White Noise

By Linda Tancs

The expression “white noise” refers to a background noise (like humming appliances or busy streets) that is meaningless or distracting. It’s all around us, yet some studies suggest that it harms the brain by hindering the perception of sound. You can bet that it also hinders our ability to experience the presence of God. That’s why it’s so important to be intentional about focusing on God and His ways (Psalm 119:15). Daily prayer or meditation is a good first step toward eliminating the white noise in your life, which could be just as much a relational matter as a mechanical one. Think about what “white noise” means to you. Can you eliminate or reduce its source?

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

Seeing and Believing

By Linda Tancs

You know the saying, “Seeing is believing.” To our natural senses that may be true but not to our spiritual senses. As the late evangelist Oswald Chambers once said, “Seeing is never believing. We interpret what we see in the light of what we believe.” For instance, if you believe in a God of miracles, you’re likely to interpret an inexplicable healing as an act of God’s grace rather than look for a scientific explanation. The apostle Thomas is a classic case of someone who followed the adage “seeing is believing” because he refused to believe in the Lord’s resurrection until he saw Him for himself (John 20:27-29). Don’t have an unbelieving heart (Hebrews 3:12). The more you believe, the more your faith will increase.

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

Faith is An Engine

By Linda Tancs

Evangelist John Blanchard once said, “Faith is the engine driving all our actions.” I like thinking of faith as an engine. An engine is a vehicle’s main source of power. You won’t have motion without it, so it’s important to maintain the engine. Lift up the hood of your soul and take a look at the engine. What kind of shape is it in?

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

The Lightness of Being

By Linda Tancs

English writer and theologian G.K. Chesterton once remarked, “A characteristic of the great saints is their power of levity. Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.” When we take ourselves lightly—in other words, throw off worldly concerns and the heaviness of the ego—then we, too, can experience a lightness of being. Empty yourself of self-regard and pour yourself into others: love, serve, comfort, counsel (Acts 9:36). Heavy is the soul that focuses on itself. Opt for levity instead.

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

Priests, Prophets and Kings

By Linda Tancs

In the Old Testament, only priests, prophets and kings were anointed. With the coming of Jesus, He performed all of these functions through his Father’s anointing. Consequently, through our baptism, we likewise are anointed priests, prophets and kings (see, e.g., Revelation 1:6). We share in His priestly vocation as representatives of God and ambassadors for Christ. We also share in His prophetic office by speaking the Word of God and witnessing to others. In performing both of these offices, we serve others, much as one of royal rank is obliged to be a public servant. Think about how you fulfill these offices in your own life. Where can you come up higher?

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

Wonderment

By Linda Tancs

The poet William Wordsworth exclaimed, “Go forth into the light of things; let nature be your teacher.” That theme is illustrated by Psalm 104, which meditates on the natural world and God’s care for it. The psalmist marvels at the rhythm of the sun and moon, the behaviors in the animal kingdom, the life-giving properties of water. The wonderment underlying this psalm leads to a greater appreciation of the One who created the Earth. Wordsworth was right: nature is our teacher. It teaches us to seek after God.

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

It’s No Coincidence

By Linda Tancs

Dictionaries usually define coincidence as two or more events coming together in a surprising, unexpected way without an obvious causal explanation. Did you know that there’s no word for coincidence in Hebrew? The reasoning is that everything is divinely orchestrated, a belief supported in the Bible. After all, it tells us that every hair on our head is numbered (Luke 12:7) and every day recorded in His book (Psalm 139:16). If God knows every moment and characteristic of your life, then how could anything be coincidental? Think of those moments in your life when someone, or something, seemed to come at just the right time. Do you think of that as happenstance? Coincidence? What you see is not all that you get. What seems so random is actually perfectly controlled by the Creator, the governor of the heavens, the earth and the universe. 

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

God’s Instruction Manual

By Linda Tancs

Have you ever ignored an instruction manual? Maybe you’ve never bothered to read that appliance manual or assembled something without reading the instructions. Chances are, on at least one occasion, it wasn’t a very good idea. Imagine doing the same with God’s instruction manual, the Bible. Everything you could ever want to know about navigating life is in there, so it’s not a good idea to do without it. In fact, Solomon says that it’s better than silver or gold (Proverbs 8:10), which we know are valuable, precious metals. The wisdom of the Bible is unassailable and unquantifiable (Job 28:15). Read your manual.

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

Wise Humans

By Linda Tancs

The species to which human beings belong is known as Homo sapiens, which is Latin for “wise human.” How appropriate that the word chosen for this human race was “wise.” Good choice. The Bible has much to say about wisdom. For instance, God ordained it a valuable treasure (Proverbs 8:11) and even commands us to acquire it (James 1:5; Proverbs 3:13-18). How do you do that? By reading the Bible, the source of all God’s knowledge and understanding and the means to discern the truth in all things. Be wise, human.

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

Wonderfully Made

By Linda Tancs

You know that you were made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), fearfully and wonderfully (Psalm 139:14). So imagine how wonderful His image is! Actually, you don’t have to imagine. The Bible provides information on the countenance of God. For instance, John’s epistle tells us that God is bathed in light (1 John 1:15). No wonder, then, that Jesus tells us we’re the light of the world (Matthew 5:14), just like Him. Likewise, the countenance of Jesus is described as featuring eyes like flames of fire and snow-white hair like wool (Revelation 1:14), with feet like burnished bronze and a voice like the roar of many waters (Revelation 1:15). Now there’s an image worth emulating.

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