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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.

REIGNING IN LIFE 9

KEY SCRIPTURE: Joshua 1:8  “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success”.

God’s word is man’s manual for living. It shows us what to do to please the Father. Now note this, whatever that pleases the Father, is our victory. Our blessing and our success. The Bible is a success book, success God’s way.

One of such revelations for success in the Bible is our key scripture Joshua 1:8, “This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it, day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it, for then you shall make your way prosperous and then, you shall have good success.

 A prosperous man is a free man. Kings are free people, God’s word shows us from this verse how to be prosperous and have a good success.

The Bible said, this book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night.  The word used for meditate in this verse is the Hebrew word “Hagah”.  This word means moan, growl, utter, muse, and mutter, meditate, speak and roar. It means to ponder over the word by speaking it to yourself. This would build the attitude of a winner into you and bring whatever the word says to pass..  Proverb 15:4 teaches us that “a wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness is a breach in the spirit”. What is a wholesome tongue? The one that speaks or declares the word of God.

The Bible instructs that we must not let the word depart from our mouth. This means we must not say something else.  Any other word, other than the word of God is unwholesome. It is perverseness, and it is a breach in the spirit. A breach is a fracture, a break, a ruin or shattering,. When we say what we are seeing and feeling instead of what the word says,  is called perverseness. This is an error in the spirit, and the results would be definitely wrong or bad.

Keep saying the scriptures day and night. If a sinful attitude and lifestyle wants to take over you, you must not say I am a sinner rather, you say I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (2nd Corinth 5:21) Say it day and night, then do as the word says. Do this for any condition you want to change. The word of God on your tongue, coming out with faith in your heart is just like God speaking those words..

As you keep declaring the truth, Jesus the high priest of our confession (Heb 3:1) would communicate to the Father on your behalf, who would dispatch angels for your assistance.(Heb 1:14)

CONFESSION

My mouth would declare only what the word says. Our Lord Jesus who is the High Priest of my confession, honours every word which is in line with His word. In this way, I make my way prosperous and I have good success.

FURTHER STUDIES

Hebrews 3:1 “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus”;

James 3:2 “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body”.

REIGNING IN LIFE 8

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 5:9 ” Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world”.

When God asked Moses to go get the children of Israel from the bondage of Egypt, he kept going to Pharaoh till he finally yielded. Moses kept going and each time he went, he said to Pharaoh, let my people go Exodus 5:1. The king kept resisting, yet Moses also kept demanding that Pharaoh allowed them to go.

In life nothing is taken on a silver platter. You must keep your persistence. Remember PERSISTENCE BREAKS RESISTANCE. Your persistence will surely cause whatever is resisting you to give way.  You must daily raise your voice against that thing.  It does not matter what it may be, by the package of abundance of grace on your side you can’t fail. Do not give up.  Dearly beloved we live in a natural physical world, yet there are unseen beings who seriously influence the cause of events. You must come to terms with the power that backs you.  The great work of our Lord Jesus wrought on the cross that settled every claim of divine justice.  The Bible said in Colossians 2:14 “Blotting out the hand writing of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross”. Our Lord Jesus has met EVERY demand that could make us vulnerable to the devil, past present, and the future

Please get this straight these demons know very well that our Lord Jesus has blotted out every handwriting of ordinance that was against and contrary to us,  yet they would attack on the grounds that these things are still opposing and contrary to us.  You must not keep your mouth shut.  Consistently declare to these devils or beings that Jesus has blotted out everything that opposed and demanded your destruction. Do not give up or stop till you are finally free. Whatever Jesus sacrificed to bring us liberty, is our right.  So long as you stand on the word insisting on it, it would be finally delivered into your hands.

Many of us easily yield to the resistance of the enemy and claim God does not want to do it for us. Hei! get your understanding well, if he did not want you to have it, why did Jesus pay for it in the first place?.  It is yours, insist on it.

  CONFESSION

Every blessing that our Lord Jesus sacrificed to obtain for me is mine,  and nothing is going to beat me out of it.  I will persist and steadfastly oppose the enemy till he gives in to my demands.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Deuteronomy 2:24  “Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle”.

1 Peter 5:8-9 ” Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world”.

 

REIGNING IN LIFE 7

KEY SCRIPTURE: “Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offences, your sins) pray (also) one for another, that you may be healed, and restored to a spiritual tone of mind and heart. The earnest (heartfelt) continued prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available (dynamic) in its working” AMP BIBLE. James 5:16.

