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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.

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR 4

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1st Corinthians 13:5(NLT) “It is not rude, it does not demand its own way, it is not irritable”

We continue with our exposition on the portrait of love as revealed in the Bible. Love does not demand its own way. A great sign of maturity is the ability to adapt easily. Through love you become all things for all men, so you would win many. Many marriages are suffering today because partners in marriage seek to have their own way.

There is an unnecessary competition and lack of support among Christian denominations and churches shown by the inability of even church leaders and various groups to throw away their personal ambitions to accept the broader course for the sake of the kingdom. Let’s consider what the Holy Spirit says in  Philippians 2:2 ” Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”    The verse 4 says “Do not look on your own things, but look also on other’s things as well.

Jesus taught that we must love our neighbor as ourselves. This is the first stage of love. It is to treat people as you would want to be treated. The Lord Jesus thought about a greater kind of love.  He said, greater love has no man than this, that a man should lay down his life for his friends or neighbors (John 15:13). Losing your life for others involves not demanding your way. As Christians there are so many instances when we have to loose our personal interest, comfort and at times our lives to seek the wellbeing of others. Listen to what the Holy Spirit said about Epaphroditus in Philippians 2:30 “Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his own life to supply your lack of service towards me”. The Bible speaks of this man in Col. 4:12 that he labored fervently for the brethren in prayers that they may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. He did not love his life but sacrificed it in prayer for the brethren. * Show a greater love as Jesus did, and we would have a better world.

          

 PRAYER

Dear heavenly father I thank you for allowing your only begotten son Jesus to sacrifice his life for me and the whole of humanity, this is an example of selflessness to a very high level. I receive grace to love as you did. Thank you heavenly father in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES:

Philippians 2:1-2” If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind”?

John 15:13” Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends”

 

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR 3

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1st Corinthians 13:13 “For there abides faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”.

The book of 1st Corinthians 13 gives us a clear picture as to how love functions and what it really is. The New Living Translation 1st Corinth 13 verse 4b reads “Love is not jealous or boastful or proud”.

Love is not jealous: Jealousy is the child of selfishness. It does not rejoice about the success or privileges of others, but rather anticipates that, that good thing happening to brother A or sister B should have rather happened to him or her. Love has nothing to do with such things, love rather seeks the well-being of that second party.

Jealousy can kill you or make you kill. Jealousy would give a big door way to a devil to invade your life.

Love is also not boastful. Boasting is not just expressing how well your efforts has achieved or rewarded you so well, but also suggests that the second party does not have anything to show ,has failed and incompetent.

Boasting, cast a bad picture on the second party before whom the boasting is expressed. This is intended to inflict some level of emotional pain. The one doing it, may be aware of this or not yet it has the ability to inflict such pains on the individual listening to this kind of boasting. Love does not do that. Love is very thoughtful about the feelings of the second party and would not act in any way to put that person down.

Verse 5a “Love is not rude”: To be rude is to ignore all courtesies. It also means to be impolite. This happens both in words and actions. Many good relations are destroyed by such rudeness or offensive behavior. You can’t say you love your wife or husband and then be disrespectful to her, or him. Rudeness is at the height of casting away love.

Love is not rude. Love has the good of the second party very high on his agenda. Be thoughtful about your manners. Ask yourself what is the effect of these words on the emotion, image of my brother or sister. If it doesn’t fit well don’t use it.

       CONFESSION

I am filled with love and would not destroy the emotion or image of my neighbor with the way I talk or act. My words are seasoned with salt and they would always bless lift and encourage others.

 FURTHER STUDIES:

Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man”.

James 1:19 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath”:

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 19:19 “Honor thy father and thy mother: and thou shall love your neighbor as thyself”.

Our Lord Jesus told His disciples to love their neighbors. Love is the proper language of creation. Creation freely gives to sustain itself. That is the language of love, it freely gives off its best.

The sun gives its best rays without expecting anything from the rest of creation. The plants receive the sunshine and reciprocally gives off oxygen and water into the atmosphere. It gives it, not on demand but a free supply of the indispensable substances to support other lives.

When love is taken out of creation, life would be extinct. Selfishness which is possessiveness ,or an attitude to keep and never to share ,or give out to support others ,is poison to individual’s hearts ,and an evil weapon of mass destruction.( SELFISHNESS HAS MADE AFRICA WHAT IT IS TODAY ) Hate it, and kick it out of your life and you would stop it’s menace in your homes and surroundings.

