CHRIST WILL MAKE HIS HOME IN OUR HEARTS


PROPHET TThe SCOAN Sunday Service of February 15, 2015 was no doubt another huge success in the spiritual rejuvenation of God’s people. One thing that remains consistent with the church is its untiring resolve, passion for the salvation and redemption of mankind from all walks of life irrespective of gender or race. Hence, the name The Synagogue, Church of All Nations is not accidental but a fulfilment of the ministry’s God-given mandate to affect lives all over the world. It was therefore with an awe-inspiring approach that the entire congregation prepared their minds to receive the spiritual food dished out by the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua as well as the rich musical interjections by the spectacular Emmanuel Singers, a group whose reputation in musical ministration is soaring internationally.

Delivering his message titled CHRIST WILL MAKE HIS HOME IN YOUR HEARTS, the man of God affirmed that for our hearts to be qualified to be Christ’s home, we must put our trust in Him. We cannot claim to have Him in our hearts when our trust is on strange gods and deities. He cannot make our hearts his abode when our love for worldly pleasures supersedes our desire for Him. According to the man of God, who referred to the book of Romans 9:1,“Our heart is the communication/contact point. Christ dwells in our heart through faith. This means, it is the Word dwelling in you which is equivalent with Christ personally being in you. This means, Christ and the Word are one. If you know Christ and His Word are one, you bring Christ on the scene. Anytime you say, “In Jesus’ name”, you bring Christ on the scene instantly. Can’t you see the reason why you have not brought Jesus to the scene? Anytime you pray, you hear yourself, people around you hear you but Christ doesn’t hear you. When Christ doesn’t hear you and the people around you hear you, it is a dangerous mission”.

 Animating the occasion with the popular Christian song Trust and Obey, Prophet T.B. Joshua analyses the way and manner in which Christ builds His home in our hearts through the Word: “As the Word dominates, rules and sanctifies our spirit’s nature, He is building Himself and making Himself a part of us. The faith bracelet will help you as you meditate the Word, it will dominate your heart; it will rule your heart and sanctify your spirit’s nature”. Speaking further, the man of God highlighted the relationship between meditating on the Word and uninhibited communion with God: “Meditation in the Word is a visit with God. As you meditate in the Word, it becomes part of us and we become a part of it. Meditation is not thinking but more than that because when we talk about thinking, we talk about the senses. Think more”.

Re-emphasising the essence of meditation in the life of a Christian, the man of God urged the congregation to embrace the practice as it affords them the opportunity of getting deeper insights into life and divine direction. He frowned on the lukewarm attitude of many towards the practice: “There is an area in our life we have neglected – meditation. There must be a quiet time when you sit down, imagine if this life is over, what is next. What you have never experienced before, think about that. Think of those who have gone. Think about what they left behind. This is what you have never heard. What you have never experienced before, think about it, if life is over. Think of those who have gone, friends, colleagues or relatives. After that, you can take your faith bracelet and begin to meditate”.

Explaining the role faith plays in our walk with God, Prophet T.B. Joshua stated that it is very difficult to please God without it. Hence, the need for Christians to exercise their faith at all times in order to be able to unleash their wonder-working potentials: “Only faith pleases God. Faith is perfected by our acting on the Word. How do you act on the Word? This is the secret. Faith comes through hearing the Word of God. There is more to that. Faith is hearing and obeying. You cannot obey that Word when the Word has not dominated, ruled and lived in your heart. Faith is like a coin. Faith is a Heavenly currency. You must take this Word to heart. It is what is dominating your heart that you can shout. This will replace everything”.

In conclusion, Prophet T.B. Joshua spoke on the secret of faith: “The secret of faith, the Word must dwell, live and rule your heart. Faith is perfected by our acting on the Word. The Word must dominate, rule and live in our heart. This is the secret of faith”. And for those who allow God to make His home in their hearts, Prophet T.B. Joshua describes them in the following words: “The Lord has given you a foundation. If today were your last day on earth, what will happen? You will begin to see revelation about yourself and others and from there, God will strengthen your mind to remember. The whole world doesn’t know what will happen next. This is what Christianity is all about – God’s opinion about yourself and others”.

TESTIMONIES

God is no respecter of persons and situations. No matter the problem; irrespective of how long it has existed, God will continue to level every situation to the glory of His name. At The SCOAN, testimonies are the greatest proof of God’s presence. The following testimonies will build your faith and inspire you to hold on dearly to God. Emmanuel!

FROM PAUPER TO PROPRIETOR

AKE LISIYINE PIUS (1)Akelisiyine Pius came to The SCOAN from Ghana with the problem of abject poverty (to the extent that he could not take care of his family).  Before going back to Ghana, he received the Anointing Water and believed that his life would turn around. After ministering the Anointing Water in the name of Jesus, he dreamt that Prophet T.B. Joshua was walking with him through a school. When he woke up, he started praying, although he had never had any previous thought of starting a school project. A few weeks later, his attention was brought to an abandoned school in his area. He purchased and took over the school and started operating in the middle of the academiAKE LISIYINE PIUS (2)c year. Despite this, the process was very smooth because God was behind it. The school started with 65 students but before the end of that week, the school was filled up with 100 students. Now, to the glory of God, there are 330 students studying in his school. To add to the facility of the school, he bought a small van. Seeing the school was growing bigger and bigger, he had to buy a bigger school bus in addition to the small van. As the number of pupils continued to increase at a fast rate, he had to purchase an additional coaster bus to properly serve the pupils. Mr Pius advises everyone to do what God has put in their heart with faith.

“I SLEPT WITH 30 MEN A DAY…” – CONFESSIONS OF A DIABOLIC PROSTITUTE

MISS ASATU SHERIFFIf evil could be adequately defined in a story, Asatu’s would perhaps be a model. A background stooped in satanic secrecy opened the gateway for wickedness of unimaginable proportions to work through her. Initiated at a tender age into a cult that thrived on the belief in animal superiority, Asatu’s private parts were marked for destruction in a sick ritual. Her parents’ premature death led her to seek spiritual help in darker places that only ended up entangling her deeper in bondage. An attempt at marriage ended abysmally as the relationship that spawned two young children ended with her being thrown onto the streets. Desperate and smarting with anger, Asatu succumbed to the lure of ‘greener pastures’ abroad, following a strange lady to Nigeria.

Upon reaching Nigeria, the lady took her to a witchdoctor, whose charm, which promised to restore her marital bliss, ended up killing her estranged husband. Resorting to prostitution, Asatu roamed the four corners of Nigeria, sleeping with up to 30 men in a day to fend for herself. Burdened by her two young children, her willpower eventually whittled away to the point where the unthinkable became feasible – she ‘gave’ out her kids. “I have no ideas where they are right now,” she confessed to the shocked congregants at The SCOAN.

Eventually ending up in Lagos on the prostitution trail, the brothel where she ‘worked’ was broadcasting an unusual television station – Emmanuel TV. Upon watching and learning The SCOAN was located in Lagos, she made the decision to attend the service last week, tired of her dirty lifestyle. As Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for calmness to descend upon the congregants in the mass prayer, an incredible sequence of events unfolded for Asatu! A shocking, rumbling sensation welled within her stomach forcing her to her knees. Then, it came out. A disgusting item wrapped in red thread with a needle interwoven. The charm she had ingested many years ago in the home of a spiritualist had been forced out by God’s power!

After her deliverance, Asatu testified that the terrible dreams she previously had of dungeons and graveyards were gone as was the urge to engage in illicit prostitution.  “Believe in God,” she tearfully advised the somber congregation. “Leave evil and give your life to God. Only God has the final say in everything.”

 DOUBLE BLESSING THROUGH ANOINTING WATER MINISTRATION

MR & MRS DECKY ENYOINSM NUKURU (1)Mr. and Mrs. Decku alongside Miss Nukunu, Mrs. Decku’s younger sister came to The SCOAN with their lives full of challenges. While Mrs. Decku’s case was incessant miscarriages, her younger sister Miss Nukunu was suffering from abject poverty. Mrs Decku who had been married for three years would always have a nightmare anytime she MR & MRS DECKY ENYOINSM NUKURU (2)was pregnant and that experience always ended in her losing the pregnancy. Her husband was dejected about her condition and the state of things. The trio came to a conclusion to come to The SCOAN to receive the ministration of the Anointing Water. As the couple went back to Ghana, they prayed, ministered the Anointing Water in Jesus’ name and met as husband and wife. One day, while they visited the doctor to attend to his health, it was also confirmed that his wife was pregnant. Praise the Lord! Miss Nikunu on her own part, after receiving the ministration of the Anointing Water, received a call from a friend who owns a big company in Ghana. She was offered a job as a salesMR & MRS DECKY ENYOINSM NUKURU (3)representative for one of the branches of his company. Her salary was increased ten times more than what she earned before. Indeed, with God’s power, nothing is impossible!

 

 

INABILITY TO WALK SUCCUMBS TO THE POWER OF GOD

MR GODWIN NWOKOLO (1)Nwakolo Godwin came to The SCOAN from Delta State, Nigeria with difficulty in walking due to lumbar spondylosis. As a result, he could neither walk well nor stand for more than five minutes. He could not sleep because of the excruciating pain he had. He had visited several places in search of solution to this problem but all to no avail. He then decided to come to The SCOAN for his healing. He was arranged at The SCOAN Prayer Line. Immediately Prophet T.B. Joshua touched him, he received instant healing. He could not explain how this happened; all he knew was that he was healed. Now that he is healed, he can do anything. Indeed, there is never a problem that Jesus cannot solve and there is never a sickness that Jesus cannot heal.MR GODWIN NWOKOLO (2)

DELIVERED FROM THE SPIRIT OF PORNOGRAPHY

The prophecy that his addiction to the internet had led to the collapse of his marriage hit him like a bolt out of the blues. Mr. Childress Simmons Jnr. Could not deny the cataclysmic turn his life had taken after the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua had uncovered the dark corner of his life.

His mother’s separation from his father was the beginning of his doom. With no choice, he went with his mother to live with her new found love, his step-father. There, his young life was infected with the spirit of pornography through his step-brother who actually introduced him into the evil practice, being in ownership of a rich library of pornographic magazines and videos. At the tender age of 10 he was already addicted. His young life was already shedding its innocence and was at the trench destruction. With time, the contagious hands of pornography continued to pull him down the abyss of deeper addiction. He would keep unholy vigils just to satiate his senses with pornographic videos. The act became some sort of escapist mechanism for him whenever he wanted to cure himself of depression.

Due to his excessive nocturnal ritual of watching pornographic videos, he became a social menace; he would sleep while driving as a result of exhaustion. His mindset was corrupted to the extent that he had no regard for women. After all, he had seen it all! Those things that made womanhood sacred were the same he saw and trivialised at will. Haunting him like a ghost passionate to destroy its target at all cost, his addiction to pornography became the Achilles Hill of his life. The only thing that motivated him into marriage was the satisfaction of his sexual fantasies – a disease which his addiction had brought about. His marriage eventually crumbled after few months when he realised that his appetites were insatiable just as his diseased thinking was incurable. His knack for masturbation increased with every successful pornographic exercise.

MR CHIDRESS SIMMONSMr Simmons was lost to world that was destroying him gradually. He was even unaware that he needed help. He was deeply engrossed in the unwholesome practices of masturbation and pornography even when a second marriage was consummated. “All this while, I knew I was killing myself but there was nothing I could do about it. In my second relationship I started looking for a solution. I started fasting and going to prayer houses”. It dawned on him that he needed God to deliver him from the dungeon of self-destruction he had thrown himself into.

At the peak of his evil engagement, he would be on the internet having sex with strangers via webcam. His lustful ways graduated rather pitiably and made him a sorry case. “The spirit of lust as a result of pornography led me to get married to women who were divorced and had bad marriages…

At the Prayer Line, Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for me and I immediately knew I was delivered. Since my deliverance, I don’t look at women as physical objects anymore; I see them as daughters of God that need to be respected and also my heart has been renewed. As a young man, I am now excelling in everything I put my hand to. I was at the rock bottom; I was hopeless before I came to The SCOAN. I advise young people to desist from pornography because it will only open doors for demons into their lives. I also want parents to keep good watch over the affairs of their children”.

CONTINUE TO READ US AND WATCH EMMANUEL TV FOR YOUR EDIFICATION. THERE IS NO SITUATION THAT IS BEYOND GOOD. RECEIVE YOUR HEALING RIGHT NOW, IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS!

THE POWER IN MEDITATION


Prophet T.B. JoshuaOn Sunday February 9, 2015, the mighty presence of God was felt at the church service of The SCOAN. Apart from the edifying ministrations of the Emmanuel Singers, the passion and excitement of the congregation to connect with Heaven through prayer added spiritual substance to the day.

