The SCOAN Sunday service of February 1, 2015 was power-packed with inspiring messages, teachings and divine visitation. The SCOAN choir, with their passionate and energetic renditions, lit up the entire atmosphere and created the spirit-filled environment for God’s power to work at its peak.
With his message titled
WHAT YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER IN PRAYER, the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua x-rayed the workings of the heart of man in relation to the spiritual act of praying. He put the message in perspective using a scriptural reference
(Psalm 34:12-14): “Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” The man of God enumerated the basic things we need to consider in prayer as follows: “The thoughts that are in the mind, the desires that are in the heart and the feelings that are in the spirit”. It means that Christians must understand the right concepts of praying before their prayers can attract the attention of Heaven. No wonder many people pray and yet things remain the same. The major import of the message is that we must understand how to pray aright as true Christians.
Because prayer is a serious communion between man and his Creator, the man of God observed that it requires careful thinking before we jump into it. In other words, we need to think deeply about what we want to pray for before embarking on the act: “The heart should be strong, alert and active to know the feelings that are in the spirit; that is emotions. To come to this, one has to think more before praying. Meditate until God gives you a clear light to pray. When an airplane comes to a country before it can land at any airport it must be given clearance. In the same way, you must meditate until God gives you a clear light. Can you see that we are wasting our time? What we call prayer is not prayer – we are saying words”.
Prophet T.B. Joshua expatiated on the importance of meditation, its relevance to the act of prayer and the power it carries to bring about true communion with God. He counselled Christians on how and when to use this great medium:“When you get up in the morning, meditate, “Take more of me, give me more of You”. These are words that have been anointed for you. This will help you to think more before you start prayer because it will make your heart active, alert and strong. With this, you are meditating to the level where God will give you a clear light and say, “Go ahead and pray”.
During Mass Prayer, Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed along with the congregation consisting of visitors from many countries of the world. He took authority in the name of Jesus to bind demons and all spirits that are holding the people of God captive. He prayed for the nations of the world and asked God to intervene and stop the bloodshed that has become a global affair. He prayed against the spirits from the past and ministered healing and deliverance in Jesus’ name.
Earlier on, Evangelist Cindy had engaged the minds of the congregation with a message titled YOU CAN STILL TURN IT AROUND.
The message which revolved around the impermanence of circumstances urged Christians never to give up in the face of disappointing circumstances stressing that with God, every bad and ugly situation can be turned around for good.
She admonished Christians to learn from the experiences of great biblical figures whose situations later proved to be stepping stones to their eventual glory and triumph in life. According to her, only God knows what the future holds. Hence, our realization of this fact should endear us more to Him: “Have you ever wondered how someone who passed through the valley of the shadow of death, I mean, moved from hatred to a dry pit, from a dry pit to slavery, from slavery to false accusation and from false accusation to imprisonment could become a man of honour? Have you ever wondered how this young man Joseph, who was not even an Egyptian, could become the Prime Minister of Egypt? No man knows by the present signs or situation what the future holds. What does the future hold? In Jeremiah 29:11, God says, “For I know the plans I have for you … to give you hope and a future”. What a beautiful picture He has given us but know one thing that if gold must be gold, it has to pass through fire”. Evangelist Cindy enumerated certain steps that we as Christians must take to enable us overcome the world and all the negative situations it brings about. She talked about Mind Management and encouraged Christians to mature mentally by handing everything to the Holy Spirit. This is a level where situations around them would not be able to break them down. She talked about Dreams and advised Christians to realise that there are times when our expectations fail, yet we can turn such situations around when we allow the Holy Spirit to take total control and possession of our hearts. She spoke about Readiness insisting that unless we as Christians are ready to fight the good fight of faith, it will be difficult for us to achieve God’s plan for our lives. The fight of faith involves a lot of pain and sacrifice and only those who really desire God passionately can withstand the pains it brings. She also encouraged Christians to TALK FAITH and ACT FAITH by exercising the immense power at their disposal; the power which their son-ship automatically bestows upon them. Concluding, evangelist Cindy admonished Christians to understand that things will always turn around when we make God the centre of our existence: “No condition is permanent because there is nothing that God created that He cannot change. With Jesus, all things are possible. With Jesus, you can still turn it around”.
