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Weekend edition. King David's vision of building a temple for God's vivid example of dreaming but Jeremiah looks at the importance of trusting God with you dreams is that which is his message dream seizure tomorrow. Today, thank you for joining us for the weekend edition of Turning Point.
Today we begin our discussion about going forward in the importance of getting stuck.
It all begins with the dream begins with the vision begins with your seeing the importance of tomorrow and see today its next right here edition of turning when we think of great dreamers like George Lucas must Walt Disney anyone who seeing a Star Wars movie.
Read about electric cars are visited Disney World knows that great accomplishments begin with one person's larger than life imagination. Walt Disney's dream began with cartoon sketches to failed companies in a borrowed book on animation in time he brought beloved characters to life created classic films and built Disney World, Disneyland, and the center created the happiest place on earth and became known as the man who made dreams come true. His life was a whirlwind of visionary projects that exhausted his associates and literally change the world. When Disney was diagnosed with lung cancer.
He was still planning movies developing theme parks and mulling over his newest idea and experimental prototype community of tomorrow or F got is Elana's deathbed with his brother Roy sitting nearby. Walt looked up at the hospital ceiling tiles raised his finger in every fourth child. He said represented a square mile using that mental map. He suggested routes for his envision highways and monorails. Having said all that, I believe Walt Disney's dreams were too small. Believe it or not, you and I can dream bigger dreams than Disney ever conceived. It's one thing to invest one's life in the Magic Kingdom and it's quite another to play a part in the kingdom of God as followers of Christ we can cultivate a dream for our lives that outlasts the world transforms time changes eternity and advances his cause and his kingdom for his glory, by the way what I'm talking about a dream I'm not describing a self-made vision of your life apart from God's will and I'm not using the word as the ancient prophets did with supernatural visions of inspired revelation came across them. I'm not talking about seeing heavenly creatures or having apocalyptic dreams know. Instead I'm talking about envisioning the next step or the next stage of your life.
A dream or a vision is simply a picture of what you feel God wants you to do next.
There are many biblical models you could follow. But I believe the best example of dream building in the Bible is the story of King David's vision to build a temple for the Lord atop Jerusalem's Mount Moriah for hundreds of years Israel had worshiped around the framed remains of the tabernacle. The elaborate tent that was constructed in the days of Moses as a portable house of worship, but now the nation was occupying the land God had promised Jerusalem as its capital.
So David began dreaming of a permanent place where people could worship for centuries to come. David's story reveals the principles that you and I can follow as we build our own dreams.
Principle number one wrote your dream in history and second Samuel seven David told the prophet Nathan C. I dwell in the house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains. He said they were going to do it. So David grabbed hold of his dream and begin moving forward to see its fulfillment. But David's idea to build a temple didn't just proof into his head like an exploding nebula, although it was rooted in the history of Israel missing centuries before God told Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice and burnt offering on a distant mountain and God was specific about the mountain not just any hilltop would do know it had to be Mount Moriah thousand years later when David and then Solomon plan to build the Jewish Temple. They placed it on that very mountain, Mount Moriah, David's vision for the location of his temple had roots as deep as Genesis 22 was grounded in the story of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his only begotten son is a burnt offering, and it's no coincidence that a thousand years after David Jesus Christ gave himself as an offering for sin on or near that very rich from Abraham and his son to David and his temple to Christ and his cross. Everything was a link that each event had its roots in the one that proceeded to seek the best dreams don't start with us but instead are planted in us by God. If it isn't rooted.
It's rotten. We stand on the shoulders of others. We are links in the chain that we build on what others have done.
Even his future generations will build on the work that we have done. That's why it's all right to look around for ideas and see what other people are doing. We get ideas from history and from how others are inspired to act today to develop your dream, think about your heritage what you love to do your life experiences.
Think about your background everything in your life has prepared you for the next step so look at what's already happening in your life and in your church start when you are in, work out word and forward Richard dream in history. Second, reproduce your dream and a picture is ideas and intentions begin to bubble up in your heart and mind.
You need to figure out where to begin and how to implement your dream so you have to nudge the abstract burden into a real life plan. After all, for your vision to touch others, it must become as practical as Esther's dinner. David's slingshot Gideons torches. The boys lunch of bread and fish in the good Samaritans wine and oil. In Paul's pin.