The man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua engaged the congregation in an enlightening yet instructive message about MEDITATION. According to the man of God, “Meditation brings revelation… Meditation in the Word is a visit with God. The Word becomes a part of us by meditation. If meditation in the Word is a visit with God, this means, meditation makes the Word a part of us. The Word becomes a part of us by meditation. Today, we talk of prayer and fasting but I have never heard where they lay emphasis on meditation”. In other words, the essence of meditation in the life of a Christian is phenomenal. Unfortunately, most Christians prefer to jump into fasting and prayer rather than meditate on the Word which in actual fact hastens the communion between man and God. It is when we constantly meditate on the Word of God that we receive heavenly insights for the future.

Speaking further, Prophet T.B. Joshua bemoaned the attitude of Christians to meditation, stressing that it is the foundation of every good plan or vision that sets out to prosper: “It is an issue Christians play down but it is fundamental; it is a foundation. People play down the word, ‘meditation’. For your plan towards a business to work smoothly, you must sit down and meditate where you are going, how much you need to spend, etc. It may be when you are lying on your bed in the night privately. You may be crying alone or smiling alone. Meditation means think more. Faith comes when the Word prevails over the thinking processes.” Describing meditation further as “more than thinking”, the man of God posited that it can take a Christian to the level when he or she becomes absorbed. According to him, that is the level where most Christians begin to speak in tongues: “When you engage in more than thinking, you may start crying or smiling, talking alone. You are talking to God and you have forgotten yourself. This is the level you need to go. This is the realm you can enjoy your life, not the realm you are. When you are thinking, you are aware of what is happening around you but when you are more than thinking, you are not aware of what is happening. This is the realm that can offer you speaking in tongues”.

Prophet T.B. Joshua concluded that we cannot reach God when our hearts are heavy with burdens: “You need a free spirit to interact, relate with God, to get on with God but your spirit is not free. The moment you discover that burden that put you in bondage, you can remove it by prayer. A free spirit is sensitive to the Spirit of God. The first thing you need to do is remove the burden. Faith makes the Word prevail”.

During Mass Prayer, the man of God took authority in the mighty name of Jesus to release those in whatever kind of bondage, ranging from career to health issues: “Whatever area of your life that is troubled, begin to command calmness. My career, business, spiritual life, destiny – I command calmness!”

EVANGELIST ANNEIn an earlier exhortation, Evangelist Anne, speaking on a message titled, ‘TRUST IN THE LORD BEFORE THE LIONS ARRIVE’ enjoined Christians to always be of good cheer in times of trials. She discouraged the attitude of asking God questions when things go awry, observing that what our Creator requires at all times is total trust in Him as exemplified by many biblical heroes. She also frowned at the faithless outbursts of unbelievers who would quickly blame God for all their failings: If you ask someone who doesn’t believe in God why he doesn’t believe. The answer you will likely get is this – “If a loving God exists, why does He stand by and do nothing when others are hurting? Where was he when my innocent brother was jailed for a crime he never committed? Where was he when as a graduate, I was denied my right in society and had to join the men of the underworld? Where was he when everyone in my family became so poor that I now cater for them through prostitution?”

Encouraging Christians not to make hasty conclusions about God when they are faced with temporary challenges, she also reminded them that the present should not be used to judge the future because, the present might be gloomy but with God, there will always be a future full of hope: “Today, many act more like God’s enemies than his friends because of an inability to see beyond their immediate situation. They become rebellious in nature and often misinterpret God’s silence as rejection; they surrender to their fears while their hearts dream of a miracle and are quick to conclude that there is no future/hope/God!”

Evangelist Anne made reference to biblical characters like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as well as Job and explained in detail how their trust in God turned their situations around even in the face of grave dangers: “Many biblical heroes had their faith challenged in a new way but they never cut off their dependence upon God. They knew that personal fulfilment and achievement came from learning from both positive and negative experiences; that there were no short cuts to spiritual maturity and that in their spiritual walk with God, there would be good and hard times”.

Concluding, Evangelist Anne admonished Christians about the antics of satan who would always want them to dwell on things God has not given them rather than those He has given them, stating that they are all ploys by the devil to place the world in their hearts so that Christ would be displaced: “Because satan knows he cannot stop those with spiritual insight into Christ Jesus, his main aim is to get you to forget all God has given and focus on what you don’t have.  But a Christian cannot afford to forget God than the Israelites could in their daily life. You can deny, ridicule, slander, and ignore God but His love remains constant and unchanging”.

TESTIMONIES

At The SCOAN, testimonies are a daily affair – a confirmation of the wondrous presence of God! With every testimony, His name is exalted on high and His mercies shall continue to endure and abide with us all in Jesus’ name. The following testimonies are proof that you too can be a partaker of His divine grace. Emmanuel!

MORNING WATER WASHES ADDICTION AWAY

MISS LUCY AGADAOne day Lucy Agada from Benue was taking a stroll in a field; she would never have imagined that this seemingly harmless act would be a turning point for the worse in her life. As she was walking, she smelt the scent of anthill soil and it appealed to her. Taking some from the ground, she began to eat it. That was the beginning of her addiction. Before long, she was totally addicted to the anthill soil, preferring it to ordinary food. To her, it tasted like chocolate and she would eat it four to five times a day. Her friends and family members thought she was mentally ill and she was very embarrassed but the craving continued all the more. Each time she tried to stop it, the desire would increase. The addiction went on for four years. She became desperate and in faith decided to come to The SCOAN for deliverance. At the Prayer Line, the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for her and ministered the Morning Water on her. She received her deliverance and the desire for the anthill soil vanished as quickly as it came. Free and full of joy, she testified to the great change in her life. She can now eat normally to the glory of God!

 

AFFLICTION OF ASTHMA ENDED

MISS DUME UCHE RITAMiss Dume Rita’s life was brought to a standstill when she was diagnosed with asthma two years ago. This sickness was not just ordinary asthma. It was an affliction that affected every area of her life. She would have attacks three times a week and would be rushed to hospital at times in a critical condition. She did not look for work with any enthusiasm knowing that no company would accept her with such an affliction. She would have to dress warmly all the time in an attempt to guard against the frequent attacks. She was also allergic to perfume and immediately she smelt the scent of strong perfume, an attack would start. Watching Emmanuel TV, she believed that her sickness would be wiped away if she could just get hold of the Morning Water.

A friend came to The SCOAN and received the Morning Water. She gave it to Rita and after ministering it, the asthma vanished completely. She began to breathe normally and strength and life returned to her; she is healed! Now, she can use perfume and is no longer taking regular trips to the hospital. Not only was she healed physically; her career also turned around. After two years of unemployment, despite being a Business Management Graduate, she was blessed with a new job as a Retail Manager in a bank.

To cap it all, she was also healed of severe menstrual pain after Ministering the Morning Water. Her setback and sickness has truly been wiped away, in the name of Jesus Christ!

 

FULL MOVEMENT RETURNS THROUGH THE MORNING WATER

MRS PATRICIAImagine having to sleep in a seated position every night. How would it feel not to be able MRS PATRICIA 2to look back, to the right or to the left? This was the unfortunate position Mrs. Patricia Onwubiko found herself in. Diagnosed with cervical spondylosis, she was given a neck collar which was to be worn at all times. This neck collar did little to ease the severe pain she was passing through. Not able to move around or even eat, she was truly in a sorry state. That was before she was brought to The SCOAN and received prayer from Prophet T.B. Joshua with the Morning Water. With just one spray, the muscles in her neck became loose and her bones were shifted back to their original position. She began turning her neck freely to the glory of God! Now free from pain, she threw away her neck collar, rejoicing at the healing power of Jesus Christ!

EMMANUEL!

 

GOD IS EVER PRESENT IN OUR LIVES – WISE MAN DANIEL


In league with the choir, Wise Man Daniel heightened the spiritual tempo of the auditorium especially as he, in

Wise Man Daniel

his prefatory remarks, reminded the congregation of the omnipresence of God. I will, the wise man quoting Jesus, be with you always even till the end of the world. A relationship with the One who never said ‘Good bye’, the wise man elaborated, is the best thing in life.  As a Christian or worker,he asked, who is involved in your matter? Proffering an answer by himself, the wise man reassured the congregation that when God is involved in their matter, it doesn’t matter who else is involved. On that score, he admonished his listeners not to be ruled by their situation and appropriately entitled his message, Handle Your Situation With Care. Citing Acts 16:22-26 as his proof text, he advised the congregation that a good situation handled carelessly becomes a bad one while a bad one carefully handled could become good. God, in his words, wants His nature to be evident in us in terms of love and peace. Our spiritual nature, he went on, needs to be tested in a natural experience. Paul and Silas went through the same test and were found to possess the spiritual nature of God’s standard. In the face of injustice on earth, the wise man continued, do not grumble but look to the cross where the price was paid. Don’t think God has abandoned you when you face life’s uncertainties. Paul and Silas found themselves in a situation that they did not deserve  but all the same, they sang praises to God. Acting faith makes that which is against us be for us. A man of faith will say, ‘Thank You, Jesus for healing me’, whereas the sickness is still there. Prayer is a salve to every sore and a remedy to every malady. In every situation, we must hold out and hold in like Paul and Silas did. A sack letter has catapulted many into employment and prosperity. Who knows what would have happened to you if your prayer for a better situation had been answered? In every situation, trust in God, the wise man advised his listeners.

BELIEVING IS THE CONNECTION

Commending the message and describing it as a mirror of our lives, Prophet T. B. Joshua assured Emmanuel TV viewers worldwide that The SCOAN feels their presence and that there is no difference between their location and that of The SCOAN, adding that believing is their connection. If you abide in Me and My Word abides in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done, the prophet reminded the congregation in close reference to theBible.

THE PURPOSE OF GOD FOR YOUR LIFE


In the midst of the melodies from the choir, which set out to enhance the spiritual tune of the auditorium, Wise Man Daniel emerged to deliver his message. The wise man assured the congregation that God is always with them. In his words, our heavenly Father is concerned about us.  He wants us to be physically healed and spiritually saved. We are here for a relationship forever with Him. Hard times cannot affect the relationship. It is in the mind of God to answer prayers. We may not understand Him because of our limitations. He tells us to be patient because there is time for everything. In a situation that seems to project failure, you should be careful to find out God’s opinion so that you will not end up rejecting His purpose for your life. The wise man entitled his message Let His Will Be Done. He cited Daniel 6:7, 9 – 11 as his proof text. Great men simply have great habits, the wise man remarked after reading the proof text. Commenting further, the wise man said Daniel never allowed the situation on ground to dictate his prayer. What a man of faith he was! He knew the danger involved in praying to his God yet he never allowed it to change his habit of praying daily to his God. Daniel had no reason to doubt God’s ability to deliver. He saw premature death as an early escape from this wicked world. He believed that physical death enhances spiritual transition towards God.  Death, to a good man, is a release from this world to the enjoyment in Heaven.  The best man in this world holds his position, honour and integrity no longer than God keeps him in it. By His grace, we are what we are.
LET LOVE LEAD
Prophet referred the congregation to the words on The SCOAN Anointing Sticker : ‘Let Love Lead’ as he dwelt on the theme of love in his message. Drawing his listeners’ attention to 1 John 4, he advised them not to believe every spirit but to test the spirit whether it is of God. Citing verse 16 as a good summary of the chapter, he added that God is love and he, who abides in love, abides in God for God is love. Citing 1 Corinthians chapter 13, the prophet averred that only three things will last on this earth; namely, faith, hope and love. The greatest, he said, is love. In his words, love looks around to see who is in need. We begin to succeed with our lives, he added, when the hurts and problems of others matter to us. The wound of one is the wound of all. Love frees us in the present. It is the present situation that presents problems.  It is only through love that we are able to respond to God and to others in the present. First, you must forgive yourself and your neighbour.  This is why Paul, the apostle made it clear that faith works by love in Galatians 5:6. What a danger, the prophet continued, is a religion of words, if there is no corresponding action!  You have nothing but a mental assent without action. How does the love of God work in a man who only thinks and works with empty words, idle words? If you give everything you own to the poor but you do not love, no matter what you say, believe or do, you are bankrupt without love. Let love lead, the prophet re-echoed. Concluding, the prophet enjoined the congregation to pray that God will give them the grace to act on the message and do what the message says.
DELIVERED FROM FEEDING ON SAND
Sylvia and Veila, delivered from addictions to foam mattresses and uncooked rice were in attendance in the service and testified that the spirits of addiction had not disturbed them in any way since their deliverance the previous Sunday. The prophet revealed that after witnessing their deliverances, many viewers with similar addictions had sent emails in throughout the week and many were present in the church that morning. One of those with a similar attack, according to his mother who brought him for deliverance, was Al Ammen, a son of a professor in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. As the mother put it, Al Ammen, now six years old, had been eating sand and foam mattress and all beating to stop him failed. He was also stubborn and rude, shouting at his parents without restraint in his wish to be in total control. Confirming his mother’s revelation, Al Ammen added that a strange voice of a man urged him to eat sand and foam mattress and he enjoyed eating them as food. He admitted shouting at his parents because, according to him, they disturbed him. Al Ammen was delivered by mere verbal interaction with the prophet who pronounced him free, in Jesus’ name. ‘Thank You, Jesus! I am free!’ Al Ammen reacted at his deliverance, telling the congregation that he used to eat sand and foam mattress but he would no more eat them. He also voiced a wish to become a .
ANOINTING WATER AROUND THE WORLD

The Anointing Water coupled with the miracles that go with it was also visited on the screen. This took Emmanuel TV viewers to many countries and places such as Cincinnati in Ohio, USA; The SCOAN branch in London, UK; Athens in Greece; Cape Town, South Africa and Accra, Ghana.  In each and all of these locations, the power of God, the Almighty was clearly in evidence.  Many people who had been held in bondage by contrary spirits were seen reacting to the ministration of the Anointing Water by shaking visibly and uncontrollably while others among them were vomiting or emitting all sorts of sound in deliverance. Among them were Shannon from Ohio, USA, Shannon who was healed of stomach problems and Patricia Ishemon from Texas who was set free from a witch doctor’s curse. She had nursed plans to visit The SCOAN in Lagos, Nigeria but when she heard the Anointing Water was nearby, believed that distance was not a barrier and received the touch she desired. Considering the distances the many bottles of the Anointing Water had travelled overseas from their source in The SCOAN, Lagos nevertheless their effectiveness was left unaffected, as the man of God aptly remarked, ‘What is of God is above all’.

