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.


KEY SCRIPTURE: James 1:13 KJV “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man”:

In our previous study we said that, God allows temptations to come the way of a Christian for various reasons, that go to benefit the child of God, when he or she endures and overcomes them. Our key scripture now, says God cannot be tempted with evil, neither does He tempt any man. There seems to be a difference in the use of the word temptation in both studies. The book of James clearly teaches that, although trial and temptation are used interchangeably in a number of scriptures, there is a clear difference in the two. According to James trials are challenges that come against us to stir up our faith into action. (James 1:2-5)

He reveals, also that temptation is when one is overtaken with lust that entices the individual. When this condition fully dominates the person, it gives birth to sin. (James 1:14-15). Temptation in this concept, cannot come from God, neither does he use this kind of temptation in any way. This kind of temptation is purely a work of the flesh, mainly motivated by the devil.

Many people find themselves in this kind of temptation and have consistently fallen. If you find yourself in such a situation, don’t get discouraged and give up. There are some people who have tried to fast to overcome these temptations, yet to no avail. Don’t be discouraged and bow to such a state.

Your answer is not just efforts, but an understanding of your freedom from sin and the proper application of the scriptures to live in victory. The Lord Jesus death and resurrection has totally freed you from every power of sin (Rom 6:14, 8:2,1st Corinth 6:17) It is up to you to accept and boldly declare that you are absolutely free from sin and can’t live in sin any longer. Don’t stop saying and believing that sin in any form cannot rule you. You would be free from any such wrong habit, if you don’t give up your right believing and declarations.


I am free from the power of every sin. I have resurrected with Jesus and have His life that overcomes all sin. My flesh does not lead and control me in anyway.


James 1:14 KJV. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Rom 8:2 KJV “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death”.


KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 13:13 KJV” And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved“.

Temptation or trials will happen to every child of God. The Bible calls it the evil day. God allows it our way so we would overcome and bring glory to His name. They also come to make us perfect and complete when we overcome them. We must see them as great opportunities to make great strides in the Spirit. We must actually count it all joy when trials come our way. (James 1:2–5) There is also a glorious crown for all those who will overcome (1st Peter 5:4) We must therefore not be discouraged under temptations. Our Lord Jesus was tempted in all points yet he never sinned (Heb 4:15)

What made the master overcome all the grievous satanic temptations that came His way. He doggedly relied on the strength of the Holy Spirit. This was expressed in His commitment to prayer. He said to the disciples, pray that they may not enter into temptations. Mat 26:41 KJV “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak”.

 Temptation from the master’s statement is a state or condition that one’s strength cannot stand. His statement also means that, your commitment to prayer makes divine strength available, to help you to overcome. The Lord added that in such trying moments, the spirit of a man may be willing to overcome yet cannot help, because the flesh which must carry out the action is helpless. Prayer would keep you strengthened, so you are not overwhelmed with it. Watch and pray.

When the Lord had to go unto the cross, he had to pray so much that, His sweat became as great drops of blood.

(Luke 22:44). Out of such agonizing prayers the Bible said the following “And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him”(Luke 22:43)

  The Lord’s victory from this contest is deliverance for all humanity. Your victory is not your sole victory, but a solution to multitudes. You must not be discouraged in the moment of trial and difficulty. If the Lord overcame then you can likewise overcome.


Temptations will come in various forms, but I always overcome them. I depend on the Lord through prayers and the word of God to overcome. I count it all joy as they come my way, for they make me more perfect.


Jas 1:2-4 KJV “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers’ temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Luke 22:42 KJV Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.


KEY SCRIPTURE:1Thess 5:14 KJV “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men”.

Many of us easily give up or get discouraged with others or and do not “suffer long” with their shortcomings. Our key scripture is a very profound one. It reveals four categories of people that we must relate with. They are as follows:

1 The unruly

2 The feebleminded

3 The Weak

4 All men.

The first group are those who have set themselves against divine systems and order. They act against the scripture as well as established authority. The instruction for them is that, they must be warned. If they repent, they are accepted and allowed to be part of the body. If they would not repent, they are treated in the light of their status. This means if they are acting out of deceit, they are helped to be free from deceit. If they are been treacherous or acting out of animosity, then they are treated as “publicans”. (Matt 18:15–18)

The second group are the feeble minded. These are those who are easily deceived, because they lack knowledge. They are often fearful and may act against the word of God, but are simply   just ignorant, and feeble minded. Such one’s must be comforted or strengthened. They are strengthened by teaching them the truth. Some of us give up or get discouraged with such people.

