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How Should We Relate with One Another as Believers?

by: Pastor Isaias T. Songcuan Jr.

In Ephesians 4: 32 states, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (ESV).” Meaning, be quick to forgive. CHRIST’s forgiveness should always be the basis of our forgiveness to others. The way and manner we relate with one another as members of the body of CHRIST should  reflect the character and nature of our SAVIOUR and MASTER, JESUS CHRIST. This is expected from all believers for we are now partakers of His Divine Nature. Having escaped the corruption that is in the world through “Desire and Appetite.”

Our relationships must be based on Love as JESUS “Commanded” us to Love one another. This is the new Commandment He Has Given unto us (John 13:34-35). All other actions in our relationship with others tied up in love which is the bond of “Perfectness.” When we have genuine love for each other it can prove to the world that we are CHRIST disciples. We must bear one another’s burden to fulfill the law of CHRIST. Let us do good to all men, especially to those in the household of faith.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35, ESV).”

Another Major way of relating with one another is to uphold ourselves in prayers and encourage one another in the LORD, and urge one another to love and to good works. We must see to it that we assist the “Spiritually” weak, by “Strengthening” them in the LORD.  Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interest of others (Philippians 2:4). Meaning, don’t look to only one’s own thing, but also in the affairs of others. In Matthew 20:25-27, JESUS stressed about Worldly greatness which is opposite of “Spiritual Greatness.” The believer is not to pursue or crave worldly greatness. Jesus emphasized more about this in verse 27, stating, “and whoever would be first among you must be your slave (ESV).” It means, one  is giving himself entirely to another’s desire. We see from the Scriptures that leaders should be Servants, not Masters. They should be conscious of this fact in their relationships with members of their Various groups and units. They must also realize that their leadership role is merely a service they are providing unto the LORD. It is not supposed to be an “Entrance” for abusing (take advantage) to the Flock they are to oversee.

The leaders must never show partiality in their interaction with those they are leading. They must treat all with fairness and non-partisanship, not preferring one to the other. JESUS treated all his disciples and the people around him equally during His earthly ministry. HE associated freely with the High, Low, the great, the Small, the Rich, and the poor alike. We must realize that before CHRIST, we are the same for we are all “Redeemed” by HIS Precious Blood.

As members of the body of CHRIST, there is a need for us to relate warmly with one another. The basis of our relationship must be LOVE. There must be Unity in the body of Christ as we fellowship with GOD and with one another. We are properly joined together for we are one in CHRIST. Therefore, let us consider one another to instigate unto love and to good deeds. It is only through this means that we attract  unbelievers to come and accept JESUS as LORD and Personal Savior. In Christ, genuine love exist, there is mutual respect for each other, we are bound in Peace, Harmony, and Progress in the Group. The HOLY SPIRIT will surely move among the believers. Surely, there will be manifestation of gifts of the SPIRIT in a church as well. Moreover, GOD will “Command”  HIS Blessings over His Faithful Children. To  GOD  Be The Glory!

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Is It Possible to Have a Holy Life?

by: Pastor Isaias T. Songcuan Jr.

Is it possible to live a Holy life in today’ s world? Every period of  time and civilization in world History has always its temptation. In fact, temptation already begun in the time of Adam and Eve. However, each  period there’s always a record of  people who chose to be different by living for God. 

One of these people who chose Godly living was Noah. During those time people practice wickedness and they did what is evil continually in the eyes of  the Lord (Genesis 6 :11-12 ). In contrast with their actions, Noah chose to be different. He found grace and favor in the eyes of God. In  Lot days, the nephew of  Abraham (Genesis 11:27). The immorality had  reached its  peak with the general acceptance of  homosexuality as a way of  life (Sodom and Gomorrah, Genesis 19).  However, Lot chose to be different. His soul was troubled daily with the deeds of the people. 

