I'm not sure how common this experience is, but I remember how paralysing this experience was to me. I’m not quite sure why it happened but what I did know was, it was not a panic attack- it's a spiritual warfare.
As I tried to fall back to sleep, a timely bible verse came to mind - "God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7). I'm sure you would have seen this verse before... but have you fully reflected upon what this really mean?
You need not to be afraid NO MORE because HE has given us POWER, LOVE, and a SOUND MIND!
Do not be destroyed by a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Know that you have been given great authority and power through Christ. Stand. Remember, God spoke, and things came into being (Genesis 1:3). Speak forth what you want to see, what is in line with the will of God, and what is pleasing in His sight. The tongue has the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21), and what you say to your mountain matters (Mark 11:23)! You know those times when you wish your friend will stand up against the bully? This is it. You have the authority and the power. Use it.
You have a great Heavenly Father. HE created Heaven and Earth, and stretched out His hands. Your Father is the Lord God Almighty. He loves you so much and so personally He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to save you from darkness (John 3:16). Through Christ, YOU are His beloved, in whom He is well pleased (Matthew 3:17). He knew you and formed you before you even came into existence (Jeremiah 1:5)! You need not fear because His perfect Love cast out all fear (1John 4:18).
3. A Sound Mind
The bible says that we have the Mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) and we have to renew it daily (Romans 12:2). What the world says about you doesn't matter. Stay vigilant and be very mindful of what you let into your mind; what you believe in. Ask instead, what does God say about you? about your circumstances? What are His promises for you? Hold on to them. Tightly. You will always make the right decision with the Mind of Christ.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.
-Jia Lin Ang