ML-7 - Spiritual Insomnia
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The psalmist said, “I will not give sleep to my eyes nor slumber to my
eyelids until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the God of
Jacob,” Psalm 132:4-5.
Have you ever had insomnia, maybe a night where you just laid in
bed and could not go to sleep no matter what? Did you know that in the
Bible there is one type of insomnia that is actually good for you? Stay
focused and we'll find out exactly what that is.
When the psalmist said, “I will not give sleep to my eyes nor slumber
to my eyelids until I find a place for God.” He emphasized that putting God
even before sleep was something that was needed in one's life.
When you think about insomnia, all of us have had times in our life
where we laid in bed desiring, longing, begging to go to sleep even and you
couldn't and how miserable that is! Maybe you've tried it all, counting sheep
whatever it may be, and nothing worked. In Scripture David, or the psalmist
actually says, ‘I'm going to have insomnia, or I'm not going to go to sleep
until I find a place for the Lord.’
What's interesting is sometimes in the Bible there were people who
were asleep physically, and they were also asleep spiritually. They hadn't
found a place for God in their life yet. Think about Saul and 1 Samuel 27:6.
He was asleep both physically and spiritually. He wasn't where he needed
to be. He was running from God. Think about Jonah. Jonah 1:5, in the
midst of that great storm Jonah is asleep physically and spiritually. And
then think about the disciples in Matthew 26, as Jesus is in the garden
praying, the disciples are sleeping. Jesus said, “Could you not watch with
me one hour?” Sleeping not ready physically or spiritually at that moment.
As we think about those examples and as we think about the need to find a
place for God, first place for God in our life, even before sleep, let's ask
ourselves some questions today.
Are we sometimes sleeping spiritually? Have we really found at place
for God in our life? Well, that question begs another question. What place
will God accept in my life and yours? Will God accept any place in my life?
Would He accept last-place? Does He want to be in the middle? What
place does God ask for in my life and yours?
Well Friend as David said, “I will not rest till I find a dwelling place for
God, for the Lord.” We know what that place is, in Matthew 6:33 Jesus
said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these
things be added unto you.” What place does God want and ask for my life
and yours? First place. Philippians 1:21 Paul said, “For to me to live is
Christ and to die is gain.” Think about the words of Jesus as He
emphasized what Christianity is all about, “If any man desires to come after
Me,” Jesus said “Let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow
Me.” What place does God deserve in my life and yours? First place. When
David said, “I'll not give sleep to my eyes nor slumber to my eyelids until I
find a place for the Lord.” Friend that emphasizes we've got to make sure
that God has first place in our life.
You know when we think about David finding a place for the Lord,
David or the writer there the Psalms, is talking about building a house for
God and a place of worship and putting God above all else. Where is it
today that God dwells? We're not talking about building a temple, we’re not
talking about the tabernacle, and we’re not talking about some building
somewhere. Where does God dwell at today? The Bible says in Acts
7:48-50 that, “God does not dwell in temples made with hands,” as a
prophet says. “Heaven is My throne, earth is My footstool what how shall
you build for Me?” Says Lord, “Has not My hand made all these things?”
And so, we're not talking about building a physical place for God.
We’re talking about letting God dwell in our lives. “Christ in you, the hope of
glory,” Colossians 1:27. And think about the words of 1 Corinthians
6:19-20, “Do you not know your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is
in you whom you have from God? You're not your own. You're bought at a
price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are His.”
As we think about finding that place for God, that that good case of
spiritual insomnia, let's realize we've got to make sure that in our life God
comes first. That He's living in us through our life, and through our actions,
and that even before a good night’s rest, God must come first. Well how
then do we find a place for God?
You know, when we think about this question, naturally we want to
ask will we find a place for God in our life?
David sought diligently to find that place of worship and that place of
habitation for God. Will we have that same mindset? Remember, “It's Christ
in us that is the hope of glory,” Colossians 1:27. He is the one who has
preeminence in all things, Colossians 1:15-18; and we need to let Him have
first place in our life. How then does a person find that place for God in his
Well it begins naturally with obedience to the gospel. How do you
give God first place in your life? Initially by obedience to God's commands,
by doing what He says, Matthew 7:21. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you
love Me keep My commandments.” Friend maybe you've said to yourself, ‘I
want to give God first place in my life. I want to find a place for God in my
life.’ The place God desires is first place.
How do you let God into your life? By obeying the gospel of Christ.
