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Enjoying the Good Life

Stuart Briscoe

All of us occasionally dream of that “perfect” life here on earth—no bills, no deadlines, no strained relationships, and just a hint of a breeze in our hair as the waves lap at our toes! Though such earthly dreams often burst with a splash of reality, God promises believers a good life that no circumstances can dampen, a life of inner richness and satisfaction that money cannot buy.

If we are to live the good life and enjoy it to the fullest, the key is to rightly relate to the Lord our God. The Book of Deuteronomy details God’s instruction to His people, Israel, as they were about to enter the good land that He had given them. These instructions remain relevant and valuable for Christians today, as Stuart Briscoe teaches in this series.

Messages From This Series:

When Jehovah told Moses what to say to the Children of Israel on the eve of their entrance to the Promised Land, He talked about a "good land" (6:18) filled with "good things" (6:11) that He wanted them to "enjoy" (6:2). But He insisted that they must "do what is right and good" (6:18). Anyone interested in enjoying the good life should study what Moses said in Deuteronomy!

Scripture: Deuteronomy 1:1-1:8

When Moses gave his "marching orders" address to the Children of Israel as they prepared to enter the Promised Land, he emphasized the importance of their relationship with God. Notice how often he used the expression "the Lord (y)our God."

Scripture: Deuteronomy 1:6-1:46

Some people estimate that there were over 2 million people in the wilderness enroute to the good life. No wonder Moses expresed deep concern about proper care for them. Fortunately, his father-in-law showed him how to mobilize the people into a caring and sharing community.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 1:9-1:18

Moses explained to the people exactly what the Lord expected of them and showed how, if they responded appropriately, it would be for their own good. In other words, he gave them God's recipe for the good life.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 10:12-10:22

"What democracy needs is a value system that legitimizes both individual rights and social authority and establishes a balance between the two" (James Reichley). Where is this value system to be found – personally, socially, or transcendentally? The Ten Commandments hold the answer.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 5:1-5:15

Life was never intended to be lived in isolation. God created society as surely as he created individuality. The good life, therefore, requires correct social attitudes and behavior. These are outlined in the second part of the decalogue and summarized in the statement, "Love your neighbor as yourself."

Scripture: Deuteronomy 5:16-5:21

Five of the Ten Commandments make specific references to family relationships. Moreover Moses gave detailed instructions about the need for families to function properly and showed how the "Good Life" was directly related to family life.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-6:25

After the harrowing experiences of the exodus and the wilderness, the children of Israel were, no doubt, looking forward to life in the land of promise. But Moses knew that there are perils even in the good life.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:1-8:20

God's instructions concerning the good life in the promised land included information about holy days. Their importance and significance were clearly explained and warnings were given about their possible abuse.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 16:1-16:17

In England the proper title for a mayor is "his or her worship, the mayor." This has nothing to do with religion, it simply means the mayor is a person of worth and therefore worthy of respect. To worship God is to intelligently and joyfully treat him with the respect he deserves.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 26:1-26:15

Having lived at subsistence level in the wilderness, the Children of Israel were no strangers to poverty. The thought of the prosperity which awaited them was, therefore, extremely exciting. But they needed to learn how to handle prosperity wisely.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 15:1-15:11

Life is made up of decisions. Some are made for us, others we must make for ourselves. Many appear to be relatively insignificant, some are profoundly important. But nobody among the children of Israel was unaware of the significance of the decision that they faced.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:11-30:20

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