The Blessing of God
The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.
One of the marks of the blessing of God is that you will lend to others but never need to borrow!
That is what blessing looks like!
However consider some current statistics for both the city that I live in (Auckland) and the great country of New Zealand. Presently 25% of Auckland's rates go on paying interest on our present loans and it is my understanding that we borrow an extra $1 Million a week to run our city … crazy!
In 2013 the NZ Government borrowed $110 Million per week to maintain the social network and to keep the wheels of Government turning. Admittedly that was significantly impacted by the Christchurch earthquake challenges but nonetheless it is staggering. The interest bill on that and our other borrowing will amount to about $3.6 Billion this year! Plus personal and household indebtedness has never been higher in our history. Things are a long way away from the promise of Deuteronomy.
So that is what I love about Liberty Trust! Liberty Trust doesn't stand looking at these statistics and say, "Well that is the just the way it is". Liberty Trust says that there is another way!
Personally, I tell people that Liberty Trust is not about re-financing peoples borrowing Interest Free…That is one thing that Liberty Trust does, but Not what it is about. It is about providing an alternative!
Liberty Trust says, ‘there is a better way’!
When Liberty Trust began Maude and I believed that our children would never need to pay mortgage interest.
Today our 3 married children are all living in their own homes with interest free loans, so be assured 'Liberty' has blessed us but in all cases part of their loans are still from a bank. Our 25 year dream hasn't quite been realised but our dream is abundantly clear that we do want this for our Grandchildren!
This week I became a Poppa for the first time and will have a double membership to this exclusive club before Christmas – by Christmas day both these little ones will be signed up to Liberty Trust….and they will NEVER pay Mortgage interest! I am hoping that both sets of parents will contribute to these children’s future with Liberty Trust but I do know that their Grandparents will. 'A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children'!
Liberty Trust is – an amazing alternative:
Let me telI you my dream because I have a dream…
Of Churches where everyone who wants to is able to live in their own home.
Of a Church where no-one pays Mortgage Interest.
Of a Church in which no-one is in debt, including church buildings!
‘… You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow…’
You can be a part of that Church. My challenge to you is, ‘Will you join the adventure today? Sign up for yourself, for your children, for your grandchildren, for your church or for a friend! The normal question is, ‘How much is it going to cost?’ The answer is simple. How much can you afford? At the time that it is your turn to receive a loan you can apply to borrow five times what you have contributed. This may be the total amount you need, or may simply replace part of your loan or perhaps provide you with a deposit. Start with what you can and see what God will do.
Recently I was sharing with a friend who some years ago was very influential in Liberty Trust. I was telling her some current statistics about the work - that we took almost 8 years to loan our first 1 Million Dollars but that we now do that every 3 months and the pace is increasing all of time. That we have now loaned approximately $32,000,000 to great New Zealand Churches and families. The persons response was typical, I would now say common when I engage in such conversations …"I don’t know why we didn’t join up"!’
I do – they never got around to it! They believed in what we were doing, they knew it was going to do good for those who got involved but they simply didn't fill out a form and begin...for themselves or for their children. There are others reading this for which this statement is altogether relevant. You have meant to but …
I am a passionate man! I want the best for you. I hate interest and debt – it mocks at the blessing of God in our lives!
So I have a challenge for you today - choose to 'sign up' to Liberty Trust - to become part of an alternative! You will not regret it, you will make a difference in the lives of others and in your own! I will celebrate with you when you do!