The Bible says there are only three things on this earth that will last – faith, hope and love. The greatest is love (1     Corinthians 13:13). 1 John 4:16 says that Jesus is love. He who abides in love abides in God and God in Him. When you abide in love, you will not listen to the cry of others but you will listen for their cry because love looks around to see who is in need. That is why we will begin to succeed with our lives when the hurt and problems of others matter to us. I mean, we must begin to live a life of investment and not expenditure because the best investment is help. So, when you give, you are planting seeds that will be multiplied back to you. When the pain of others becomes your pain, you will begin to succeed with your life. Love never gives up. It puts up with everything. Love cares more for others than for self. Love is not always ‘me first’. Love does not strut. Love does not want what it does not have. Love is positive – it does not want anything negative. Love is good. That is why love is the greatest.
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Hebrews 12:1 – “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything     that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…”
Do you want to run your race with God but there are things that are hindering your progress or forward movement? Throw it off!!! Ask Blind Bartimaeus in the book of Mark 10:46-52 and he will tell you that throwing off every hindrance and embracing Jesus Christ was the best thing he ever did in life. He cast aside his old self, sinful nature and self-righteousness and embraced Jesus Christ; he was transformed from Blind Bartimaeus to Bartimaeus with perfect vision. He discovered his real value – the real him, the prosperous him, the successful him, the healthy him; the way that God saw him. Sin or bad habits is the greatest hindrance to a person’s spiritual progress. Unless you conquer your hindrance, you cannot make any progress in life. To conquer your hindrance, you must admit that you are guilty, acknowledge your sin and trust in Christ’s sacrifice. By doing this, it will make you clean and whole within. Make a heart decision and throw off every hindrance today and live in the promise of victory as you run with perseverance the race marked out for you.
Prayer Point: Lord, give me the grace to throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles in Jesus’ name.
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As a child of God, the blessings of God in your life are meant to stand the test of time, no matter what happens and no matter comes. The way     people respond to those unpleasant situations we often find ourselves in clearly indicate that people try to figure God out with their natural minds. Consequently, they begin to think that they can instruct God in the way He should go when they fast and pray without a thorough reformation of heart and life.These are the reasons why they complain, thinking that God has not been kind to them. Little do they know that grace in the soul is a new life in the soul. They fail to know that the work of healing, deliverance, salvation and all of God’s blessings are not brought to pass by anything done by us. God has ordered all that the whole should appear to be of grace (1 Corinthians 1:18-31).

PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, give me the grace to depend on You for my needs. In Jesus’ name!

• Isaiah 58:1-end
• Ephesians 2:8-9
• Luke 18:9-14

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Mark 11:22-23 – “So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed     and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”

When you believe God’s Word, you possess that thing the Word guarantees. When you pray in Jesus’ name, He takes it over. It is in His care. It is no longer your burden as long as you do not repudiate it be a wrong confession. A wrong confession precedes possession of wrong things. A positive clear cut confession wins. It is time we should stop making the wrong kind of confession and begin at once to learn how to confess and what to confess. We children of God refuse to confess sickness because by His stripes we are healed. We refuse to have anything to do with a wrong confession. We should begin to confess that we are what God says we are and hold fast to that confession in the face of every contrary evidence. Keep your solid front – keep up the profession of your faith in both good and hard times alike.

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THE KEY TO CHANGE – Week 13 Devotion


Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good     and acceptable and perfect will of God”.
Every person you meet today is trying to change their life in some way. They desire excellence, they want financial freedom, they hate loneliness and they want their health to improve. God will not open the door of blessing, healing and salvation to the one who keeps his Bible shut. The Bible is our roadmap. We must embrace the Word of God as the most effective instrument for change. We need to change our pattern of thinking.

Psalm 23 – “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures…” Psalm 23 is a pattern of thinking. If you allow it to become an integral part of you, it will influence your conduct and behaviour. When the mind becomes saturated with it, a new way of thinking and a new life are the result.

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It does not take long to realise that life is full of challenges. I mean, life begins with a doctor’s slap on our backside. This is why Job 5:7 says, “Man     is born to trouble”. From the moment you leave your mother’s womb, you encounter trouble. One thing is clear: life is not a playground, it is not a bonding meeting but it is a battlefield. The sooner we realise this, the wiser we shall be.

Remember Jesus’ words in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”.

In the midst of the common calamities of human life, we should always keep in the forefront of our minds that our challenges are meant for our spiritual benefit. As Christians, we must know the value of our challenges. Our challenges are not meant to impair us but to improve us. I mean, challenges are meant to draw us closer to God, to strengthen our desire and determination for our Saviour. Therefore, whatever you may be passing through today, don’t allow your challenges to pull you down or tear you apart. Beyond your situation, there is solution.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, strengthen me to overcome because You make Your people’s trouble work for their advancement.

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South African residents Chief Maxwell and Mrs Linda Ejiogu, with their children, came to The SCOAN to confirm the prophetic message the man of God gave that the couple’s marriage was on the verge of collapsing. South African-born Linda Ejiogu had been married to her Nigerian husband for at least 17 years, but their matrimonial home in South Africa had never known peace in the true sense of the word. They had an off-and-on and stormy relationship to the extent that Mrs Linda Ejiogu finally resorted to filing divorce papers. Their daughter Ngozi was also caught in the midst of the domestic battle. Chief Maxwell had decided to keep Ngozi in Nigeria under the pretext of mastering the Nigerian culture. But Linda wanted her daughter back, and so she considered involving the authorities. As a result of such tom-and-jerry type of domestic affairs, the bench, therefore, became their only problem-solving premises.

Left jaw-dropped by the revelation, Linda accepted back all the divorce and other court papers that had been served her husband. On his part, Chief Maxwell expressed that upon shaking hands with the man of God, the then “unquenching” anger in him became extinguished at the instant. He told the congregation that when the man of God stated that their marriage was from Heaven, he felt calm. “I love my wife,” he said, and Linda lit up with a warm smile across her face.

Expressing her belief and trust in the man of God, Linda reckoned that her marriage could still work. For a couple who could not see eye-to-eye before, they started engaging each other in cordial and healthy conversations thanks to the deliverance they received at the prayer line. Having previously felt rejected, undesired, and the like, Linda expressed her gratitude for the existence of Emmanuel TV. She said that she would not have known about God’s existence if not for Emmanuel TV. She also put across her willingness and desire for the two of them to raise their children together as a family.

A formerly easy-to-anger Linda has now transformed into a calm person, and departed from the habits of smoking and consuming alcoholic beverages. In her testimony, she expressed how she now sleeps peacefully like a baby since her deliverance at The SCOAN. “All well with my family,” she added. She also said that upon her return to South Africa, she will meet with her attorney to withdraw the divorce papers.

Sharing the joy in the reunion of her parents, Ngozi said that when she first heard that her parents wanted to divorce, it made her sad and unhappy. But now, “I am so happy for what Jesus has done,” she said.

Based on their experiential insight, the couple advised married couples to always seek the face of God first. Thanking God for the assistance they received through Prophet T.B. Joshua, “It is important to have God as the foundation for marriage,” they agreed.