Jesus repeatedly said, “do not be afraid”. So let me ask: do you sleep peacefully?
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 Temptation of Jesus
4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But He answered, “It is written,
“‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took Him to the holy city and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down, for it is written,
“‘He will command His angels concerning you,’
“‘On their hands they will bear You up, lest You strike Your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these I will give You, if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.’”
11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to Him.(Matthew 4:1~11)
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:
- Realize: If it’s in the Bible, it’s possible.
- Decide: If it’s possible, tell yourself that you want it.
- Discover: what possible conditions there may be. Is it available to anyone?
- 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.
To open/save/print this page of Scripture cards in a separate window, CLICK HERE
OK, I’VE DONE MY PART!
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.
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!!”