Life is TOO short to waste time on things that have no lasting value. The question is – are you prioritising the pursuit of fleshly desires or spiritual growth?
Open your heart to learn practical lessons in your daily walk of faith in this compelling sermon from Yinka titled, ‘Slow Down And Care For Your Spiritual Life’. Remember, the first place you must prosper is in your spiritual life!
“Parents – what legacy have we given to our children? What future have we given to our children? In terms of character? Education? Before sending your child abroad, you must have a thorough basis for that. You are sending such a child to another country with money you are supposed to put down to train them. Who will train your child for you over there? You can’t train your child here and you are sending them abroad for someone else to train – and that person already has responsibilities. It becomes a mess! Who in this world can do this apart from God? It is not too late. If you have sent your children overseas, you can call them back.
“Now, Christmas is coming. People are arriving home from overseas. You will see them looking good – they will borrow shoes, beautiful clothes, steal credit cards, transfer money in a crooked way – coming home to their motherland to shine, deceiving young ones to follow them. This is the cause of many leaving their countries. In a second, you can look good – make-up can make your face change. Many young people become enticed easily. Just by seeing someone’s photograph living overseas, you want to marry that person – whereas you don’t know the life they are living over there.
“A decorated slave is not only a slave but a big fool. Please, Christmas is coming. Appearance is deceptive. You can see some people out there with flashy and expensive things like cars. Is that what they are back home? Few are what they are back home. Back home – many are homeless, wandering. Be careful – appearance out there is deceptive. Warn your children!
“Take time to study the achievers in the world today – how many achieved those things in a foreign land? It is where God wants you to make it that you will make it, not where you want to make it or where you admire. It is not the job you admire most that is often your destined job. The job you admire most is not often the job you are destined for but the one you do not admire may turn out to be your destined job.”
In his deep and incisive message on Sunday, 24 January, 2016 titled, Life Through The Spirit, the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua admonished Christians on the need to understand the workings of God in the spirit realm because God is Spirit. God must be worshipped in spirit. Romans 8:14 says, “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” According to Prophet T.B. Joshua, if you don’t worship God who is a Spirit, in the spirit, you will be led intellectually or by your emotions – what you see, hear, read or how you feel. If we do not worship God who is a Spirit, in the spirit, can we hope to obtain His favour and acceptance? So, we miss the end of worship. Speaking further, the man of God said, “When one does not worship God who is a Spirit, in the spirit, the worship is defective; that is, carnal – dealing only in the letter and referring to the Spirit and design, which are at a distance, by types and ceremonies. We must depend upon God’s Spirit for strength and assistance, laying our souls under His influence and operation (Romans 1:9). We should worship Him with fixedness of thought and a flame of affection, with all that is within us”. He then advised all to commit themselves to the guidance of the Word.
Earlier in the service, Prophet T.B. Joshua prophesied that there was a young man present in the church who kept a charm in his cupboard that demanded for blood, leading to the death of his daughter three months ago. We have just listened to the confession of the man who explained his father was a notorious witchdoctor who bequeathed the diabolical charm to him on his deathbed. He used the charm to wreak havoc in his community by forcibly collecting land from people by using the charm which was kept in the form of a cloak. Once he wore this ‘cloak’, an uncanny aggression would possess him to the point where he would go out ‘looking for trouble’. If anybody offended him, he would pretend to prostate before the person while having the charm on his body. The charm would then ‘collect’ the blood of that person and they would die within days. Physically, the cloak which was brownish in colour would turn bright red whilst in the cupboard, a sign that the demons within it had taken blood. However, the charm soon backfired as it took the life of one of his twin daughters by sucking her blood. In the midst of this, the young man discovered Emmanuel TV and began watching. He had a dream where he saw Prophet T.B. Joshua, leading him to come to The SCOAN for the first time today where God located him in a word of prophecy. We thank God for his deliverance!
