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.


KEY SCRIPTURE: —Matthew 16:21 (KJV). “From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.”

Our Lord Jesus shows his disciples God’s agenda for His life. He would go to Jerusalem, be arrested by the Priests and scribes. He would then be bound, ridiculed, beaten and finally crucified. The Lord had accepted God’s verdict for His life. Jesus said “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”— Matthew 16:25 (KJV). The Lord by this statement means doing the will of God is better and always a means to save your life.

Every child of God must also come to a place of making the will of God first in everything he does. This is an issue which is very difficult for most people. Why was our Lord Jesus so quick in accepting such a fatal stand for his life? There have been many people of God who have also accepted God’s verdict for their lives. Apostle Paul said “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.”—Philippians 1:20 (KJV). What is the secret of all these men and women who were ready to accept God’s verdict for their lives, although it meant losing their life? Their secret was a personal knowledge of God

God cannot be known by reason. He cannot even be known by reading about Him. One can only know Him by accepting what He has said about Himself enough to act on it. This is always. an individual action and not by a group or cooperate issue. Decide to accept God’s revelation of Himself. Act upon what He has said. You would surely know Him.


I have accepted God’s verdict for my life. I am ready to do whatever He tells me, even if it means losing whatever that may bring glory to His name.


 Philippians 1:21 (KJV). “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

 John 17:3 (KJV). “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:18-19 (KJV) And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

The above verses are very significant. It states certain major facts about the church of God. These facts are as follows.

1 The builder and owner of the church. Our Lord Jesus is the builder and owner of the church. “I will build my church. No man owns the church, but Jesus alone, the building of the church is done through us, when we win men and raise them by teaching them. Matthew 28:19,20.

2. The foundation upon which the church stands. Jesus is that foundation. He said, you are Peter, which is Petros in Greek, and it means a little rock. He added, upon this rock, which is Petra, meaning a large rock. This large rock is Himself. “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”— 1 Corinthians 3:11 (KJV).

3.The warfare of the church, the enemies of the church, and the verdict of the outcome this warfare. The church is in a warfare. The host of hell are our enemies. The church is declared the ultimate winner. Our assault against the host of hell is mainly to set men and women free from the power of sin and eternal death. Satan’s attack on the church is to weaken or stop Christians from being effective in saving the lost. He may use all means, like lack, sicknesses, demonic harassment, and many more, yet all is to stop you from winning the lost.

4.The building blocks are humans. These are the small rocks, Petros in Greek. “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” — 1 Peter 2:5 (KJV). We have to win more people for a greater house or temple to be built by our Lord. This is the reason evangelism and establishing the souls is very important.

5. The authority of the church is of heaven. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. This authority has already been given to the church when Jesus resurrected and gave that authority to the church. Matt 28:18

6.Our sphere of the authority. Whatever we bind is bound in heaven. Whatever we loose is also loose in heaven.


I am a member of the church of God, called out of the world to be holy unto God my father. I commit my life to setting men and women free from sin and death.


Ephesians 4:16 (KJV). “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

1 Corinthians 12:12 (KJV). “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:7 (KJV “And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread.”

Jesus’ disciples used to carry bread along as they went about their evangelistic work n certain occasions. This time when He asked them to be careful about the leaven of the Pharisees, they quickly reasoned out and said, ‘it is because we did not bring along bread. ” The Lord reprimanded them for they, having little faith. The way one reasons can affect whether he’ demonstrates great faith or little faith.

God our Father expects us always to demonstrate great faith. The Lord once again diagnosed why they showed lack of faith. (Matt 16:9)

1.They had forgotten about the two occasions when he multiplied just a few loaves of bread to feed a multitude

2.They failed to understand the dealing of God. The ways of God are always understood by faith. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Hebrews 11:3 (KJV)

From the above, to reason rightly, one must never forget the testimonies about the miraculous works of God. Secondly, he must also accept by faith the dealings of God. The disciples were obsessed with the need of the moment, and so they forgot completely, what Jesus did when there was no bread. “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.” — Psalms 119:2 (KJV)


My heart is ruled by God’s word. I keep and meditate on His amazing testimonies. By faith I understand what God has revealed about Himself.


 Psalms 119:24 (KJV). “Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.”

Psalms 63:6 (KJV) “When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:6 (KJV). “Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”

The Pharisees were a very strict religious sect, that believed in angels, resurrection of the dead and life after death. The Sadducees were more of a secular sect, which had a divergent believe system from that of the Pharisees. What is the doctrine of these two sects that the Lord warned His disciples against.?   These people served the god of self with the law of Moses as it’s means. They practiced and preached the law, yet it was not the God of Moses they were serving, it was their selves they projected.

