Ephesians 2:8 says that it’s only by grace that we have been saved. There is a new movie coming out in February 2011 called “The Grace Card” that speaks to the need for grace and forgiveness in our lives.
P.S. If you’re wondering why I choose to talk about TV shows and movies, it’s because there is a message in everything around us, IF we choose to pay attention. The things that we are most familiar with can minister volumes.
Many times, we are looking forward to a restful nights sleep, but how often do you get it? There can be many distractions to keep you from getting sleep, but they usually fall into one of three categories:
- Physical – Occasionally, the food we eat will cause us discomfort that keeps us from sleeping. Other than that, it could be the people you live with making so much racket that you can’t get any shut-eye! Resolve any issues and arguments before you go to sleep. We are reminded in Ephesians 4:26 ”When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down.”
- Mental – There are so many movies and TV shows out there that can entertain anyone, but all are not wise for the believer to watch. Before you go to bed, make sure you haven’t seen anything that would be disturbing to your sleep.
- Spiritual – When was the last time that you assessed the atmosphere in your home? What about in your bedroom? What was the television playing all day while you were gone? What music was on while you were out? Words create an atmosphere. In order to alleviate a negative atmosphere, play the Word on CD (even the dollar store has Bible CDs now) or play worship music or even leave the gospel channel on.
Psalm 4:8 reminds us ”In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust”. Do not neglect prayer before bedtime (and when you wake). Spending time in prayer and meditation with the Father causes us to rely on Him.