“I cannot do anything; it’s only my wife who helps me,” said Mr Franklin Ozegbe, who had come all the way from Delta State, Nigeria to The SCOAN with his wife. He was complaining about his bad case of fire burns. Having been hospitalised for two weeks, he decided to come to The SCOAN. It all started with fire in the kitchen and, as an ‘action man’, he had decided to enter the kitchen to throw out the burning stove but got burnt in the process. At The SCOAN, Prophet T.B. Joshua had stretched out his right hand as he prayed for Mr Ozegbe. Shortly after that, Mr Ozegbe returned to The SCOAN a perfectly healed man, to the glory of God.
For all of six years, sixty-two-year-old Mrs Stephanie Nosore had difficulty in walking due to lumbar spondylosis. To help ease her pain, doctors had given the Ghanaian pensioner a lumbar corset. They told her that her bone had shifted and that there was a compression around her hip, where she felt the most pain. Despite all treatments, including acupuncture, the pain continued. “Sometimes the pain would be so much that I would lose consciousness,” she said today as she testified of her healing during the Special Living Water Service on Friday. As she spoke to God on the Mountain of Prayer on Friday, Mrs Nosore said, “I heard a voice say, ‘Get up’.” As she ended her testimony, she told people to realise God’s power is on the Mountain of Prayer, describing it as “an invisible theatre or hospital.” She advised people to stay connected to Christ, believing in God and keeping a clean heart.
At just 10 years old, Miss Esther Fadahunsi was rendered virtually useless without a pair of crutches. For two long years, she suffered with bilateral Blount’s disease, a growth disorder of the shin bone that causes the lower legs to angle inwards. Because of this problem, she could not walk on her own. She could not do things around the house, play with her age-mates and she even missed a whole year of school.
Her mother took her to different doctors in the United Kingdom, in desperate search for a solution. The doctors in London said that that they had to perform a series of operations in order to correct the problem. Miss Ester helplessly went through eight different critical surgeries. After the eighth surgery her leg bone broke. Esther and her mother came back to Nigeria in August. It had seemed that all hope was lost, but one day, Miss Esther was watching Emmanuel TV and her faith was lifted after seeing someone with a similar case like hers receive healing.
They decided to visit The SCOAN. When they came to The SCOAN Sunday Service, man of God Prophet T.B. Joshua instructed her to climb on the Mountain of Prayer and pray there. Esther was carried there and as she began to pray, her legs started shaking. Suddenly, she could feel her knees start to straighten and immediately was able to stand up and walk on her own without any crutches, to the glory to God! She and her mother advised all to have faith in God and to believe that all things are possible.
If you plant in love, you will reap love because there is no giving in truth without receiving. What do you have? We are expected to give to God everything He has given us – I mean, all our substance – our time, strength, loyalty, money and every good thing the Lord has given us – and we shall receive, in return, an abundant blessing. Let us not love in words alone but also in deed and truth. When we love in deed, we are planting seeds that would return unto us a harvest of whatever love we expressed. God expects our best because He gives us His best (John 3:16). God has a Son. He planted Him in the earth to produce a family. Today, millions are born again through this Seed.
When we give, it makes us like unto God, who gives to all and receives from none. We should know that whatever blessing God has given us is meant to be replanted for a bigger harvest. We always reap the same kind of seed we plant, just as we always reap more than we plant:
Love for God’s sake and be loved.
Help for God’s sake and be helped.
Be kind for God’s sake and receive kindness.
Show mercy for God’s sake and receive mercy.
Give and receive more of whatever you give.
Sow and reap more of whatever you plant.
Job did not despair at his situation because though it looked like a misfortune, yet it was not. As Christians, our situation may look, may seem painful, yet it is not, because it is not unto death but to the glory of God. The situation you are facing may be to save your life or to prevent you from certain mishaps. It could be an accident or an implication – for example, a case of an innocent man who was caught in the company of his robber friends and was eventually executed. If a pain in the head had kept him back at home on that fateful day, little would he have known that the pain was to preserve him from being implicated.
