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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.

MEN PLEASERS

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 14:9 KJV. And the king was sorry: nevertheless, for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.

King Herod made a very outrageous promise to the daughter of Herodias. He promised with an oath that he would give her whatever she would ask. How could he have made such a ridiculous promise? Who can do whatever a man may ask? Only God can do such a thing. This is a clear example of seeking to please men at the expense of the glory of God. Secondly when Herodias daughter asked for the head of John the Bible remarked of two reasons why he agreed to kill John. Firstly, because of the oath and secondly because of the fear or the honor he wanted from the people who were with him.

What caused Herod to act so callously? The root cause of seeking men’s praise come from an inner hidden pride. The above example is not limited only to the unregenerate men, like king Herod, but even to Christians, if not checked.  Apostle Paul states he who pleases men is not a servant of God. Gal 1:10 KJV “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ”. One could unconsciously become a men pleaser focusing on himself rather than Christ.

HOW do we prevent this from overtaking us? We must take time to examine ourselves and our motives in particular. We must consciously acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus and keep prompting ourselves that, life is about pleasing the Lord Jesus and not ourselves. The man who seeks the praise of men is not a servant of Christ. This person can even miss his eternal home with the Lord if he does not repent. In Rev 21:8 the Lord talked about the fearful people who would have their place in the lake of fire. The fearful among other things are basically men PLEASERS.

PRAYER

Thank you, heavenly Father, for the grace to yield to the voice of the Holy Spirit and to always place the glory and praise of Christ paramount. I receive the ability never to fear the faces of men, but to only honor Christ and His word in my life.

FURTHER STUDIES

Revelation 21:8 KJV. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Galatians 2:12 KJV “For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision”.

GRACE: ANSWER FOR MAN’S TROUBLES 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Galatians 1:4 KJV ” Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father”:

In our last study we saw that to be free from some of the troubles of this life, one must doggedly take a stand with the word of God. Sicknesses and diseases are a big threat to human comfort and existence. Our world has been totally altered today, because of diseases. The grace of God gives us answers, even for sicknesses that science and human effort could not solve. The principle is the same. We are saved or healed by grace through faith. The work of grace is what God did for us through His Son Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus through His stripes have borne our sicknesses and diseases (Isaiah 53:4&5)

OUR healing from God’s point of view is a concluded matter. When Apostle Peter made reference to this, he said, by whose stripes you were healed. (1 Pet 2:24.) How do you appropriate this great act of grace?   1.Believe that what the word of God has revealed is true.

2.Declare what God has said or done for us. (Proverb 15:4)

Stick to what God says. Don’t accept any other contrary evidence. Thank God for healing you.  Please you are not saying it, to be healed, no, that is not an act of faith. You say so because Jesus has already taken away our sicknesses according to the scriptures. He is not yet to do it. It has already been done.

THIS is the grace of God answering the trouble of diseases. Get the picture of grace well. The Lord Jesus conquered diseases for us. He is presently our true identity. As He is, so are we in this world. (1st John 4:17) If he conquered diseases, we have likewise conquered diseases too. Let the word of God be fully settled in your heart. Focus on that finished work. By his stripes you were healed. Say what God says, and keep at it. Proverbs 18:21 KJV” Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”. Let your tongue create life for you by saying what God has done for you.

CONFESSION

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for taking away my sicknesses and diseases. By faith, I do not bear them anymore. By your stripes I was healed. Thank you, Lord.

FURTHER STUDIES

Matthew 8:16 & 17 KJV” When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses”.

Proverbs 15:4 KJV” A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit”.

GRACE: ANSWER FOR MAN’S TROUBLES

KEY SCRIPTURE: Galatians 1:4 KJV” Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:”

JOB, the servant of God, expressed his experience by writing that, man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. (Job 14:1). Trouble has become the daily experience of men. God shows us His answer in His word. Trouble seem to drawn mankind and even some Christians because most of them treat the Bible as an ordinary book. Your first step to lead a life of victory over troubles is to accept the Bible as inspired by the Spirit of God. Whatever it says is truth and God’s breathe and life is in His word. Approach it as a child would jump from a height into its Father’s hands.

God through Christ has given us answers to these many troubles. Our key scripture says our Lord Jesus gave himself that He might deliver us from this evil world. This is the grace of God answering man’s troubles. The Lord Jesus was judged in our place. Because of Him, God does not count the sins of any sinner against him. (2nd Corinth 5:19) When a sinner accepts that his sins has been washed away, and confesses that Jesus is Lord of his life he is instantly saved. The way out of trouble by grace is to believe and CONFESS in sincerity that what Jesus did is true and therefore yours.

