Story Week – Part 3/5 A Young Man with an Ear to Hear – Discordant Sounds

Subliminal sound strikes deep and prides itself on its consistency to wear a person down. That is exactly what the universal sound intended to do in the young man.

Constantly hearing a mantra of hopelessness, the young man would often repeat to himself exactly what the universal sound was saying. “It is what it is.” In the young man’s mind, thoughts of acceptance and escapism worked side by side to keep him from hearing the voice of the I AM. Rather than confront the universal sound head on, he simply retreated from it, yet did not bother to try to defeat it. He was tired and weary. So, in his retreat he disengaged from its reality and escaped into another reality that was more tolerable to him, but equally subversive.

Light TextureThere was a source to the sound that played out in words pummeling the mind of the young man to get his focus off centered from Christ and onto the enemy’s lies and deceptions. It is demonic in nature. It is discordant in essence.

The discordant sound of the enemy lacks harmony and unity. It sustains an atmosphere of conflict, divergence, and confliction. That is what the enemy wanted to draw the young man into – a discordant sound. A spirit of death masks this sound. It will kill dreams in a life filled with promise and hope. It will abort destinies that can change history. It is not compliant but forceful in its own right.

It is illusive in nature and captures the minds and hearts of young men everywhere on the planet. Lyrics of death, visual media that entangles the heart in violence or worse yet, apathy. Rage and anger that lie dormant waiting to be healed in Christ but instead fueled by the discordant sound, finding its expression in the young man’s life. These sounds pull on him with a tight grip. These subversive sounds attempt to kill destiny and purpose in Christ.

God, the great I AM, in Christ Jesus by the power of Holy Spirit takes no heed to subliminal sounds. Truth and perfection in Christ orchestrates and ordains all the sounds on earth. He does not retreat from discordance. By His hand, He lets them play out until that perfect moment when He interjects the sound above all sounds. The sound of goodness, purity, wholeness and healing. The sound of love, destiny and purpose.

Walking towards the lightGod Himself waits in the midst His revelation of light, life and truth – ready to pour forth into the young man’s heart when all other sounds bring him to the point of intimate extraction. Extraction into what? Extraction into the discordant sound itself. This evil sound is not willing to just come in the young man’s life to exploit and divert. This evil source waits to conquer and pronounce itself lord.

God draws young men out who are willing to look at the source of the sound and be willing to move into another way, a more excellent way. This comes at a crucial point in the young man’s life when all seems out of reach, without reason and purpose. Only truth can lead Him away and only light can bring a young man into its presence.

There is indeed a clashing of sounds issuing forth in this day. Make no mistake to think it is cultural, environmental or sourced in the natural. It is a clashing of kingdoms to capture a generation of young men who are destined to do mighty exploits for Jesus Christ. This is indeed truth and truth is absolute – absolutely engaging, absolutely life changing and absolutely able despite all of hell trying to block its path.

Jesus declares loud and strong into the heart of a generation held captive by the discordant sound of chaos. He speaks with simplicity and grace. He speaks in the midst of light, love and life. He speaks.

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:4-5 NKJV)

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63 NKJV)

Jesus said to him, “ I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6 NKJV)

The clear sound of Christ coming forth in the midst of darkness. There is no reason for any who are concerned about the condition of young men everywhere to be dismayed or in despair for Christ is alive and speaks forth in clarity and truth. Even though at this point in his life, the young man does not appear to be listening, yet the words of life pierce through the darkness, intent on reaching his heart. Do we underestimate the power of light in Christ to overcome and be victorious in a generation that seems in many ways to be held captive by a discordant sound? Christ has triumphed over principalities and darkness. We only need recognize that the battle we fight has already been won even in the midst of knowing that the darkness does not concede that easily.

More to come…..

