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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.

A GOOD YEAR

KEY SCRIPTURE: Philippians 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure”.

The future have always appeared mysterious to many people. The new year before us also look mysterious because we do not know what lies ahead in the New Year.   . Our key scripture gives us an assurance that the man without Christ does not know or have.  It says God is at work in us. The second part of the verse 12 says, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Your victory, success and comfort in the New Year is your salvation (note salvation is a very broad term: our eternal salvation is prime yet our liberty and victory in this life is our salvation as well).

You can’t live like the man who does not know God.  The one who made tomorrow and holds tomorrow is the person alive and working through you. How can you fail? You can boldly say this is a good year. You can even go further and say this is going to be the best year.  He is at work in you, and you can work out your salvation and have that glorious year you anticipate.  Challenges and difficulties may come, yet the greater one lives in you.

Verse 14 says do all things without murmuring or disputing.  This is very significant.  Our victory in life is tied to the words that proceed from our mouth. Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”. Your tongue holds the key to whether God would be mighty and win through you or would be paralyzed so the devil would have the upper hand over you.  Never speak against the word of God.  God is only powerful to function when we speak according to the word of God.

No matter the challenge you may face, declare that, the greater one lives in you (1st John 4:4) and he is at work in you.  Say to yourself, I have overcome and nothing can put me down. All you need to make your utterances come to pass is to believe what you say and then put action to what you are saying.  In this way, you would work out your salvation and every condition would fall in place.

Look into the year with excitement because it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure.

CONFESSION

Thank you heavenly father I can see a glorious year ahead, with victories all throughout the year.  In the name of Jesus every second, minute, hour and day would be victorious throughout this year

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 John 4:4 ” Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world”.

2 Corinthians 2:14. “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place”.

A DAY FOR THANKSGIVING AND PRAYER

KEY SCRIPTURE: Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God”.

Today is the last day in this year. Many may be saying, God has not done this or that.  Some may even be complaining about certain losses in their lives. Others may compare themselves with others.

This is not the time for any of these.  It is a time to thank the Lord for all His goodness and abundant mercies bestowed on us. You are not alive because you were so careful. It is not your efforts of any sort. It is by the mercies of God.  God has kept your heart functioning for a whole year, and you have to be grateful. We owe Him a lot of thanks. Thank the Lord no matter how things has been. The Bible says we must give thanks to the Lord in everything for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus. (1st Thessalonians 5:18).If there were some unfortunate events, God did not cause them. Satan is the cause of evil. Giving of thanks takes us out of the plans of the devil. The wish of the devil for you is not just that evil condition. His plans, is to get you bitter against God.

Please read what Satan said in Job 1:11 “But put forth thine hand now and touch all that he has and he will curse you to your face”. Satan’s intention is to break up the relationship between God and His children. If things have been bad, he wants you to curse God. Your Thanksgiving defeats the devil. Don’t let anything take away Thanksgiving from your lips.  Please spend some great deal of your time to thank the Lord.  There are a lot to be thankful about. Sing songs of praise to his name. You can add some dancing to appreciate Him the more.

This moment is also a time for prayer. In Job 38:12, 13 the Lord asked Job the following questions. “Have you commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the day spring to know his place. That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it”. The beginning of a new year is the morning of it and you must command it. The day spring is the early light. Command your light to arise and shine. Command the elements in the universe to favour you.  Speak against all that operate in darkness, programming evil, to be shaken out of their evil locations, and their works ineffective against you. Ask for God’s hand upon you to cause supernatural speed in the New Year (1st Kings 18:45, 46)

This is a day for Thanksgiving and prayer. I pray for all patrons of Simple Truth. Receive divine wisdom to excel in the New Year. Happy new year to you all.

   CONFESSION

Thank you Heavenly Father for such a glorious year. It’s been a year of your love and great provisions. Thank you Father.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Colossians 1:3. “We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you”,

Luke 18:1. “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”

PREPARING FOR THE NEW YEAR.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Luke 15:18 “I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee”,

As we come to the close of a year and just about to begin a new one, there are a few things every one of us must consider so as to make the necessary changes for an improvement in our lives.

Somebody once said, it is insane to do the same things and expect a different results.. Changing for the better life is a desire of every normal individual. Everyone of must take an inventory of our lives to see what we have achieved so far. Have we been able to attain to the goals we set for the year? I believe some have made very great strides. Others might have nothing to show.