IF a Christian finds himself in an uncontrollable sinful lifestyle, he must not agree with what the enemy may be doing by saying, ‘Satan has bound me’. He must keep declaring, “I’m the righteousness of GOD”.  When you agree with what the adversary is doing through your words, it would be established.

You say in agreement with God’s word that you are the righteousness of God.

 2 Corinth 5:21 KJV” For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. You are presently the righteousness of God. It is not tomorrow, not when Christ comes, or when you die to go to heaven.  If you admit you are a sinner, then you are not acknowledging the provision of grace. If you fall a hundred times, say you are the righteousness of God hundred times and believe it. The power of the enemy would be broken. Faith is taking a stand with what God says. Faith is calling those things which be not as though they were. (Rom 4:17) Faith is that which overcomes the world (1 John 5:4). By faith you use the provision of grace to answer the questions of wrong habits and sinful ways.

 CONFESSION

Thanks be to God who has given me His Son as an exchange for my sinfulness. I am indeed the righteousness of God, no matter what comes my way, it can’t change that. I am what Jesus sacrifice brought to me.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Corinth 5:19 KJV “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation”.

Isaiah 53:8 KJV “He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken”.

“DEMANDS ON THE MAN WITH A SPECIAL GRACE”

KEY SCRIPTURE :1 Corinth 4:1 KJV” Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God”.

Everyone with a special grace, is a minister or servant of God.

He is a steward of the mysteries of God. He could also be described as a dispenser of the mysteries of God. According to 2 Corinth 4:2 one major requirement of the minister of grace of God is faithfulness.

1Corinth 4:2 KJV” Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful”. Anyone with a special grace, must be faithful to God, faithful to the people of God and faithful to himself.

You must be faithful in your devotion to God, that is in giving more attention to HIM. Mark 3:14 KJV “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,” Being with the Lord is the prime duty of every one appointed with a special grace. You can’t perform, until you have received from Him. Many ministers of God, get preoccupied either with lots of activities or with the people. It is what one does based on God’s instructions that matters. It is in being with Him that makes you hear from Him. Your prayer life becomes a measure of your spiritual life.  You must also be faithful to study God’s Word and be obedient to what the word teaches. Meditating on the word increases your spiritual momentum greatly

 You’ve also got to be faithful to the people God has called you to serve. (Read 1 Pet 5:1–4) You must be faithful to intercede for them., and in ministering that special grace to them.  Act 20:20 KJV “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”, The apostle meant, I was ever available and gave my best to all.

 Lastly, you must be faithful to yourself. This is in serving the Lord with a sincere conscience. The best gift you can give yourself is a good conscience. It leaves you with no hidden fears before God or man. Act 23:1 KJV” And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day”.

PRAYER

I pray for every minister of God to be faithful in every aspect of their lives.

FURTHER STUDIES

1 Peter 5:1-4 KJV. The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 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; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”

“SPECIAL GRACE”

KEY SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 1:5 KJV” Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations”.

All that we have discussed about grace can be described as general grace. This is the kind of grace that our Father God expresses to every child of His. There is another kind of grace, known as a special grace. This is a special calling with unique giftings and abilities pertaining to that particular calling or office. We find such people throughout the Bible. No one calls himself or herself into a special grace. The scriptures describe it this way:” So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” Rom 9:16

As Romans 9:16 puts it, this is God’s own prerogative and no one must boast about it or be envious of one who have certain unique gifts and abilities. This grace is deposited in an individual to serve mankind. No one must act bossy over others because he or she has been adorned with unique gifts. 1Corinth 12:7 KJV” But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal”. Gifts are divine packages not mainly for the bearer but others. You are a faithful bearer of that grace if you bless lives with it. If everyone would have to bow to you, then there is a problem.

On the flip side, people who you have been sent to, must honor that grace upon your life. They must accept the man or woman as God’s gift sent to them to play a special role in their lives. If they fail to honour that grace, they would not be blessed with that gift.(In honoring the grace the man must be honored) The people in Jesus’ hometown were not blessed by His powerful ministry, because they did not honor the special grace he carried (Mark 6:5). The relationship is reciprocity. The servant of God must humble himself towards God, and be ready to serve the people, with that special grace. In the vice versa, the people must honor the grace or anointing upon him or her. In this way all parties would definitely be blessed.

PRAYER

Father, I pray for all servants of God with special callings or graces. I pray that they would be very effective in their work. I pray that they would fulfill their ministry to your glory.

FURTHER STUDIES

Mark 6:4, 5KJV” But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

1 Corinth 15:10 KJV “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me”.

LOVING GOD UNDER GRACE

KEY SCRIPTURE:1John 4:10 KJV” Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins”.

