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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.

CARRY GOD’S PRESENCE ALONG

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 28:20 KJV” Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen”.

Our key scripture assures us of the Lord’s presence with us wherever we go. What then is this idea of carrying His presence wherever we go? Jesus has assured us of His abiding presence yet many Christians do not experience His presence in many situations. Why is this so? Our Lord Jesus in His capacity as God is everywhere at every time, but His manifested presence is not everywhere.  His manifested presence depends on you and I. We must carry His presence around.

HOW do we carry His presence alongside with us? God and His word are one. God is in His word. When a man believes in the word and acts on the word, God who is the word and, in His word, would act according to what the word says.

 John 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”. God manifests in accordance to our adherence to the word.

You can always be sure of His presence to help, bless or provide for you as you trust His word. His word is the portal(door) that allows His presence into our midst. To carry His presence with you, you must hold strongly to what the word says. In Matt 14:29 Peter acted on the word and so He had His presence that carried Peter on the water. The moment he lost the word, Peter lost His presence and began to sink. It is not His physical presence that matters, but your trust in His word.

 CONFESSIONS

I carry the presence of the Lord wherever I go. I am not uncertain whether He would show up or not, because, I have His word in my heart and act on the word. I conquer every challenge because He is ever with me.

FURTHER STUDIES

John 6:63 KJV” It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life”.

Jeremiah 1:12 NET “Then the LORD said, “You have observed correctly. This means I am watching to make sure my threats are carried out.”

SPEAK WELL OF OTHERS

KEY SCRIPTURE: Luke 7:26 KJV” But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet”.

John the Baptist had baptized the Lord Jesus and declared that He is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. After some time, he began to wonder whether Jesus was the Messiah. He even sent his disciples to enquire of the Lord if He is the Messiah. The Lord assured them He is the Messiah and that the miracles attested to that.

After his disciples had left, the Lord began to speak well of John. He did not comment about his doubts about Him. He rather declared that he is the greatest of all men born of woman. What do you say about others in their absence?  Many people easily fall into the temptation of speaking bad of others. Some people comment negatively about people they have never met before. (this is serious) People are carried away by negative remarks from others, of which they add their voice. You shall give account for every idle word you say. (Matt 12:36)

Why do people speak negative of others? Some people only feel they are better when they put others down. It is the habit of a few characters. All these is a sign of the absence of the God kind of love in one’s life. Love values others so much it would not put them down. Decide you would never allow your tongue to speak evil of others.  Vow never to say any negative word about one you have no knowledge about. Remember you would reap what you sow. You always reap more than what you sow. (Luke 6:37&38)

CONFESSION.

I have great love for all persons. I believe in the positives of people and not the negative they express. I never say any wrong word or comment about others. I am a lifter of men and an encouragement to those who are down.

FURTHER STUDIES

Luke 6:37 KJV ” Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven”

John 8:11 KJV “She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more”.

FULFILLED PROMISES

KEY SCRIPTURE:2 Corinthians 1:20 KJV “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us”.

IT is indeed an amazing thing to be in Christ. Under the new testament men are not the direct negotiators of the covenant with GOD. The Lord Jesus entered into an eternal covenant with the father on our behalf. Hebrews 7:22 KJV “By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament”. He was not just the surety but was the very token of the covenant. Matthew 26:28 KJV” For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins”. Lastly, he fulfilled every requirement of the law. Romans 10:4 KJV “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth “.

On account of these three acts of our Lord Jesus, which are

1.The surety of the covenant

2.The token of the covenant

3.Fulfilled all righteous requirements of the covenant.

 Anyone in Christ has automatic access to every promise of the covenant. Our key scripture reveals 2 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”.

Dear child of God, there is no promise in scripture which is yet to be fulfilled so far as you in Christ is concerned. We are benefactors of the work of our Lord Jesus in the covenant with the father, on our behalf.

