Sleep Tight, Every Night
It's Only Right
by Pastor John Hamel
ďI will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord,
only makes me dwell in safety.Ē (Psalm 4:8)
Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you toss and turn
through the night and never enter into a deep, sound sleep? Possibly
you just lay there thinking about all the things you should have done and
need to do. Whatever your reasons for not sleeping, I have good
God is not your problem. God is your solution. Itís His will
for you to sleep soundly.
The Bible says it is His will for you to
both lay down in peace and to sleep deeply. It is not enough for you
to sleep with a troubled mind. God wants you to sleep in peace,
leaving all your troubles with Him as you do so.
Letís read something
else from the Bible.
ďAnd when He [Jesus] was entered into a ship, His
disciples followed Him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the
sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but He was asleep.
And His disciples came to Him, and awoke Him, saying, Lord, save us: we
perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye
fearful, O ye of little faith? Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the
sea; and there was a great calm.Ē (Matthew 8:23-26)
Now, Jesus knew the potential for storms to rise up at sea, yet
still, He chose to lie down and sleep. Jesus was not afraid
of all the things that could go wrong. He was not troubled by all that
needed to be done later. He was not the least bit concerned about how
He was going to provide for His disciples. Why not? Because Jesus
trusted in His Fatherís Word and in His Fatherís great love.
Jesus knew His Father promised throughout Scripture to protect Him and to provide for Him, as well as for those who follow Him.
shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt
thou trample under feet." (Psalm 91:13)
verse reveals that God has given the Believer in Christ all
power and authority over Satan and demon powers. That alone should
give you peace.
ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land." (Isaiah 1:19)
Jesus was well acquainted with these verses, and hundreds more,
promising God's provision and protection. Therefore, Jesus made the decision that He was going to lie down and sleep
deeply, allowing His Fatherís Word and His Fatherís love to watch over
Him. And He did just that.
Because Jesus always slept sweetly, you can sleep sweetly, too.
The Bible says, ďAs He is so are we in this world.Ē (1 John 4:17)
you to sleep as peacefully as Jesus always slept, trusting in His promise
to protect and provide for you. As a matter of fact, God stays up all
night working on your problems, so one of you better get some sleep!
He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy
Keeper ... the Lord shall preserve thee from all evil ... the Lord shall
preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even
forevermore." (Psalm 121:4-8)
God is your Keeper Who preserves you from all evil from now to forevermore,
why don't you just trust in that, put your head on your pillow and make up
your mind that you will sleep while He watches over you? That is what
faith would do.
"It is vain for
you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so He
giveth His beloved sleep." (Psalm 127:2)
The Bible says that
God gives His beloved sleep. I donít know about
you, but whenever Godís giving something out, I made up my mind to be the
first in line to receive it. If He is giving sleep, I am taking it and
thanking Him for it. I suggest you do the same.
Why not do what Jesus did? Jesus rebuked those things
that disrupted His sleep and calm set in supernaturally.
Just say something like this. ďEvery
hindrance to sleep and to Godís will for my life Ė BE STILL - in Jesusí
Then lie down and say,
ďFather, I now receive Your gift of sweet sleep. Thank You for
working out my problems while Iím sleeping. I look forward to
another refreshing day of walking out Your plan and purpose for my life, in Jesusí Name.Ē
Now as you lie there, donít bother counting sheep. Lie there
counting on Godís presence to come upon you, putting you into a deep sleep
even as He did on the day of Adamís rib surgery! God anesthetized Adam
with His love and He will do exactly that for you now.
the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept; and He took
one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;" (Genesis 2:21)
God did for Adam He'll do for you. He will literally cause a deep
sleep to come upon you if you will expect Him to do so. God is no
respecter of persons. This means He will cause anyone who trusts in
Him to sleep deeply.
Peter opened his mouth and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no
respecter of persons." (Acts
about Peter, he, too, knew how to trust God and go to sleep even in the
midst of a crisis. Not long after Jesus died and rose from the dead,
King Herod decided he would kill Peter in order to find favor with the
Jews. Herod had Peter apprehended and put in prison.
was literally chained to four prison guards, awaiting execution. He
was so confident of God taking care of this problem for him that he actually
went to sleep in spite of his death sentence. When God's angel came to
deliver him, Peter was sleeping so deeply the angel had to forcibly awaken
behold the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the
prison: And he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up
quickly. And Peter's chains fell off." (Acts 12:7)
angel then proceeded to lead Peter out of the prison, supernaturally opening
every locked gate along the way, finally leaving Peter standing in the
street free as a bird!
apparently Peter was more than acquainted with Psalm 3, verse 5.
laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me."
God did for Peter He can and will do for you. He caused Peter to sleep
deeply in the midst of what appeared to be the crisis of Peter's life.
While Peter was sleeping God sent an angel to do for Peter what Peter could
not do for himself.
God deem it necessary for an angel to come and take care of your problems,
that is precisely what will happen.
He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy
ways." (Psalm 91:11)
you belong to God through Jesus you are in Covenant with the God Who gives
His beloved sleep. God promises that all who enter into Covenant with
Him, living a life of obedience to Him, are promised sweet
you have yet asked the Prophet Jesus to be your Savior you can do that right
now. Upon doing so you will enter into a Covenant with Almighty God.
He will give you power to become His child.
as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God
even to them that believe on His name." (John 1:12)
whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans
a child of God and entering into Covenant with Him is as simply as saying, "God forgive me for my sins. Jesus, Youíre my one and only choice
When you do that, you will not only qualify for His promise of
sleep but for all the other good things He promises while you are awake.
Deuteronomy 28:1-14 and Psalm 103:1-6 for just some of the wide
awake blessings promised to God's obedient children.
SLEEP TIGHT. EVERY NIGHT. IT'S ONLY RIGHT.
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Be blessed ... John and Barbara Hamel
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