It was an atmosphere of serenity at The SCOAN last Sunday and one that radiated the magnificence of God’s glory. The awesome power of the Holy Spirit was thick in the church’s auditorium as the choir broke into a Heavenly chorus of worship, calling on God’s anointing to rain down. As the church joined in, lifting their voices to the Heavens, the gates of anointing swung open. The evangelists ministered the New Anointing Water and no one could escape the fire of the Holy Spirit as demons were cast out and people set free in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. The man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua, ministered to the congregation for the first time in two weeks after a successful crusade in Columbia, South America. He thanked the congregation for their prayers which he said, had contributed to the good success of the revival.
Earlier, Wise Man Harry preached a life-changing message titled: Get Prepared for Christ. With proof text taken from Mark 10:17-22 – the story of ‘The Rich and the Kingdom of God’, he said: “Many seem to desire to know what they must do to receive from God but are not prepared to do it. As a child of God, you need to know that life is not fun and games; it is a warfare where only the spiritually minded are victorious. If you truly love God, nothing should be too small or too big to give out for God’s sake. The rich young ruler seemed to desire his duty but he was not prepared to do it. He seemed to desire to know what he must do to enter the Kingdom of God but he was not prepared to do it. His love for wealth and riches here on earth surpassed his love for Christ. Do not let this happen to you today!”
He concluded, “If we exclude God today in whatever plans we are making, we are guilty of the sins of arrogance and self-sufficiency and certainly, we are not prepared for tomorrow. This does not mean we should not make careful, thoughtful and watchful provision for the future, nor does it consist in unnecessary worry and anxiety about tomorrow. We should recognise who we are before God, realizing that He is God and we are not, that He is the Father and we are but children, that He is a Shepherd and we are straying sheep”.
Thanks to God’s grace, many people lined up to testify to His goodness in their lives. Below are just a selected few. We hope they will help build your faith and you will find reason to thank God for the gift of life!
COLOMBIA FOR CHRIST!
The great revival led by the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua in Colombia which took place this July shall certainly go into the record books as God manifested His love and power to the people of the South American continent. After a two-day crusade at the Olympic Stadium and a Pastors’ Conference, Prophet T.B. Joshua and the Emmanuel TV Team purchased thousands of dollars worth of foodstuffs, supplies, meals, drinks and medical supplies for single mothers and their children. Huge packages of supplies were distributed, one for each family. Medical doctors were also on hand to assist with basic medical needs of the children, citing difficulties due to malnutrition among the young population. The event put smiles on the faces of the young children of Colombia as Prophet T.B. Joshua went further and pledged to provide scholarships for those in need.
The man of God was also invited to address members of the Colombia National Police Force and representatives of the Ministry of Defence, where he received an award of recognition for his service to humanity, especially in Colombia. He dedicated the award to widows and widowers whose spouses had died in line of duty, providing the country security. He then donated US$100,000 to the police for social welfare to take care of the infirm, wounded, and children with special needs. Prophet T.B. Joshua then encouraged the police to remain dedicated to their job and offered to partner with them through prayer for the security of Columbia, assuring them that the divine hand of God would be with them as they fought for peace.
FROM ABJECT POVERTY TO BENEFACTOR
Mr. Emmanuel was, in his own words, a reject of his community. Nothing he laid his hands on ever prospered and he was in such abject poverty that his own wife walked out of the home, taking with her the children. No one wanted to associate with him anymore and it was at this peak of despondency that he came to The SCOAN in search of divine intervention. The man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua, gave him the Anointing Water and told him to go home and start believing. Immediately, he started to pray with faith and ministered the Anointing Water in Jesus’ name. Shortly after that prayer, he received a call from the government and was offered the consultancy job which he had previously applied for. This marked the start of his breakthroughs that were to write his ‘from-grass-to-grace’ story. With a life anew, he aspired to buy new land and have his own home. He wrote to his employers and surprisingly, they agreed to pay him upfront. It was very unusual but he had the backing of the mighty hand of God. He was able to purchase land for an estate and was able to build a mansion. He now has a fleet of expensive cars and is engaged in works of charity – reaching out to those that are in need. He showed pictures of his elegant home and the sleek cars he now drives. He advised people to put their trust in God and to remember those that are in bondage.
KIDNAPPER’S BULLET WAS ‘FASHIONED’ BUT COULD NOT ‘PROSPER’!
