The Three Fold Cord
“a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12).
In his second letter to the church in Corinth, Paul wrote “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal” (2 Corinthians 10:4). We are all very aware that we, the church, are at war against the unclean spirits of darkness, and that God has empowered us to expand His kingdom here on earth. Not only are we empowered, but we are equipped as well. Paul tells us that the weapons that we have been issued are not carnal. The Greek word for carnal is sarkikos which means material, worldly, or pertaining to the flesh. Therefore, if they are not carnal then they are spiritual and they are mighty through God.
Prayer is one of those mighty weapons. According to our Lords’ example of prayer, we are to use this weapon as a means of expanding the Kingdom of God “Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
But it is not the only weapon! In Matthew chapter 17, there was a particular devil that the disciples could not cast out. They asked Jesus why, and he answered “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17: 21).
So when we utilize two weapons together, we are able to release more spiritual power. What if we used three weapons simultaneously?
The United States has over 1 million active military personnel that protect our country at home and abroad. These servicemen and women are well trained and well equipped to do what they have been assigned to do. When a soldier is deployed, they are sent with multiple weapons at their disposal. According to usmilitary.com, the average soldier has the following weapons available to him:
M4A1 Rifle M9 Beretta Pistol
M67 Fragmentation Grenade
M83 White Smoke Grenade
M84 Stun Grenade
These soldiers do not use just one weapon at a time, but depending on the circumstances, they may incorporate several at once to get the job done. I strongly believe that the natural world reflects the spiritual world.
In His sermon on the mount, Jesus reveals three weapons that we have at our disposal. They are listed in this order:
When you give
When you pray
When you fast
All three are powerful when used alone, but what if we used all three together?
When giving, praying, and fasting are practiced together in the life of a Christian, it creates a type of threefold cord that is not easily broken. Could we be missing our greatest breakthroughs because we fail to fast? Remember the thirtyfold, sixtyfold, and hundredfold return Jesus spoke of in Mark 4.
“And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred” (Mark 4:20). Is it possible, that when you pray, you can release a thirtyfold return, and when you are praying and giving it releases a sixtyfold blessing, but when all three: praying, giving, and fasting, are a part of your life, then that hundredfold blessing can be released!
If that’s the case, you have to wonder what blessings are not being released? What answers to prayer are not getting through? What bondages are not being broken because we fail to utilize all three together?
Let’s release the full power of all three of these weapons! This is a threefold cord that is not quickly broken, and remember “We are more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37).
The above article, “The Three Fold Cord” is written by Wesley Witcher.
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