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: Joh 11:9 KJV” Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.”

During the days of the bible, Israel had a twelve-hour daytime and a twelve-hour night time. The daytime began at Six am (6 am) and ended at Six pm (6 pm). It was virtually light throughout most part of the day. The Lord said you cannot stumble when you have the light of the sun. What did the master mean by all these analogies?

He was answering the question posed to Him by His disciples, that since the Jews have been seeking to kill Him, wouldn’t it be dangerous for Him to go out among them? The Lord’s answer meant, He is walking by the counsel of the Spirit and would never make a mistake to be overtaken by evil. It also meant if one lives by the will of God, evil cannot overwhelm you.

What is the will of God? It is the word of God Psalms 119:105 KJV NUN. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” In the word is the light of men. This light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never overpowered it. This is the path or way of the just, which is like a shining light that shines brighter and brighter, unto the perfect day. The man who has chosen to walk the way of God has broken free from the deception of the world, which is fully steered by Satan and his cohorts.

In Luke 11 the Lord answered two questions posed by the Jews. These were asking Him to give them a  miraculous sign, and also accusing Him to be casting out devils by the Beelzebub. After speaking for a while, a woman shouted from the crowd, blessed is the breast that fed you. Jesus answered the following way, Luke 11:28 KJV” But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” By His answer He was saying, titles, fame, money, race, and whatever are not as important as knowing the will of God and doing it. This is the one main important thing in this life.


The will of God is the most important thing in this life, and so I pursue it with all my heart and life. I cannot make a mistake doing what He has said.


James 1:25 KJV” But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

John 8:12 KJV” Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: John 11:8 KJV “His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?”

In our previous study, we looked at how events that may threaten our achievement in life function. This time we would consider some of the conditions that can generate this kind of fear, and consider also how we could make them insignificant.

Fear in any form is rooted in low esteem of who God is to us. Isaiah 8:12 KJV” Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this person shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear nor be afraid. Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself, and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.”  This scripture instructs us to set the Lord apart in our hearts. Make Him bigger, greater, and mightier than anything, person, or condition. Meditate on His greatness over a great while of time.

Now some instances or condition that creates fear, may not cause one to make advancement in life.

1. One may be gripped with fear if he is to make a venture into a new business terrain. Such fear is a result of little knowledge in that grey area. Seek counsel. Gather enough information about that venture from those who are well-informed about that area. Prov. 24:6 KJV For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in a multitude of counsellors there is safety.

2. When meeting a person of authority whom one has offended. If you happen to go meet such a one, you need to find an elderly person, whom that person of authority respects to go along with you. Ask him or her to speak for you.

3. Undertaking a project that is far bigger than your resources. You should move from resource to your source, and that is God. Be convinced that this is a work to glorify God alone, and also to be a blessing to men. Then act on the word of God for divine provision to get that job done.

4. One other fear that most Christians have, is the fear to meet strangers or others for the first time to share the gospel with them. The fear is what is going to be the response of such a person to you. Do they have difficult questions for me? Would I be able to answer them? All these anticipations are tricks of Satan to prevent you from meeting with people. The truth is, it is a real joy to be meeting new people every day. In Ghana, only a handful of people will really be antagonistic to you. The next attitude to help you overcome this kind of fear is to acknowledge that, the master has commanded you to go share the gospel. You are under compulsion, and must only obey that command. Paul says Woe is me if I preach not the gospel. Fill your mind with such thoughts, and make it drive you to be a daily witness of Jesus.


I sanctify the Lord of host in my heart. I make Him my fear and my dread.  I give no place for fear of any man, condition, or situation. With my trust in God, nothing can put me down.


Jer 1:17 KJV “Thou, therefore, gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them”.

1 Co 9:16 KJV “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”


KEY SCRIPTURE: Joh 11:8 KJV” His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?”

Life always has something to threaten one about. These things come our way to prevent  us from  doing what we desire to become. There is no life without dangers, unfortunately many  have deprived themselves of great freedom in life because they decided to focus on the fears that they anticipated. Prov 22:13 KJV” The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.” According to the bible, it is those who lack the drive for achievement, who confuse their path with such concepts. They are called the slothful.

The disciples of Jesus came up with the idea that, it was not safe for Jesus to embark on the mission to go to Judea. Most discouragements normally come from those standing by. The brothers of David out of fear tried to discourage him from going to fight Goliath.1 Sam 17:28. David quickly turned from   him.1Sa 17:30 KJV” And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.”

Dear one, fear generated by anticipating dangers have the following effects;

1. They will rob you of any achievements

2. They can make you remain in your poverty level

3.They are only false evidence appearing real.

