In the midst of adverse circumstances, you can react to those circumstances or you can proactively respond by doing what God’s Word instructs you to do.

today i will choose joyJames 1:2 (NKJV)
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.

Trials are negative circumstances that will inevitably occur in your life.  Your reaction to negative circumstances can make you feel defeated and depressed.  Your proactive response to negative circumstances can resolve your problems and develop your character.  As a child of God, you have God’s help to turn your negative circumstances into a lesson in developing character.  During your Christian walk you will develop character, regardless of whether or not you want to.  The only issue is how many times you will repeat the lesson before you learn it and move on.  Always remember, times of trials are times of growth.

Some people want to have a pity party when they encounter negative circumstances.  The cause of their negative, miserable attitude is their refusal to act on God’s Word and count it all joy.  Some people consider their feelings and emotions to be more important than what is written in God’s Master Success BookSome people insist on acting out however they happen to feel, but stubbornly retaining a bad attitude causes God’s power to remain idle in the lives of those who always react instead of respond.  Heaven responds when God’s children count it all joy, not when they bellyache and complain.  God’s Master Success Book exhorts you to keep your attitude positive and to be joyful during your trials.

The challenge to living a life of faith comes when negative circumstances attempt to rob you of your joy.  Make a decision to start using your new habit of counting it all joy when you experience trials and negative circumstances.  Many people have been conditioned to react negatively to negative circumstances.  When you continue to react to negative circumstances instead of counting it all joy, you keep getting more of those negative circumstances.  However, your joy is not dependent on your circumstances; your joy is dependent on following the instructions in God’s Word.

Your joy thermostat is set by the way you are thinking, what you are saying, and how you are acting.  The instructions for obtaining joy in your life are found in God’s Master Success Book.  You can increase the amount of joy in your life by spending more time with God and more time meditating on God’s Word.  As you continually think, speak, and act according to the principles in God’s Master Success Book your joy will soar.

I talk more about how to respond to circumstances instead of always reacting to them in my book, Beyond Positive Thinking: Success and Motivation in the Scriptures.  When you order one or more books this week, I will include a FREE Beyond Positive Thinking companion CD with each book purchase as my way of saying “Thanks” for supporting this ministry!  Click here to order