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"Sleep Away!"

Date published: 12/23/2013
Psalm 3:5 “I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.” (NIV)
Sleep is a good indicator of whether the busyness of life is overcoming you or the Lord is sustaining you. Your busyness may have ballooned to anxiety when you have trouble sleeping. Anxiety can quickly consume your peace, relationships, and walk with God. Once anxiety takes over, your life becomes controlled by a fear and restlessness that is not conducive to God’s leading and work. Create a fertile ground for your Heavenly Father to meet your needs. Turn to God in prayer. Prayer is your avenue of trusting the Lord rather than being consumed by the obstacles that are confronting you.   Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Every challenge or anxious moment becomes an opportunity to allow God to be in control or… to allow the world to consume your God. God is more than able to meet your needs with far better results! You will be able to rest in God, when you have given your expectations, concerns, and pressures to Him. Why is sleep a good indicator of what is sustaining you? You can go to sleep without worrying because you know Who is sustaining you.  
Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the lilies of the field grow.  They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?'  or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not be anxious about tomorrow. Tomorrow will look after itself.” (NIV)