ANOINTING WATER BRINGS FORTH A BABY
Mr Fidelis Chukwuka of Delta, Nigeria and his wife, Theresa with her baby mounted the platform for their testimony.  The head of the family narrated that in June last year, he visited The SCOAN for the Anointing Water for his family that was barren for fifteen years. Their problems, as he revealed, were low sperm count on his part and irregular menstruation on the part of his wife; problems which 15 years of patronage of witch doctors and modern medicine could no solve. A month after receiving and administering the Anointing Water, according to Fidelis, his wife conceived. He happily told his listeners that they had come to thank God for their new baby whom they had named, Victory – for God Almighty had given them victory through the Anointing Water!
 
PRAYER DISPLACES OPERATION
Mrs Helen Idahosa accompanied by her husband, Kenneth also mounted the platform for her testimony. Told that the only option she had in delivering her baby was through operation, Helen came to The SCOAN in fear, to seek the face of the Lord. Having been prayed for by Wise Man Racine and prophesied to of the safe delivery of a baby boy, Helen travelled back home relieved. When it was time for her to deliver, the same doctor who had prescribed operation assisted her in a natural delivery, made possible only through the prophetic word spoken by Wise Man Racine. As well as confirming his wife’s testimony, Kenneth thanked God for His blessing in his family.
DELIVERED FROM HEALTH EFFECTS OF SPIRITUAL WIFE
Mr Pius from Cameroon but resident in the Republic Benin as a lecturer later ascended the platform. He narrated that something had fallen from him as one of the wise men prayed for him in the prayer line. His problem, according to him, was that a spiritual wife appeared to him in the dream and destroyed his life. She would appear in different forms and while making love with him, Pius discovered that his manhood would appear very large. When he woke up from the dreams, he would discover that physically it would become smaller until it eventually became unusually small. He would also find himself in bruises and stripes as if he had been beaten, making him weak and feel robbed of affection for his earthly wife.  Before the nightmares began, he continued, he used to weigh about 106 kilogrammes but currently weighed a mere 85 kilogrammes. His urine was coming out in many colours and sometimes it would appear as if he was menstruating. The problem began after he had a verbal argument with another man over a woman. He had sought the assistance of his wife and her father for his cure but to no avail. After a short interview, the man of God stretched his hand towards him in prayer in the power of the Holy Spirit and declared him free, in Jesus’ name.
COUPLE RECONCILED
Captain Godwin Amrorighoye and his wife, Mercy whom the man of God had revealed in a prophecy as having a cat-and-rat marital relationship and who had engaged in a fight before coming for the service of the previous Sunday, mounted the platform to narrate their story  to the congregation. The woman accused her husband of wasting his money on women after he received a promotion and transfer to Bayelsa State, following prayer with the Anointing Water from The SCOAN. Even though by the promotion he became entitled to free accommodation, free feeding and a government car in his job, Godwin, his wife revealed, was going into debt. The wife wondered why he should owe anything with all the fringe benefits his recent promotion has brought to him. While they were together in Delta, he never owed a debt even with his smaller salary. All this fuelled the wife’s suspicion that he was involved in an extra-marital affair. That was the reason for the soured relationship between them, the woman submitted. In spite of his denial, Captain Godwin Amrorighoye unfortunately received a phone call from a woman in the presence of his wife. He answered the phone call hurriedly and harshly because of his wife who was watching with concern. Later, the wife had access to the phone number and replied the woman.
The prophet recapitulated many points and quotes from the message of the day’s service to advise the couple, the church and especially Captain Godwin Amrorighoye to appreciate the need for mutual respect for each other in a marriage, so that no partner in the marital union would feel belittled. He thereafter delivered Captain Godwin Amrorighoye from the contrary spirits that threatened the peace of their marriage.
Without doubt, the entire congregation of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations worldwide and viewers of Emmanuel TV cannot thank the Almighty God enough for this opportunity to visit the days of Christ on earth in this Church. May the Lord’s name be praised forever!

WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE


After the songs of praise and worship by which the day’s service commenced were over, Wise Man Daniel proceeded to give the message entitled, ‘Trusting In Christ’s Suffering’ by which he reminded the congregation that Christ died on the Cross to provide our needs which he said were healing, deliverance, blessing among others. He cited 1st Peter 2:21-24 as his proof text. Dwelling on the significance of Palm Sunday, he averred that that the Lord’s instruction regarding the donkey was characteristically not vague. Jesus is a Man of vision who says what He means and means what He says. His was instruction in boldness, certainty, righteousness and power. His rebuke was for our peace. His death was miserable and His disciples must be ready to bear His cross. By His suffering there is assurance of life for us.
ANOINTING WATER STOPS ISSUE OF BLOOD
After the prophet’s usual introductory remarks about the new Anointing Water, there was a surge of congregants wishing to testify to the instrumentality of the Anointing Water. The first person to enjoy the opportunity of giving a testimony was Mrs Elizabeth Aghachiebonam of Ebonyi State, though resident in Abuja. Her problem, according to her, was the issue of blood for two years. She recounted the trouble her husband had taken to find a solution for her in hospitals and churches without hitting any success. The problem started as internal heat and generated pain all over her body making her pass through sleepless nights. While people would be sleeping at night, she would see herself restless and reeling in pain. Coming to The SCOAN on the Thursday preceding the Sunday of testimony, she said she received the Anointing Water immediately on arrival and administered it on herself in compliance with the instruction. As soon as she applied it, the bleeding stopped. She happily told the congregation that she had started enjoying her nightly sleep and comfort of body following the staunching of the blood. She seized the opportunity to advise her listeners to have faith in the Lord, their Creator who is always there for them in times of need.
ANOINTING WATER OBVIATES OPERATION
The next testimony was given by the Akhere family. Mrs Akhere had been told by her doctor that she would require operation to deliver her baby because of her tight cervix. She therefore visited The SCOAN to seek the face of the Lord. She received the Anointing Water and administered it on herself in prayer for safe delivery. After this, she delivered her baby safely without operation. They named their baby Harry after Wise Man Harry. They profusely thanked God with whom, they recognized, nothing is impossible.
ANOINTING WATER AND GOD’S OMNIPRESENCE
The omnipresent nature of God was demonstrated with the Anointing Water in many parts of the world. The video clips revealed the work of the Anointing Water in other countries of which Greece was one. The clip showed a woman, Shaze Qualli who for twelve years depended on crutches for movement. The Anointing Water dispelled all the darkness in her and delivered her from all pain and infirmity. Another man who depended on crutches for movement was also delivered in the same way. There were many who, hitherto in the throes of contrary spirits, fell down under the anointing of the Holy Spirit and were delivered with the administration of the Anointing Water.
A similar feat was revealed in Ghana where a woman who had not been able to walk for years was declared free by an evangelist spraying the Anointing Water on her and she responded immediately by standing up to walk. A young man was also freed from evil spirits and he thanked God having been delivered through the medium of the Anointing Water. Mr John, a sergeant in the Ghanaian army, had for five years been incapacitated because of an injury he sustained in an accident. Spraying the new Anointing Water on him, an evangelist declared him free and he resumed walking immediately.
ANOINTING WATER RESTORES HEAD TO SHAPE
While the congregation was engrossed watching these miracles from other countries, an evangelist in The SCOAN had seen a young man in the church arranged in the prayer line because of a development in his head which made the head assume a very abnormal shape. The evangelist proceeded to spray the new Anointing Water on the head and, soon after, pus began to ooze from the head miraculously. In no time the head regained its normal shape after all the pus had come out. This was possibly the greatest miracle of the day as the evacuation of the pus left no mark or scar on the head after restoring the head to shape.
MARITAL UNDERSTANDING ACHIEVED
The next was the reconciliation of Mr and Mrs Elizabeth Aghachiebonam as hinted in the previous service. The next paragraph entitled MISUNDERSTANDING WORDS OF PROPHECY was their story in a nutshell at the end of service the week before. But to the glory of God, the couple reappeared on the platform this Sunday to thank God for their successful reconciliation and for the grace of understanding and appreciating each other the more as a couple. The very striking element of the reconciliation was the dream, Stella, the wife had in which she was told by Prophet T. B. Joshua to remove the ring and bangle on her hand. Contrary to her thinking that she never had those ornaments on her body to remove, the prophet proceeded beyond her skin into her bone to dislodge those ornaments which were an attestation to her union with a spiritual husband. The removal of these ornaments by the prophet marked a turning point in her marital relationship with IK, her earthly husband. The prophet once more appeared to her in a second dream and advised her to relate well to her husband and make ‘forgiveness’ a watchword in their marriage as there is no perfect person or relationship on earth. By the time she wanted to react to the prophet in the dream, he had vanished having laid a formidable spiritual foundation for the marriage. In his reaction, Mr Ikechukwu thanked the prophet for the effectual reconciliation. He added that they had been to the Mountain to pray in the effort to restore peace and love to their marriage. He once more thanked God and the man of God for the restored peace in their marriage.
MISUNDERSTANDING WORDS OF PROPHECY
The next video clip was among other reasons activated to correct the culpable presumptions among the congregants regarding the import of prophecies issued to them. In the said repartee between Wise Man Christopher and Mrs Ezekwelome,the latter corrected the wise man erroneously about her marital status. When Wise Man Christopher cautioned her to be careful about disappointments, the lady misinterpreted the expression and promptly told the wise man that she was already married. Making himself clearer, the wise man told her that he knew that. He was, on the contrary, simply warning her about the possible collapse of the marriage if care was not taken. Luckily for the wise man, her husband was around to add that he had sent her home the previous week because of her perceived misdemeanour. Defending herself on the last score, Mrs Ezekwelolome, a non working housewife, deprecated the repression she suffered in the hands of her husband who additionally habitually made her account for every kobo she received from him. She strongly felt that her views and wishes to engage in some private business deserved consideration by her husband. In his defence, the husband stated that apart from taking full charge of her education, he had sponsored her trips to France, Egypt and the United States of America. Her recent wish to go to Dubai for business in gold would put the entire family at risk apart from rendering him the sole caretaker of the children. Speaking on behalf of the womenfolk, about four women in the congregation expressed support for the husband and praised him for his consideration for the welfare of the entire family while advising the wife to be contented with the contributions of the husband to her well-being. The prophet, while inviting them to a reconciliation meeting, expressed the view that a marriage where both participants saw themselves as equally gifted in sophistication and intelligence and neither was ready to bow to the other was indeed a difficult one to manage but with God all things are possible.
MAN DELIVERED FROM IMPOTENCE
Mr Ameni Shabani of Congo DRC mounted the platform to confirm his deliverance from impotence last Sunday during the service. He had lost his wife to a houseboy because of his inability to dose sexual gratification to her. He lost his sexual virility when he was made to drink some concoction and wash himself with the water. He said his wife accused her of not finding time for her but added that he spent all his time looking for money for his wife in order to make the home comfortable. Both his wife and the houseboy took advantage of his loss of virility to redefine their relationship and started a sexual intimacy resulting in the loss of the wife to the houseboy. Mr Shabani added that his eloped wife later told him that only one of the two children they had together was his. It was for that reason he decided to leave both children for her till when he hoped to establish his paternity by DNA. Both ex-wife and houseboy now live together in South Africa. In answering the prophet’s question, Shabani stated that it was painful to lose his wife to a houseboy but in his state of loss of manhood then, there was nothing he could do. He was however happy for his deliverance which has put him in a position to consider getting married again. He expressed the hope of coming to The SCOAN after marriage on ‘a thank you mission’ with his new wife. He thanked God and the man of God for his restoration.
INTREPID JOURNEY TO SEE PROPHET
The next testimony was given by a young man, Mr Jeff Katanga from Zambia who came all the way from Zambia crossing not less than seven countries in a very long, tortuous and dangerous journey to Nigeria. The young man in question lost both parents recently in quick succession and found himself the caretaker of his siblings. The only hope for him in the present situation when he suddenly became the father of his siblings was Prophet T. B. Joshua. He saw the prophet as the only man who could offer him and his siblings financial help, going by what he had gleaned from Emmanuel TV. It was for that reason that he borrowed money from a widow and travelled from Zambia through Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Chad and Cameroon to Nigeria. He particularly had challenges in Sudan which was half way between his country and Nigeria because of the civil war there. He was encouraged in his state of penury and physical exhaustion by the fact that if he could get to the Prophet, his condition would change for the better. He spent a total of thirty days on the way before getting to Nigeria on 19th January 2011. Unlike what many would do, he never wanted to shout to the man of God for help but decided to remain prayerful and fasting till God would reveal him to the prophet. He had decided not to be led by his situation because, as he learnt from Emmanuel TV, in every situation God is saying something. He deliberately took refuge in the vicinity of the church till God would reveal him in his plight to the prophet. Truly, when the prophet became aware of him, he welcomed him with the words, ‘You are in your Father’s house’ and promised him that when he would go back, he would enjoy a flight in contradistinction to the risky manner in which he had travelled to Nigeria. In response to the question on what he would have done supposing he never saw the prophet on arrival, he said he would have nigerianized rather than repeat that ordeal back to Zambia. The man of God praised him for his faith, courage and dogged will to succeed in life assuring him that he could see a bright future for him. The man of God however made it clear that his warm reception of the young man should not serve as an incentive for other young men to embark on such risky journeys. Assuring the congregation of prompt resumption of prophetic worship at 10 am the following day, he piloted the service to a close. SOURCE: DISTANCE IS NOT A BARRIER