Show me a man or woman of love and I have found a matured person. Show me a wife or husband who is selfish and I would reveal to you a home of great pain and sorrow. Love is beauty in the heart.

Now look at the portrait of love from the New Living Translation of 1st Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient and kind. These traits, patience is a sense of accommodating certain adverse tendencies from others without retaliation. Kindness is freely giving or sharing any good thing you have to bless, lift or support others.

We see that in love you take the mistakes of others, yet you are ready to share all good things with these same people without bearing any grudges or ill motives. Love indeed is medicine. LET LOVE LEAD.

      CONFESSION

I am a lover of all persons. I have been liberated by the love of Jesus so I likewise love all men. I am able to bear with all the mistakes of my neighbors and yet without the slightest sense of being taken advantage of.

FURTHER STUDIES:

 1 Corinthians 13:4-5  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Romans 13:9  “For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”.

 

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 22:39 “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”

Loving your neighbors is the sunshine of life. It is the sustainer of good interpersonal relationship. Love liberates the one loving, whiles hatred imprisons the hater.

Jesus said in John 13:34 “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another”.

He added that in doing this would all men know that we are His disciples. The kind of love Jesus talked about, is a supernatural love. Jesus love for you and me drove him to sacrifice His life that we might live. He is God and never knew sin, yet because of the love He had for us, He became SIN. (2nd Corinth 5:21).  This led to the father turning from Him to us.

How can we love as He loved? Since this is not a natural human act it must be done by faith. You have got to believe that since you are born of God, you have the ability to love as He loved. (1st John 4:7)

Accept that this kind of love is your nature. The Holy Spirit has also shed this God kind of love in our heart (Rom 5:5).

Love is also the fruit of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. (Gal 5:22).This has also become the fruit of our spirit.

Loving as Jesus loved is no more an impossibility, that is our present nature as born again children of God. We do not live according to our senses or feeling, we live by the word. That is we live by faith. All things are ours. (1st Cor 3:22).We see all men from God’s point of view. Everybody is precious, wonderful and magnificent. (Psalm 139:14) That is the individuals God created. People have become what they are today because they rejected God’s idea about them.

Love all with God’s love.

  CONFESSION

I am born of God, and have the ability of God to love like He did. Loving all in spite of color race or creed.

FURTHER STUDIES

Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,”

Galatians 5:14” For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”.

LOVING GOD 3

KEY SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 11:1 “Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, always”.

Love is a release of your inner being in delight of another. It is placing a very high value on a second party such that, you are ready to make sacrifices solely for the good of that second party. Love gives wholeheartedly. John 3:16a “For God so loved, the world that He gave…….”

Loving God also means giving to Him, God the creator takes everything (Deut. 6:5). The secret is that God multiplies whatever He receives and gives it back to you (Matt 14:17-21)

One of the things we can give God is our time. Lovers love to stay together for a very long time. Spend quality time with Him.

Prayer is one of the very first things we can give unto the Lord. A symbol of prayer is the burning of incense in the presence of the Lord Revelations 8:4” And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand”. The Lord says the incense should be a perpetual practice in His presence. (Exodus 30:8) He admires it and wants it. Your prayers are demanded by the Lord, give it to Him in love. Prayer unto God should not just be done because of a need, but also a desire to fellowship with the Lord.

In love offer your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto Him, (Rom 12:1) every ungodly use of your body must end. Do this in love.

Offer your strength to work and save souls for the Kingdom of God. (John 9:4) Apostle Paul calls himself a love slave of Jesus. (Phil 1:1)

Give your substance (money) unto the Lord. You don’t love the Lord, if you are not ready to give your money to God. Give cheerfully and bountifully (2 Corinth 9:6-7)

Any man who does this would definitely become very significant on the earth.

 CONFESSION

Father, my whole life and whatever I have is yours. In giving to you my life and everything about me is multiplied.

FURTHER STUDIES

Deuteronomy 11:13  “And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul”

Joshua 23:11 “Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God”.

 

LOVING GOD 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 6:5 “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might”.

In our previous study we looked at loving God from a general view point. We would consider loving God in the light of the born again Christian.

Every Christian is born by the Spirit of God and God is His father. He must relate to God from his spirit. John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”.