4. Opportunities may just skip away.

5. They often make you disobey God’s will for your life.

What to do? Ask yourself, the following questions

1. What has God said about this situation?

2. How real are those threats?

3. Would my conditions improve if I remain where I am, or if I should dare the situation, I may either fail or make it. The four lepers realised if they stayed in Samaria they would die of hunger, but if they went out they would either be killed or accepted. They chose the latter.

Always choose the condition with better chances.2 kings 7:1-9


Thank you, Lord, for your abiding presence. Going forward gives your Spirit the ability to face every opposition. I choose to move forward and take my chances for change and greatness.


2Ki 7:4 KJV “If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die”.

Num 13:30 KJV” And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it”.


KEY SCRIPTURE: Joh 11:7 KJV” Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.”

God is forever faithful. The Lord will surely honour what He has promised  .To be faithful , is to be truthful and this is the intrinsic nature of God, that cannot change. When the Lord was informed about the sickness of Lazarus, Jesus said this sickness is not unto death, and it was meant to bring glory to the Son of God. This meant He would come over and minister unto him. In our key scripture  the Lord said to His disciples, let us go to Judea, that is where Lazarus was , and definitely to heal him.

Dear child of God you can count on the Lord’s word to come through for you. Jesus had delayed for two days, yet He finally decided to go and fulfill His word. God told Abraham, his descendants would go into captivity for 400 yrs.’ and He will deliver them. He did it as He said. God’s word is His bond. God is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man that He should repent, has He said, and shall he not do it, and has he spoken, and will He not make it good? God cannot deny Himself. It is simply impossible for the Lord to fail in doing what He has said. Heb 6:18 KJV” That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:”

Beloved, although God promises, and will surely fulfill what He has said, we have a part to play, in bring that promise to pass. In certain promises, God gives certain conditions that would have to be fulfilled. An example is when He says, if you diligently hearken to my word, I will take all sicknesses from your midst. There are other instances that He gives no conditions attached, yet, even with such promises, one must pray and believe His word to come to pass. In the case of Israel in Egypt, they left Egypt after 430 years, because they did not start calling forth the promise into manifestation, early enough. When Daniel understood by the books of Jeremiah, that they were to be in exile for 70 years, he started praying and calling forth the prophecy into pass, and it happened just as God said it. Dan 9:2.Praying for  the fulfilment of the prophecy is a way of believing and receiving the answer.


Thank you, dear Father, for your unfailing faithfulness. I believe and trust in every word you have given to me. I rely on your word always and I always play my part to see your promise or prophecy come to pass. Thank you, Lord.



1Ti 1:18 KJV “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;”

Isa 53:1 KJV” Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?”


KEY SCRIPTURE: Joh 11:6 KJV “*When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.”

God chooses how to respond to man’s request, yet He always does that which would bless us. When the Lord heard about Lazarus condition, the scriptures said He waited for two extra days. We all know the outcome of Lazarus case; he was raised back to life. I believe the decision of the master to stay two more days generated lots of questions in the minds of Mary and Martha. How do you handle supposedly delays from the Lord. We have to always relate to the Lord, in the light of His revealed word. What has He said about answering our prayers?

The following are some scriptural statements about God’s terms for answering our requests as well as our proper actions to receive the answers.

1. 2nd Corinth 1:20 KJV” For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” This scripture assures us that every promise of God has not a yes or no, but is already yes because of Jesus. If God promised to do a thing, then counting on Jesus perfect life and perfect sacrifice, and not on your goodness or holiness you believe God for it.

2.  Heb 6:12 KJV” That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” This verse teaches us that faith does not walk alone. It moves with patience. Faith is the confidence in God, and His word; saying if God promised it then, I have it. The role of patience is that, though I do not have it in hand physically, I wait with excitement, because God has answered it.

3. James 1:3,4 KJV” 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.” Once again in the delay of the answer faith is put to test and as you hold to your grounds that what God has said is true, patience thrives, and you are made perfect as the answer comes into reality. Your knowledge of God’s reality is made stronger and so you lose any sense of insecurity. A man’s sense of stability goes up when His assurance about God truthfulness goes up. This is what perfection in God is all about ,and the sense of want or insecurity is  also gone or lost.


Thank you, my heavenly Father, for your faithfulness. Thank you for all your promises. I believe for whatever you have promised, and if its need be that I wait, I hesitate not, for you are always truthful.



Psa 37:7 KJV” Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass”.

Psa 40:1 KJV “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry”.


KEY SCRIPTURE: Joh 11:5 KJV” Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.”

In our previous study, we were reminded of the great love our Lord Jesus has for all of us. His love is without partiality. He loves all men equally. Matters of appointments, elections, choices and mercies may appear as if God chooses some over others, or one over another. This is not the case. God’s appointments and elections are always made to fulfill His eternal counsel. It is always up to these people shown mercy to live according to the word of God so they will indeed experience His favours.

