The Power of Intercession

By Linda Tancs

Bishop and missionary Charles H. Brent observed that “intercessory prayer might be defined as loving our neighbor on our knees.” Indeed, interceding for others through prayer is an act of love, consistent with the commandment to love one’s neighbor (Mark 12:31). The Bible gives us several examples of intercessory prayer, one of the most prominent being Jesus’s prayer for his executioners (Luke 23:34). How often do you offer intercessory prayers? Do you offer them for your neighbors, friends, colleagues, family—and even your foes?

Who can you pray for right now?

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A Clean Slate

By Linda Tancs

When you’re open to new learning or experiences, you might refer to your mind as a blank, or clean, slate. The concept goes back to ancient Rome, where a slate was used for writing, and rewriting was accomplished by warming the wax atop the slate until the words could be erased. Then you’d end up with a “clean slate.”

Scripture encourages a clean slate for your mind. One of the most popular expressions of this is Paul’s exhortation to renew your mind (Romans 12:2). This renewal is the adoption of God’s Word above man’s word, which leads to peace, understanding and discernment (Hebrews 4:12). It’s the means by which we grow in our relationship with God and meet the needs of others.

Are you ready for a clean slate?

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Mind of the Staircase

By Linda Tancs

The French expression “esprit de l’escalier” literally means “mind of the staircase.” It refers to that comeback, response or witty remark that one frustratingly comes up with only when the moment for doing so has passed. No doubt you’ve been there. And, in many cases, it undoubtedly worked out for the best. How many hard feelings may have been averted simply for lacking mastery of the comeback? As Proverbs instructs, life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Don’t be quick to applaud those who are never left without a response. It can be a curse just as easily as a blessing (James 3:9-10).

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Live Like You Were Dying

By Linda Tancs

How would you live if you knew you were dying? That’s the gist of the hit Tim McGraw song, “Live Like You Were Dying.” In a certain sense, we’re all living as if we were dying. After all, each day expended brings us one step closer to physical death. And in a spiritual sense, every Christian aims to die to self, a reckoning that occurs day after day (Ephesians 4:20-24). That means rejecting things like malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander (1 Peter 2:1), living for the will of God rather than for human passions that bear no eternal fruit (1 Peter 4:1-2; Luke 9:23-24). Do you live as if you were dying?

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Rejoice in Others

By Linda Tancs

You may be familiar with the concept of Schadenfreude, a satisfaction derived from someone else’s misfortune. It’s as old as time. The prophet Jeremiah was acutely aware of it, noting that his “friends” were on the watch for any misstep (Jeremiah 20:10). Maybe you’ve experienced it—at home, at work, online. It’s an act of betrayal, and it hurts. Nonetheless, the Lord commands that we love our enemies, do good to those who hate or mistreat us (Luke 6:27-28). Rejoice in others, even when it hurts. God will extend to you the same mercy that you extend to others (Matthew 6:12).

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A Rock and a Hard Place

By Linda Tancs

The expression “between a rock and hard place” refers to a dilemma, a situation offering at least two possibilities, neither of which is acceptable. The ancient Israelites knew all about being between a rock and a hard place. Once they were freed from slavery in Egypt, Pharaoh decided to recapture them. That’s when the Israelites found themselves between a rock (Pharaoh) and a hard place (the Red Sea) before God separated the waters and led them through (Exodus 14:10-31). God was the Rock delivering them through a hard place.

So it is with us. We’re not “betwixt and between.” He brings us through.

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Coming and Going

By Linda Tancs

Archbishop Fulton Sheen said that the whole of Christian life comprises coming and going. In Christ, we’re first summoned to come to Him (Matthew 11:28). We’re meant to be united to Him (Isaiah 62:5). Then, through that union, we’re meant to go and make disciples of all the nations (Matthew 28:19). We spend much of our lives coming and going in the everyday sense. It’s often exhausting. There’s a different way of coming and going, and it’s exhilarating.

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Easy Street

By Linda Tancs

I saw a commercial vehicle on the highway with an address on Easy Street. That made me think about the phrase “on easy street,” living a life of ease. It also brought to mind Jesus’s admonition against pursuing the wide road that leads to destruction, an eschatological reference implying that those who choose easy ways (to feel good in the moment) face separation from God (Matthew 7:13). Easy Street often evokes consumption, pleasures and distractions. It can be a place of temptation, a place fostering bitterness, revenge, anger, frustration, greed and unforgiveness. There’s no room for the Spirit there. That’s why Jesus promotes the straight and narrow road. It might not be easy, but it leads to a better life (Galatians 5:22-23).

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Safety of the Ark

By Linda Tancs

In Noah’s day, God commanded him to build an ark to save himself and his family from God’s destruction of the world due to its sinfulness (Genesis 6:9–9:19). The bosom of the ark served as God’s bosom. Today we don’t need a wooden ark to serve as a bosom. Jesus is our ark. He delivers us from judgment, just as the ark did for Noah’s clan (John 3:16). Do you have the same faith in Christ that Noah had in the ark? Let your hope in Him anchor your soul (Hebrews 6:19).

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Fly Like an Eagle

By Linda Tancs

Every animal has a hard-wired nature toward one thing or another. Foxes dig holes, birds fly and so on. I’m particularly enchanted watching birds soar through the air. Aside from air flight and paragliding, human flight doesn’t light a candle to bird flight. In fact, watching birds fly makes me think about how much humans “stay put.” Whether through inaction or necessity, maybe you’re staying put right now, unable to soar. That’s not your nature—nor a bird’s. You were made to mount up with wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31). There’s a song entitled “Fly Like an Eagle” by Steve Miller. It started out as a political statement, but it’s just as relevant as a personal anthem. Staying put is transient; this, too, shall pass. Fly like an eagle, and let the Spirit carry you.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.