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In his message entitled, ‘Find out the truth’, Wise Man Harry referred the congregation to excerpts from the Bible to make his case, underscoring John 7:11-18 as the proof text. In Thessalonians 5:21 we are advised to test everything and hold fast to the truth. Jesus is the truth. He speaks the truth; He is not out to confuse us. To know the truth is to know Jesus.
NEW ANOINTING WATER HEALS WOMAN OF DIABETES
As soon as the message was over, Prophet T.B. Joshua re-echoed the potency of the new Anointing Water and that immediately attracted testimonies by those who received it in the previous service. The first among them, Madam Patience from Sokoto who had suffered from diabetes for nine years, said that after receiving the new Anointing Water, she prayed over it and administered it as instructed. She went to bed for the night rest after administering it.  According to her, she slept peacefully like a baby and woke up hale, hearty and strong. She was more or less recreated during her sleep and all the infirmities and aches which used to be part and parcel of her frame gave way for the freshness and agility brought about by the new Anointing Water. She used to urinate four or five times in the night but after administering  the new Anointing Water, she urinated only once. At present, she hardly remembers whether she urinates at all in the day. She stopped all her medication for the week without sensing any adverse effects on herself. In her unmistakeable joy, she christened the Anointing Water, ‘The father of fathers’ and thanked God profusely for her miraculous healing.
NEW ANOINTING WATER WINS CONTRACT
Emmanuel from Rivers State mounted the platform for his testimony. According to him, he had been jobless for the past two years but the miracle in his life came after he had administered the Anointing Water. The contract he had applied for and been waiting for the past two years was miraculously approved. Displaying the contract agreement papers as he gave his testimony, he informed the congregation that it was an N18,000,000.00 contract. He thanked God and Prophet T.B. Joshua for the wonderful opportunity to transform his life brought about through the medium of the Anointing Water.
NEW ANOINTING WATER SAVES MAN IN ACCIDENT
Christopher from Delta State was one of those who received the new Anointing Water. He  always prayed with it and sprayed it on his family and himself. On the fateful day of testimony, he watched Emmanuel TV and was struck by the phrase, ‘Stop satan from killing and stealing’, which made him touch the screen in faith. After work the same day, he decided to travel to his village. He travelled in a commercial bus which unfortunately was involved in a head-on  collision with another vehicle. This caused his vehicle to somersault a number of times. Ten people died in the bus but luckily for Christopher, he was tossed from the seat behind the driver which he had taken, to the boot of the bus where he saw himself in a flat posture. He lay alive, hale, hearty and without any injury all because of the new Anointing Water which was his celebrated antidote.  The other vehicle also recorded some deaths as a result of the accident. Thanking God for his safety, he aptly remarked that but for the new Anointing Water, he would have been in the mortuary. We join him indeed in thanking God for the new Anointing Water which veered his path from the mortuary.
NEW ANOINTING WATER STOPS BEDWETTING
Priscilla from Ghana also mounted the rostrum for a testimony in praise of the new Anointing Water. Her problem had been bedwetting for which reason she had been to many places in her desperation for a cure but all to no avail. As soon as she heard of the new Anointing Water,  she and her husband came to The SCOAN where she received a vial of the new Anointing Water.  She applied it after prayer as instructed and her bedwetting promptly stopped. The problem of many years was wiped away without effort by the new Anointing water. Priscilla and her husband thanked God profusely for her miraculous healing.
ANOINTING WRISTBAND HEALS ANKLE-SHIFT
Miss Ozidzor Jay from Ghana had the problem of ankle shift in January. In February, a friend brought her the new Anointing Wristband from The SCOAN. She apparently undermined it and kept it somewhere until the prophet’s voice from Emmanuel TV told her that she had the solution to her problem but she kept on complaining. In reaction, she immediately brought out her Anointing Wristband and wore one on her ankle and the other on her wrist. The result was immediate and miraculous healing. She was among those who celebrated automatic healing on the platform.
PROPHET’S PRAYER REPLENISHES NGO’S PURSE
Christaline Vekabiart from Namibia has put in place an NGO which goes by the name Mount Sinai Centre. The NGO cares for HIV patients and the needy. Her NGO takes care of the needy and children of those who are HIV infected. They take it as their duty to supply the children of the HIV patients with milk as a way of shielding them from HIV infection which they would get from their biological parents through breast feeding.  Finding it difficult to keep up with the pace of demands owing to dwindling fortunes, Christaline appealed to the man of God for prayer in this regard through her sister-in-law who was visiting The SCOAN on a Friday.  On  Saturday night, Christaline had a dream in which the man of God laid hands on her and prayed for her. The result was that soon after that, they got a donation of $100,000.00.  With this generous donation, they became better placed for effectiveness in their mission. This good news spurred the man of God who added twenty thousand dollars to their funds. Christaline thanked God for His love and mercy advising that as children of God, we should led love lead.
FOOT ULCER HEALED AT PRAYERLINE
About the time for the prayer line, the man of God, to lift people’s faith up,  caused a video clip of Christian Amadi to be activated. A diabetic patient at the beginning, Christian was unfortunate to develop an ulcer in his foot. The ulcer did a lot of damage to his foot, causing it to rotten and disfigure with puss and festered flesh. It was at that stage that he came for prayer in The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations and Wise Man Daniel prayed for him at the prayer line. Now, Christian is completely healed and came forward to confirm the healing. He joyously stamped the foot on the ground and touched it to demonstrate the miraculous work of God. His case was good enough to give patients of ulcer in the prayer line hope as truly, our problems do not embarrass God because He has all the solutions.
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINALS RECLAIMED
Chidi, the international armed robber who vomited an egg some three weeks before in course of the mass prayer and who finally was delivered from the spirits of destruction, killing and stealing, was asked by the man of God to go home to bring his parents as part of his final integration into society after he had been counselled and fed with the Word of the Lord in the church. It is to be recalled that Chidi and his gang of armed robbers had called at The SCOAN as they went to the eastern part of the country to assassinate a pastor.  They met their waterloo in the scheme and Chidi was the only survivor in the gang.  As he called at the church again to wreak vengeance on the prophet suspected by him to be the cause of their failed mission, he was arrested in the church by the Holy Spirit. 

Chidi fetched his father whom he had not seen for six years as he was fully involved in his life of robbery and human wastage.  The father, Michael Odeh, accompanied the son to the church after his full explanation of T.B. Joshua’s wish to see members of the family. The mother however, never came because of her disbelief in her son, Chidi. The father recounted the suffering he had been through in the hands of those his son had wronged. He however thanked God for using Prophet T.B. Joshua to recover his son from bad ways into a decent lifestyle. The prophet gave Chidi the sum of N200,000.00 and five bags of rice in addition to a scholarship if he was interested in furthering his education.

The next rescued criminal is one Emmanuel Ogbonnah who at a stage in his life of hooliganism wanted to use his parents for a money ritual. Lured to the church by the happenings he watched on Emmanuel TV, he decided to have a personal experience of the church by attending a Sunday service in the church. He too had been arrested in the church by the  Holy Spirit and had been hosted for about three weeks in the church during which time he enjoyed a diet of Biblical instruction and related lessons. He too was sent home to his parents to invite them to come and be part of the ceremony of his reintegration in society after being certified free from criminal intentions and capable of contributing to the growth and safety of the same society. His mother and sister who had lost contact with him for three years accompanied him to The SCOAN in response to the prophet’s invitation after the initial fear and hesitation. According to the mother, Emmanuel went out of control at the death of his father in 1995 to take to robbery. The mother, Mary  Ogbonah by name, disclosed that Emmanuel was the sixth out of eight children they had in their marriage. The sister added that after the death of their father, their relations who should help them to restrain Emmanuel from evil ways abandoned them to their fate.  Emmanuel knelt down in apology to his mother and sister as enjoined by the man of God for the bad life he had lived in the past and the pain that had been to the family. In his own testimony, Emmanuel disclosed how humane and people friendly he had become after his deliverance. Before he was delivered, he used to see human beings like animals that could be killed at will.  On behalf of Emmanuel TV and Partners, the prophet gave Emmanuel the sum of N200, 000.00, three bags of rice and a scholarship.
STUDENT OBTAINS SCOLARSHIP FOR ROOMMATE
A moving scene it was when a video clip of last Monday’s noon service was activated and revealed a young man currently a student of Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island pleading with the man of God for financial assistance for his roommate, a 300 level student of Geology who had not been able to resume school in the session because of financial constraints. The roommate in question lost his father in 1994 and had been taking care of his education by his sole efforts. This session, he decided to abandon his studies as he never had the sum of N49,500.00 required to pay his school fees. His plan was to come to the school, pack his books and call it quits to university education. His roommate and friend, Sipi took it upon himself to bring him to The SCOAN where he cried to the man of God to have pity on his friend and render him all the financial assistance he needed to be able to resume studies.  In his characteristic quick response to the call of the needy, the prophet gave Sipi’s friend twice the amount of money that he needed for registration this session when he released the sum of N100,000.00 and three bags of rice  to him. They both thanked God, the prophet and Emmanuel TV and Partners for the gesture.
EMMANUEL TV RELEASES PRISONER AND ENRICHES HIM
Mr John Okoh whose death sentence was commuted to life jail and then a miraculous release after spending 22 years in Calabar prison as told in The SCOAN’S Sunday service records of last Sunday also mounted the platform for blessing and reward by the man of God. Mr John who at 45 had spent half of his life in jail was given the sum of N200,000.00 and five  bags of rice for which he thanked the man of God promising to spend the money judiciously as he goes to start a new life.
FIRE VICTIM GETS CASH GIFT FROM PROPHET
Another family that benefited from the church through The Emmanuel TV and Partners was that of Frank Odjugo. On Tuesday of the previous week about 8pm, his attention was drawn to two motor-cycles in flames by the storey building he stayed in. Unknown to him, it was the fire from the ground floor of the building that ignited the motor-cycles. Before long, his children informed him of the inferno in the storey building and they rushed down to save their lives.  The fire razed the building to the ground to render the family as a people without a roof over their heads. The man had to immediately look for a make -shift structure to shelter his family until he could recover sufficiently from the shock to plan his life again. He received a cash gift of N500,000.00 and seven bags of rice from the prophet in the interim. The congregation was happy to learn about the continuation of the service on Monday noon where many of them hope to enjoy a closer interaction with the prophet.

GOD’S INTERVENTION IN THE AFFAIRS OF MEN


‘Stay Current’ delivered by Wise Man Racine

Like all the previous ones, the Message of this Sunday service titled, ‘Stay Current’ delivered by Wise Man Racine, was very enlightening and thought-provoking. The atmosphere of the service was so charged with the presence of the Holy Spirit that events that cannot be easily ignored took place even before the time slotted for testimonies.

