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Rev. Dr. Samuel Somuah Asante is an ordained minister of the gospel, who is commissioned to project the Lord Jesus Christ. His ministry emphasis is on th divine elevation of the believer in Christ. He believes strongly that all who are in Christ have the privilege to live above sin and failure, walk in righteousness and the resurrected life of Christ. He encourages Christians, especially pastors, to live a life that manifests the glory of God through them. Rev. Somuah is a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), Ghana and holds a Masters degree in Theology from International Theological Seminary (Ghana Campus), and a PhD in Biblical Studies from ZOE Theological Seminar (USA). He is the Chief Servant of Jesus Witness Ministry, based in Taifa-Burkina, Accra. He is married to Rev. (Mrs.) Doris Somuah Asante and are blessed with two sons, Samuel and Arnold. They make their home in Accra, Ghana.

CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 76

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 20:29. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

  Apostle Paul prophecies to the leaders of the Ephesian church, that after he has left and gone, grievous wolves would enter in or take over and would not spare the flock.

  Apostle Paul cautions the brethren that after his departure, grievous or dangerous wolves will take over. In Paul’s days, false teachings were mostly Jewish legalistic teachers who would come in as Christians but would teach against the grace of God, project the laws of Moses.

 There are craftier ‘wolves’ in our time as well. These days there are certain people with fetish or occultist influences who preach from the bible to deceive many. These people usually have ritual practices that turn people’s faith from the Lord Jesus Christ into other objects. Beloved brethren any pastor or man of God who asks you to sacrifice any form of blood; that man is a false prophet. Our Lord Jesus is the last and perfect blood sacrifice that atoned for the sins of all mankind. Hebrews 9:12 reads, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood he entered in once into the Holy place having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Our Lord Jesus entered into the Holy of Holies in heaven ONCE and obtained an ETERNAL REDEMPTION for us. Presently, any blood sacrifice of any animal goes to the devil and not our heavenly father.

 These are false prophets who wisely extort various sums of money from helpless church people. They sell all kinds of objects ranging from different kinds of oils for enquirers to pray with. They also sell hand bands, stickers and many more. I wish to clarify a point here. There are some who sell these objects as a means of raising funds to develop the church for the common good of all. Such people do not take the monies for their personal use but to benefit the wider group of the people. One way to know whether a man is teaching truth or error, is to consider, who such a one is projecting. Is he projecting the Lord JESUS or something else?

May you not fall into the hands of any false prophet because of frustration.

  PRAYER

I pray that I would be very sensitive to discern the truth from error anytime I encounter one in Jesus name

FURTHER STUDIES

 Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

 Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 75

KEY SCRIPTURE: ACTS 20:28. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

 Apostle Paul gave the brethren of Ephesus two instructions in our key scripture.  They are

(1) Take heed to yourself

(2) Take heed to the flock of God.

We considered the first part in our previous study. In today’s study, we would consider the second aspect of his instruction. This is to take heed to the flock of God which He purchased with his blood.

The very first point is to note that the flock is the Lord’s not yours. You are a steward of God’s flock and must work with that understanding. This implies, you would be rewarded if you diligently and sacrificially serve them. God will also hold you to book if you fail to serve them diligently and sacrificially.

The first act or step to take heed to concerning the flock of God is to intercede for the flock. Intercession is standing in the gap for God to intervene. Paul testified of Epaphras in Colossians 4:12 as follows, “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salute you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God”. Epaphras laboured fervently for the brethren in Ephesus that they may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. Dear brother, sister or pastor, prayer is work. He laboured or toiled fervently in prayer always for them. The devil will have a fields day if the brethren are not covered with prayer. Lazy men cannot be effective pastors.

    The next thing to do for the flock of God is to teach and preach the word of God to the brethren or flock of God. In 2nd Timothy 4:2, Apostle Paul gave the following charge to pastor Timothy ” preach the word, be instant in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine”. Timothy must preach and teach at any available time. You must reprove, that is, correct them and also rebuke or to straighten them up.

