“A pauper’s oath is a sworn statement or oath by a person that he or she is completely destitute or a pauper, i.e. without any money or property.
Historically, especially during the Great Depression, the pauper’s oath was required as a prerequisite for receiving welfare or other forms of government relief in the United States.”
The more I draw nearer to God, the more He teaches me that I have nothing of myself. I am completely destitute, fully dependent on Him to live. Apart from Him I have nothing good. As I daily fight the battle against the debilitating fears, emotions, and desires of my own self I must realize that I do not fight this battle in my own means. All of my righteousness, goodness, and merit is of God. I do solemnly declare the pauper’s oath. I have nothing. I am completely dependent on another and in this my heart rests.
“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption – that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord’.” 1 Corinthians 1:30-31
“THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INTEREST AND COMMITMENT. WHEN YOU ARE INTERESTED IN DOING SOMETHING THEN YOU ONLY DO IT WHEN IT’S CONVENIENT. WHEN YOU ARE COMMITTED TO SOMETHING; YOU ACCEPT NO EXCUSES; ONLY RESULTS.”
What have you been waiting until tomorrow to start? When we put things off until tomorrow… tomorrow never comes… we never do it [reality check]. Start right now. MAKE IT HAPPEN! =)
Whenever we are struggling to keep a new commitment or make a transformation, I believe that it is important to remember:
It is not that the old way of life becomes unappealing, it is that a new PASSION overcomes those old appeals!
What I’m saying is that whether we are struggling with overcoming sin or becoming healthier, we must understand that just because we made a decision to turn from our old ways does not mean that the old way of life will become any less appealing. Unfortunately, sin will not instantly lose it’s sparkle nor will Ben and Jerry’s Cookies N’ Cream ice cream taste any less heavenly (why, why, why does it have to be so good?!) We have got to understand that whenever a change is being made in our lives, our old ways will still appeal to us. We only overcome them when a new passion greater than our old way of life is born.
“…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe…”
Lord, I do not know You in this way yet, but I need to. May I understand the HOPE of your calling and the RICHES of Your glory. May I be so rooted in the knowledge of who You are that EVERY OTHER desire that competes for my heart becomes as nothing. Open the eyes of my understanding. Consume me.