There is a third group which the Bible calls the weak. The weak may be the elderly or some who are physically challenged. They may express certain actions that reveal gross weakness in many ways. The bases of such weakness may be coming from age, an ailment or their inability to apply the scriptures. The Bible says, we must support such people. The word support means to hold to one firmly from falling or to hold up. This involves making sacrifices to perfect the shortcomings and lacks in that individual. To give up or get discouraged with such a one means leaving him or her to the mercy of their state.

(Eph 4:2)

The last group are all men. The Bible says we must be patient with all men. All men include, every kind of personalities we can think or imaging. Many people would not bear with the inconsistencies in people because they are not ready to lose some comfort they enjoy. Do not get discouraged in people. Show dislike for wrong actions but not dislike for the individual


I understand that, all men are different from one another. I therefore attend to all men with love and wisdom. I do not get discouraged with any of them.


Colossians 3:12 KJV” Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering”;

1Thessalonians 5:15 KJV” See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men”.


KEY SCRIPTURE: Deut 2:3 KJV “Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward”.

When the children of Israel left Egypt for the promised land, they got to mount Seir and went round it for a number of times. They kept going round this mountain till the Lord spoke to Moses that they had compassed the mountain long enough. These people were getting away from their focus on the journey and kept staying at one location over a long time. On many occasions people out of neglect begin to lose the enthusiasm about going forward or getting on with whatever they are doing, only to give up.

In John 21:3, Simon Peter after the death of our Lord Jesus said to the rest of the disciples that he was going a fishing. This was a people who the Lord himself weaned from fishing when he was with them. Just a short while after the death of the master, although he had revealed himself to them after His resurrection, yet they still went back to fishing. This further establishes the fact that out of neglect or focus on a thing one can easily lose the zest in doing what he has been doing. If you do not concentrate on the importance of praying, studying or even a commitment to giving to charity, the interest will be dying gradually till you no more do it at all. The picture of this, is when a ship that has not been anchored drifts off over time. As the waves billows it moves of gradually till one can’t see it at all. Backsliding as a Christian normally happens out of neglect and a lack of focus.

In Hebrews 2:1, the Bible cautions us as follows, ” Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip” .We need to take an earnest heed to whatever good thing we are doing less we lose our zeal and get  discouraged. Commitment to Marriages over time can lose the fire of love and certain important habits, may be left over time. Keep convincing yourself each day about the need to keep at whatever good thing you have been doing. You may write it out clearly so you would be constantly challenged when you read it. Habakkuk 2:2


I keep myself inspired daily to be doing all the right things that I am supposed to do. I do not allow other matters which are not so important to get my attention in anyway. This makes me a high achiever in all I do.


Habakkuk 2:2 KJV” And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it” For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry”.


KEY SCRIPTURE: Judge 1:19 KJV And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

After the death of Joshua, the children of Israel inquired from the Lord about who should lead them. The Lord said Judah shall go up against the Canaanites. Judges 1:2. Judah indeed took the lead and started conquering.

In verse 19 of Judges 1, the Bible said “And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.” They drove out the Canaanites in the mountain, but could not drive out those in the valley. The Lord was with them all the same. Why did they turn back when they met the people in the valley? They met a stronger opposition, and so, doubted the word of God, which he had given.

Doubting or unbelief in the word of God is one of the major causes of discouragement. Reading through the accounts of the expedition of the Israelite to annex the promised lands, we realize they left quite a large area not annexed, because of unbelief. In numbers 13 and 14, the report of the ten spies were statement of unbelief, which created a great sense of discouragement among the Israelites. Num 14:1 KJV “And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night”.

Unbelief would rob a person of any superior source of strength to keep moving on. In cases when the opposition appear greater than your perception can, unbelief in the Lord will make you very helpless.

Take time to feed your faith. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom 10:17. Put your faith into work by acting on the word. This will strengthen your faith, so that in difficult and challenging times, you would not doubt God but rather trust him.


I thank you Father for your word. I constantly feed my faith, and so I am ever ready for any opposition. I do not give in or give up. I am more than a conqueror.


 Hebrews 10:35 KJV “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward”

Hebrews 11:33 KJV” Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,”


KEY, SCRIPTURE: Matthew 27:5 KJV” And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself”.

Judas, a disciple of Jesus went and hanged himself. He was among the twelve who went into the towns casting out devils and healing the sick. In our times, he would be described as a powerful pastor. He got so depressed and discouraged that he went and hanged himself because, he betrayed the Lord of glory, and could not bear the guilt. If you give the devil the attention, he would give you direction. After he betrayed the Lord, and saw all that was done to him (Jesus), I could imagine the following thoughts going on in Judas’ mind. Judas begun to consider the worse thing he had done. All these were suggestings from the enemy. Satan then suggested to him that there was no way out of what he had done. He felt condemned. He then accepted the thought to kill himself as a way of settling the wrong he has done. All these were unscriptural thoughts patterns that revolved through his mind.

