Summary: We underestimate its power. It can change the outcome and the atmosphere. It can determine victory. What sound is your life producing?
Pt. 1 – Sound Doctrine
It doesn't seem possible but a new year is upon us. Some of have sadly waved goodbye to a year that they will fondly remember. Others "waved" in an another manner at a year that was filled with pain, heartache and detours and so now they are hoping this year will be the dream year. So the first of the year is an important time to start things off right. So this morning I want to begin the year by talking to you about a subject that God has been dealing with me about for close to a year now. I honestly think I am going to say some very prophetic things for some of you individually and I know for us corporately. So let's all do our best to listen carefully and prayerfully!
I want us to start this year off by talking about sound!
Sound has power. The account of Creation is about sound! God spoke things into existence. The sound of God's voice caused action and reaction! Sound wasn't just used for communication but from day one we learn that sound was used for creation! Sound sets atmosphere and mood.
With keyboard ... We underestimate the power of sound. Therefore we fail to investigate its importance. So weakness begins to permeate our lives. It is time to let sound reverberate.
Now with organ . . . Only thing that changed was sound.
Sound pulls stuff out of you! Sound can cause you to dance when you don't feel like dancing. Why do you think the world spends millions of dollars to outfit venues with more than a radio shack karaoke mic and amplifier? They understand the power of sound! Our problem is that our world has learned to harness the power of sound more effectively than the children of God. So as we move forward we need to learn some sound doctrine!
Text: Joshua 6:10-17, 20
10 Joshua had given orders to the people, “Don’t shout. In fact, don’t even speak—not so much as a whisper until you hear me say, ‘Shout!’—then shout away!”
11-13 He sent the Chest of God on its way around the city. It circled once, came back to camp, and stayed for the night. Joshua was up early the next morning and the priests took up the Chest of God. The seven priests carrying the seven ram’s horn trumpets marched before the Chest of God, marching and blowing the trumpets, with the armed guard marching before and the rear guard marching after. Marching and blowing of trumpets!
14 On the second day they again circled the city once and returned to camp. They did this six days.
15-17 When the seventh day came, they got up early and marched around the city this same way but seven times—yes, this day they circled the city seven times. On the seventh time around the priests blew the trumpets and Joshua signaled the people, “Shout!—God has given you the city! The city and everything in it is under a holy curse and offered up to God.
20 The priests blew the trumpets. When the people heard the blast of the trumpets, they gave a thunderclap shout. The wall fell at once. The people rushed straight into the city and took it.
This is a familiar story but I want to remind you that it revolves around sound!
a. Sound precedes Victory!
Joshua gave very specific instructions. March in silence. Shout. Then the wall falls down. Notice he didn't say march, wall falls down and then you shout.
Too many of us never see the wall fall because we have lost our sound! We want to see the thing then shout. We want to obtain the miracle then praise. We want to be healed then dance. We want to see the provision then shout! We have lost all concept of the sacrifice of praise. The praise that God calls us too that makes no sense in the natural! The praise that hurts because we haven't see the change yet. The praise that costs!
You have to understand the situation. On day 7 they had no reason to shout. They were no closer to victory than they were on day one, they were still locked out and blocked out. I don't think someone, at the end of the day 6 marching routine, spotted a hairline fracture in the wall and spread the word, so that now on day 7 they are pumped up!
They sounded victorious before they were! If we could ever learn to get our sound to match the miracle before we ever see the miracle our world would change!
Too many of you have a shout that resembles your situation. You have got to learn that your situation will line up to your shout!