And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. Acts 2:2-3 (NKJV)
This post is inspired by a message Apostle Ron Carpenter, Senior Pastor of Redemption World Outreach Center, spoke at Bishop Eddie Long’s, Senior Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, church.
As humans we have a tendency to base everything on what we see. Even in our world, the speed of light travels faster than the speed of sound. In the natural what we see always comes before what we hear. But in the supernatural, what you hear always precedes what you see. A sound is always first followed by sight. Impartation comes before revelation.
We find examples of this in the Bible everywhere. Jehoshaphat sent the worshippers first when they were going into battle (See 2 Chronicles 20:1-30), Ezekiel spoke to the dry bones before they came together bone to bone (See Ezekiel 37:1-10), Joshua and the children of Israel had to shout before the walls of Jericho came down (See Joshua 6:20), Gideon and his 300 men blew their trumpets before they saw the Lord deliver the Midianites into their hands (See Judges 7:19-23), and in the verse above we see that the 120, who gathered in the upper room, heard a sound of a mighty rushing wind before they saw the tongues of fire.
Paul tells us that we are to walk by faith and not by sight (See 2 Corinthians 5:7). He also tells us that faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). Too many times we walk around by what we see instead having faith in what we hear from the word of God. I heard Christine Caine, founder of The A21 Campaign, say in her message at Elevation Church’s Code Orange Revival “If you see only what you see, you will never see what you’re suppose to see.” In other words if you believe only in what you see around you, you will never see what God has planned for you in your life. Sound is everything. If you don’t like what you are seeing around you, then change the sound you are making. When Paul and Silas were put into the inner prison and had there feet fastened in stocks, the only thing that they could do was use their mouths. They didn’t make a sound of defeat, but they raised their voices in prayer and praise to God. Suddenly there was an earthquake, the prison was shaken, the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains were loosed (See Acts 16:24-26). We tend to look around at our situation and circumstances in life, and instead of shouting in victory in order to see the walls fall down in our lives, we make a sound of depression, despair, and defeat. It’s time to rise up and start making a different sound. A sound of triumph. A sound of an overcomer. A sound of a champion. A sound of a warrior. A sound of a conqueror. A sound of victory.
I heard Tavner Smith, Pastor of the Movement Student Ministry of Redemption World Outreach Center, give this illustration at Unite Greenville. Back when they use to only fight by hand to hand combat both sides would line up facing each other. Before they would ever start fighting, each army would raise up a sound in order that they might intimidate the opposing forces. When the other army heard a shout that was louder than theirs, they would have second thoughts as to if it was a good idea for them to participate in this war. Well I’m here to say that I believe that the people of God are beginning to rise up and make a sound that has the enemy second guessing whether or not it’s a good idea for him to be participating in this war.
Are you going to rise up and take your place? Are you going to join the sound? Are you going to join in redemption’s song? If you are, then let me hear you shout with a voice of triumph!