Mrs Obla Victoria Ojeka, a Nigerian diplomat working in Botswana told of how the devil had toyed with her life by giving her addiction to alcohol until God freed her from satan’s clutches. Mrs Ojeka’s traced her drinking habit to growing up in a household where drinking alcohol is regarded as normal. As she grew up and went to university, she began drinking every day.

“I would sip even while the lecturer was in class,” she said.MRS VICTORIA When she graduated and started earning a living, she said she had to drink in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening every day for 35 years. If anyone challenged her, she would tell them, “It’s my money!” She would carry garlic and mints to cover the smell of alcohol. Even her children were embarrassed because people would tease them about their mother’s drinking habits. During meetings, she would write down what she wanted to say for others to say it so that people would not smell the alcohol on her breath. Her drinking had become a burden and she wanted to stop.“I tried to fast for four days but on the final day, I would break with alcohol,” she said. She came to The SCOAN albeit for a different reason. When she got home, one night, she had a strange dream in which people were pouring drinks into her cup. When she woke up, the 54 year-old became annoyed with her situation and tuned in to Emmanuel TV. She placed her hand on the screen and prayed with the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua for God to set her free from the addiction after which she vomited. The next morning she was called to an emergency meeting and forgot to take her ‘morning wine’. Till the end of the day, she did not take a sip of alcohol and for a whole week, she did not drink any alcohol. She opened a bottle of wine in her house but could not stand the smell. “I threw it away. And for the first time I discovered that my kitchen stunk like a beer”.  Nine months on, she is alcohol free from an addiction of 35 years. There are really no better words to sum this wonderful testimony but to say: Thank You, Jesus!



When we are tired and sick of our worldly business and frustrated in our worldly affairs, we are welcome to Christ. Jesus Christ is a democrat; He does not impose Himself or His will on anyone. He allows us to exhaust whatever worldly advantages we feel we have so that when we have learnt our lessons, we would value Him. The case of Peter is a good example. That he had laboured and toiled without anything to show for his many years of self-determination, self-confidence, human diligence and professional experience was evident in the way he sat frustrated at the seaside after the fruitless night of fishing. From Peter’s complaints, we could feel the level of bitterness and pain in his heart, even as he confesses his helpless and hopeless state, saying, “Master, we have toiled all the night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net” (Luke 5:5).


Here, Peter had demonstrated that, in spite of all the odds, there was still need to maintain self-control and submit to the One whose will was superior. He simply said, ‘…if You say so, I will let down the net’. In other words, he was saying to Jesus, “Who am I that I should disobey Your instruction? I know that if I assume the character of a fisherman under any authority that does not proceed from You, I am bound to catch nothing. But if I labour by Your order and under Your direction, I am sure I cannot labour in vain. So, I will let down the net”. It was not by mere chance that Jesus chose Peter’s boat at the seaside; it was by providential arrangement. When God is executing His plans in our lives, He also designs and arranges events which continue to unfold until His purpose is revealed. Remember, our only duty is to obey God’s commands; His duty is to keep His promises, and these two duties never conflict. Obeying God at first seems hard, until we come to see that all He asks is for our good and makes life full and free. The way of obedience is the way of blessing.

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