and Roy were discussing the aspects of their lives that occupied
the biggest places in their hearts.
heart was full of love for his family, and it showed. He always
bragged about his wife, Roberta, and the couple's daughter,
hunter, Roy took advantage of every opportunity to hunt. He
always gave half the meat to local orphanages.
one spot in Ray's heart was occupied by the love of his life -
his job. "I have a great job," said Ray. "I started working for
the company about five years ago, and I can go as far as I want
to go. The sky's the limit."
men attended the same church, where Pastor Richard, the church's
minister, was preaching a series of messages entitled "The King
of My Heart." The final message in the series was entitled "Jesus
is Lord of All Your Heart's Kingdoms."
not only seated at the right hand of the father," said the
pastor. "He must be seated on the throne of your heart and my
Richard preached an inspired message, encouraging his
parishioners to make Jesus Christ the Lord of their lives. As he
concluded his message, Pastor Richard extended an invitation. "If
there are things in your lives that have replaced Jesus as the
lord of your life, please come to the alter and let God take his
rightful place on that throne," he pleaded.
and Rick simultaneously made their way to the front of the
church, dropped to their knees and began crying out to the Lord.
With a new refreshing of the Holy Spirit within, all three men
arose and faced the congregation. Rick asked God to forgive him
for setting Roberta and Rita on the throne of his heart. Roy
promised he would no longer place hunting on his heart's throne.
Ray promised God his job would no longer rule his heart. As
always, the merciful Sovereign Lord extended His grace and
forgave the three men.
hands with Pastor Richard and grinned, "It must be nice being a
minister and never have to worry about having all sorts of things
rule your heart."
quite a misconception you have there, Brother Rick," the pastor
smiled back. "You see, I have an issue with watching professional
sports on TV. So no matter the season of the year, I have a
battle almost every evening about whether to read my Bible and
talk to God, or watch a game that will not have a positive impact
on my future or my eternity."
continued, "Sometimes the game wins the battle, and sometimes I
win. I am winning more of these battles, so I know someday soon I
shall win the war!"
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