In this series on the grace of God, we see the principle on which grace and law function. The law functions on the principle that God demands for right actions from man to appease Him although He provides no abilities to meet them. Grace functions on the principle that God gives divine abilities as an investment in us to produce whatever He expects of us. Under the law God demands that man loves him with all his heart soul and strength. Under grace God demonstrates love to us as a seed to generate in us a response. 1John 4:11 KJV “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another”. We likewise respond with our all.

The above truths, teaches us a very important lesson. It shows us how to avoid living by the terms of the law although we claim we are under the dispensation of the grace of God. We see that, we cannot do any good thing for our Father, without first receiving from Him. The Lord said it clearly in John 15:4 KJV “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me”. Don’t focus your efforts on how to love the master, but rather focus on receiving His love, so you would naturally love him.

In Luke 10:40-42, Martha came to Jesus complaining about her sister who had left all the kitchen chores for her, to listen to Jesus. The Lord responded by telling her that, there was only one thing that was necessary, which the sister had chosen that GOOD part, and it shall never be taken from her. That good part was receiving from the master. You can’t give acceptably to God until you have first received from him. This is grace indeed.

 We can’t love God much, until we have known and received of His love for us.    1 John 4:16, says we have known and believed in the love God has for us. How much have you meditated on the great love God has shown to us? Always talk much about how much He loved us. In Luke 7:47, the woman loved much because she saw how much she was forgiven.

CONFESSION

God showed His greater love for me by sending His son to die for me. He bore every judgment, that I might not be judged. I give Him all my love, for all He’s done for me.

FURTHER STUDIES

Luke 7:47 KJV “Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little”.

1 John 4:16 KJV” And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him”.

NO CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH

KEY SCRIPTURE: Philip 3:3 KJV” For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh”.

 Confidence in the flesh nullifies the supply of divine potential for a victorious life.  It frustrates the grace of God. What is confidence in the flesh? This is a reliance on the abilities of our flesh, as well as what we do to our flesh to make us feel justified before the father. One of this is circumcision. Circumcision is nothing to the man who places no confidence in it. It hinders the workings of God’s grace when one feels justified because of it. Galatians 5:4 KJV” Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace”

Another very subtle way most men, express confidence in the flesh is when they relate to the opposite sex in some “odd moments.” (or same sex in some few cases) Now note: Biblical instruction is God’s way of supplying divine ability when the scripture is honored.  The Bible’s instruction, is flee youthful lust. (2 Tim 2:22). Some men have believed in themselves and not obeyed this scripture. They ended up committing certain   shameful acts which became a reproach to the name of Christ. All these could have been avoided, if they had just obeyed the instruction of the word.

An example is a pastor who counseled a lady who kept weeping. This man decides to get closer to her, put his arms around her to comfort her. All these was going on in the Pastor’s locked up office. After some moments they found themselves in a very ‘compromised’ action right in the Pastor’s office. What brought all these? He had confidence in his flesh.

 No man’s flesh is born again. ‘The strong man is he who knows his weakness and prevents it from controlling him’. Don’t watch porn, and claim you can handle it. The flesh is a servant, it submits to what you give it.   If you keep giving it the word it would function in line with the word. If you give it carnal things, it would respond carnally. DO NOT HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH.

CONFESSION

I do not have confidence in my flesh. My confidence is in the Lord Jesus and His finished work. I therefore do not allow the flesh to lead me against what the word says. I prevent every appearance of sin and give no occasion for the flesh to dictate my affairs. My life reveals the glory of Christ.

FURTHER STUDIES

Galatians 5:13 KJV “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another”.

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?”

THE HEART OF THE FATHER

KEY SCRIPTURE: Luke 15:20 KJV “And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed HIM”.

Read (Luke 15:11–32)

The story of the prodigal son reveals the gracious heart of our father God. The bible says in Luke 15:12 that the younger son asked His father to give him the inheritance that was his. The father divided His inheritance and gave his to him. It was wrong for him to demand his share of the inheritance when the father was alive, yet he gave it to him anyway. This father represents our heavenly father in this parable. If the father would give such a request to this son, then no good thing would the Lord refuse to give us His children. Many of us easily give up and claim God says no. If He has promised it, then He will not deny you. It is your unbelief that can deny you the answer

Please note: that the father did not only divide and give the younger son, but he gave the elder son as well. (vrs 12). This did not leave the father as a poor man. There is nothing too big for God to give you. After this young man had finished his wealth on riotous living, he joined himself to a citizen of the country. The man made him feed swine, without any salary. Never join yourself to the ways of this world, it would cause you to do more filthy things without any liberty. This boy finally came to his senses and decided to go back to the Father

HE rehearsed what he would say to his father. This is how Luke 15:20 describes what happened, “And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” Dear brother, if you have fallen short of God’s word in any way, God is not mad at you. He wants you back.