Jesus said the following about them. “Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:”— Matthew 23:2 (KJV)In the seat of Moses they promoted laws that satisfied their ego. In the Lord’s teachings he made some statements about them that reveals their true doctrine. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.”— Luke 11:44 (KJV) They presented themselves as teachers of the law, yet they led no one into the liberty of God, but the bondage and death of their own ways.

THIS is a doctrine taught and practiced by some modern-day teachers. Hypocrisy is presenting yourself in a way that you are not. Please read Mathew 23:12-32 May we all learn from Jesus’ revelations about the scribes and Pharisees, so we may avoid their error.


Father, I pray for all Christian leaders, and teachers of the word to escape the way and path of the Pharisees.


Matthew 23:27-28 (KJV). ²⁷ Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.


KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:1 (BBE). “And the Pharisees and Sadducees came and, testing him, made a request to him to give them a sign from heaven.”

The Pharisees came to Jesus to tempt Him. They requested for a sign from heaven from Him. The Lord quickly identified their folly. They lacked spiritual understanding. They could easily interpret the signs of the physical world, yet had no idea about the signs of the times. There are some people who are so vested in science, banking, and the chemistry, yet have no idea about where they would be spending their eternity. The Lord called them a wicked and an adulterous generation. Such a generation do not live by faith, but by sight. Life is spiritual, and anyone who fails to appreciate the spiritual dimension of life can seriously pay dearly for it. The Bible describes such people as wicked. The wicked according to the word of God is everyone who does not understand the scriptures and so acts always against God’s expectation. It does not matter if he calls himself a Christian or not. His attitude to God’s word determines whether he is wicked or just.

Those who lack spiritual understanding would always live by sight. They want to see before they believe. The truth is that, they would still not believe even after seeing. The children of Israel who left Egypt saw so much signs and wonders yet they kept showing lack of trust in God. “And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.”— Psalms 78:11 (KJV)) They are like those who learn, hear the word, yet are not transformed. (2 Tim 3:7.) May the Lord deliver anyone from a lack of spiritual understanding.

What is the cause of lack of spiritual understanding? It is caused by a lack of fear for God. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”— Proverbs 1:7 (KJV) A man may know and seen so much signs yet would be acting stupidly against the word of God. The man who is not convicted to fear God may have the word of God, letters in him, but may not have the God of the word, that is the Spirit. The letter kills, it is the Spirit that gives life. A man with spiritual understanding gives no place to his flesh. He knows he is of the Spirit and lives in the Spirit. The whole life of the Christian is about having spiritual understanding. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” — 1 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV).

To come out of this condition, you need to repent of self-centeredness and surrender to the rule of God over your life. Place God and His word first and never you.. In this way you would have the right attitude and actions towards God, HIS word and your actions.


I serve the Lord out of a reverential fear for Him. I have a spiritual understanding of the way of God. I do not stumble into the traps of the enemy.


 Colossians 1:9 (KJV). “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;”

2 Timothy 3:7 (KJV). “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 15:30 (KJV).  “And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them:”

Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever. If people would come to Him as they came to him during the days of the Bible, He would heal the sick, cleanse. the lepers and even raise the, dead. Please read Matt 15:30-38. This passage is like a play back of earlier chapters. It is not a repetition of an old event but a new one. Jesus keeps healing the sick over and over again. He does not change. It only means He would do the same for you today.  Dear one wherever you are today, the same Spirit of Christ is present with you: speak to Him like you would if He was physically present, expecting to receive whatever those people had experienced.

The scripture teaches that “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) You don’t have to be in a big special meeting before you can see that mighty healing power of God. Those people came at a time when He was just having a quiet moment, yet He quickly stopped whatever he was doing and answered their prayer. When you pray to Him as the people prayed to Him, be confident He has heard and answered you.  Start doing whatever you could not do. Keep rejoicing and being excited that He has healed you.

Evangelist T L Osborne shared an experience that can help you to receive your healing, even wherever you are today.

