My eyes popped open and my heart started to race. The room was dark around me, and fear was pushing hard on my heart. But what was wrong?
I scanned the room looking for threats. I listened for the kids. Everything was calm.
So why was this panic pumping through my veins? I laid back and tried to take deep breaths, but my mind was racing. Everything I’d been remotely worried about in the last few weeks started coming to mind, and in the dark, it all seemed more terrifying than ever.
I tried to stop worrying. I tried to stop being afraid. But I just couldn’t calm down and get back to sleep.
Has this ever happened to you? Some of my friends call it the witching hour. It’s that time in the middle of the night when you wake up afraid — the time when everything seems worse than it did in the daylight.
The Bible is very clear that we don’t have to put up with these feelings of fear.
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)
And the Bible tells us exactly how to embrace this promise and fight back against the dark:
“In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:16-17)
Faith and the Word of God are powerful weapons in helping us find peace in the middle of the night.
When we wake up scared, we can use Scripture to state the truths of our faith out loud.
Here are a few of my favorite verses:
This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, (1 John 4:2)
and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:11)
So announce to the darkness:
“Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. Jesus Christ is Lord. Jesus Christ is the Word Made Flesh.”
And when you can’t remember the full verses or phrase, just whisper Jesus’ name.
Use Scripture — the sword of the Spirit — as your weapon against fear. Speak these verses over and over until you start to feel God’s peace.
For me, some nights it works instantly. Other nights I have to pray for what seems like a long time before the fear loosens its grip.
But always, with these verses, I am grateful to have a weapon against the darkness.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2)
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