The issue is, it does not matter whether, you have achieved much or not, there is the need to make certain changes for you to attain the best. The man who did not make any significant achievements must do more to go forward in life. In our key scripture the prodigal son came to himself and made a change. He considered his life and realised he had lost so much. He had to make very drastic changes. It was a very difficult change for him to make, yet without it his life will keep going down the drain.  He had to go back to his father. This was a herculean task. The first hurdle was, would the father accept him?  How would every other person receive or even think of him? What will his elder brother do? The challenge of the long distance of walking back to his father.  Be reminded that he went from home riding on a chariot to that far country. Having to make that long distance on his bare foot could be very depressive, yet he had to made it.  He put all the supposedly negative conditions behind, and took that first step. Failure to take that step could have meant his total annihilation from the earth. (That is, death for him)

Often change is very painful. Some changes may involve making very grave sacrifices.  It may even call for breaking up certain relationship that has not been very beneficial to you.  You might have gotten so used to that individual that separating may be like dying to you. Please do make that change. The change may call for saying sorry to somebody; Do it. You may have to close up some business and start a new one all over; do it: For the sake of your health some very adorable foods must be forgotten outright; please forget them. Do make a wise decision now. Take the first step to that change and keep at it, till your life receives that needed improvement.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father I thank you for all that you have done in my life till now, I receive grace to make every necessary change in my life for a corresponding improvement in my affairs in Jesus name I have prayed.

FURTHER STUDIES.

2 Corinthians 6:17 ” Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you”,

Matthew 21:29 ” He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went”.

PAULINE REVELATIONS: 102

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 3:10. “For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.”

We live in a time under a ministry that excels. The ministry of the New Testament is the Ministry of our Lord Jesus through us. This is why we are called Christians.

Moses and people under the old covenant had to obey certain laws so they could be justified. They had to circumcise and make certain blood sacrifices to be forgiven. Anyone who falls short of these laws is disqualified and condemned. I find it very unfortunate for certain people who call themselves Christians to claim they are living under the law.

In this new covenant or the New Testament our Lord Jesus according to Romans 10:4 says “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believes”. Praise the Lord. Believing in Jesus automatically makes the law fulfilled in us. This does not mean we live against the law, but we receive life, or the ability to manifest the righteousness of the Law. (Romans 8:3,4).

Once again in the ministry of the New Testament we have a glory that excels because it is the very glory that our Lord Jesus Himself had (Hebrews 2:10). We have been brought into glory, the very glory of our Lord Jesus. We are the fruits out of his planting through death.

Life in the New Testament is purely by faith in Christ to express Himself through us. We demonstrate righteousness by Christ in us. We meet health challenges by the life of Christ in us. This is why we conquer every problem   that rises against us. The manifestation of power and authority over the devil is purely by His (Jesus) authority. Oh! What a life. This is a glory that excels. Now do you see that we have a more glorious ministry than that of Moses, Elijah or Elisha and so on?

Just consider what Jesus said in Matthew 11:11 “Verily I say unto you. Among them that are born of women there hath not arisen a greater than John the Baptist, notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he”. All Christians are in the kingdom of heaven (Hebrews 12:22). We are greater than all of them.

Please let us stop living ordinary lives but decide to allow Christ in us to reign and express Himself   mightily through us to the world.

 CONFESSION

I have a ministry that excels. It is the Ministry of Christ in me and through me. I am greater them every challenge, power and attack for Christ in me is my life.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

Romans 8:37 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us”.

PAULINE REVELATIONS: 101

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 3:9 ” For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.”

We continue with the comparison between life and encounters in the New Testament and that of the old.

The ministration of the Old Testament or the law is called the ministration of condemnation. Some Christians pray and wish we were in the times of Moses and Elijah. Those times according to the revelation of the Holy Spirit given to Apostle Paul is called the ministration of condemnation. . Moses walked in the glory and power of God yet that glory was described as a passing glory. (1st Corinthians 3:7)

 If Moses era which manifested so much of the glory of God was called the ministration of condemnation, how much more would the ministration of righteousness be more glorious? Romans 8:1 says,” There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit”. The statement ‘who walk not after the flesh ‘ simply means those who live by faith. Living by faith is living by the word of God. The period of condemnation was the period when men lived by their works, they lived according to their self-efforts or by the flesh.

Living by the flesh, living by sight or by human reasoning places you in condemnation. No one can be justified by living according to the senses. The just shall always live by faith.(Rom 1:17) Faith in God places a man in the ministration of the Spirit or ministration  of righteousness. Righteousness is the same word for Justification in the Greek language. The life of true glory and power is never by one’s effort but by purely relying on the word of God revealed about our Lord Jesus.

