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Genesis 29:31 And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.

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Background Scripture: Psalm 91:1-6

Memory Verse: When you lie down, you will not be afraid. When you rest, your sleep will be peaceful. Proverbs 3:24 ERV

“Help! Help! Help!” Byron cried out.

“Byron! Byron! Wake up! Wake up!” his parents called to him. It was just after midnight when he started to cry out. As with many other nights, they rushed to his side to wake him from the terror that haunted him.

Suddenly, Byron’s eyes flew open. For a moment, he looked around wildly. It was dark except for the light coming from the hallway. In front of his bed, kneeled two shadowy figures. When his eyes adjusted, he recognized his parents immediately, leaped toward them, and hugged their necks tightly.

“I’m sorry, Dad. It happened again.”

His mom soothed him, “It’s okay Byron. You’re okay,” she said, as she squeezed him.

“Yes, it’s okay, son. Another nightmare?” his dad questioned already knowing the answer.

Byron shook his head yes. They had tried everything it seemed, but the nightmares kept coming back.

“Okay. We’re going to try something different. I’ll be back.” His father stood up and left the room. His mother continued to soothe him. When his father returned, he had the family bible in one hand and pen and paper in his other hand.

“Okay, son. This is what we’re going to do. First, we are going to write down five scriptures that fight against fear because God does not want us to be afraid. Then, you are going to read these scriptures every night before going to bed. And as you fall asleep, you keep this bible and those scriptures next to you. From this night forward, you will not have any more nightmares.”

“Are you sure, Dad? Do you think it will work?”

“I know it will work. Do you trust me?”

Byron shook his head yes.

“Okay, so let’s do this. Do you have a favorite scripture that fights against fear?”

“Hmm?” Byron thought aloud “What about 2 Timothy 1:7? God does not give us a spirit of fear….”

“Ooh, that’s a good one Byron,” his mother said. “Write that down.”

Byron wrote 2 Timothy 1:7 down on his paper.

“What about Isaiah 41:10?” his dad asked. “It reminds us that God is with us. And another good one is Psalm 56:3-4. It reminds us to trust God when fear tries to take over.”

Byron wrote the scriptures on his paper.

“Another good scripture is Psalm 27:1,” his mother said. “In that scripture, we are reminded that God is our light and we have nothing to fear.”

Byron wrote the scripture on his paper.

“I just need one more! Is there a scripture that talks about being brave?”

His parents thought for a moment. “Joshua 1:9,” they said at the same time. They all laughed. It was one of his parents’ favorite scriptures.

Byron wrote the scripture down.

“That’s it. That’s five.”

“Now,” his dad said, “read them out loud.”

As Byron read each scripture out loud, he felt more and more at peace.

“How do you feel?” his mom asked.

“I feel good, Mom.”

“Good. Very good. Now, it is time to rest.”

Byron tucked the scriptures inside the family bible, hugged the bible to his chest, and rested his head on his pillow. Soon, he was fast asleep. That was the last night of his nightmares. Every night, he did as his parents had said. He read the five scriptures and held the family bible during the night. Before long, he had all the scriptures memorized. After that night, he no longer had nightmares.

Thought: Introduce your night terrors to the Light – Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Father God, nightmares are another way the enemy tries to make us afraid. When nightmares terrorize us in the night, remind us of your light and help us fight against our fears with your Word. We ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen.

Challenge: Write or type out scriptures that combat fear. Make several copies. Pray and ask God to help you give the right scripture to the right person. Then, give each family member and friend one of the scriptures.

Discussion: Have you ever had nightmares before? How did you fight against them? Why do you think it is important to use scriptures to fight against nightmares?

Terror in the Night

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Genesis 28:17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”

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Genesis 28:9 So Esau went to Ishmael and took Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife in addition to the wives he had.

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Genesis 27:36 And Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?”

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Genesis 26:34-35 When Esau was forty years old, he took as wives Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35 And they were a grief of mind to Isaac and Rebekah.

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Genesis 26:22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, because he said, "For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land."

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Genesis 26:28 But they said, "We have certainly seen that the LORD is with you. So we said, 'Let there now be an oath between us, between you and us; and let us make a covenant with you,"

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Genesis 26:14 for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.
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