Beat the Heat Summer Devotional

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Beat The Heat!

Julia Bettencourt

Posted June 26, 2014


...the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.  Psalm 121:5

Here in California we are doing pretty good so far with the heat for the beginning of summer.  It's only been in the low or mid 90's lately but pretty soon I know the summer heat will be unbearable.  There are always things we can do though to cool off from the heat.

The heat of the world can beat down on us too.  We've got to protect ourselves from it.  Here are a few ways to beat the heat!


Spend Time in the Shade.

One of the first things we can do if we are outside and it is hot is to get into the shade.  As Christians the best place to spend time in the shade is to spend time with the Lord in prayer and praise.  We need to just sit at His feet and talk to Him.  When we are there up close to the Lord it cools us down.  The Lord protects us.


The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
  Psalm 121:5,6



Hydrate.

The next thing to do to cool off is to stay hydrated.  We need to drink in lots of water.  Here we are with all that heat of the world beating down on us and it takes so much out of us. It dries us out.  What better way to quench our thirst than by reading and studying the Word of God?  We need to memorize it and really reflect on it for a while.


As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?   Psalm 42:1,2

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.  Psalm 63:1



Slow Down.

When we are out in that heat just slowing down a little can help keep the sun from draining us.  As Christians, we have to take the time to slow down and think before we get into trouble with our tongue and our actions.  We don't want to become hot-headed.


Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.  James 1:19



Fan Yourself.

We fan ourselves when it is hot to stir up the air.  We feel cooler with a breeze hitting our faces.  Just that little bit of air can revive you when it is hot.


Allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us can revive us too.  When we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us it will strengthen us and give us that boost we need.

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.   Ephesians 3:16



Avoid Strenuous Activity.

When it is three digit temperatures out there it is not the best time to go doing all the heavy labor things out of doors.  We have to avoid that type of activity on days of extreme high heat.  Those kind of conditions dehydrate us, strains our body, and makes us weak.


What kind of things dehydrate us as Christians?  What keeps us from reaching our full potential when it comes to serving Christ?  We have to avoid that extreme heat that we will experience when we get near sin. Sin will burn you.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13



Conclusion:

We have all seen on the news what can happen when careless people leave their pets or even their children in extreme heat in a car.  We cringe and wonder how anyone in their right mind could do that but how careless are we with our lives?  Do we expose ourselves to the extreme heat of sin?

I know I need to get in and cool out in the shade.  I need to stay close to the Lord more; be refreshed with His word and allow the Lord to lead.  I need that cooling off and lifting up that only Christ can give.


So, what are you doing to beat the heat?


Copyright ©2014 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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