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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.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 6:13 ” Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God”.

The next action word to consider is yield. The word yield in the Greek language means to stand beside or to place besides. In our modern language it means to present, to provide or to make available.

This point is very vital in our call to stay away from sin and live unto righteousness. Romans 12:1 reads “I beseech you therefore, brethren by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies as living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service”. The scripture asks us to give up ourselves unto God. We must present our lives in trust to the Lord.

We must not give ourselves to the wrong appetites of our flesh. Romans 8:10 says “If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin…” The body should not be your master or leader. Give this body over to the Lord.

The first part of our body to be yielded unto the Lord is our mind. The mind is the steering wheel of the body. What occupies the mind controls and directs the body. Yield the mind unto the word of God. Let the considerations and meditations of the mind continually be on the word of God. Satan and his demons know very well that if they are able to take over the mind they can control the rest of the body and make it do what they want. Yield your mind by thinking on things that are scriptural. Philippians 4:8 says “Finally my brethren whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue and if there be any praise think on these things”  if children of God would only yield their minds to the above prescription on what to think about wrong actions would have no place.

We also have to yield our bodies to doing good things. Give yourself to the study of the Bible, yield your body to joining other believers in worship, yield your body to prayer, fasting and helping the needy.  As you give yourself to doing things that honour God, you would always receive the ability to do that which honours God.

You are dead to sin so yield your members to the things of God. Use your tongue to reject wrong suggestions or feelings that impresses on your mind. Say no to anything that opposes the way of God. Say yes to God’s way.

 CONFESSION

I am dedicated to God and His way. I yield my whole being to whatever the spirit says. My life is a revelation of God’s glory.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Romans 12:2 ” And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good …

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 6:11 “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

In our previous study we looked at the first action to take so we would be able to live above the demands of sin.

I wish to make a few points proceeding out of the previous study clear. We learnt that because we died with Jesus the body of sin was destroyed and therefore sin no longer lives in us. The question that many would ask is, why are we tempted or even have the desire to Sin as Christians? I would answer this question by taking us to the time of Adam and Eve. Before Adam and Eve sinned, did they have any sinful nature? The answer is no, yet they were tempted and sinned against God.

Their state was like the present state of the Christians. The challenge we have is we live in a body made from the earth. This earthly body has appetites and desires relating to its source. The urge to satisfy these appetites, may not have any spiritual or negative influence but by virtue of the fact that, our bodies are of the earth, and would go for the things of this earth.

Our Lord Jesus did not have any sin nature in him, yet he got hungry after He fasted, because He had an earthly body. It was His relationship to the Father and the understanding He had coupled with His decision to honour God always that put Him in state never, to sin, no matter the temptation.

Please let us take the scripture as the Bible reveals it. In our crucifixion with Jesus the body of sin is destroyed. The body of sin, no longer resides in you. Colossians 2:11 says “In whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands in putting of the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Jesus”. In this instant the Bible teaches that through the crucifixion with Jesus the body of the sins of the flesh has been put off.

Dear child of God you don’t have the nature of sin in your flesh now. Don’t think of yourself as a sinner. Every desire and urge to do wrong may either be your flesh yearning for something wrong or a demon stirring up that wrong desire in you.

In this light our key scripture comes into play. It reads “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin but alive unto God through Christ Jesus our Lord”. To reckon means to count it as truth.

Let your mind come to such a decision and consciousness. After knowing, you must acknowledge and accept that you are indeed dead unto sin but alive unto God.

 CONFESSION

I am crucified with Jesus and I know as a certainty that I am dead to sin but alive unto God. Sin cannot rule over me.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Romans 6:7. For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Romans 6:14. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law but under grace.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 6:1 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”

In Romans chapter six Apostle Paul through the inspiration of the Spirit teaches the church of God how to lead an overcoming life free from the control of sin.

He begins by correcting those who misunderstood what he said earlier that when sin abound grace also did much more abound. The argument was that if it was so, then should we continue sinning so grace would keep abounding?  He answered this misunderstanding in the following study.

Apostle Paul argues in verse 2 that how shall we who are dead to sin live any longer there in? The Christian died with Jesus unto sin. Sin is alive and active but through our Lord Jesus we are dead to it. How does the Christian live or apply the scriptures such that he or she would continually to live above the deceptions of sin?

