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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.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:8, 11 ” Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;”

We continue with our study on the ministerial gifts. Please understand that the Bible said “and he gave some apostles, some prophets …..” The scripture teaches that the Holy Ghost gave gifts to certain men and women that made them function in certain unique offices,as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Although these people received supernatural gifts to function in these offices, they themselves became gifts unto the body of Christ.

 These ministerial gifts are stewards of the mysteries of the gospel 1 Corinthians 4:1” Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God”. As a steward of the mysteries of God, he or she is to serve the rest of the body of Christ with the gift given to him or her. (1st Corinthians.4:1)

The next ministerial gift to look at is the prophet. The prophet is the second in rank to the apostle. This office is not entered into by an election or one’s decision to become. It is the sole prerogative of the Holy Spirit to appoint someone into this office. Every prophet must function in all the revelational gifts, which includes, word of wisdom, word of knowledge and discernment of spirit. Some of the prophets may have all the power gifts. No prophet operates in all the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit. Any man who operates in all nine gifts of the Holy Spirit ceases to be a prophet but an apostle.

   The prophet in the Old Testament is called a seer (1st Samuel 9:9).The prophet has the ability to know into the past as well as seeing what is yet to happen in the future.  

Many people are fascinated about the ministry of the prophet .They want to know what the future holds. They therefore put a lot of pressure on these prophets to give them messages concerning the future. A person with such an attitude becomes dependent on the prophet. If there is any selfish tendencies in the prophet, he would easily manipulate you to be taking monies unduly from you. Everyone ought to learn to live by the word of God.

 The prophetic office is such an important office if he or she functions well. He or she is a great blessing to the body of Christ and even the nation as a whole. Whenever the church or nation is getting out of touch with God, it is the prophet who normally tells the mind of God to the people.     .

A prophet should be very bold since some of the messages about certain individuals are very difficult to talk about. They must also be very prayerful to be very sensitive to the voice of the Spirit. A prophet must not allow the love of money to influence him. He should be careful about extorting money from his audience. May the Lord help every true prophet of God.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father I pray for all true prophets of God to be faithful to their calling and resist various temptations that come their way.

FURTHER STUDIES

1 Kings 22:26-27  “And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king’s son;  And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace”.

1 Kings 17:1 “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:8, 11 ” Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;”

In 1st Corinthians 12, we learnt about the nine a supernatural gifts of the Holy Ghost. We see in our key scripture another kind of gift. This time it is ministerial gifts.

A ministerial gift is a man or woman, who is divinely endued with abilities to function as an apostle, a prophet, an evangelist, a pastor and a teacher. Each office has its unique supernatural gifts that go with it.

 The Bible says such men are gifts to the body of Christ that is the church. We would consider the office of an apostle into detail.

An apostle ranks first in the order of authority and impact of operation. The word apostle means one who has been sent with full power of attorney to act on behalf of another.   He is sent to act on behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Ghost. An apostle is not called by man or made by man. No one also makes himself or herself an apostle. It is purely divinely appointed Galatians 1:1  Paul,an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)He is sent to do a work for the Lord and therefore must be fully submitted and subjected to the Lord Jesus.

Some people also claim there are no apostles in our times, and rather it ended with the apostles in the bible.God still raises apostles in our days. The apostle is different from the other four offices because he has the ability to function fully in any of the other offices. This is the reason the apostle is ranked first in the ministerial offices and not the prophet. Any person,whether a man or woman with an apostolic calling has the ability, the authority and the anointing to raise up a church without any outside help. He could also stay there establish a school and send them forth to go and play various roles in the body of Christ. He can also set up a governing board for the church.Titus 1:5 “For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee”:

In our day the title apostle has become common with one not having the gifts and divine authority that go with it. 2 Corinthians 12:12 ” Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds”.

I pray the church of God would be circumspect in the way we go about giving these titles or appointing ourselves into such offices.

   PRAYER

I pray that in these last days the Spirit of God would raise more men and women with an apostolic grace to speedup the end time work of the church of God, in Jesus name I have prayed.

FURTHER STUDIES

Acts 4:33 ” And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all”.

Acts 9:27. “But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 12:2.  Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

We continue with our study on the counterfeiting of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The gift of healing is one gift that Satan has counterfeited so much. The danger with this one is that anyone who seeks healing from a false or demonic healer is contaminated with the devil or demons. Sicknesses can be very distressing so anyone in a desperate condition is tempted to go anywhere that promises relief.

