Controls Your Life?"
for a moment that your life is represented by a
Inside that circle, in the very center, is a
On that throne sits -- by your choosing -- the
ruling influence in your life.
Who is sitting on the throne of your heart?
put their enemies
on the throne of their hearts.
These people allow their enemies to consume
Hate for their enemies controls their thoughts,
their actions, and their attitudes.
Some put their friends or loved ones on the throne of their hearts.
Many allow their friends or loved ones to
dictate what they wear, what they say, what they do,
even what they believe about God.
Friends can be a blessing or they can be a
Amnon had a friend, but he was the wrong kind
of friend (read 2 Samuel 13).
The Scriptures warn:
"Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company
corrupts good habits’" (1 Corinthians 15:33).
Most put self on the throne of their hearts.
“What’s in it for me?” is the determining
factor in the lives of those who are dominated by
If we will stop and think, however, the most
miserable person and the most selfish person are one
and the same!
should put Christ on the throne of our hearts.
If we would experience an abundant life now
(John 10:10) and eternal life in heaven (Romans 6:23),
we must allow Christ to rule and control our lives!
Christ is Lord (Acts 2:36).
The word “Lord” means master, owner; one
who has power or authority over another.
Is He your Lord?
may argue, “How can life be abundant if I have to
live under the control of someone else?!?”
The beautiful thing about the Lordship of Jesus
Christ is that He is a loving Lord who wants the best
He knows what we do not – He sees what we
And so, to have the greater blessings which are
spiritual in nature, we must trust Him and submit to
For Jesus to be our Lord, we must obey Him. The
Lord instructs us to believe in Him (John 8:24),
repent of our sins (Luke 13:3), be baptized for the
remission of our sins (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38),
and continue to obey Him in all things (Matthew 7:21).
has said, "Not everyone who
says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of
heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in
heaven” (Matthew 7:21).
He has also asked, “But
why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do the
things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).
our individual lives, if Jesus is not Lord of all, He
is not Lord at all.
of us will serve someone.
Each of us will put someone on the throne of
It may be our enemies, our friends or loved
ones, our selves, Christ, or some other.
We’re going to serve someone!
do you serve?
Who is your lord?
David A. Sargent / Glenn Sargent
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
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