can I order scripture cards? Thanks. David Sheep

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    • Jan Smith January 4, 2016, 5:13 PM

      Just click the “store” link in the top menu

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  • edouard jean paul August 29, 2015, 1:19 AM

    I cannot sleep at night help me please give me a nightmare

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    • Jan Smith September 10, 2015, 10:42 AM

      I find that by reading a few Scripture cards as I’m getting into bed, the devil doesn’t bother me. Try it.

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  • Phindile July 22, 2015, 6:42 AM

    what a wonderful website. i thank God for you. i have been struggling with sleep and i would have nightmares, wake up feeling terable fear in my heart, so much so that i could not sleep with lights off because nightmares would be so terrifying. but today the Lord has open my eyes, and i will do my part the rest is up to the Lord. i will turn off my lights because my God will protect me always. never again will i live in fear. Glory be to God !!!!

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    • Jan Smith July 23, 2015, 11:31 AM

      Amen to that last statement! The devil tries to keep you away from God, but His Word has power to overcome the devil. I’m so glad to read that you have decided to take God’s Word to heart. He’s longing for each of us to come to Him. Read some Bible verses right before you go to bed. I do that every day. As Isaiah said, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trust you” (Isaiah 26:3)

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  • Toni p July 21, 2015, 11:06 PM

    Thank you for this! I am having trouble going to sleep at night and have been plagued with anxiety, even though I have never had anxiety before in my life! I have been struggling with almost constant worry. A Google search led me to your words and I have been blessed. A sweet friend of mine told me that whenever I start to have those feelings, run to my bible and read aloud Phil 4:6-7. I have also begun reading 5 psalms a day to help strengthen my knowledge of the Word. Thank you again!

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    • Jan Smith July 23, 2015, 11:25 AM

      Toni, you’re on the right track. Things like worry and anxiety are somehow put onto you by the devil. So your actions are exactly right! And the advice from your friend is just so right-on! “Be anxious for NOTHING!” But see, the devil doesn’t want you to believe that. So I always like to tell people this: The Bible says it, therefore it’s possible! Sometimes there is a condition on God’s promises. But if it’s possible, you can have it. I have made a habit of reading a few verses of Scripture and a short lesson right before I turn out the light when I go to bed. in Proverbs 6, referring to the commandments and teachings of the Bible, it says, “when you lie down, they will watch over you”. That really happens. You can have it.

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  • Jodie Morris June 30, 2015, 3:38 AM

    Fighting the good fight of faith.

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    • Jan Smith July 4, 2015, 4:41 PM

      Jodie, be sure to stay connected to God by staying in His Word.

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  • Bridgett January 11, 2015, 12:52 AM

    This is very helpful! I’ve been struggling with a fear that something is going to happen to me and I woke up feeling fearful. After reading this I know I can go back to bed feeling that God will provide me with peace.

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    • Jan Smith January 12, 2015, 2:08 PM

      Hi, Bridget,
      I read your comment and it thrills my heart to read how you are taking hold of the Truth. The devil would love for you to continue living under the bondage of that “feeling”. Now you see what they are up to. You don’t have to live under the weight of those “feelings” any longer.
      Have you read my article entitled You Can Live Free From Fear? That article show how you can live in what the Bible calls “Perfect peace”. You can have that peace!
      That article also contains links to a series of short articles where I described my own story from when the devil virtually owned me. The series of articles show my progress beginning when I was totally ignorant of Spiritual torments from the devil and benefits from God. Read those, too, and you’ll see what I did. Surely God will help you just as He helped me.

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  • Louise May 16, 2014, 8:39 PM

    Wow, what a blessing I am so totally blown away and blessed by your website.
    Thank you for the little cards to print off,
    God bless you abundantly!!
    I have not been able to sleep and am reading your cards thank you.
    I’m ordering your scripture cards for sure.

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  • Leonora May 5, 2014, 8:44 AM

    Thanks a lot I feel so blessed finding your site.God bless you more.

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    • Jan Smith May 5, 2014, 9:53 AM

      Leonora, your words are a blessing to me. Isn’t God great? ~ Jan

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      • Leonora May 5, 2014, 6:54 PM

        God is great, God is good all the time!

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        • Nisha December 19, 2016, 8:10 PM

          I have been struggling with depression and anxiety and have been trying to fight it naturally but it’s not working. I pray and beg God to help me but he is not helping me. Lately I been telling myself am now gonna follow the devil. Those thoughts are not right because I am a very religious person anx i so bliv in god. My mind is playing tricks on me and I don’t know how to control it. It’s robbing my joy. I have 2 kids and I am so helpless and afraid. Help me please. There is a very negative strong hold on me.

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