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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.

IT IS NOT TALKERS BUT DOERS WHO ARE GOD’S CHILDREN

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 21:32 (KJV). “For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.”

  Please read Matt 21:28-32

In this passage the Lord spoke about two sons who gave different responses to their father about a task he was giving them. One responded negatively but repented and did the task. The other said yes yet he did nothing. There are many today who are mere talkers. These people seem to know everything about the word of God, yet are complete strangers to being practitioners of the word. “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:”— Romans 2:28 (KJV)

WHY should there be people who are ardent professors of the faith, yet do not do what the word of God says? Many are very familiar with what the word says yet have no conviction of the authority and the truthfulness of the word over their lives. “(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.” — Romans 2:13 (KJV)God our Father is just and knows those who are Hiis children. Everyone who names the name of Christ must depart from iniquity. 2 Timothy 2:19. The Lord said in Luke 8:21, that His mother and brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it. Do you belong to the Jesus Family?

HOW could one be a preacher of righteousness, yet a fornicator.? How come that right in the gathering of saints some would be gossiping about their fellow Christians in church? If you have made Jesus Lord of your life, then listen to what God says about you. “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” — 1 Corinthians 6:11 (KJV) Dear one, according to the word Jesus through Hs blood has washed you, sanctified you or made you holy, and has also justified you. You were darkness yet He has made you light. These are all the benefits of God’s grace. Accept it, believe it, and let your actions be controlled by your new status in Christ. Have a renewed mind about yourself. Rom 12:2, Col 1:21,22.

CONFESSION

I am a doer of the word of God, and not a hearer only. By my birth into Christ, I am made righteous, unblameable, unreprovable, so I live my life according to what my Lord through His death has made of me.

FURTHER STUDIES

Colossians 1:21-22 (KJV). And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Romans 12:2 (KJV). “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

LESSONS FROM THE FIG TREE 3: ANSWERS TO PRAYER

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 21:22 (KJV).  “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

  The Lord Jesus kept teaching His disciples on some lessons on the aftermath of the cursing of the fig tree. The Lord established the truth that we can receive answers to our prayers if only we would believe that God has heard and answered us. Believing is receiving. Without believing one has not received what God has promised. Some have asked, why must we believe before we can have what God has promised? Every system has its principle of operation. Food is received by our mouth. The nose of a man cannot hear any words. Words are received by the ear. God is a Spirit, the only spiritual way to receive from Him is by faith.

We believe with our hearts. The heart in this context is not referring to our physical body pump. It is referring to the spirit of the man. Job 32:8. Faith is not a conviction of the mind but an assurance of the heart. It is a knowing deep down in the heart that everything is well. The believe that takes home the answer does not anticipate for a future answer but a conviction that God has answered here and now. (Heb 11:1)

In the light of all that has been said above, when one prays about anything, (it could be the most expensive thing one could imagine, or the most impossible situation), all that the Lord requires of you, is to believe, or in a more simple terms, to receive whatever you have asked for. This means, you will be at rest about what you asked for. That state of rest and inner assurance is the right posture that makes you take your answer. The answer is always received before it materialises. Without believing one has not received what God has promised. (All that is referred to in this study, relates mainly to praying the prayer of faith)

CONFESSION

WHEN I pray, I believe I have received my answer and so I have the answer.

FURTHER STUDIES

Hebrews 11:1 (KJV). “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

 John 3:36 (KJV).  “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

LESSONS FROM THE FIG TREE:2 FAITH

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 11:23 (KJV). “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

 In Mark’s report of the encounter of the Lord Jesus with the fig tree, the Lord used the incident to teach His disciples some lessons in faith. When the tree got withered, after the Lord had spoken to it, the disciples came to Jesus expressing that the tree he cursed had withered. The Lord then said, have faith in God. The marginal meaning of that statement is to have the God kind of faith. The Lord then went on to explain how the God kind of faith functions.

He said, whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and enter into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but believe that those things he says shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he says. The following is the order the Lord gave to exercise the God kind of faith.

1. The Lord says, anyone can exercise the God kind of Fath and see results.

2.  One must command the condition, or thing to function in a particular way.

3. He must not doubt about whatever he commanded, but believe that what he said would come to pass.

4. He would have what he said.

THIS kind of thing is not the same as praying to the Father in Jesus name. In this situation you demand a change and it is effected. The Lord said the same thing but in another way. In John 14:13 the Lord said, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”— John 14:13 (KJV)

The Lord said in effect that whosoever shall ask or demand that a situation or a thing should change in Jesus’ name, He the Lord will effect that change. On many occasions we command diseases to depart in Jesus’ name, and they leave. If you should demand that a demon leaves its host in; Jesus’ name, it will depart by following the instructions in the second paragraph you can always get certain unwanted situations changing.