The second part of our opening scripture gives us an age long truth to exercise authority. Authority is the right to use power.  Well, authority without power makes you extremely vulnerable.

Our opening scripture says the righteous man who prays from his heart and continues praying makes tremendous power available. In another sense he saturates himself with power.  This is dynamic in its action.  This means the power is not passive or dormant but very active, operative and brings results.

Prayer does not just go to God, it makes you to be enveloped in power. Sadhu Sundar Singh of India said, ‘praying makes God brood over you, like a mother hen broods over its chicks’. The more you pray, the more you are transformed to be like God’. Our Lord Jesus was a man of prayer. This is what the scripture testified about Him “And they were all amazed, and spoke among themselves saying, what a word is this! For with authority and power he commanded the unclean spirits and they came out“(Mark 1:27). Jesus did not only have words, he had power backing his words. We learn from the revelation in James 5:16 that his passionate prayer preparations provided power to prevail.

To reign in life you need to have power, supernatural power. Do not be a lazy Christian, spend time in His presence like the Lord Jesus did. Somebody said, “Authority is the right to command and be obeyed”. Power always give substance to authority.

Give yourself continually to prayer and you would never want power to exercise your rights.

  CONFESSION

Indeed a passionate, persistent prayer, preparations, provides power to prevail perpetually. I dedicate my life to prayer and I will never be ignored in this life.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Luke 3:21” Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,”

Acts 6:4 “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word”.

REIGNING IN LIFE 6.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”:

We continue with our discussions on reigning in life.  We would now consider another aspect of receiving the gift of righteousness of God that gives us access to possess the blessings of God.  This enables us to reign in this life.

Our key scripture informs us that “therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”. In our earlier discussion we said that when we made Jesus Lord over our lives, we were made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2nd Corinth.5:21).  This is a divine exchange. From our opening scripture, it reveals also that whenever we believe the word we are justified or made righteous.  This is a momentary righteousness conferred on any man who has faith in the word of God.

Genesis 15:6 reads “And Abram believed in the Lord, and He counted him for righteousness”. This gave him access to every blessing contained in the promise.

Apostle Paul writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit said in Romans 10:10 that “For with the heart man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”. Once again the Spirit is revealing that anytime we believe the word spoken to us, we are justified or made righteous. It is God’s way of saying, by believing my words you are faultless. There is no iota of sin or barrier to hinder you from partaking of the blessings.

Dear child of God, God places a very high premium on believing his word (John 6:28,29). So long as you believe you are totally acquitted of every error, and therefore, you are ready to take what belongs to you. The next step that delivers the answer into your hands is to declare with your mouth what you have believed. This is very vital. (Romans 10:10 2nd Corinthians 4:13).No matter how impossible the situation may seem, always believe in the Lord and what He says.

CONFESSION

My faith in God always justifies me or makes me righteous before God.  I believe every word from the mouth of God. I reign by possessing every promise given to me.

FURTHER STUDIES.

2 Corinthians 4:13 ,” 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;”

Mark 11:23  ” 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.”

REIGNING IN LIFE. 5

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:17 ” For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)”

We have learnt that we reign in life by abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. In our study for today we would consider the gift of righteousness.

This time,  it is ‘the’  ‘gift of righteousness’: this is a definite specific gift which is the same in quantity and quality for all who receive it Righteousness is God’s nature that He imparts to our spirit to live right(Rom 3:21&22).  2nd Corinthians 5:21 reads “for He has made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him”. This is a divine exchange. This transaction went on legally in the spirit and became effectual the very day we made Jesus Lord over our lives.

It is God’s nature, and one can’t increase or decrease it. Righteousness gives us a right standing before God.  Romans 4:25. Says “He was delivered for our offences and raised again for our justification”: The word justification also means righteousness. The very nature with which the Lord resurrected, is what we have presently. That is a nature without sin, without a past. It is a perfect righteous state.  No devil can hold any accusation against us. Settle quickly with the Lord any slips or shortcomings.

The Bible informs us that although we were enemies in our minds by wicked works, yet God has reconciled us in the body of the flesh of our Lord Jesus.  Through death He has presented us Holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.  (Colossians 1:21, 22). This is righteousness. We have been made Holy, unblameable and unreproveable.

“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion”. By this righteousness, stand boldly before any condition , knowing that God is behind every word you say(Jeremiah.1:12).  Give every command in boldness.  The devil cannot resist.

Demons are smart to accuse and place defiling thoughts in the minds of people. Resist such thoughts and accusations.  Don’t allow any thoughts of unworthiness to stay in your mind.  You are the righteousness of God in Christ.Jesus.