We must settle this truth once and for all, that there is nothing more for us to do, to get any promise fulfilled, than to joyfully receive the answers. The promise about our healing and health is fulfilled in Christ. The promise about our security is a concluded matter(Luke 10:19). We receive them by faith. Dear child of God the only condition needed to be fulfilled is to receive the answer by faith. From the above insight you should not struggle to trust the Lord and possess all that he has promised in Christ. Whenever you pray in Jesus name, you are making the request on account of Jesus’ perfect standing with the covenant. That makes you perfectly acceptable before the father to have your answer.

PRAYER

Thank you Lord  Jesus for your perfect execution of the new covenant that gives me perfect access to every promise of the covenant. I receive by faith all that you have made available to me.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Peter 1:3 KJV ” According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” :

Hebrews 8:6 KJV” But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises”.

DON'T BE CASUAL WITH GOD

KEY SCRIPTURE: Luke 7:7 KJV “Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed “.

In Luke 7:1-10, a centurion whose servant was dying sent some elders of the Jews to ask of Jesus’ help. This man was a Roman citizen yet demonstrated how much he feared God. He built a synagogue for the Jews. He was very concerned about his servant, such that he impressed upon the elders to plead with the master to come heal his servant. He was a man who recognized the power of God and highly valued the word from His mouth.

HE sent some men to Jesus again, to tell Him not to bother to come to His house, but only say the word and his servant would be healed. This man was not casual with God.

During the second world War, an old American lady was found sleeping peacefully in a building which had been bombed by the Germans, although her room was intact. She was asked, how come you are not scared, but sleeping peacefully. Her answer was. “Behold, He that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep”. (Psalm 121:4). Her whole life was hanging on this scripture. She was never casual with God. God would always honor such people.

Do not be casual with God. The fear in the heart of most people, even some Christians, show that they are casual with God. Just take the following word from the lips of the father. Isa 41:10 KJV ” Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I*will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” What an assurance!  Let every fear cease from this moment. Hang your life on this scripture, and COVID 19 cannot do you any harm.

CONFESSION

I am never afraid of any situation because I have hanged my life on God’s abundant promises, from the lips of the father. My life is totally dependent on these promises. Indeed, I am more than secured

FURTHER STUDIES

Hebrews 13:6 KJV” So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me”.

Psalms 121:2,3 KJV My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

COVID 19, POINTS TO A BIGGER AWARENESS

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 24:7 KJV “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers PLACES”.

The whole world is caught up with one word, COVID 19. Many nations are on a lock down. The economies of nations are nose diving downwards. Beloved one, COVID 19 is not the end of the world. It would pass away definitely. It points to a bigger picture the second coming of the Lord Jesus. You should not lose sight of the message God is sounding wide and clear to you. Man is not in charge of the world, no matter how much he has grown technologically.

MEN are at their wits end and are in sorrows. (Matt 24:8) Many homes across the nations are in deep sorrows. Do not harden your heart. Repent from your sinful ways. Stop the hatred, adultery, homosexuality, and the general wickedness.

The Lord listed a number of events that would precede His coming. They are as follows (Matt 24:5–15)

1.Rise of false prophets

2 Wars and social upheavals

3 Famines or hunger

4 Pestilences like COVID 19

5 Natural disasters, like earthquakes, flooding, tsunamis, falling stars

6 Persecution of Christians across the world.

7. Sin will abound and many shall lose their love for God.

8.The gospel would be preached in all the world

9.There would be the great tribulation of believers.

COVID 19 will come and go, but don’t lose sight of the message God is giving the world. There is a personal God who will ultimately demand from everyman what he or she did with God’s gift for salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not continue in your sinful ways. To die without Jesus is too horrible than COVID 19. Repent today and give your life to Jesus, never to go into sin again.

 PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father, I believe you are the creator of the universe. I have been in charge of my life. Lord Jesus forgive my sins and come into my life.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Peter 3:9 KJV” The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”.