From the genesis of creation to this present generation, there has been a common, rampant and general epidemic which has eaten into the fiber of our everyday relationship and no one is free from this, in spite of whom we are and rank/status we occupy in the society. This malady is present in every society, culture, race, tradition and religion. This common trap or deception used by the devil is known as OFFENCE. According to Luke 17: 1 “Then said he unto the disciples, it is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!” This implies that no matter whom we are, we must be offended, that is, offense must come; For It is impossible to live life without having the time and opportunity to be offended; it is not a question of opportunity to be offended but what your response will be. We should at all times forgive our offenders because Satan knows if our offences are not properly managed it can lead us to sin, that is we should let go of offence. Offence is the effective instrument used by Satan to blind us in our present condition, it is the use of negative words that registers in the heart of the offended, offence is not deadly but feeding on it in our heart makes it deadly. This could come in form of temptations because Satan uses our weaknesses as a bait to tempt us.
When Jesus Christ said on the cross of Calvary “Father Forgive Them”, the word “them” in this statement means both the offenders (those who crucified Him) and the offended (those who were hurt by his crucifixion and nursed the offence in their heart). Those who were offended due to the way Christ was unjustly treated by the people equally sinned just as those that were responsible for His crucifixion. Christ knew on the cross of Calvary that those who were for Him had unconsciously sinned by nursing offence in their heart, then, He quickly prayed to the Father to forgive them – the offender and offended. Offence is not yet a sin when it comes to the mind of the offended until it is nursed and fed upon, therefore making the offender and offended fall into this common trap. Focusing on ourselves is an effective instrument used by Satan to blind us on our present conditions, making us to question God: “why me of all this accusation and disappointments?” We automatically forget the reality of our condition.
Readers might want to question the essence of this write up but we ought to be conscious of the fact that this is an era of temptation. The devil and his cohorts are working effortlessly to make us fall short of God’s glory. This goes specifically to the sympathizers of the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN), the family of the deceased in particular and the world at large that we should not get offended over what Prophet T.B. Joshua and his ministry are going through in the hands of their adversaries, thereby falling into sin; for it is a deceptive trap of the devil. We should never allow offence/hatred get hold of us because of the unjust judgment from the authorities and the uncalled criticism levied against the Prophet because if we do, we are as much of a sinner as those who criticize and indict the Prophet. We must let go of offence! Offence is very common due to lack of real love. We have almost come to believe that it is a way of life, the truth is our life is centered on how we are doing, feeling, and being treated for it is not all about us but JESUS.
The man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua clearly understands this that is why he does not get offended nor react negatively when people criticize and accuse him without concrete fact and evidence. The Prophet was attacked (The SCOAN guest house building collapse), which was a trap from the devil to make him nurse offence in his heart, but as we all know, the Prophet is far from being offended but the scripture makes us understand that curse (woe) be unto those through whom the offence (attack) comes.
Unlike the authorities handling the case of the collapsed guest house at the SCOAN premises, the Prophet has neither abused nor threatened anyone because he knows these are traps from the devil to make him nurse offence thereby sin against God. When we concentrate or focus on what people do to us, we would end up losing focus on how to handle the situation or condition we find ourselves. Offence acted upon in the heart make one worry about what people do and this cripples our ability to think and exercise faith properly in our present condition. In other words, we cannot think of loving/hating, and think of destroying/caring for others at the same time.
When we apply this principle in our daily routine, we would find out that it is easier to let go of offence rather than nursing it in our hearts. Let us cite the story of Joseph and his brothers; if Joseph was unwilling to forgive the atrocities committed against him by his people, he could have not found himself in the position to aid them during the famine period; for he could not have hated and saved at the same time. Another biblical example concerning offence is cited in the book of Job; if Job had nursed the offence because of his friends’ ridicule and accusations against his faith as a result of his illness and misfortune, God would not have restored his lost wealth and health.
Offence is a common trap or deceptive measure that Satan uses to lure us into sin in order to rob us of our true Son-ship as children of GOD. Hence, this means that it is only when we feed on offence in our heart that it becomes deadly because whatever we conceive in our heart with time, metamorphosis and influences our habits and character in reality. An offence not properly handled can make a Christian possess or produce the fruit of the flesh according to Galatians 5:19-21.
Pray and say after Prophet T.B. Joshua– “By the authority in the name of Jesus, I release you from all hurts! I release you from deep hurts! I release you from whatever caused by offence- bitterness, jealousy, anger, pain in the past be released, in the name of Jesus Christ!!!! I command that spirit, every spirit offence might have caused in your life- jealousy, hatred, anger, inferiority, resentment, strifes, outrage. I release you, in the name of Jesus! Be released, in the name of Jesus! In Jesus Christ’s name I pray. Amen!!!”
