Who Needs to be Awake All Night?

Who Needs to be Awake All Night

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Who Needs to be Awake All Night

Introduction

Louie opens with a story.

“You may know this scene well: Suddenly, in the middle of the night, you are jarred awake. Something within startled you, and now you are fully conscious, your mind spinning with a situation that’s been causing you a great deal of worry and consternation. You tried to sleep, but your mind couldn’t downshift into rest mode. Now your heart and mind are racing. You glance over at the clock on the nightstand or reach for your smartphone, It’s 27 A.M. Again!”

“A night of sound sleep may seem like a small thing, but it’s a good picture for us as we head toward the finish line of winning the war on worry. When you think about a life characterized by peace, your mind likely jumps to someone who is restful. And few things are more restful than a good night of uninterrupted sleep.”

God knows there are few things more restful than a good night’s sleep.

God points to it in scripture.

1. “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,” Psalms 23:2 NIV

2. “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
Psalms 4:8 NIV

“One of the great rewards of winning the war on worry is that you no longer have to be subject to sleepless nights. That’s not God’s way. He Himself is up throughout the night so you don’t have to be, and He’s keeping you safe and at peace.”

Fix Your Gaze Heavenward

“Our God is a God of peace, and He leads us toward rest if we will let Him.”

So, how do we do that?

“First, we fix our gaze on our heavenly Father. ‘I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely’ (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16‬:‭8‬-‭9‬ ‭NASB1995‬).”‬

“David, the one who penned Psalm 23 and talked of having no fear in the middle of death valley. David knew all kinds of trouble, despair and hardship. He knew what it was like to fail and to Bles, to fight mighty armies and to be betrayed by those doses to him.”

“…this isn’t something I do once in a while. It’s the constant activity of recentering my thoughts and shifting my focus to get God in view.”

When we do this 3 things happen:

1. My heart is glad.
I have a shift in my emotions. I replace fear with knowledge that God is with me.

2. Second, I rejoice.
Worship displaces worry as praise fills my mouth.

3. Third, my body rests securely.
I rest knowing that God is in control.

Chances are you have tried this before. You have tried to remember a verse in the middle of your struggle with little or no success? If you are like me, in the middle of the struggle, my memory typically fails me.

So what do we do?

“The most important step in finding rest is focusing on the God you are continually setting before you. The Almighty One, the Maker of heaven and earth. Make every effort to make sure He is always at the forefront of your thoughts.

God is Awake, Alert, and Able

“The God who is ever before you is always awake. He’s never been tired or weary. The Almighty has never once closed His eyes in sleep. ‘He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep’

(Psalm 121:3-4).”

God is Alert

“Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139‬:‭4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“That means before I have a need that causes me to voice a prayer, God already knows about it. He sees the whole path ahead of me before I even take the next step.”

God is Able

“Not only is God able, but He is also working on your behalf–whether you see it or not.”

“It’s important to clarify that the fact that God is awake, alert, and able might not automatically mean that your circumstance pivots to your desired outcome.”

“As you lie down at night, I encourage you to say to God:
Thank You that You will be awake all night. Thank You that You are watching over all that concerns me. I believe You are able to do exactly what You want to do. I need rest, so I will trust in You.

“To take this approach is to be rooted in the realization that God is in control–awake, alert, and able 24/7.”

“To truly believe this is to say with the psalmist, ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves’ (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭127‬:‭1‬-‭2‬).”

Louie talks about one last weapon in our war on worry: a grateful heart.

The Power of a Grateful Heart

“It’s a scientific fact that gratitude positively affects mental health and reduces the anxiety that leads to worry. A recent publication found that ‘when we express gratitude and receive the same, our brain releases dopamine and seroto-nin, the two crucial neurotransmitters responsible for our emotions, and they make us feel good?. They enhance our mood immediately, making us feel happy from the inside.’”

“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

Pay special attention to the phrase “with thanksgiving.”

“Worry causes us to have spiritual amnesia, making us forget that God is the One who has brought us through every trial and difficulty. Gratitude reminds us of His faithfulness, and His faithfulness boosts our confidence no matter the situation.”

Discussion

    1. What are you grateful for? Take some time to list out every single thing that comes to mind.

    1. Rest is a reaction to something that makes us feel safe. How do the power and authority of God help lead you to rest well?