Now please notice this; the word ministration also means service or servicing. It also means dispensing as a drug attendant dispenses his drugs.  In the New Testament we dispense, minister or serve by the Spirit. Everything about us should never proceed from self-effort. The life under the New Testament is counting on the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ to do all things. It means believing on the Lord Jesus, counting on what he is and has done to be ours. We live by his victory over sin. We live by his carrying away all our sicknesses to live in health. We live by his power to defeat the enemy. This is the glorious ministry of the New Testament.

 CONFESSION

I thank God for the new covenant. Now it is Christ living through me as I count on Him. This is a more glorious Ministry because it’s Christ alive in me.

 FURTHER STUDIES.

Galatians 2:20 ” 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”.

2 Corinthians 3:10 “For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth”.

PAULINE REVELATIONS: 100

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 3:6 ” Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life”.

The writings of Apostle Paul keep revealing powerful truths about the Christian. 

 Our key scripture is a completion of the earlier verse which says “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; God is our sufficiency. It is He who makes us qualified for whatever he calls on us to do.  We must not in any way think or suggest that we are sufficient of ourselves. God Himself is our ABILITY. This should take away every pride from our hearts. We must never feel incapable of handling any situation.

 In the light of what he said in verse five, He says we have been made able ministers of the New Testament .He exposes that the New Testament is of the Spirit while the Old Testament is the letter. To say the Old Testament is of the letter means the Old Testament has no spiritual provisions that enables us to do what it says.  In verse 6 the scripture says the letter kills. Why the law does kills? The law or the letter gives us instructions, demands and commands but provides no life or ability to fulfil them. Everyone under the law is helpless and in bondage.

Romans 8:3a states the following “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh…..”. Man because of the fall has sin in his flesh that makes him incapable to do what the law says. Under the New Testament we have the ministry of the Spirit and not the letter. Man under the New Testament is not left at the mercy of the law but has the support of the Spirit which gives us life to do what it tells us.

In verse 7 the Bible calls the law the ministration of death. This ministration of death is what came on the face of Moses shining such that the children of Israel could not look on the face of Moses. . (Exodus 34:29-30). The scripture added that this glory was done away. The ministration of the Spirit is indeed more glorious. We have a glorious ministry than Moses had.

Our study teaches that Christians have been specially endowed with Grace and made capable to live by the ability of the Spirit so we would be able to bring glory to our heavenly father.

 CONFESSION

Thank God for this great life. I have received the ability of the Spirit to live a higher life bringing the glory, power and praise of my heavenly father into reality in the midst of men.

FURTHER STUDIES.

2 Corinthians 3:7″  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:”

2 Corinthians 3:9.  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

PAULINE REVELATIONS: 99

KEY SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”

God is faithful and would not forget the labour of every helper. The role of a helper always calls for sacrifices often without any physical rewards. Many are tempted to give up.

There has been instances that some helpers have been dishonoured, mistreated or despised. This may cause a helper to become bitter and decide to stop his activities. Dear brother or sister who have been of help to the body of Christ, or a man of God under whom you have served yet you’ve being maligned, mistreated or despised. Understand you are not serving a man, but you are serving our Lord Jesus Christ. The church is the body of Christ (1st Corinthians 12:27). Anything you do for the church is done for the Lord Jesus.

Our key scripture says God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which you have showed towards his name, in that ye served the saints. God is a rewarder. Nobody does a kind deed for God that He (God) does not reward. When the Lord used Peter’s boat, He asked them to cast their net for a drought. Although they had failed to catch any fish earlier, Peter obeyed and caught so much fish that, their partners had to come help them draw the catch. This even caused their net to break.

In 1st Corinthians 15:58 apostle Paul exhorts as follows, “Therefore my beloved brethren be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as you know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord”. Dear helper in the house of God, your labour is never going to be in vain. God would reward your great sacrifices. Never lose sight of your rewards. Now note this: there are two phases of God’s rewards. There is the reward you receive here on this earth and there is the reward you receive in heaven. In Mark 10:9-10 the Lord Jesus taught His disciples that anyone who sacrifices his life to serve him shall receive a hundred fold of all that, he or she have forsaken, including brothers and sisters with persecution. God does not wait till you get to heaven before you are rewarded. He will certainly “pay” you here in your life time and then in heaven.

CONFESSION

I would never give up on any good work I am doing for the Lord. God is a rewarder of all those who would diligently seek Him. I would certainly have my reward here in this life as well as the world to come.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Hebrews 11:6 ” 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”.

Mark 10:30 “But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life”.