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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.

LABOR TO ENTER INTO HIS REST

KEY SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 4:11 KJV” Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

 To be at rest, is to be free from anxiety, fear and any other form of self-induced stresses. It is never the desire of God our Father that any of his children should be destressed.

John 16:33 KJV These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Our key scripture tells us to labour to enter into His rest. It means you must be diligent with the word of God. Our world has been hit by distressing times, and you should not be carried away with the spirit of worry, fear and anxiety. This is never your portion.

 To enter into God’s rest, you must mix the word with faith. Hebrews 4:3 KJV “For we which have believed do enter into rest….” To labour to enter into His rest is to make sure you do not allow the negative fearful news to fill your heart. You must act on every word of God concerning every situation. The life of David was under threat by king Saul, yet he was never moved. He made God his shepherd, and so he says l do not have any want. He added even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. David had grown to place his life into God’s hands. He had no cares to carry. His business was to do that which would please the Lord.

 Walking in your rest is not just knowing the scriptures, but making the scriptures to work in your life. If the Bible says God is your refuge, stop worrying about how fast the disease is spreading. God is dependable. If He has kept the universe and the sun rising and settling daily because of His word, then He can take care of you, if only you trust Him. Decide you would not worry but to praise Him because He can’t fail you.

PRAYER

Thank you, heavenly father for all your care and provisions. In such times I place my trust in you, O God. I do not worry nor fret about anything. Thank you, father, for the certainty of your word. In Jesus name I pray.

FURTHER STUDIES

Isaiah 41:10 KJV” Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness”.

Hebrews 4:2 KJV” For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it”.

SELFLESSNESS BREEDS FEARLESSNESS 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Philippians 1:21 KJV” For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”.

There is an Akan proverb that says ” a dead sheep fears no knife” The selfless man sees himself as dead. In our key scripture apostle Paul said for him to live is Christ, and to die is gain. He was selfless and therefore very fearless. Paul did so much for the master. Nothing could stop him from preaching the gospel among the nations. In Acts 14:18-20, apostle Paul was stoned and dragged on the floor at Lystra yet, the brethren stood around him and he rose up and continued preaching. He should have naturally thought about his life and safety yet he kept pressing on with the gospel.

A selfless man is a great threat to the kingdom of Satan. Satan knows men love their flesh and their lives and are prepared to make any sacrifice for it. Job 2:4 KJV ” And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.” The devil has no answer for the selfless man. He overcomes him (Satan), on every count. Rev 12:11, reveals that: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” .The third arm for victory over the devil among the first two is that, they loved not their lives, even unto death. Many of us refer to the two arms of victory over Satan, which are, the blood of the lamb, and the word of their testimony. A very vital part for victory that Satan cannot context is a man who is prepared to lose his life for the course of the gospel.

 Beloved brother or sister, a selfless man is indeed a bold and fearless man. He has an unshakable faith in God. He is owned by the Lord and sold out to him. Listen to Apostle Paul’s description of his relationship to God: Act 27:23 KJV” For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve”, He said he is owned by the Lord and he lives to serve him. He added in the next two verses the following statement: Act 27:25 KJV ” Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me”. He said he believes in his God that everything would be as it has been said to him. May we answer the call of our master to be selfless in following Him (Luke 14:26)

 PRAYER

Thank you, Father, that I died with the Lord and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me. By Him I am more than a conqueror, making great strides in this life, to His GLORY in the name of Jesus my Lord. Amen.

 FURTHER STUDIES.

Revelations 12:11 KJV “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death”.

Luke 14:26 AMP. If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his [own] father and mother [in the sense of indifference to or relative disregard for them in comparison with his attitude toward God] and [likewise] his wife and children and brothers and sisters–[yes] and even his own life also–he cannot be My disciple.

SELFLESSNESS BREEDS FEARLESSNESS

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:25 KJV “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it”.

MEN of great faith in God have a common trait about them: they are very selfless and spiritual. The Lord remarked about this in our key scripture. The self-centered man would not allow Christ to have His

 way in him. The scriptures say such a one will lose his life or be dominated by the enemy. What is happening here.? The one who seeks to preserve himself is self-centered and cannot rely on the word of God which builds faith in Him. Our call to follow Jesus is a call to deny ourselves or to be completely dependent on Him. Luke 14:26 KJV “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple”. Life is spiritual. To function in the path of Christ you must tread spiritually. This means throwing away your fleshly understanding and submitting totally to His word. (Proverbs 3:3-8)

King Saul was a man full of himself, and so he was faithless. He was very fearful. David was a selfless man and so, he was a man of great faith in God. When Saul was paralyzed with fear at the threat of Goliath, David the man who was selfless, was filled with great faith.

