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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.

PRAY ALWAYS

KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 6:18 KJV” Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”;

Apostle Paul after talking about putting on various parts of the armor of God, added that the believer must pray always. In his discourse he does not refer prayer to any specific part of the armor yet admonishes the believer to pray always. 1st Thessalonians 5:17, says pray without ceasing. Prayer should not be an adhoc practice. It must be consistent. Prayer should not just be a religious practice, but a vital activity that one does because, it yields results. Please note, religion is any lifestyle that one does certain practices to satisfy his conscience that he has pleased the Lord. . Christian activities are not religious. They are activities done through the agency of the Holy Spirit that brings real changes or transformations in an individual’s life. The scripture said, pray in the Holy Ghost.

There are various kinds of prayer. Each kind of prayer has its specific rules. You may visit my website for a study into the various kinds of prayer. Please note this, A PRAYERFULLY PREPARED PERSON PREVAILS PERPETUALLY. This was demonstrated by our Lord Jesus. He prepared his future ministry through prayer. He spent forty days in prayer and fasting. He was so consistent in His life of prayer that His disciples asked Him to teach them to pray. (Luke 11:1) In Luke 18:1 He gave a parable to this wise that men ought always to pray and not to faint. Life is spiritual, and no man must be casual about life. Prayer is a high spiritual activity that engages God the divine one in the affairs of mortal men. Some people claim, there are certain people in certain communities who do not pray at all yet things are getting on well with them. Dear reader please listen attentively to this. The most vital and important aspect of men’s life on the earth is not how good things are or is experiencing, but rather, what is the state of the soul of man in relation to God. Most of these people are spiritually dead. What does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and lose his soul?

Make prayer a vital part of your life. Pray from your heart to the Lord. The word prayer is from the Greek word. ‘prosechomai’. This literally means, to turn your desire towards God. Prayer is an expression of your desire unto the Lord. This is the reason the Bible says. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16). The amplified bible put it this way, the earnest (heartfelt continued) prayer of a righteous man, makes tremendous power available, dynamic in its working. Your desire is very paramount in making strong effective prayers.

PRAYER

Thank you, heavenly father for the privilege of prayer. I receive divine intervention into every condition as I pray diligently. Through intercessory prayers many lives are touched and converted.

FURTHER STUDIES

James 5:17 KJV ” Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months”.

Isaiah 38:5 KJV” Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years”.

USING THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Revelation 1:16 KJV “And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength”.

The word of God from our mouth is a two-edged sword that destroys every opposition at the very first declaration. No devil under any condition can resist the authority and power of the word of God. Our father has called us into a life of revealing His glory. This is possible as we defeat the devil in various life encounters through the word. Using the sword of the Spirit is a sure way of manifesting God’s glory. In our previous study we looked at how David used God’s word to defeat Goliath. Please understand that it is always the sword of the Spirit that fights and defeat the devil not your feeling or your reasoning. It will always overcome any difficulty that you may face.

We would consider how the master Jesus applied the sword of the Spirit to raise Jairus daughter, who was dead. Mark 5:36–41. After Jesus had agreed to go with Jairus to heal his sick daughter some people came to him and told him that the daughter had died and should not disturb the master. Jesus used the word and said to him, be not afraid only believe (verse 36). When he got to the house of Jairus there were mourners who were deeply weeping. The Lord quickly used the word at this instant. Verse 39b: …… Why make ye this ado and weep? the young girl is not dead but is asleep. The Bible said they laughed him to scorn. Note the word of God applied to life issues may seem to be nonsense, yet do not let the words and actions of men stop you.

The Lord went on and put the people out of the room, leaving Jairus, his wife, as well as a few of His disciples who were with Him. The final act was to ask the dead child to rise up, and she rose up when the Lord asked her to rise up. You must speak the word expressing your confidence in God. Do not allow the anticipated reaction of people to silence you. God would want to prove His power against unbelief of men. It is always in God’s interest to find a people who are faithless, yet through your readiness to stand for God and His word, you boldly say what God would do, so that in the end these people would come to faith in Him. Feed your soul and spirit with the word so you would always have something to use.

CONFESSION

I keep the word in my heart and have absolute confidence in the word. I speak the word in every condition, no matter how severe it may be, for God’s word is superior to every situation

FURTHER STUDIES

Ephesians 3:20 KJV “Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us”,

Hebrews 13:5&6 KJV” Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me”.

USING THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT

KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 6:17 KJV “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of GOD”:

THE mouth is the main organ in the human body used mainly to apply the sword of the Spirit. The mouth is called in Greek ‘ Stoma’ which is interpreted as, the edge of a weapon. If the word of God is the sword of the Spirit, then our mouth, described in Greek as the edge of a weapon must mainly say God’s word for a victorious life. Your mouth is a weapon to release the weapon of the spirit, the word of God. Failure to use it that way is your own failure and defeat in life.