Evangelist Ruth in her message titled, Love God Above All said that many of us today think we can earn God’s favour by our good works but Christianity is not a religion; it’s a relationship. She further explained that God will not heal, bless or deliver you because of who you are or where you have come from; He will meet you when you obey what He told you to do by His Spirit, based on His Word. She ended by encouraging us that there is hope and the greatest miracle we need is a relationship with Jesus.
What a splendid and glorious occasion it was for the multitudes that congregated at The SCOAN on Sunday! From the heavenly songs of glorious adoration that soothed broken souls and prepared the way for the anointing of the Holy Ghost, to the power-packed sermons, the beauty of the Lord was irresistible. It did not matter either whether one was worshipping through Emmanuel TV as millions of viewers do worldwide or using online mediums; the touch of our Lord, Jesus Christ, was unmistakable. As the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua launched a chain-smashing prayer against the kingdom of darkness, people could be seen vomiting blood and other poisonous substances the devil had deposited in them to breed sicknesses, disappointments, failures and other vices in their lives. They were declared free of their afflictions, in the name of the Healer and Deliverer, Jesus Christ. The man of God also mounted the pulpit and delivered a powerful message that brought edification and comfort as people discovered the missing piece to successful and lasting relationships. Titled: NO PERFECT RELATIONSHIP, he urged all to exercise forgiveness at all times, saying, “There is no perfect relationship. Where I am weak, you are strong”.
Aided by scriptures from Romans 15:1-4 and Galatians 6-1, Prophet T.B. Joshua reproved the spirit of self-righteousness, saying such a relationship cannot last. He explained: “The word ‘relationship’ means cooperation where people involved benefit or gain. What are we benefiting and what are we gaining? If one is weak in one area, he might be strong in another area. This means, we have our strengths and our weaknesses. We must recognise this in each other. Wife, you must recognise the weakness in your husband and his strength – the area of his strength and weakness. So also, you husband. We must recognise this for our relationship to endure and last.”
He added: “This is the secret of my humility. I know you deserve my respect and I also deserve your respect. If I first see you, I should first say, ‘Good morning’. That is what life is all about. Not, I see you but because I am a man of God, I don’t say, ‘Good morning’ and wait to see whether you will greet me or not. I know you deserve my respect, my honour and I too, deserve your respect and your honour. It is not one-sided. That is what relationship is all about. If you reject one because of his weakness, you also reject his strength. If you know your friend’s weakness, help him instead of rejecting him because a person who is a thorn in your flesh today may be your helper tomorrow.”
Earlier, Wise Man Daniel preached a life-transforming message titled, ‘God is Interested in Genuine Believers’. He encouraged everyone to be genuine believers and not the kind to whom Jesus Christ is the Lord only when the times are good – when there is money in your pocket. He declared that by His resurrection, Jesus Christ demonstrated that He is worthy of being the object of our faith and belief.
“It is never too late to start believing and obeying God’s Word. If we realise that our capacity to believe is not enough, we can offer prayers for faith and Jesus Christ will enlarge our spiritual coasts,” he said.
The SCOAN and viewers of Emmanuel TV witnessed in the live service the case of a family from Akwa-Ibom who came to The SCOAN with the problem of witchcraft accusation. Due to this allegation, the family had been rejected in the community to the extent that the body of their late mother had been abandoned in the family house for 6 months.
However, contrary to the allegation, the Man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua found them innocent of witchcraft.
What will the Emmanuel TV Team do with the body which has been abandoned for the past 6 months?
And how will Prophet T.B. Joshua reconcile the family with the community after this serious allegation of many years?
Watch out this Sunday, 13th September 2009, for the concluding part of this case as Prophet T.B. Joshua sends the Emmanuel TV team to their community for reconciliation and peace and see that Jesus Christ is The Repairer and Restorer. Don’t miss it!
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Last Sunday was one filled with glorious worship and spiritual upliftment for those that congregated at The SCOAN, Lagos. There was evident movement of the Holy Spirit as the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua, prayed for people and declared them free from affliction, sickness and disease, in the name of the Deliverer and Healer, Jesus Christ.