One of these was the immediate healing of Felix, a university student, who for six years had been in a state of mental disorder. His mother, Maria, a law maker in the Benue State House of Assembly, had taken him to many places for treatment but she never achieved the desired result. She decided to bring Felix to The SCOAN after watching the many miracles in the church relayed on Emmanuel TV. Felix was chained by his mother and brought in because of his violent nature.

After the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua had prayed for him, he proceeded to unlock the chains. In his newly won freedom, Felix, rather than resorting to vandalism, stretched his hands in acknowledgment of the omnipotence of God and thanked Him for setting him free from the captivity of satan. His mother was no less grateful to God for ending so miraculously the mental disorder of six years.

May His name be extolled forever!

Equally enthralling was the arrest of the leader of a gang of armed robbers by the Holy Spirit even before the mass prayer. Dazed in the

atmosphere of the Holy Spirit in which he was enmeshed, the leader of the gang willingly took the prophet outside the church to bring in the other members of the gang who were outside. In a moment, three other members of the gang, who were hardly above 21 years in age, accompanied the leader and the prophet into the church. Without any resistance or protest, they knelt down in a corner of the church to later confess their mission. Who can resist the power of God?
One of the many incidents of the previous Sunday service was the vomiting of an egg by one of the congregants moments before the rounding off of the service. The prophet identified him as an armed robber and hired killer.

Asked to come forward for a testimony after being hosted by the church for seven days, the young man, who called himself Chidi, confessed that he was 22 and had been involved in robbery for 15 years as he proceeded to narrate his story. He described himself as an international hired assassin and armed robber for which reason he was disowned by his parents. He stated that he had a phone call in another country from his gang members inviting him for an assassination mission in Nigeria. A pastor was to be their victim. As soon as he got the call, he proceeded to prepare himself for the mission by visiting a witch doctor to arm him with the powers of disappearance and invulnerability to gunshots. He also wanted to have the power of foreseeing events well ahead of time. To prepare the charm, he was asked to bring among other items, a virgin and an unborn baby. As he revealed, it was the blood of the unborn baby and some black substances that he swallowed as part of the charm.
Their mission to kill the pastor never succeeded. In fact, he lost all the other members of his gang in the escapade. He suspected The SCOAN as the cause of their woeful failure because they had briefly visited The SCOAN as they went for the mission but found it too hot and uncomfortable for them to while away their leisure, so they left earlier than they had planned. His return to The SCOAN was a revenge mission as he planned to assassinate the founder of the church suspected to be the cause of their failed mission. It was in an effort to actualize his vengeance on the Prophet that the Holy Spirit arrested him and went beyond that to undo all that the witch doctor had planted in him. One of them was commanding the swallowed egg to come out of him.
Among other disclosures by him were that he had killed at least 40 people and had also attempted to use his mother for a money ritual. He never wanted to hear the name, Jesus anywhere he went for operation. He added that his trouble started when he stole a phone in a church, though, before then, he had stolen a laptop somewhere. The prophet planned to invite his parents to the church to witness his acceptance of the Lord and the change in their son.
ANOINTING WATER SAVED A FAMILY IN AN ACCIDENT

Prince Duni Kimde of Lugunda in Adamawa State travelled on the 15th of October from Yola. Before he embarked on the journey, he had prayed with the Anointing Water and sprayed it on himself and his wife. In course of the journey, he thought of buying fuel. Somehow, he was never fully convinced that he should buy in that filling station. As he reluctantly attempted to branch off to buy the fuel, another vehicle smashed his car. The accident caused his car to somersault six times and the car was damaged beyond recognition.

There was nothing inside the car that was not affected by the accident. Even the torch that was inside the car was affected. The proof of his miracle was that only himself and his wife that was carrying a four- month pregnancy and the Anointing Water that were not affected in any way by the accident; everything else in the car bore the mark of the accident. Duni and his wife came out without any bruise from the car which was so smashed and mangled that even a fly that was inside it during the accident could hardly be alive after. Truly, it was God at work using the medium of the Anointing Water. Glory be to Jesus!

ANOINTING WRISTBAND FOILS A ROBBERY ATTEMPT IN SHOWUMI’S COMPOUND
At 1 am on Friday, Mr Ibrahim Showumi heard what sounded like a gunshot in his compound but thought it might be a coconut that fell. This incident repeated itself a third time and he came out to see what the sound was. Unfortunately, there was nothing available to give him a clue about the persistent sound. About 4.50 am, his room door was opened by a person he, at first, erroneously thought was his son.

Happy that they had at last had access to the person they wanted, the robbers began to hit him with sticks in addition to stabbing him with a bread knife they took from his kitchen but to God’s glory, none of these could do any harm to him. Realising that he had the Anointing Wristband on him, Ibrahim jumped up and shouted, “Jesus!”Noting that this made the thieves stagger, he mustered more confidence to shout the name the more and brought out the framed photograph of T.B. Joshua to show them. Before he knew it, the thieves were on the retreat and he began to chase them. He tried to fetch his Anointing Water to use as an instrument to arrest them but it never came in handy readily. The thieves ran away leaving their torches, wristwatches and knives. Coming back to check his house, Ibrahim noticed that nobody was injured and his son, who shouted from his room during the operation, hid himself under the bed.
The man of God advised that Ibrahim would have ordered them to surrender their guns and other weapons rather than looking for the Anointing Water and they would have obeyed. We thank the Almighty God for coming to the rescue of his son, Ibrahim in those trying hours and also giving him victory over the robbers using the medium of the Anointing Wristband.

ANOINTING WATER HEALED ANSLEM
Mr Anslem Agbonyeme, a police officer of the rank of superintendent injured his ear as he tried to clean it. By October 2009, it had

become so severe that Anslem had dizziness and loss of balance as the after effects. He received treatment, among other places, in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and the USA. After unsuccessful efforts in the USA, he came to LUTH again where they planned to operate on him. Meanwhile, he had received the Anointing Water from The SCOAN and administered it. As a team of ten doctors surrounded him to perform the operation, they noticed that for the first time in 12 years, water was dripping out of the ear – which was the feat they wanted to achieve in the operation.

In joy, they told Anslem of the new development and stopped the operation as God Himself using the medium of the Anointing Water did the operation even more safely than any doctor would do.
He was then advised to ask for the refund of his money. We thank God for His many mediums of restoring health to His children.

THE ABIDING POWER OF GOD


MRS CHIKE DELIVERED FROM MARINE SPIRIT

Wise Man Harry

Following a very interesting message titled, ‘The Mystery Of God’s Grace’ by Wise Man Harry

TB Joshua

Prophet T.B. Joshua highlighted some key events of the previous Sunday service and a video clip was activated upon his request. The clip was that of Mr and Mrs Christian Chioke in which the husband offered to abandon the wife because of her untoward behaviour towards him.

Showing disdain and arrogance as she came to the altar with her husband, the wife entrapped in the pervading aura of the Holy Spirit began to confess her true nature. She described

Mr & Mrs Christian Chioke

herself as a giant in the marine world who had destroyed the fortunes of many men including that of her husband. She was second in command in the kingdom and had the power to walk in the water while others swam. She was born with the marine spirit and had four children and wealth in the marine world. She described her husband as a man staying with him, his fortunes having been destroyed by her. They hailed from the same village where he, at 24, met her and married her but she used the opportunity of their togetherness to reduce the once prosperous man from affluence to zero like she did to many other men whom she entrapped into sex relationships with her

Mr & Mrs Christian Chioke

powers. What she enjoyed was destroying men and she had a snake in her which she used as a means of doing the havoc to men. She had used her powers in the snake and her eyes to cause the downfall of many men and pastors. Her voice on the phone could also seduce men. Her attempt on Prophet T.B. Joshua in that regard failed because of the latter’s unique anointing.
She met her husband in 2001 in their village when he came for a chieftaincy title conferred on him. On that occasion,

Mr & Mrs Christian Chioke

they exchanged addresses and phone numbers after which she travelled to visit him in Kaduna. She used her visit to turn the man from prosperity to poverty after which she left him but reunited with him in Port Harcourt when his fortunes seemed to revive. In Port Harcourt, she gave his fortunes a final blow that reduced him to nothing other than a big boy who lived in an apartment rented by her. Before then, he had been deceived by friends to borrow money from banks to enhance his business. Even though he felt he had paid the money, the banks came and confiscated his vehicles and property for defaulting. In many cases, he would notice that his money got lost without cause and in many cases he noticed that his wife acquired huge amounts of money without effort. She confessed that she could cause money to be paid into her bank account or her wardrobe through her spiritual powers.
Having watched Emmanuel TV somewhere, both came to the Church and the woman positioned herself where she thought she could seduce the prophet but luck was not on her side as the mass prayer disarmed her and reduced her power to a nullity.
After the deliverance of the couple, Christian shrugged his shoulders in refusal to accept her as his wife any more maintaining that she had destroyed his business and fortune. She knelt down to beg him and also sought the assistance of the prophet in this regard, reminding Christian that she was a new being after the deliverance. The prophet assured Christian that they would rise together as they fell together and that he should embrace her in marriage without misgivings. Following this assurance, he stretched his hands to welcome his wife into a new matrimony.

ANTHONY URHIE NOW BUBBLING IN HEALTH AND AFFLUENCE

Anthony Urhie Before And After of His Healing

As a way of confirming the assurance, the prophet had another video clip played, relating to a victim of the internet. In it a young man, named, Urhie Anthony who wanted a foreign Master degree and a foreign scholarship in addition to his degrees, linked up with a man on the internet through whom he hoped to actualize his ambition.

In course of their relationship on the internet, Anthony, an accountant by profession, demanded a picture of

Anthony Urhie & Friend

his respected internet friend. To his surprise, what Anthony received after a long delay was a picture of a demon with two horns. In reply to Anthony’s enquiries, the internet friend merely laughed, ‘ha-ha’ and said that was he. Thereafter, he disconnected all links with Anthony who then began a battle with snakes in his house. In two days, he killed seven snakes in his house. In addition, he noticed internal heat in him and his body was heavy as if he carried twenty bags of cement on himself. His eyes and sight were also affected almost to the point of blindness. After his deliverance and assurances of good health in October last year, he went back to his Delta State.
He emerged at the altar to prove to Mr Christian Chioke that the prophet’s words of assurance were not empty, as today he, Anthony is back to health and affluence and never needed to wear glasses any more after the deliverance from the ordeal in the hands of the internet serpent. Anthony was accompanied to the Church by his friend, Samuel Marere, who has been his friend through thick and thin.

MRS SEFI DELIVERS HER BABY SAFELY IN THE SCOAN

Mrs Sefi & Baby

A woman who was booked for operation to bring out her baby came to The SCOAN to seek the face of the Lord in her

Donavan & Nikky Are Now Parents

plight. Received by Wise Man John Chi who prayed for her and prophesied that she would deliver a baby girl, Mrs Blessing Sefi actually delivered a baby girl as prophesied by the wiseman. Glory to Jesus! DONAVAN AND NIKKY ARE NOW PARENTS
Another testimony came from Mr Donavan and his wife, Nikky, from South Africa who attended the December 2009 Fruit Of The Womb Meeting after exhausting modern medicine to deliver themselves from barrenness. As the prophet revealed, the Lord had instructed him to obtain an apron and use it to clean the altar, Bible and pulpit and cause it to be passed round all participants of the Meeting. Like their co-participants, the Donavan family touched the apron which wiped their barrenness away and by February 2010, Nikky had conceived. Today, they are happy parents of a baby girl. May the Lord’s name be extolled!

EMILIA WILLIAMS HEALED OF DIABETES
For over 33 years Emilia, a Cameroonian, had suffered from diabetes. She came by faith to The SCOAN where she attended the prayer line

Emilia suffered Diabetes

and collected the Anointing Water before travelling to the USA where she lives. Applying the Anointing Water after prayer as instructed, she received deliverance from diabetes as revealed in a hospital test which confirmed the reduction of her blood sugar from 130 to 74 and she came to give her testimony in full gratitude to God.

THE ANOINTING WATER ACROSS THE WORLD
A clip of the miracles associated with the Anointing Water was on the screen and all watched how country after country it remained constant in delivering people from contrary spirits and giving healing to many people from all forms of sickness. Some of the places visited were Kazikstan in China where a woman with stiff neck was healed, the USA where many with contrary spirits were delivered and others suffering from ailments were healed. The same feat was repeated in Jamaica, Ukraine and Russia proving that God has equal control over the fortunes of his children anywhere in the world.

MR MADUKA HEALED OF ASTHMA
David Maduka suffered the attack of asthma for seven years during which time he sought healing in modern and traditional medicines without success and depended on an inhaler for breathing. A friend drew his attention to Emmanuel TV after which he came to The SCOAN for the Anointing Water. He got his final healing after administering the Anointing Water as prescribed. Thanks be to God!