The issue of the society being difficult to analyzed or understand today. It seems this is an excuse for continuing to sin, because these sins are being justified by the sinners They have always some alibis, grounds, and defense of continue living in sin. It is clear that in the History of  mankind,  there were attempts by man even today to call sin different names. In contents and practices,  sin has not change. Sin is sin. Modern man in his complex society,  may describe immorality as fun. Cheating as making some runs,    Stealing as doing  business, acts of fornication, adultery, covetousness,  and greed.

Is it  still possible to live for God in today’s  world? Every believer should bear and  keeps inside the mind that God’s standard, and goal in life are different from the society. Our decisions, actions, and reactions in any situations should be guided by the word of God. Not by the ideas of  people no matter  how  well- placed such person is or political circles. The  Lord remains our perfect example. He is the one we must decide to follow and listen to. God’s grace will always be available to us as we are determined to obey Him in all circumstances of life. 

The  list of activities that can contaminate and destroy a believer’s life is plenty and superabundant. However, the believer of Jesus Christ can avoid or stay away from such things by-making up his mind to stay away from all  appearance of evil. Take time to meditate these Bible verses: 1 Thessalonians 5:22, and 1 Corinthians 15:33, “Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals (ESV).” Keeping company with evil inclined person breeds evil behavior.  

These are 6 factors that will help us maintain holiness as the Lord’s  representative and ambassadors in this world  includes ;

 1). Regular prayer life.  

The believer must have a regular and  personal prayer life .  He must develop a habit of  praying . The  Lord  teaches that men ought to pray  and not to faint.

“Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17, ESV).”

2). Studying  the word of  God. 

Many  believers are lazy when it comes to reading and studying scriptures.  Read your Bible, and pray everyday if you  want to grow.

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way (Joshua 1:8, ESV).”

3). Submit yourself to God.

We  must bear and  keep in mind our God is supreme and ultimate power,  and so He must be allowed to work out His plans and purposes in our lives as our  sovereign  God.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7, ESV).”

4). Surrender everything to God.

The devil often brings temptations and trials to the believer. We should be grateful to God that we entered into His warfare against the enemy from the standpoint of  victory. Let us remember that our master is Jesus Christ who conquered satan long ago.

“He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him (Colossians 2: 15, ESV).”

5). Maintain a Heavenly Focus.  

It is important for us believers to always remember that our ultimate in life is to make it to heaven. 

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory (Colossians 3:2-4, ESV).”

6).  Let the Lord  Jesus remain the  Perfect example . 

In all issues in faith and life, the Lord Jesus remains our perfect example.  We should not make human beings our standard and reference point. 

“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God

(Hebrews 12:2, ESV).”

Another  characteristic  of a holy life is Contentment. The believer is content each day while He or she trust God for a better tomorrow. The benefits of living a holy life are numerous. Our Lord Jesus Christ gives us peace with God, and living in holiness guarantees peace of mind with our fellowmen. Most specially Holy living attracts God’s blessings (Deuteronomy 28:1-14). 

Finally, We are called to Holy living. A Holy lifestyle which includes loving God and loving one another, personal discipline, controlling our bodies, speaking truthfully, and humility. Every believer must accept holy living as a personal lifestyle for therein lies the secret of experiencing and seeing the Lord. To God  Be  The  Glory!

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How Not To Have A Miserable Life?

by: Pastor Isaias T. Songcuan Jr.

Our message for today is Found in the Book of  John Chapter 4:1-25. This is about a Samaritan woman who met Jesus Christ on Jacob’s Well. During those time the Jews and the Samaritans were not friends. She had no idea who Jesus was but that moment when she reached the well to draw water   would prove the Greatest moment of her Life.

This woman is going to fetch water around noon. The hottest time of the day. Those days the Women gathered at the town’s well to collect water in the morning and on sunset hours. For it’s not hot during those time of the day. At the time the woman was about to fetch from the well. Jesus asked for a water to drink. To her surprised Jesus offered her “the Living Water” (John 4:10). The Samaritan woman  wonder on how Jesus can provide this Living water? Since He has no means to draw water from the well. In verse 11, she asked Jesus on where to get this Living Water? She finds the phrase “Living Water” to be fascinating,  and she’s becoming interested on where to get it. Usually, this behavior are common most especially to those who don’t know Jesus yet. Her attention had always been on Jacob, as was the significance of all Samaritans. Jesus will have to draw her away from that impressiveness without defaming Jacob. In Verses 13-14, “Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life (NKJV).” The bottom line, the things of this World can never satisfy the human heart, and life.  Discounting  as to how much is acquired or obtained of this world.

“Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

(John 4:13-14NKJV)

The woman misunderstood Jesus. She was thinking that if  she could get this water, she would not have to spend anymore time struggling to get water daily from the well. At this point, she’s thinking about some kind of  magical water that would meet her Physical needs. In verse 15, it  demonstrates  that she now has some understanding. She knows now that  the water of which Jesus speaking cannot be drawn or cannot be taken from Jacob’s well. In verse 16, Jesus could see the pain in her heart. He  could see the Dried places of her soul. She unsuccessfully tried to be Perfect. Jesus could see her trying to fill her “heart bucket” or “heart’s desire” with men, love, and approval.  Jesus search and seek into the details of her life. She bolted and jumped with some interested talk of worship.

In verse 18, Jesus mentioned that she had five husbands, and the man she  was now living with was not her husband. In short, not one of these five  men is her husband. We may conclude that she ‘s avoiding the townspeople for she gathers water at the most miserable time of  the day. She’s not going to get her water early in the morning and late afternoon because everybody will be on that well, and gossip about her.  Jesus pointed out on the area of sin and shame in this woman’s life. The water that Jesus speaks is not to quench and satisfy a physical  thirst, but a spiritual thirstiness. This Thirst that was manifested in this woman’s  life was through a series and chain of  broken and sinful relationships. 

This sinful  Woman was unwanted and ignored. The Samaritan woman was marked as an immoral who was unmarried and living openly with a series of men. The Story of the woman of the well teaches us that God loves us in spite of our empty lives. God value us. As a result of Jesus Conversation with her, she immediately dropped her water jug to gather the town people (Verse 28) telling them about Jesus. The woman became the evangelist of Jesus Words to her townsman. For the Samaritan Woman agreed to Jesus Words. Sometimes  we challenge the Lord’s Holy Word. Sometimes we even disagree and disregard it. When we reject His word,  we reject the truth. Sometimes we let a spiritual truth sit-out in front of us and don’t take it into our hearts. This woman took  Jesus Words and drank the living water by accepting Jesus Christ in her life. The scripture sits at our  fingertips, and we are challenged daily to take it up and drink it in.

I hope and  I pray that the Lord  would meet you at your well today. To  God  Be the  Glory!!!

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

John 7:37-38

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God is Greater than our Enemy

by Pastor Isaias T. Songcuan Jr.

There are some ways satan seeks your Destructions. In 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (NIV).” Meaning, we have to be mentally self-controlled, awake and watchful because we are faced with a powerful adversary. We must be constantly alert to the fact that satan is working overtime to see our downfall or weakening.  He will never stop until you are completely depleted, or completely drained out.

He will tempt us with many things. In 1 Corinthians 7:5, “Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control (NIV).” He will try to divert your attention with worldly things.  In 1 John 2:15-16, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world (NIV).”  The cravings of nature of man are the lust of the eye, and boasting of accomplishments does not comes from the Father, but from the world. There is Nothing in the “system of this world” that is of God, nothing! The “Lust of the eyes” are desires of what it sees, and the “pride of life” is trusting on its own power, resources that shamefully despises and violates divine laws and human rights. These things have the system of the world as their source, and not acknowledging our Heavenly Father.       

 We are a people who are easily distracted especially by new, shinny and exciting things. Therefore, satan will use the beautiful things even good things to draw our attention and devotion away from Jesus.

Satan can never take away our salvation. God is greater and will lose none who belong to Him. However, satan can do a lot of damage and cripple or disable us in our quest for togetherness with God, and personal holiness. Therefore, we must be alert and vigilant because satan will attack when we are not ready.   In 2 Corinthians 2:11, “For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God (NIV).” If we obey the Holy Word of God, satan will have no advantage. God has not left or abandoned us defenseless.  He has given us an armor that we must know and wear at all times.  In Ephesians 6:1, “For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God (NIV).”