In the apostles discourse he made use of certain VERBS which we have to identify and act on. They are as follows:

  1. Romans 6:6 ” knowing this that our old man is crucified with Him (Christ), that the body of sin might be destroyed, that from now on we should not serve sin.
  2. Romans 6:11 “Likewise reckon you also see yourself to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord”.
  3. Romans 6:13 “Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin: but yield yourself to God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God”.
  4. Romans 6:16 “Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey his servants you are to whom you obey whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness.

In Romans 6:6 the verb or action word for our consideration is that, we must know: It means you must learn to know. Know that your old man, which was a slave to sin, is crucified with Christ. Until you know you remain in the dark. Many Christians still think that they’re ruled by the old man and are slaves to sin. Some still believe the old man is in them, in the sense that, they are half sinners and half righteous. The Bible says get the truth. Our old man was crucified with Jesus, and that the body of sin might be destroyed or rendered ineffective. This word ‘might’ is not in the permissive sense but in the causative sense. It means if the old man is crucified then the body of sin would be ineffective. You have to know this fact.

  CONFESSION

I know that my old man was crucified with Jesus so the body of sin is destroyed. I lead a crucified life as I continually remain dead to sin and alive unto God and righteousness.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Galatians 2:19 “For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God”.

Apostle Paul once again reveals a truth that is an answer to the struggle for many people. In the key scripture he states that through the law he is dead to the law that he might live unto God. This statement expresses his victory over sin as a result of the weakness of the flesh.

In Romans chapter seven he reveals the great struggle of many who have not come to terms with the reality of the gospel. Apostle Paul in Romans 7 shows how sin taking advantage of the commandment or the law slew him. Romans 7:11 “for sin taking occasion by the commandment deceived me and by it slew me”. From here he went on to state the fact that the law is holy and just but it slew him. Why did that which is holy and just made him a slave? “ The answer is` that sin was alive in him and therefore the law only exposed his weakness which has always been there.  He lamented that the good things he wanted to do, he is not able to do them, but the wrong things that he dislikes that he commits”. He further asked the following question in Romans 7:24, and finally exclaimed “O wretched man that I am who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

Are you at your wits end? The answer is in the gospel of our Lord Jesus. The Lord Jesus was delivered for our offences, (Romans 4:25). This means he died for us and in our name. His death also meant the condemnation of sin in our flesh. Romans 8:3 “for what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” The death of our Lord Jesus meant the destruction of the power of sin in our flesh (Romans 6:6). If you have believed in Jesus, then sin’s power through the law is, destroyed and therefore you are free. In effect your old man is dead to the law and the new man is alive unto God.

 Don’t accept the power of sin over your life. In Christ the sin question is totally answered .Jesus died not only to forgive our sins, but also to break the power of sin over our lives. .

   CONFESSION

I am crucified with Jesus. This means I am dead to the sin and it has no power over me. I now live unto God in righteousness and true Holiness.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Romans 7:25” I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin”.

Romans 8:4 “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

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KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 1:9 “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Our key scripture is one of the amazing insights which the Apostle Paul received through the Holy Spirit. He said God is faithful by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

This verse on face value may look like our fellowship with our Lord Jesus is in the sense of the devotion that may exist between us and Him. Well, this fellowship goes beyond praying to Him, It is sharing His oneness with our Lord Jesus. The scripture said this is what we have been called into or appointed to be. He begins by saying that God is faithful. His faithfulness ensures that everything that is concerned with this fellowship between us and the Son of God is established. The word fellowship has the following meaning, association, community, communion, joint participation, intercourse. It also means to share that which one has in anything.

In 1st Corinthians 6:17 the Holy Spirit brings forth the meaning of this word fellowship more clearly. It reads “He that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit”. We have been called into oneness with the Lord Jesus Christ. This makes us partakers of whatever He the Lord is and has. This is the mystery of Christianity. It is a call to be one with Jesus Christ. This oneness is not by our efforts or making. It is purely an act of God’s grace. Something that God did through our Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews 2:10 “For it became him for whom are all things and by whom are all things in bringing many sons unto glory…”. Our Lord Jesus Christ through His death has brought everyone who has believed in Him into glory. That is fellowship with Him.

Apostle Paul rightly hits on this in Ephesians 3:8 as follows “Unto me who am less than the least of all saints is this grace given that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ”. This unsearchable riches is discovered in our oneness with Him or our fellowship with Jesus. Our key scripture assures us that God is faithful who ensures that everything within this union is enforced.                                         John chapter 15, reveals clearly our oneness or fellowship with the Lord Jesus in the parable of the Vine and the branches the father is described as, the husbandman or caretaker. He ensures that all we need to be fruitful is made available.  Dear child of God, you have every provision to live presently on this earth like our LORD JESUS. Throw away all human traditions and act on the word of God. Act in His name and the faithful Father would always honour your actions.

