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.

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.

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.

Love Thy Neighbor

By Linda Tancs

Love is the greatest commandment, love of God being first and foremost, followed by love of neighbor (Matthew 22:36-40). Indeed, to love others is to love God because God is love (1 John 4:16). In its grandest sense, love of neighbor means to love everyone. Admittedly, though, it’s challenging to conjure affection for everyone, everywhere. A good first step is to recognize the connection with all of them as brothers and sisters in Christ. You can foster a connection locally through participation in community outreach and internationally through world missions. Whatever you do, it puts “love thy neighbor” within reach.

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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.

Just the Facts

By Linda Tancs

The Book of Lamentations is attributed to the prophet Jeremiah, a collection of reflections on the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. It’s a gut-wrenching account of the fall of God’s people Israel. Yet in chapter 3 Jeremiah declares that, ultimately, God does not fail (Lamentations 3:21-23). That reflection is a good reminder to focus on facts, not feelings. Feelings are unpredictable, and they lie. Don’t be guided by your feelings. All of God’s promises are facts. When life disappoints, focus on the facts.

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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 Original Wireless Connection

By Linda Tancs

As of January 2021, nearly 60 percent of the global population were active internet users. Of this total, over 92 percent accessed the internet via mobile devices that are heavily dependent on Wi-Fi. Another statistic shows that a person averages nearly eight hours per day on devices. Can you survive without a Wi-Fi connection? You might think you can’t, at least technologically speaking. But the original wireless connection is God. The connection is always stable, safe, secure—and free! And, no device is necessary. Now there’s a connection worth using.

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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.