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Rev. Dr. Samuel Somuah Asante is an ordained minister of the gospel, who is commissioned to project the Lord Jesus Christ. His ministry emphasis is on th divine elevation of the believer in Christ. He believes strongly that all who are in Christ have the privilege to live above sin and failure, walk in righteousness and the resurrected life of Christ. He encourages Christians, especially pastors, to live a life that manifests the glory of God through them. Rev. Somuah is a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), Ghana and holds a Masters degree in Theology from International Theological Seminary (Ghana Campus), and a PhD in Biblical Studies from ZOE Theological Seminar (USA). He is the Chief Servant of Jesus Witness Ministry, based in Taifa-Burkina, Accra. He is married to Rev. (Mrs.) Doris Somuah Asante and are blessed with two sons, Samuel and Arnold. They make their home in Accra, Ghana.

STUDY THE BIBLE

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 2:15 ” Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Our key scripture admonishes us to study the Bible. It is a very important practice for every child of God.

In reading the Bible, we only scratch on the surface of the information, but we go   deeper into the truth as we study. It helps us to fish out the hidden information that we may not see on the bear surface.

There are various aspects of the Bible to study.  The Bible could be studied by considering the various books of the Bible or have a topical study. For example, when you want to study a topic like Faith, or marriage. In this study you may use a concordance. Modern technology makes it easier. On our phones, tablets and computers you could easily enter the topic and every verse that talks about that topic will be listed, from which you could go through each verse and do an in-depth study on that topic.

You can also have a character study. The Bible is filled with so many characters. Moses, David, Adam, Paul are all various interesting characters you can consider. You will learn about their devotion to God, family life, personal challenges, successes and failures, and other issues that would be of interest to you.

You can also have a verse study. There are certain verses of scripture that are very loaded and it is worth taking an in-depth study of these verses. In such studies you consider each word in the verse. You can also use your Bible dictionary to consider the words of scripture. Once again, our phones and other information gadgets have the dictionaries on them. If you don’t have them you could download various Bible applications. One of such good bible app is the e-sword. This would teach you the Hebrew and Greek meaning of the words.

We are in a day that life is so fast that we have no time to sit down and study the word.  The word of God is His identity on the earth. This Means God lives in His word. If we neglect to study the bible, we do ourselves a great harm. Please discipline yourself. Set up some time in the whole week to sit down and study the Bible. These truths you discover would help you to wage a good warfare in life.

 PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for your word. I pray that you grant me wisdom to behold wondrous truths out of the law.

FURTHER STUDIES:

Proverbs 4:20-21 ” My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart”.

1 Timothy 4:13 ” Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine”.

KEEP READING THE BIBLE

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 4:13. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

Apostle Paul admonishes pastor Timothy to keep reading the scriptures. Reading is a practice that everybody must never stop.

The mind is a very important tool that must be trained and taught for ignorance is too expensive to live with. Many people could have prevented their death if they had the proper knowledge. Reading imparts knowledge. Reading the scriptures enlightens you about God and his dealings with His children.

Reading will give you knowledge when knowledge is received in the proper order it gives birth to understanding. The proper application of what is understood is wisdom. Proverbs 4:7 says “Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting get understanding”. We saw that to get wisdom one must first acquire knowledge, and knowledge is a product of reading. Every Christian must develop the habit of daily reading the Bible. It is proper to read through the whole Bible.

The Bible is one unit made of 66 books. The grand theme of the Bible is God’s plan of redemption for men. Any child of God who consistently reads the Bible will grasp the general message of the Bible. He will be able to blend scriptures from various portions of the Bible to lead a successful life.

It is sad to realize that a lot of Christians do not know the scriptures. This has allowed false teachers to easily deceive them. If you are a literate person then please read the scriptures. Laziness is one of the major causes why most Christians do not read the Bible. Your success in life is directly related to the information from the word you know and your ability to rightly apply them.

Don’t allow laziness to rob you of your blessings in this life. There is always a blessing in reading the scriptures. Anytime you read the Bible you directly fellowship with the Spirit of God and He imparts to you the life of God.

Be disciplined to be an ardent reader of the Holy Scriptures.

CONFESSION

I am dedicated to reading the Bible every day. It feeds my mind with truth and my heart is at peace. My health springs forth as I am exposed to the truths of scriptures.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Thessalonians 5:27. “I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren”

Colossians 4:16 ” And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea”.

GOD’S WORD BRINGS PEACE

KEY SCRIPTURE: Philippians 4:6 ” Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Peace of mind is a very indispensable virtue for every human being. Unfortunately, most people don’t have it.