To relate well with God, you must understand who you are in reality. You are a spirit living in this body. Rom 8:10, teaches that if Christ be in you, the body is dead, but the spirit is life or alive. This simply means, your flesh no longer controls or leads you. It is your spirit that leads and controls you.

With this understanding, the things of the flesh and its appetites would not be your focus, but the things of the Spirit. (Col 3:1-3)

With such a renewed mind, you can focus on God. This should drive you to worship God, for worship is love expressing itself. Take time to minister and magnify the Lord. Such love would cause you to live with the reality of God’s presence all the time. Please read Psalm 63:1-8.

The Psalmist says my soul, thirsts for thee and my flesh long after thee.

God lovers are men and women who are high flyers in life. God adorns them with honor and glory. Daniel was a great God lover and his achievement in life is yet to be beaten David successes can’t be contested for generations to come. Men like Paul, Stephen, Peter and many in our day have stood out because of their uncompromising love for God.

 

CONFESSION

God is my focus in life. My greatest delight is to honor him, pleasing Him in all I do. My life cannot be ordinary, I can only make exploits in this life.

FURTHER STUDIES

1 Corinthians 2:9 ” But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him”.

1 John 4:18 ” There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love”.

LOVING GOD

KEY SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 6:5” And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might”.

Jesus said, the greatest commandments is to love the lord, thy God with all thy soul and with all thy might. Man’s heart must necessarily be filled with something. His heart may be occupied by the created things or by the creator. Men have woefully kicked against the instruction of God and have,” changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.“(Rom 1:25)

To love is to worship, for love gives of itself to what it cherishes. This is exactly what happens in worship.

Failure to love God with all your heart, mind and being is the misery and sorrow of mankind. The picture portrayed by the writer of Romans 1:18-30 is rather gloomy. Men becoming servants of ordinary creatures, misusing their bodies in very shameful ways and in the end receiving the reward for their folly.

To love God is to love peace, liberty, dignity and true spirituality. Loving God would naturally lead you to loving all humans in spite of their race, religion, status or whatever condition that person finds himself.

The absence of peace in our societies is a direct manifestation that we have very little love for God.

Everyone who truly loves God is free, for it is only in God that there is true liberty. Let me make myself clear, God has revealed himself presently only in His Son, Jesus Christ. (John 14:6 Heb 1:2)We relate to God by submitting to the Lordship of Jesus over our lives.

Consider what He says about those who love Him.1 Corinthians 2:9 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him”. God has so much for all who sincerely love Him. Turn your heart totally to the Lord of your soul, our Lord Jesus Christ so you can live out what God intended you to be.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father my life is a vessel unto you and Jesus is my Lord I love the Lord Jesus with all my heart and soul, my neighbor is also cherished and loved sincerely because I am liberated. Thank you father, in Jesus name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”

Psalms 145:20 “The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroyed

PRAYER, THE JESUS EXAMPLE

KEY SCRIPTURE:  Hebrews 5:7 ” Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;”

 Prayer is a virtue, which is as vital, for our victory in life and effectiveness as Christians.

We take a study into the prayer example of our Lord Jesus

Our Lord Jesus was a man of prayer. (Remember we learnt that He was fully God and fully man).Our key scripture says IN THE DAYS OF HIS FLESH. He demonstrated His humanity in His prayer life. The Lord offered up prayers with great passion. It was heart felt. James 5:16 AMP…..the heartfelt prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much, it is dynamic and can have tremendous power…..”

It was this disposition to be praying consistently that caused the disciples to ask Him. Luke 11:1  “…..as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, …”The Lord Jesus was an extremely busy man, with crowds always around Him yet he never failed one day in not communicating with the  father.

  1. He prayed during His baptism (Luke 3:21)
  2. He prayed and fasted forty days and forty nights (Luke 4:2)
  3. He frequently rose up a great while before the day to pray (Mark 1:35)
  4. He prayed through the night all alone (Luke 6:12)
  5. He prayed on the mountain apart deep into the night (Matt 14:23)
  6. He prayed in agony at Gethsemane (Luke 22:44).
  7. He prayed for all His disciples, past and even us in (John 17)

All these demonstrated His unflinching dependence on the Father during His earthly ministry. The results and impact of His ministry as a direct reflection of His prayer life is there for all to see.

Jesus has shown us the true life of prayer and we must learn from him.

