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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 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace”.

Our key scripture simply means, to be ruled by one’s mind based on the physical senses is death. But to be ruled by the word of God is life and peace. God is life and the giver of life. Anything man does without Him is death.

There are the two main divides, rules or sources of influence in this world, they are death and life.. The Bible says those who are ruled by the things they see, feel, taste, touch and smell are dead. The truth is that life is spiritual. The greatest deception that has captured our world is the thinking that everything is physical. Science has become the final appeal and the ultimate answer to almost everything that goes on. This is the worst lie that the so called wise of this world has bought with their lives and swallowed. There is a personality behind the scenes who pushes the agenda that everything is natural and physical. This is how the Bible talks about Him. Ephesians 2:2  “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience”:

 There is a prince of the power of the air who is a spirit that works in the children of disobedience.(Rev. 12:9)

Our key scripture says those who follow His path, are dead.. No matter what men may achieve outside God’s influence they cannot have and know PEACE in their life.

Some Christians are tempted to go that way, they are ruled by their natural senses. It is corruption and death, and they are bound to fail.

 Satan becomes your Lord if the word is not your master

Those who give themselves over to be controlled by the word of God are said to have escaped this corruption in the world. They actually assume a supernatural nature, called the divine nature. They become divine beings. 2nd 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. (Lust simply means being controlled by the senses or to be unbelieving.)

Dear child of God turn from the path of death and satanic control to a world of true liberty and power in the Holy Ghost.

CONFESSION

Without God’s word, man gropes in total darkness. God’s word in my soul is my life and my light. I cannot turn away from the blessings of walking in the word to live after the flesh.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Psalms 82:5-6 ” They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High”.

Proverbs 4:18-19  But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble”.

 

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 3:17 “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Our Lord Jesus led a life that always pleased the father. The highest duty of any man is to please the heavenly father. The writer of Hebrews commented about the Lord in the following way.  Hebrews 10:7 ” Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God”. The Lord declares that He came to do the will of the father. He was ruled by the word He said sacrifices and offerings for sin, the Lord has no pleasure. God is not interested in one’s sacrifices as against doing what the word says.

The Lord, once taught a group of persons whiles His mother and His brethren came around looking for Him. Someone said to Him your mother and your brethren are looking for you. The following was His answer. Matthew 12:49-50 ” And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” Every child of God must be very careful about how he or she lives.

By the Lord’s answer He meant you are part of Him not because of the church you belong, or the position you hold in church. You belong to Him, if you do the will of the Father.

Are you ruled by the word? That is the only thing that would matter on the day the Lord would judge all men. Would the Lord’s remarks about you be “thou good and faithful servant, enter into thy rest” or     “I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity”.

The second statement would never be said to the man who has decided to be ruled by the word.

Too many Christians go to church to have their problems solved but not to seek and do that which pleases the Lord. Rather seek to please Him and all those problems would be things of the past. (Matt 6:33)

CONFESSION

Pleasing the Lord is my whole duty as a child of God. I would live each day as if that was the last moment to meet the Lord.

FURTHER STUDIES

Matthew 7:21″  Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven”.

1 Samuel 15:22  “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE:  James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”.

Living a fulfilled life is the kind that is ruled by the word of God. Anytime man is in a state of worry, fear or what he may describe as a problem, is a clear sign that he is ruled by something different and not God’s word. Challenges or problems, would always abound.  You do not see problems when the word rules you.

Our key scripture shows us that our ability to be free and really exercise authority over the enemy is when we submit to the word of God.

When God’s word rules us, Satan can’t rule us simultaneously.

In the Garden of Eden, the moment Adam and Eve decided to step out of the control and dominance of God’s word, they lost everything and became slaves of the devil. Your submission to the word of God, is your authority. The source of every problem of men started in the Garden of Eden. (Read Gen. 3:1-15). The passage in Genesis chapter 3 shows us how Satan deceives men from turning away from the rule of God’s word.

  1. Genesis 3: 4, Satan directly attacks the truth and implies, God is lying.
  2. Genesis 3:5, God is keeping something good from you.
  3. Genesis 3:5b He tells you, this thing would give you the ultimate advantage.
  4. Verse 6, Men are also moved by what they see and feel because of the lie.

