I just watched Pastor Bill Johnson‘s sermon Supernatural Sleep on YouTube. I want to share the Scriptures he used and share some things I gleaned. He began by referring to Genesis 1:5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. So God did that day’s work, then the work, evening and morning made the first day. I’ll come back to this thought at the end of this post. Next:
Job 33:115 In a dream, in a vision of the night,
When deep sleep falls upon men,
While slumbering on their beds,
16 Then He opens the ears of men,
And seals their instruction.
17 In order to turn man from his deed,
And conceal pride from man,
18 He keeps back his soul from the Pit,
And his life from perishing by the sword.
Are you OK with God speaking to you while you sleep and you not remembering it when you wake up? What if that prepares you for the day the Spirit uses those instructions to minister through you and speak to others? I’m all for it if it fulfills His plans for my life and keeps me from pridefully thinking I’ve done it all on my own! Another way Pastor Bill posed it: “Deep calls to deep” Father draws from the deposits He made while you were asleep.
Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. (NASB)
How well are you sleeping? Can you trust the Lord to give you sweet sleep? Is it worth it to vainly rise up early and retire late-“burning the candle at both ends”?
Psalm 16:7 I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel;
My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
When’s the last time you let your heart (known as bowels of compassion; kidneys; center of your being) sleep and instruct you?
So think about this: If I plan on “looking you (God) full in the face” when I go to sleep, I can plan to wake up seeing Him face to face and living heaven on earth! I encourage you to check out this video and get the full essence of what Pastor Bill Johnson was sharing.
I have started being conscious of sundown and reminding myself preparation for sleep is the beginning of my next day. If I go to sleep with the weight of the world on my shoulders and dwelling on the war going on in and around me, I know I won’t sleep well. If I turn my affections toward the Lord, I’ll go to sleep turned toward Him. If I awake in the night, I thank Him for waking me in the night seasons as King David did. I take that time to pray in the Spirit, offering prayer, intercession and praise (see what Apostle Paul had to say about praying in the Spirit).