THE CHUKWUKAS TO BECOME PARENTS AFTER 15 YEARS OF BARRENNESS
Mr Fidelis Chukwuka of Delta, Nigeria and his wife were barren for 15 years because of low sperm count among other complications. Unfortunately, even though a solution looked in sight in The SCOAN, people discouraged him with the story that the prophet was difficult to see. When he finally came in May, he collected the Anointing Water and they applied it. By the following month, his wife was pregnant and doctors who were surprised asked her whether she was still in the first marriage. By God’s grace the Chukwukas will soon be proud parents. To God be the glory!

MRS STELLA OKORO DELIVERED FROM THE SPIRIT OF DRUNKENNESS
Like her husband who possessed the spirit of drunkenness and died of liver infection induced by incessant drinking, Mrs Okoro saw herself drinking alcohol for years under the same spirit. She could drink 13 bottles a day under the influence of the spirit making her shun her responsibilities towards her children. Getting home after the drinking spree, she would be reminded by her disappointed children of her late home coming.
In a beer parlour, she watched Emmanuel TV and became touched enough to come to The SCOAN for the Anointing Water. She administered the Anointing Water according to prescription and something came out of her after that, making her develop hatred even for cold beer which was her favourite. We thank God for the miracle.

ANOINTING WATER RENDERED ENGR STEPHEN KURE BULLET-PROOF
In his habit of taking the Anointing Water daily, Engr Stephen Kure went to his site after that ritual and ran into armed robbers there who demanded his car key. Though he gave them the car key, they shot him at a close range in the belly and blood oozed out from the stomach. Later, it was seen that the bullets merely scratched the stomach; they could not penetrate owing to the Anointing Water. No weapon fashioned by the enemy against Kure prospered, Glory to Jesus!

PASTOR SHIKO APWAM ADMINISTERS ANOINTING WATER IN HIS CHURCH
A minister of God in Johannesburg, South Africa, Shiko Apwam having been convinced of God’s power in the Anointing Water met Prophet T.B. Joshua and collected a sample for administration in his church. As he did so, the anointing in the water sent contrary spirits in disarray. Many who were afflicted with infirmities were healed and he advised his congregation to be watching Emmanuel TV.

PROPHECY REVIEW
As the service went on, the prophet had cause to draw the attention of his listeners to one of his prophecies six months earlier. The prophecy related to the longest serving president in Africa in the Arab nation being under day service, pressure to resign.
Also in the mass prayer a man said to be an armed robber and assassin vomited an egg. The service was brought to a temporary close awaiting Monday noon.

T.B Joshua Has Multiplied Big Time… The Five Wise men


On Sunday the 13th of June 2010, The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations reverberated with the sound of heavenly music as the hundreds upon hundreds of visitors from around the world who had come to celebrate the birthday of Prophet T.B. Joshua the day before, joined The SCOAN congregants to resist the devil and praise Jesus with all their soul.

Prophet TB Joshua

Welcoming the congregation and viewers worldwide to the service, T.B. Joshua declared, “Jesus purchased your healing, your deliverance and your salvation at the price of great suffering.”

I KNOW YOU ALL THE TIME

One of the Wise Men

The Word of God imparted by one of the wise men, was all about our attitude towards God. Greeting the Church, he said, “My name is Harry, I’m from Greece. By our fruits, you shall know us.” Reading from the book of Job 2:7-10, Harry explained that apart from our Lord Jesus Christ, there is no man or woman of faith that has been tempted as severely as Job, a man who feared God and shunned evil. He said that from the case of Job, we learn that trouble does not require any invitation before it comes. The question is: how do we handle it? If we handle our bad times with care, they will soon turn to hard times. Job saw his hard time as a reason for believing God just as he saw his good times as a reason for believing God as well. Job was telling God, whether you save me or not, I will continue to serve You because You are my Saviour. Harry went on to say, that to the carnally minded, this seemed unrealistic but Job’s heart was deeply engaged with God. Harry then asked those listening, as Christians, how many of us would say, “Thank You, Lord for healing me whereas we are still sick, thank You Lord for blessing me whereas the signs of poverty are still there?”

He went on to say that many people today base their spiritual experiences on feelings and emotions – and problems arise when feelings and emotions change. Like Elisha’s servant in 2 Kings 6:15-16, many of us begin to panic and run helter skelter because of what we see. Harry explained that every day, we are exposed to things that are not consistent with the Word of God. When these things control your feelings, and your feelings control your faith, you can be a Christian and yet controlled by satanic devices. For us to be able to say to God, “I know You all the time” Harry said that our faith must be based on something with more stability than our feelings. Picking up his Bible from the altar and holding it up, Harry declared that he didn’t know anything more stable than the Word of God. You may feel great today, tired tomorrow or lonely next week but God’s Word is going to say the same yesterday, today and for ever.

BY THEIR FRUITS, YOU SHALL KNOW THEM

Sgt. Okponu Alexander, a 41 year old police officer from Delta who was unable to walk due to posterior disc prolapse and compression of the disc and had been booked for an operation.

For hundreds of sick and afflicted people who were arranged for prayer at The SCOAN,

Sgt. Okponu Alexander and his family, the way out had come!

Sunday was the day they had been waiting for, when they received a touch from Heaven, and the pillars of their problems crumbled. Among those who had a divine appointment with the Healer, Jesus Christ was Sgt. Okponu Alexander, a 41 year old police officer from Delta who was unable to walk due to posterior disc prolapse and compression of the disc and had been booked for an operation. He was brought to the church in a car, his placard bearing the words, “I CANNOT WALK.” As his wife cried out, pleading for the mercy of God to end her husband’s suffering, one of the wise men, directed by the Spirit of God walked up to the vehicle and began to pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Cries were heard as Sgt. Okponu Alexander placed his legs on the ground, supported and guided by the wise man, rose to his feet and took his first steps of freedom. The crowd shouted and cheered as even those awaiting prayer forgot their own problems and rejoiced in the miraculous healing! A medical doctor, visiting from Mexico, was visibly moved by the miracle and commented that he had actually seen the disc in the man’s back shift into place. For Sgt. Okponu Alexander and his family, the way out had come!

Another man whose darkness turned to glorious light during the prayer line was 70 year old Chief Ola Egbayelo from Ondo who had been blind

70 year old Chief Ola Egbayelo from Ondo who had been blind for the past one and a half years.At the prayer of one of the wise men, the light of God flowed into his system and his eyes were opened!

for the past one and a half years.At the prayer of one of the wise men, the light of God flowed into his system and his

Mrs Deborah Michael from Kwara, also 70 years old, who had been suffering from blindness for 11 years, miraculously received her sight! As the wise man laid his hands on her eyes and prayed in the name of Jesus Christ

eyes were opened! Beaming with joy, he began to follow the wise man who, dressed in a white suit moved through the crowd.

As if that were not all, during the prayer line of the second

Mrs Deborah Michael Healed.....

service, Mrs Deborah Michael from Kwara, also 70 years old, who had been suffering from blindness for 11 years, miraculously received her sight! As the wise man laid his hands on her eyes and prayed in the name of Jesus Christ, her sight was restored and her joy complete. We certainly saw healing, deliverance and words of prophecy in the power of the name of Jesus as the wise men prayed at the prayer line. By their fruits, you shall know them.

THERE IS NOTHING GOD CANNOT DO

A further testimony that lifted the faith of all those who

Mrs Onwusalu was in great pain as she explained that her pregnancy was overdue and the baby was too big for her to deliver naturally.

heard it was that of Mr and Mrs Aderline Onwusalu from Anambra, who had arrived at the church on Friday, straight from the hospital. Mrs Onwusalu was in great pain as she explained that her pregnancy was overdue and the baby was too big for her to

In the car, outside The SCOAN, Mrs Onwusalu had given birth to her baby instantly and safely. Mr and Mrs Aderline Onwusalu, now joyful parents, came to the Sunday service to testify with their new baby.

deliver naturally. As they prepared to operate her, Mrs Onwusala declared that it was not her portion and headed straight to The SCOAN. One of the wise men stretched his hand and prayed for her, in the words, “Give her strength in Jesus’ name!” At the word, “Out”, the baby was instantly delivered. In the car, outside The SCOAN, Mrs Onwusalu had given birth to her baby instantly and safely. Mr and Mrs Aderline Onwusalu, now joyful parents, came to the Sunday service to testify with their new baby. Speaking of the amazing miracle, Mrs Onwusala said that the doctor had already drawn the marks on her stomach ready for the operation and had warned her that if she left the hospital, the baby in her womb would die. According to the doctor, the baby weighed 4.8 kg and had already stopped breathing. The ecstatic mother did not have enough words to express her joy and gratitude to God for the miracle, as she advised others to believe in God because with God, all things are possible!

The ecstatic mother did not have enough words to express her joy and gratitude to God for the miracle

LET THERE BE LIGHT!

“In the light of God, darkness has no hiding place.” The voices of the wise men rang out from the altar when the time came to separate the wheat from the chaff. People that had been seated calmly, singing songs and laughing with their neighbours suddenly began falling under the fire of the Holy Spirit, shaking wildly and manifesting. From the far gallery to the altar, those who possessed contrary spirits underwent deliverance.

LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF GOD

Many who had heard the voice of God in the prophetic message given by Prophet T.B. Joshua last Sunday 6th June, 2010 concerning the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2010 watched the match between South Africa and Mexico. The prophet explained that he was unable to change destiny but only reveal what God says about a situation and then offer advice. As the congregation listened to the prophecy in the service, they were reminded to always listen to the voice of God. As the service drew to a close, prophetic revelations kept coming – exposing

Mr and Mrs Udoh freedom and their father from Akwa Ibom. Prophet TB Joshua gave a prophecy about a family that had accused their father of being a wizard

the root causes of people’s problems – as the Lord did not want anyone to leave still with their problem. Among the cases that were exposed was

The family were reconciled as son and daughter begged their 80 year old Mr Robson Abel father for forgiveness and promised to care for him.

that of Mr and Mrs Udoh freedom and their father from Akwa Ibom. Prophet TB Joshua gave a prophecy about a family that had accused their father of being a wizard, that their case was important and that they should come forward. Mr and Mrs Udoh Freedom came forward with their father, confirming that he had been accused of being a wizard after his two daughters died recently. The prophet then revealed that 80 year old Mr Robson Abel was not a wizard but had been suffering from a mental disorder for the past seven years. To confirm the prophet’s words, the accused man in question remained expressionless and blank as he was vindicated of the accusation of being a wizard and even tried to kneel down together with his son-in-law as the latter asked his father-in-law for forgiveness. His daughter, Mercy, nodding her head confirmed the prophecy, saying that her father did not reason well. Following the prophecy, the family were reconciled as son and daughter begged their father for forgiveness and promised to care for him. They were confident that as the prophecy had exposed the problem, the solution had surely come.

As the service ended, those who left the church and those who switched off their televisions sets – left having seen the name of Jesus working in the Spirit – secured in the knowledge that to His power, nothing is impossible.

Source: The TB Joshua Blog

THE POWER TO DELIVER IS IN THE NAME OF JESUS


Another Sunday Service at The Synagogue, Church of All Nations and all we have to say is ‘Thank You Jesus’! From touching family reconciliations, shocking satanic confessions to remarkable healing testimonies, it was yet another action-packed riveting service that proved beyond all doubt that Jesus is alive and His power is still at work today. Full of practical lessons for life, faith-building experiences, words of wisdom and the raw, real power of God, both the thousands of congregants at The SCOAN and the multitudes of viewers on Emmanuel TV would agree unanimously after these extraordinary events that Jesus is truly the same yesterday, today and forever!

In an enlightening message titled ‘The Name Of Jesus Has Power’ drawn from the scripture in Mark 9 detailing the account of the father of the demon possessed boy and his encounter with Jesus, Prophet T.B. Joshua explained, “There is power in the Name of Jesus indeed, but only among those who are committed to the glory of God.” He spoke of the need to have absolute trust in God, stating that some measure of trust would only enable us to do some, not all. “When we express the necessary trust in Christ Jesus, His duty, I mean, His work is to raise us from death to life and then restore the wholeness and fellowship,” he admonished. Speaking on the purpose of God’s power and its incredible effects on a person’s life, TB Joshua said, “One of the reasons God gives us His power is to confirm that what we are speaking is from Him… Once the supernatural power of God comes upon you, then something is going to happen to you that cannot be explained by the human mind.” It was a powerful message backed up by the prophet’s own extensive experience in the ministry. “When you see a good doctor, he should be able to explain himself when he gets to the laboratory,” he noted.

TB Joshua - Your rewards in life are determined by the problems you solve for someone else

After hearing God’s Word, it was time to move on to a more practical aspect – the ministry of reconciliation. In lieu of the recent confessions of families whose homes have been torn apart due to varying allegations and different situations, yet another touching case was brought to the light. It was that of Mrs Better Keke who had come to The SCOAN with a whole horde of villagers who had been sent to ascertain the truth from God. Before listening to their story, TB Joshua reminded the people of the need not to judge those they were about to hear from but rather learn from them. “Our response to someone who makes a mistake can also be a mistake,” he emphasised.