But David's idea to build a temple didn't just proof into his head like exploding nebula.
Remember that David had a plan.
We never know how a single detail born from a visionary mind will be used by the Lord in helping us experience a great thing what I've learned. Visionaries have an uncanny ability to see their dreams and convey them in images. That's how David built the impetus for his temple project as we have seen, David's dream began when he told the prophet Nathan quote see now I dwell in the house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtain. The temple wasn't some abstract concept know it was a vision that filled David's mind and technicolor. He was able to convey that image to others and motivate them to action by drawing a contrast look at my palace with its paneled walls in glorious bulwarks and look at that frame tent called tabernacle should be God's house be better than any home of yours or mine using the ability to see what could be in the future is essential to straining forward toward the realization of your dream. I've been a pastor now for right at 50 years I've been involved in 10 building programs in my career by God's grace. I've been able to see everyone of those buildings in my mind before they showed up in the blueprints. I don't know how you can fulfill a vision unless you can see it in your prayers and in your dream is having a dream for tomorrow men and women isn't just a matter of filling a generalized burden may start their yearning to feed the hungry or help the homeless are evangelized.
The world, but as your vision develops takes on distinct and detailed images. You can see yourself rolling up your sleeves and grip on the very things needed to press forward with your dream you can convey it to others in a way that excites them. Worry if you can't seem to find fulfillment of your long-term dreams. We will walk through the practical steps toward reaching success in the time to come. But for now, what matters is being able to imagine your dream in a way that captivates both others and you then number three not only Richard dream in history and reproduce your agreement. A picture reinforce your dream with determination. David discovered that every dream faces discouragements-give testimony to that as part of the process of proving its validity. David's dream for the temple excited him like nothing else in his whole life. He was fired up and ready to go, eager to leave the campaign to build and could see it in his mind's eye every time you look from his palace roof top toward Mount Moriah. He was ready to see his dream accomplished but then if you know the story. The roof caved in. God told David he would not be allowed to build the temple because of his violent past. Here's what God said David you shall not build a house for my name because you have been a man of war and have shed blood. It is your son Solomon, who shall build my house and my courts talk about the death of a vision or how many of my visions have died and each time it feels like a small part of my heart dies with it. I have this little place near my house where I go and park my car and pout when a dream of mine doesn't pan out. I think through it. I surrender things back to God.
And then I drive away, looking forward through the windshield and not backward in the rearview mirror, but David didn't count for long.
I love the story he told himself something like this. Well if I can do it myself. God has appointed the task for my son Solomon that others do.
All I can to help them succeed in refusing to give up on the project because he was taken out of the driver's seat. David illustrated a core value of dream building. No dream is ever realized. Without a huge measure of determination. If you go to see your dream through you have to be determined. So Richard dream in history reproduce it in the picture reinforce it with determination. Number four. Reconcile your dream with its cost. As you build your vision be willing to sacrifice. Let me try something that's without possibility of contradiction dreams are costly dreams are costly. As David found out when God led him to purchase some land for the temple at a high spot in the area. Here's the story this place was owned by dining alone at the Jebusite he used to use the high location for its winds to flesh out his wheat and the chaff would blow away on the grains of wheat would collected and then you would sell them as they approached Corona for this valuable site.
The most desirable location in Jerusalem. Here's what happened because he was the venerable King of Israel could've seized the land he could've just taken it. That may be why Corona offered to donate to him. He said King David.
This is my land you want to build something or you cannot let me just give it to, but David said in second Samuel 2424 no no no I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing but dreams are expensive experience to fulfill dream. You know what I'm talking about the cost comes in money and energy and criticism and unbelief in unplanned obstructions and unfaithful helpers and a multitude of other very discouraging things. I think Jesus was trying to help us with this when he said, for which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it or one king going to make war against another king is not sit down first and consider whether he is able with 10,000 to meet him who comes against him with 20,000 dream may not involve building a tower or going to war, but hear me now, there are still a cost involved.