THOUGHT: For results command, believe, act in line of your command.

FURTHER STUDIES

Acts 3:6-7 (KJV). Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

John 14:13. “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

LESSONS FROM THE FIG TREE: 1 ACCOUNTABILITY

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 21:19 (KJV). “And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever.  And presently the fig tree withered away.”

  The Lord Jesus as a man was hungry. He saw a fig tree with lots of leaves expecting to find some figs on it, but was woefully disappointed. He cursed the fig tree, to die, and indeed it died. Please don’t think Jesus was harsh on the tree. He is the Lord of glory and knows everything about that particular tree. It failed when it’s Judge came to it requiring it pass the test of destiny, yet it failed. There is a day of accountability for all men and you would be expected to pass with excellence. Everyday is a moment of probation to take the right actions and produce your best against that day.

The following is what God says about that day of accountability. “Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”— Acts 17:31 (KJV) God has set a day to judge all men. Jesus is the appointed judge, and he would judge in righteousness. Beloved are you ready for that day of reckoning? Your days of passing the test is now. You cannot make any amends after you are dead. After death is judgment (Heb 9:27)

The fig tree can be likened to the man who keeps postponing the day of his salvation. Such people in their hearts of hearts think that a future judgment is a hoax. Please just consider the scripture in Acts 17. He said God has given us the assurance of the impending judgment by raising Jesus from the dead. Jesus’ death and resurrection is an undeniable fact of history. If His resurrection among other things is a sign that we would be judged by Him, then do not deceive yourself. Now listen to this proverb, ‘if the grain of a planted maize, germinated, then the fruit is a matter of time’

THOUGHT: You have everything to regret, if you fail to be prepared, only to find yourself before Jesus, the judge.

FURTHER STUDIES

Hebrews 9:27-28 (KJV). ²⁷ And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: ²⁸ So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

2 Corinthians 5:10 (KJV).  “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

PRAISING GOD RELEASES HIS POWER

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 21:16 (KJV). “And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?”

  We continue with our walk with Jesus through the gospels After the Lord Jesus had healed the sick in the temple, the little children praised Him.  The Lord explained that, this is a fulfillment of scripture in Psalm 8:2, that reads “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.”— Psalms 8:2 (KJV). The Lord’s statement is a direct quotation of the scripture in the Psalm, but He substituted the words ‘ordained strength’ to still the enemy and the avenger’ with the words, ‘perfected praise.’ We could see that the words perfected praise means ordained strength. Praising God in truth releases the strength and power of God. He said this strength is ordained in the mouth of babies and sucklings Babies and sucklings, can also stand for all those who take God at His word. When such people declare His praises, they release power to stop the enemy.

PRAISE is beautiful. Learn to praise the Lord always. In difficult and trying moments, praise will pull down the enemy and all that he is amassing against you. In 2 Chronicles 20, king Jehoshaphat was faced with a war with the Moabites and the Amorites. He enquired of  the Lord who said he did not have to fight but had go to  the war front any way. He consulted with his people and appointed singers to lead with praises. The Lord fought for them and they did not lift a finger to fight Praising the lord ordained strength to stop the enemy.

Dear one, are you in any problem with no solution in sight? You might have done all you know to do, yet to no avail. Get into praises. You may set sometime in the night to praise the Lord. Celebrate the Lord with praises and dancing. Such praises would still the enemy and peace would prevail. It is of no use worrying about whatever Satan may be doing, praise your way to victory and peace

 CONFESSION

Praising the Lord is comely and powerful. I give the Lord perfected praise irrespective of what may be happening. Praises brings down the power of God to effect great changes in my live.

FURTHER STUDIES

 Exodus 15:11 (KJV). “Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” 

  2 Samuel 22:4 (KJV). “I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.”

WHEN GOOD BECOMES EVIL TO PEOPLE

KEY SCRIPTURE: “Matthew 21:15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,”

The Bible said the Pharisees and the chief priest saw the wonderful things the Lord did. Even the little children started praising the Lord for what they saw. These Pharisees according to the Bible were sore displeased. All the wonderful things were rather offensive to them. Why was it so?! “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.”— Titus 1:15 (KJV)

The word says to the defiled or to the impure, even that which is pure becomes impure.

