Watch Your Mouth

By Linda Tancs

Chances are, you were told as a child to “watch your mouth.” That warning meant more than you could possibly have known. After all, the Bible warns us that words matter (Matthew 12:36-37). God spoke the world into existence with His words. You can just as easily bring it down with your own. Know when to keep your mouth shut (Proverbs 10:19).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

Whose You Are

By Linda Tancs

Do you identify by your occupation? You may see yourself through that prism, but God doesn’t see us that way. He doesn’t see us as doctors, lawyers, truck drivers, you name it. He sees us as a reflection of His Son. It isn’t your “do” (your occupation) that’s important; it’s your “who” (your completeness in Christ) that matters. It’s whose you are that counts (2 Corinthians 5:21).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

Worthy or Worthless

By Linda Tancs

The Book of Job reminds us not to trust in worthless things because there’s no return on investment (Job 15:31). Is what you trust in worthless, or worthy? Worldly things are ultimately worthless—your job title, net worth, circle of friends, influence, etc. As the old saying goes, you can’t take it with you. So trust in what is worthy—the One who gives wisdom, honor, glory and blessing (Revelation 4:11).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

The Great Evacuation

By Linda Tancs

Evacuation routes are common wherever devastating weather tends to occur. But there’s another type of evacuation that takes places for believers. Commonly referred to as the Rapture, it’s God’s evacuation of His people to Heaven. Unlike earthly weather events, there will be no signs anticipating this evacuation. As the Bible explains, it will happen in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52). You won’t need a go-bag either, but you should be prepared nonetheless.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

For God Alone

By Linda Tancs

In Hebrew, a tzadik is someone who experiences only the love and awe of God, without material temptations. Jesus encourages all of us to become a tzadik (plural, tzadikim). In the story of the rich, young man, he asked Jesus what he needed to do to have eternal life. Jesus responded that he should sell all he has and follow him. The man went away sad because he had many possessions (Matthew 19:16-22). Put God first. All the rest will fall into place.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

The Finishing Work of the Cross

By Linda Tancs

As we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, take a moment to reflect on the cross. What kinds of things brought Jesus to the cross? Anger, mistrust, betrayal of friends, denial, scapegoating, institutional bias and fear, among other things. What brings you to your cross in life? Probably many of the same things. Let the redemptive message of Easter resound in your life. You, too, are an overcomer (1 John 5:4); it is finished (John 19:30).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

Rough Landings

By Linda Tancs

When we watch news footage of planes landing in bad weather, we admire the skill of the pilot in navigating less than optimal conditions. Maybe you’ve experienced a rough flight yourself, literally or figuratively. After all, life is full of rough landings: unemployment, divorce or separation, ill health. But we don’t have to pilot ourselves through it. Although a popular expression tells us that God is our co-pilot, He’s really more than that. In fact, He is the pilot (Psalm 91). He’ll land you safely.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

Truth in the Desert

By Linda Tancs

What do you expect to see when you’re in the desert? Aside from the occasional mirage or oasis, the answer is probably nothing. The desert is a barren place, a blank canvas. That may sound despairing, but it’s actually a benefit. The desert is the perfect place to draw from. It’s not a coincidence that the Bible uses the desert frequently as a place to illustrate great truths. The same is true for us. In those barren places, or moments, is where unveiling happens (Luke 7:24-30).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

A Royal Invitation

By Linda Tancs

There’s a saying among aristocrats that a royal invitation is actually a command. In other words, it’s more than just an honor to receive a monarch’s invitation to something; there’s an expectation of acceptance. When it comes to our King of kings, however, a royal invitation is just that. We’re invited into relationship with Him but it’s always our choice (Joshua 24:15). Make the right choice (Deuteronomy 30:19); don’t ignore His invitation.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

It Pays to be Humble

By Linda Tancs

The prophet Elisha’s healing of the Syrian commander Naaman from leprosy is a familiar story for many (2 Kings 5:1-15). In short, Elisha commanded Naaman to dip his body into the Jordan River seven times to be healed. Naaman resisted, yet he persisted. The story is remarkable not only for his healing from leprosy but also for its compelling message on humility. Naaman discarded the trappings of success and allowed humility to enter in, ignoring the water quality (as he perceived it) and bathing in a manner that he found unsuitable for a man of his position. Humility fostered his healing because God loves a humble heart (Proverbs 22:4). What might humility bring to you?

*************** As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.