When God appointed Israel, He did that to use them as a means of showing to the rest of humanity, who He was, and how He relates with men. It therefore depended on the Israelites to accept that mercy by loving God, and then, living according to His revealed ways. If they disobeyed Him, He lovingly punished them. He had to establish a new covenant in dealing with all humanity, because the first covenant called the law was restricted to the Jews only. Its customs and ordinances were tailored for them, and that  could not be passed on to the rest of the world, because , of regional differences, environmental differences , which makes cultures to vary. Although God had the covenant with Israel, they were not His favourites. They only became favourites on the grounds of Abraham’s corresponding love and obedience to Him. God’s favour always extends to those who receive His love, by loving Him, and as a result keeping His commandments. Joh 14:21 KJV “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”

When David whom God had covenanted to honour forever, turned away from God’s word, judgment came upon him and he nearly lost his throne. He was accepted when he repented and began to seek God. Dear one if God demonstrates any special favours towards you, let not that drive you crazy to dishonour him in any way. It is always God’s right to appoint, elect, or choose the people He so wishes to, yet it is expected of every man shown that mercy, to fear the Lord and apply God’ s word to his ways.

The other thing to know about God’s love is that, His love for us does not make His blessings automatically ours. We’ve got to receive them by faith. There are many good and faithful children of God yet they are suffering under all kinds of Satanic oppressions. The reason is that, it is one thing knowing about God’ s love and goodness towards us, and it is yet another thing to receive these blessings by faith


God loves me, yet I only enjoy His love as I obey His word, honouring Him, in all I do. I experience His unfailing faithfulness by submitting totally to His love.



Mark 3:34, 35 KJV” And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.”

Rom 2:27,29 KJV “And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law? But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: Joh 11:5 KJV “Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.”

One concept that every child of God must come to terms with, is that God loves him or her. This means He thinks of you with great affection and strong emotions of concern. His mind and desire towards you, is that you might always have the best. The following scripture shows to us in a nutshell of how He thinks of you. Jer 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.” Life will definitely be more meaningful if children of God deeply acknowledge that   the Lord deeply loves them. Mary and Martha knew this very well.

Do you know that Jesus deeply loves you. If you know that the Lord loves you, you would surely say with, David, that, the Lord loves me and so I do not worry about anything. Nothing will make you anxious. Now just consider the following word of assurance. Mat 7:11 KJV” If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? This verse shows us that God our heavenly Father is more concerned about our welfare, than our earthly Father. Secondly our earthly Fathers have limitations as men, as well as, selfish tendencies, that run through men. God our Father has no such deficiencies.

Dear one, despite all these powerful truths about our dear heavenly Father, life happenings may easily cloud this glorious picture of our God. Satan schemes to blackmail our Lord, to cause men to turn away from Him.

You must take time to build into your consciousness a full acknowledgement of His love. This can be done through meditation. You must come to the point to say with Polycarp a disciple of John the beloved, who was asked to deny the Lord or be burnt at stake. He said   ’86 years have I served him, and he has done me no wrong. How can I blaspheme my King and my Saviour?”

Polycarp’s Martyrdom (ca. 69-ca. 155) This was a man who was eternally sold out to the love of God.


God loves me, this I know very well, and I am given to loving him in turn. I cannot allow the troubles and challenges of this life to burden me in any way. His love takes me from all fears.



1Jn 4:16 KJV” And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”

Joh 15:13 KJV “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: Joh 11:4 KJV” When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby”.

God, the Almighty has a purpose for all things. He always determines the end from the beginning. In our story above, the Lord Jesus was told His friend Lazarus was sick. The Lord declared to His disciples who had no knowledge of the events surrounding the condition that, this sickness is not unto death.

Now, in the unfolding of the events Lazarus, although the master had said, he would not die, actually died. Has the word of the Lord failed? No, God’s word does not fail What is required of the Lord was to hold to His ground on the word and refuse to accept the physical contrary situations.

God’s word on a number of occasions makes certain declarations about the state of the child of God. In most cases, the real events that occur are very contrary to what we see in the scripture. For example, if the scripture said, no harm will befall you, yet, it seems evil is overwhelming you. Do we fold our hands and say God has failed? No. I believe the events of John 11 involving Jesus’s word concerning the outcome of Lazarus’ sickness were to show us all, how to relate and respond to seemingly failing words from the mouth of God.

The Bible said we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling. This statement literally talks about living in such a way that one would not fail God’s requirements for our eternal salvation. I believe it also involves applying the word of God judiciously to overcome situations that may want to prove the word of God wrong. God has already determined victory for you, keep your faith alive to experience that victory.

