Dear friend of Crown, please read our newsletter for June 2014!
What a priviledge it is to be a child of the Lord! What a priviledge it is that the Lord trusts us so much that He appoints us as stewards of His creation.
From a steward it is expected that he will be faithful with all that is given to him. The Lord has entrusted certain possessions to each one of us and He gives us talents and abilities to manage these possessions.
There are two economies: God's economy and the world's economy. In God's economy, God is the Owner and I am the manager of the possessions and money that He entrusts me with and that I must manage according to certain guidelines and principles. In the world's economy, I own everything and I manage everything as I please.
If we are faithful stewards, we will enjoy the following advantages:
- Firstly, we shall have a more intimate relationship with God. In Matthew 25:21 the Master says the following to the servant who was faithful in the implementation of his financial duties:
“Enter into the joy of your Lord”.
- Secondly, God uses money to form our character. Depending on how it is used, it will become a blessing or a curse. The person becomes the master of the money, or the money becomes the master of the person. Throughout Scripture there is a correlation between the development of someone's character and how he spends his money. Money shapes people through the process by which it is gained, saved, spent or given away.
- Thirdly, we will get our finances in order. When we apply God's economic principles in our money matters, we will start getting out of debt, we will spend more wisely, we will save for future goals and give even more towards the work of Christ.
We often struggle when we don't work according to the principles of God's economy and we make mistakes with negative consequences. One of these negative consequences is falling into debt. The amount of debt on government level, within business sectors as well as those of individuals are increasing at an alarming rate. Consumer debt is escalating every second and the debt bubble is like a time bomb waiting to explode. Consumers are even making debt in order to buy food. In South Africa the household debt to income ratio is 78%. This means for every R100.00 earned (after tax), there will only be R22.00 left for food, household expenditures, school fees, electricity, insurance etc. For most people, to save money every month is not a reality anymore. For roughly 60% of economically active people it is impossible to service one or more of their debt accounts...
Every year hundreds of people and businesses are forced to declare bankruptcy. Relationships suffer because of financial pressure and it is the root cause of more than half of all divorces. Lack of income and frustrating work circumstances is common. Suffocating materialism robs people from their spiritual power and joy. The borrower becomes the servant of the lender. (Proverbs 22:7)
Everything seems to be out of control if we look at the facts, but God is still in control. Everyone wants to prosper, but in order to prosper it is necessary to first be faithful in handling your finances.
God gave us the answer for our financial problems!
The principles of how to handle our finances are found in God's Word.
Many people struggle because they aren't aware of these principles and that is why they can't live according to them. There are more than 2,350 verses in the Bible that teach us everything about handling our finances according to God's guidelines. The Lord gave us the material in hand in order to teach people these principles, and if it is applied in your life, it can help to break financial strongholds.
Over the years many people have learned how to apply God's principles by using the Crown Small Group Study. There are Crown materials for children, teenagers, adults and specifically for business people as well. The lessons are applicable to every age and can be done on paper or electronically.
A big thanks again to all our sponsors for their generous contributions, our small group leaders and facilitators for their sacrifices in time and energy. It is your time that you give and your love for the Word that God sees and honors. To our Career Direct consultants who make a direct impact into people's lives and helping to unlock the potential in the lives of individuals. Thank you also to everyone who prays for the ministry so faithfully.
If your congregation wants to get involved with the small group studies or wants to receive more information on all the materials we offer , please contact us. These materials will be a teaching tool to help people attain true financial freedom!
We bless you in the name of Jesus Christ.
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