Do you want to make a real impact on your world? Are you having unnecessary barriers to your life and ministry, then do as He did. Pray as if all depends on prayer and work as if all depends on working. This was the Lord’s approach to life and He was an immense success.

PRAYER

Thank you heavenly Father for the privilege of prayer. As I pray I enter into a closer relationship with you bringing transformation to me as well as effecting changes in my world around me

 FURTHER STUDIES

Matthew 14:23 ” And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone”.

Luke 3:21 “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened”,

BELIEVE IN GOD 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 1:15 “And saying, the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel”.

Believing in God, is the most positive virtue to exercise. The bible says all things are possible to them who believe. (Mark 9:23). Believe in God awakens every dying energy in you and makes you keep winning all the way through. Unbelief in God is the worse of influences that can operate in men. Unbelief is what causes a man to marry a dog or a man to use his neighbor for money ritual. Every ‘foolish’ thing or act can be committed by men in the face of unbelieve in God. Unbelief would awaken every negative power or force to cause you to fail. Believing in yourself is a great deception of the enemy.

True believing in God begins with a repentance from all deceptions of the enemy. And accepting whatever God says in His word. The bible calls it, renewing the mind in Romans 12:2. As we feed our lives with the word, believing whatever it says our lives are transformed in to higher levels of being or experiences.

God’s word is a mystery. It has a supernatural potential to make us whatever it talks about. Believing whatever we have read brings about this experience. Many people have heard so much, yet they remain the same, why? They do not believe what they have been hearing or listening to. Through believing these exceeding great and pressures promises we become partakers of the divine nature and escape the corruption that is in the world ,through lust or unbelieve(2 Peter1:4) .There is a force and power of decay that sin released into mankind and  in creation as a whole. (Rom 8:2)Believing in the word sets up in us a higher law that totally renders this power of decay inoperative and making us free (Mark 16:15-17).

The meaning of believe in the Ghanaian languages simply means to take and eat or swallow. It also means to place your survival on it. Dare to believe whatever the word of God tells you. Please spend some moments to meditate on what Psalm 119:89-90 says “Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth”.

Lastly the power in the word is set into operation by saying or speaking forth that which you have believed. (Rom 10:9&10,2nd Corinth 4:13)

CONFESSION

I believe in God my father, I believe in His revealed word, the word makes me what it talks about. I have been transformed from an ordinary human to a superhuman state through my birth into Christ. I reign in this life by grace.

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 12:2 ” 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”.

2 Peter 1:4 ” Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”.

 

MORAL VIRTUES

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Peter 1:5 ” And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge”.

For our next series of studies we would be considering various moral virtues.

 A virtue is a good quality in men, and is also admirable. The first of these virtues to look at is believe in God. This may appear very simple and unimportant, yet it is the foundation upon which every other virtue rest or stands.  In actual fact the Lord says without it no one can please Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

The main sin for which men would be judged and cast into eternal damnation is unbelieve in God. (John 16:9) “Of sin, because they believe not on me “;

 Believing is not an act of God in man, but a decision of an individual to exercise his or her will to accept what God has said about Himself. When a man acts this way God justifies Him. (Rom 5:1).

God’s revelation of Himself to humanity presently is Jesus Christ. (Matt 1:23, 1st John 5:20)

Believe in Him is true freedom and fulfillment in this life. Every hurt, worry, pain in the heart is a sign that man has pushed aside this simple virtue. Fear which is a common human trait, which has robbed and terrorized most people, has had that freedom to harass men because man refuses to believe in the Lord Jesus. .

Please ask yourself, do I have peace, is there anything that troubles me, do I find it difficult to relate with my neighbor? If your answer is yes then certainly you have cast away that confidence in the Lord. Hebrews 10:35 “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward”. It does not matter whether you call yourself a Christian or not, so long as you have emotional pain, then there is something wrong with your believing. Believing in Him is the foundation for all proper actions that goes to honor Him, and liberates us from all emotional pain. We must daily and moment by moment submit our wills to His revealed word, so we can be free from the bondage and deception in this life. BELIEVING IS A CHOICE, CHOOSE TO BELIEVE THE LORD.

CONFESSION

My confidence is not in my reason but solely in Jesus. By Him I am absolutely free and walk in dominion and fulfillment in this life.

FURTHER STUDIES

 Numbers 20:12  “And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them”.

Hebrews 11:6 ” But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.