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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.

BLESSEDNESS OF MEEKNESS

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:5 KJV” Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth”.

We keep listening to our Lord Jesus as He teaches on the mountain. The Lord teaches that, the meek are blessed because they would inherit the earth. Some associate meekness with weakness, yet that is a big error. Meekness is rather, strength under control. The Lord described His yoke as easy and His burden as light. He explained this as possible because of His meekness (Matt 11:28,29) The Burden and yoke of the master was simply humanly impossible, yet He says it is easy and light. What is meekness? Meekness is defined as submissiveness. It is a lowly or humble attitude that makes an individual ready to take responsibility with excitement. Difficulty of tasks, no matter the form it is, is depended on whether when executing that task, one is excited about doing that task, or apprehensive about doing it. To the man who is excited about undertaking that task, the task will be easy, but would be like carrying the whole globe if the individual is apprehensive about doing it.

The Lord taught that the meek is a very happy man. Lack of meekness is the reason for the stress of some people. Some wives complain from sun to dust about their chores, because of the absence of meekness. Some husband’s also do so Some workers would lose their employment because they are unable to give their best, because of their particular assignments are unbearable to them. Their trouble is nothing but lack of meekness. There are certain congregations who find it so difficult doing evangelism in a cooperate manner or on a personal level, while, the immediate next church close by keep winning souls with ease. Why this big difference? One group is very meek to respond to instructions, and the other church are not meek, and so find it very difficult doing what the Lord expects them to do. From the above explanations, the meek will inherit the earth, because, the meek does not despise any task, rather they joyfully accept and execute it.

Dear child Of God, are you having a stressful life because of what you are engaged in? If you have the Holy Spirit in you, then you have the spirit of meekness. God our Father takes a great delight in the meek

 Psalms 149:4 KJV For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. Stop thinking of yourself as too important and consider yourself as a vessel of God, whose pleasure is in doing that which pleases God.

CONFESSION

I am extremely excited with my tasks. I take real pleasure in doing it, so God would be pleased in me. I consider it a great privilege and opportunity to do what I am doing.

FURTHER STUDIES

Psalms 25:9 KJV” The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.”

Isaiah 29:19 KJV. The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

PROPER MOURNING

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:4 KJV “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted”.

What type of mourning is the Lord talking about? Mourning in the old testament is normally associated with fasting. Dan 10:2 KJV “In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.” In this verse mourning is in relation to fasting. The other idea is to be concerned about the plight of the oppressed and to mourn for them. In the old testament mourners always wore sack clothes and slept on ashes. Isaiah 58:5 KJV Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? This was the normal posture of fasting in the old testament, yet the Lord says his main expectation of us in a fast is to seek that justice is metered out to all. A proper mourning involves being concerned about others.

The Lord describes those who mourn for the plight of others as happy or blessed people. When one does that which pleases the Spirit, He ignites a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction within. Unfortunately, most people   have mainly concerned themselves to only praying for themselves when fasting. Isaiah 58, the chapter devoted solely to fasting reveals what is the proper kind of fasting that God expects from us. Isa 58:6 KJV” Is it not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? This verse literally means that in the time of fasting you do no wicked acts. Everyone within your influence who is under any kind of bondage must be set free. You should not fast and practice any kind of wickedness.

The above explanation is the literal meaning to that piece of scripture. It can also imply that during a fast you seek the freedom of all and any who are oppressed by interceding for them. The Lord says people who mourn for others in such a way would be comforted. They would receive assistance from the spirit of God. The Lord would answer their personal longings as well.

CONFESSION

When I fast, I seek the liberty of all those who are under any form of oppression. I literally seek their freedom and also pray to seek God’s intervention for their liberty. God answers my needs as well.

FURTHER STUDIES

Isaiah 58:11 KJV” thee the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not”.

Prov 11:25 KJV” The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.”

THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: BEING POOR IN SPIRIT

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:1 KJV “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,”

Matthew 5:3 KJV” Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. The Lord gave a teaching on the mountain. He taught about what has come to be known as the beatitudes or the be happy attitudes. These are again known as the Christian charter. These are principles for victorious living Everyone who lives by these principles will have a life of peace and happiness. The verse 3 says, those who are poor in spirit, to them belong the kingdom of God. To be poor in spirit is not referring to being physically, poor, that is lacking basic necessities of life. But to be humble at heart.

To be poor in spirit is to acknowledge your great lack of the things of the spirit and reach out to God for them. The following verse explains the point in verse three. Luke 1:53 KJV” He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away”. Who is the hungry? The man who comes to him knowing he has nothing and so longs to be satisfied. Such a man, who is poor in spirit, leaves with an abundance of blessings. The man who thinks he is rich is complacent in the presence of the Father. Such a person is self righteous. He does not come into the presence of the father with any sense of emptiness, but with self justification. Salvation by grace is only for those who acknowledge their emptiness and believe on the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus to save them. The one who counts on his efforts remains lost in his sins. The blessings of the kingdom are not given to him that thinks he is rich, and self sufficient.

God our Father is no respecter of persons, But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. (Acts 10:34). Righteousness in the context of our discussion is to be poor in the Spirit. This explains why some people leave the prayer closet with an assurance of what they requested, whiles others, leave empty although they might be screaming as they prayed.  The question is, what is the condition of your heart? Dear child of God, always come to the Father in prayer with a consciousness of God being your sufficiency. With this attitude you would always receive your heart desires.

CONFESSION

Thank you, dear father. I am nothing without you. You are my sufficiency. I continually humble my life before you, that I may bear much fruit to your glory.

FURTHER STUDIES

John 15:5 KJV” I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.:”

Luke 18:13 KJV. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner, 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.

FISHING FOR MEN

KEY SCRIPTURES: Matthew 4:17 BBE” From that time Jesus went about preaching and saying, Let your hearts be turned from sin, for the kingdom of heaven is near”.

In our walk with Jesus, we find the Lord Jesus preaching about the kingdom of God after his fasting. The essence of every spiritual encounter is to go out to where the sinners are and win them for Christ. The Lord emphasised that he must work the works of him that sent Him, whiles it is day, for the night comes when no man could work John 9:4. The Lord indeed demonstrated His commitment to this call. Remember that when he was only twelve years old, He stayed in the temple to be sharing the word of God with the scholars and lawyers. When the parents asked why He did that, He answered that He must be about His father’s business. (Luke 2:49) He saw winning others for the father as the father’s business. What is your attitude to sharing the gospel to the lost.?

In John 4:34 the Lord answered His disciples that His meat is to do the will of the Father and to finish it. The Lord kept going from town to town, village to village and in some occasions from person to person. It was on such mission that many heard of His miracle power and came around to receive their healing. In Matt 4:19 He met some fishermen and asked them to come follow Him and he would make them fishers of men. This statement clearly spells out the reason for calling on all of us. It is to make of us fishers of men.

The Lord taught that to be made fishers of men, we had to follow him.

The Lord seeks to raise men and women who would be fishers of men. Unfortunately, many of us are not doing what it takes to be fishers of men. May we follow diligently the master’s approach to fishing for men. The following points are some of the attitudes the Lord had towards winning the lost.

1.He acknowledged He had been sent to fulfill that task (John 4:34)

2.He was committed to completing it, because it was the most important desire of the Father.

3.He committed His whole life to doing it.

We must follow these three points and become real fishers of men.

CONFESSION

I respond to the call of the Lord to become a fisher of men. I diligently follow the Lord’s example in fishing for men.

FURTHER STUDIES

Mark 16:15 BBE And he said to them, Go into all the world, and give the good news to everyone.

Luke 2:49 KJV “”And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” 

MINISTERING IN POWER

KEY SCRIPTURE: Luke 4:14 KJV “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.”