It all began, Mrs Keke explained, after the tragic death of a young man in a car accident. “At his funeral, a voice suddenly spoke to me telling me to confess I was the one who killed him,” Keke said. As the strange voice continued to speak to Better over the coming days telling her to confess what she did not do, her musical leader Evan. Elvis Osita confronted her that she had a confession to make, a revelation he said he came to after 30 days of fasting and prayer. As the voice grew within grew stronger, subsequent events led Mrs Keke to publically confess in a church that she was a witch and responsible for countless atrocities in the village, including the accident that killed the young man. In the same vein, she also accused one of her close friends, a teacher by profession, of witchcraft, an event that led to parents pulling children out of her school. In a whirlwind of events, others accused Evan. Elvis of masterminding the boy’s death and being a wizard. The situation had grown so serious that the king of their village in Delta decided to hear God’s opinion and find out who-is-who. Thus the large party had set out to The SCOAN to hear from Prophet TB Joshua the voice of God which would put a rest to the endless rumours and counter-accusations.

“When you look at your family, you have the traces of mental disorder,” the prophet said. Mrs Keke confirmed that one of her aunties was afflicted with a severe mental problem. “The spirit speaking to her is not that of witches or wizards – it is a brain problem. She’s not a witch,” T.B. Joshua declared. “If you ask her, she will tell you she has a chronic headache, and sometimes her eyes will be bringing water,” he prophesied. She confirmed it to be a reality. T.B. Joshua then prayed for her in the power of the Holy Spirit, commanding the spirit of mental disorder to leave. The truth had finally been revealed. As for Evan. Osita, the prophet said he has no trace of evil in him and was innocent of the accusation, but warned him about jumping to conclusions based on feelings and packaging them as spiritual revelations. The teacher who had further been accused, Mrs Gloria Uduarighe, was also vindicated by the man of God, who further assured her that the children would return to her school now the truth had been revealed. “My people of Delta, what they are saying against this lady are pure lies,” he announced. Hon. Alex Izogo, one of the representatives sent by the king, capped off the experience with a final word. “This thing has torn our community apart. But what you have said now is the final solution to this problem.”

More cases of broken homes and subsequent reconciliation followed, including that of Jubili Umerere whose two children had confessed responsibility for the calamities that had befallen their entire family. Her husband had gone to the extent of purchasing acid with the intent of killing the children said to have rendered them homeless and jobless, before they came to The SCOAN. The issue had severely affected the extended family, with the kids also confessing responsibility for the barrenness of Mrs Umerere’s sister Blessing Obarhua. After listening to their experiences, T.B. Joshua revealed that the children were not witches, but their images were simply being used by evil forces. He concluded in prophesying that Mrs Blessing would give birth to a baby girl, and the fortunes of the family were bright.
Following reconciliation came a time of prayer for deliverance. “There are three people in our midst who have evil spirits,” T.B. Joshua prophetically declared before ushering the people into a time of prayer. Almost immediately following the prayer, the power of God swept throughout the auditorium exposing the darkness in the lives of the people. A man, who simply called himself Tony, fell to the ground as the evil within him began to manifest. Later, during the second service, he shared his morbid experience. “I went to a herbalist in Anambra State, who made a concoction out of a premature baby and a human tongue for me to use,” he confessed. The charm was supposed to bring him good fortune but instead began to appear physically to him such that he ran away from home to Lagos. But each night, the concoction would appear to him in the guise of a demonic human being, demanding him to bring things in order to satisfy his thirst for blood. Two people died as a result, and out of fear for his life, Tony ran to The Synagogue.

As T.B. Joshua ministered to him in the power of the Holy Spirit, he prophetically declared that there was another brother in the midst of the congregation who possessed evil. Picking him out, a tall man dressed in white emerged from the crowd to be told by the prophet that he should bring the charms he had placed outside the church. In a mixture of shock and awe, the man turned and came out of the church subsequently to return minutes later clutching two plastic bags filled with charms. “You are a witchdoctor,” the prophet said, which the man confirmed to be true. Explaining how he had inherited the charms from his father, the man gave a chilling account of how a spiritual figure appeared to him every night demanding for his blood. The man of God said he would have to confess everything, and invited him to come back with his entire family.

As always, the prayer line produced some outstanding miracles, with the prayer of faith being offered and the power of God transforming people from sickness to good health. Among the many cases was that of Mrs Teresa Igwebo, a retired school matron who had been confined to a wheelchair for the past 8 years following a stroke and enlargement of the heart. The 64 year old who came from Enugu State could scarcely believe it when she was told to rise and walk in the name of Jesus, but supernaturally she rose up and took her first few steps of freedom. The joy beaming from her face on realising the pains were gone and she could finally walk, Mrs Igwebo thanked Jesus profusely for her remarkable healing.

Her testimony echoed that of thousands who came to The SCOAN on Sunday 16th May 2010 in sickness and sorrow only to leave in joy and freedom, knowing that truly – Emmanuel, God is with us! What a God we have to worship; what a Son we have to praise; what a future lies before us!

Source:  Distace I Not a Barrier

PROPHECY – I SAY WHAT GOD SAYS TB JOSHUA….


“This Is A Shock!”
Getting to the bottom of people’s problems was prevalent when T.B. Joshua also known as ‘the man in the Synagogue’ gave personal prophetic messages to many in his service at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations who had almost given up hope. It was just the soothing medicine Archbishop Andrew Ndubano from Botswana needed. T.B. Joshua explained his situation in a prophecy that Ndubano was a man of God but that he wanted to abandon the ministry after three ministers who had been under him went to the river for baptism and drowned.

Archbishop Andrew Ndubano from Botswana

Ndubano got to the point where he almost gave up hope and it was at that point that God used T.B. Joshua to speak life into his hopeless situation through the message of prophecy. T.B. Joshua started the prophecy with the encouraging words, “Don’t give up. God loves you.” He continued, “I know you are facing so much destruction and they are giving you a name that you use evil powers. You are in between decision – to leave the ministry and rest. You have many branches. You have got to a crossroads. Don’t give up.” Shocked by the accurate word of prophecy from a man he had never spoken to before but who stated the events exactly as they had occurred in his life, Ndubano, overcome by emotion, broke down in tears in front of The SCOAN congregation.

Picking up in the spirit the thoughts of his heart, T.B. Joshua asked Ndubano, “What is the cause of these thoughts? Ndubano responded, “They said they will kill me.” Reassuringly, T.B. Joshua said, “I’m seeing you as a minister of God. What happened has happened. There’s no trace of evil from you”. The prophecy was the salve for every sore that Ndubano had suffered. God in His infinite mercy had used one of His servants, Prophet T.B. Joshua to vindicate another of His servants – Archbishop Ndubano.

Later during the service, T.B. Joshua conducted an exclusive interview with Ndubano, the latter’s wife at his side. Viewers worldwide who tuned into Emmanuel TV saw written on their television screens clearly who the man T.B. Joshua was interviewing, live, “Archbishop Andrew Ndubano of St Johns Apostolic Faith Ministry, Botswana.” In talking to Ndubano, T.B. Joshua addressed the family of the three ministers that died in the unfortunate incident, “The three pastors the case concerns – we know they have families and I want to invite the families. I know in Botswana they will be watching. I want to be part of the families. I want to tell them we love them. Thank God the three pastors died as Martyrs. I want to give an invitation to the families for a full reconciliation.” T.B. Joshua also said that he wanted the families to come for counselling.

Ndubano’s response: “I just want to point out that I was just in the midst. I’d not met the Prophet before. He just picked me out from the crowd. This is a shock. He just picked me out and said, ‘You’re a man of God.’ My conscience is free; I’m no longer bound in chains. I am very pleased because the people he invited believe in the prophecy of the Holy Spirit. Prophecy is never a lie”. Sharing her husband’s joy, Ndubano’s wife said, “Glory be to God. I’m happy because my husband is free.”

Having reached a crossroads, Ndubano was no longer in between decisions. Thanks to the prophecy which declared him innocent of the accusation levelled against him, he decided not to abandon the ministry. It was a lesson to all those watching that, “Anything close to Jesus receives attack” and that, “No matter how close we are to Jesus, there are some unchangeable events that prayer and fasting cannot change. Just as fire cannot destroy gold, so also, hard times cannot destroy you as a Christian.” – T.B. Joshua.

A Whitish thing In The Sky
Many watched in awe as prophecies of international significance given by T.B. Joshua come to pass. Video footage of the confirmation was aired live. One concerned ‘a whitish thing in the sky’. At the beginning of the year in January 2010, Prophet T.B. Joshua gave a prophetic message concerning something that he saw in the sky that would have negative effects. He gave a call to fast and pray on Thursday, mentioning a natural disaster – something falling like a whitish thing that would stop the whole system that would come from the hill – a strange thing. On Thursday 15th April, 2010, the very day mentioned by Prophet T.B. Joshua, a massive cloud of volcanic ash (whitish in colour) following a volcanic eruption in Iceland drifted into European airspace, grounding all flights and leaving tens of thousands of passengers stranded across Europe and affecting businesses worldwide. The disaster affecting at least 22 European countries had brought European airspace to a standstill. The negative effects of the volcanic ash were widespread. News from the media reported negative effects to aircraft, people’s health and disruption on a scale unprecedented. World leaders including President Obama who planned to attend the funeral of President Lech Kaczynski in Poland on Sunday remained in limbo as volcanic ash from Iceland continued to ground flights to and from Europe.

China Earthquake
Prophet T.B. Joshua also gave a prophetic message concerning an earthquake that would happen in the nation of China and cause a big destruction. He said he could see a disaster in China – a situation where nothing would work, no schools, nothing, people would die and there would be nowhere for people to run to. The Prophet also spoke about the weather conditions mentioning that the weather would be extremely cold. On Wednesday 14th April 2010, the prophecy happened. News broke out that a massive earthquake had hit the nation of China causing a big destruction and leaving many hundreds dead and ten thousand injured. Homes and schools were destroyed and thousands were left in extremely cold weather conditions, without shelter. The Prophet commented that time would not permit to air the other prophecy confirmations, one of which concerned the recent assassination of an Indian politician during a public meeting in broad daylight

“Thank You, Jesus; I can Walk!”
Perhaps one of the most amazing happenings in the service was God’s mercy and favour towards many sick and afflicted people in the overflow crowd outside the church auditorium – about a four minute walk from where the man of God was preaching. Using the name of Jesus Christ in prayer and without seeing or even touching them, T.B. Joshua in the anointing of the Lord prayed for the healing of many both inside and outside the church (overflow) and they were miraculously healed. Glory, a young lady from Delta State, Nigeria was among those who experienced that the right hand of God is power. After an accident rendering her unable to walk, she hobbled painfully on crutches.

TB JOSHUA AT THE PRAYERLINE

She was miraculously healed in the overflow section during the prayer and she exclaimed: “Thank You, Jesus, I can walk!” and indeed she walked the four minute stretch from where she was healed in the overflow right into the church auditorium to share her touching testimony. Throwing away her crutches, Glory stated that she no longer had any need of them. Needless to say, Glory who truly experienced the glory of God was ecstatic!

TESTIMONY

A Sermon To Touch The Heart
It was a message that spoke to everyone – a message that raised a question to which everyone had the same answer… “Who Needs Forgiveness?” The lively congregation of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations responded in one accord with the common answer, “I do!” T.B. Joshua had all meticulously tuned to his thought provoking message which, without a doubt, must have touched the hardest of hearts. The message – Who Needs forgiveness? – delivered by T.B. Joshua on 18th April 2010 during the live Sunday service caused many a man (and woman) to look inwards and see the need for a change of heart. And just in case there were any self-acclaimed perfect individuals amongst the congregation, the Prophet ‘set the record straight’ by quoting the Book of books – the Holy Bible: “One thing is clear”, he said, “ ‘All have sinned and fallen short of the glory’ ”(Romans 3:23). The man of God immediately encouraged the congregation whether they fell into the category of ‘righteous and holy’ or ‘guilty and condemned’ by saying, “Whether your sins are great or small, Jesus is able to forgive them”.

Reminding them of the initial question he had asked them at the beginning, “Who needs forgiveness?” Smiling, T.B. Joshua said, “I am happy that you know that you need forgiveness. Forgiveness of sin strikes the root of all pain, all discomfort. When you are forgiven you are healed, redeemed and blessed. T.B. Joshua’s teaching enabled many to discover the root cause of their problems. The answer was made simple: earnestly seek God’s forgiveness as forgiveness of sin strikes the root of all pain.