The above four steps are mainly Satan’s strategy to get people forsaking God’s word to accept Satan’s word or lies.

Deceit has been his weapon. Hebrews 3:13 says “But exhort one another daily while it is today, lest any of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin”. Sin is deceitful and that takes men away from the rule of the word. Decide in your heart once and forever that whatever God says is final. No other word, suggestion that contradicts God’s word must be entertained or tolerated.

 The word in you is your strength, your submission to the word is Satan dread and your obedience to the word is the overthrow or defeat of the devil.

CONFESSION

A life that submits to God’s word may have great opposition yet would constantly experience outstanding victories. I am dedicated to God and His word. If God has said it, I believe it and that settles it.

FURTHER STUDIES:

Psalms 119:89-90 Forever, O LORD, and thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.

Matthew 4:4″  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: James 1:25 “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”.

A law is a standard regulation that controls or rules a people’s actions. It is also a principle that would operate and function in its line of operation when the required conditions or parameters are available.

God’s word is a perfect law of liberty, so long as men obey its dictates. As a law it is supposed to rule our lives. From our key scripture, it is called the perfect law of liberty. The word of. God is the perfect law that would liberate men from all that enslaves them.

The bible is fill with so much amazing promises of a blessed life, when one heeds to the instructions of the word of God. Let’s just look at a short passage in Proverbs 3:1–6.The following are the blessings

  1. Length of days
  2. Long life
  3. Peace
  4. Favor
  5. Good understanding in the sight of God and man
  6. God shall direct your path.

Life indeed is very miserable if led outside the influence of God’s word. Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, men have pursued an agenda of anti-God or simply to oppose the way of God. Unfortunately they have consistently failed. The result has been anguish, mental torment, (Rom 2:9) War, diseases, (Rom 1:18–28) and what have you?

Men claim they are, wise and civilised, yet they accept homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality and incest. God’s word is more relevant today than tomorrow’s newspaper.

Let the word of God rule your life. And experience an abundance of peace. Note this, TO BE REALLY HUMAN YOU MUST BE RULED BY THE WORD OF GOD.

CONFESSION

When men sideline God’s word from their lives they become less humans. I have been made in God’s image and would maintain this by adhering to His word.

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 1:26-27 ” For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet”.

Proverbs 4:10-11 ” Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.

The word is God. This should always be our understanding each time we take the word of God to read or study. The word is a living being.

Hebrews 4:12 says “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.” The word ‘quick’ means alive or living. The proceeding verse reads “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.” This verse further establishes the fact that the word is a living person with an all seeing eye nothing is hidden from him. All things are naked before Him with whom we have to do. Only God has an all seeing eye. God’s word is not just written words, but the acts, nature and ways of God expressed in written form.

The word must rule us. Our thoughts, believes and actions should be solely dominated by the word. To have more of the word in you, is to have more of God in you. Jesus said in 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”. God is the only giver of life and the word does the same.

We do a great harm to our lives when we treat the bible as just another book. We must approach it as Jesus personally talking to us.

 Every instruction from the bible must carry the same honour from us, just as JESUS was here talking to us.

The word ruling us means God ruling us. In John 20:29, Jesus saith unto Thomas,” Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. “You are blessed, happy, privileged if you believe, treating the word as God presently talking to you.

 Your life would take a new level of peace, power and prosperity,  when you allow the word to rule you.

 CONFESSION

God and His word are one. Whatever the word says carries the same life and authority just as God Himself. I would be forever ruled by the word.

FURTHER STUDIES

Acts 20:32 “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified”.

Psalms 138:2 ” I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving-kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 2:9 ” In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;”

For today’s study we look at our final discussion on how the Christian and specifically how the Christian woman should dress up: The scripture said “….and sobriety not with broided (plaited) hair or gold or pearls or costly array”.

These instructions I believe may be contended by some people, yet let’s look critically at the import of this instruction. He requested that the woman must have an attitude of “sobriety”. This word means to be self-controlled, soundness of mind or soberness. In a sense the child of God must not be under the compulsive influence of getting attention on himself or herself through dressing.

