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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.

CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 19

KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 8:17 And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.

Once again, we consider the third plague that God brought on the Egyptians through Moses and Aaron.

The Lord asked Moses to strike the sand of Egypt with his rod and it will become lice. Aaron did so and the whole land of the Egyptians, including men and beasts were all attacked by the lice.

The earth to the Egyptians was very sacred. It was worshipped in Egypt as the father of gods. (From BARNES COMMENTARY). They attached sacredness to the fertile soil of the basin of the Nile called Chemi from which the ancient name of Egypt is supposed to be derived. Once again, the almighty God, the King of kings proved to the Egyptians that what they revered was nothing, and had no power to defend itself. If it could be changed into lice, something they abhorred because of its characteristics, that is they could penetrate the body through the nostrils and the ears. This is what they worshipped had become.

Dear brother, make nothing a god unto yourself. There is nothing in this life that a man can place before the Lord God. The song writer wrote.

My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus name. On Christ the solid the rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.

Jesus is the only solid rock that would stabilize you in this life and in that which is to come.

The Egyptian magicians tried to use their enchantments to to counterfeit the production of the lice but failed. Dear reader turn your heart from all deceptions of this life. Jesus died and rose again triumphantly from the grave. He conquered Satan and all his cohorts (Hebrews 2:14, Colossians 2:15). He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Some politicians want power and they join occultic groups. Some. Pastors keep moving from shrine to shrine seeking for power. Such people are terribly deceived.

Please listen, Satan can only travel two rounds. He can’t challenge in the third round, fourth, fifth and by the tenth his first sons would start dying. Turn to Jesus and put your total trust and confidence in Him. Indeed, all other grounds is sinking sand.

   CONFESSION

I have placed my total confidence and trust in Jesus the Lord of the universe, I am more than secured and my victory is forever guaranteed.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Deuteronomy 7:25 “The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.”

Romans 10:12 ” For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.”

CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 18

KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 8:17 ” And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt”.

This time Moses did not tell Pharaoh what the next plague was. He just asked Aaron to stretch out his rod and strike the soil of Egypt.

Aaron stroke the land of Egypt and it turned to lice all over Egypt. Exodus 8:17 reads “And they did so for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod and smote the dust of the Earth and it became lice in man and in beast all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt”. This was a very horrible state for the Egyptians. From this story, we also learn something about the working of miracles. God commanded, they obeyed and the result was the miracle. We experience miracles as we respond in faith to what God has said. One may ask, I have tried doing as commanded but failed. Every failure is not God’s refusal to answer, but it’s our failure to act in faith.

In Matthew 17:16, a man brought his son to the disciples of Jesus to heal him but they failed. “And I brought him to thy disciples and they could not cure him”. The Lord did not attribute the result to God’s unwillingness to answer. He said they were a generation of faithless and perverse people. Unbelief is the cause of many failures to answers of many prayers. When the Lord Jesus rebuked the spirit of infirmity it quickly left the boy and he was made whole.

I had a similar experience when two of my sons in the Lord were praying for a girl who had collapsed with no positive results. The moment I arrived and rebuked the demon to leave her alone, she recovered. Why couldn’t they help this poor girl. Many times, we do these things with a focus on ourselves and also wonder how the result would turn out. Such an attitude keeps you in the soulish realm and not in the spirit. The proper way, is to act in such moments with our focus on God and his word as we come in anger against the demon tormenting the individual. We also must not wonder how the result will turn out but are only be assured of a very positive result. If you confront the devil this way, you give no place to the flesh or human thoughts to get into the way of the Spirit.

Like Moses God has given His word. We   have also received His word to stop the devil and bring solutions to suffering humanity. Let us take up the challenge and bring glory to his name.

 CONFESSION

In the name of Jesus every demon bows, sicknesses depart and the oppressed are set free as I act on God’s word to set people free.

FURTHER STUDIES.

John 6:28-29 ” Then said they unto him, what shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”

John 14:12 ” Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father”.

CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 17

KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 8:2 ” And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs:”

The Lord asked Moses to perform the next plague to punish Pharaoh and his people. Please understand God was also using these plagues to show his majesty and power. They were punished for all that they had done to the Israelites. You would always receive the reward for whatever you do for the people of God. Matthew 10:42 “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward”. Let’s be very mindful of how we treat one another.

The Lord asked Moses to cause frogs to come from the water bodies to fill the land of Egypt. It filled everywhere the Egyptians were. Now why the frogs? The frogs were one of the gods of the Egyptians which was revered and worshipped. With the frogs all over and all around them meant, they were going to step on them. Throw some out and generally mishandle them in such a way that they could do nothing about. This was to let them know that such a god was nothing. They were under compulsion to disdain their own deity.

