Last week, Miss Lucienne Esteve, from France, was among those who received prayers in the mighty name of Jesus Christ during The SCOAN Sunday Service. She had difficulty in walking due to osteoarthritis, a condition that made it difficult for her to do most things by herself, including bathing, despite her knee braces. After the prayers last week, Lucienne had risen to her feet and glorified God for healing her. Today, she returned to church to testify about the permanence of her healing. No longer does she need to use here knee braces. “I immediately felt light after the prayers,” she told the church. Wearing high-heeled shoes, Lucienne advised people to see Jesus as the Real Healer.
Last Monday, Ms Kate Harris, a Liberian, was one of those who kept their destiny appointment with God Almighty during The SCOAN Living Water Service. Born into a polygamous family of idol worshipers, Kate was constantly fed with food meant for the gods, her parents having decided that she would be devoted to the service of the gods. She was given a name that implied that she was thrash. Consequently, after her parents died and Kate fled from her hometown, the demons running her destiny followed her there. She got married and had kids but one day her husband said she looked like a dog and walked out of the marriage right away. She then moved over to Achimota, Ghana, where she was encouraged by a friend to go into prostitution. In the course of sex work, Kate faced many dangerous situations, including beatings from men. In one experience, a male client took her into a Ghanaian forest, where she had a frightful episode with the man. She was later to learn that the man had died three months previously. Desperate to fend for her children and educate them, Kate sank further into prostitution, which took her to different countries, including the UAE, China, Vietnam and Cambodia. Every time she invested in a business it collapsed, although she was able to see her children through high school from the proceeds of prostitution. It was in Cambodia and Vietnam that she had persistent dream encounters with Prophet TB Joshua, whom she had never met. In the dream the man of God had told him his name after she had asked why he had been asking her to desist from her wayward lifestyle. Along the line, Kate had developed body and chest pains as well as headaches. In her bid to make maximum use of her body for prostitution, Kate had been fond of preventing her menstrual blood from flowing out by inserting loads of cotton into her private part. To the glory of God, during her time on The SCOAN Altar, Kate fell under the power of the anointing and the evil spirit in her confessed its atrocities in her life. Afterwards, she returned to her hotel and her menstruation returned. “The Living Water is real,” she said. She had drunk the Living Water on behalf of her tuberculosis-afflicted sister in Dubai and the sister had vomited the evil deposits in her system. She advised men to care for her wives and children. She also advised people to “sit on the right bench in church” by opening their heart to God’s Word.
During the Living Water Service last Monday, Mr Ngozo Mamadou, from Central Africa Republic, had vomited four stones while Prophet TB Joshua was addressing congregants. During the war in his country he had lost both parents and he had decided to move over to Cameroon. Along the line his sister died from the gunshot wound that she had sustained during the war. His brother then took ill and in search of a solution to the brother’s health problem, he had gone to a Nigerian witch doctor. Eventually his brother died despite all the money Ngozo had invested in trying to save his life. Now in debt, Ngozo did not know what else to do and asked the witch doctor for help. The witch doctor then promised to help by initiating him to the occult and introducing him to the goddess of money. Series of rituals were performed at the riverside, including a ritual birth and the swallowing of four eggs. The instant Ngozo swallowed the eggs, the so-called goddess of money appeared to him and requested that he supply her “mercury”, that is, human blood. He was asked to supply another person’s blood or give his own life. Unwilling to pledge allegiance to this demon, Ngozo tried to kill himself. While trying to take his own life, Ngozo ran into a woman who advised him to visit The SCOAN. Unwilling to visit the church owing to his different faith, the troubled young man declined but the woman offered to pay his transport fare. Last week, Ngozo made his way to church and the Spirit of the Lord took over. First, he began to feel a churning in his stomach and throat and he eventually vomited the said four stones as the man of God climbed on the altar for his ministration. After coming to himself, he realised the stones must have been the four eggs he had swallowed. Before ending his testimony today, Ngozo said that he now feels much better and is able to use the toilet with ease. He can also sleep peacefully, without having any nightmares. He advised people to avoid seeking help from witch doctors.
Mr Hammed Okas came to The SCOAN Living Water Service with the problem of cervical spondylosis for five years. This terrible problem rendered his life so miserable as his activities were largely restricted. He could not turn his neck to the right or to the left as the pain was so terrible. In search of a solution, he visited several hospitals and prayer houses but to no avail. The only help he got from the hospital was a cervical collar and medications which could only ease the excruciating pain. Tired of ingesting medications and moving around with the cervical collar, he decided to come to The SCOAN Living Water Service last Monday. When he climbed the Mountain of Prayer, prayed and took the Living Water, he felt instant relief and that is how he got his healing from that horrible condition. Turning his neck from left to right with ease, the Ogun indigene advised people to trust in God as He is the answer to all fundamental issues of life.
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“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!