The Lord Jesus according to the scripture returned in the power of the Holy Spirit and his fame went abroad. The Lord had received divine approval from the father. Act 2:22 KJV” Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:” Dear child of God working the works of God comes through a divine approval. To be approved, you must observe certain divine protocols. What are some of these protocols? In the Lord’s experience, they were;

1.He submitted Himself to the baptism of John to fulfill all righteousness. John was His fore runner and therefore, he must initiate and launch him into the ministry through baptism. If the Lord had not allowed John to baptize Him, then there was no way God would have approved of him.

2 He Submitted himself to tempted by the devil. Heb 5:8 KJV” Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;”

3.He submitted Himself to undergo a forty-days fasting.

The Lord’s life was focused on pleasing the father in every step he took. You can’t flow in power by doing what you like. Power is simply the supply of grace, and humility is what unlocks and increases this grace in a man’s life. James 4:6 KJV “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

When the Lord encountered the centurion in Matt 8:9, He said I am a man under authority, and I say to this go, and he goes, and to another, come and he comes. What this centurion seeks to establish is that, because he submits to Emperor Caesar’s authority, he has Cesar’s backing that makes other servants submissive to him.     Get this truth once and for all. Power is always released to those who submit to the order, and systems that God has instituted. Know the chain of authority and systems God has set in place, submit to them in love and humility and God would approve of you to exercise his power and authority.

PRAYER

Father I pray that the church of God would learn to submit to every order of authority, set up by the Lord

FURTHER STUDIES

Matthew 8:9 KJV” For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it”.

Matthew 10:1 KJV “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease”

THE LORD’S FASTING

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mat 4:2 KJV “And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred”.

We continue with our walk with Jesus through the gospels. After considering the Lord’s temptations we must also consider the fast he undertook as well. Fasting is a spiritual discipline in which one abstains from food, so he could focus on things of the Spirit. The Lord fasted for forty days and forty nights without food. During the Lord’s fast, He was tempted, yet he overcame it.

 Fasting is a means of humbling the soul Psalms 35:13 KJV” But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom”. The fast strengthens one’s resolve to keep the flesh under check. Note: the real aspect of one’s ability to hold himself or herself from doing wrong is a renewed mind, that is decided to please God.

Fasting also quickens an individual’s faith. When the Lord’s disciples could not cast out the deaf and dumb spirit from the boy, the Lord said, they could not do so because of their lack of faith. He then added that, this kind can go out only, by prayer and fasting.

Matthew 17:21. The implication is that fasting strengthens faith. Fasting also generates supernatural power. Luke 4:14 KJV ” And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.” Among the many benefits of fasting is that, it also speeds up one’s healing from various ailments (Isaiah 58:8).

Despite the many benefits of fasting, it seems a number of Christians are very reluctant to fast. Fasting is not an option for the Christian. It is a demand from God.  Matthew 6:17 KJV “But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;”

The word did not say if you fast, but when you fast. This means then, that the Christian must fast. Please note, that one of the essences of fasting is to humble the soul. This is achieved through the hunger and weakness the body goes through. Do not be afraid to feel hungry and weak. The most important aspect of the fast is to focus on God in prayer and meditating on the scriptures. Dear child of God, allow your mind to be renewed, your faith built up, and a great supernatural power generated in you, as you fast.

CONFESSION

Thank you, dear heavenly father for the privilege of fasting and prayer. My soul is humbled, yet made more stronger as I fast. My life is greatly enriched in many ways through fasting.

FURTHER STUDIES

Luke 4:14 KJV” And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.”