We have heard of certain Christians committing suicide. There have been some reports of some Pastor’s committing suicide. This means if you give in to unscriptural thoughts which are self-inflicting and condemning, you can end up that way. Please get this point clear, suicide is never an option under any condition. To take your life is murder, and God would judge and punish all murderers in hell fire. This is what the scripture says. There is therefore now, no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Rom 8:1) God does not condemn you, so don’t condemn yourself. There is forgiveness in Jesus. There is no wrong act that the blood of Jesus cannot wipe away. Bring your sins and transgressions to Him and accept His forgiveness. (1st John 1:9)

Guilt is a very powerful state that can carry anyone into any depths he or she allows it. As a Christian you have received the very nature of God. It is called righteousness. As a nature it does not change. You did that wrong thing because you did not acknowledge that righteous nature which you are. 2Co 5:21 KJV “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. By faith in Jesus you are the righteousness of God. Do not allow any guilt to control your thoughts, and then begin to direct your actions. Let your meditations be on the fact that you are the righteousness of God. Sin and wrong actions will lose their power when your heart acknowledges that you are the very righteousness of God. If you start thinking this way, the depression and sense of discouragement will all cease.


I am the very righteousness of God. I do not allow guilt to rule my heart. If I err, I confess my sin but do not accept I am a sinner. As the righteousness of God sin can’t rule over me, neither does depression and ill feeling has a place in me.


 1 John 1:9 KJV” If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.

Romans 8:33 & 34KJV ” Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us”.


KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 6:52 KJV” For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened”.

MEN get depressed and even given up when they lose touch with the power of God and the reality of His love. GOD has revealed Himself in His creation, yet some men in the times of challenges start questioning where is God, and whether He is concerned about them at all. Rom 1:20 KJV” For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse”: The children of Israel who were delivered from Egypt kept a cycle of murmuring and complaining, in spite of the mighty miracles God did in their midst. They felt discouraged to the point of requesting to go back to Egypt. (Num 14:2). They never considered any of the great signs and wonders God did through Moses, yet they complained.

Many of us might have encountered God’s power at a point in our lives. We may know someone who might have had an encounter with God of some kind. We have an evidence of God’s awesomeness in the creation all around us. Anyone who would be discouraged does so by refusing to consider any of the mighty revelations of God’s power. The Bible says Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Heb 13:8. He said this to buttress the point that those who preached God’s word to us, and experienced, God’s power, are an example to us. He says we must follow their example. If God did it for them, He will do same for us. God has Never failed any man and He can’t fail you, so hold on to Him.

Do not turn a deaf ear to these examples and experiences. When David encountered Goliath, it was the testimonies he had earlier that ENCOURAGED him to face Goliath and eventually conquer him. Let every past victory, testimony or whatever good you have known about God challenge you to move forward. Do not give up under any difficulty of any kind.

God’s word is full of examples of men and women who trusted in Him and so He came through for them. Let these example encourage you to remain faithful to God and His word. Keep moving forward till things work out well. The man who gives up has failed, but the one who is in the thick of affairs, sweating but will not give up, is a success yet to be revealed by time


Thank you, heavenly Father, for your great care and protection of my life. Your love for me abides the same. Your power rules over the universe. You are forever with me and that makes me to overcome.


Hebrews 13:5. Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

Joshua 1:5 KJV” There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee”.


KEY SCRIPTURE: Numbers 13:33 KJV “And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight”.

One pathetic mistake to make is to see yourself through the eyes of others. In the story of our key scripture, ten men among the twelve spies sent by Moses came back with a bad report. They decided to see themselves through the eyes of the so-called giants who were on the Land. To see yourself through another man’s eyes is to accept yourself for either what that individual is saying about you, or what you think that person is saying about you. The result o such a posture is helplessness and HOPELESSNESS.In 1st Samuel 18:6, King Saul interpreted the confessions of the WOMEN, that David was a better warrior than him, and the people preferred David to him. David could come for the throne, he thought. This drove him mad against David. (1st Samuel 18:6). The pain of Hannah came from what the rival used to say about her.

Many people are living in hell because of what they have come to accept about themselves through the mouth of others or what they think people are saying about them. The married woman without a child is tormented because of what others say about her and what she thinks some discuss about her. Some physically challenged individuals are barely living because people have changed their names to that physical condition.