We see a lot of these demonic healers all over. They even advertise their activities both on print an audio-visual media. They put up their posters and signboards throughout the nation. Many people including some Christians patronise these healers. I wish to state that there are a number of herbal medicine practitioners that have no relationship with any occult (hidden) powers. They have studied the practice and use them without any rituals to heal. Christians, don’t seek healing from fetishes or Mallams. These are clear demonic agents, who would get you filled with demons.

I read about a cult in the Philippines that perform surgery without a knife. They do surgery without any incisions on the body, with just their fingers. These healers have been patronised by swarms of people from England, Canada, Australia, the United States of America and many others who travel to the Philippines for treatment.

There is a story of a brother of a medical Doctor who claims his gallstones were removed without any incisions made, nor leaving any scar. When this doctor asked his brother for an X-ray examination, the results showed that the gallstones were still there.

Most of these demonic healing cults only deceive their patrons. There are cases of people who go with a kind of condition, I will call it  problem A,only to find out that problem A is no more there but he now has problem B. The truth is that they do not give permanent and lasting healing Jesus heals excellently. There are countless cases of both terminal and demonic diseases that have been completely wiped away by the power of God.  Medical reports always prove the condition is gone. A pregnant woman who was healed from ovarian cyst in one of our meetings was confirmed healed and is still well. God performs it totally.

    PRAYER

Father, I pray for all Christians to know and trust you when suffering from some ailment so they would not visit fetish and occultist homes for help.

FURTHER STUDIES:

2 Chronicles 16:12 ” And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians”.

1 John 4:1.”  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 7:12 ” For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods”.

Every child of God must be very much aware that the devil always seeks to counterfeit the gifts of God. He does this to confuse men about the power of God and that of the devil.

In our key scripture Satan through king Pharaoh of Egypt caused his magicians to work a miracle to challenge God’s power and hardened the heart of the king. In this instance Moses’ rod which had become a serpent swallowed that of the magicians of Egypt.God would always overpower the devil if only Christians would stand for him.

The following story illustrate how the devil counterfeits God’s power.

A village in Java a town in Israelis dominated by mostly Christians. The following story explains how it happened so.

Some years ago a young Dutch Christian lady missionary came to that village preaching about Jesus and his power to save. A witch doctor confronted her, telling her to leave the place because both of them could not live on that land together. He explained that he works miracles there and she can’t also come and talk about miracles. This lady missionary said she was not going anywhere. The witch doctor said they should go into a contest to prove who was more powerful implying the winner takes over.

They announced this contest to the neighborhood, whilst this witch doctor fasted for three days and the lady missionary did her normal activities of preaching in the village. On the fateful day the villagers gathered, whiles the two people met in the arena. The witch doctor asked the lady to act first to prove how powerful her God was, but she declined and asked the man to go ahead. This witch doctor lay on the floor and instantly began to rise like a log of wood lifting itself from the floor.He got to about a knee high and remained there.

The lady did not know what to do.She asked the Lord and He told her to go push him down with her foot and cast the devil out of him. She did exactly that. The demons in him came out and the man came to his normal senses asking where he was?  He had been filled with the demons for so long a time that he had lost touch with the real world. This man accepted Jesus with the whole village.

All the miracles he did were demonic Satan is still using his agents to counterfeit the miracles of God and many are deceived. The lady needed courage to stop him. We have to also stop these people canvassing for people to come for money rituals etc. Christians have the true power and must be bold to confront these people with the gospel and the power of God.

   PRAYER

Heavenly Father, I pray for boldness for all Christians to arise and boldly preach the gospel stop these witch doctors deceiving many.

FURTHER STUDIES:

Acts 13:9-11.  Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?  And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

Acts 8:9. But there was a certain man, called Simon, which before time in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:    

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KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 11:13 ” For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ”.

As much as we learn and talk about the gifts of the Holy Spirit we ought to be aware of the devil counterfeiting these gifts.

Our key scripture tells us clearly that, there are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. These false apostles abound in our times. In deed there are many genuine prophets in our times, yet there are quite a lot who are messengers of the devil.

The gift of the word of wisdom that is to know what would happen in the future is one of the gifts that these false prophets may counterfeit. The Bible tells us to test every spirit; 1st John 4:1 “Beloved, believe not every spirit but try the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone into the world”. I believe the scripture is very emphatic about this. Try every spirit. How do we try them?

1. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart with the still small voice or let the peace of God check the things you are hearing and seeing. (Colossians 3:15)

2. You shall also know them by their fruits: Matthew 7:20: Check out for these signs: Do they exalt themselves? Are their moral life anything to be inspired about? How do they speak about their fellow ministers?