Christians are not slaves to self. We are slaves to our master Jesus. No child of God must be obsessed with himself and seek for attention on himself or herself. This does not mean the Christian must look shabby and body unkempt. The Lord said in Matthew 6:17 “But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face”. This advice was to prevent those who would want to show off when they were fasting. On the other side it is telling us to keep our bodies well.  Again, the instruction in 1st Timothy 2:9, also means the child of God must not spend ostentatiously on himself or herself with broided hair, or gold or pearls or costly array. This instruction is very important because some men of God and Christians are tempted to live very expensive lives in the name of “God has blessed me”. Some have golden household utensils, fleet of cars while so many members of their congregation are extremely poor.

Dearly beloved ones, do not misunderstand me, serving the Lord sincerely always go with great blessings. Deuteronomy 28:47 ” Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;” The Lord blesses His children, yet this blessings should not be only focused on ourselves alone but on the wider or larger brotherhood of brethren.

 A pastor bought a pair of suit for $10,000, ten thousand dollars. He could easily afford it, that is true, yet what about the many who are starving because they don’t have. This is what the scripture is talking about (that is not having costly array) Let us live very simple lives so that many can share in our blessings.(Acts 4:32–34)

Please don’t get apprehensive and defensive about what I am saying, look at the scripture and decide to be obedient.

 CONFESSION

I am self-controlled. I am not obsessed with myself. I live to glorify the Lord and whatever I do I do to bring glory to the Lord.

FURTHER STUDIES

1 Peter 3:3 “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;”

Romans 12:16 “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits”.

 

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KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 2:9 “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;”

2nd Peter 1:10 is an advice we have to heed to, if we anticipates being received into our heavenly home. He said “wherefore rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure… “. We must be very diligent about our lives as Christians so that our calling and election would be sure: We have been called, yet we have to make it sure. Think about it.

We follow up with our discussion on our dressing as Christians. In 1st Timothy 2:9 the scripture added “….with shamefacedness and sobriety, not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls or costly array:

This verse should not be taken out of context. The focus is an exultation of godliness that is showing forth Christlikeness in all we do.

Now let’s look at some of the words the apostle used, ‘shamefacedness’. This word means having a sense of shame, honour, regard for others or respect. The spirit is telling us once again to be mindful about the picture or image we project with the decoration of ourselves. Romans 14:7 reminds us that “for none of us liveth to himself”. Dear fellow Christians let us not make our holy gatherings look like disco or night club centres.

 The church has been called out of the world, and must keep the world outside.

I was alarmed to see a lady supposed to be ministering in church in ‘hot pair of shorts’ with various sensitive parts been exposed. She looks like a disco dancer at a glance. No matter what some may want to describe it, this is not modest, it does not respect the sanctity of the house of God. This should be condemned in any serious Christian gathering.

In these last days one of the weapons Satan is using to draw Christians back or weaken our witness is copying the world

Dearly beloved sisters and brothers the Lord is coming back for a church that is not in bed with the world.

Let us keep worldliness far from the church, if we really want to draw them from Satan’s grip unto our master Jesus.

CONFESSION

I am in the world, but l am not of the world. I would not give room to worldliness to saturate my heart in anyway. My goal is  heaven,   my path is holiness and my focus is Jesus.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Jude 1:23 “And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh”.

1 John 2:15 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 2:9 “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array”;

The heavenly minded Christian is mindful of his dressing: Somebody once said, ‘you would be addressed according to your dressing.’

I am very much aware that many people see dressing as very controversial issue to talk about, yet I believe the church of God must be very cautious about this aspect of our lives. Your dressing speaks a lot about who you are and what you believe in life.

Our key scripture speaks directly to women, yet I believe men must also take certain clues out of the scripture. The scripture said the women must adorn themselves in MODEST apparel. The word modest means well arranged, orderly or decorous: This implies it should not be the type that exposes certain sensitive parts of the body. Please can you answer this question for me? How do you tell that a girl or woman on the street is a prostitute? The answer is simple, their dressing is not orderly, and better still their dressing shows it.

