The One and Only You

By Linda Tancs

No two people have been found to have the same fingerprints—they are totally unique. Fingerprints are even more unique than DNA, the genetic material in each of our cells. Think about how unique you are; of all the billions of people who have lived or will live on this earth, there is only one you. Indeed, God intended each of us to be unique and extraordinary. He knows the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7). He fashioned us, individually, in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-14).

So don’t ever think, or say, that you’re nothing special. You may be only one, but you are a unique and precious one to God. He created you for Himself!

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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.

 

 

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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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.

Love is a Battlefield

By Linda Tancs

Singer Pat Benatar is famous for her anthem, “Love is a Battlefield.” Love is, indeed, a battlefield. God fights for it, and the devil fights against it. God is love (1 John 4:8). That’s all God does. The devil, on the other hand, hates love. The Bible reminds us that he is the deceiver of the brethren (Revelation 12:9). He deceives by establishing strongholds in the mind of every believer, tempting us with lies, imaginings and thoughts that are contrary to the Word and that trigger misunderstanding and offense. That’s the opposite of love. Submit to God’s love. Then you’ll be able to resist the devil, and he’ll have no choice but to leave the battlefield (James 4:7).

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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.

 

 

Let Him In

By Linda Tancs

“Let ‘Em In” is a song written and sung by Paul McCartney with his band, Wings. It’s about real and imagined friends and relatives of McCartney who knock on the door or ring the bell of his house and he exclaims, “Let ‘em in.” Unlike some of the lyrics of this popular song, there’s nothing imagined about God calling. Indeed, He reminds us that He stands at the door and knocks, waiting for you to answer (Revelation 3:20). He’s the best house guest you could ever want because He’ll live year-round, and always, in your heart (Ephesians 3:17).

He’s knocking at your door right now. Will you let Him in?

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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.

 

Winning

By Linda Tancs

Some game shows let you play along at home. In some cases, you may have to set up a free account and check in to see if you won. Given the odds, in all likelihood you’ll receive a message informing you that “you are not a winner.” Nobody necessarily likes hearing that he or she is not a winner, but from a spiritual point of view it’s quite amusing. After all, a believer gets the best prize of all—eternal life (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). So the next time you lose a round in an earthly pursuit, remember that, and smile.

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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.

 

Zero Tolerance

By Linda Tancs

We often hear news reports about zero-tolerance policies, often because they’ve been violated by way of harassment, discrimination, violence or other things. In our own lives, we establish zero-tolerance policies, too. Parents establish zero-tolerance policies with their children around behavioral issues like disobedience, lying and stealing. Spouses establish zero-tolerance policies concerning issues like adultery and abusive behavior. Individually, we resolve (especially around the New Year) to stop tolerating our own proclivities toward indecisiveness, fear, impatience and a host of other attributes.

The Bible encourages a zero-tolerance policy against ungodly thoughts, words and behaviors (Romans 13:14). The best way to enforce the policy is to look for wisdom (Romans 12:2) and perspective (Philippians 4:8) as your anchors.

Does your policy need updating?

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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.

 

The End of the Rope

By Linda Tancs

A common utterance is “I’m at the end of my rope.” Spoken out of emotions like desperation, depression or exasperation, it’s easy to think that you’re handling all that you can, that you can bear no more. If the phrase were true, then maybe you’d have a point. But it’s a false statement. You are not at the end of your rope—God is (Isaiah 41:10). And He’s pulling the rope in His direction. Let Him lead; don’t play “tug of war.”

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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.

 

Ask, Seek and Knock

By Linda Tancs

Matthew 7:7-12 is often construed to mean that we can have what we want if we’ll just ask, seek and knock. Of course, God delights in giving gifts to His children, like any parent (James 1:17). But we miss an important opportunity to see this passage as an invitation to trust that we are being guided and cared for unless we insert Him into it.

Read it this way: “Everyone who asks for Him, receives Him; and the one who seeks, finds Him; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened to Him.” It’s not about what, it’s about who.

The Last One Standing

By Linda Tancs

Do you know what it’s like to be “the last one standing?” Sometimes, it might connote something victorious, like winning on the Survivor reality show. Or, if you’re like me, it means being picked last in gym class, which was tantamount to not being chosen at all.

Rejection hurts. Joseph (Barsabbas) knew the feeling. He was a contender for the role of replacement apostle after Judas’s betrayal, but Matthias got selected instead (Acts 1:23-26). And, of course, no one knew rejection better than Jesus. But the fact remains that you’ll never be chosen last by God (Psalm 94:14). People may offer rejection, but God always offers acceptance. His opinion matters more; let His offer of acceptance create an atmosphere for you to thrive in the way that He’s called you.

The Highest Good

By Linda Tancs

The Latin phrase summum bonum means “the highest good.” So what is the highest good? Literally, it is God; it doesn’t get any higher than that (Luke 18:19). You’ve heard it said hundreds of times, “God is good.” Throughout the Bible we’re reminded that God represents every good thing: love (1 John 4:8), light (1 John 1:5), forgiveness (1 John 1:9), compassion (Exodus 33:19), generosity (Psalm 84:11) and so on.

It is impossible to be as good as God (Isaiah 55:8-9), but we should aim to be as good as possible. In the philosophical context, our highest good is a virtuous life. Paul defined those virtues as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). It’s your highest good and your highest calling. Jesus left you an example to follow (1 Peter 2:21), so follow Him.