God created men to have peace, through fellowship with the Him. Men lost this peace when they broke fellowship with the Lord God (Gen.3:24). Most people keep searching for peace, yet, in the wrong places. Some go for pleasure yet they are woefully deceived. To some people, if they could get enough money all their troubles will cease. Well none of them have found true satisfaction in money. The truth is, nothing physical can give man the peace of mind he desires.

What is peace? Peace is to be one with yourself through your relationship with our heavenly father, through our Lord Jesus Christ. The book of Romans 5:1 put it this way”. Therefore, being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus. Peace is an inner tranquility or stability irrespective of what may be happening around. God’s word is the main source of real peace. Some people try to create a mechanical peace through yoga and other practices. (Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, includes breath control, simple meditation and the adoption of specific bodily postures. This is widely practiced for health and relaxation.)”.

These things attempt to make people feel relaxed yet it does not give true peace Jesus is the prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6). He is the only one who can give men real peace. Peace is a power that possesses the soul of a man. This power is called the peace of God (Phil 4:7) It is the word of God that builds faith in God for a man to receive this power called the peace of God.

Every state of worry, anxiety and mental tension are all signs of the lack of the control of the word of God in the heart of a man. Remember that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17. Give attention to the reading studying, and meditation on God’s word. It is not just ordinary words that you are receiving, but life from the Spirit of God.

  PRAYER.

Heavenly Father you are the foundation of life, for all virtues proceed from you. I pray for the many people who have forsaken you, to look for peace else where to turn to you, through our Lord Jesus.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Isaiah 9:6 ” For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Ephesians 2:14. ” For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;”

THE WORD WOULD TAKE YOU FROM SIN.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Psalms 119:11.  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”.

The bible says sin is a reproach to any people. The international standard version put Proverbs 14:34 this way, “Righteousness makes a nation great, but sin diminishes any people”. Sin brings people down or brings shame on a people.

Jesus came into this life to take away the sin of all men (John 1:29). Sin was the main cause for our Lord Jesus suffering and giving His life. Sin must not be allowed to thrive in any man. What is sin? Sin is any act, proceeding from a heart that fails to honour God. It takes away the rule of God over the heart of man. The rule of God is the kingdom of God over our lives. Sin deprives God of His rule over the hearts of men. It is in the light of this that every child of God must give the word of God that attention to keep him from sin. David said, thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:11). God’s word has the power to keep a man from sin. Note also that when you give attention to please self, sin would take over and that would also keep you from the word of God.

2nd Timothy 3:15 says reading the word and giving it the needed attention, would make one wise unto salvation. It means it would help you to act rightly. The word would renew your mind. Remember the state of the mind is the real direction for the whole body.

 The main challenge about people falling into sin is their mind set. A Holy man knows he is holy. He thinks about right things. Basically, his thoughts are on the things of God. Such a person normally does not notice sin when it ‘comes around’. I mean when conditions for temptation present themselves, they hardly see it. Sight is controlled by the preoccupation of the mind. It is the mind that sees. This makes it very paramount for every child of God to give great attention to the word of God. He must control his thought  life by the word of God.

The Bible said our Lord Jesus was tempted at all points yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15a). Jesus was never drawn unto lust (James 1:10). His mind was fixed on pleasing God because He was occupied with Him.

   CONFESSION

The word of God is my delight and I meditate on it day and night. My life keeps shinning and no sin finds its place in my life. My heart is fixed on the Lord, obeying Him always.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Psalms 1:2-3 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Philippians 2:15 ” That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world”;

SYMBOLS OF THE WORD OF GOD 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 4:12 ” For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

If God and His word are one, then His word must have universal purposes and universal effects. It must also have various operations. This is seen in its multi symbols.

1. The word is like a sword: The word of God is like a sword and must be used aggressively and relentlessly against our arch enemy who comes against the people of God and the work of God. Speaking the word of God in faith is one major way of applying the word against the enemy. Revelation 1:16 “And he had in His right had seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword”. (Hebrews 4:12).


2. The word is like Water: Water refreshes, gives life and cleanses. God’s word if taken or received consistently would cleanse us from all the garbage of the enemy. Never worry about how bad one’s lifestyle might have become, keep receiving the word always and sin would not be found in your consciousness. As water, read it always to be refreshed. God’s word has the power to take away stress and rejuvenate your mind. Ephesians 5:26 “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. John 15:3.

3. The word is like Gold: Gold is a precious and very costly ornament. God’s word is very precious and more costly than Gold. Commitment to obeying the word can crowns a man’s life with honour and physical wealth. Solomon was blessed with so much riches because he honoured God’s word.

