Prominent pastor and Christian author David Jeremiah is encouraging believers to not get stuck in the turmoil of 2020 but believe that God’s best for their life is ahead of them through his new book, Forward.
“You need to get up every day and realize that the very best thing God has for you is out in front,” the pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California, told The Christian Post.
He does not believe that the upcoming election, the pandemic or anything else should cause Christians to miss what God has for them or cause them to veer from their God-given purpose.
“This world needs Jesus no matter who’s in the White House,” said Jeremiah, also the host of the radio and TV program “Turning Point.”
The pastor’s latest book highlights how powerful the presence of God is, which helps everyone fulfill their God-given dreams despite the crises America is currently facing. “If we stand firm in God, we can move forward,” the book states.
The following is an edited transcript of The Christian Post’s interview with Jeremiah, where the New York Times bestselling author offers advice on reducing the many distractions, pressing into God’s presence, and overcoming depression and reveals what he will do after the upcoming election.
Christian Post: You’ve written over 50 books in your writing career. What important message are you sharing in Forward that is different from the topics you’ve discussed in the past?
Jeremiah: This book is about getting unstuck. You know, so many people have gone through COVID-19, they’ve been in shelter, their whole lives have been turned upside down. Sometimes when that happens, it’s hard for us to regain momentum and get started again and God never intended for us to get blown off course by this. We have to go through this, but you know, when you go through something you come out on the other side, you don’t stay there. I talked to a lot of people who are frightened, they don’t know what to do and so they’re just hunkering down and in my estimation, it’s time for us to start going forward again. We can’t stay in limbo the rest of our lives; it’s time to move forward and that’s what this book is about.
CP: Your book is calling people to dream bigger and have a bright vision for the future but 2020 has been pretty dim. What advice do you have for Christians to march on forward following this year?
Jeremiah: I use an illustration in the book that when you get in your car and you sit down in the driver’s seat, you have this great big windshield in front of you to see the future. And you have this little tiny rearview mirror to see the past. Yeah. I think what’s happening now to some people is still they’re living their life in the rearview mirror. They’re thinking about how bad 2020 has been. What about 2021? What about the future? If we stay stuck in the problems of 2020 we will never be ready to move forward into the opportunities of 2021.
That’s why you have to have this dream about what you believe God wants you to do, what He’s put in your heart to do. You have to believe that dream and you have to cultivate it. I tell people, “Put it in Technicolor so that you see it clearly” because if you don’t see that dream, if you don’t understand what God wants you to do, you will never be able to do it and you will never be able to get anybody to go along with you to do it either. You have to have this dream fully formed in your mind.
I use the illustration in that chapter of David’s dream for building the temple because the Ark of the Covenant was in a tent, and he was living in a cedar paneled house. And he felt like it was right for them to build this beautiful temple. He didn’t get to do it himself because God said he was a man of blood and of war. But he enabled his son Solomon to do it and so the result of that is Solomon’s temple.
CP: The book was inspired by a song written and performed by Tommy Walker. Can you briefly share how that came about?
Jeremiah: Tommy Walker’s a friend; the book is dedicated to him. He came to our church to share with us his gift on a Sunday morning. We had already planned for him to stay over and do a concert Sunday night. He brought his daughter and his musicians and backup singers and it was in a wonderful concert. At the end of the concert, he said, “I wrote a song recently and I think I should sing this before we close.” Then he sang the song called “Forward.” I turned to my wife and I said, “This is what I’ve been thinking about. I think that’s the name of my next book, Forward.” In the song, he talks about how we get stuck in our safe places and we get afraid to move out and do the things that God calls us to do and it’s time for us to move forward. It was such a blessing to me and actually, in the book we have a place where you can go to YouTube and pull it up and watch it.
CP: While the world is in transition it’s a great time for people to get unstuck.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law