We would be learning about how Jesus worked out the miracle by resurrecting Lazarus from the dead; we would learn that, the Lord Jesus made sure that, He had no grounds for doubt or unbelieve, in all that happened. We would learn how he expressed his dislike for all the unbelief that various persons expressed in God and in Him. Raising Lazarus was a great test of faith. It was a test that came from the condition that had happened, as well as every other person who expressed unbelief in the positive words of faith that the master expressed.

May we learn from the master that every word of promise from God to us is expected by God to come to pass. The onus lies on us the recipients of the miracle, to hold on to the faithfulness of God for that miracle to come to pass.


God’s word cannot be broken, so long as it is released. It has the potential and power to prevail. I put my confidence in God and in His word to work out my miracle. God’s word always proves true in my case always.



1Tim 6:12 KJV” Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”

Mark 9:23 KJV “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: Joh 11:3 KJV Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick”.

An intercessor is one who represents others before God in making requests on their behalf. Intercession is one of the highest forms of prayer because it gets God to act in the lives of those who may not be in the position to pray for themselves or can pray for themselves, but Satan through his deception has turned the hearts of such people from God. Intercession is also a means of making prayer seeds that, although one sow on behalf of others, will multiply for the one praying to harvest results from the prayer he or she made. Intercession is not a one-sided prayer but has a dual effect.

Praying is God’s ordained means of intervening in man’s affairs. Although God is the creator of all things, he has placed the right to rule this earth in man’s hands (Gen. 1:26-28). God who acknowledges legalities will only interfere in man’s affairs if the man out of his will invites Him. Until God is invited to operate on the earth, He would seldom do anything on the earth.

This is the reason Jesus taught in Luke 18:1 that “men ought always to pray and not to faint.”

In the story of our key scripture, Mary and Martha, who are the sisters of Lazarus who was grievously sick, sent a message to Jesus about the condition of their brother. They sent a straight-to-the-point request: “Lazarus, the one you love is sick.” Many prayers are only complaints or utterances of unbelief. An example of a request of unbelief is when Jesus was sleeping in a boat that was assailed by winds and tempests. The disciples woke the Lord up and said, “Lord careth thou not that we perish’. Matt 4;38′ They had concluded that the Lord did not care about their safety and that they were going to perish. This was a request of unbelief. The sisters of Lazarus did not complain that way. Their request expressed a great degree of confidence in the Lord.  Intercession must be made in faith, not in unbelief. They also expressed their concern for their sick brother.  They had love for him.

Every intercession must have this element of love. It is that love that makes the prayer a heartfelt one. Remember that every heartfelt prayer is dynamic in its working, and also makes tremendous power available. James 5:16-17.


I pray on behalf of all Christians to take up this role of interceding on behalf of all those who are in all kinds of situations that need God’s intervention, yet they can’t help themselves. I pray that children of God will lovingly stand in the gap for the many under Satan’s rule or influence.


1Ti 2:1 KJV” I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty”.

Col 4:12 KJV” Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God”.


KEY SCRIPTURE: John 11:2 KJV “(It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)”

The bible introduced Lazarus as a certain man who got sick. Why was he so significant that , his name and story should gain an attention in the pages of scripture? The very next verse gave an incidence that warrants that kind of attention. It was this man whose sister poured a very costly ointment at the feet of Jesus, and wiped it with her hair. Her action of an absolute sacrifice made her very special in God’s programme. The scriptures are filled with many incidences of people who attracted God’s presence and subsequent blessings because they gave an absolute sacrifice to God.

In Luke 7:1-8 a Roman centurion had his servant grievously sick. He asked the Jewish leaders to consult Jesus on His behalf. They quickly went to Jesus, and said the following to him. Luke 7:5 KJV” For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.” This man had built a Synagogue for them. The Lord on a number of occasions said he came for the lost sheep of Israel. Matt 15:24 KJV” But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” This centurion was not an Israelite and so was not qualified to have Jesus attending to his call. The Lord rather responded quickly when he heard that, this man had built a Synagogue for his people. He went, and his servant was healed.

In 1st Kings 3 King Solomon made a sacrifice of a thousand sheep, and at night, God visited him in his dream and asked, “Solomon, what do you want, that I may give you. ? His life was transformed because of that sacrifice. Some people see it as a foolish thing to make grave sacrifices unto God. According to the scriptures, God says the following about cheerful givers. Amplified Bible, Classic Edition 2 Corinthians 9:7 “Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].

God loves the cheerful giver. He takes pleasure in such a person and not ready to do without him. Sacrifice will always attract God into your situation. Dear one if all other means of grace , like prayer, fasting and the rest are not making any headway, try  sacrificing something dear.


Giving unto the Lord is my delight. The Lord is always faithful to honour His word; so I genuinely give my best  to Him, and the Lord always comes through for me.



1Ki 3:5 KJV” In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.”

Heb 11:4 KJV” By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh”.