Summary: How to take God’s vision for our lives and act upon it.

Turning Vision into Reality

Proverbs 16:3

I know that I have told you the story of the president of

the coke company and how he had a vision for coke

when he took over the company years ago, and that of

course was that every person in this world would have

the ability to hold a coke in their hands. Now that is a

pretty lofty dream. And yet if we were to travel the

world we see coke machines in some of the most outer

regions of this world. Small villages that have grass

huts and a coke machine. It is great to have a vision or

a dream where we want to be. What if the president of

coke went no farther than the dream? What if he said

my dream is to have a coke in everyone’s hand, and then

turned around and said won’t be long now. He had to

establish a plan for the vision to be fulfilled. Without

the plan, which included marketing and surveys and free

samples of coke, his dream would have remained just

that a dream. But once he set the plan in motion then

they goals and objectives to fulfill.

Last week I talked about the vision that God has given

for this church and body of believers. God wants us to

do some mighty works and impact this community for

Jesus. We can look at that vision and say “wow, some

day it is going happen.” and guess what if that is all we

do then we will always say some day it’s going to


You see somewhere along the line we have to take that

vision and turn it into reality. At some point we have to

come up with a way to get from point a to point b. God

we are here and you want us over here. Now how do

we go about that?

Ex. 24:15-18

1. To receive a vision from God we must seek him.

Moses spent 40 days and nights in God’s presence.


Because he knew that God had something for his people

and he wanted to get every bit of it.

The story is told of Franklin Roosevelt, who often

endured long receiving lines at the White House. He

complained that no one really paid any attention to what

was said. One day, during a reception, he decided to try

an experiment. To each person who passed down the

line and shook his hand, he murmured, "I murdered my

grandmother this morning." The guests responded with

phrases like, "Marvelous! Keep up the good work. We

are proud of you. God bless you, sir." It was not till the

end of the line, while greeting the ambassador from

Bolivia, that his words were actually heard. Nonplussed,

the ambassador leaned over and whispered, "I’m sure

she had it coming."

I said last week that the reason churches die is because

there is no vision for that church. It is the responsibility

of the spiritual leader of an assembly to get into the

presence of the Lord Almighty and listen for what he

has to say. But all of us must do so to hear God for our

individual lives.

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these will be

added unto you.”

Moses spent time with God and God first gave the

vision to him.

Verse 25:8

In other words here s the vision for my people, make a

sanctuary for me , and I will dwell among them.

God will always give us the vision first!

Noah , Gen. 6


Remember the vision is where we see God wants us to

be. So the vision to Moses was I will dwell with my

people when you build me a sanctuary.

Now if God had stopped there. What would the

sanctuary have looked like if left up to Moses. The

same as the ark if left up to Noah.

God gave Moses the vision first then he said:

Verse 25:9

In other words here is the plan, here is how you are

going to get from here to here.

We see now everything is layed out for Moses.

The ark, the table, the lampstand, the tabernacle,......

What God did was give the children of Israel everything

that they needed to do to turn the vision into reality.

I believe we are at a place where God has spoken the

vision and now he wants us to take the plan he has layed

out so that we can turn our vision into reality.

Pass out the cards: Explain cards.

read the cards from the back.

What we have here is goals for us to accomplish by the

end of 2000. What God is doing is moving us from the

dreaming stage to an action stage.

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