Friend how does one do that? Throughout the Bible we're clearly taught
what the plan of salvation initially is: to let God into one's life. Have you
heard the message about Jesus as the Son of God? Jesus Himself said in
John 8:24, “Unless you believe that I'm He, you'll surely die in your sins.”
Do you really believe Christ is God's Son? That He is the Savior of
the world? That “He is the way, the truth, and the life and that nobody
comes to the Father except through Him,” John 14:6? If you believe that,
would you get the other things out of your life that are keeping God from
coming first? Would you repent? Jesus said in Luke chapter 13:3, “Unless
you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Well are willing to turn from sin and
turn to God, Acts 3:19? Would you confess the beautiful name of Jesus
before men? The Ethiopian eunuch did. ‘I believe with all my heart that
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God,’ Acts 8:37-39. And it was
Jesus who said in Matthew 10:32-33, “You won't confess Me before men
neither will I confess you before the Father who is in heaven, but if you will
confess Me before men, I'll also confess you before my Father.” Having
confessed the beautiful name of Jesus, to get God in the right place in our
life, are we willing to be baptized for the remission of our sins?
Think for just a moment with me about him, a man who had to get
some things out of his way to really get God first, that man's name was
Saul of Tarsus. He'd been doing a lot of things he thought were right, that
were contrary to the will of God: Holding the coats of those who stoned
Stephen in Acts 7, dragging men and women who were of the faith into
prison in Acts 8, wreaking havoc on the Lord's church, and yet with letters
given to him, authority given to him, by the high priest he is now headed to
Damascus to do the same thing. Jesus confronts Saul. “Saul Saul why you
persecuting?” “Who are you Lord?” “I'm Jesus whom you are persecuting
it's hard for you to kick against the goads.” And Paul says Saul says, “Lord
what would you have me to do?” “You go into the city it'll be told you what
you must do.” What was that must that was essential for Saul in Acts 22?
As Saul recounts his own conversion in verse number 16, God sent a man
to Saul by the name of Ananias. And Ananias came to Saul and he said,
“Saul, Saul why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, wash away your
sins calling on the name of the Lord.” Sins are washed away, all the evil
and ungodliness is removed by the blood of Jesus, and God's given first
place in our life, as we obey the gospel which includes being immersed in
water for the forgiveness of our sins.
But it doesn't stop there. How else do we find a place for God in our
life? Initially, by obedience to the gospel. We also let God have first place in
our life by living for Him each and every day. That's what God wants, God
wants me and He wants you; and He wants every one of His children to
give Him first place by living for him that's how simple Christianity is.
Galatians 2:20 Paul said, “I've been crucified with Christ, no longer I who
live Christ who lives in me. The life which I now live in the flesh, I live by
faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” To really let
God have first place means, I want to live for Him 100% every day.
Romans 12:1 Paul said, “I beg you by the mercies of God that you present
your bodies a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God which is your
reasonable service.” “Being faithful until death,” Revelation 2:10. Put God
first above all else.
Now there is another area that we want to mention as well, not only to
give God first place do I have to initially obey the gospel, not only to give
God first place do I have to live for Him every day, but we also want you to
consider this: if you're a child of God and you know God doesn't have first
place in your life and you realize you're in sin, friend the Bible teaches to
give God back that first place, you must confess and repent of that sin.
Proverbs 28:13 clearly says if we're willing to confess God himself will
forgive of our sins. The Bible says in Psalm 66:18, “If I regard iniquity in my
heart the Lord will not hear. If we walk in the light as He is in the light we
have fellowship one with another and the blood of His Son Jesus Christ
cleanses us from all sin.” If we say we have no sin, we make God a liar. If
we confess our sins, He's faithful and just to forgive us our sins and
cleanse us from all iniquity.
And so maybe at one point in your life, God did have first place and
that place has been overtaken by something else. Friend you've got to be
willing to confess those wrongs and to repent of them and give God the first
place that He deserves in our life.
Now let's ask another question as it is related to a good case of
having a good case of spiritual insomnia, seeking above all else even sleep
to let God have first place. Let's ask the question: Does God in my life and
yours have first place as it comes to worship?