An example of the right application of the word of God was when David encountered Goliath. (1st Samuel 17) David began by speaking to the people around him that he can go and kill the Giant and take off the reproach from Israel. King Saul heard it, yet David kept declaring that he would go and defeat the giant. Applying the sword means speaking consistently to express absolute confidence in God.

When he met Goliath, Goliath started cursing David by his gods, and David responded by saying I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom you have defiled. He added, this day God will deliver you into mine hands. Every life conflict is a warfare and it is won on the terms of how positive you can use the word of God. David kept speaking and declaring what God will do. He said, all the assembly shall know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into my hands.

David did not plan to speak that way, but spoke as an overflow of his relationship and faith in God. Take time to build your confidence in God. In every life conflict express that confidence by declaring that God is in control and will make everything turn out to his glory. Never say anything that reveals weakness on the part of God. This dishonours Him and hinders God’s hands from coming through for you. Remember, the battle is the Lord’s and you are a representative for God. At that instant, speak on His behalf so He would do what only He can do. You can’t do that miraculous act, so give God the opportunity by saying He will do it and then act like He is about to do it.

CONFESSION

 GOD’ S word in my mouth is my sword to cut the enemy to size. I speak out the word always declaring God’s power and victory over every life conflict. All situations no matter how difficult it seems always bows to the authority of the word.

FURTHER STUDIES

Jeremiah 1:12 KJV “Then said the LORD unto me, thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it”.

Mark 11:23 KJV” For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith”.

THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT

KEY SCRIPTURE: “Ephesians 6:17 KJV and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”

The next armour to carry or use is the word of God. The Bible calls it the sword of the Spirit. In the new testament, there are two different words in Greek translated as word. These words are logos and rhema. Logos refers mainly to the written word, whiles rhema refers mainly to the spoken word.  Rhema refers to a specific word from God at a specific moment of which a child of God declares, speaks forth or acts upon. In the scripture above the word in Greek for ‘word of God’ is Rhema. For warfare against Satan and his cohorts you speak out a specific word inspired by the Holy Spirit.

In Hebrews 4:12, the Bible reveals what the ‘rhema’ of God, or the spoken inspired word is and its potency. Heb 4:12 KJV” For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. “In this verse the Bible reveals that the rhema or spoken word is living. The word is a person. It is also powerful, which means it is active, operative and effective. It has power to bring to pass whatever it says. It is also sharper than any two-edged sword. In the Greek language the word translated ‘sharper’ have the meaning to strike ones. This suggests that, when you speak the word against any situation it dismantles that thing at the very first stroke. Hebrews 4:13, also reveals “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do”. Dear child of God, whenever you speak out the word in faith against any condition, please know that, every wrong condition becomes helpless, naked and cannot be hidden.

When Satan tempted the Lord Jesus at the commencement of His ministry, the Lord kept telling the devil it is written. In Luke 4:12, the Lord no longer said it is written but said, ‘it is said……’ At this instant He spoke a rhema. May you be sensitive to the Holy Spirit to say the inspired word of God for a specific condition to overcome the enemy. Speak the word all the time. Don’t just reason out from a human point of view, say what God says and you would stop the advancing enemy in every contest. Faith in your heart and the word spoken is just like the Father Himself speaking.

CONFESSION

The word spoken in faith against the devil, dominates him and his works. I will continue to use God’s word daily in every situation. The word gives me victory continually.

FURTHER STUDIES

Revelation 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.”

Psalms 119:89 KJV LAMED. Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

HOPE OF JESUS' RETURN

KEY SCRIPTURE :1 John 3:3 KJV “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure”.

The hope of the Lord’s return is a very important factor for a Christian’s stability and an upright life. There is no Christian who has the hope of the Lord’s return who would live anyhow. The scripture said, such a one will purify himself even as He is pure. The coming of the Lord has so many things to inspire us unto a very serious and committed life. 2Peter 3:11 KJV “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,”. We have to distinct ourselves in all that we do.

Now what are some of the things that His second coming would bring to us?

1.The first thing that the coming of the master would bring us is the great marriage supper with the bride or the church. (Matt 26:29)

2. There would be   the separation of the sheep from the goat, or the righteous from the sinners. Matthew 25:33. And He will cause the sheep to stand at His right hand, but the goats at His left. Everyone who is not born again is a goat including those who claim to be born again, yet Jesus is not Lord of their life in practice. Every person who is born again, and indeed Jesus is Lord of his life is a sheep. The goat will be cast into the lake of fire and the sheep would be accepted into glory.