In Christ, Debra Westbrook

DebraRivers of Eden Ministry is called to challenge people to a life of creativity, revelation and intimacy in Christ. Marvin and I look forward to hearing from you, allowing us the opportunity to minister in the grace and love of Christ in your gathering, church, home group or conference.  Currently we are planning a trip to Kenya in July in which we are looking forward to establishing new relationships with leaders for a Kingdom purpose. Contact us on Facebook or Twitter for more information.

What’s Within The Sound?

listen.520Words hold meaning. Something that is said often reveals that there is something within the sound of the words that holds a deeper meaning than what is actually being said. There is a sound within a sound and if we listen we may even hear what is flowing forth.

Words spoken: “I don’t care what people think.” This is spoken but often what is meant is something like this, “I do care what people think but I will never admit it. Why? Because I am tired of being rejected for who I am. I am angry because of people judging me. I don’t want to put myself ‘out there’ because if it’s not one thing, it’s another.”

Words spoken: “Do you love me? I mean, do you really love me?” This is spoken but often what is meant is something like this, “I need you to fill that void in me that says I am unlovable. Please fill that and show me that someone will love me, finally, for who I am. Just tell me I am worthy to be loved.”

There are sounds within sounds. Are you getting this? Our words may actually mask the reality of hurt, pain, insecurity, anger, or any number of wounds that exist within us. Our words betray us as they flow from the depth of our being.

Religion has a sound that flows forth from the heart of man – man’s wisdom, performance, conditional love, and more. That sound flows forth with what appears to be good intentions. The sound issues forth in commands from denominations, church leadership, and many other ways. This sound subliminally may call you to DO, to ACHIEVE, or to PERFORM in order to get something from God.

It could be subliminal in the message or even outrightly spoken. I am talking about the sound within the sound.  The sound within the sound of good intentions to BE a good Christian had at its source a performance based mentality. Week by week, we may have heard it and we copied the sound in the words that flowed forth from us for that is what we were taught. Our words betrayed what is in our own hearts, often seeking to be loved and accepted but hooked into the subliminal religious message. DO something to BE something more! We were cloned to religion’s sound and we ourselves did not know the void in our own hearts that betrayed us when we spoke.

Yet what about grace. What is the sound of grace? When grace is spoken what do we actually hear? We hear freedom, love, mercy, acceptance, beauty, glory etc. etc. Those are the words that come forth from walking in the reality of grace. Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. Yet, what is the sound within the sound of this wonderful grace. It is the person of Christ Jesus. Not a program. Not an agenda. Not traditions of man. Christ in you. The simplicity of His life in you, in me. He is the sound within the very sound we bring forth. Our heart speaks forth the eternal reality that I am in Christ. That is simple and forthright and true. It is the simplicity of the Gospel of Christ that flows from a life transformed by the eternal reality of grace.

Do you see what I am saying? How much we have changed. I can hear but do I listen? I hear people talk but the reality of their words betray what is in their hearts. When a religious person talks without intimacy in Christ, there is often an emptiness, a void, a cloning that is devoid of life. Many speak, constantly speak – words words words words. I can no longer debate about the words because the sound that comes forth is a masking of the reality of their hearts. AND…..only God can change a heart.

Speaking words seasoned with grace. The foundational sound that echoes in my heart forms my words and they build up and edify and sometimes challenge and confront. Yet I don’t have to defend them because they are truth. I stand in their reality. Do you see this? Jesus is the sound that echoes forth in my sound. And, He actually does that creatively through a life lived in the reality of His life. So when I speak it is how I see Him, and view grace, and see life. The sound within the sound of my words don’t betray a heart that is lost, unloved, seeking but never finding. I am in Him. The sound of my words speak forth my journey in grace – the eternal reality of being positioned in the finished work of the cross while journeying in the experience of it all.

Now this is my post for the day. Sometimes I can get a bit spiritual but I am seer-like in how I see things while at the same time being a bit practical too. Both sides of the brain are working. Today I am asking you to think on this and let it take you further. There are not clear answers but I have spoken into your journey.