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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.

A SWEET SPIRIT 3

KEY SCRIPTURE:1Sa 24:6 KJV “And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD”.

David is another character that demonstrated a sweet spirit. He was anointed at a very early age to become the next king of Israel. He was asked by king Saul to come, live with him and play the harp to drive away demons from him. He sacrificed his life to fight an old terrible warrior like Goliath   and defeated him. In spite of all these kind deeds, for king Saul and Israel as a whole, king Saul hated him and wanted to kill him. David never for once got bitter and attempted to harm Saul in any way.

King Saul on two different occasions attempted to kill him with a javelin or spear. On two other occasions David had the opportunity to kill him because King Saul was fast asleep as he came pursuing David to kill him, but he declined. David said, he had no business killing him because he was the Lord’s anointed.  Never place your interest before God’s own. (1Sa 24:8 KJV). Just consider what David did, he knelt down before Saul even after he had had the opportunity to retaliate. From our key scripture he said, how can I lay my hands on the Lord’s anointed?  You cannot have a sweet spirit without a great reverence for God.  king Saul was seeking to kill him and so it was naturally wise to eliminate him before king Saul laid hold on him and killed him. David did not kill him, but committed his life into God’s hands. Dear child of God, please stop every hatred for any man, no matter what he has done or doing.

David demonstrated the climax of this sweet spirit after King Saul and Jonathan died. The young man who brought the news, said he killed king Saul because he asked him to slay him. He thought David would have praised him for that, yet he killed him instead.  David also mourned for King Saul and lamented bitterly for him. (2nd Sam 1) He demonstrated fully that he was never bitter towards king Saul in anyway. Note: Bitterness in any form is a pill of Satan, so don’t swallow it. He had a great sweet spirit. David was rewarded by God with a very successful reign and life. He was the only king of Israel who crowned his successor, before he died. He was also the only king who annexed almost all the lands of Canaan that the lord God promised the Abraham. How sweet are you to your wife, husband, or to others?

PRAYER:

Lord touch the hearts of all Christians to throw away every hatred and bitterness to possess a sweet spirit towards all persons.

FURTHER STUDIES

1 Peter 3:8 – 12 KJV. Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

A SWEET SPIRIT 2

KEY SCRIPTURE :1 Samuel 18:4 KJV .” And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle”.

An example in the Bible of a man with a sweet spirit was Jonathan. Jonathan’s father was the king that ruled over the whole land of Israel, and he was logically to become his successor. When Jonathan encountered David and knew God had appointed him, he quickly fell in love with God’s choice. 1Sam 18:1 KJV.”….

that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul”. Many people would have hated David if they had the hint that he would take what was humanly expected to be theirs. Once again, a man with a sweet spirit is a selfless man.

 A sweet spirit individual appreciates God’s interest. He rejoices with those who have been privileged and promoted. It is God who promotes, if you dislike the promotion of an individual, you are attacking God. There are women who would not attend a friend’s wedding because, she would be feeling so bad that it is not hers but someone else. A sweet spirit individual has mastery over envy and jealousy. Jonathan did not just express his love for David by word of mouth, but demonstrated it by helping David to escape from his father’s fury and attempt to kill him. A great life is not about being the first or the best but submitting to the will of God.

 A man with a sweet spirit is a man with a free spirit. Every man who attempts to scheme to manipulate for advantage is imprisoned by the success and achievement of others. Such a person may be fighting against God. How foolish and stupid to do that. King Saul attempted to kill David in order to frustrate God’s plan, but rather frustrated his own life. He died a miserable death, which he should not have died. God in an act of mercy for him, brought David into his life to cover some of his shortcomings. David played music to drive out the demon that tormented him. He could have sat at home as David fought the battles for him. His deceived critical spirit, made him not to see that. If he had had a sweet spirit, he would have enjoyed his reign and not to have died in that battle.

CONFESSION

I have a sweet spirit which makes me very wise. I choose God’s way and celebrate it, thereby my life is preserved and enjoy my true God designed way to live.

FURTHER STUDIES

1 Samuel 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?”

Romans 12:9 & 10 KJV Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

A SWEET SPIRIT

KEY SCRIPTURE: James 3:17 KJV “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without HYPOCRISY”.

