Every week at The SCOAN provides another opportunity to thank God for His enduring mercy in the lives of His people. The Saturday and Sunday Services at The SCOAN on 20th and 21st of April were no exception. Filled with life-changing testimonies, powerful deliverance sessions, miraculous healing, pinpoint prophecies and inspiring messages, there are no natural words to describe it except to say, “Thank You, Jesus!”
In his message on Sunday titled, ‘God’s Spirit’, Prophet T.B. Joshua said, “The challenges before us cannot be withstood without God’s Spirit. If you are truly born again with power, it was the Holy Spirit that convicted you of sin and drew you into a relationship with Jesus.”
PROPHET T.B JOSHUA
After directing the congregation to the Book of Luke 24:49, he explained,“Jesus knew His followers could not fulfill the commission He had given them to take the Gospel to all nations until they were immersed, clothed with power that the Holy Spirit would bring.” He then added, “God’s purpose of sending the Holy Spirit was to empower Jesus’ followers. If you are not tarrying until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power, you are carrying out a dangerous mission.”
He concluded by saying, “When you act on the Word of God, you are acting in unison with God. You and God are lifting the load together, walking together, facing persecution and trials together. His strength and ability becomes yours.”
RUN THE STRAIGHT RACE:
On Sunday, Wise Man Racine preached an enlightening message about the need to run a straight race in life through God’s good grace. He explained, “The roadmap to your future success is not a bed of roses. Trouble and pain can stop the man without faith. But for a man of faith, the more sensibly he feels the pain, the better improved he becomes in his relationship with God.”
WISE MAN RACINE
Talking about the temptations that can distract one from running the straight trace, he said, “Fleshly desires and spiritual desires are two different opposing masters. A focus on materialism can divert our devotion from God Almighty to the god of wealth.” He reminded the congregation on the importance of staying determined in life, irrespective of the situation they may be facing. “If God gives you a vision and it is challenged by men, do not reduce your vision, stay in the will of God. Every day you must stay true to your purpose in life despite snow and rain.”Wise Man Racine concluded his message by saying, “A resolve to do whatever proper thing it takes separates the weak from the strong… Nothing can keep you on the course like a deep love for Christ.”
By God’s grace, both the Saturday and Sunday services were filled with powerful testimonies from people who had received a life-changing touch from Jesus Christ.
Referring to John 14:1-6, he said that when Jesus said, “Don’t let your heart be troubled”, another way to translate the word ‘troubled’ is ‘agitated’. In other words, people should not be agitated, stressed out and thrown into confusion. He added that the Lord is not saying in that text that we lack reason to be troubled but that there is a greater reason not to be troubled. He said we can all acknowledge that life is filled with troubles (demonic, religious, moral, political and economic oppression) as portrayed in Job 5:7.
The prophet said that we daily face disappointments. He said we are unhappy with ourselves because we hardly live the way we want to live. “We want to be strong but find ourselves weak. We want to be courageous but we feel overcome with fears. We want to be successful but we fail repeatedly. We want to be loved and liked but we often find ourselves treated indifferently.” He added that worrying about the future destroys our sense of judgment because when you worry, you cripple your ability to think, act and exercise faith in the present.
The prophet also said that when you know that you are to use today’s supply and let tomorrow be, you will not misbehave with today’s supply. “We misuse today’s supply, which is why we engage in corruption and killing because of the urge to store wealth here on earth.” He added that the anxiety for tomorrow is the cause of corruption and misappropriation in society. “When you are anxious, you will not be able to differentiate between God’s supplies and satan’s bait.”
In both services (Saturday and Sunday) a number of testimonies were given by different people in attestation to the glory of God among which are the following:
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.