What a privilege and grace to have visited the SCOAN. It was the highlight of my life. To have experienced the power and anointing of Jesus Christ working through His servant Prophet T.B. Joshua bringing the scriptures to life. I indeed witnessed the book of Acts in Action. I saw the widows, orphans, less privileged, aged, short in stature blessed and many undiscovered talents of the less privileged youth discovered and given the opportunity to realise their dreams through school scholarship programs, sporting scholarships and many other carer paths for the salvation of their souls. I saw first hand with my own eyes people with deadly diseases and cancers healed, demon possessed delivered, people who are paralysed begin to walk through the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. I saw impossible situations with broken homes and marriages restored and reconciled through the gift of prophecy in the life of Prophet T.B. Joshua. It was very, very overwhelming and many times I would say to myself, “Is this really happening”. My faith was lifted into space so to speak with the amount of love been shown towards the needy and also the amount of miracles being wrought through there, you cannot leave that place and be the same, it is impossible. Go to http://www.emmanuel.tv and click ‘Watch Live’ to see it for yourself. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.
I left my country and embarked on a spiritual venture of developing my relationship with the Holy Spirit travelling across the globe to the SCOAN, Lagos, Nigeria. I had faced many oppositions and well intentioned people advising me otherwise, but I wanted to seek God and know what life was really all about and indeed I experienced God in a powerful way.
I FINALLY FOUND REST IN MY SPIRIT
I arrived at the SCOAN grounds and the people received me with love and great hospitality, carrying my bags to the room where I was to stay. The first night I slept in the SCOAN was the best rest ever; there was just so much peace and comfort, it was like sleeping in a cloud of love and peace. Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all you who are weary, and burdened and I will give you rest”. I previously found it very difficult to sleep, tossing and turning in the night and struggling with nightmares and strange attacks but that first night there was just like what the psalmist said in Psalm 23 “He makes me to lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside still waters; He restores my soul”. I was quick to realise that this is no ordinary place. A piece of heaven on earth.
I MET A TRUE SERVANT OF JESUS CHRIST
I had the grace to meet Prophet T.B. Joshua in his surprisingly very small, humble office and as I walked in, he looked at me and smiled and an overwhelming force or presence, like a wave of love came over me and I boiled out into tears, I will never forget it. Truly it was the Holy Spirit, the spirit of Jesus Christ. Never before did I experience such incredible love, it was supernatural!
A PLACE THAT RENEWED ME SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY – PRAYER MOUNTAIN
If you haven’t been to SCOAN, I recommend you go, it is the most life changing experience you will ever have. It is ‘The Arena of Liberty’. One of the most incredible spiritual places of the SCOAN is the prayer mountain resort of the SCOAN. First time I went I departed on a bus with other visitors and left for the prayer mountain about 10 minutes from the church. After a bumpy but fun short trip from the church, we had arrived at the entrance of prayer mountain resort. What an amazing place that is! Such a peaceful, holy like atmosphere. We continued on for a couple of minutes hearing worship songs in the distance, till we got to a large area with sand surrounded by water called ‘Mercy Land’, absolutely beautiful place. The vigil had already started with the locals singing and praising God.
Prayer Warriors led and guided us with points of prayer, as we sought the face of God thanking Him for all the way along. We prayed for the forgiveness of our sins, for mercy and favour and many other requests to the Lord in humility and broken heartedness and by the end of the night worshipping and dancing like King David to the Lord. The atmosphere was electric. They really know how to pray there. I left the prayer mountain that day never the same, a great peace resided within me like I never had before; my dreams had changed, thinking had changed and I had a sensitivity toward others like I never had before. My depression and anxieties passed away and a new light and fire within me had ignited. Jesus is the best cure for depression, hallelujah! I recommend that everyone should experience the prayer mountain there at the SCOAN. After that vigil I had I felt a huge change in my general well being, I felt whole within and there was a continuous desire to pray. (www.scoan.org)
THE SUNDAY SERVICE EXPERIENCE
Sunday service at the Synagogue, Church Of All Nations is the most powerful and explosive faith building experience of my existance on this planet. The services can go for about 12 hours or more (Also the sunday service streams live on emmanuel tv www.emmanuel.tv and click watch live) and every moment of the service you witness miracles, healings, deliverances and breakthroughs galore all over the auditorium and in the overflow congregation of the church. It is truly one of the living churches in the world today. I walked around the church at about 1am in the morning and outside I could see thousands of people lining up for the Sunday service.WOW! I have never seen anything like it. I was humbled and very inspired at the sight.
