What is Your Response?

The decisions we make can often stem from our response to life happening around us. Our reaction to certain situations are directly affected by our circumstances in that moment. What is your reaction to the current season that you are experiencing? How are you replying to what life is throwing at you? So often it is easy for us to become frazzled by life’s tough times. Consequently, our response can become ritualistic or even robotic. We either respond in faith or fear. Is faith your first reply? Maybe it is time to reset and refresh our responses and reactions to life’s conditions. Maybe we need to rewire the position of our heart in how we answer to the challenges we face. With God, we can learn to retrain our old thinking to faith thinking.

Your heart’s position is what will hinder or help you when responding to the environment around you. How is your heart? God cannot heal what you ignore. God cannot help you in what you pretend is not an issue. By fixing our heart’s settings, we can learn to have a better response to life happening around us. There is a reaction for everything. Your response can either produce fruit or doubt. God desires your reaction to be one of faith and trust. Even though your circumstances may be unchanging, by altering your response you gain the power to recognize that God is still in control of that moment. When you are in the middle of opposition, choose to endorse the good that God is doing. Shifting your focus back on Him will help you to respond by faith. It does not mean that your first response will always be faith-based, but God sees your progression in how you answer to the difficulty that may be surrounding you.

Whatever your season may look like right now, you can anchor yourself in encouragement by replying with the faithfulness and goodness of God. You will not have control over what happens to you in life, but you absolutely have influence and control of how you react. What is the stance of the attitude that you are exuding? Is your response rooted in a sound mind? You will not get it right every single time, but truly binding your heart in Christ will help you to grow in your first response to what life is presenting you. Let your reply be fruitful and marked by thankfulness.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” -Matthew 5:8

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” -Jeremiah 17:7-8

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” -Psalm 51:10

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