πρωτεύω (prōteuō)

                                                      preeminence chart

 I have listed this chart in the etsy shop, and am writing this so that the verses used can be read by all – how wonderful God’s Word is :)

                       (“Preeminence” in Greek letters/πρωτεύω (prōteuō) )

                                                          πρωτεύω

Giving thanks unto the Father…who hath delivered
us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us
into the kingdom of his dear Son:
In whom we have redemption through his blood,
even the forgiveness of sins:
Who is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of every creature:
For by him were all things created,
that are in heaven, and that are in earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones, or
dominions, or principalities, or powers:
all things were created by him, and for him:
And, he is before all things, and by him all things consist
And he is the head of the body, the church:
who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead;
that in all things he might have
the preeminence.
colossians 1:12-18

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In The Palace

AP photo from www.businessinsider.com

So, the rebels came in, and threw the strong man (woman) out
the Gadhafi/Qaddafi’s.
…..but who replaced whom? 
And, who will be in charge? –
it is the same in our hearts – we push something out, and something stronger takes it’s place.
We are governed by a leader in our hearts – 
it is either the Rebels, or a Gadhafi…….
unless it is the Lord Jesus Christ enthroned.  
 
Who’s on the throne in your heart?  If it is not Lord Jesus, it should be – for your life, soul and eternity are at stake:
  “But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, 
 then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 
   When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; 
 but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, 
 he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. 
   Whoever is not with me is against me, 
 and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 
   When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, 
it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, 
I will return to my house from which I came.’ 
 And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order.
Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, 
 and they enter and dwell there. 
                                And the last state of that person is worse than the first.”  luke 11:20-26

Note, [1.]The heart is a palace, a noble dwelling; but the unsanctified heart is the devil’s palace. His will is obeyed, his interests are served, and the militia is in his hands; he usurps the throne in the soul. 

[2.] The devil, as a strong man armed, keeps this palace, does all he can to secure it to himself, and to fortify it against Christ. All the prejudices with which he hardens men’s hearts against truth and holiness are the strong-holds which he erects for the keeping of his palace; this palace is his garrison.

[3.] There is a kind of peace in the palace of an unconverted soul, while the devil, as a strong man armed, keeps it. The sinner has a good opinion of himself, is very secure and merry, has no doubt concerning the goodness of his state nor any dread of the judgment to come; he flatters himself in his own eyes, and cries peace to himself. 
Before Christ appeared, all was quiet, because all went one way; but the preaching of the gospel disturbed the peace of the devil’s palace. 

(2.) The wonderful change that is made in conversion, which is Christ’s victory over this usurper. Satan is a strong man armed; but our Lord Jesus is stronger than he, as God, as Mediator. If we speak of strength, he is strong: more are with us than against us.

The conversion of a soul to God is Christ’s victory over the devil and his power in that soul, restoring the soul to its liberty, and recovering his own interest in it and dominion over it.

[2.] The evidences of this victory. First, He takes from him all his armour wherein he trusted. The devil is a confident adversary; he trusts to his armour, as Pharaoh to his rivers (Eze. 29:3): but Christ disarms him. When the power of sin and corruption in the soul is broken, when the mistakes are rectified, the eyes opened, the heart humbled and changed, and made serious and spiritual, then Satan’s armour is taken away. ….

The prince of the devils may give leave, nay, may give order, to his forces to retreat, or make a feint, to draw the poor deluded soul into an ambush; but Christ, as he gives a total, so he gives a final, defeat to the enemy.  ”  from Matthew Henry’s commentary on Luke 11

Does Christ Reign in You, Yet?

Do you have your reusable bag?

The plastic bag by eyetOy

they are now *”banished”  from the local markets – the reusable plastic bags that I collect and reuse…
Clerks have told me…repeatedly…that the bags would be banished!…though I really wanted to ignore it  –

 
Whether I have a reusable bag, or not, or even whether reusable bags are banned or not is meaningless

ignoring God is entirely different

 where will you go eternally? 
Haven’t you heard?

we all will pay for our sins.  you think you are paying now? guess again – the federal debt of trillions of dollars can be paid off but you and I cannot pay for our sins – not even one.  Eternal death is the penalty – don’t believe in eternity? – guess again;
your soul is eternal; plastic bags are not. so, while folks are running around worrying about having too many plastic bags supplied by markets, grocery stores and the like, and what a great achievement it is to have the bags “banned”,


I am saying – grab your salvation while you can! please! you need it, and Lord Jesus Christ is the One and Only Way – He paid your debt!  And the gift of life in Jesus Christ, the gift of grace is free – receive it…….
or not,


 and the wrath of God is something only Lord Jesus could satisfy  – get your account clean with Him now, please –
you will spend eternity paying for it in horror, without grace or mercy…only His Wrath punishing you eternally

just like all the folks telling me that the bags would be banished one day, I ignored it, and here it is ……there WILL come a day when it WILL be too late for you to make a decision –


Time to get yourself right with God – right now, between you and Him and you can do so by praying to God from your heart and mouth-
talk to Him – He needs to hear from you

plastics bags do not matter.

You do.

*Los Angeles County, however, they may still be found

rejoice! yes – do it :)

i will rejoice by adrienne berry
Encouraged by Savannah’s blog , Christie Cottage
and the beautiful, inspired art by the gifted artist, Adrienne Berry
here is a Scripture for Scripture Sunday:
– yes you got that right – 
Rejoice!! Always – 
not just when you feel like it…
                           not just when things are comfortable
not just when there is no suffering...
           nope……!!!

ALWAYS!!!!!  Halleluiah!! He lives!! His joy is IN YOU!! and if it isn’t…don’t you want it to be? His Joy never varies or changes…like Him…the same yesterday today and forever :)