3. If his or her prophecy does not come to pass he is not speaking by the Spirit of God.  There are some who would rightly call out people’s names and give word of knowledge about them yet the predictions they make about the future does not come to pass.

4. Any prophet or man of God, who makes merchandise of the gospel by charging certain amounts before praying for the needy is very questionable. 1 Corinthians 9:18,   what is my reward then? “Verily that,when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel”.

5. Any prophet or man of God who tells you to buy certain objects to be used to pray or perform certain oblations (offerings) is questionable

Please note; the Lord Jesus offered His blood to make an eternal redemption for us and no more offerings for our sins. (Hebrews 9:12).  May we be careful lest we are deceived by the cunning deceptions of the devil and his agents.

 PRAYER

O heavenly Father, open our eyes of understanding so we would know the tricks and schemes of the devil and his agents.

FURTHER STUDIES.

2 Corinthians 11:15.  “Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

Matthew 7:20. “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them

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KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 12:10. To another the working of miracles …”

We now consider the gift of the working of miracles as the last of the supernatural gifts to look at. It is also the last but not the least of the power gifts for us to consider.

The working of miracles is always linked up to the gift of faith. In actual fact the gift of working of miracles is a product of the gift of faith.

Miracles are the intervention of the supernatural God in the affairs of men. Miracles are the normal happening of the supernatural, and faith is always the trigger for the supernatural to manifest. Galatians 3:5 “He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith”.

Miracles always publicized the gospel. Everywhere in the world, even among the atheist, people would throng wherever miracles are occurring. Acts 8:6 “And people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did”. Every church and every pastor must desire and pray for the manifestations of the miraculous. It always brings Christianity alive.

When the gift of working of miracles is in operation, it does impossible things. By this gift, the dead is brought to life again, short people are made taller, and even some people can have certain organs which has been removed medically from their bodies restored.

Miracles are always wrought by doing something in line with the word. When Lazarus was in the grave, the Lord began declaring he would rise up again. John 11:23 “Jesus said unto her,thy brother shall rise again”. Inspire of all the statements of unbelief that went on around Him, Jesus kept assuring them that they only needed to believe and they would see the glory of God. Faith for miracles persist even in the midst of contrary situations. The Lord asked them to role away the Stone.This was the climax of the acts of faith leading to the miracle. (John 11:39).At that instant they were unbelieving, yet he kept declaring that if they were to believe they would definitely see the glory of God.. The stone was rolled away and then he finally commanded the dead man to rise up. You cannot see miracles if you do not put actions to your faith. Miracles are always worked out.

Do you want to see a miracle in any area of your life, start acting or working it out by your faith.  As your faith goes into operation miracles would be the result.

  PRAYER

Thank you heavenly Father for the revelation of your word. I pray that the Holy Spirit would stir the hearts of all believers to desire and also take actions to see the manifestation of these gifts in their lives and respective ministries.

FURTHER STUDIES.

John 2:5. His mother saith unto the servants, whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

Acts 3:7.  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 12:9 ” To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit”;

The gifts of healing is a blessing to humanity. These gifts are given to the church as supernatural weapons to stop the evil attacks of darkness against the body of Christ.

Sickness is one of the greatest weapons of the evil one against mankind. Sickness has a terrible financial toll on men. The gifts of healing is a great blessing for men, and must be used extensively to stop the activities of the devil.

The gifts of healing becomes strong in operation when one commits himself to preaching the gospel consistently and ministers to the sick as well.. Please note; when one has this gift manifesting in his life, and he is faithful in ministering to the sick,the gift will graduate from a gift to a ministry. When it becomes a ministry you see its manifestation almost everywhere and every time you minister to the sick. The Bible speak about Philip who began as a deacon a man full of faith and the Holy Ghost. The Bible said he went to Samaria and preached Christ unto them. Acts 8:6-7 reads “And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spoke hearing and seeing the miracles which he did for unclean spirits crying with loud voice came out of many that were possessed with them and many taken with palsies, and they that were lame, were healed.And there was great joy in the city”.

God is therefore ready to empower as many people who would take Him (God) at His word, set themselves apart from sin and worldliness, commit themselves to prayer and obeying the word of God in their lives, so the gift of healing would function, to bless mankind as a whole.

One of the greatest joy in the life of every child of God should to, see the power of God work through them to restore the sick to their normal healthy state. You can also be used to bless many who are suffering.

         PRAYER

Thank you heavenly Father for this wonderful gifts of healing. Lord I pray you open up the understanding of all Christians to avail themselves for your use, to answer the cry of humanity.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Mark 16:18.  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Acts 19:11-12. And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:  So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.