Some Pastors are feeling depressed because they are struggling with a small congregation and cannot increase their numbers. They see themselves as failures because, they think others see them as failures. Such thoughts about oneself is depressive and makes one discouraged in himself.

Dear child of God you are in Christ. Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new. Stop seeing yourself as others see or think about you. You are one with Christ. Christ is your sufficiency. You are not barren. You can’t be a failure in any way. The greater one lives in you and God our Father sees you as a victorious, successful wonderful person. When the angel met Gideon, Judge 6:12 KJV” And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour”. Because the Lord was with him, he was a mighty man of valour. Gideon was feeling depressed and discouraged, yet the angel said he was a mighty man of valour. God is with you, no matter the state you find yourself. If you are a child of God, you are a mighty man, or woman of valour. This is how God sees you and calls you. Don’t see yourself after what men describe you.


I am born of God, and have the life of my father God in me. I am not disadvantaged in anyway. I refuse to see myself as others see me. The word is God’s mirror and my true reflection is Christ Jesus


1Samuel 18:8 KJV “And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?”

2Corinth 3:18 WEB” But we all, with unveiled face seeing the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit”.


KEY SCRIPTURE:1Thessalonians 5:16 – 18 KJV” Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

We consider the last aspect of God’s prescription against discouragement. It says, we must give thanks to God always. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. To every occurrence there are two purposes. God’s purpose and the devil’s. The following statement is God’s purpose and thoughts for you in that event. Jeremiah 29:11 KJV “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”.

It is in the light of a better end which God has programmed and designed for you, that you must thank the Lord. Thanksgiving places you in that will of God which is good and an expected end. When you complain, you land in Satan’s part of his purpose for bringing that condition to you. Satan’s aim is to destroy you with that situation.

The child of God must continually be filled with thanks. The scriptures teach we should be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be known unto to God, and the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6&7. Thanksgiving declares that the issue at stake is settled and there is no cause for alarm. Remember that, discouragement is always a result of a bad situation persisting over a time or an unpleasant condition that seems insurmountable. A heart of thanksgiving has accepted that God has overcome the condition on your behalf. This is what faith is all about

Thanksgiving takes away every complain that would lead to a bad mood. Thanksgiving is always a blow to the devil. It disorganizes his arsenals in every form. Thanksgiving is a sign of being grateful unto God and silently declares that, the Lord repeat his goodness unto you again.

Giving of thanks is demanded by God. It is an act of sacrifice that pleases the Lord.

Psalms 107:22 KJV” And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing”. Anytime you give thanks you fulfill scripture and there is a release of divine provision to assist you to overcome.


Thank you, heavenly father for you are the king over the universe, All things are subjected unto you. Your verdict for me is victory, triumph and peace. I thank you that I am always victorious. Glory be to your name. Amen


Isaiah 51:3 KJV “For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.”

Jeremiah 30:19 KJV “And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.”


KEY SCRIPTURE :1Thessalonians 5:16 KJV Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

In the above key scripture, we have three major instructions that I believe if effectively employed, nothing should be able to discourage you.

These scriptural instructions are as follows

1.Rejoice always

2. Pray always.

3.Thank God always

We considered the first instruction in our earlier discussion on this topic. We now consider praying always.

The Lord says pray without ceasing. Praying always builds up confidence in God. Praying always in the spirit builds up one’s spiritual stature. Jude 1:20 KJV “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost”, A man who has built up his spiritual stature has great dominance on natural events and happenings. Please understand that just as we have the physical body, we also have a spirit nature, which is built up through consistent prayer.

Many get discouraged due to challenges that appear unsurmountable. The Lord Jesus assured us in Matthew 7:7 that “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” The Lord added that those who ask receive, those who seek find, and to those who knock , the door is opened unto them. He assures us to call upon him, and He would answer, and show us great and mighty things that we do not know (Jeremiah 33:3) Everyone who ask in childlike faith receives, bringing glory to God. The Lord Jesus knew that, the only way to fulfill his mission on the earth was to consistently pray. He encountered contradiction of sinners yet he prevailed (Heb 12:3).

PRAYER SETS up a legal channel for God to come into the affairs of men. The posture of prayer is a demonstration of man’s dependence on God. Luke 18:1 KJV” And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Many of the oppositions that come up against us are mostly demonic oriented. They would normally require God’s power to totally stop them. Do not wait for problems to entangle you, before you start praying. Make prayer your lifestyle.


I have committed myself to a life of prayer. I pray without ceasing. God my father helps me out of various situations in my life and therefore do not get discouraged about those situations.


Hebrews 5:7 KJV” Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;”

Luke 22:46 KJV “And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation”.