Thirdly, you have to exhort or comfort them. All these would help them to keep going on in the Christian race.

  As a Shepherd of the flock of God, you would have to visit them periodically to know how they are doing. The Shepherd must also train the flock to get involved in evangelistic work and also learn all the disciplines of Christian faith which includes fasting, prayer, giving, tithing, fellowshipping, Bible studies and any other discipline that would help them to grow into spiritual adulthood.

  It is a great thing to serve the flock of God. It is a greater thing if you do it sacrificially.

CONFESSION

I am servant of the flock of God, in love and humility I offer my life sacrificially to serve God’s own sheep. My ultimate goal in all these is to get every sheep to heaven.

FURTHER STUDIES:

1 Thessalonians 5:14 “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men”.

1 Peter 5:2 ” Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;”

CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 74

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 20:28. “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

   Apostle Paul now gives specific instructions to the leaders of the Ephesian Church. He tells them to take care or heed to themselves and to the flock of God, which he purchased with his own blood. 

We would first consider his instruction to them about taking heed to themselves. The meaning of the word taking heed is “to hold the mind toward or pay attention to or further still to be cautious about.

Every leader must first be cautious or give careful attention to how stable or strong that he stands in the Lord. A weak man cannot lift other weaker people. Neither can the blind lead the blind. Taking heed to yourself first means you must maintain your fellowship or devotion unto the Lord. Jesus said to His disciples that, I am the Vine and you are the branches, you can do nothing unless you abide in me. You must maintain your roots deep in him and receive nourishment from him. The word of God is our spiritual food. Matt. 4:4. “man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceed from the mouth of God”. The word of God is the thoughts of God expressed in vocabulary, To the degree that God’s word has filled you and you are submitted to it, to that same degree that has God has filled you. The word is God The leader must take heed to the word. He does not study to preach but he studies to build himself up. The word will build you up.

   The leader also takes heed to himself through prayer. Prayer builds up the believer’s faith and receives strength from the spirit of God. Jude 1:20. A prayerless leader is a powerless leader. He must pay attention to everything that keeps him strong as a child of God. He must keep himself from sin. Like any kind of sickness, one must not allow it into his life. Such are sins. As a leader of God’s flock, you must keep yourself from sin. Sin is a reproach unto any people, but righteousness exalts a nation. Prov. 14:34. Take heed to yourself by practicing the word. This would put strength into you. You also take heed to yourself by feeding fat on messages of enlightened or anointed men of God. There are messages from men who have proven themselves over the years as faithful men of God. They have their books, audio and video recorded materials. You can also find their messages on YouTube.  Get them and feed on them.

CONFESSION

I take heed to myself as a child of God. God’s word is my delight and I do whatever the word says. Sin has no place in me .My impact in this life keeps soaring high to God’s glory.

FURTHER STUDIES:

Acts 20:32. ” And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”

Romans 12:11 ” Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;”

CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 73

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 20:26 “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men”.

   Apostle Paul continues his farewell message to the brethren at Ephesus. This time he says he is pure from the blood of all men. This is a very serious statement to make. He claims he has spoken to everyone there.

It takes very diligent people to speak this way. I believe he was referring to the brethren in the Ephesian church. He says further that he has given or shared with them the whole counsel of God. He meant he had taken the pain to share everything about the kingdom with them.  There are some pastors who don’t teach their congregation the whole counsel of God. Some major only in a few areas. A lot talk about blessing and miracles and that is all. This is good yet not complete They are not taught about the doctrine of God, salvation and atonement and many more.  It is surprising that some of the people in these churches cannot share the message of salvation to an enquirer.