Idols are indeed nothing (1 Corinth. 8:4)

 The first three of the ten commandments talk about why we must not worship idols. Idol worshipping is the major sin of all humanity. What is an idol? An idol is anything that takes the place of God or the first place in our lives. Anything that we fear or dread so much is an idol. It is only God that we must fear and dread. Anything we love and cherish above God is an idol. Anything that we trust so much and   put our confidence in above God is an idol. To a number of us people who provide our daily needs have become idols unto us. There are some who trust their doctors more than God and His word. A general rebellion of mankind in all times is because of idolatry Please, it is not only those who pour libations to certain images, who are idol worshippers. THE ROOT OF IDOLATRY IS SELF LOVE AS OPPOSED TO TRUE LOVE FOR GOD.

Atheism, that is the believe that there is no God is a fallacy. Every man worships some god in one way or the other. Some people worship themselves. Men are not created like animals. A man is a spirit, he has a soul and lives in a body (1st Thessalonians.5:23) With his spirit he worships. If a man does not know God, he worships other things and beings. Mammon (having money as a god) is one of the chiefest gods of most people including a number of Christians. (Matt 6:24) Ask yourself do I have any gods in my life? What are they? Get rid of them lest they will destroy you.

 PRAYER

Oh God open our eyes to know what we have replaced with you.

FURTHER STUDIES:

 Exodus 20:3-5 ” Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me “;

CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 16

Exodus 7:19 ” And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone”.

Please note that Moses kept a direct communication line with the Lord God. We need to maintain a strong fellowship with the Lord if we   desire to be very useful to Him.

The Lord told him to say to Pharaoh, “Let my people go that they may serve me in the wilderness…”. This was repeated by Moses each time he appeared before Pharaoh. There are many times that the enemy seems to be very resistant to our commands. In such times we must not give up in making God’s word known to him. If there is a condition in your life that seems not to change, please don’t stop resisting with the word of God. James 4:7 says “submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you”. Apostle Peter also said a similar statement, 1st Peter 5:9 “whom resist steadfast in the faith….”. Satan must not be tolerated; he is a destroyer he must be violently resisted. Maintain your tempo or go higher, but please don’t give up on your opposition to him. We would learn in Moses story that, he kept repeating that same word, let my people go and worship me.

What is the devil doing in your life? Is it about your health? Keep telling him the Lord Jesus himself took your infirmities and he cannot put them on you and so you refuse to have them. Is it about your children who are not doing well in school or becoming very stubborn? Tell the devil those children are not his and cannot have any part in them. Keep declaring these words. Please note: Satan is an eternal loser and holding your grounds means he is just getting closer to failure and exiting your case. You are only defeated if you give up.

In Exodus 7:19 Moses began plaguing Egypt. The first was the turning of all waters in Egypt into blood. Every water source, and even stored water in cups turned into blood. This meant all water creatures would die. Pharaoh’s magicians were able to counterfeit it, yet the impact of the plague was very bad on the Egyptians. They could not drink water. It is indeed a terrible thing to fall into the judgement of God.

You only disturb yourself if you get rebellious towards God.

  CONFESSION

I never give up resisting the devil, knowing very well that i would at the end be the winner.

FURTHER STUDIES

Acts 9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Luke 18:7-8 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 15

KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 7:9 When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.

Read through Exodus 7:4-9

The Lord asked Moses to start doing signs and wonders when king Pharaoh requests for it. The Lord asked him to throw his rod down so it will become a serpent. God is a supernatural God and so signs and wonders should be part of our experiences. Christianity without the miraculous is a mere religion. Faith in God is the virtue that unfolds the miraculous.

The bible reveals the exploits of faith in the following verse. (Hebrews 11:33-34) “who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of aliens”. These are miraculous deeds and God is very excited to do these deeds in the midst of His children. It is faith in God that makes all these possible. Make a decision to work on your faith and miracles, signs and wonders would be your daily experience. Please note, it takes miraculous power to make certain impossible situations possible.

In the story, Moses and Aaron performed this miracle yet Pharaoh’s magicians did the same.  Moses rod swallowed all the rods of the Egyptian magicians that became serpents. What we realise in the above episode is that, God did not tell them of the challenge or opposition that would happen, although He told them to perform the miracle. He did not tell them Pharaoh’s magicians would do as they had done.