God has continued to prove Himself at The SCOAN. Every day comes with a harvest of soul-lifting testimonies. Like a tree planted by the river side and watered by the Lord, Prophet T.B. Joshua is being used by God to bring salvation and redemption to the people of God. The following testimonies are a proof of the great signs and wonders that He has wrought with His mighty hand at The SCOAN for the conviction that the whole world might be saved through Christ Jesus.
HUNGARIAN PASTOR HEALED OF SKIN DISEASE
In 2012, Pastor Magyari Laszlo from Hungary was afflicted by a skin disease and before long, his neck was covered with spots. His concern increased as the skin disease was spreading rapidly to every area of his body. The doctor diagnosed him with psoriases, an incurable skin disease. He was experiencing severe itching all the time and could not sleep. His skin would peel off and sometimes it would be bleeding. As a pastor, this embarrassing condition impeded his duties as he was not able to go out and evangelise the Word of God. He could only communicate through the internet or on phone because he had to stay indoors as a result of this problem.
One day, while searching for solution on the internet, he discovered the ministry of Prophet T.B. Joshua through videos on YouTube. When he saw the miracles and how people were cured of all kinds of sicknesses and diseases, he believed that God could also work wonders in his own situation. Soon after that, one night, while he was sleeping, he had a dream in which he saw Prophet T.B. Joshua praying for him at The SCOAN. During the prayer, he saw four snakes appear and Prophet T.B. Joshua hit the snakes’ heads; smoke appeared and the snakes disappeared.
Convinced that his case would not escape the anointing of God, he decided to come to The SCOAN so that Prophet T.B. Joshua could pray for him at the Prayer Line. Immediately after the prayer of Prophet T.B. Joshua, the itching disappeared. The following day, he noticed that the skin disease started to clear up. After the healing, he can now go out and evangelise the Word of God and do all the things he was unable to do before. He is also sleeping very peacefully at night. Joyfully testifying before the congregation and viewers worldwide, he showed his now perfect skin, restored for the glory of God.
MORNING WATER RESTORES HEALTH
Mr Lekan Mustapha together with his wife and mother-in-law came to The SCOAN to share their testimony with the children of God. One day, when his mother-law woke up, she experienced terrible joint pains. She was taken to hospital and diagnosed with arthritis. The condition deteriorated over time and the treatment was also a constant drain on her finances. She was moved to Canada in search of greener pastures and at that point, the second knee was also affected. She was diagnosed with severe arthritis on both knees. The last resort was to book her for an operation for knee cap replacements. She returned back to Nigeria and the diagnosis was still the same. She began to get discouraged as this pain had been her constant companion for ten years and she could no longer run her catering business. During this time, Mr Lekan Mustapha discovered Emmanuel TV and everything began to turn around! When his mother-in-law returned to Nigeria, Emmanuel TV was installed in her house and she began to watch testimonies of so many others.
When they learned about the Morning Water, they decided to bring their mother to The SCOAN. At the Prayer Line, Prophet T.B. Joshua gave Mr Mustapha a bottle of Morning Water and to his greatest surprise, told him to minister the Morning Water on his mother-in-law in the name of Jesus and the blood of Jesus. Immediately that was done, she rose from the seat and was able to walk freely to the glory of God! Full of joy, her son-in-law proclaimed in awe at the miracle. Overflowing with gratitude to God for rescuing her health, Madam Fatoyinbo Ashati had nothing to say but “Thank You, Jesus!”
RESURRECTED THROUGH THE ANOINTING WATER
Bishop Smart Olusegun and family came to The SCOAN to testify to the goodness of God in their lives through the medium of the Anointing Water. One fateful day, they were travelling in a car with some of their church members when suddenly an oncoming car took the wrong side of the road. Mysteriously, his wife did not see the car but Bishop Smart, in order to avoid the oncoming car which only he saw, drove into a ditch and it became a very serious accident scene. The vehicle was a complete write-off.
By the divine grace of God, the Emmanuel TV crew were passing at that time and stopped when they saw the accident scene and rushed to assist. The bishop’s daughter was lifeless. She was removed from the vehicle and taken to an open area where the Faith Bracelet was put on her wrist and drops of the Anointing Water were ministered into her mouth. Shortly after that, the little girl was restored back to life and to the joy and amazement of the onlookers, opened her eyes. The Emmanuel TV team took the family to the nearest hospital and continued showing love to the family.
