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Five Minute Friday: Here

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Five Minute Friday: Here

You are here.

We see those words on shopping centre maps and in other big complexes that it’s easy to get lost in. Usually with a big arrow pointing to the spot.

Life can sometimes feel like there’s a big arrow pointing to the spot you’re in right now – where you are right at this moment.

And sometimes we question if we’ll ever get to the place we’d like to go to. When will we be ‘there’ instead of ‘here’?

It’s okay to ask the question. But what’s the answer?

I believe it’s found in Ecclesiastes 3:11

“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart,
so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

We need to focus on God and not on our circumstances. Yes, it’s okay to have hopes and dreams that are honouring to Him, but we have to be careful not to let them take the focus away from Him.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
[Matthew 6:33]

God should be number one. First and foremost. And we need to be seeking His kingdom above our own wants and needs. If we seek Him first, He’ll sort out the rest (even if it doesn’t always turn out the way we’d like).

You are here. In this moment that He has given you. Lift your hands in praise or bow your head in prayer, but seek Him, seek His kingdom, and trust that He will do what is best for all involved.

May we all grow in contentment and surrender, as we learn to truly say:

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things
I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
[Philippians 4:11-13]

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Where’s your ‘here’? Feel free to share your thoughts, prayer requests or praise reports in the comments section.

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First Of All [#1: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4]

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First Of All

#1

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Imagine someone you’re talking to asks you about your faith. Imagine they ask you:

“What’s the main thing I need to know about it all – what’s the most important, crucial part of it?”

What would you say?

Until recently, I would have been at a loss to answer them without it turning into a long, rambling verbal essay.

But I was reading No Wonder They Call Him The Savior by Max Lucado*, and he pointed out two verses in Scripture that answer that question:

“For I delivered unto you
first of all
that which I also received,
how that Christ died
for our sins
according to the scriptures;
And that he was buried,
and that he rose again
the third day
according to the scriptures:”


[1 Corinthians 15:3-4]

These verses contain the central message of our faith: Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day.

Two things to note:

  1. first of all” – denotes that what was first delivered was of the utmost importance
  2. according to the Scriptures” – I don’t think this is written this way to mean ‘apparently this happened because it says here it did’, but rather that it happened because the Scriptures said it would – Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of the coming Messiah.

Lately, I’ve been trying to memorise Scripture. I think it’s more important to do so than we realise. Imagine if we knew as many Bible verses as we did song lyrics or quotes from books and films. So much of what we’ve memorised is empty. But just think of the beauty and power that comes from knowing God’s Word.

I can think of two main reasons why every Christian should memorise Scripture:

  1. So we can know what God says and be obedient to Him.
    “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” [Psalm 119:11]
  2. So we can know how to answer questions that people will ask us.
    “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” [1 Peter 3:15]

Let’s try something new here at Live Nourished: every weekend, let’s memorise a Bible verse together.

If we memorise just one verse a week, in a year we’d have hidden 52 verses in our hearts. (If we really tried, I’m sure we could memorise more than one a week, but let’s start with one and see how we go.)
From now on, you can find all the weekend memory verses under the category “First Of All” (chosen to remind us that God’s Word should be ‘first of all’ in our hearts and memories).

Let’s start with 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. (Okay, so technically it’s two verses, but I hope you’ll agree that they’re a good place to start.)

I like to write the verse on a record card, broken up into smaller lines (like the example above) and read it silently a few times, then out loud a few times, then try to remember it bit by bit, then all the way through.

  • Can you think of any other reasons why we should memorise Bible verses?
  • What do you think of learning a new verse here every weekend?
  • What’s your method for memorising Scripture?

Share your thoughts below (it’s always great to hear from you), and have a blessed weekend.

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