He faced Goliath and defeated him in style. Selfless men are men of great faith. They give attention to God and His word. They are full of God and live to project His interest and not theirs. Such a man does not speak or act for himself but God’s. He is called a man or woman of God. To be a man or woman of God is in the individual’s heart but proven in his or her works.

Faith is functioning against the laws of the flesh. The laws of the flesh say the truth is that which can be seen, felt, smelt or can be touched. The law of faith declares I have what I believe although I don’t see it now. If you function by the law of your flesh you can’t function by the law of faith. To have great faith, you must deny yourself like Jesus instructed and give in to the word of God.  Self-centeredness would make God’s word ineffective.

CONFESSION

I am Christ centered. I deny myself and allow only the interest of Christ to fill, control and lead me. I do not act or speak for myself, but speak only for God. God always honors my stands because I do all these according to his instruction. I experience great success all around me.

FURTHER STUDIES

John 12:26 KJV” If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour”.

Philippians 1:20 KJV “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” .

FOLLOW THE FAITH OF THE ELDERS 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 13:7 KJV “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation”.

Our key scripture calls on us to remember them who had the rule over us, and preached to us the word of God. This means we must not forget about them, but to consider how they lived and the outcome of their lives. The word assures us that the same Jesus who honored their faith, has not changed. He would do the same for you. So, learn from such men, and just walk the path they walked, and you would have what they had. (Hebrews 13:8). This time we consider some experiences of evangelist Akwesi Amoako Francis (1948-1990). He is the leader and founder of Resurrection Power and evangelistic Ministries and living bread church.

HE was converted from a background that was very hostile to the word of God, to become a fire brand for God. He was fearless, selfless and projected only Jesus. He could go to Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and heal all the sick   at the OPD (Out Patient Department), leaving no work for the doctors that day. He stopped a witches conference in London. He never built a house for himself although he had the means to do it. He was the first convener of an indigenous conference of all pastors and evangelists (APECON) in this country (Ghana) He did it from his personal means. His ministry saw great conversions of hardcore fetish priests, occultic pastors, magicians, Muslims and many more. He is the pioneer of day time street side preaching in Ghana. He fearlessly opposed the Godless policies of the then military regime (PNDC) and was very successful. His life passion was Ghana must be saved

We are called upon to remember such men of faith. Study about their lives and follow their acts of faith. They give us vivid examples with proven, undeniable results of faith. The Bible said through faith the elders obtained a good report. You would have a good report of faith. (Please Google his name and read more about him)

PRAYER

Father I pray for all of us reading this devotional to stir in us a new passion for you and your work. May we be fired up to do more for your kingdom, knowing very well that you cannot fail us. In Jesus mighty name I have prayed.

FURTHER STUDIES

Hebrews 6:12 KJV” That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises”.

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

FOLLOW THE FAITH OF THE ELDERS

KEY SCRIPTURES: Hebrews 13:7 KJV” Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation”.

The word of God calls on the Christian to stand or walk in faith in all situations of life. Our key scripture instructs us to follow proven lives of men of faith, that gives us an assurance of a sure path to tread on. There has been men and woman who walked the path of faith who thought us the word of God. . They have left undeniable proofs of the exploits of faith. The scriptures say that we will also have the same proofs if we just follow their acts of faith. Now consider what God says of the certainty of His word in the lives of those who would dare to believe His word. Hebrews 13:8 KJV “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever”. The above scripture is one that have been used so much, revealing the faithfulness of God.

Hebrews 13:8 is a follow up to our key scripture. It says Jesus is forever the same. His faithfulness to Paul, Arch Bishop Benson Idahosa, Pastor Mckweon, and to D L Moody is the same for anyone who would trust him as these men did.  The story is told of D L Moody, about a time in his ministry of caring for orphans who had no food to give to them. There was no hope of anyone bringing them food. D L Moody assured these children that God would provide food that morning. They waited expectantly while they heard a knock on their door. At the door was the driver of a truck load of food. The truck had broken down close to the orphanage and the food would go bad since it was perishable foods. They had to look for someone to take it. God supplied and answered their prayer. Evangelist John G Lake could not be harmed by the deadly viruses of plubonic plaque.