I have met some people who are Muslims but were formerly Christians. A lot of them believed that Christians and Muslims are serving the same God. To such people leaving Christianity for Islam is no problem because we are all serving the same God that is their claim.  Such problems emanate because they have not been taught the counsel of God.  If they had been exposed to the truth, they would never think this way.  Christians and Muslims are not worshiping the same God. We worship God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our heavenly Father gave birth to us through the word and His Spirit (John 3:3–6). The Muslim God does not give birth to sons and daughters. Islam claims Jesus was never crucified (Surah 4:157), yet the whole foundation of Christianity is based on the death and resurrection of Jesus our Lord, by which we are saved. There are many more differences but this would be for another time.  If these brethren had been exposed to the whole truth about God’s word, they would never have accepted to go into Islam in the first place.

   There are some congregations who have never heard of the teachings of hell fire. The Lord Jesus spoke so much on this topic, yet some Christians are deprived of this teaching.

A lot of congregations are made up of converts or Christians who have not been established in the fundamental teachings of the faith.  The challenge or the problem is caused by their leaders. Dear child of God, Christianity is not about blessings or miracles only, there are teachings concerning suffering for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Philippians 1:29 reads “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for His sake.” Christians must be taught the whole counsel of God. (The challenge is how can such brethren get to know the whole truth? Please share such messages and postings  to many contacts as much as possible).

 PRAYER

Dear heavenly, Father may I play my role of communicating your truth to as many that I relate and even, go out of my way to share with others who have not been exposed to the truth in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDY:

 Hebrews 6:1-2 ” Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”

2 Timothy 2:15 ” Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 72

KEY SCRIPTURE:  Acts 20:24 ” But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

 Apostle Paul acknowledges that the Holy Spirit testifies to him that afflictions and persecutions await him in Jerusalem. In verse 24, he declares that he is not moved about the situation that lay before him.

  What made Apostle Paul to be so fearless and not to be worried for his life? Paul was a spiritual man. He was spiritually minded. If he had been carnal, he would have considered the threat to his life. There are many men of God who have been engrossed with getting wealth and living by the comfort of this world. They lives as if there is no heaven. A man of such persuasion cannot talk like Paul did. Carnality is the cause of lack of commitment to the cause of Christ

    Apostle Paul says it is his goal to finish his course with joy, and the ministry which he has received from the Lord Jesus Christ. What is the ministry that the Lord Jesus Christ has given to us?  Our

 ministry as people of God is to testify to the gospel of the grace of God and to keep at it till, we meet our Lord. Our ministry is not to make wealth. The wealth is a means to fulfill the real mission. It is not to make a name for ourselves. There is a deceptive spirit which has taken over many servants of God.  That is the idea of the word BREAKTHROUGH. This idea of breakthrough to many means having a big ministry that brings a lot of money and life becomes very comfortable for the man of God. In Apostle Paul’s testimony, he says his mission and focus is to testify of the grace of God. Winning the world for Christ is our breakthrough. Breakthrough in the concept of Paul is reaching many with the gospel of God’s grace. The outcome, like that of wealth should be very secondary. Matthew 6:33 says it all. ” Seek ye first the kingdom of God and it’s righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

 Dear fellow Christian and specifically servants of God, we have been enlisted by our master into his harvest field. We are his labourers. The earthly temporary rewards should never get our attention. What He has called us to do should be our goal. Finishing it must be our Joy. This earth is a temporal place yet our role and actions determine our ultimate eternal state.  But our success is to be fulfilling the master’s tasks, not how many members we have and the affluence that goes with it. Europe is being populated by Muslim immigrants, there are some places that gives no liberties to the preaching of the gospel. Our breakthrough is to conquer all these places with the gospel of the grace of God.  Arise O giants of the Spirit of God wash off every scale from your eyes and win for our master.

   PRAYER

Dear heavenly father I refuse to be carnal but to commit my life to pleasing you and to finish the race and mission with Joy. Make my forehead as hard as a flint so nothing would hinder me from overcoming it.

