“The Book of Proverbs can be likened to being a personal barometer because it contains hundreds of personal indicators that help the believer to visualize his or her personal and spiritual growth in practical living, and gives us ways and means to improvement with clearly marked parameters. Once a believer begins to take in a Proverb and is inspired by that Proverb’s unique personality (every separate Proverb has its own disposition), he or she will begin emulating its inherent instruction as he or she becomes the personification of its incarnate truth(s).
A Proverb once placed in the heart helps us critique our personal disposition through individual situations that come up in our life. A Proverb can point out when we are walking with the Lord on the Path of Righteousness as well as when are off base and are being ill-inspired with the wrong concept in mind, and then stimulate us with the correct thoughts as well as revealing the correct actions to take to get ourselves back into fellowship.
I believe that there are Proverbs specific for every situation that could possibly confront us in everyday living, and finding the correct Proverb to be applied at any given moment is the joyous challenge that will last a lifetime. There are Proverbs from giving to receiving, from acceptance of reproof and correction to offering reproof and correction, from being charitable to proper reception of charity, from turning the other cheek to standing your ground, from when to speak up and when to keep silent, and much, much more. Most always there are several Proverbs for any situation under the sun which can be applied in one’s personal life-living.” ~LMJ~
“An honest question for some people is, how do we know which Church or what group of people is truly founded by God? For some people the answer is obviously clear, the one to which they belong! And this is actually true because all believers have received an unconditional and eternal salvation in the sense that God Himself always looks on the heart rather than at the denomination or the group to which we might belong. For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart– I Samuel 16:7. God is all love and according to His Word, anyone who is saved belongs to Him for eternity because God is no respecter of persons or groups — anyone, anywhere, under any circumstance can become saved and become a member of His household. We become members of the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:27), and we may fellowship with whomever we desire. God is your Father and He is blessed when you are blessed, He is never upset simply because you go somewhere to learn more about Him Who does counsel and comfort in your deepest spiritual thoughts.” ~LMJ~
“Many people in our communities live without giving God a thought, and sin and error are all around us, but still, we are responsible only for our own personal fellowship with God. This is a tough lesson for some Christians to learn, as some have been schooled to bear all the sins and pressures of the world on their shoulders. Many do not realize, accept, or believe that Jesus already carried the sin and burden of the world on his shoulders so that they, as well as we, may walk without those burdens, see Matthew 11:28-30. Paul said that in order to escape all the errors and sins of this world one would need to go out of the world– I Corinthians 5:10, which is practically an impossibility (unless perhaps you are a lone astronaut). Jesus prayed: I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil- John 17:15. Every moment that Jesus’ prayer is fulfilled in our lives, we should be so humbly thankful, and simply being helpful and loving at every opportunity is paramount to becoming more Christ-like in today’s world and this will allow God to open more doors so we can walk through and speak the Word. Any witnessing that does not bring joy, comfort, and hope into someone’s life and home ― is not true witnessing (or it is not the right time and place); because witnessing will always deliver the Gospel of Peace into receptive hearts and homes.” ~LMJ~
“II Peter 1:10 records, Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall. When we accept our heavenly calling and faithfully walk in the knowledge of God’s faithful calling, then we will never fail in our life’s endeavors to have and enjoy a reciprocal relationship of fellowship with both God (Who called us) and His Son Jesus Christ our Lord (who gave his life for you and me).” ~LMJ~