DARKNESS TO LIGHT
Mr Jonas from Zambia started his testimony by challenging the world that they should know that satanism is real as he was fully into it before his deliverance at The SCOAN the previous week.
It started when he was in boarding school where he was surrounded by rich friends who were a popular group in the school. Curious and eager to join their ranks, he joined one of their meetings where they took blood from his left hand, dripped it into a cup and made him drink half of the contents in the cup while the other people shared the remaining half. After this physical initiation, that night, he saw himself leave his body to appear in a graveyard, where people were singing and dancing. In the graveyard, he was given a black gown and red scarf to wear like the rest of the group. After that he went back to his body. When he woke up the next morning, he saw the black gown and red scarf in his wardrobe. In his suitcase he found a brown envelope with a lot of money together with a letter which told him that he was not allowed to use all the money but had to distribute a larger fraction of it to people. Later he learned that anyone who received the gift of that money could be used in the kingdom of darkness at anytime – they would be able to use that person’s body or face.
After completing his secondary school, he was promoted to another rank in the satanic kingdom. He started to appear under the sea and saw many people there. There were many departments but he was taken to the destruction section. They gave him two marks – 666 on his chest and hand. He was given assignments to destroy many people and cause confusion. He and his three friends were instructed to initiate women through sexual intercourse. They were given luxury cars which they used to target hotels and nightclubs to pick up women. Because of the money at their disposal, they could buy drinks for the women in order to accomplish their assignments with them by planting in them demons that would destroy their lives and marriages.
He explained that those from the satanic kingdom used to know each other because of the third eye on the forehead. They would greet each other and pass. They would know true Christians by Someone at their back, guiding and protecting them. Mr Jonas said that in the satanic kingdom, nothing you would do would ever be appreciated. He was asked to sacrifice his own parents but it was too difficult for him. The ‘master’ told him that he was very stubborn and they wanted to discipline him. He and two of his friends decided to quit and he was told that they would suffer for that.
Soon after that, he was suspended from the university, for no reason. One of his friends died while the other one ended up in a wheelchair. At that point, he started looking for deliverance. When pastors would pray for him, he would be the one to deliver them; the pastors would be beaten by something they could not see. He thought all hope was lost. He then remembered when he was still part of the satanic kingdom that there was a time when a presentation was made under the sea and one woman stood up to complain about a certain man, “T.B. Joshua” and at the mention of that name, everything under the sea shook. They told her not to mention that name there because he was very problematic to their satanic kingdom. He also heard people in Zambia talking about how God was using T.B. Joshua. That made him to decide to come to The SCOAN to receive his deliverance. At the prayer line, when Prophet T.B. Joshua looked at him, he saw a very bright light like the sun and fell down. From there, he did not know what happened. When he regained consciousness, he was feeling very light and the wickedness from his heart was removed. Before his deliverance, he used to hear voices and see strange things but since his deliverance, he is free and enjoying peace of mind. He brought the picture of his friend in the wheelchair. His friend touched the screen when Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for the viewers and rose up from the wheelchair and is now walking freely! He advised people to believe and trust in God and be prayerful.
BROKEN LEG CURED THROUGH MORNING WATER
In March 2014, Mr Sampson Nwokoro, (aka Sanui Godman) a Gospel artist was afflicted by the spirit of suicide. He looked for the highest bridge in Abuja to jump down from. When he jumped down, he broke his leg. He was hospitalised, treated and later discharged. Then, the spirit of madness came upon him and he was admitted in a psychiatric hospital. There, he broke his leg again and ended up with crutches. His sister had to take care of him. She kept telling him about The SCOAN but he was reluctant to come until he finally decided to listen to her. When they eventually came, it was a Saturday and there was no healing service but rather than going home empty handed, they received the Morning Water. Back home, his sister ministered it to him in Jesus’ name. He slept and woke up and felt strength returning to his leg. The following day, he came back to The SCOAN and at the overflow congregation, he heard the evangelist saying, “You that are sick, rise up and walk!” He felt that she was talking to him and rose up and walked freely! He advised everyone to apply their faith in Jesus’ name and they will receive.