Our key scripture describes the character of a true Christian. It is a description of one with a sweet spirit. The opposite nature is one with a critical spirit. Such a one is an antagonist. He or she is normally on the offensive. An antagonist always seeks for faults to accuse others and easily find faults with others. He is a very difficult person to relate with. The common denominator about any such critical person is that people do not stay around him or may shun him. They also don’t have a peaceful heart. Any Christian with such an attitude is on his way to hell. He or she is under the influence of the adversary who is the master of all those with an antagonistic spirit.

In this study we are now considering more about the man with a sweet spirit. The Bible says such a person operates with a heavenly wisdom. The first mark of one with a sweet spirit is purity. Purity simply means a heart that has not been tainted by the flesh. Purity is also something which has got to do with meditating on holy things. Holiness of life is just an outward expression of a heart that dwells on pure things. A man with a sweet spirit is a man of purity. The second trait of a person with a sweet spirit is that he is a man of peace. This state of peace is more about a peaceful relationship with others. It does not mainly refer to peace in the heart of that individual, although every man who lives at peace with others is a man with a peaceful heart.

To be a peaceful man, it calls for a great deal of selflessness. Rom 12:18 KJV” If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men”. It is this attitude of peace with people that makes him a man of a sweet spirit. Being at peace with people does not mean subjecting yourself to every stupid action, without expressing your stands, but being objective, yet on your part you do not become over burdening. Dear child of God, this is God ‘s expectation of you. It is the best way to live, for you attract others of the same disposition towards yourself.

CONFESSION

I have a sweet spirit. I delight in that which is upright and pure. I live at peace with all men. I attract to myself people of a similar disposition. I have a very great life of peace that makes a positive impact on many.

FURTHER STUDIES

1 Samuel 18:4 KJV” And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle”.

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

GIVE YOUR SUPPLY 3

KEY SCRIPTURE: Eph 4:13 KJV. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

When we started with this series on “give your supply” we realized from Eph 4:16   that as Christians, we are the building blocks of God’s house, the church. Each person is a very vital part of the stability of the whole building, and so must effectively play his role to keep the building strong and increasing as well. Now the truth is that for an effective supplying of one’s abilities he must be equipped very well. Our key scripture shows us the quality of persons we are to be. We have to be fully matured to able to supply our respective roles very well.

Our key scripture shows us what this maturity entails. It involves coming into the unity of the faith. This is a state of each of us acknowledging one another as one people having a common faith as well knowing God’s basic call for the body of Christ. We must also get to know the Son of God in an intimate way, ready to stand and die for Him if necessary. Finally, we must grow to be like Christ in all things. God’s idea of a matured person is the one who is like Christ.

 Rom 8:29 KJV” For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren”. We have been predestined to be like Him.

NO other person, not even the apostles are our standard. The Lord Jesus is our standard, and this is what God’s   anointed servants help us to see and pattern our lives after. The death and resurrection of our Lord has qualified us to be like him. 2nd Corinth 3:6, reveals that we have been made able ministers of the new testament. That word ‘able’ used in this context means ‘qualified’. It also means we have been equipped with every necessary provision to be ‘dispensers’ of the Spirit. We must never see ourselves as weak people tossed about by the deceit of men. It is weak and helpless people who are carried about with every lying provisions of men. You are not weak. Accept yourself for who you are in Christ so you could effectively play your role in the body of Christ.

PRAYER

Lord, I pray for the body of Christ, to come to terms with God ‘s purpose for it, and to effectively evangelize the world with great impact.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Corinth 3:5 KJV “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God”.

2 Corinth. 3:6 KJV” Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life”.

GIVE YOUR SUPPLY 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:13 KJV” Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:”

God our Father says he has chosen us, ordained us to go and bring forth fruit so that our fruits would remain. Then when we ask anything in the Lord’s name, the father would do it. (John 15:16) God wants you to be fruitful. Fruitfulness increases the body of Christ. The Lord Jesus added that fruitfulness glorifies the father and makes us his disciples indeed. Joh 15:8 KJV “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so, shall ye be my disciples”. What supply are you bringing into the body of Christ that you belong?

Ephesians 4:16 instructs us to bring in our supplies so the body of Christ may increase. God wants his body on the earth to be in charge of issues in the world. Our Lord Jesus when He walked the shores of this earth was light that lit the path and life of many. He was an expression of the father in a human form. Dear brother or sister this is the idea that the father has about you. God does not want any Christian as a victim needing help. The church in God’s mind should bring solutions to the world. This is the reason He is raising each one of us to the measure, stature and fulness of Christ (Eph 4:13).

