30 Days to Your Best Year Ever

David CerulloBy David Cerullo4 Minutes

I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on Me, when you come and pray to Me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for Me, you’ll find Me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed… I’ll turn things around for you. (Jeremiah 29:11-14 The Message)

This life-changing devotional guides you on a journey to Your Best Year Ever. Enjoy the following excerpt from Day 13.

The Three-Legged Stool

For this year to be your best year ever, it needs to have a proper spiritual foundation. One of the best illustrations is a simple three-legged stool. If you take away just one of those legs, you’ll have a hard time to keep from falling over. If you take away two of the three legs, the best you can hope for is to somehow balance yourself on the remaining leg so you don’t fall. With all three legs gone, you don’t have a stool anymore—you’re simply sitting flat on the floor, wondering what happened!

In the same way, many Christians today are missing one or more “legs” in their spiritual “stool.” They wonder why they struggle to remain upright and balanced. They may even try to decorate or paint their stool to improve its appearance, but the ability to balance will still be dismal unless all three legs are intact.

We could make a long list of important things that would help bring balance to your spiritual life, but I believe there are three vital legs you can’t do without in your spiritual life if you want to be balanced and grow spiritually this year. These three are absolutely essential, requiring you to spend time daily in…

  • Praise and Worship
  • Reading the Word of God
  • Prayer and Intercession

If all three of these are in proper operation in your life, you will be spiritually strong and balanced, able to deal with the storms of life you encounter. But take away even ONE of these essential spiritual “legs,” and you soon will find yourself faltering!

Embracing the three-legged stool will help you experience new spiritual strength, a more intimate relationship with the Lord, and a powerful new sense of God’s presence and purpose.

God designed us to experience an intimate relationship with Him. In the book of Genesis, we read about how God walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden in the cool of the day, interacting and speaking face to face with them. Until Adam and Eve sinned, they enjoyed sweet, harmonious fellowship with the Lord each day.

In 1913, Austin Miles wrote a song that describes the wonderful, intimate relationship God wants to have with His children. The chorus of “In the Garden” says:

And He walks with me and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own.
And the joys we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

What an incredible picture of the kind of fellowship God wants to have with you. Staying seated on the “three-legged stool” this year will further that kind of intimacy, making you spiritually strong, stable, and victorious in your Christian life.

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