The Prophet seemed to hit the nail on the head when he said, “You have many questions going through your mind. One of the questions: ‘Why do your problems keep recurring?’ They keep recurring simply because you are dealing with the problem, rather than the cause of the problem…” It was a real eye-opener for many, challenging them to get to the ‘bottom’ of their problems once and for all! The reader might also dare rise to the challenge.

Justice Defence and Security Minister of Botswana

Several VIP’s were also present at the live service including Ramadeluka Seretse – Justice Defence and Security Minister of Botswana – an active participant in The SCOAN service. In sharing his experience at the end of the service, he commented on how much he had enjoyed the service and strongly encouraged leaders – those in positions of authority to tune in to Emmanuel TV and those who already tuned – to keep on watching.

Source  The TB Joshua Blog

A FIRST TIMER’S ACCOUNT OF PROPHET T.B. JOSHUA


Until recently, I always thought that the best way to analyze issues is to rely on the information provided by “experts”, whose job it is to inform others, especially those who really do not have the time to do the investigations and groundwork themselves. It became clear to me that although quite reliable in some instances, there are certain prices to be paid by those who solely rely on the information of others without making any efforts of their own before forming an opinion on any issue.

I have been a Christian since birth. I have followed the word of God and read the Holy bible right from my early years as a human being. I remember clearly that in the book of Proverbs 8 vs 9: To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge…

The spirit of discerning is a vital one that God has promised to bestow unto those who are members of his kingdom and who crave the knowledge for the well being of themselves and their environment at large.

For a very long time, there has been a strong wave of attack on the person of Prophet TB Joshua of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations, especially against his practices and doctrines. I have followed the commentaries of popular Christians in Nigeria and around the world at large regarding this man of God.

As time went by, it became clearer to me that the majority of those who are criticizing him seem to have a personal issue with him. They, in my opinion, turned the whole issue into an attack scheme, slandering and campaign of calumny. So I decided to ask the questions and try to provide answers to them. In order for me to do these effectively, it was important for me to visit the Synagogue personally and ascertain the true situation of things myself. I asked questions such as;

-Is it true that this man does not use the name of Jesus in his activities?

-Does he really preach the word of God and quote from the Bible?

-How true are the prophecies that he speaks to members of his church and to the world at large?

On the particular Sunday, I got into the church premises at about 8:00am and was ushered into the church auditorium by the ushers as a newcomer to the church. I was directed to sit alongside fellow newcomers just beside the main gate entrance, under the gallery. After waiting for about 10 minutes, we were all moved to our seats for the day. I was asked to sit just close to the altar, where I could catch a good view of the man of God when he comes out for the day’s ministration. The service commenced with the opening prayers, followed by the praise and worship by the church choir. At about 9:16am, Prophet TB Joshua walked into the church auditorium. The first thing I noticed about him was the air of humility around him; he was simply dressed in a shirt and trousers. Next, was the answer to the first question, something which came to me as a wild surprise, thanks to the number of comments that I have listened to in the past concerning TB Joshua; he actually welcomed the congregation to the service in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

He immediately went into the sermon for the day, raising into the air a devotional material titled: WAREFARE IS NECESSARY, which he said was for our friends and families at home and at work. He started his message which was titled: I am a faith man. I was stunned as I listened to this same man preach the word of God whilst quoting from the Holy Bible, which he referred to as “The Only book that can transform your life”. It dawned on me, without any form of doubt that there was something supernatural about this man and his ministry. At this point in time, it was not yet clear to me what it was.

Deep into his sermon, he displayed what I still find only to be of God – the spirit of true giving. Widows and widowers, orphans, less privileged, physically challenged et al, were all beneficiaries of the gifts of cash which he gave out to them on the day, all coupled with bags of rice and flour given to them as well. It was truly an opportunity for me to see for myself, those things that true critics will choose to turn blind eyes to.

At the end of the sermon, he started to speak to members of the congregation, specifically calling out individuals, telling them very private issues that concern them, sometimes even going as far as calling out their names. This was truly awesome. There was this particular man who sat just beside me. The man got the shocker of his life when the prophet pointed at him and specifically told him the problems that brought him to the church, he went further to tell him his date of birth, and the man almost went crazy with the surprise that he displayed. What touched me the most was that problems that maybe people could not voice out but that had troubled them for years – were revealed by TB Joshua and then they were prayed for and ‘delivered’. I can only use that word because – the solution had come and it was a spiritual one – as TB Joshua himself says – the root of everything is spiritual. It is one thing to have a word of knowledge about someone’s life – something they have never disclosed to anyone – but it is another to provide the solution and see the follow up in that person’s life – I mean, freedom forever. It really made me think about what prophecy is meant for.

The service ended and I knew without any shadow of doubt that the end has come for those who have decided to carry out their acts of blasphemy against the works of God in the life of TB Joshua; at least in my life. There was no room left for me to harbour the wicked lies and deceit that have been constantly sown into the minds of the unsuspecting public, in order to tarnish the name of God in the life of the prophet. I have since asked for forgiveness of my sins from God and prayed that other people who are still in the bondage of this evil cabal will be set free in the name of Jesus.

I advice other people who are currently in the habit of forming opinions about others to desist from doing so and carry out their own investigations, especially when the involved issues are things of the spirit which can be confirmed by witnessing and prayers.

How come this man of God has continuously survived each bout of criticism thrown at him to become stronger? Why can’t his detractors hand over the issue to God to nullify the “powers” of TB Joshua if indeed they are false? Why can’t people allow the course of nature to dismantle the popularity of this man as has been done to previous false men of God?

More questions begging for answers.
Acts 5:38
“So my advise is, leave these men alone. Let them go. If they are planning and doing thesethings merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown.

Source: Adams Echendu

Development / Accra / Ghana / Africa / Modernghana.com

TB JOSHUA ON NIGERIA, GERMANY OPENING ENCOUNTER


The famous Synagogue, Church Of All Nations in Lagos, to meet with Prophet T.B. Joshua. Arriving on Friday 16th October 2009, the very night of Ghana's historic World Cup victory over Brazil
The famous Synagogue, Church Of All Nations in Lagos, to meet with Prophet T.B. Joshua. Arriving on Friday 16th October 2009, the very night of Ghana's historic World Cup victory over Brazil

Revelations have emerged how T.B. Joshua warned the Golden Eaglets of the tough times awaiting them in the hands of the Germans over a week prior to their opening encounter…

Fresh from a training stint in Qatar’s ‘Aspire Academy’, Nigeria’s National U17 Team, The Golden Eaglets, first point of call upon arriving in Nigeria was The famous Synagogue, Church Of All Nations in Lagos, to meet with Prophet T.B. Joshua. Arriving on Friday 16th October 2009, the very night of Ghana’s historic World Cup victory over Brazil, the team came to seek the face of God in lieu of the FIFA Under 17 World Cup, which officially kicked off yesterday.

Known for his precise prophetic foresight, which has come to the limelight of late proceeding Joshua’s purported prophetic insight and instructions to Black Satellites coach, Sellas Tetteh, an official of the team has testified that the few words spoken by Joshua to the team saw fulfilment in their opening match with Germany, an exciting encounter which saw the Eaglets surmount a 3-0 deficit to draw 3-3. Speaking under the guise of anonymity, the official said, “T.B. Joshua had told us that the beginning would be very rough, further adding that if the team collectively ran to God, He would see them through,” words that clearly found reality in the tough opening encounter.

T.B. Joshua's boys are members of the Eaglets side, having plied their trade in 'My People FC', Joshua's football academy set up to assist talented young footballers coming from humble backgrounds.
T.B. Joshua's boys are members of the Eaglets side, having plied their trade in 'My People FC', Joshua's football academy set up to assist talented young footballers coming from humble backgrounds.

Germany raced to a 3-0 lead within 46 minutes of the match and looked set for a comfortable and humiliating victory, easily outclassing and outpacing the nervy Eaglets. However, the tables miraculously turned in a 7 minute stint of scoring mayhem with Stanley Okoro, Kenneth Omeruo and Edafe Egbedi all netting to recover the deficit and earn a draw for the hosts.

Reports also revealed that two of T.B. Joshua’s boys are members of the Eaglets side, having plied their trade in ‘My People FC’, Joshua’s football academy set up to assist talented young footballers coming from humble backgrounds.

SOURCE: MORDEGHANA.COM

THE STOPPING INTERVAL OF TB JOSHUA


A touching tale penned by TB Joshua recounting experiences in his early life that served to prepare him for the task ahead.

In our spiritual walk with the Lord, we have good times and hard times. When the going is good, we say we are in good times. When the going is tough, we say we are experiencing hard times. Remember, life itself is a mission. While we are on the go, we need to stop between steps, to re-focus on the Word and the Will of God.

While we are on the go, I mean, while we are on the mission, we need to sometimes stop at intervals to assess our progress and prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead.

Certain challenges on our way usually make us stop awhile – I mean, for a moment. When you stop awhile, you are not down. What are these challenges? They could come in the form of sickness, failure, setback, imprisonment, poverty. For instance, if I receive a sack letter from my very lucrative job, there is a natural tendency for me to cry and lament, if I do not view the situation from the maturity that comes from faith. It takes faith to realise that the situation is a mere stopping interval – a short break between two events.

I do not need to go very far to cite or give an example of what I am saying because my experience in life is enough to illustrate this philosophy or principle of life. As we said earlier, many things could cause one to stop between steps. I could still remember vividly when I sat for and passed the entrance examination into the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. I was

"I was invited for the interview and I had to board the train from Lagos to Kaduna."

invited for the interview and I had to board the train from Lagos to Kaduna. Behold, on our journey the train developed some serious faults that kept us in the bush in Jebba for six horrible days with little or no provision. Remember, I was going for an interview that was billed to hold the following day. I was on the railway line in Jebba while the interview was going on in Kaduna and there was nothing I could do to help the situation as I lacked the means to arrange for an alternative way of transporting myself to the venue of the interview, so I missed the whole thing.

This was how the ambition to enlist into the military was aborted by what was obviously an act of fate. Who knows what would have happened if I had successfully attended that interview. I actually felt very bitter I had missed another chance of making it in life.

With a very heavy heart I went to the village to complain to my mother of how so many opportunities had slipped by. Little would I have reasoned that it was one of those stops between steps in my spiritual walk with God until my mother did her best to calm me down, saying: “My son, do not mind the seeming appearance of things as of today. If I am ever confident of any child, you are that child. Do not be afraid of what the future holds for you, because I know if anyone is destined to fail, you are not the one. So, be patient and you would see what God would do in your life. I am so sure of your future breakthrough, considering the strength of the predictions and prophecies about you even before you were born. I cannot forget so easily what I experienced when I was pregnant with you, and I know God cannot lie. My son, whatever you may be going through today, just take it as a temporary setback, meant to prepare you for the challenges ahead. Don’t forget your name is “Temitope” and, by the grace of God, the whole world shall have the cause to thank God for your sake.”

After this encounter with my mother, I began to look at whatever came my way with a more mature mind whose focus was on God alone. I mean, the maturity that comes from faith in the finished works of our Lord Jesus Christ. My case was already settled in Heaven. Here I am today in your midst; I can boast of what God is doing for us. Hallelujah! You are all witnesses.

In my spiritual walk with God I have experienced both good and hard times.

Who knows what would have happened if those temporary stops did not come at intervals. Consider how my education suffered epileptic fits; today I am in school, the next day I am out. Remember, when God is executing His plan in our lives, He also designs and arranges events which continue to unfold until His purpose is revealed. The ups and downs in my education were part of the events that revealed the purpose of God in my life. Remember, the man who is poor is not the man that has no money, but one without a dream. They are suffering that have no dream. They are poor that have no dream.

Before I knew it, I had gone around six different colleges in less than one year. I enrolled for the examinations of JAMB (Joint Admission and Matriculation Board) four times and on each occasion it was either I forgot my acknowledgement card and other necessary documents or there was an accident on the way to the exam venues. People who saw what was happening to me simply attributed my predicament to either sin or non-seriousness on my part. But those with the maturity that comes from faith, like my mother, saw it as mere stopping intervals or natural stops in my spiritual walk with God.

In James 4:7, we are told to submit ourselves to God and resist the devil. If we examine carefully our attitudes toward certain situations, we would see how much we willingly submit ourselves to the devil each time we view things with the maturity that comes from the experience rather than of faith. The maturity that comes from experience is based on what is seen, what is heard and what circumstances look like. When your maturity is derived from circumstantial factors other than faith, your level of maturity would continue to fluctuate rather than being stable. This is why I am enabled to maintain a balance and stable approach to the challenges that come my way every day. I am not moved by what people say or do concerning my relationship with God. I submit myself to His direct will which is good and perfect with no evil in it.

Sometimes, God uses foolish things to strengthen our desire for Him.

In Luke 22:32, Jesus said to Peter, “I pray that your faith would not fail”. This means, all men make mistakes but people of God get back up. Certainly we would fall, but with Jesus supporting our position, we would soon get back up.