One subject that is closely related to the topic of sleep is peace. Do you seek real peace to rest well tonight?
Jesus tells, us, "My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you" (John 14"27, NkJV). But, what is the difference between the peace that Jesus gives us and the counterfeit peace of the world?
Many are not truly at peace within themselves. So many chase after the world's tinsel-coated version of peace when the Lord wants to give them the real thing!
But what is the real thing? Apostle Paul told his friends, "...that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy..." (Acts 20:23-24a, NKJV).
What a prime example of the Lord's peace...Paul calmly explaining how he expected severe hardships and even torture, but remaining unmoved! I have met Christians around the world who genuinely reflect Christ's peace, and the quality they all have in common is that like Paul, they cannot be moved!
Perhaps this is a barometer you can use in your own life. Do unexpected incidents or disagreeable people rattle you? Do you feel on edge the rest of the day? Do these things sometimes keep you awake at night? If so, let's pray for you to receive the peace that only Jesus has to give.
God loves you and wants to answer your prayer. Say this prayer with me:
Heavenly Father, help me discern the difference between Your peace and the counterfeit peace of the world. Remove anything that is keeping Your peace from me. Forgive me for allowing Satan to limit my service or disturb my peace in Christ Jesus. Thank You for teaching me to receive the true peace that is only from you. In Jesus' Name, Amen.