2 Peter 3:10 KJV” But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up”.

SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS

KEY SCRIPTURE: Luke 18:11 KJV” The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican”.

 SELF righteousness is self-justification. Only God can justify an individual.   It is one of the traits of those who do not know about the grace of God. The self-righteous man does not have the love of Christ in him. He would judge and condemn others. (John 8:1-11) The self-righteous man will condemn himself when he fails to do right. It is a life without the peace of God. He compares himself with others (2nd Corinth 10:12) In our key scripture the Pharisee justified himself and condemned the publican.

Nobody is more righteous than his neighbor. It is a gift we receive by faith. Romans 5:17. We should not condemn others because, it is the grace of God which has made us what we are. (Luke 6:37)

 What about preachers who talk about the sins of others and seem to condemn them? To point one’s sin to him is not wrong, but to do so, because you feel you are better than him or her is an error. Everything must be done in love. If it is not of love, then you may easily fall into the very sin you are condemning others about. Gal 6:1 “KJV Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” .The above scripture advices such people to be careful less they would be overtaken by the error they are condemning.

IT is extremely dangerous to be self-righteous. Such people have fallen out of the grace of God. (Galatians 5:4) They seek to be justified by their works. The just or righteous shall live by faith and not by their effort. (Rom 1:17). Please note, anytime you make a statement that I am a better Christian than your neighbor, then you are acting in self-righteousness. It is a way of self-deceit. It is the cause of strive and long unending arguments among many people. The self-righteous man is not acceptable before God. (Luke 18:14)

 PRAYER

Thank you, heavenly father for your righteousness imparted unto me. I therefore cannot boast or condemn others in anyway. I am what I am by your grace. Thank you, Lord.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Corinthians 10:12 KJV” For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise”.

Luke 18:14 KJV I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every  one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

IT IS GOOD NEWS INDEED

KEY SCRIPTURE: Colossians 1:13 KJV” Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son”.

Our Lord Jesus sufferings, death, burial and resurrection is called the good news or gospel. (1st Corinth 15:3&4).  Every act that the good news or gospel talks about is in the past tense. Our Lord Jesus declared: it is finished (John 19:30). Our key scripture states, who hath delivered us from the kingdom of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. The whole event has already been executed. Nothing in the gospel is yet to be made or done for us. This makes it good news. It is indeed good news to know your desire is already settled. Galatians 1:4 reads:  “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father”:

There is evil all around us, but note, our Lord Jesus gave His life for our sins, whereby He legally broke the claims of Satan over every one of us who have believed in the gospel. What kind of evil can you imagine? Our Lord Jesus through His death has broken that power over your lives. Apostle Paul reveals that this gospel is the power of God unto salvation, to everyone that believes (Rom 1:16) Believing is the vital act that delivers into your hands every blessing in the gospel.  What is it that threatens you? The good news is the answer.

Is it a dreadful sickness, like COVID 19? The Lord Jesus by His PASSION and through His stripes has borne that disease and broken its power over your life today. You are free of the dread of that sickness or disease. Is it a demonic harassment? You have been delivered from the dominion or authority of that power. Take your stand against it claiming your deliverance which has already been fulfilled by the gospel. Indeed, the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to Everyone who believes. The gospel is the acceptable year, the Lord spoke about in Luke 4:18. This is the year of Jubilee, where liberty is proclaimed unto all in bondage. In the year of Jubilee every slave must be set free. (Leviticus 25 :10) From the day the Lord rose from the grave till now every captive is legally free. It is up to you to accept it today so that, that legal transaction could become vital in your case. Rise up in faith and take your blessing, now.

CONFESSION

Dear Father. I believe my Lord Jesus took away every sin and broke the power of Satan over my life. I accept my healing, and every blessing available by the gospel. In the name of Jesus, no power of the enemy shall ever prevail over me.

FURTHER STUDIES

1 John 3:8 KJV” He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil”.

Leviticus 25:10 KJV “And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family”.