IT griefs the heart of the father when many Christians live with a need mentality about themselves. A people who are always crying for help cannot help others. The following is what the Father talks about you. “Saviours shall come up on Mount Zion……” He calls you a Savior. Please note, in God’s order of things, the Father is the gardener, or the caretaker. His main duty is to take care and provide our needs, and we are the branches, the fruit bearers. Our Lord is the vine, our life and support. All these are beautifully pictured in John 15:1-16. Please read through that passage prayerfully. This is why God has raised ministry gifts like Pastors and the rest to teach truths that would bring the church to the measure, stature and fulness of Christ. Stop being a baby and accept the demand the father has placed on you. Give your supply.

CONFESSION

I bear fruit for the Lord. The Father is glorified in me as I bear fruit. I refuse to be a need conscious child of God, but a solution provider, bringing answers and joy to a dying and frustrated world. I have the life of God in me.

FURTHER STUDIES

John 15:7 KJV “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you”.

John 15:16 KJV “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you” .

GIVE YOUR SUPPLY

KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:16 KJV. From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love”.

The body of Christ is one big unit. It includes all brethren who have departed to be with the Lord, and are called the church triumphant. There are those of us living now in this world, called the church militant. The church militant is made up of various units, normally called denominations. Within these denominations are local churches. Every one of us belongs to a local church. Our key scripture shows us that everyone is a joint that anchors other parts of the body. Can you imagine a building where some of the blocks do not play their roles? That is, they are not there. That building would not be strong. What part are you playing in the house of God? Please note, as a joint you cannot fail to bring your supply.

A lot of Christians do not understand the function of the church. They see the church as a need meeting center, and that they are people with needs that need help. This is a trick of the devil, to keep many Christians living as babies. They are always seeking for help. Dear one, when Jesus died, he settled the need question. (2nd Peter 1:3).You must free yourself from the need seeking attitude to a supply of divine potentials for the growth of the kingdom of God on the earth. Well, the church meets various needs yet its main role is to establish the kingdom(rule) of God in the hearts of men.

Some also see the pastor as the owner of the church, and that the pastor should be able to answer all the need issues of the members. No pastor owns any church. He is a building block just like any member is  .His role is to bring that truth of God to the other brethren who would use that to be strong and fulfill the work of the ministry. Eph 4:11 &12 KJV And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and *teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Commit yourself to the teaching of the word, to be strong for the work of the ministry.

CONFESSION

I am an effective member of the body of Christ. I am committed to the task our Lord gave to us. I feed on his word through His servants so I will be strong to fulfill the mission of the church. I am not a need seeker but a supplier of divine abilities to build up the body of Christ.

FURTHER STUDIES

Eph 4:13 KJV “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ”:

Eph 4:14 KJV That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

CONTROLLING ANGER

KEY SCRIPTURE: Prov 16:32 NET” Better to be slow to anger than to be a mighty warrior, and one who controls his temper is better than one who captures a city”.

The Bible makes it clear that anger may come yet one can always control his anger and not the anger controlling him. Before we look at some of the ways to control anger let us consider what anger can do to you if not controlled. There are serious health challenges if anger is not controlled. These include:

1.Headache

2.Digestive problems like abdominal pains

3.Insomnia (inability to sleep)

4.Increased anxiety

5.Depression

6.High blood pressure

7.Skin problems, such as eczema

8.Heart attack

9.Stroke

In addition to these are serious relational hurts and in some cases destruction of properties.

To control anger, please reflect diligently over the negative effects of anger, and let that raise in you a resistance against it. Convince yourself that, if anger generates all these negative conditions, then you would not allow anger to control you. This is the scriptural advice: James 1:19 NET ” Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger”.

1. Stop considering yourself as too important. Turn every reproach to the Lord.

2. You may keep quiet in the moment of provocation and walk away from the scene. Proverbs 19:11

” Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense”.

3. Decide to cast those words or scene from your mind by telling yourself, I will not allow myself to be controlled by this condition. The feeling of anger may keep coming back, but keep repeating those words, that you would not allow yourself to be controlled by the condition.

4. Forgive your offender by voicing it out, I have forgiven him or her. Do not say this to the offender, but say it to yourself. He may provoke you further if you say it to him or her.

CONFESSION

I have control over my temper. I am aware of the greatly negative effect of anger and would not allow it to frustrate my life.

FURTHER STUDIES

Proverbs 22:24- “Make no friendships with a man given to anger, and with a wrathful man do not associate”,

Proverbs 29:11 -“A [self-confident] fool utters all his anger, but a wise man holds it back and stills it”.