During mass prayers at the Synagogue, Church Of All Nations I will never forget it, thousands of people all over the auditorium were manifiesting and rolling on the ground and vomiting out the poisonous substances that were the root cause of their bodily affliction; even fibriods were falling out right on the ground of the church and they were free of their infirmity. I saw a lady who was rushed from the hospital to the church because she was due for an operation and she did not want to undergo an operation due to the loss of their first child through a previous one and so she came with her husband to the church and believed Jesus for their healing and behold when one of the Wise Men prayed for her, straight away the baby was delivered safely and the congregation went up in an uproar of praise to God. What an experience that was. I also witnessed many miracles with my own eyes at the prayerline. People that were unable to walk due to one problem or the other and had to use walking aids such as crutches or walkers or even the paralysed having to wait in a car rise and walk after the prayer of the Prophet and the Wise Men in Jesus name. It was Incredible! All doubt in my mind just flew away in an instant. I saw many people who were blind receive their sight and also people with the problem of mental disorder and epilepsy healed and delivered at that Powerful of name of Jesus Christ. There were many, many, many more other afflictions such as HIV and diabetes receive solution in Christ. I concluded that Jesus Christ is still alive, He never said goodbye, He never said there would be no more miracles. When you read Hebrews 13:8 it says “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” and it is absolutely true. You just have to experience an encounter with Jesus Christ at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations.
I LOVE THE MESSAGES
The Messages or sermons of Prophet T.B. Joshua are very simple and profound teaching that stays in your heart long after the message is preached. He preaches and teaches in what is called ‘Quotable Quotes’ which I think is just fantastic wisdom from the Lord because it is makes it very easy for people to write down notes and very easy to remember. Here’s a quote that I like “The extent to which we think the thoughts of Christ, to that same extent we do have the power of God” and more ‘Quotable Quotes’ like “Meditation in the Word of God is a visit with Jesus Christ” very simple but it just stays with you and the words are so Holy spirit inspired that it builds faith in your heart and creates a hunger and thirst to read Gods Word. The messages really open your minds eye to a greater understanding of the scriptures. They will really changed your life.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
What I also noticed with his messages is that he preaches love and forgiveness a lot and how it applies to our everyday relationships with people and also to ministers and Pastors. Here’s another quote I like “If we cannot love or forgive we cannot be entrusted with that kind of power – power to heal, bless and deliver; He will misappropriate, misuse it to hurt himself and others.” This is absolutely true, you cant be entrusted with the power of God if you keep pointing the fingers at people, gossiping about others, judging others, keeping malice or getting on your pull pit and addressing a congregation saying this person is this or that. This is a waste of time and existance on this planet, time that could be used to show love to your neighbours which is what Christ has called us and commanded us to do. Jesus said “Love your neighbour as yourself” and your neighbour could be your friend or enemy or those who do not share the same faith as you, love them all. It makes absolute sense, if you cant love or forgive you cannot be entrusted with that kind of power – power to heal, bless, save and deliver because faith works or operates by love and works in conjunction with other spiritual forces of God such as love and paitence (Galatians 5:22-23). You have to check out Prophet T.B. Joshuas podcasts on Itunes or watch www.emmanuel.tv or Youtube and find his messages like “Faith Works By Love, Broken Homes and Reconciliation, Let Love Lead, Faith is a Spiritual Force, Faith Is Not An Isolated Force, Gods Word Is Spirit and Life, Faith Works In Concert, The Power of God” and many, many more that talk about the importance of love and forgiveness in our lives as Christians. Listen to them attentively and with devotion and they will really change your life. You will have actually found the secret of the saints. That’s what the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about ‘LOVE’!.
“IF ANYONE LOVES ME, HE WILL OBEY MY TEACHING” Jesus
I really thank God for the grace and love God has given him and the commitment, faithfulness and obedience he has for Gods commands which are evident in the fruit of his ministry. Just like Jesus said “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (John 14:23). “AS the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Fathers commands and remain in His love. I have told you this that My joy maybe in you and that your joy maybe complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:10-13). “You did not chose me but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.” (John 15:16-17). “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe in the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”( John 14:10-12). What a wonderful grace to see what it looks like when someone really takes the word of God to heart, when someone really makes the word of God the standard for their lives. Prophet T.B. Joshua is a great example and mentor for our generation, someone that we can all learn from. Its rare to find a man of God that by the special grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is proving the words of God, teaching them, living by them and making them work in this generation. It is really making a big difference in the world and making it a better place. ( www.scoan.org )