Let me tell you a short story about my life. When I was younger, I was busy licking my thumb. My parents did everything to stop me from sucking my thumb without success – because the sucking of my thumb had already become my second nature. This kept me to myself. My thumb was my only friend, no one else was. Because of this, I was isolated by my mates. It was this isolation that preserved me for what I am today. This means, isolation can also preserve one. Apostle Paul said, ‘I am content with weakness for Christ’s sake’. Why should anyone be content with weakness for Christ’s sake? This is because His strength is made manifest in our weakness.
A good example of this is David’s encounter with Goliath. The weakness of David made manifest the strength of God. The weakness of David was what demonstrated the strength of God. If David had matched up strength to strength, weapon to weapon, stature to stature with Goliath, the glory of God would not be made manifest in his defeat of Goliath. In our weakness, the strength of God is made manifest. When we are weak, it is then that the strength of the hand that is protecting us would be made manifest in our victory.
We are all connected to one another in a way too fundamental to be explained away in a single sentence:
The mouth needs words,
The ears need sounds,
The eyes need a view,
The feet need to go places.
Though the body of man is composed of many members, its workings are informed and influenced by one concern, in the spirit of one purpose. In other words, we need one another for our wholeness and completeness. I am not complete without you, neither are you without me. In essence, we depend on others to succeed in our respective callings. No one can succeed alone. Jesus knew this; that was why He had disciples.
We need good, inspired and informed people to make it in our respective callings. The medical doctor cannot say he does not need the soldier. What of when external forces invade the community? The soldier cannot say he does not need the medical doctor. What of when he is wounded in battle?
I am because you are, just as you are because I am. I mean you depend on me; I depend on you. The whole creation of the universe is based on this symbiotic essence. Just as the way God has designed the workings of the human society, so He has planned the way the different individuals can contribute to the well-being of their fellow brothers.
“If you make an excuse for sin, your sin will not be excused. What is an excuse? An excuse is a reason whether genuine or fake, given to explain or defend your wrongdoing. Today, we blame our situation on others. Man always shifts his blame to someone else or to circumstances beyond his control. Many blame their situation on family background. Some would say, “I am poor because everyone in my family is poor”. If you make an excuse for being poor, your poverty cannot be excused.
“Remember, you are responsible for what you give your attention to, so it is unnecessary to blame your situation on anyone. In the same way, you are responsible for your own actions. Today, it is common for people to blame their failures on their family background whereas they attribute their success to their personal effort. If you attribute your success to your personal effort, you should also accept the blame for your failure. If you complain that you are poor because every member of your family is poor, remember, you are responsible for your poverty by your own actions or inactions, that is, by what you do or what you fail to do.
“For example, I found myself in a family background that irritated me in those early years of my life. I knew I would be blamed for what I gave my attention to. I knew I could change the situation, so I took a different direction in order to achieve a different solution by recognising that victory obtained through Christ was a past tense victory. I mean, it is victory assured. Rather than despair and blame my situation on family background, I began to be proud of my situation in order to feel Christ’s victory over me. I became content with my situation, knowing that my situation was redeemable through Christ and that, that redemption was a past tense redemption. I mean, redemption assured. Then I began to take God at His Word in order to have His way.
“Remember, no one is too good or too bad to qualify for His grace. Remember also that it was possible for me to have sat somewhere and begin to make excuses for my situation but I never did. Whatever I am today is a product of the conviction that victory through Christ is victory indeed. The rest is history.”
– Prophet T.B. Joshua
Mention any great Biblical character and you would see how much pain he had to endure to come to a new level in life. It is the principle of life that for everything, there is a purpose. I mean, nothing happens for nothing. Unless you understand this principle, you are bound to despair or murmur when things seem to go contrary to your expectation.
