The Heart-Mouth Connection

By Linda Tancs

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the title character says, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” You may not agree with that sentiment, but it does highlight a biblical principle—namely, not all thoughts are pleasing to God. That’s why we’re admonished to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). Otherwise, the bad thoughts will make their way into your heart and come out of your mouth (Matthew 12:33-34). You are what you think (Proverbs 23:7). Would others view you differently if they knew what you were thinking?

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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.

 

 

Are You Full?

By Linda Tancs

After a hearty meal, we usually say that we’re full. Unless you’re gluttonous (Philippians 3:19), it’s okay to be full in that instance. In every other case, don’t be full of yourself (Proverbs 16:18). Be full of God instead (Ephesians 3:19). Speak the way God would speak. Think the way God would think. Act the way God would act. Then you’ll have a fullness of Spirit that never abates (Psalm 27:4).

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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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Rudolph’s Bible Lesson

By Linda Tancs

Remember Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer? Yeah, the one with the shiny and glowing nose. The one who was so different from his contemporaries that they shunned him. Nobody wanted Rudy as a playmate. But, oh, how things changed when Santa realized how Rudy’s bright, glowing nose could cut through the fog on Christmas Eve and get him where he needed to go (which was everywhere, of course). Then the other reindeer loved him, as the song goes. The “loser” was now a winner.

There’s a Bible lesson in this cherished song. To be sure, the favorable outcome for Rudy shows how others’ harm can be worked out for good by God (Genesis 50:20). God refreshes and restores, as Psalm 23 reminds us. Rudy’s victory tasted sweet, like a banquet presented to him before his foes (Psalm 23:5).

Recall some of your favorite holiday songs and see how many biblical lessons you can find!

Snow Days

By Linda Tancs

What kid doesn’t love a snow day! It’s a time to rest, refresh or throw snowballs. Anyway you look at it, it’s a break from the routine. We could all use a snow day now and then, especially the spiritual kind. Jesus invites all of us to come to Him for rest (Matthew 11:28-30). Even God rested when He created the world (Genesis 2:2-3). Medical research indicates that rest increases inspiration and self-discovery and helps us solve problems. Is it any wonder, then, that God wants you to take a snow day (Hebrews 4:9-11)?

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God is Unmatched

By Linda Tancs

What is the opposite of God? Many people answer that it’s the devil. Although the devil is certainly opposed to God, the devil is not God’s opposite. Satan’s opposite is the archangel Michael, one of only three angels specifically named in the Bible (Daniel 12:1; Revelation 12:7-9; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; and Jude 1:9). God has no equal. The devil may be mighty, but God is Almighty.

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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.

 

The Eyes Have It

By Linda Tancs

You’ve no doubt heard the expression “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed,” signifying someone who is alert, lively and eager. It’s a state to which we all should aspire. Even Jesus told His disciples that the lamp of the body is the eye (Matthew 6:22). Indeed, the way that you look at things affects your condition. Do you see things through the prism of light, in a way that reflects positive attributes like love, joy, peace, kindness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)? Or do you see things darkly, with an eye toward malevolence, pride, envy, lust or any number of other characteristics frowned upon scripturally (Colossians 3:5)?

Jesus’s words give us the popular phrase, “the eyes are the window to the soul.” Keep your eyes on God and His ways and you’ll be in great shape.

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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.

 

Finish Your Plate

By Linda Tancs

When you were a child, you might’ve been told to “finish your plate.” Maybe you were reminded of all the other children in the world who were starving for what was left on your plate. Jesus didn’t like waste, either. In one story of Jesus’s feeding of the multitudes, He instructed His disciples to gather the leftovers so that nothing would be wasted (John 6:10-12).

Waste isn’t just about food. What have you left on your plate, metaphorically speaking? What’s used up, worn out, fragmented? God’s power is perfected in your scraps, the bits and pieces (2 Corinthians 12:9). Give your unfinished plate to God, and He’ll make a banquet out of it (John 6:13).

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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.