If you want to see it through. Not understanding that cost upfront can cause you to give up on your dream when you hit the first hurdle to realize your dream if it's a God-given dream there's a price to pay, but I promise you it is a price worth paying. Finally release your dream to your legacy. Looking back on this period of Israel's history. One thing jumps out at me and here it is. This was David's dream ended up being called Solomon's Temple datastream Solomon's Temple, Missy David not only accepted that he made that happen. It was his dream all right.
But when the dream was not going to be realized in his life and God said, pass it on to your son David refused to allow his dream to die when he died, and although he was not allowed to build the temple the Lord gave him the construction details which are passed on to his own son, Solomon what he said, consider now Solomon for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary. Be strong and do it. Then David gave his son Solomon.
The plans for the vestibule, its houses, its treasuries as upper chambers, its inner chambers and the place of the mercy seat and the plans for all that he had by the spirit of the courts of the house of the Lord of all the chambers all around of the treasuries of the house of God and of the treasures from the dedicated thing is a passenger my wounds at all me what the Holy Spirit had instructed David with the specific details of the temple and David in turn pass them on to his son Solomon. I can imagine David transferring that information from God onto an architectural blueprint and laying it out before Solomon and saying there is boy God gave this to me and this is what you're going to build. David had dreamed of building a permanent place where God could be worship and he determined to leave something behind that would honor the Lord.
It was his dream and the resources he put in that place that allowed his son Solomon to move quickly toward the construction of the temple. David's instructions to his son Solomon had been a charge to pastors and missionaries. Christian workers ever since first Chronicles 28, 20 be strong and of good courage, and do it. Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord friends. This story illustrates how it's possible to achieve something after your death that could not have been achieved during your life. Before he died. David decided to pass on something that would live on after him from his life. We can learn the great importance of dreaming beyond the span of years. How can God use us, what is something he could do to each of us. After were gone. Well, what I think of that question. I often think about this.
I remember as a young man when I turned 16, my parents gave me a copy of the Scofield reference Bible. It was part of my spiritual education. I still have the Bible and I cherish it. It was really the only reference Bible that there was back then that I know about it was the standard reference Bible. During my growing up years. Even though it was copyrighted in 1909 years after its inception years after CI Scofield put that whole study Bible together. It was still helping people like me understand what the Bible says what the Bible means and what the Bible means for me and I can only hope and pray that in some small way, the Jeremiah study Bible, which was released in 2013 will have that same impact on some future student of the Scriptures. One Sunday afternoon in 1771, a man named Valentin Holly ducked into a restaurant in Paris for dinner set the stage and the show that evening featuring blind people and a comedy routine.
They were objects of ridicule and cruelty of the act was designed to make fun of their blindness deeply offended how he began to develop a burden for the blind. Sometime later he spotted a cyclist researching who was begging for coins outside the Parisian church to bring the boy some money how he was amazed to see the boy feel the race markings on the coins and distinguish the amounts that gave Holly an idea. Why couldn't books be written with raised letters like images on coins. Why couldn't people learn to read with their fingers. Holly took the boy off the streets, offering him food and shelter and devised a plan with wooden blocks and numbers and taught the boy to read in 1784 Holly started the world's first school for blind children. It was in Paris and one of the first teachers was the blind boy rescued from the streets, but that's just the beginning. Several years later another boy named Louis was born in the village, Roy France's father was a farmer and a harness maker and as a toddler. Louis loved watching his father work with leather tools.
The tragedy struck in 1812, 13-year-old Lois began playing with the leftover scrap of leather trying to punch holes in it. His hand slipped in the sharp tool punctured and put out as I and infection set in that split the other. I and little Louis and blinded them both lives for his whole life. A local minister named Jacques Poole.
I love the boy and begin visiting him to read in the Bible seeing the board had a good mind father Jacques determine he could receive an education so at age 10, Louis was enrolled in the school. Holly had established in Paris where he proved to be a brilliant student eventually Louis began teaching other students in the Paris school for the blind study house method of reading. He also became aware of a system of military communication, develop by a French army captain that allowed soldiers to communicate in the dark by running their fingers over a series of dots and dashes, though still a teenager really braille began adopting these systems into a program of his own in 1829 at age 20 published a little book on the braille method of reading, the school resided in a damp building by the river Seine was cold and unhealthy in the food and conditions were poor. Lloyd got tuberculosis, but he continued working on his system of reading, which began touching on and soon was being exported all over the world as his health failed.
