This Sunday, April 3rd, 2017. Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing message to finish out our series Over the Top Faith here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.
Over the Top Faith:
Seeing and hearing are connected in the life of a believer. Especially when it comes to the subject of faith.
Here are a few simple principles about sound and hearing that will help you:
- What you hear affects what you believe.
- Significant forces make a significant sound.
- Sound precedes sight.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God,” (Romans 10:17, NKJV).
What you see you produce, and what you hear you believe. Hearing drives belief and belief drives behavior. Faith comes by hearing the promise of God, but doubt and fear come by hearing the problem of the devil. What you hear affects how you feel about what you see.
You can see the same image set to different music and it changes what you feel about the image. For example, in movies there is something called mood music. Alfred Hitchcock was the master mind behind the science of this. With the right sound track, you can scare somebody in an instant. The original music that is written for a film is called the score, or you could call it the background music, and the score is critical as to how the production makes you feel.
Your perception of what you are seeing is massively shaped by what you hear while your seeing it. The devil has mood music that he uses to influence what you believe. He is constantly trying to re-write the score of your life. If the devil is presenting you with a problem, then he sets it to scary music to make you even more afraid.
If you want to change the movie of your life let God change the score.
Faith is an act and the first act of faith is speaking the right thing. So faith speaks the score that God has written over your life. When the devil brings a problem to scare you… SING THE PRAISE SCORE OVER your life. Believing is the attitude of faith, speaking is the initial act of faith.
Their will be other acts of obedience that will follow, but the first act of faith is to agree with God.
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation,” (Romans 10:9–10, NKJV).
Everything that comes from God is accessed the same way. Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth. The spirit of faith must be spoken.
“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,” (2 Corinthians 4:13, NKJV).
What you really believe, you will ultimately speak.
Have you noticed that oftentimes, not always but often, God doesn’t want to speak to you about where you are, but where He says you are headed? Why is that? Because He knows if you listen to His word faith will come and you will begin to speak the truth.
To truly live by faith, you never speak where you are, you speak where you are going. Facts never change the truth, but the truth can definitely change the facts.
Sound precedes movement, and movement precedes sight. For example, you hear the train long before you see the train. Therefore the sound reaches much farther than the sight. The exception to that is light. Nothing travels faster than light, that’s why you see the lightning before you hear the thunder. God is light, so with Him, what you see precedes what you hear, but then you need to say what you saw.
Bottom line is, you are like the train, and your sound precedes your sight. Wherever the sound goes the power will follow. As a Christian, you have the most powerful force in the earth in you, The Resurrection of the Power of Jesus Christ. The creator of the universe lives in you, but the sound you make will determine where you go.
You can’t make a depressing sound and live in joy.
You can’t make a defeated sound and live in victory.
You can’t make a hateful sound and walk in love.
You can’t make a gossiping sound and live in unity.
You can’t make a sound of fear and stay in faith.
Your destiny is voice activated. Heaven, and all of its resources, are attracted to the sound of faith, but Hell, and all it’s resources, are attracted to the sound of fear and doubt.
Faith is the door to the supernatural power of God. Fear is the door to the supernatural power of the devil. Which door do you want to access?
Believing and speaking are the hinges to that door.
Will you reach out and touch Jesus?