DEFEAT THOSE NIGHT TERRORS
Recognise this situation? You're lacking sleep. It's late, maybe around midnight. And your thoughts go a bit... well, dark. This is a top time for doubt (over real life stuff, God's goodness, or something you wouldn't usually worry about) to convince you that bad things are lurking under the surface and coming out in full force. Sometimes it can even feel like, despite your Christianity, there are other cruel 'truths' lurking somewhere below your faith in God.
Does that ever happen to you? Don't worry. You're definitely not alone. It happened to the disciples in a night-time thunderstorm (check the story in Luke 8:22-25).
To the disciples, in that moment, doubt and fear felt like everything there was to reality. Here's the thing though: these sorts of doubts don't sum you up and they're not the full measure of you. You can be aware of dangerous, not-from-God thoughts trying to get at you, but you don't have to be scared. In the Bible the 'enemy' is described as prowling around 'like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour' (1 Peter 5:8 NIV). Watch out for that. But know there's hope - there's a Mystery, deeper still, beyond the darkness.
So what now? Read Ephesians 6:10 -17. Every time you feel intimidated, visualise yourself in that situation, wearing a full suit of God's armour (see Ephesians 6:10-17), overcoming the situation!
Soulfood : Deut 8-10, Mk 4:13-25, Ps 37:8-15, Prov 11:27-29