He said He held a. crusade in Kenya where there were massive miracles and healings. The whole program was recorded and put on special cassette players to be distributed to people who could not make it to the crusade. A man had one of the recorded programs on the cassette player and brought it to a man who was a paralytic. He was left to die in a mud hut.  When he received the recordings from the crusade, he listened to it a number of times. He decided to pray asking the Lord to heal him like the testimonies he heard from the crusade. After praying, he decided to do like the man of God instructed the people at the crusade to do. ‘Those who could not walk must start walking, he said.’ They made the effort to walk, and to God’s glory many walked. This paralytic also decided to rise up. He struggled and made every effort to rise up, but to no avail. He did not give up. He even had bruises on his shoulder, but kept trying, for he believed Jesus had healed him like the people at the crusade. As he kept struggling to walk, he instantly felt some warmth in his body. Strength came to him and he stood up, perfectly whole. Jesus had made him well. He is the same. If you prayed, He heard your prayer. He answered you. Begin to do whatever you could not do. Don’t give up trying to do it. He is present and would perfect your condition.


Dear heavenly Father I pray unto you, and ask for your provision, protection and healing of my body in the name of Jesus. I thank you for healing me in Jesus mighty name. Amen.


Hebrews 13:7-8 (BBE). Keep in mind those who were over you, and who gave you the word of God; seeing the outcome of their way of life, let your faith be like theirs.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Matthew 4:24 (BBE). “And news of him went out through all Syria; and they took to him all who were ill with different diseases and pains, those having evil spirits and those who were off their heads, and those who had no power of moving. And he made them well.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 15:28 (KJV)”. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour”

The following story, is a case of persistent faith against all odds that opposed her desire for an answer. (Please read Matt 15:22-28). This woman from Cannan came to Jesus, pleading for the healing of her daughter, who was grievously sick. She had a number of barriers which should have caused her to give up, yet she stood her grounds till she had her answer. Please note that, the Lord did not put up those barriers, just to hinder the woman from getting her answer, but because He was born under the law, He was constrained by the terms of the law, not to readily respond to those who were not Israelites. (Gal 4:1-4)

The following were the resistances that were against the woman;

1.When she made her first request, the Lord did not answer her. She did not give up her pursuit for an answer.

2. His disciples made it worse by asking Him to send her away.

3. The Lord made matters serious, by saying He was not sent to anyone who was not an Israelite. This meant there was no hope for her.

4. She bowed before Jesus and asked for help. The Lord answered her that, it was not right to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs.

5. In a sense He called him a dog. (Please note, the Lord was not being vulgar or rude in this instance, but as a non-Israelite they were uncircumcised and definitely had the nature of dogs.)

These were five strong barriers and resistances to her request for a healing for her daughter. After the last instant when she and her people had been called dogs, she never got offended, but rather said that, when the children eat, the dogs also ate the   crumps that dropped on the floor. The faith of the woman had prevailed and so she obtained her answer. The Lord remarked that, great is your faith. Great faith is the one that is ready to overcome every resistance or barrier.

Please note, there is nothing, no law, person, circumstance, condition or devil who can stop our faith from having the answer, so long as our faith meet the terms of the scriptures.

HOW was this woman able to survive all these oppositions?

1.She was convinced Jesus was able to cure her daughter

2.She was not ready for a no, as an answer

We have a better standing before God than her. “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” — 2 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV).  If God promised us then it is yes in Christ. It is no more a promise but a truth to be possessed as ours. It is your right to take a hold of it and count it as yours. Take a stand on the scripture thanking God and declaring you have got it. Stop attempting to have it but maintain your position that, it is yours.


Thank you, heavenly Father, for establishing on my behalf every promise in Christ as yes. I have whatever you have given to me and refuse to give up my answer. I have my perfect health, my provisions, my peace of mind, my protection. These things I boldly declare they are mine.


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

Hebrews 10:35 (KJV). “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 15:14 (KJV). “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

After the Lord taught His audience about what really DEFILES a man, the Pharisees who have championed the outward expression of things, were offended. The disciples came to Him and informed Him that the Pharisees were offended with what the Lord said. The Lord Jesus said, they should not bother about them, because if the blind leads the blind, they would all perish. What an irony, the blind leading the blind!  A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and leads others that way. A blind man cannot know the way and so cannot be a leader. Unfortunately, many blind people are leaders. These leaders do not know the way. The way liberates and frees those who get to know it. For those of us Christians the way is a person. He is Jesus. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”— John 14:6 (KJV)

Leading the Jesus way is not about that individual becoming significant in the society, but bringing others into their inheritance. (You become great as you make others great) Jesus said, follow me and I will make you fishers of men. To lead in the Christian concept, it is to follow Jesus. No man is leading if he is not a follower of Jesus. He is a blind leader.    The Lord does not want the blind to lead others who do not know the way, and are therefore blind. The Lord Jesus sets the grounds for knowing the way, which is the truth.