Someday, we will be able to trade in our armor for a royal robe, and a crown. The battles will be a part of the past will never ever be remembered our future will hold nothing but Peace and  Joy. Until then, we must encourage each other not to give up in the fight or to run in fear which will not last for a long period of time. We have the most powerful God in our side. we have nothing to fear for God said in 1 John 4:4, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world (NIV).”

As our conclusion, in Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (NIV).”

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The Three Components of Mankind

by: Pastor Isaias T. Songcuan Jr.

Each man and woman born into this world is a human being and we are made of three Three specific components:

1). The body

This is our physical  component of being. It is flesh made from a collection of common mineral elements, and is mostly water and is in harmony with the nature and spirit of this world. It grows, matures then begins to deteriorate. Eventually dies then it decomposed back to its component and remains a part of dust of the world. The body is a part of you, but its Not All of what defines Who you are .

2). The soul

This is who we are. It is a part of our Spiritual Component.  This is our Individuality. When our flesh dies our soul goes on living forever. Our soul will leave the body. 

3) . The Spirit

This is a little more complex to explain. Every man, woman even a baby is born with a sinful nature. Adam’s transgression and by the virtue of his disobedience. We inherited his sin nature. In order to be saved our Spirit must be “Reborn.” The unsaved man or woman who have only the “First Birth (Borne from the biological mother) are in eternal danger.  Since the body and soul of the unsaved man or woman are attached or connected to the dead spirit of this present world .

 When this world’s physical elements and Spiritual components (including death ) are cast into the Lake of fire (Revelation 20:13 -15) those eternal souls, living or already dead will perish with them. We can’t change ourselves from this nature, But God can change us. If  we accept His gift of Salvation by His grace.  The key word is “Believe,” that Jesus is the Son of God, receive His forgiveness for being a sinner, and accept His “free” gift of eternal life.  God’s plan of Salvation also requires faith in Him.

So what exactly is the difference between the relationship  of unsaved soul saved soul ? What does being Born-again actually mean?   The answer is when we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. This Operation is a Spiritual Circumcision. Your Flesh is Cut away from your soul, and you are given God’s Spirit by the Transforming power of the Holy Spirit. After you have accepted  the free gift of Salvation through faith  in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and as you  grow and mature. You will begin to notice some changes in  how you think. You will find that your heart or soul grows  more and more in agreement with God and His Law. However, your Flesh will still want to go the way of the world. No Christian is perfect in the flesh. As you go through this life you will sometimes give-in to those feelings and will sin. The flesh  of Christian people still commit to sin after they are saved. In 1 John 1:8 says, “If we claim to be without sin ,we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us (NIV).” Meaning, it indicates to the sin nature, and it mentioned to self-deception. After you are saved , and as your heart understanding about God’s Love grows in your Christian walk, you will begin understanding the effects of sin and lawlessness on yourself, and others. As you begin to love others as you have love yourself , you will find that you are changing. That change comes from the heart by the indwelling Holy Spirit and the grace of God by faith in Jesus. 

Physical circumcision is Permanent and cannot be reversed. Once that flesh is cut away ,it is gone forever. The same analogy applies to circumcision of the heart. Once that body of flesh is cut away your soul can not be reattached to it.  Salvation is the free Gift of God and eternal. It is not earn by good works. In Galatians 2:16, know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified (NIV).” Once you have given your soul to God it is forever. If you have accepted Jesus Christ then you are Loved of God. You don’t have to worry about holding onto God because He will hold unto you.   In Romans 8:38-39 states, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (NIV).”  It means, that this love of God extended to us is made possible only by Christ Jesus, and what He has done for us in the Cross. Once again this is God’s love for us which never hesitate because we are in Christ Jesus.

In John 3:18, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son (NIV).” In short, in order to redeem humanity that Salvation is never by works, but greatly by grace through faith in Jesus Christ with the Cross ever the object of that Faith.

To God Be the Glory!!!.   

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