The man of God, aided by scriptures from John 16:33 and 1 Corinthians 10:13, said there is no cause for worry and depression when faced with temptation and tribulation because God is no man that can lie about the escape route He has for Christians.
“Crisis will come but be of good cheer. When you know where you are going, whatever happens to you – cancer or tribulation – cannot change your focus. God is not a man that lies. If the revelation comes that you will get there, you will get there. That temptation is a blessing; it will make you stronger. Don’t lose your focus,” he said, adding:
“That you are a Christian does not mean you will not encounter challenges. There will be challenges, tribulations – run to God, don’t run from Him. Instead of worrying about things around you, the situation you have, run to God. He has promised He will not allow your challenges or situations beyond what you are able.”
Earlier on, in his message titled: The Words Of Your Mouth, Wise Man Harry took the congregants and viewers of Emmanuel TV to the Scripture in 1 Samuel 17:41-47. He said one thing in common between David and Goliath was that both of them confessed victory. The difference was their faith; David confessed what he believed.
He explained, “David spoke the word of faith and the giant fell. It was the word of faith coming out of David’s mouth that produced an overcoming Spirit in him. When you realise that you will never rise above your confession, you are getting to the place where God can really use you. You must learn the value of God’s Word on your lips,” he said.
Christianity is not a religion; it is all about a relationship with Jesus Christ. In our relationship with Jesus Christ, there are both good and hard times alike. That is why no matter what happens, Christians must always stay in faith in the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ because a break in faith is a break in Christ Jesus. Faith cannot take a day off. Live a life of faith. Mountain climbing is a picture of the life of faith. Throughout our lives, we are to continue moving upward. Faith grows stronger as we climb higher; learning more about God, growing in our relationship with Him, becoming stronger in our battle with temptation. Therefore, in your daily battle, stay in faith. Faith is the transformative power of the universe; power of change – a change from hardship to breakthrough, a change from poverty to prosperity, a change from sickness to good health, a change from who you are now to the real you. Don’t take a day off. Luke 22:32 – Your faith shall not fail; let it be according to your faith, in Jesus’ name.
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What a glorious day it was! From the fully packed auditorium charged with electrifying force of the Holy Spirit to an equally awed overflow congregation, The SCOAN in Lagos, Nigeria was probably the most perfect venue any worshipper would have loved to be last Sunday. The mighty power of God manifested itself through wonders and miracles as the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua, walked among the congregants, ministering prayer.
Thousands of worshippers from all over the world, including a large entourage from Spain, who gathered at the church to worship, witnessed the power of Christ in action right from the Prayer Line where the man of God has recently been ministering. Demons were commanded to their knees and cast out in the name of Jesus Christ, while many people were declared free, in the name of the Lord. While at the Prayer Line, Prophet T.B. Joshua took a brief moment to speak on faith, saying it should not be circumstantial but an all time attitude irrespective of one’s situation.
“Jesus did not say, if you encounter a situation you should pray; He said you should have faith. Today, we pray but lack the necessary faith that can release the belief in our heart. Prayer is not right if it does not spring from faith. One is rewarded, healed, delivered or blessed only if one talks in faith,” he said, referring to Mark 11:22 and Matthew 4:1-11.
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Wise Man Racine mounted the pulpit and delivered a powerful message titled: ‘By His Grace.’ The topic centred on the need for unity in
Christ’s work rather than divisions, saying ministers who cause division and offences contrary to the doctrine of Christ, ‘seek not the things of God but of the world.’
“The Bible says mark them and avoid them,” he said citing Romans 16:15.
Wise Man Racine, who anchored the message on 1 Chronicles 16:22, said everyone, irrespective of one’s stature and status, ‘is a part of the same body, by the same Spirit’. He further stated that ‘there is no division in the body; its different parts have the same concern for one another’, hence the Bible instructs all believers (Ephesians 4:3) to ‘keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace’.
“They went to Bible school through their desire but the Bible says inRomans 9:16 that ‘it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy’”.