You know a lot of people in this life worship a lot of things. They put
them first. They give them priority. They let them have preeminence over all
else. Let's realize that God, above all else, deserves our worship, our
adoration, and our praise. Do you remember the words of 1 Samuel
15:21-22? Saul came to or Samuel came to King Saul, who had just sinned
against God, by trying to put himself in the place of the priest. He said,
“Behold to obey is better than the sacrifice and to heed than the fat of
rams.” Friend if I'm going to serve God and worship Him, it's better to obey
than to just simply do what I want to do. Worshiping God, just going out,
and worshiping God however you want to, that's not what God wants. God
wants us to obey Him and worship Him acceptably, Hebrews 12:28-29.
How do we do that? By worshiping in spirit and in truth. Would we have our
heart, whole heart, soul, mind, and strength engaged in worship, 1
Corinthians 14:15; and if we're worshiping according to the principles of
God in this book. So does God have first place in our worship? By
worshiping the way God wants us to worship, not men. Jesus said as He
thought about the devil's temptation, in Matthew 4:9-10 He said, “You shall
worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.”
Are we worshiping God only, putting Him first? Is worship really of a
priority to us? Do we get there on time? Are we getting everything we ought
to out of worship by putting in our best? Do we make sure that we don't let
anything get in the way of us forsaking the assembly of the saints, Hebrews
10:25? Do we have the mindset of David? When David said in Psalm
122:1, “I was glad when they said, ‘let us go into the house the Lord’”? And
so, God needs first place in my worship.
God also needs first place in our finances. Now friend I hope you'll
listen real carefully, we're not talking about begging you for money today.
We're talking about you giving to worship in your part of worshiping God on
the local congregational level, that's the sense in which the Bible does
speak about giving as relates to the Christian on the first day of the week.
Does God find first place in our finances as we worship Him? Now realize,
I'm only a steward and you're only a steward. As stewards we've been
entrusted with what God has given us, 1 Corinthians 4:1-4. If you think
about yourself as a steward, just a manager, just an overseer, just one, and
in charge of it really; it doesn't belong to me. I've got what I've got, and I'm
helping oversee that for the good of God. That's the mentality we have. Yet
too many times we think of our finances, we think of our stuff as, “mine.”
None of it's really “mine.” None of it's really “yours.” We're simply stewards
of God's. As a steward, I've got to be found faithful, 1 Corinthians 4:1-2. I'll
be judged as to how I give stewardship over what God has given me. And
Jesus clearly taught us the right mindset for giving. “Give and it will be
given you.” What do you mean Lord? “Good measure pressed down,
shaken together running over will be and put back in your bosom.”
God expects me to give cheerfully, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7. When you
think about putting God letting Him have first place in our finances, we see
a great example of that in Luke 21. Do you remember the poor widow?
Here's the scene and the setting. Jesus is sitting opposite of the treasury,
and He's watching all the people putting money as they come. And the rich
who had much put in with great pomp and esteem and everybody saw how
much they put in. It made a loud noise in; and they wanted to see what
everybody thought how body felt when they put that large amount in. And
then this poor widow comes by ‘clink clink’ just two two mites, two little
sounds in that coffer. And Jesus said, “She gave more than all.” What do
you mean? She gave more than all.” She just gave two mites. They put in a
bunch; they gave out of their abundance. She gave out of her poverty.
They gave out of their overflow. She gave where it hurt, that woman was
honored and will be honored for now to eternity for her putting God first in
her finances. “Will a man rob God?” Malachi said. Yet many have robbed
God today by not giving Him first place in their finances. Habakkuk 1:6 God
said of the Israelites, that their failure to put God first was like putting
money in a bag with a hole in it. It just didn't work out well for them. What
they put in wasn't coming back, because they weren’t putting God first. And
they weren't giving God their best.
And so, we want to ask ourselves where is God in our budget? Are
we giving to the local congregation? Are we letting God have priority in our
life as we give to the local congregation on the first day the week?
According 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, we're to give every first day the week just
as Christians in the First Century did. We want to give liberally, cheerfully,
and give back to the greatest cause in the world, the cause of Almighty
God and serving Him.
Then let's ask another question about putting God first in our lives.
Will God find first place in our speech? Will our speech be what God really
wants it to be? Ephesians 4:15 tells us how to speak. “I am to speak the
truth.” There's the content in love, there's the nature. Does God have first
place in my speech? Am I following in the footsteps of Jesus as I speak 1
Peter 2:21? You know our speech is to be with grace seasoned with salt,
so that we may know how to answer every person, Colossians 4:26.
When we think about letting God have first place in our speech, not
only does it mean I've got to speak in a way that isn't contrary to the will of
God, not only would it include saying vulgar things, and using foul language
and things related to that, but if I'm going to let God have first place in my
speech, do I realize I've got to speak about God? Letting God have first
place with my speech and with my tongue means that I'm going to let
things about God naturally flow out of my mouth.