The Lord says learn from such men, follow their faith and Jesus who did it for them would do the same for you, because He is the same and does not change. Heb 6:12 KJV” That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherited the promises”. The instruction is not to be slothful. This means do not be dull in responding to the word of God.

There are countless number of such men, who are living in our times and have conquered by their faith. You can have an example to follow. The Lord assures us to follow their faith and conquer in a similar way they did.

CONFESSION

By faith they subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness and through weakness they became strong. I do follow the examples of these great men and women of faith. I also conquer the enemy in every way.

FURTHER STUDIES

Hebrews 11:32 & 33KJV “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthah; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

Hebrews 11:2 KJV” For by it the elders obtained a good report”.

FEAR NOT 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Job 3:26 KJV” I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came”.

Job describes what he did to make trouble come to him, in our key scripture. He says he was not in safety. Was Job really not in safety? Just consider what Satan said about Job’s security and safety, which Job had no knowledge about. Job 1:10 KJV” Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house , and about all that he hath on every side ? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land” This was his real security state yet he felt he was not safe. He also said he had no rest. He nailed the nail on the head when he said, I was not quiet. This was the real source of all his trouble. The contrary words he said against what God has made for him released him into Satan’s trap.

According to Proverbs 6:2, one is snared or trapped with the words of his mouth. James 3:6 says the tongue is a fire and sets the course of nature on fire. Please consider a very serious aspect of what our tongue can bring us,

Numbers 14:28 KJV, say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: Now what does God allow into our lives? What we say with our lips. Job went through all that hell because he said he was not secured, not protected and was not at rest. He lost his protection and indeed he was not at rest

 The hedge of security around the Christian is the presence of angels encamped around him or her.

Psalm 34:7 KJV “The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them”. Say this always, the angels of the Lord are always around me because I fear the Lord. They would not allow my foot to be moved. Every evil condition has spiritual sources, they must break the spiritual defenses around you before they can touch you. Those spiritual defenses can only be broken by you. They are destroyed by

1.What you believe

2.What you say

3.What you do.

If you believe in line with the word, say in agreement with the word and act according to the word, nothing in this life whether spiritual or natural can temper with your defenses. Nothing threatens you, so don’t fear anything.

CONFESSION

The angels of God encamp around me, forming a wall of protection for me. I do not fear anything that the world calls fear. I am at rest by the power of God, and no evil shall or can befall me in Jesus name. .

FURTHER STUDIES

Proverbs 6:2 KJV “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth”.

James 3:6 KJV “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell” .

FEAR NOT

KEY SCRIPTURE Gen 26:24 KJV” And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake”.

FEAR is a sign that one has believed in the word of the devil and it is manifested by a feeling of insecurity anxiety and an uncertainty of the future. Faith, is also a believe in the word of God. It is expressed by a feeling of security, confidence about the future and a peaceful disposition. The worst thing to offer yourself is to be afraid. Fear has torment 1st John 4:17. Please note, life is spiritual. It is not the bad or dangerous situation that harms or destroys, but the fears you entertain about the situation. Job said Job 3:25 KJV “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me”. Fear also means an anticipation of evil. You get what you expect.

We said from the beginning of our discourse that fear means you have believed in the word of the devil. Believing means you have that word which is a seed in your heart. When seeds are planted, they grow and bear fruit. Mar 4:28 KJV “For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear”. Whatever is planted shall grow. Plant the right seed. Plant or believe in the word of God. What happens to you or what fruits you bear in your life is as a result of what you planted in your soil, which is your heart.  No matter what is happening, your faith in God’s word would keep you from any evil.

In such times that the whole world is anxious about COVID-19, do not allow your heart to be filled with words that make you fearful. Remember, what Job said, what you fear would take a hold of you. Don’t be careless

anyway. Apply the simple rules of prevention, yet be very confident in God and His word about your security and protection. He says in Psalm 91:6 Thou shalt not be afraid …. for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. He said His angels shall keep watch over you. These are the things you must say about yourself. Believe in the divine life of God in you that destroys the power of disease in you. (Romans 8:2,2nd Timothy 1:10)

PRAYER

Lord I pray for all humanity, that men would turn to you in this moment. I pray that your word of security and safety would take a hold of all Christians. Father heal the sick who have been attacked by this pestilence. In Jesus name I pray.

FURTHER STUDIES

Psalms 91:3 KJV “Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler”.

Psalms 91:11 KJV” For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways”