Spiritual Warfare, Trials

When Fear Wakes You up in the Middle of The Night

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I stared into the shadows of my darkened bedroom. After being sound asleep, I was suddenly wide awake. Every problem, concern, and worry flooded my mind. 

Oh no Lord! What am I going to do about ………

This happens to me from time to time. I fall asleep completely fine, and then I am awakened with the reality of overwhelming problems, and things I need to take care of. My mind will go into high gear doing something that is very dangerous, thinking. Overthinking. 

This used to keep me up for hours as I tossed and turned, just thinking and thinking. Not anymore. It took some discipline, and the grace and mercy of God, to not let the middle of the night overthinking stop me. The reality that God is watching over me helped set me free of my night time anxiety.

God is in the watches of the night.

The Roman military divided the night into four watches. A soldier had one of those night watches lasting three hours. The soldiers were keeping watch for the enemy to prevent a surprise attack. They were ready to defend any invaders and alert of potential trouble.

God has all four watches of the night. All night. Every night. He is working and watching over us. When we wake up in the middle of the night, and the fear wants to take over, He is there. God is aware of potential trouble and knows about every surprise attack. It’s no surprise to Him.

God does not clock out when we go to sleep. He’s not on our human schedule. God is always at work. God works at night while you are sleeping, or tossing and turning. It doesn’t matter if you are awake or not. Our problems do not prohibit God. He is limitless. 

I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustains me. Psalm 3:5

The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever. Psalm 121:8

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3

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

To stop my night time anxiety I do two simple things.

The first thing I do is listen to the Holy Spirit. He is always speaking, we just need to listen. He reminds me of the truth and will put scriptures in my head. Here’s one that came to mind the other night as I was overthinking.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.

Philippians 4:6-7, NIV 

I just say that verse in my head until I fall back asleep. It’s the truth. We are not to worry and be anxious. Yes, we will all suffer from normal human anxieties and worries, but we do not have to stay stuck there. Even if I can only say the first part of the verse, that’s what I do. It really helps and has been my most powerful weapon in fighting my own thoughts. 

Prayer is powerful too. When you are up in the middle of the night with an overactive mind like I’ve got, pray. Honest prayers are the best. Ask for help. God is always willing and able to help us. He is faithful to hear and answer our prayers.

If fear wakes you up in the dead of night, be encouraged today. Do not let those fears and negative thoughts stop you. The Lord will help you overcome. God is always working and He takes the night shift. God loves you so much! Trust Him to care for you even while you sleep. Amen.

Love you all,

Meghan 

Father God,

Thank you for your unending love. You are awesome, holy God. I lift up all who are struggling with night time anxiety. May your peace flood their hearts and minds. Give each person restful sleep. When they wake up in moments of fear, comfort them and speak to their hearts and minds the truth that you are with them. We praise you and thank you!

In Jesus name,

Amen

All scripture quoted is from NASB.

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11 thoughts on “When Fear Wakes You up in the Middle of The Night”

  1. I cry like a little baby and look under the bed for the bogeyman.
    Lol Love ya sister in Christ.
    I haven’t had time yet to read all of your blog posts

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  2. This used to happen to me a lot when I lived alone. But hardly at all since I married Arnie. The peace of having someone with you make a difference. At least in my case.

    Growing up, I was an only child, and my parent split up. That might account for some of what happened in the past. And we all know the devil’s desire is to cause us Christians as much unrest as he can. He can’t have our souls, but he can take away our peace, if we allow it.

    Now, when I’m awakened by troubles, if I can’t think of a Bible verse(s) to repeat, I simply call out “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus” (not aloud, because I don’t want to wake Arnie), and the devil flees. Philippians 2:9-10 tells us why. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;” That devil is not about to bow the knee, so he goes elsewhere.

    But most of the time, I just pray. Or even a combination of all of those methods. It works every time.

    Glad you’ve found a way to defeat that pesky devil.

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    1. I love this Sharon! Your strategy is fantastic. And I love those verses in Philippians. Yes!! Even the demons know who Jesus is and will flee at His name. There is power in the name of Jesus. I taught that to my boys when they were little, to say the name of Jesus and call on Him in times of trouble and the devil will flee.

      I agree with you on being alone. It probably adds to more night time stress/anxiety for some people.

      Thank you for sharing what works for you. This will bless many.

      Love you friend!

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  3. Thank you, Meghan, and others who responded! I love thinking about how God is always watching, and I am thankful for the truth of what Sharon shared about merely calling out the name of Jesus. Also, Meghan, thanks for the reminder that the Holy Spirit is always talking to us, we just have to listen. Amen.

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    1. Yes I am thankful too for others sharing how they fight back in the spiritual from the attacks of the enemy at night. We can encourage one another when we share what God has done in our lives. Night time is a great time to listen to the Holy Spirit since there are no other distractions. Love you my inspirational friend. 🤗💜

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