There’s an old song that says, “When you’re worried and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings.”
There’s a lot of truth in that statement. Changing your thinking is the first step to a peaceful night’s sleep.
There are many reasons why people have difficulty getting to sleep or having restful sleep. Often, it’s worry and fear which causes the lack of peace at night.
No matter the reason, God’s Word has something to say about sleep, so the next time you’re having trouble, remind yourself of what God says by speaking these scriptures out loud.
WHAT THE WORD SAYS
You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, (Proverbs 3:24-25 NLT)
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe. (Psalm 4:8 NLT)
I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.
It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night,
anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. (Psalm 127:2)
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:1-6 NLT)
But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain. [Interlude] I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side. (Psalm 3:3-6 NLT)
About Peace and Overcoming Worry
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27 NLT)
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7 NLT)
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. (Isaiah 26:3-4 NLT)
But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. (Psalm 56:3 NLT)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT)
The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace. (Psalm 29:11 NLT)
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9 NLT)
The next time you or someone you know is having difficulty sleeping, stop the negative thoughts and replace them with God’s Word.
Be still, and know that I am God.
(Psalm 46:10 NLT)
THINKING GOD’S WAY
When you were growing up, what did you do that most often brought approval and attention from the people in your life?
Now that you’re grown, what do you do that most often wins the approval of those around you? In other words, what is it that truly gives your life significance?
Almost everyone wants to be admired in some way, to be noticed by others, or to be liked. No one really wants to go through life being overlooked as a wallflower. Continue reading…
Matthew 6:30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!
Matthew 8:26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
Matthew 9:2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”
Matthew 9:22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.
Matthew 9:29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”
Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
Psalms 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Proverbs 17:14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. (NIV)
Proverbs 20:3 It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. (NIV)
Proverbs 21:19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman. (KJV)
Proverbs 26:21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. (KJV)
Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins. (NIV)
Jeremiah 9:5 Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning. (NIV)
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (KJV) Continue reading…
Jesus set the example for us in every area, including how, why and what to pray. Prayer changes things, so let’s find out what God’s Word says about it:
Matthew 5:44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!
Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Matthew 6:8-13 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.
Matthew 9:38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.
Matthew 14:23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.
Matthew 17:20-21 “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.
Love is what you do, not what you feel. If we’ll obey what God’s Word says, the goose bumps will come.
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