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hi i’m courtney at women living well home of good morning girls and we are reading to the Bible cover-to-cover we are at the very end of Ecclesiastes the very last two verses is what we’re going to look at today now you just finished studying 12 chapters of Solomon searching for fulfillment searching for meaning searching for something to make him happy in life something to fill him up and so chapter after Chapter after Chapter after Chapter he has sought meaning Under the Sun he has had wealth he has had wisdom he has had women he has had work he has had many things and he still says nothing satisfies him nothing is filling him and that is because when we come to the very last two verses we’re gonna find that he says that it’s not from under the Sun that we have to look above the Sun to find fulfillment in life and you might be saying corny that is vague right to say that you mean that everything here that we do in life none of that is gonna throw us up and when we talk about above the Sun we’re gonna be talking about God and you say I can’t touch him I can’t feel him how can that be what is gonna find fulfillment for me let’s look at verse 13 and see what he says in chapter 12 verse 13 he says the end of the matter all has been heard he’s like I’m at the end people everything has been looked at everything has been heard and he says fear God and keep his Commandments for this is the whole duty of man he said this is it it is about burying God and keeping his Commandments now fear here does not mean living in terror no fear here means a faith in God a faith that trust him a faith that says I know your promises will come true I fear you I believe in you and then he says in obey His commandments remember that jesus said if you love me you will keep my Commandments and so he says you know at the end of day I need to fear God and I need to keep his Commandments this is the whole duty of man and then he says what his motive is in verse 14 the final verse he says for God will bring every deed judgment with every secret thing whether good or evil so he says cuz Judgment Day is coming and everything we do good and bad God sees he knows every word we say in secret in private and in public he knows everything we spend money on he knows everything that we do everything good and bad God sees and he says we need to fear God we need to keep his Commandments because eternity is a long time we need to live for eternity and the way that we can have the good life the good life is found and enjoying the Living God and the good gifts that come from him I must say that again the good life comes from enjoying our living God and the good gifts that come from him that is where the good life comes from it’s not from all these things on earth but rather having that intimacy with the gods that is above the Sun that intimacy again you might feel like it’s baked like you can’t touch it but God is living and his word is living in Hebrews 4:12 it says that the Word of God is living and active it is a life and if you’ve been reading the book of Ecclesiastes with me and if you’ve been reading every first then you can testify and saying absolutely God’s Word is alive because as you studied in God spoke to you and he spoke to different areas in your life probably that need to be changed he comforted you probably in areas he taught you and corrected you and and led us into wisdom through his word it is alive and that is where we find enjoyment within fulfillment but we enjoy the Living God just last night as I went to bed I was praying for something that I’ve been praying for for seven months straight and God has not been answering this prayer that I’ve continually prayed every morning and every night I’ve been praying for something and I felt frustrated last night and just like God are you even there are you even hearing my prayers because I don’t see any sign of it and I just wish you would – just show me that you hear me and the next morning this morning when I woke up God did something very specific it wasn’t an answer to my prayer but there was something so specific in my life that I thought that’s God answering my prayer saying I hear your prayers and I love you it was like a kiss from God my relationship with God is living and I wish I could share with you what exactly he did but it’s just so private it’s personal and I just want you to know that when you pray even if he doesn’t answer our prayers he hears your prayers he sees you he knows everything that you feel in secret and everything that privately you struggle with he is alive and he loves you and he is working even through our prayers even the unanswered ones he’s changing me through it but he also is revealing himself to me in other areas showing me how he loves me and he’s taking care of me despite unwanted desires being fulfilled and so we see that the good life is found and enjoying the Living God and the good gifts that come from him you see these good gifts that come from him we could spend all day long just searching out for the good things in life but if we don’t see that the giver of those good gifts if we don’t see him and we don’t love him then we can’t enjoy those gifts and contentment doesn’t come from having everything that you want no contentment comes from having fewer once I’m gonna say that again contentment doesn’t come from having everything you want it comes from having fewer once now at the beginning of this series on video 1 I had you draw a picture of yourself and all the things in life that you are juggling all the things in life that bring you meaning that bring you fulfillment that bring you happiness that you enjoy and we talked about how it makes us feel really busy and how some of these things when we’re juggling them we really don’t feel happy right because it’s stressful and our lives feel a little bit too full and I want to tell you what’s wrong with this picture we drew and why it feels stressful and why it feels too busy the problem is this person that you drew right in the center you is not meant to be in the center of your life God is meant to be in the center of your life and so if we took you out and we put God there and then we look at all these things around that God is placed in your life as gifts that he has given you for his glory for your enjoyment for your pleasure it changes your whole perspective on life it changes you from the inside out and you realize that your life is full and that God loves you and that he will find meaning and purpose in all of these things never let yourself become first priority and then all the things that you are doing always keep God first priority in your life don’t live a selfish life that will not bring you meaning live a life where you enjoy the Living God and the good gifts that he has given you and keep walking with the king
If you feel like you’ve been juggling too much in life or like you are on the treadmill of life getting no where fast – then this is for you. Courtney Joseph examines what living the “Good Life” really looks like.
About Courtney Joseph – Women Living Well Ministries
After more than 10 years of leading women’s Bible studies and workshops in her local church, she decided to move her ministry on-line at the Christian community: WomenLivingWell.org . Her popular youtube channel has received over 1 million views.
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Her passion and sincerity has made her a leader in the Christian blogging community. She is the Founder of GoodMorningGirls.org and she has been featured on the nationally syndicated television program, The Rachael Ray Show, and has spoken at many national conferences including Relevant, Proverbs 31 Ministries and more.
Courtney Joseph is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Evangelism and Discipleship. She is also the author of a Wall Street Journal Best Seller — Women Living Well: Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids and Your Home.
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