 

CONFESSIONS.

I have been called into oneness with my Lord Jesus, to manifest His power and authority to lead a victorious life .My life reveals His glory and power, conquering sin and diseases in Jesus name.

 

 

FURTHER STUDIES.

John 4:17” Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”

John 17:18 “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.”

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

A very vital part of the spiritual warfare is praying for all Christians. The enemy has the advantage when the church is divided and weak. A very strong United Church means a strong individual members.

Apostle Paul in almost all of his epistles prayed for the churches. He longed to see all the churches grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord.

The following are some of the prayer points He prayed for the churches and we could also learn from them and pray likewise for fellow believers worldwide.

1st Corinthians 1:6-8

  • Pray that the testimony of Christ may be confirmed in the brethren.
  • Pray that the Christians come behind in no gift as they wait for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Pray that they would be blameless at the day of our Lord Jesus Christ (that is at His coming).

Ephesians 1:15-19

  • Continue to thank God for the life of all saints.
  • Ask that our Heavenly Father will give unto the saints the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.
  • Pray that their eyes of understanding would be flooded with light, that they may know what the hope of their calling is.
  • Pray that they may also know what is the riches of the glory of Christ’s inheritance in the saints.
  • Pray that they may also know the exceeding greatness of His power to them which believe, which is according to the working of His mighty power which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead.

Ephesians 3:14-19

  • Pray that God would, out of His riches of His glory, strengthen all believers with might by His Spirit in the inner man.
  • Pray that Christ will dwell in their hearts by faith
  • Pray that they would be rooted and grounded in love.
  • Pray that they would comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height of the love of God.
  • Pray that they would know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that they would be filled with all the fullness of God

Philippians 1:9-11

  • Pray that the love of Christians would abound more and more.
  • Pray that their love will also abound in knowledge and in all judgement.
  • Pray that they may approve of things that are excellent.
  • Pray that they may be sincere and live without offence till the day of Christ.
  • Pray that they would be filled with the fruits of righteousness through our Lord Jesus Christ unto the glory and praise of God.

The above prayer points are some of the prayer points we could be praying for fellow Christians and ourselves as well. These are scriptural and are of the Spirit. The need to pray for fellow believers is very necessary in these last days that Satan had vomited every kind of unclean thing to deceive and to defile.

PRAYER

I pray the spirit of the Lord will stir in the hearts of all believers a strong desire to intercede for one another and to do it scripturally in the name of the Lord Jesus I have prayed. Amen.

FURTHER STUDIES.

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

Colossians 1:11 “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;”

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

In the part “b” of the key scripture the apostle admonishes all believers to maintain a habit of praying for all Christians. He says, they must watch there unto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

The church is a body of believers. We form a mighty army fighting on behalf of our master on the earth to manifest His glory by bearing fruits of righteousness and saving souls for heaven. The church is not only the congregation you belong to. It is the body of all believers in Jesus our Lord worldwide. Satanic onslaught is against the church as a whole. As much as he attacks individuals his prime motive is to weaken the bigger body so it will not be effective in its core mandate.

When you realise believers are not passionate about winning the lost, then there is a need for persistent prayers for the church. When various denominations compete with each other about how big their congregations are, or how big their church building is, then there is a great need for intercession. It becomes more serious when the church becomes lukewarm, Christian’s are worldlier and a desire for a holy life is very remote to a number of Christians.

The call to be watchful, that is stay up and not to sleep so you would pray for the church is very vital. He said we must persevere in our prayers for the saints. Why persevere? Because it is one of the areas the devil fears so much, when Christians start praying for one another. Most believers have become so selfish.’ It is me and my church or worse still me and my family.’

Dear child of God, God our Father does not see His body as a divided people, but one body. It is we men who see ourselves as different groupings. Before God, it is one big body. The need for a strong, body committed to its call mandate is very necessary. The Lord desires that the church would be a ready bride that is awaiting His coming without spot or wrinkle. Stop looking down on other denominations. Stop saying this or that church is weak. That so called weak church, is that one big body with that weak part and needs strengthening. Make it your task to seek the Lord’s face till His fire comes upon them all, so we will have that one strong body of believers.

 PRAYER

O God our Father open our eyes to know and understand your passion for a well and strong body of saints, conquering the forces of darkness to lift high your banner in these last days. Touch our hearts to intercede for one another till we see that change you desire for your body.

FURTHER STUDIES

Ephesians 4:13” Till us all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”:

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