When a man devotes himself to seeking God’s word, he finds precious treasure that sets him forth as a spectacle of God’s grace. Psalm 19:10 “More to be desired are they than Gold, yea than much fire gold sweeter also than honey and the honey comb”.

4. God’s word is like Honey: Life events can be very bitter at certain moments. God’s word sweetens it up.  We must enjoy it with great pleasure as we read, meditate and believe it The Bible says it is sweeter than honey and the honey comb. Please note this TRUE SATISFACTION IS NOT FOUND IN SATISFYING THE FLESH, BUT RATHER THE SOUL”. It is only the word of God that satisfies the soul. (Revelation 10:10)

   CONFESSION

God’s word is a mystery book. It is set for the redemption of mankind. I am cleansed and made pure by reading it. With it I win my battles against the enemy and it makes my days sweeter even than honey.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Revelation 10:10 ” And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter”.

Psalms 119:5, 9.  O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word”.

SYMBOLS OF THE WORD OF GOD.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 23:29. “Is not my word like as a fire? Saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”

God’s word has a number of symbols that the Bible reveals. These symbols show us what the word would do and it is worth knowing them as we apply the word in our lives.

1. The word as a hammer.

 As a hammer the word breaks up every hardened and stubborn heart. If there is any stubborn heart with you keep applying the word and that unwanted nature would be crumbled   It also hammers all demonic powers as we apply the word against them. Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not my word like as a fire? Saith the Lord: and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

2. The word like a lamp. As a lamp it guides us in darkness and exposes all the deception of the devil. Go to the word for light in any aspect of your life that is filled with darkness Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”.

3. The word is like a mirror.

As we behold the word as a mirror we see a reflection of ourselves which is the righteous nature of God. We are transformed into this image from glory to glory. Keep reading the bible and the wrong things about you would vanish. 2 Corinthians 3:18 ” But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

4. The word is like milk. The new Christian must be fed with the word of God, by which he may grow. This is very necessary to keep him or her up in the Lord. Milk is always tenderly given to the new born. We must lovingly and cautiously give the new born in Christ the milk of the word. 1 Peter 2:2 ” As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.”

4. The word is like a seed. As a seed it will produce whatever it talks about, if we sincerely plant it in our hearts (that’s if we believe what it says). We should never be occupied or worried about how bad a situation may be; just allow the word to be planted in your hearts allowing it to grow. It would bring a harvest of results. (1st Peter 1:23). Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall accomplish that which I please and prosper in the thing where to I sent it”. Just keep the promise of scripture in your heart and in your mouth and you would surely reap the harvest of miracles.

 CONFESSION

God’s word does everything and so comes in various symbols. I yield myself totally to it so that whatever it came to do in my life, would perfectly be accomplished.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Psalms 19:10 ” More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb”.

Matthew 4:4 ” But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”.

THE WORD OF GOD IS HIS IDENTITY ON THE EARTH.

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 1:1.  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

I believe it is a desire in the heart of many to have an encounter with God. Indeed God gives His children all forms of physical encounters. God desires to make Himself available to us such that we would enjoy his presence and power. God has His identity on the earth, that everyone who desires to fellowship and encounter Him may easily do so.

The word of God is God’s identity on the earth. Our key scripture says the word of God has always been with Him from the beginning and His word is also God. God and His word are one. When you mix the word of God in you with faith, you operate just like God. The Lord said all things are possible to Him that believes. (Mark 9:23). The scripture also says with God all things are possible.(Mark 10:27)  . God and His word are one and faith in the word of God opens the door for God to come in to do as He would do by Himself.

Through the Bible we understand that God’s word is a person. Our Lord Jesus is the living word of God. Revelation 19:13 reads “And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood and His name is called the word of God”. This revelation given to John is speaking about our Lord Jesus. He is the living word of God. When you go into a time of studying the scriptures in meditation and prayer you are in direct fellowship with Jesus Himself. His presence and power begins to fill you. God’s word is indeed amazing. It must be the delight of every child of God to give God’s word all the attention.

The word is His identity. Your faith in the word is not a dependence on an intangible thing. It is a dependence on the almighty God. He is the all-time covenant keeper who cannot fail. When you believe in the word, God gets into operation through you. You must feel very comfortable trusting God through His word. Anytime you are acting on the word don’t expect God to act sometime later because, God is at home in you, working through you.

Whatever you believed to see is done right then, although it may not appear immediately.

Remember faith is not tomorrow but now.

   CONFESSION

Thank you Father that you   are one with your word. I am a success in life as I keep your word in my heart acting on it always.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Hebrews 4:12.  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

John 1:14 ” And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”.