Christian Life

The One Thing That Leads To Poverty Living

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One day I’m going to tackle Bible memorization!”

“We’re going to have to get together for fellowship sometime soon!”

“”Some day I’m going to really start studying the Scriptures.”

“I sure want to make my life count for something.  I hope it will some day.

“I have a project at home that I’m hoping to get to some time.”

You know the saying, Talk is cheap?”  I believe I know it source – Proverbs 14:23b –

The talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

The one thing that leads us to living an empty, unfulfilled life is only talking about doing something and never getting it accomplished.  It’s easy to talk, but not always as simple to follow through, isn’t it?  We have all kinds of dreams, ambitions and hopes, but they never happen.  Our talk leads to our penury  (our poverty)!   

  • If we’re not careful we can become spiritual paupers because we only talk about what Scripture we wish we could memorize, or what Bible study we’d like to start, what fervent prayer life we’d love to have, or what great book we’d love to read.  If we only talk about it we’re poverty-stricken Christians.
  • Lonely paupers are those who only talk about having fellowship with friends, but never initiate it.  They only dream about the day they’ll lay aside their other plans and do it!
  • Messy paupers never get around to carving out time for that junky closet or the garage that can’t be used for the car, but they sure talk about how nice it would be to park out of the rain.
  • People who never find a place to serve the Lord and others are empty paupers – they kind of aimlessly wander through life just trying to survive another day of their misery.

Are you living the life of some kind of pauper because you’re doing lots of talking about something the Lord has brought to your heart, but you’re not asking Him to help you to accomplish that?  Philippians 2:13 reminds us: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.  Ask the Lord for wisdom about how to accomplish that desire He put in your heart, then claim this promise that says He will give you with both the willing and the doing of it!

Stop talking and start living the rich life of accomplishment!



5 thoughts on “The One Thing That Leads To Poverty Living

  1. I really dislike spiritual buzz words but the word INTENTIONAL that went around a few years ago really convicted me Denise. We must be intentional in living our lives as you point out in your post today! I am learning many things as I get older and I try to implement them in my daily life so that at the end, I will not be a pauper but a millionaire.:)


  2. What a challenge!
    I feel like the queen of “some days.” But… I’m having my first over night house guest this week, so I finally get to practice what I learned from Apples of Gold! And remembered as I’m cleaning and baking that I must give my best to my husband regularly. I’ve learned so much, and learned more as I’ve finally gotten to practice it!
    Thanks for writing every day. Love you, Denise!

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    1. Dear Queen, Scoot over – I’m right there with you on that throne! =)
      I’m so happy to hear of your overnight guests, and I’m praying for you as you prepare. It is such a blessing to my heart to hear the fruit of what you’ve learned coming out in your life!
      You are a blessing, Leah, and I love you, too!


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