What kind of person are you? Do you genuinely acknowledge the good in others? Is the promotion of others your headache?  There are some who lose their sleep over the blessing of their colleagues. Why should people punish themselves this way? All these proceed from defiled hearts. When a man gives attention to thinking of himself as better than others, he or she cannot genuinely Rejoice over the success of others.

The scriptures teach us to esteem others better than ourselves. This attitude reveals the spirit of Christ in a man. As Christians we have the spirit of love. Love does not seek its own. It rejoices in the good and not in evil. Love, first exalts the will of God and appreciates whatever God does. Living to acknowledge and rejoice with them, that are rejoicing is true maturity and liberty. It is always better for people to do well than for any to fail. Any form of failure is a minus to all. The only person whose success is a problem to others is the wicked. Every other person must make it big time in this life. You always attract what you celebrate to yourself. Celebrate the success of others, to attract that kind of blessing to your life.

THOUGHT: We are happier when we rejoice with others.

FURTHER STUDIES

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (BBE)

⁴ Love is never tired of waiting; love is kind; love has no envy; love has no high opinion of itself, love has no pride; ⁵ Love’s ways are ever fair, it takes no thought for itself; it is not quickly made angry, it takes no account of evil; ⁶ It takes no pleasure in wrongdoing, but has joy in what is true; ⁷ Love has the power of undergoing all things, having faith in all things, hoping all things.

GOD’S POWER TAKES OVER WHEN SIN GOES

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 21:14 (KJV). “And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.”

  The Lord Jesus drove out the money changers, cleared the temple off the goat, sheep, and everything, that was not right to be in God’s house and right afterwards the sick came to Him for healing. Blind eyes were opened, lame legs were healed and many more. These never happened previously because God’s power was very absent. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”— 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV). God is ever ready to show up in men’s affairs if we would give Him His right place.

The verse above explains everything. God is everywhere but he will manifest His presence when men acknowledge Him by turning from their wicked and wrong ways. Righteousness exalts a nation, or a people, but sin is a reproach. Prov 14:34. Note that sin is a sinker. The ears of the Lord are turned to the upright. The scriptures have always established the fact that God favours and helps those who honour Him. “……. the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.”— 1 Samuel 2:30 (KJV).

Our bodies are the temple of God, and God’s spirit dwells in our hearts. A heart filled with envy, bitterness, and lust cannot have the Spirit of God manifesting the power of God. These things are fundamental truths known by all, yet they are the very issues that deprive most Christians, the mighty presence of God in their lives. Decide this day to clean your life of every filth. Now pursue a course of holiness and uprightness. Let it become your real lifestyle. You would soon notice, there is a new sense of peace in your heart You would have more confidence in dealing with devils. Many lives would be blessed by your witness and encounter with them.

THOUGHT: Living a holy life, begins with a decision, then a pursuit before it becomes your lifestyle.

FURTHER STUDIES

Daniel 1:8 (KJV).  “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore, he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”

2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV). “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore, from henceforth thou shalt have wars.”

DO NOT MERCHANDISE IN GOD’S HOUSE

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 21:13 (KJV).”And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

After the Lord ‘s triumphant entry into Jerusalem He went into the temple.  The Jews lived under the Mosaic LAW, so they had to offer animal sacrifices for the forgiveness of their sins. Since the sacrifices were done in the temple, they had the animals in the temple ready to be sold and used for the sacrifices. This is what the Lord had to drive out of the temple and said, my house should be a house of prayer, but you have turned it into a den of thieves. The house of God is the physical representation of the presence of God among men. The house of God is not a business centre. It is a place where men meet to express their allegiance, love and faith in God. Prayer is the means by which this is done.

God created all things, yet man is the only creature of His that He fellowships with. It gives Him pleasure and man is blessed when He fellowships with God. It is a great deception when any man seeks to use the house of God for enriching himself. Anyone who does that has been driven out by the Lord in the Spirit, although he is physically seen preaching and prophesying. The Lord says, in the last day of JUDGEMENT, He would say, He never knew such people, ye workers of iniquity. Some sell all kinds of stuff, and they know they are only making money from the people. Stop it from today. Remember, King Saul was rejected yet he sat on the throne for thirty-eight years. The reason the Lord drove those merchants from his house, is because, HIS house must be set apart for Him alone.

