Threefold Cord of Christian Faith
As Christians, there are three things that make up your faith. Prayer, giving, and fasting. All three of these things are so important on your walk with Christ. These are known to be the threefold cord of your faith (Ecclesiastes 4:12). None of the threefold hold a more important value, they are all equally the same.
Prayer is so simple. It is just talking to God the same way you would talk to your friends or family. Prayer could either be out loud or in silence, it could be in private or public. It is how you feel comfortable talking to God. There is no specific way or rule to praying. The bible talks about prayer 2360 times, which shows you the importance of communicating with God. Look at praying as if you are having a conversation with your friend. The more you talk to your friend, the closer you become and the more you learn about them, the more they learn about you. It is the same thing with God, you simply cannot be friends with someone without communicating with them. Prayer is how you communicate with God and keep Him in the loop of your life. Prayer is not only talking to God but also listening to him. Talking to God is one part of prayer, but being able to listen to God is another part of prayer. You have things to tell God and he has things to tell you as well.
Giving. When people hear this word the first thing that comes to mind is money. Sure, giving consists of money but that’s not all. When you accepted Christ into your life you committed to giving your time, energy, money, life, and your love. In John 3:16 it says, “God so loved the world he GAVE….” that verse is a reminder that God loves you so much he gave up his son for you. Because he was willing to scarify his son on the cross for us, as his children we too are called to live a life of giving. As you grow in your walk with Christ you begin to look more and more like Christ. You become more loving, more generous, and yes more giving. Because you serve a generous God we must be generous as well. Your generosity in giving is a demonstration of God’s character to the world.
Fasting is the one that most Christian overlook because it requires the most sacrifice. Fasting is giving up something that you love, for the one you love. It is a way to grow a deeper relationship with God and a way to experience his presence more fully in your life. Fasting should be a normal part of your relationship with Christ. There are different types of fasting, however, not all of them involves food. Many people in the Bible fasted – Moses, David, Daniel, Jesus Christ, Paul, and so much more. If Jesus had to fast before he could go out into the world and evangelize who are you as a Christian to not do so as well. The purpose of fasting is not to just give up -food- but it’s about what you are gaining in your relationship with God.
You will never fully receive what God truly has for you unless you live out your faithfully. As a Christian live out your faith by giving God all that you have access to. Live out your faith by praying, giving, and fasting. Then watch God show up in your life like never before.
Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Brittney Alexis is a 20-year-old college student who resides in Central Florida. She is majoring in Integrated Business and Nonprofit Management. Some of her favorite things consist of reading, journaling, and exploring new places.
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