 The father gave him the best treat. He was given the best robe, that is righteousness. He was also given a ring. This stood for authority. He was given a shoe on his feet. This was his right to possess any inheritance. His sin was unpardonable yet, the father’s desire was to have him back. His wrong choices gave him all the punishment he needed. Punishment is a means to get you into the correct path. If you get on the right path, then there is no more need for any punishment. God’s interest is not to punish you, but to produce His best through you. Turn away from your sin and come back to Him.

CONFESSION

I thank my heavenly father for his great love and mercy towards me. He accepts me each time I turn fully to Him. He honors me with His best provisions. I am fully endowed with every good thing to excel in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES

Isaiah 55:7 KJV “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” .

Ephesians 2:4 KJV” But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,”

SAVED BY GRACE

KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 2:8 KJV “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God”:

Salvation is an all-inclusive word. It literally means to be delivered from harm, ruin, loss or preservation. The general biblical definition is that, it is deliverance from sin and its consequences. Some of these consequences of sin include, diseases, poverty, insecurity, demonic harassments, lack of peace of mind and many more. From our key scripture, we may be benefactors of all these by grace. Faith is the only means that grace delivers salvation to us. It is never by works. Nothing you do by human effort can release any blessing of God to you. Indeed, without faith, it is impossible to please God. Heb 11:6

The scriptures show us how to access the grace of God that brings salvation through faith. Rom 10:10 KJV “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”. This verse shows us how to express our faith to possess salvation which comes by grace. It teaches that, you believe what God has said in His Word in your heart, and confess it with your mouth. This is the Bible’s simple way to receive every blessing of salvation by grace. It implies if you are sick in your body, you apply the same principle to receive the salvation of healing. If you desire for divine preservation, you apply the same principle. The same goes for deliverance from sin.

For deliverance from sin the scriptures put it this way. Rom 10:9 KJV “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” If it is peace of mind you want, you may declare I believe the chastisement of my peace was upon Him. I have His peace in my heart. If it is for healing in your body, you believe in the scripture that says Himself took my infirmities and bore my sicknesses. You therefore declare that I believe I am healed. After these declarations, you must express your faith by acting on the word of God. If it is deliverance from sin, then stop the sinful actions. If you are lying on a sick bed, then rise up from that bed, and thank God for healing you. Do something in line with what you believed and confessed.

CONFESSION

I am saved by grace through faith. I reign in life by my faith in the word of God. My life is preserved from all calamities, since He gives His angels charge over me. No demon torments me, because I am delivered from the dominion of darkness. No sickness hangs on me, for by His stripes I was healed. Thank you father for all these provisions by grace.

FURTHER STUDIES

Titus 2:11 KJV “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,”

1 Peter 1:10 KJV “Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:”

WALKING IN THE GRACE OF GOD

KEY SCRIPTURE: Galatians 2:21 KJV “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain”.

The grace of God is a world of immeasurable supernatural potential that God invests in the believer. The output of most believers’ lives, suggest that they are living far below this wealth of divine verities made available to them. Apostle Paul states that, he does not frustrate the grace of God. He shows this in the preceding verse, that reads Gal 2:20 KJV” I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me”. He admits he is dead with Christ yet he lives. The life he lives in the flesh is led by the faith of the Son of God. He daily acknowledges that it is not him that moves, talks and relates to others, but the very life and power of the living Christ that works in him.

The grace of God is a supernatural provision that is received by faith. Rom 5:2 KJV “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Apostle Paul says knowing that Christ is at work in him, he labours more abundantly than the rest(1 Corinth 15:10).He does not sit idle because Christ is at work in him, rather he puts in extra effort, allowing the Spirit of Christ in him to produce His best through him. Indeed, he achieved so much for the master because of his diligence. Put in your best always, for that effort is the ability of Christ in you.

To walk in the grace of God, do everything with the understanding that it is Christ acting through you. Approach every challenge with the mindset that ‘ I am an overcomer, because there is a superior power at work me’ .(1 John 4:4) When certain difficulties like sicknesses rise against you, let your heart be assured that the power of Christ at work in you is far superior and has overcome that evil power. If you are tempted to sin, know that, that suggestion to sin comes from an evil spirit, and you have the Spirit of Christ as your life. Jesus cannot succumb to any act of sin, so refuse the thought. If you fall short in any way don’t condemn yourself, neither feel guilty. Confess your sin and accept your forgiveness. Understand, it was an action you took without acknowledging the supernatural power of Christ in you. Live at peace with yourself in the grace of God.

CONFESSION

I live by the grace of God. I do not frustrate the grace in anyway. I put in my best and trust the Lord to fully function through me. I am equal to every task and overcome every challenge by the power of the resurrected Christ in me.

FURTHER STUDIES

1Corinth 15:10 KJV” But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me”.

Colossians 1:29 KJV Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.