Things get serious when a lady stands before a group of Christians either to sing, present something or lead in one way or the other, only to be dressed in a way that excites wrong passions in people. Be careful, your dressing does not cause any to fall. Somebody may ask why should somebody’s dressing cause wrong passions in others. Dearly beloved, we are all not the same.  In 1st Thessalonians 5:14 we see four categories of people in church.

  1. Unruly
  2. Feeble minded
  3. Weak
  4. All men.

There are feeble minded as well as weak ones. We are here to get people to heaven, not to do what pleases us. 1st Corinthians 6:12 says “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient….. “. Expedient means helpful. The scripture means, all things may be lawful, but not all things are helpful.

Be careful your dressing does not cause somebody to fall. Consider what Jesus said in Matthew 18:6.

CONFESSION

Heaven is my home. I am mandated to help people come along with me to heaven.  I would not in any way prevent somebody from seeking or following Jesus because of my dressing.

FURTHER STUDIES

1 Peter 3:3-4 ” Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”

Matthew 18:6 “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 4:5 ” But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry”.

One other sign of a heavenly minded Christian is to do the work of an evangelist. An evangelist is one who proclaims the gospel or good news of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 The Lord Jesus said in John 9:4 “I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: The night comes when no man can work”.

He says that he has been sent to fulfill a task. This task is to preach the gospel. To heal the sick and to set the oppressed free. (Luke 4:18) There is a time in a man’s life, when this could be done, yet there is coming a time too when no man can work. To be sent implies, you have a time to report back to your Lord who sent you and give accounts of your work.

The Lord also said in John 4:34 that “……, my meat is to do the will of Him that sent me and to finish His work”. What is His work?  Matthew 28:19 reads “go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. The Lord spent forty days after His resurrection to teach and to assure the disciples about, the need to spread the gospel. (Acts 1:3)

We must do the work of an evangelist. Preaching is one of the ways to dispels doubt and confusion from the minds of people. All kinds of evil, unacceptable, and abominable things go on all around us these days. The world united bodies, like the United Nations gives no serious consideration to Christianity and its teaching but is ready to accept that homosexuality is an alternative lifestyle. We can’t keep our mouth shut over things like this. We are the mouths, hands and feet of Jesus. We have to go out there seeking for a souls to save.

One day we shall all stand before our Lord, and He would say to all those who faithfully did the work of the evangelist, “Thou good and faithful servants enter into thy rest”.

I pray I would be recognized as such. What about you?

 CONFESSION*

The master is soon coming back. I have committed myself to do the work of an evangelist. I will not fail the master.

FURTHER STUDIES.

2 Timothy 4:2” Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine”.

Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:44 “” But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”

We have learnt that a heavenly minded person would forgive his neighbour who offends him or her.

In our study for today we would consider another way that we can employ to help us easily forgive and release people from our hearts. Our key scripture says as follows “But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you”. I believe most people would be saying this is a difficult thing to do. Please get this understanding once and forever, no instruction of the scripture is too difficult to be obeyed. What you need to do is to accept it and start acting in the light of what has been said. Every instruction in the scripture always carries with it the ability to obey (John 15:3, Hebrews 4:12).

Among all that our Lord Jesus said in our opening scripture is the call to PRAY for those who offend us and despitefully use us. Whenever you stand before God to pray, there comes a special release of Grace. Luke 22:43 “And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven strengthening him”. The Lord received strength to do what he was praying about. The Lord would always strengthen you to love your offender. Now take this point. You can’t pray for someone and hate him or her at the same time.

When you are feeling so bad about a mistreatment meted to you, ask the Holy Spirit to help you love the individual. Bless him or her, ask the Lord to deliver him or her from the trap of the enemy. The Lord Jesus prayed for those who were persecuting Him. He asked for the Father to forgive them, adding, for they know not what they are doing. He explained away their offence, He said they don’t really know what they are doing. (Luke 23:34).

You can also explain away people’s misdeeds and mistreatment meted to you.

 CONFESSION

My goal is to be in heaven, and will not allow anything to prevent me,  not even the offences people mete to me.  I will always love them by praying for them.

 FURTHER STUDIES

Luke 23:34 “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots””.

Acts 7:60 “”And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep”.