Day 189 “Siksik, Liglig at Umaapaw” Book Review | Give to God what belongs to Him

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Continuing on from: https://rinacca.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/day-179-work-hard-make-it-your-ambition-to-work-with-your-own-hands/
Chapter title: Give to God what belongs to Him

Key points:

  • Yahweh God knows His place pf authority and since He is in authority, He knows how to demand respect from us creatures.
  • Matthew 22:21
  • Give to God what belongs to God.
  • People can be prosperous by giving to the government (in the form of taxes) and to God (basically we can give God anything but we can’t outgive Him.)
  • The two great authorities in life we need to obey: authority of Lord Jesus Christ and authority of the government.
  • We give to God through tithes. The 10% of what we have (whether gross or net).
  • Hebrews 7:4
  • 1Samuel 8:10-18
  • Genesis 28:22
  • Types of tithes: firstfruits, firstlings, fiesta tithe, crops tithes, temple tax
  • Proverbs 3:9
  • Exodus 13:12,13
  • Deuteronomy 14:22-23
  • Deuteronomy 14:24-26
  • Malachi 3:10
  • God’s law is not optional. God said it therefore God mean it. It’s not a suggestion on our part that it’s alright if we don’t follow because God is a God of justice.
  • Numbers 18:21
  • Declaration of honesty in giving tithes
  • Deuteronomy 26:13-15
  • Aside from tithes, there is another thing we give to God in the form of offering.
  • Offering back in the Old Testament is a way to cover people’s sins. But now Lord Jesus Christ made that offering, we do benevolence offerings as an act of saying “thank you” to our Savior.
  • Different types of (Old Testament) offerings: sin offering, guilt offering, peace offering, food offering, drink offering, heave or wave offering 
  • Exodus 29:10
  • God loves a cheerful giver
  • 2 Corinthians 9:7
  • A cheerful giver is a ready giver without grudge, without regret but happy.
  • The Lord does not count what you put in the box. Instead, the Lord counts what is left in your pocket after you have put offerings in the box.
  • The sincerity of our hearts is what God sees.
  • We give to God not because God needs it but in order for God to bless us even more!
  • We should tithe even out of our own needs.
  • Cheerful giving is one of the greatest joys of spirituality.
  • Galatians 6:7
  • A man reaps what he sows. If you are generous in giving, you’ll receive generous harvest.
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6
  • Malachi 3:8-12
  • The obedient giver is blessed with abundance and with protection.
  • Blessings come in many forms more than just cold cash.
  • The giver is blessed beyond his needs into abundance for good work.
  • Luke 6:38
  • The Lord hates dishonest scales
  • A good measure-siksik-walang daya
  • Pressed down-liglig
  • Umaapaw (or overflowing)
  • There is a curse on a nation that does not tithe

Striking verse for me:

2 Corinthians 9:6

But this I say, he which sow sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sow bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

Wrong mindsets the author pointed out:

  • Marrying a pastor is equivalent to poverty or austere lifestyle.
  • Your charitable acts are not tithes! So don’t say there are tithes. It’s a tithe if you give it directly to the Church and let the Church decide what to do with the tithe you gave them.
  • Oftentimes we give worn out, little denomination bills to Church in the form of tithes and offerings. And yet, we use our crisp new bills on shopping.

Right mindsets:

  • You as a parent should know your authority and how to assert it to your children. If your children won’t follow, don’t say it’s alright.

Last words:

“Give to God what belongs to Him. The secret of having is in giving.”-Ed Lapiz

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