The Vanity of Pleasure

June 21, 2020 Speaker: Brown Peterson Series: Wisdom of Ecclesiastes

Passage: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11, Ecclesiastes 5:18– 6:6

Memory Verse for the Week: Ecclesiastes 5:18 & 20 (ESV)

Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. … For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.

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1. Worship and adore the Lord as the giver of all pleasure and joy. Thank Him for His creation that brings true pleasure and joy to us and that it should cause us to be thankful to Him.

2. Confess the many ways that you took a created pleasure in this world and treated it as God. You tried to suck outlasting satisfaction from a fine creation. Repent of idolizing the creation rather than the Creator.

3. Give thanks to Jesus for the way you enjoyed God’s world and people in the proper way, and that He displayed how to have a pleasure-filled life that always led back to His Father. Be in awe of Jesus that He went through the agony of pain and death so that He could secure an eternal pleasure for His brothers and sisters.

4. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you enjoy pleasure better than you do. The gifts in this world are meant to cause us to reflect on the kindness of God and build thankfulness in our hearts.

5. Pray for those in your life who are on the endless hunt of trying to find lasting joy apart from knowing the Lord. Pray that they would continue to be let down from the world and that they would turn to have faith in the Lord who gives us life, and life abundantly.

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