Isaiah 58:6 KJV” Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

SATAN TEMPTS JESUS 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Luke 4:6 KJV. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

We continue with the temptation of our Lord Jesus Christ. At this instant the devil shows Him all the kingdoms of this world and their glory in a moment. How could he have done this. I believe he painted that image in the master’s mind. The mind is indeed the devil’s doorway to the whole being. The scripture teaches in 2nd Corinth 10:5, that, there are thoughts, imaginations and opposing ideas that the devil raises in the minds of men. We should be aware to deal with them. Satan does this to instruct his victim to act in a way that dishonour God. In the case of the Lord Jesus, he said all the kingdom and their authority has been given unto him. The Lord Jesus did not challenge that statement. This meant it was indeed delivered unto him. Who gave it to him? Adam, the first man delivered that authority to him

After Satan had shown all the kingdoms and their glory to the Lord, he told the master that he would give all this glory to him if he would bow to him and worship him. Satan presents a bait and then delivers his real intention for giving that bait. This was a call to idol worshipping. Unfortunately, many people including Christians have fallen into this trap.

There are multitudes of Christians whose hearts are dominated by other things and not the Lord.  The love and commitment to win souls, have seriously gone down because they are busily looking for money. Dear child of God, do you sincerely love the Lord? Anything that takes God’s place in your life is an idol and the devil has managed to deceive you into placing that thing before God.

The Lord would not be deceived with the lies of the devil.

Luke 4:8 KJV And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”. Dear child of God in this new year take a stand for the Lord, to worship and serve Him alone. In Matt 6:24-33, the Lord talked about not been anxious for anything. He developed this teaching from the foundation of not serving two masters, God and mammon. Anxiety of various degrees is rooted in placing other things before God. If you would obey what the Lord said, that is worshipping only the Lord, there would be no anxiety over any challenge. If God is in the first place in our lives every other need would be added to us, according to Matthew 6:33. Look into your life and slay every idol. It could be a person, money, even television, or your work. Nothing should take the Lord’s place in your life.

CONFESSION

My heart and life are absolutely for the master Jesus. I refuse to allow the bait of anything in this life to deceive me. Jesus is the only Lord of my life.

FURTHER STUDIES

Matthew 6:24 KJV” No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

Matthew 6:33 KJV. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

SATAN TEMPTS HIM

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 4:1 KJV “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”

The Lord Jesus after His baptism and the descent of the Spirit upon Him, was led by the Holy Spirit to be tempted in the wilderness. In St Mark’s account he presented it this way. Mark 1:12 KJV” And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness”. From Mark’s account it seems the Spirit was in a hurry to get that done. The word tempts used in this context has the idea of testing a metal to see how strong it will perform. Could He have failed, or sinned? As a man He had the power of choice, yet He had set up His mind to please the father. Remember, a decided mind cannot be drawn into sin. It was a fact that Satan attempted to move Him to act against God, but failed.

The first temptation was for Him to use power wrongly to satisfy the flesh. Anytime a child of God satisfies his or flesh against the word of God, he or she has accepted the reign of the flesh over God’s rule. In the garden of Eden man fell because of food. Many wrong actions are remotely controlled by the longings of the stomach. The Lord gave the tempter the right answer. It is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceed out of the mouth of God. He made it clear that, life is spiritual, and the spiritual should always be paramount. The word of God is spirit and must always rule our actions

The devil tempted him for the second time. This time, since he realized Jesus was quoting scripture to answer him, he tempted him with the scriptures, but twisted the word. Tempting God amounts to dishonouring the scriptures. The Lord knew his scriptures and could not be deceived by the devil. To outwit Satan always you need the Holy Spirit to inspire the right scriptures against the devil. It also involves studying the word to have the scripture ready in your heart. In that second temptation, Satan tried to make the Lord Jesus act foolishly. Many errors men make basically proceed from shear foolishness. Please always use the scriptures to scrutinize thoughts, suggestions, impressions and ideas that come to to your mind. The Lord saw the error and corrected the devil by saying. It is written, you shall not tempt the Lord our God.

CONFESSION

Thank you, heavenly father, for the Holy Spirit, who is my ever-present helper. He always gives me the appropriate scriptures to answer the devil. Through His leading I am always victorious.