YOUR body is also the temple of God. It must be kept Holy. Holiness means to be set apart for God. Those business people in the house of God were seriously profaning the holy temple of God. The Lord instinctively drove them out. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”— 1 Corinthians 6:19 (KJV)

What to do:

1. Keep your body holy.

2. Maintain a life of Prayer and study the Bible always

3.Do not make money from the people of God

4.Talk to others about the saving power of the Lord

5 Use your time to bless humanity

CONFESSION

I am a child of God. I am saved by the blood of the Lamb Jesus. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. My life honours the father as I live for Him alone.

FURTHER STUDIES

 Revelation 4:11 (KJV). “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

2 Corinthians 6:16 (KJV).  “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

THE HONOR IS BECAUSE OF JESUS

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 21:7 (KJV). “And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.”

The disciples brought the ass and the colt to the Lord who sat on the ass, although its baby was not left behind. Jesus could have left the younger one at home, yet it followed them. Dear parents do not live your children at home, when going to church and to other Christian activities. Do not live them even when going for evangelism. Carry them to wherever you go, in the service of the Lord. Leaving them behind may expose them to certain dangers.

WHEN the donkey carried the master, everybody bowed to it. They placed their beautiful cloths on the floor for it to walk on them. They sang songs as it passed by. All these were done because of the master, who sat on it. There are a number of anointed. men and woman of God whose anointing makes them look fearful. Men greatly revere such men. Dear servant of God, never take any such honour for yourself. Don’t also attack anyone who fails to acknowledge you. You may instruct such a one in the importance of acknowledging the grace of God for their own good, but not for you to show off.

 Dear child of God, you do not need to be a great minister to carry Jesus as the donkey did. Anyone can carry him. To carry Jesus, is to lift Him up in all you do. Living a life of holiness is one of the ways to lift up the master high. Men would continue to honour you as you honour Him with your life. The day you begin dishonouring Him, men would likewise treat you like trash. Please forget about yourself and keep lifting up the Lord with your life.  That was the reason he set you free. Some people may persecute you because, you are carrying the master. Keep bearing Him up. One major requirement to keep bearing Him up is humility. Stay humble

THOUGHT: LIFE IS REALLY GLORIOUS WHEN WE FAITHFULLY CARRY JESUS.

FURTHER STUDIES

 James 4:6 (KJV). “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

Proverbs 29:23 (KJV). “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”

THE LORD CALLS TO LIBERATE US

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 21:2 (KJV). “Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.”

The Lord Jesus led a life to fulfill the scriptures. He fulfilled the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9, that says in part that, your king comes to you riding on an ass. This scripture had to be fulfilled in the life of the Lord. He sent two of His disciples to a nearby village to go for an ass and its young one.  They should go and lose it, because He needed to ride on it to fulfill scripture. The sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve has brought all creation under bondage. (Rom 5:12.) The Lord cannot use anything that is bound. He has to first set it free. The meaning of the name Jesus, is Jehovah the Saviour or Jehovah is Saviour. He came to save men. If He calls you into any task, then you are being delivered from some kind of bondage to real liberty and freedom. Say yes today, to his call.

The Lord needed to sit on the ass alone, yet he requested that, the colt be set free as well. The Lord Jesus as a savour does not think in terms of the salvation of individuals, but the whole family. Dear one if you are not born again, then the Lord is setting you free from the bondage of the deception of the world and the lust of the flesh, to the glorious liberty of serving him. If you are born again then Jesus is still asking you to freely yield your whole being to Him, so that you would be really free. He is seeking for the peace and deliverance of your whole family. It all depends on your response

HE calls each person to serve Him cheerfully for the blessings of all things.

Consider the following verse of scripture. Deut 28:47-48.

⁴⁷ “Because thou would not serve the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;

⁴⁸ Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.” Deut 28:47,48

These verses speak a lot concerning God’s goodness towards us, and our corresponding response to his call.  All blessings are made available to him who decides to serve him heartily, yet there is every wrong thing for the one who would not willingly and joyfully serve him. The choice is yours.

CONFESSION

I have chosen to joyfully serve the Lord Jesus for the abundance of all things. Serving Him is deliverance and freedom form all chains.

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 2:7-10 (KJV). ⁷ To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: ⁸ But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, ⁹ Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; ¹⁰ But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: