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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.

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 17.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 4:24 “And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given”.

We would look at the last part of our verse of discussion Mark 4:24 which reads “and unto you that hear shall more be given”.

God, acts on His words. Where there is no word of God, there is no substance for the Spirit of God to work with.

 Galatians 3:5 shows us how God works miracles ” He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith”.  The phrase “the hearing of faith”, means “the hearing that produces faith”. The presence of God’s word in you always gives birth to faith.

The scripture said “and unto you that hear shall more be given”. Every man who hears, has the word in him. The word in you would produce your miracle

Now the real challenge is how to keep the word in you. Satan’s attacks against the Christian is to prevent him from keeping the word in his heart. When the Lord Jesus was explaining the meaning of the parable of the sower, he said about the seeds that fell on the stony grounds this way, ” And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended”. (Mark 4:17) The affliction came because of the word in him. Now to be ‘offended’ means to give up on the word. Don’t give up on the word. One major reason for Satan’s attacks is to get you to give up on the word from your heart.

You can’t be denied your miracle so long as you have the word in your heart. Remember it is the ground with the planted seeds that would germinate and bear fruits.  Stop giving attention to the problem. Focus on the word and your miracle would not be denied.

 If you have the word in you, then you would surely receive your miracle.

  CONFESSION

God’s word in me is the seed for my miracles. I focus always on the word which gives birth to my miracles.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Hebrews 4:12, “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”.

Isaiah 55:3 ” Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David”.

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS 16

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 4:24 ” And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given”.

We continue with our discussion on Mark 4:24 as we consider the statement “….with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you….”  We learnt that this statement means that God responds to us according to our response to what He has said to us.

One way to respond positively to God is to believe what He has said and then to confess what He has said (2nd Corinth 4:14, Rom 10; 9 & 10). According to Hebrews 13:5-6  ” 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”. God has given us His word so we could speak in agreement with what

 He has said. In Joshua 1:8 He says we must keep the word of God in our mouth day and night. Confessing God’s word has a way of placing the word in our hearts as well as assisting us to do what the word says. One of the responses God expects us to give his word is to say what the word says and to do as He has said.

Our next response to God’s word that allows God to also meet us, is to give praise and glory to Him for what He has said to us. This is seen in the experience of Abraham in Rom 4:19” He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God”. He did not complain but counted God faithful by glorifying Him for what He has done. No matter what may be going on around don’t stop praising God for what he has said to you.

The next response to give to God’s word is to be at rest about what God has said. Hebrews 4:9-10 ” There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his”. Anxiety about any situation shows no confidence in what God has said. We express our confidence in Him, when we are at rest about what the Lord has said.

God has assured us that whosoever response positively to what He has said would always receive a corresponding response from Him. Please do what the word says as it is shown in our study for today and you would always have a testimony to the glory of God.

 CONFESSION

God is not a man to lie, He has always done what He has said. I respond positively to His word and therefore, always have a testimony to His glory.

FURTHER STUDIES

Hebrews 4:2-3 ” 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. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, as I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world”.

Romans 4:21-22 ” And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness”.

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 15

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 4:24 ” And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given”.

In our study for today we will look at the second aspect of the verse, Mark 4:24. This says, “With what measure you mete, it shall be measured back to you”.

The meaning of this statement is, you receive from the word according to your response to the word. God’s word is the same for everyone. It is how each person responds to the word that matters.

In the parable of the sower various hearts or people gave different responses. Mark 4:14-20. Some did not bear any fruit at all. Others bore some fruits but in different quantities. Mark 4:20 ” And these are they which are sown in good ground, such as hear the word and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty fold, some sixty fold and some an hundred”.

Why did some bear more fruits than the others? The answer is, they responded differently. The Lord gave us some clues in Matthew 12:35 as to how this happens. He said, “a good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things; and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things”. He said your products or produce depends on how you treasure the word. Treasuring the word involves giving the word the attention and allowing it to fully dominate you.

 One’s ability to bear fruit depends on how much he keeps the word in his heart. James 1:25 also had this to say. “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed”. This man continuous to look at the word, keeps it in his heart, and acts on what he is looking at. Beloved getting results from God’s word is not God’s responsibility, it is our effort and commitment.

The book of proverbs 4:20-22 says the same thing “My son attend to my words, incline thine ears unto my sayings, let them not depart from thy eyes, keep them in the midst of thine heart for they are life unto those that find them and  medicine to all their flesh”.

For the word to give you good results, you must work at it.

CONFESSION

God’s word is an incorruptible seed with every ability to produce whatever it says, I give it all the needed attention and does what it says. In this way the word always produces in me whatever it says.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Joshua 1:8 “this book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou may observe to do according to all that is written therein. Then thou shall make thy way prosperous and have good success”.

Psalm 1:2-3

[2]But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.  [3]And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].

 

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 14

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 4:24 ” And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given”.

The Lord Jesus warned us to be careful and selective about what we hear.

God works with words. (Isaiah 55:11) Satan also works with words.(John 8:44)The principle of sowing and reaping is what both God and Satan uses. We learnt that words are seeds. (Mark 4:14) God’s words are seeds of life yielding faith (Rom 10:17). The words of Satan are words of death yielding fear. Be careful Satan does not succeed in planting his word in you.

What are the sources of the words of the devil? Satan’s words come through two main ways: They are:

  1. Negative imaginations. 2nd Corinthians 10:4. The bible speaks of thoughts and imagination that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. These are mainly demonic origin.
  2. The next means of satanic words that come to men are Traditions of men. Mark 7:13. Traditions are the practices and experiences of people which have been believed and passed on from one generation to the other. The bible cautions us in Colossians 2:8 ” Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ”.

These traditions may come through the airwaves, advises from friends, personal experiences, and even through the pulpits. There are a number of teachings taught on various pulpits which have no biblical foundation or proper interpretation of the scriptures. These are ideas of men passed on from one generation to the other.

In 1st Samuel 17.It was the tradition of men that kept the armies of Israel paralyzed before Goliath, but David came with the word of God and conquered.

 Every spiritual failure comes from a positive response to some human tradition of some sort. (That is, to disobey the word of God.)

Now take this advice: any thought, imagination, teaching, information, experience or counsel that does not FULLY agree with the word of God is the word of the enemy and you must refuse and reject it.

 Decide to give attention to the word of God.

Faith in God remains the main answer to the impossibilities of life. Faith always comes by hearing the word of God. (Rom 10:17)

 CONFESSION

God’s word is the tonic of life that gives birth to faith. I am not ignorant of the devices of the devil as he deceives men through deception, I would continually attend to God’s word and see my faith   overcome life challenges.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Proverbs 4:23-24 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

Mark 7:8, 13 “For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye”.

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 13

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 4:24  ” And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.”

Our Lord Jesus after explaining the parable of the sower, went on to make some very weighty statements about life. “He said unto them, take heed what you hear; with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you, and unto you that hear shall more be given”. These words are very loaded.

The whole verse is divided into three parts.

  1. Take heed what you hear.
  2. With what measure you mete, it shall be measured back to you.
  3. Unto you that hear shall more be given.

He started by saying, take heed what you hear. In simple terms he is saying be   selective about what you hear.

Before I proceed to explain further on what the Lord said, please understand the makeup of every man. Every man is like an empty barrel, or a plain field. Whatever you fill the barrel with that is what will fill it. What you plant into a particular ground that is what it will produce. Why are some people persuaded by a particular line of thinking? Why would some people decide to take up explosives on their bodies and die with others? Those people have been filled with a kind of information that has fully taken over their thinking faculties to act that way.

Words are like seeds. (Mark 4:14). They always bear fruit after their kind. Words of hatred will always breed anger, bitterness, war and death. Words of love will breed concern, forgiveness, support, unity and life. Why are you happy? You are so happy because you have heard words that excite your emotions to have positive expectations, praise, and inner satisfaction. Your world is made up of the words you hear.

In the beginning   God said some words to our first parents, Adam and Eve. The devil came and gave them his words. They listened, believed and acted on those words of Satan, and so humanity began to be dominated by death yet thank God who allowed Jesus to pay for our sins.

Please take heed what you hear. What you don’t want you don’t watch.

  CONFESSION

Every seed will produce its own kind of fruit, such are the kind of words that I receive. I would only listen, read and watch that which would develop that which I want to be and experience.

FURTHER STUDIES.

John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

John 1:14  ” And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.””

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 12.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 12:30, and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Every lover gives to the one he or she loves. Lovers of God give to God their worship. True worship is always an expression of our love for the Father. Lovers of God will always worship in spirit and truth John 4:24. Ministering to the Lord is an outward expression of our love for the father. It is not dry and dull, but rather emotional and passionate.

A good picture of this experience is how dogs behave when they encounter their master. These dogs, dance, fall to the ground, kiss the fingers of their master and truly adore them. You cannot give true worship if you do not sincerely love the father. Remember that the angels perpetually worship the Lord, singing Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord (Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8).

God created us for His pleasure (Revelation 4:11). God delight that we worship Him out of the abundance of our love for Him. Note: God knows the true state of every heart. Some only pay lip service. This does no good to you.

God always responds to every sincere worship. God responded to Paul and Silas when they worshiped from the dungeon of the prison. Acts 16:25–31. King Jehoshaphat and His people were saved from their enemies because they worshiped the Lord in that moment of crises. 2 Chronicles 20:1-22.

Worshiping the Lord should be done at all times. In challenging times we must intensify our worship. The Lord is always excited to see his children worship Him in truth. Don’t turn to the difficult times and allow it to control you. Maintain your composure and keep blessing the Lord with your whole being. David was an outstanding winner in life because he was a true lover who expressed it in worship in his love for the Lord.

Win always by worshiping always.

CONFESSION

How great you are O God, you live by yourself and does not need anyone to counsel you. Be magnified and exulted above the heaven. My soul will forever love you and extol you.

FURTHER STUDIES.

2 Samuel 6:14 “And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod”.

Psalms 27:6  ” And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.”

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 11

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 12:30 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

E.W Kenyon once wrote in his book the new kind of love that ‘selfishness is the mother of all sorrows’. To be carnally minded or to be dominated by self is death according to Romans 8:6a. On the vice versa a spiritually minded person is life and peace. Romans 8:6b. The man who is absolutely yielded to loving God wholly is a spiritual man.

Peace of mind has eluded most people because they have fallen in love with other things, other than the heavenly father.  It is amazing to find a lot of Christians who are so passionate about football. These brethren cannot tell you verses of the scripture but they know the names of every star player. They are ready to stay away from fellowship time to watch a football match. Ask such brethren how many minutes do they spend worshipping the Lord in their devotional moments, and it may   be nonexistent, yet they adore all the soccer stars. Their love for God is nonexistent. When crises arise such brethren are found wanting.

Football is just but one of the many things that dominate the hearts and minds of people. Take it or leave it, these things are like chasing the wind. The simple principle is do not keep idols in your heart. An idol is anything that takes the place of God or the love of God from your heart.1 John 5:21 ” Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen”.

 Anything that competes with God for a place in your heart robs you of your peace. Peace of mind is always a function of our good relationship with God. Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God”. Peace with God is that access we gain into God at salvation and also by believing the word of God. There is also the ‘peace of God’. This is the peace that God has and enjoys and he can share with us.. This peace of God comes as a result of our fellowship, participation and a focus on Him. Philippians 4:6,7 ” Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and  supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God, and the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus “.

This peace of God comes when we are in true love with the Lord. When we are ready to leave problems to Him.

 CONFESSION

True satisfaction in life is a heart that exhorts the Lord. The Lord is all I have, and He is my life and everything.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Psalms 119:165   “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them”.

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.