Summary: We underestimate its power. It can change the outcome and the atmosphere. It can determine victory. What sound is your life producing?
Pt. 3 – Sound Stage
We have been talking about the importance of sound. I stated that our problem is that our world has learned to harness the power of sound more effectively than the children of God. Our world understand that sound has the ability to create and produce change.
So on week 1 I challenged you out of the account of Joshua's instructions at Jericho to learn that sound precedes victory. If you lose your shout you lose victory. You must sound victorious even before you are victorious. Your shout can't resemble your situation but rather your situation will line up with your shout! I told you that silence is for a season. There is nothing wrong with seasonal silence. However, I am concerned that some of you have accepted silence as a substitute for sound. The enemy will try to keep you quiet so he can keep you in bondage.
Last week we talked about Sound Seep. Remember that out of the account of Paul and Silas in jail we learned that your sound can't be tied to your sight!
Your sound must be tied to your spirit instead! That's why David said I can praise Him in the day and declare His faithfulness by night! We also learned that your sound isn't really for you! Your sound must seep. We need each other's sound. Look at your neighbor and say, "I have been waiting to hear you all week!" Your sound has the ability to reach all around you and encourage, empower, infuse someone else with joy, faith, strength, and trust again!
So today I want to once again deal with sound by taking you into another Sound Scripture.
Text: Acts 2:1-6, 11, 41
When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them. There were many Jews staying in Jerusalem just then, devout pilgrims from all over the world. When they heard the sound, they came on the run.
11 . . .we hear them speaking in our tongues the mighty works of God.
41 That day about three thousand took him at his word, were baptized and were signed up. They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers.
If you will allow me this morning I want to deal with one sound lesson and then break down the components of the sound that set the stage for such a great revival and move of God!
a. Sound draws people!
The one lesson I want to teach you today is what we learn in Acts. Notice if you will that on the Day of Pentecost a sound invades the room where the disciples are hiding. However, I also think we have read verse 2 and then failed to keep reading. The sound seeped. The sound not only invaded their sanctuary verse 5 states that without the benefit of amplifiers or speakers people all over the city heard the sound! And in the very next breath the writer states and when the people heard the sound they came on the run to find out what was going on!
Stated simply. Sound drew people! The people were drawn first to the sound then they were drawn to God.
Could it be that if people aren't drawn to our God it is because they aren't drawn to our sound?
Is your sound distinct, different, or appealing? Is your sound drawing anyone? If no one is running towards us, then could it be that we have stifled the sound?
I want to prophetically declare that we will see people drawn when we learn to consistently release the sound!
I honestly can say after the last two weeks that I believe we have arrived at an important fork in the road! The stage is set or in this case the sound stage is set. It is one of those points in time where we have to choose who we are and whether or not we will go backwards or keep pressing forwards. Will you continue to come in here and release a sound (even when you don't feel like it) so that that sound permeates our life so that we can take it out there! What started in private went public!
This can't be a series thing where when I shift to a different topic our sound stops. As a body we are at a moment where I believe we are literally defining and fine tuning our sound. We are hearing the sound we have been praying for, were planted for, and believing for for five years and if we shut it down now we go backwards and we become marginalized. People run to a different sound. People are drawn to sound. I have seen this first hand. I took my kids to Guatemala and then took another trip to South Africa and in both places all you have do to gather a crowd is set up a small speaker and starting playing music or start singing. People flock around you to see what is happening. Sound gathers! So corporately we must find out sound and individually you must hone your sound.