John 8:31-32 (KJV) ” Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

The Lord said those who follow him, the way, comes to the knowledge of the truth. The truth also sets them free. What kind of freedom are we talking about? In the literal interpretation of this word, freedom means coming out of every form of error and bondage. In our discussion of leadership freedom, it is liberation from self-centeredness, that makes the leader, focus on himself, rather than the people he is leading. The leader must bring people into their inheritance. “Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.”— Joshua 1:2 (KJV). God raised Joshua to bring the Israelites into their inheritance. In the light of this, every Christian is called into leadership. Following Jesus, who is the way, makes you a leader of others. Matt 4:19.


My Lord Jesus is the way. I follow Him. I am not blind but can see. I am therefore able to lead others into their inheritance.


 Matthew 4:19 (KJV). “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

John 9:40-41 (KJV) And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.


KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 15:11 (KJV). “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.”

We continue with what DEFILES a man. In our previous study we considered what defiles a man. We saw that, the wrong unscriptural thoughts that proceed from within a man defiles him. Now, what does it mean to be defiled. To be defiled means to be made unholy. To be made common. It also means to be easily accessed by demons. The serious part of being defiled is that God separates Himself from that person. (Isaiah 59:2)

The words that proceed out of the mouth of men can seriously defile and harm them. Wrong words make men imperfect and therefore are subject to failure. “For in many things we offend all. If any man offends not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.”— James 3:2 (KJV). This verse means if one would always speak rightly, (in line with God’s word) he would not be making the common mistakes people commit. Apostle James writes in James 3:6, that the tongue is

1. A fire

2. A world of iniquity

3 It defiles the whole body

4. Sets on fire the course of nature

5.It Sets itself on the fires of hell. Many people would be placed in hell because of the wrong words they spoke.

Another moment when men seriously destroy themselves is when they are angry. Deep uncontrolled anger is an out shoot of pride. Pride always comes before a fall. Foolish, self-destructive words pour forth when one is speaking out of pride. The mistake people make is, when they speak dirty and fowl words against others, they do not know that they are rather defiling themselves. A decision to let God’s word determine your actions would save you from destroying yourself.

Any time you curse a brother out of anger and pride you have only given the evil one a form of expression through you. You would certainly pay dearly for it. Matt 5:22. Some very wonderful homes or marriages have been destroyed because the spouses allowed pride with its puppet anger to ruin it. Many of such people cannot forgive themselves after so many years of divorce. They realize their irreparable damage

You can tame the tongue by:

1 A decision to say and do, only that which pleases the Lord.

2. Quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to wrath. James 1:19

3 Always say to yourself, I do not speak out of pride, anger, and foolishness.

4. Say to yourself: I say only what God’s word says, and not what I see or feel.

If you would do these things, you would keep your tongue from defiling you and subsequently save yourself from destruction.


My tongue is an instrument of praise and power, and not for cursing and insults. I speak the truth in love, and give no place to pride and anger to control me.


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

Matthew 5:22 (KJV). “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”


KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 15:11 (KJV). “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.”

The Lord Jesus declared that, it is not what goes into a man that defiles him, but that, which comes out of him. Mark’s gospel explains this issue further “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,” — Mark 7:21 (KJV) When the Lord talked about that which enters the man, He was talking about foods that we eat. In the law certain foods or animals were considered as unclean. Such laws were customary. Customary laws dealt with identification and association. One’s dress shows that he belongs to this tribe or people. They had nothing to do with the morals of the person. Moral laws dealt with one’s submission to God and His authority over that individual.

WHEN a moral law is broken, it is an act of rebellion and it also DEFILES the individual. Customary laws do not defile the individual since it has to do with foods, dresses and certain outward practices. A customary law can be defiling when one’s motive in doing it has moral implications.

TAKING this point higher, evil thoughts are suggesting of demons, that. challenge God’s authority and also DEFILES, since those spirits are called unclean or defiling spirits. The scripture teaches that suggesting of these spirits are as follows: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”— 2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV)These are thoughts, imaginations, that raises themselves against God and His word. If a Christian gives in to a thought from an evil spirit, he is under the influence of that spirit.

HOW does children of God come under the influence of these spirits?  They first deceive the child of God to justify his grounds to think that way. If he does not stop that way of thinking, he would start acting in that light. James 1 :14,15. “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death”.

Dear brother or sister, any thought that excites the flesh against the way and word of God will defile you. 1 John 1:9 reads,” if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. Sin rebels and defiles. God forgives our rebellion and cleanses the defilement caused by sin.


I determine what I think about. My mind is trained to sieve through every thought that comes to me. My actions always glorify God.


Romans 6:16 (KJV). “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”

Romans 12:1 (KJV) “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”