The Three-Fold Cord

“The Three-Fold Cord” 12-18-16

Eccles. 4:12 – NIV

  1. Giving

Matt. 6:1-4 – NIV

Three things I want you to know about giving:

  1. God expects us to be “givers” not just “giving”

 

  1. Giving is more than action it is an “attitude”

2 Cor. 9:7 – NIV

  1. God sees our giving, and our “grandstanding” but wants our heart
  2. Prayer

Matt. 6:1-8 – NIV

Five things I want you to know about prayer:

  1. All prayers should be directed to the One and only True God through the name of His One and only Son Jesus (John 16:23)
  2. Prayers are effective because of our relationship with God (John 15:7)
  3. There are several things that will hinder prayers
  4. Selfish motives (James 4:3) B. Living in Sin (Psalm 66:18, Is. 59:2) C. A lack of faith (James 1:6-7, Heb.11:6) D. Pride (James 4:6) E. Praying against His will or Word (1 John 5:14)
  5. Effective praying is not based on feeling (2 Cor. 5:7)
  6. Effective prayer requires patience and persistence (Heb. 10:36, Luke 18:1-2)

III.  Fasting

Matt. 6:16-18 – NIV

Five things I want you to know about Fasting:

  1. Fasting is Biblical and is for today (Matt. 9:15)
  2. Fasting releases spiritual power that will not come any other way (Matt.4:1-2)
  3. Fasting is primarily a surrender of self to God
  4. Fasting is not easy!
  5. Fasting when done with proper motives always gets the attention of God

*The three fold cord of giving, prayer and fasting will bring transformation in your life and circumstances