 CONFESSION

I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  God imparted His nature of righteousness to me.  I have a perfect standing before God every moment. No devil can resist my authority for it is the very authority of Jesus.

FURTHER STUDIES

Isaiah 54:17 ” No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD”.

Proverbs 28:1 ” The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion”.

REIGNING IN LIFE 4

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:17 ” For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)”

To reign in life is to live above the influence and the operations of the devil.  Satan has held most men under the sway of his works. He has deceived them and then controls them with sin, sickness and all sorts of evil activities. This ought not to be so, because, Jesus was manifested to destroy the works of the devil, and indeed he finished it. (1st John 3:8, John 19:30)

From our key scripture we reign by abundance of grace. And the gift of righteousness. We would consider abundance of grace for now.  Please note that the Bible did not say “the” abundance of grace.  That would have made it a definite amount for everyone.  Rather the scripture said, “abundance of grace”. This implies the amount of grace you obtain is dependent on how much you can receive. Now, the grace of God is everything Christ did for us which is made available for us through the Spirit, and is received by faith. God makes this divine provision for men in its fullness’s it is called ‘abundance of grace’.  John 1:16 states, “And of His fullness have all we received grace for Grace”. O what a grace,. It comes from His fullness. How much can you take? This is one part of God’s provision for us to be kings in this life.

The Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle Paul to pen the following amazing words in Colossians 2:9,10 “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in Him which is the head of all principalities and powers”. Let’s look at Colossians 2:10 from the amplified Bible “And you are in Him made full and having come to fullness of life (in Christ you are filed with the Godhead -Father, Son and the Holy Spirit – and reach full spiritual state). And He is the head of all rule and authority (of every angelic principality and power). This amplification of the scripture is so amazing.

In Him we have come to the fullness of life, explaining that in Christ we are filled with the Godhead – Father Son and the Holy Spirit – and reach full spiritual stature. All these is yours for the taking, if only you would believe it and live by it.

Receiving the abundance of Grace is believing or receiving these truths about you and living in the light of them. Resist anything that is not consistent with what God has provided (James 4:7)

 CONFESSION

God has given of His fullness to me.  I receive everyone of it that I will continue to reign in life. Sin, sicknesses and all satanic activities are subjected to me in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Peter 1:4  ” Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”.

Luke 10:19  ” Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you”.

REIGNING IN LIFE 3.

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 3:31 ” He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all”.

The Lord Jesus came from above and therefore is above all. The word ‘born again’ means to be born from above. We are also above all. Refuse to be dominated by evil.

Our Lord Jesus reigned in life. The word reign comes from the Greek word, which means “To be king”. To reign, therefore means to be a king. We must reign as kings. In this life. Kings rule by commands and decrees. Jesus did the same. He commanded the sea to be still, He commanded the fig tree to die (Mark 11:14) He commanded blind eyes to open. Start doing the same. (Mark 11:23)

How did the Lord Jesus reigned in this life?  He knew who He was. He knew what He had.  He knew He was righteous and the devil had nothing in Him. John 14:30 reads ” Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me”.

. Jesus knew He was the righteousness of God.  You can’t amount to anything special for God if you don’t know the level of investment God has made in you as well as the fact that you are God’s righteousness. (2nd Corinthians 5:21). The Lord knew the Father had given Him all authority over the devil. In His mind Satan was fallen or defeated.  Luke 10:18 “And He said unto them I beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven”.

One other thing the Lord did to establish a very strong faith in the Father was that, He always declared who He was.  He made statements like, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14::6). I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25), and many more.  Beloved these declarations established perfectly in His heart and mind who He was. He never encountered the enemy with an inferior attitude. He always felt superior to the enemy. He also saw every condition, no matter the severity of it, as something to be overcome.

We have to learn from His example. We must continually declare what the grace of God has made us.  We must declare our superiority over the devil.  (Luke 10:19). We must confess we are the righteousness of God and that we have a perfect standing before the Father. A man’s words will bridle his actions James 3:2.

Don’t stop saying who you are. These words which are perfectly in line with the scriptures establishes your superiority over the devil and His demons.

The Lord was a man of prayer.

 PRAYER ALWAYS SATURATES YOU WITH THE PRESENCE OF GOD.

 CONFESSION

I am a joint heir with Jesus. Whatever belongs to the Lord belongs to me.  I am superior to the devil. I am born from above and therefore l am above all. I am reigning in life.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Romans 8:17 ” And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together”.

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them”.