Louis said, I am convinced my mission on earth has been accomplished.
I asked God to carry me away from this world apart from just a moment with me and think of the chain reaction of that cascading dream. One man developed a burden for the blind. When he saw the ridiculed actors on stage and a better boy on the streets. This burden led him to establish a school and attempt a system of reading, then a local pastor developed a burden for blind boy in another village and taught him. The Bible and long to send him to school and back blind child. Louis braille develop a burden to improve and expand Holly's work in the world was chasing. As result, millions of sightless souls have experienced the joy of reading the Bible and other books for themselves now for almost 2 centuries will remain covered query language for the blind or build a temple for the Lord. But please remember there are no small tasks in the Lord's work and no insignificant dreams. Our work is never routine our labor is never wasted and our legacy is capable of outliving us. I've always loved radio and everything about radio from sitting next to the radio as a child with my ear to the speaker so I can listen to the Lone Ranger or the shadow putting together night radio kits. As a teenager, for reasons I can't explain. I have always loved radio and regulars had a mysterious hold over me as far back as I can remember when I became a student at suitable College in 1959 I was given the radial opportunity of a lifetime, a new Christian FM station was being launched in Springfield, Ohio just 15 miles from my home.
I don't remember how it happened but I was able to petition for an on-air announcing position. Have I got the job every day Monday through Friday I drove to Springfield to do the 3 to 11 shift on WEC FM.
I did the news I hosted the calling music shows I came up and played radio programs like back to the Bible and unshackled.
I loved every minute of it and when I was asked to help start a radio station on the campus of Cedarville College. I teamed up with Paul Gaffney, a college classmate and my girlfriend and soon-to-be wife Donna Thompson and we launched W CDR FM station had a humble beginning was a 12 W transmitter on the third floor of the administration building used to joke with each other that on a good that you could hear that station on the first floor, but in time that station to a network of stations that literally cover the entire Miami Valley with great Christian music and the message of the gospel. I personally believe that God used the CDR to help grow Cedarville College when I was a junior in college, God called me into the ministry. It was absolutely definitely clear to me that I was to become a preacher of the gospel. So I immediately enrolled in Dallas theological seminary. Donna and I got married right after graduation from college and we headed off to Texas for four years of postgraduate learning.
My greatest regret if I could call it that, was this.
I loved radio. I had spent most of my life involved with radio that now it appeared God was leading me in a totally different direction in terms of my vocation and lifelong calling radio was put on hold for four years while I worked on my Masters degree but what happened after that is one of the most amazing stories of my life. After a short stint as a youth pastor in New Jersey in 12 years as a pastor of a startup church in Fort Wayne, Indiana accepted the call to Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego in the next year I began a local five day a week teaching program on a Christian station in San Diego.
Salem radios KP RC station manager David Ruhlman help me get started in this new format and the rest is history. Today Turning Point hits the airwaves on more than 3000 radio stations in the United States and on many of those stations. The program is heard two or three times per day.
Momento disassembled the Spanish edition of Turning Point is heard in every country where Spanish is spoken.
We broadcast more than 121,000 radio programs and 4050 television programs outside United States every year. So you can see God do not call me into the ministry to take my dream away. He called me into the ministry because my dream was way too small and had a much better and much bigger plan for my life and as a result of those experiences I've learned I can trust God with my dreams even as I move forward toward his plans for my life and I told you all the stories and shared all of this gospel message from the Bible to tell you one thing you can trust God with his vision for your life. You can be like Nehemiah who said God put it in my heart and would God put something in your heart and gives you a dream. Never stop until you've realized it, and you will be the most blessed person on the face of God's green earth. We have you enjoyed today's Turning Point, weekend edition with Dr. Jeremiah to hear this and other Turning Point programs to get more information about this ministry. Simply download the free tuning point my ball after the smart device or visit our website at Jeremiah dawdle/radio that Jeremiah G/radio. You can also view tuning point television offering to HL-7 to Sunday mornings that I and on I CCTV Sundays at 6:30 AM and Friday afternoons at one. We invite you to join us again next weekend is Dr. David Jeremiah. She is another powerful message God's word here on tuning point we can taking time to listen to string these increasingly