Dear children of God, God normally does not tell or reveal to you the challenges that may come on our way to where He has asked you to go. In Mark 4 the Lord Jesus after teaching the disciples asked them to go to the other side of the lake (Mark 4:35). On their way there was a mighty storm that threatened their lives, but the Lord stood and calmed it. The Lord only asked them to go to the other side but did not make mention of the impending storm. In Moses story, His rod swallowed the Egyptian magicians’ serpents. Please note this NO MATTER THE CHALLENGES THAT SATAN MAY RAISE AGAINST YOU; THE DEVIL WILL ALWAYS LOSE AT THE LONG RUN. YOUR VICTORY IS THE PROMISE, HOLD TO IT.

Your only responsibility is to trust the Lord and never to doubt him.

   CONFESSION

 God and me are always the majority, no matter the opposition that rises against me. I ‘m continually a winner because He honours whatever He has said.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 14

KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 7:1 “And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.”

Chapter 7 begins with the statement “And the Lord said unto Moses…”. This was the secret of the success of Moses. He never did anything without the counsel of the Lord. God’s work must be done according to His instructions. We are nothing without our heavenly Father. Our life is for Him. Our life is to unfold His glory and wisdom. Just consider what God our Father seeks to achieve through us. Eph 3:10 “To the intend that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God”.

What the above scripture simply means is God’s intention for saving and raising us is to demonstrate to the satanic host His many sided, or much varied wisdom through you and me. This was what Moses went to Egypt to do. He demonstrated the many-sided wisdom of God to Pharaoh and his countrymen. He had to totally depend on God. He had to receive God’s instructions moment by moment. He was a tool God was using. Our role now in this life is not different. Those devils have held most human’s captive. They keep tormenting and destroying the lives of men. We have also been commissioned to bring God’s salvation and deliverance to them by breaking the hold of these demons and devils over humanity. The only grounds for a successful ministry is to maintain a very close fellowship with the Lord as well as reaching out on His instructions to set men free from these devils. We are used as instrument’s, tools or weapons in God’s hands. We have to depend fully on Him, lest it will become a mission IMPOSSIBLE.

The Lord told Moses, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. Moses was to say everything God commands him. What had God commanded us to tell these demons who hold men bound and tormented? Matthew 10:8 “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give”. The Lord is saying to us whenever you see someone sick go heals him or her, setting him or her free from the devils’ grips. Likewise, when you find a leper, cleanse him or her from the leprosy. It implies making that individual free from the demon holding him down. Like Moses we have been made gods unto these evil spirits holding men captive. Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give unto you power(authority) to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you”.

 Moses fulfilled his mission; it is our turn to bring salvation to those who are oppressed.

 You have the Authority and Power like Moses. Go and do likewise.

 CONFESSION

I am endued with power and the authority to bring God’s deliverance to men held in sin and satanic bondage. I see God ”s faithfulness and power demonstrated as I reach out to set men free.

FURTHER STUDIES

Acts 1:8 ” But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth”.

Mark 16:17-18 ” And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 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.”

CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 13

KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 6:3 ” And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.”

When Moses first went to Pharaoh telling him to let the children of God leave as the Lord says, Pharaoh was furious and increased the burden and punishment of the children of Israel.

The Lord spoke to Moses as a result of this to confirm what he had already said to him. God would always manifest His might anytime His people stand for him in adverse moments. God’s strength on behalf of his children is always made perfect in their weaknesses. 2nd Corinthians 12:9a And He said unto me. “My grace is sufficient for thee for my strength is made perfect in weakness….”. In times of grave challenges and opposition never give up. The Lord had said I will never leave you nor forsake you. He can’t turn against His word. Romans 10:11 for the scripture saith whosoever believes in Him shall not be ashamed”. In such, times just keep or maintain your confidence in Him.

The Lord made the following statement as captured in our key scripture, “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac and unto Jacob by the name God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them. The Lord now reveals his hidden name unto Moses. He said He is called Jehovah. The name Jehovah means “THE EXISTING ONE”.

The Lord revealed all these incites to Moses to show him that he exists by Himself and there is nothing He cannot do. As He has assured him of delivering the children of Israel, He would do so.

The Lord asked Moses to go back to Pharaoh and tell him to let the children of Israel go. Moses answered Him by saying the Israelites have not accepted him how much more would Pharaoh do so ?. Please note that in various life encounters. It is not what people say that matters. No matter their numbers it is always what the Lord says that you have to stand by and obey. You and God are always the majority. This was proven many times in the story of Moses.

 CONFESSION

Father I have taken my stand with you. Nothing shall move me and l can never fail, for it is your glory that is at stake.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Romans 10:11-13 ” For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”.