    1. We counter spiritual amnesia by recalling what God has done for us in the past. What has He done for you that you can stand firm upon?

    1. What is the current soundtrack of your mind? Are you listening to songs of worship or songs of worry? What do they sound like?

Sources

[1] Giglio, L. (2022). Winning the War On Worry – Cultivate a Peaceful Heart and a Confident Mind. Thomas Nelson.

Transcript

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Hello, and welcome to The Overflow Podcast. My
name is Craig Booker. The title of this episode is Who

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Needs to be Awake All Night. The material in this
episode is inspired by Winning the War on Worry

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by Lou Giglio. Note, I will talk a lot about mental
health, but please note this is not a substitute

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for therapy or mental health care. The title of this
episode is Who Needs to be Awake All Night. So we

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are finishing up the last chapter of this book.
This section or this chapter starts by Louie opens

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with a story. He says you may know this scene well.
Suddenly, in the middle of the night, you are Jarred

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awake something within startled you and
now you are fully conscious, your mind spinning

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with a situation that’s been causing you a great
deal of worry in consternation. You tried to sleep

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but your mind couldn’t downshift into rest mode.
Now your heart and mind are racing. You glance

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over at the clock on the nightstand or reach for
your smartphone it’s 2:27 a.m. again! So he

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begins with this scenario that’s probably
familiar to anyone that’s dealt with worry or

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fear or anxiety. He goes into talking about you
know maybe what’s going to happen is after this

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occurs is you’re going to toss and turn all night
and end up in the morning just more tired and

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frustrated than you were when you started when
you went to bed. And he goes in to, and he says a

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night of sound sleep may sound like a small thing
but it is a good picture for us as we head toward

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the finish line of winning the war on worry. When
you think about a life characterized by peace, your

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mind likely jumps to someone who is restful. And
few things are more restful than a good night of

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uninterrupted sleep. God knows there are few
things more restful than a good night’s sleep. And

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so in scripture, we will find references to sleep.
And just a few of these that he points out are

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Psalms 2:32 and this is from the NIV. It says, “He
makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me

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beside quiet waters. The second one is Psalms 4:8
in the NIV. It says, In peace, I will lie down and

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sleep for you alone, Lord make me dwell in safety.
Louie goes on to say, One of the great rewards of

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winning the one worry is that you no longer have
to be subject to sleepless nights. That’s not God’s

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way. He himself is up throughout the night, so you
don’t have to be, and he’s keeping you safe and

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at peace. He goes into the section that’s titled
fix your gaze heavenward. And he says, Our God is

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a god of peace, and he leads us toward rest if we
will let him. So how do we do that? Like how do we

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get towards this rest or peace? He says, First we
fix our gaze on our heavenly father I have set

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the Lord continually before me because he is at my
right hand and I will not be shaken therefore my

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heart is glad and my glory rejoices My Flesh also
will dwell securely that’s Psalms 16 8-9 in the

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nasb 1995 Louie goes on he says David the one who
pinned Psalm 23 and talked of having no fear in

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the middle of Death Valley David knew all kinds of
trouble Despair and hardship and he knew what it

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was like to fail uh and to bless I think my notes
have a little bit of typo in there uh to to fight

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Mighty armies and to be bet betrayed by those
closest to him this isn’t something he’s talking

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about this process of fixing our Gaze on our
heavenly father and he says this isn’t something

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I do once in a while it’s the constant activity
of reentering my thoughts and shifting my focus to

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get God in view when we do this three things will
happen when we fix our eyes on our heavenly father

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when we put him at the center of our view he says
for one my heart is glad uh I have a shift in my

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emotions I replace fear with the knowledge that
God is with me two or second it says I Rejoice

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worship displaces worry as praise fills my mouth
third my body rest securely it says I rest knowing

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that God is in control chances are you have tried
this this before so you have tried to remember a

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Bible verse in the middle of your struggle with
little or no success and if you’re like me in the

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middle of your struggle my memory typically
fails me it it’s really unreliable so what

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do we do about this like how do we correct this
situation and Louie says the most important step

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in finding rest is focusing on on the God you are
continually setting before you the almighty one

