Summary: We underestimate its power. It can change the outcome and the atmosphere. It can determine victory. What sound is your life producing?
Pt. 4 – Sound Barriers
If you have been here the last 3 weeks then you are surely becoming convinced that there is power in sound. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and that is probably true. However, as powerful as sight is sound rivals its impact. You simply change the sound and the feeling, impact, results change!
I stated that our problem is that our world has learned to harness the power of sound more effectively than the children of God. So I have been trying my best to teach you some principles and truths about sound.
Week 1: Sound precedes victory. Your situation will line up with your sound. Silence is for a season. You can't accept silence as a substitute for sound.
Week 2: Sound must not be tied to your sight. Otherwise on your good day you will have sound but in the midnight hour you will be silent and defeated. Your sound must seep. Your sound isn't really for you. It as we hear from each other that we find strength!
Week 3: Sound draws people. If no one is being drawn to us they won't be drawn to God. I challenged you and asked, "Is the sound of your life drawing anyone?" Then I challenged you that the sound components that caused the greatest revival man has ever seen are the same components we need today. The sound of praise marked by the sound of Pentecost! It is Spirit breathed, empowered praise that will draw people to us and ultimately to God!
So today let's keep going and maybe wrap this thing up by talking about Sound Barriers!
Text: Luke 18:1-8 (read on your own), 35-42
He came to the outskirts of Jericho. A blind man was sitting beside the road asking for handouts. When he heard the rustle of the crowd, he asked what was going on. They told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is going by.” He yelled, “Jesus! Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!” Those ahead of Jesus told the man to shut up, but he only yelled all the louder, “Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and ordered him to be brought over. When he had come near, Jesus asked, “What do you want from me?” He said, “Master, I want to see again.” Jesus said, “Go ahead—see again! Your faith has saved and healed you!” The healing was instant: He looked up, seeing—and then followed Jesus, glorifying God. Everyone in the street joined in, shouting praise to God.
This passage reteach many of the lessons that I have already taught you. It shows us that the crowd had a shout after they saw miracles but this man had a shout prior to his miracle. His sound changed his sight. In fact, when Jesus responds to him Jesus says, "Your faith has made you whole." What faith? This man's faith was exhibited by his sound! His sound wasn't tied to his sight it was tied to his spirit. When you can't even see you can still sound! Your sound may actually bring you sight. His sound seeped. Others were impacted by his sound.
However, the aspect of this passage that I want to hone in on is important because many of you for the first time or for the first time in a long time are beginning to make a sound, embrace your sound, move out of silence into victory and it is imperative for you to learn the main lessons of this account. There are two:
a. You will encounter Sound Barriers!
This man has the greatest opportunity of a life time! He has the chance to meet Jesus face-to-face! He jumps at that opportunity. Jesus is going to pass by where I live! When he hears this news he begins to yell to Jesus! Our desperation is usually revealed by our sound! Immediately he encounters sound barriers! People that have already seen Jesus, encountered Jesus, perhaps have even been touched by Jesus immediately step in and try to quite this man's sound.
"The biggest threat to the church today is fans who call themselves Christians but aren’t actually interested in following Christ. They want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires anything from them." - Kyle Idleman
The people that resisted the sound were those who were around Jesus but had no desire to be changed by Jesus or had already been changed by Jesus and wanted to keep Him all to themselves. They didn't want anyone else to touch Him. Their mentality must have been "Bless me and I am good. Bless them and I have a problem!"
I have news for you today . . . being around Jesus is great . . . being touched by Him is better. Some of you have been around Him for long time but have you been touched? Those of you who need a touch can't allow those around Jesus to silence them.