If Hannah had been impatient over her inability to bear a child as expected, she would have sought other shortcuts to achieve her desire and history would have been changed. Today, many have changed the history of their lives through their inability to see beyond their immediate situation.
Those who see beyond their immediate situations do not despair in the face of seeming disappointment. Have you received a sack letter? Remember, many successful men today once had the same experience and were moved to a higher level in life thereby. Is it lateness in marriage or a delay in bearing a child? Is it inability to get a job in spite of your efforts and qualifications? Is it poverty in spite of your hard work and goodwill? Think well, as a Christian and you would see the purpose of God in your situation. I mean, behind your situation lies God’s promises for your life.
Our failure to give Christ His proper place in our heart is actually responsible for the crises of our faith. The management of our heart and its thoughts is important, necessary and fundamental to our faith and holy living (Proverbs 4:23, Corinthians 3:1-2). If we give Christ His proper place in our heart, our confession would be guided by faith. We give Christ His proper place when our heart is disciplined to concentrate upon things in the Spirit. Christ has risen; therefore, let your heart also rise and seek the things that are above so that you may be comforted in your current circumstance.
What are you going through? Is it poverty? Let your heart rise and seek the things that are above. Is it sickness? Let your heart rise and seek the things that are above. Is it disappointment? Let your heart rise and seek the things that are above so that you may be comforted. When our confession comes from faith, our words become prophetic! David’s confession concerning the outcome of the battle turned out to be prophetic (1 Samuel 17:46). All what David said came to pass. The course of the battle went in the footprints of his confession. His confession gave him possession.
Faith is not a product of the reasoning faculties but of the recreated spirit. A believer does not have strength as long as he operates in the natural. There is more to life than meets the ordinary eyes. When we base our judgment on sense knowledge, we have not looked deep enough.
None of us is any match for satan as long as we stay in the natural. The more we would get into the natural, the more satan rises up and becomes bigger. On the contrary, the more we would get into faith, the more satan becomes smaller. Unless you decide to look at things from God’s point of view, you will be constantly defeated and overcome by satan.
There are two sides to life. First is the spiritual side and ultimate conclusion, where satan was defeated. Second is the natural side, in which people try to figure God out with their natural mind. Focusing on God puts everything else in its proper perspective!
The leader of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) Prophet T. B Joshua, has condemned xenophobic attacks by South Africans, Concise News reports.
This news medium understands that the renewed xenophobic attacks started on Sunday with several lives and properties lost already.
In a video, apparently an old one, shared by SCOAN, Prophet T.B Joshua had called for cooperation among Africans.
According to the clergyman, it is with unity that the African continent can develop and not strike towards each other.
“No African country can succeed alone. Africans need each other to develop. Dear Africans, we should not let other fellow Africans feel unwelcome to our countries,” he said in the video.
“Whether you are poor, rich, immigrant or refugee – EVERYONE has a contribution to make.”
“No African country can succeed alone. Africans need each other to develop. Dear Africans, we should not let other fellow Africans feel unwelcome to our countries. Whether you are poor, rich, immigrant or refugee – EVERYONE has a contribution to make.” – TB Joshua #Xenophobia pic.twitter.com/st5gYJg8px
— TB Joshua (@SCOANTBJoshua) September 3, 2019
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday, revealed that the Nigerian government would ‘take up” the issue of attack on Nigerians with the South African government.
Concise News understands that Osinbajo made this known while addressing journalists in Kano State, he said, the measure was to ensure that such attack “does not repeat itself.”
”President Muhammadu Buhari has dispatched a Special Envoy to convey to his South African counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa, his concerns and also interact with his South African counterpart on the situation,” the statement added.
”Also, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, acting on the instruction of Mr President, has summoned the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria to get a brief on the situation.” :
Too often, we think that the primary requirement for serving God is the gift of spoken language, great talent, high qualifications or impressive academic credentials. Peter and the other disciples were ordinary fishermen from a backward and lowly part of the country. They were nobodies till Jesus called them.
This means there is hope for you – whether you are educated or not, whether you are a farmer or a professor. Stop talking about your limited education! Stop complaining that everyone in the family is poor! Stop repeating stories of those who failed you! Stop pointing your finger at the economy! Stop meditating on your flaws or weaknesses – and start loving Jesus. If you hope to accomplish anything good in the future, it will only be because of your love for Jesus. The main requirement for making a difference for Jesus is being in love with Him.
You were once a tiny embryo in your mother’s womb. See what you have become today. If something big starts big, it calls for concern because everything big starts little. This teaches us to encourage little beginnings. If one’s faith must grow, it has to start in a weak form.
We are in a danger zone where everyone lies to his neighbour (Psalm 12:2). This is the kind of situation we find ourselves in the world today. This means that everything you hear or see must be examined in the light of God’s Word. What do I mean by examining things in the light of God’s Word? I mean, whatever you hear, always ask, ‘What does God – I mean, the Word of God say about the situation?’
Romans 14:23 – “…everything that does not come from faith is sin.” What are the things that do not come from faith?
– Whatever we hear that is not examined in the light of God’s Word does not come from faith.
– Whatever we see that is not examined in the light of God’s Word does not come from faith.
-Whatever we read that is not examined in the light of God’s Word does not come from faith.
Therefore, whatever you hear, whatever you see and whatever you read should be examined in the light of God’s Word!
Today, our hearts are so occupied by worldly considerations that we are impatient to recognise the fact that there is an appointed time for everything. Assuming Jesus had been impatient when his brothers urged Him to show off in public before the appointed time, He may have been killed by His enemies who were looking for Him at all costs (John 7:3-8). The same thing happens to us today. When we are impatient, we tend to disregard the fact that there is a time for everything.
We all know that when it is time to start a race, everybody waits for the blast of the gun or the sound of the whistle – but in our daily lives, the opposite is the case. We try to move the hands of the clock forward by hook and crook. In order to beat the gun, we are prepared to steal, kill and destroy. If any person beats the gun, that person would be called back to begin afresh, while others are still waiting patiently for the sound of the gun. This is what we mean by the saying, “More haste, less speed”, meaning that if you are in a haste to achieve something, you are likely to make costly mistakes that would pull you back, if not down. In an attempt to beat God’s appointed time, we get ourselves entangled with conditions we are likely unable to meet, thus jeopardising our career and the promises of God in our lives. Therefore, wait patiently for the Lord because at God’s time, everything is beautiful.
On the day a prophecy located them, Barrister and Mrs Armstrong were beside themselves with joy as Prophet TB Joshua declared, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ that their affliction of miscarriages was over and that they would soon have a baby boy. After the prayers, the couple returned home in faith. Months later, they returned to church only for Barrister Armstrong to receive another prophecy regarding an encounter with a woman who first slapped him in the physical and later delivered hundreds of slap to him in the dream. During that second prophecy session, Prophet TB had also declared vitality on the failing manhood of Barrister Armstrong. Four years after the first prophecy, having held on strongly to Prophet TB Joshua’s declaration that “a prophet shall say that which he shall live to see accomplished”, the Plateau State-based lawyer and his wife returned to The SCOAN today to share their testimony on Divine, a bouncing baby boy that the Lord has given them in His own time. During his testimony, Barrister Armstrong narrated how he had suffered a severe libido problem and received a diagnosis showing he had degenerative disc disease. Doctors had told him he risked paralysis if he embarked on an operation. He happily refused the operation. He also spoke of how a terrible boil had developed between his anus and testes even while he was at The SCOAN for prayers. He said little did he then know that the boil would be the end of his problems. Three days later, the boil burst and Barrister Armstrong’s life returned to normal, thus paving the way for the pregnancy that produced Divine. He advised people to believe strongly in God’s ability to do everything. His wife advised women never to give up on their home and to believe in God.