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Topic: Threefold Cord (04/12/12)
TITLE: Triple Threat
By Kathy Stevens
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Who was man enough to do it? Not a full-grown man at all, but a young man who knew, above every circumstance, who he was. He had already done everything he seemed too young to do. He had killed a bear and a lion that threatened his sheep. Now he saw a larger predator who threatened God’s people. This made him mad.
David had been taught the scriptures since childhood, and he knew who he was.
He had spent many days and nights with his sheep, alone, on the country side. Alone, that is, except for the God who created him -- the God to whom he sang and felt the intimacy of love between them -- their hearts being intertwined with a bond that only a very personal relationship could afford.
He knew that the God whom he served was with him.
In the midst of taunting from his brothers about how he was just a boy and he couldn’t -- he spoke with authority. He did not let objections from the world stop what he knew in his heart.
His strong spirit gushed up through his mouth when he told King Saul, “Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”
Moreover David said, “The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” There was no doubt or fear in David. He had seen God’s deliverance too many times to doubt Him now.
Out on the battlefield, the once scenic valley disappeared for David. He had one focus, one goal. He stood fast as Goliath’s curses were hurled at him like a scud-rocket. The Philistine cursed David by his gods, and he said to him, “Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.”
Goliath only had himself and his army to back up his words, but David had his God. Goliath did not have a clue as to Whom he was fighting that day. He thought he was fighting a ruddy-looking boy and was insulted by the prospect. “Can’t they see who I am?”
David launched his own weapons with declarations.
"You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’S, and He will give you into our hands."
David fought and won the battle before he ever took up the five smooth stones. All he had to do was to take the steps to finish it.
He put his hand in his bag and took out a stone. He slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.
Boom! The mountain fell.
When faced with a man who knew who he was, he knew the living God of Israel, he spoke words of faith, and he took action, the mountain had no choice but to obey. Phett! It was gone.
We are a triple threat when we use our threefold cord. It cannot be broken. No mountain of any kind can stand before us.
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