FURTHER STUDIES

Matthew 10:16 KJV” Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

John 16:13 KJV” Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”

A WALK WITH JESUS THROUGH THE GOSPELS

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 3:15 KJV And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

(Read Matthew 3)

We begin a new series of study as we consider the life of our master Jesus through the gospels. I call it a walk with Jesus. We would be learning a lot about the Lord Jesus. 1n Matt 3:15, the Lord answered John to allow God’s instituted policy to be observed, so they would fulfill all righteousness. The Lord Jesus had no sin, yet had to allow John to baptise Him, as a means of setting Him apart for His public ministry. This act expresses a great degree of humility on the Lord’s part.  John said he is not even worthy to bear Jesus’ shoes, yet it was John who baptized him.

The Lord did not only showed humility, he always wanted the right things to be done. The result of this was an opened heaven and a voice of approval from God’s presence Matt 3:17 KJV” And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Humility coupled with a desire for things to be done rightly will bring God’s approval and His blessings. What produces humility in people. Humility is a product of the fear of God. It is an attitude to put God first and a willingness to please God always. Humility demands that we die to self and take up our cross and follow Him.

A truly humbled man is a man of inner peace. He is a really strong man. He is not petty, but easily overlooks the faults of others.  He has completely eroded away, every dependence on self to depend on God. A humble man is a person of great faith. Humility is an indispensable virtue for greatness.  Jas 4:10 KJV” Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. “The Lord Jesus also taught us that it is humility that gives Him a worry-free life. Mat 11:29 KJV” Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls”. As we take a walk with Jesus may we learn humility from him, knowing that it is the fastest way to receive heaven’s approval, promotion and support.

CONFESSION

I reverence the Lord God and put Him first in all I do. I am meek and lowly in heart. God my father keeps no good thing from me.

FURTHER STUDIES

Psalms 25:9 KJV” The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

Psalms 45:4 KJV “And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.”

FIRST THINGS

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:33 KJV” But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

In the sermon on the mount, our Lord Jesus spoke extensively about a whole lot of issues. He also talked about what makes men to be anxious. As the year has just set off there are a number of things that people will be occupied with. The Lord instructed on one point that should be the focus of everyone of us.  We must all seek first the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness, and all the things whose absence causes men to be anxious would be added to us. Men are always ruled by something of some kind. Some have blatantly opposed the pursuit of God, yet are ruled by things as simple as example cigarette. They are so addicted to it but, it has not made any significant improvement in their lives. Man is a dependant being, and would always depend on something. Men cannot live without depending on oxygen. If we can’t do without something as simple as oxygen, then our Lord Jesus’ suggesting to seek first the rule of God and its righteous ways is very important to everyone of us. He added that if we do so then every other craving of us would automatically be added to us.

What does it mean to seek the kingdom of God? A Kingdom simply means the king and his domain or the king and His reign. Seeking the kingdom of God is seeking to let the will, purposes, and choices of God to become your prime concern in this year. He also added, and its righteousness. Righteousness in the scriptures have two main expressions. Righteousness as a gift of the nature of God, and righteousness as right living. As Christians the first form of righteousness comes first and produces the second in our lives. Beloved as the new year has just set off, put God first. Seek to please God in every engagement.

God has ways that He wants us to go. Please tread on those paths. If we would diligently travel this year along this pathway, then we would never fall into the trap of anxiety, that easily takes its toll on men. I believe some people have even started getting anxious about events that lie ahead of them. Beloved to set off in the year this way, is to get along on the wrong path. Choose the masters way. Seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness, and every other thing shall be added to you.

CONFESSION

God is first in my life. His word is my strongest persuasion. His ways are always perfect. I travel the journey of life by doing that which pleases Him. Life is always very meaningful when God is first.

FURTHER STUFIES

Prov. 12:28 KJV” In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death”.

Prov. 14:12 KJV” There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”