The Lord does not need any silent partners. He's got way too many
already. The Lord needs people who will stand up and speak out and put
Him first in their speech. Remember Matthew 9:36? Jesus looked out on
the fields on the people and at the He said to His disciples, “The harvest is
plentiful, but the laborers are few. Pray the Lord of hosts, He'll send out
laborers into His vineyard.” What's He talking about? Fields and wheat?
Not really. Jesus is talking about souls who were ready to obey God and
hear the message. Friend isn't that our commission and our mission? Mark
16:15 Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel unto every
creature.” We're to go to every nation, baptizing them in the name of the
Father the Son and the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things
commanded us; Matthew 28:18-20.
And so if we're going to put God first, I’ve got to be willing to stand
up, speak out, and to say something about the Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. “I want to proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness
into His marvelous light,” 1 Peter 2:9.
But you know, when we think about really letting God have first place
in our life, let's make it even maybe a little more practical. Are we letting
God have first place in our homes? Isaiah 39:44 the question was asked,
“What did they find in your house?” God asked of Hezekiah, “What will we
find in your house?” What'd they find in the house of God? What was
missing? There were there things that weren't in order. Friend what will
God find in our house? In our homes?
The home is a place that is designed to glorify God. Genesis 2:24 the
Bible teaches, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, be
joined to his wife that the two shall become one flesh.” And that home, that
family, that unique unit is designed to help one another bring honor and
glory to God in this life.
What about in the home, the relationship between husband and wife?
Are we glorifying God in that relationship? Are we treating our spouses like
we ought to treat them, Ephesians 5:21-31? Are we really being honorable
and loving toward them? Are we being respectful toward one another, 1
Peter 3:1-7? Are we really having the type of marriage that God wants us to
have? Husbands are you being leaders in the home like God wants you to
be? Wives are you being the keeper of the home and Queen of the home
as God has designed? Children are you obeying your parents in the Lord
for this is right, Ephesians 6:1-4?
But you know as we think about these ideas, there's a whole host of
different ways we could think about: Is God finding first place in our life?
But the most important is God finding first place in our life as it relates to
Have I really taken the initiative? Have I really taken time to make
sure that I look at things in the proper scope that is through the lens of
eternity? Do I realize that life is so brief? “What is your life but a vapor, here
for a little while then it vanishes away,” James 4:14. Am I viewing this life
as my one opportunity to get right with God?
If you've never obeyed the gospel word, we're begging you, we're
urging you today, don't go to bed tonight until you get your life right with
Now friend, that naturally is going to include considering and thinking
about the consequences of sin. Sin separates a man from God. Our sins
separate us from the holy loving God. And, “the soul who sins, he'll surely
die in that sin,” Ezekiel 18:4. “The wages of sin is death,” Romans 6:23. If
one doesn't obey the gospel, lives in sin, dies in sin, the Bible teaches he'll
be separated from God forever. If that's one’s state, sleep is not the top
priority. Getting right with God ought to be the top priority.
But the good news and the remedy for that situation is found in
Jesus. When Jesus came into the world it was said, “You shall call His
name Jesus. He will save His people from their sins,” Matthew 1:19 -21.
We encourage you today, if you've not found first place in your life for
God, won't you do that? If that means you need to obey the gospel, then
friend clear the other things out of the way and simply obey God's plan of
Hear the word of God, believe in Christ as God's Son, repent of those
things, those wrongs in your life that you know are not right, and be
immersed in water for the forgiveness of your sins, Acts 22:16.
If as a child of God, you know there are things that you need to clear
out, clear those out whatever the case. Do what David did; don't give sleep
to your eyes until you find a place for the Lord in your life.
Study Questions for: “Motivational Lesson 7”
1. In Psalm 132:4-5, the psalmist won’t do what until he finds a place for
2. What should we seek according to Matthew 6:33?
3. In Colossians 1:27 it records, “Christ in you the hope of ___________.”
4. Who has preeminence in all things according to Colossians 1:15-18?
5. According to John 14:15, if we love Jesus what must we do?
6. What must we believe according to John 8:24?
7. How can we come to the Father according to John 14:6?
8. If we confess Jesus before men, what will He do according to Matthew
9. Who shall we serve and worship according to Matthew 4:9-10?
10. According to 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, how shall we give?