 FURTHER STUDY:

 Philippians 3:12-14 ” Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 71

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 20:20. And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,

From our key scripture, Paul says he taught them publicly and from house to house. This involves mass meetings as well as one on one meetings as well.

  Our Lord Jesus in his days on the earth, employed the same principle. He taught the people en-mass and one on one.  Nicodemus the Jewish lawyer came to him by night. The Lord had the patience to explain a whole lot of things to him. Paul’s teachings in the public places and in their houses was not by special invitation. He purposefully went around in search of people to share the Gospel with. Do not feel too big going around knocking on doors to share the Gospel with people. Would the master himself have done this if he was around? I believe he would. Mass meetings does a lot of good, yet personal efforts are easily assessed and could be monitored well.

     In verse 21, he talked about some of the things he taught.

“Testifying both to the Jews and also to the Greeks, repentance towards God and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ. ” Paul preached repentance form all wrong notions about God . The Jews could not see God as their father neither could they think of him as one that they could relate with. The Greeks also thought of God as an idol made by human hands. They also needed to change their minds concerning God. One of Satan’s attack against humanity is to paint God differently from who he is. Many people because of challenges and difficulties see God as one who is not blessing them and not making things easy for them. Man needs to repent from a whole lot of things about our father God This is the reason every child of God must know the truth and boldly talk about Him.

 They were also to exercise their faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, every divine provision is settled.  It is faith in Him that gives is access to the grace of God.

  He adds in the verse 22 that he goes “bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall him.” He said this in the light that there have been countless prophecies that in Jerusalem, the Jews would take a hold of him bind him and send him to Rome. He knew afflictions and tribulations awaited him in Jerusalem, yet he was ready to go. Why did Paul not stay away from all these problems? This is for us to answer.

  PRAYER

Father in Heaven, I pray that as I study your word and fellowship with your spirit, help me to effectively share your word to the many that Satan has held in deception.

FURTHER STUDY:

Acts 20:24 ” But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

Acts 20:29 ” For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.”

CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 70

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 20:19 ” Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:”

 Apostle Paul told the leaders of the church in Ephesus that he served with much tears. He says in Philippians 2:12 that we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling. He says these things with the understanding that, we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that everyone may receive the things done in the body, whether it be good or bad. He added, knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men. God is not a respecter of men.

  It is rather unfortunate that these days, some people hide behind the teachings of the grace God to do all kinds of things. Dear child of God, grace under no condition gives anyone license to sin. Grace rather empowers us or endues us with the ability to live an excellent life. It is in this light that Apostle Paul reminds the brethren in Rome, that is in Romans 6:14, that sin shall not have dominion over them, because they are not under the law, but under grace. Every leader must therefore take heed to himself or herself first before the Church of God. (Acts 20:28) If you fail to do so, you may be like the sand paper.  Sand paper is used to polish wooden surfaces, smoothen it and makes it look very polished and clean. After using it, it is thrown away.  That would not be your portion in Jesus name.

    Paul also endured trials from the Jews, yet never gave up or acted in any way unseemingly. In all these things his ministry was not blamed. 2nd Corinthians 6:3 “Giving no offence in anything that the ministry be not blamed.” He stood in all these difficult times. May you receive grace and ability to overcome any challenge that Satan would throw at you.

Paul said ” But in all things, approving ourselves as ministers of God in much patience, in afflictions, necessities, in distresses.” (2nd Corinthians 6:3)

  In verse 20 of Act 20, Paul said that he kept back nothing that was profitable unto the brethren. He did this by actions and teaching.  In actions, he meant by example. The greatest teaching that any leader can give his followers is a good example. It always takes discipline to be a good example.  You must bring yourself under the rules. He is saying by this, he poured his life unto them. May your life be an example unto others.

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that by your grace I may endure every attack of the enemy, that my service unto you, would not be blamed. May my life be an example unto many in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDY:

Acts 20:33” I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.”

Acts 20:26 ” Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. “