3. At His coming believers would be rewarded and crowned for their works. Everyone’s works would be judged according to his or her motives. (1st Corinth 3:13)

4. There is a crown of righteousness for all those who would love to see Him come (2nd Timothy 4:8)

5. There would be a crown of life for all those who endure temptation to the end. (James 1:12)

6 Shepherds who serve well shall receive a crown of glory (1 Peter 5:4)

7. The souls we have won would also be crowns for us (Phil 4:1,1st Thessalonians 2:19)

The coming of our Lord has so much to bring to us. These crowns would determine your status in the heavenly kingdom. In the light of all these what kind of persons are you going to be? There is a certainty of His coming, and so live in readiness of His coming. This is the essence of having on the helmet of salvation.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father, I pray that the Holy Spirit would stir in me a desire and an awareness of the second coming of the Lord. I pray for the church of God as a whole to live in the light of the second coming of Jesus.

FURTHER STUDIES

2Timothy 4:8 KJV “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing”.

1 Corinth 3:13 KJV “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”

THE HELMET OF SALVATION

KEY SCRIPTIRE: Ephesians 6:17 KJV “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”

Our reason for going through these studies is to raise strong and healthy Christians. A strong Christian would stand for God in all His dealings. He does not give in to the dictates of the flesh, to walk in sin. Such a person lives daily to obey what the word says. He also lives out various Christian disciplines like, daily quiet time, prayer, fellowship with other Christians, fasting, giving and a sincere love for the brethren. He is an ardent soul winner. A strong Christian, lives with heaven on his mind. He is cautious of the fact that He must act rightly all the times, so that he would be ready to meet the Lord whenever he comes for the saints. This is a picture of a man who is strong in the Lord.

The next part of the Armour to put on, is the helmet of salvation. Let’s look at what the following verse says about it. 1Thessalonians 5:8 KJV “But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation”. This explanation by apostle Paul shows us what the helmet of salvation is, and is supposed to do. The phrase ‘Hope of salvation’ refers to the believer’s hope of the coming of our Lord to finally end all human pain and sorrows. Revelations 21:4 KJV “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away”. This is our hope

Hope is something one anticipates or expects to happen. As an helmet, it is meant to protect the head. In times of trials and grave difficulties that the believer may be going through, the hope for a glorious end keeps him strong to go through the trials. He has an assurance that everything would be over. Hope is very important for a child of God against all distresses due to persecutions and wickedness of men. Put on the helmet of salvation all the time. The Lord is indeed coming back again, and every child of God must live in anticipation of His glorious return, to receive us unto himself. Any Christian without this hope has no helmet on his head and would be an easy prey for the devil.

CONFESSION

Dear heavenly father, I put on the helmet of salvation, which is a hope for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ My life is full of joy because I know that I have a glorious end, no matter the persecutions that the enemy may raise against me.

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 8:23 KJV” And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body”.

Romans 8:24 KJV” For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

THE LAW OF FAITH

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 3:27 KJV “Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of FAITH”.

There is a law of faith as stated in our key scripture. In this context, a law is a principle that will deliver or function when the parameters for its operation are in place or applied. This law of faith is clearly stated in the fourth chapter of the book of Romans.

The law of faith functions on the following terms:

1.There must be a statement or promise from the mouth of God that your faith must be based.

In Abraham’s case God said, Romans 4:17 KJV (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

God said he had made him the father of many nations. This was the word on which his faith was based. In your case find the scriptural promise that speaks about what you desire.

2. You must believe that word. Abraham believed God’s promise. Believing in what the father says makes you justified. Romans 10:10a ” For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”. Note also that, this believe is in the heart, and not the head.

3. Confess that what God has said is established before the answer would materialize or manifest.

Abraham started calling himself the father of many nations. Abraham used to call himself Abram which means exalted father for twenty-four years and nothing happened. In the very year he started calling himself the father of many nations the wife became pregnant. When he used to confess the name Exalted father, that is Abram, he was not declaring the answer, but saying something else. Note: God calls those things which be not as though they were.

If you were sick and have believed the scripture that says Himself took our infirmities and bore our diseases, start saying he has taken your diseases and so you are healed. It goes for every other thing you seek to get. (Mark 11:23,24)

4. Start acting that you have the answer.

In the case of Abraham, He gave glory to God. He said something like, I am the father of many nations, glory be to God, and everything   concerning me is well.

Faith must always behave by confessing the answer and acting the answer. When this is done your faith would yield results for you.

CONFESSION

I believe every promise of God concerning my desire is established. I am blessed in every way. In Jesus name I have whatever I requested. I am healthy, and prosperous.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Corinth 4:13 KJV” We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak”;

James 2:26 KJV” For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

Mark 11:23 KJV” For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith”.