According to him, whereas man looks at the outward appearance in choosing a pastor or a leader, God looks at the heart. “As a Christian or man of God, you are who you are, what you are by grace. When the Lord calls a man, He knows all his weaknesses. God knows our limitations. God knows our shortcomings; that is why He chooses grace rather than works. When you receive something by grace, you will be content; you will not compare yourself to others, you will not measure yourself by yourself. Abuse, condemnation, criticism, name calling are products of non-contentment. When the Lord calls a man, He knows all his weaknesses,” said the wise man, citing the calling of Moses and the commissioning of the apostles of Jesus Christ as some illustrations.
Further in the words of the preacher, Wise Man Racine: “When God called Moses in the burning bush for the assignment of leading the people of Israel out of Egypt, Moses expressed his own inadequacies and unfitness for the service, saying, ‘Lord, I am not eloquent….’ (Exodus 4:10). He tried hard to excuse himself because he lacked the power of oratory and boldness (charisma) which is an essential character of great leaders. But the Lord then replied to him: ‘Go, I will be with your tongue and teach you what to say’(Exodus 4:12); in other words, ‘I will make you fit for the assignment’.
He observed painfully that ‘people always fail to understand that God oftentimes uses His servants as signs to confound the wise’ as was the case with Job where his friends gave a wrong judgement about him over his circumstances. ‘They looked at the situations around him and attributed his misfortunes to sin but Job did not,’ he added.
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Prophet T.B. Joshua stretched his hand and prayed with worshippers against ‘fleshly lusts, and ungodly thoughts and desires.’ He later on ministered prayer at The SCOAN Prayer Line where demons were cast out and healings declared in the mighty name of the Great Physician, Jesus Christ.
Earlier on, Wise Man Christopher delivered a powerful and enlightening message titled, “LIFE IS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE” whose proof text was drawn from Genesis 37:5-11,19-20; Genesis 39-45.The message centred on the need for Christians to begin to look at challenges as life’s lessons – a thing he said is made possible when one relies on the strength of Jesus Christ. Wise Man Christopher drew people’s attention to the Scripture of one of the greatest personalities of the Bible – Joseph, saying the hard times he went through in the dry pit, Potiphar’s house and in the prison, were God’s own way of preserving him for the glory ahead.
He said it was during the dark periods of his life that Joseph gained the necessary experience and maturity to handle the responsibilities imposed by the exalted position in the royal court in Egypt.
“If he had become the prime minister earlier than he did in Egypt, he would have been too inexperienced to handle the position. Ask any successful person in Christ Jesus and he will tell you how much humiliation, hardship, disappointment, disagreement, persecution and rejection he had to endure in order to come to a new level in life,” said Wise Man Christopher quoting the wise words of Prophet T.B Joshua who once said, ‘Successful people don’t just drift to the top; it takes focused action, personal discipline and a lot of energy everyday to make things happen’.
He therefore encouraged Christians to feel strong in challenges if things are to happen, believing that one’s personal improvement and fulfillment in life, comes through the continual process of learning from both positive and negative experiences. He also referred to 2 Corinthians 12:7-12. He said Apostle Paul’s thorns were meant to keep him humble; to keep him from becoming conceited and proud.
“That was God’s own way of expressing His unfailing love towards Apostle Paul by hiding pride from him. Wherever you are, whoever you are and whatever you are going through in life, no matter your physical ability, ethnicity, nationality, race, gender or status stay with one thought in mind, ‘You are loved by God,’” he said.
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Last Sunday’s service will pass as one of the most revealing and prophetical. The power of the Holy Spirit could be felt all over the auditorium as God used the faculties of His ministers to preach, heal and deliver. The service started with the prayer line where, once again, wise men, under the influence of the Holy Spirit and in the name of Jesus Christ, set people free from all kinds of demonic bondage, from sickness to good health. The sick were declared healed in Jesus’ name and those afflicted with evil spirits were delivered, to the glory of God. And, again, the overwhelming power of the Holy Spirit moved among the congregants as the Almighty God used Prophet T.B. Joshua to preach, teach, heal and deliver people during the service. Not only did the man of God touch the hearts of the worshipers with his awe-inspiring message for people to stay steadfast in prayer at all times but also, he gave a practical example of how Christians could benefit spiritually from a specially designed mobile stool they can use as an altar anywhere they go – a prayer bench or prayer stool. The Sunday Service would not be complete without the inspiring testimonies from people who trekked in from all over the world. Here are but a few of those testimonies. Stay blessed.