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the maker of heaven and Earth make every effort
to make sure he is always at the Forefront of

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your thoughts so he’s describing this as a process
we’re continually doing we’re you know we may be

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struggling to do this I know it’s a challenge for
me is to continually put God before me and so he

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goes into a new section talking about God and
as we’re thinking about this he’s saying to f

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focus on these attributes of God and he goes into
saying that God is awake he is alert and he is

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able so these are the things that we’re supposed
to focus on uh it’s the God who is ever before you

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is always awake he’s never been tired or weary
the almighty has never once closed his eyes in

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sleep He Who Watches Over you will not Slumber
indeed He Who Watches Over Israel will neither

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slumber nor sleep Psalms 1213 4 so God does not
sleep he is always awake we as his children don’t

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have to stay awake because he is always awake
and he is in control and next he goes into after

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talking about God is always awake he says God is
alert so uh Psalms 1394 of the NIV says before a

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word is on my tongue you Lord know it completely
that means before I have a need that causes me to

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voice a prayer God already knows about it he sees
the whole path ahead of me before I even take the

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next step he also says that God is able so you
know he he goes into saying okay great he’s awake

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and alert but if he’s not able what use is any of
this and so he says God is able not only is God

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able but he is also working on your behalf whether
you see it or not it’s important to clarify that

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the fact that God is awake alert and able might
not automatically mean that your circumstance

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pivots to your desired outcomes you know in other
words it doesn’t mean you’re going to get exactly

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what you want regardless of God being awake alert
and able Louie goes on it says as you lie down at

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night I encourage you to say to God thank you that
you will be awake all night thank you that you are

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watching over all that concerns me I believe you
are able to do exactly what you want to do I need

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rest so I will trust in you Louie says to take
this approach is to be rooted in the realization

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that God is in control awake alert and AEL 24/7
Louie goes on he says to truly believe this is

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to say with the psalmist unless the Lord builds
the house the builders labor in vain unless the

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Lord watches over the city the guards stand watch
in vain in vain you rise early and stay up late

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toiling for food to eat for he grants sleep
to those he loves Psalms 127 1-2 so as we’re

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transitioning or wrapping up this last section
there uh Lou talks about the one last weapon

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in our war on worry and that’s a grateful heart
so the next section is the power of a grateful

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heart uh it’s a scientific fact that gratitude
positively affects mental health and reduces the

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anxiety that leads to worry a recent publication
found that when we Express gratitude and receive

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the same our brain releases dopamine and serotonin
the two crucial neurotransmitter transmitters

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responsible for our emotions, and they make us
feel good, they enhance our mood immediately

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making us feel happy from the inside di all right
so he goes on. Looks like he’s quoting Philippians

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46-7 of the NIV. Do not be anxious about anything
but in every situation, by prayer and petition with

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thanksgiving, present your requests to God and the
peace of God which transcends all understanding

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will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ
Jesus. He says, pay special attention to the phrase

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with Thanksgiving. So you remember I talked about
how in the middle of my struggles, I really have a

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hard time or my brain has a hard time remembering
Bible verses or key truths in Scripture that kind

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of would help me in that situation. Here’s where
Louie speaks to that. He says, Worry causes us to have

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spiritual Amnesia, making us forget that God
is the one who has brought us through every

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trial and difficulty, gratitude reminds us of
his faithfulness and his faithfulness boosts

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our confidence no matter the situation. All right.
So we have discussion questions for this section.

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And we’ll go over those on a high level and then I
would encourage you this week to kind of dive into

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these as you have time. It says number one, What are
you grateful for? Take some time to list out every

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single thing that comes to mind. Two, rest is a
reaction to something that makes us feel safe. How

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do the power and authority of God help lead you
to rest well? Three, we counter spiritual Amnesia

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by recalling what God has done for us in the past
what has he done for you that you can stand firm

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upon? And four, what is the current soundtrack of
your mind? Are you listening to songs of worship

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or songs of worry? What do they sound like? That’s
all for this episode. Thank you for watching! If you

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Show Notes

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In this episode, we discuss Who Needs to be Awake All Night. This is part of a study inspired by Winning the War on Worry by Louie Giglio. Each week, we take concepts from Louie Giglio’s book, Winning the War on Worry, and apply them to brain health.

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