When a Nigerian businessman, Mr Okechukwu decided to set up a small factory in his home town, he became a target for mischievous individuals. Notorious criminals were monitoring each of his movements and, believing he must be rich, they ambushed and kidnapped him. They took him to an isolated place where they were keeping other victims. He feared for his dear life. Not sure what to do, he removed his bottle of the Anointing Water from his pocket and started ministering it on himself, calling on the God of Prophet T.B. Joshua to come to his rescue. This annoyed the kidnappers who ordered him to stop his utterances. At one point, out of rage and having failed to intimidate him, one of the kidnappers fired a shot at him but the bullet missed him. He kept the bottle of the Anointing Water in his pocket and continued to pray.
Angry, the kidnappers took him to an underground apartment and demanded N10 million from him at gunpoint. He told them he did not have such money. Suddenly, a village vigilante who was passing by spotted the gun-toting kidnapper. Fearing that he had been spotted and that the villager would raise alarm, the armed kidnapper started to shoot at the vigilante, wasting all his bullets in the process. The kidnappers then took Mr Okechukwu to another location in the depth of the forest. There, God gave him a chance and in a split second, he escaped from his captors. The following day, the kidnappers called his wife to go and collect Mr Okechukwu’s car at a particular location where they had abandoned it. When husband and wife retrieved it, they realised that the Anointing Stickers were on it. Thanking God for his escape and his life, Mr Okechukwu advised people never to doubt God’s ability.
SPIRIT OF ALCOHOLISM SURRENDERS TO BREAKTHROUGH!
Mr Alex Ahmadu from Kaduna, Nigeria was passing through a patch of hardship in his former life. Things did not improve even when he decided to relocate to Lagos in search of greener pastures. He got a job but life remained miserable. He was drinking heavily and all the money he made went down the drain. It wasn’t until he discovered Emmanuel TV that he saw light and accessed his turning point. He installed the channel in his house and started to exercise his faith by praying with the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua. Every time the man of God declared calmness in lives of viewers, Mr Ahmadu would claim and confess it. One day, in his dream, he had an encounter with the man of God who prayed for him and delivered him from the spirit of alcoholism. When he woke up the following day, he discovered to his surprise that the urge for alcohol had left him. The very smell of alcohol he once loved and savoured, he now hated. Since that time, he stopped drinking and started experiencing breakthrough in his life. Through the money he was able to save now that he no longer spent it on alcohol, he has been able to buy land and build a big house. Not only that, he has two cars also. He thanked God for transforming his life and advised viewers to believe in the liberating power of Jesus Christ! For Mr Ahmadu, a million words are certainly not enough to say, “Thank You, Jesus!”
I DESTROYED MANY MEN AND MINISTERS OF GOD!
Miss Paulina from Equatorial Guinea rushed to The SCOAN last week, praying to be delivered of something she was not sure of. All she knew was that things were not working out for her in a very weird way. She had had two marriage disappointments, lost a baby through asthma and faced serious setbacks in her career. So, sitting in The SCOAN last Sunday, she patiently waited for her turn as the evangelists ministered the New Anointing Water. Pandemonium erupted, however, the moment a shower of drops landed on her face. The otherwise calm face changed to annoyance and anger. The stranger hiding in her was exposed and identified itself as Lucifer. The enemy could not stand the mighty hand of God and screamed out and confessed to having been responsible for Miss Paulina’s nightmarish life, from the age of two. It was eventually commanded out in the name Jesus Christ to the cheers and applause of the congregation.
Testifying of her great deliverance on Sunday – seven days after her deliverance – Miss Paulina said she was 12 years old when the demon caused her to be raped by a neighbour. From that rape incident, a battle line had been drawn between her and any male who came her way. She became hell-bent on destroying any man she could. She had powers in her eyes and any man who looked into them would have feelings for her; that would be the end of their success in their education, career, marriage and finances. The next time she met them, they would be reduced to beggars. She had power to afflict men with the spirit of masturbation simply by speaking to them on the phone. Many ministers of God had been destroyed through her when she either slept with them or told lies about them just to ruin their ministries. If she went to church and people were being delivered, the evil spirit in her would tell her whether the pastor was powerful enough to deliver her. The moment a minister of God laid a hand on her, she would look into the pastor’s eyes. In her heart, she would be mock them, knowing that they were signing the end of their own careers. In addition to this, she had a spiritual husband who afflicted her with the spirit of anger. That was until her mother introduced her to Emmanuel TV and she decided to come to The SCOAN.
Narrating her experience of what she had felt like when the Anointing Water was ministered to her, she said, “I felt strange. I felt hot. I was on fire and I became so angry!”
Thank God, she was delivered and since that Sunday, her life has transformed. Jesus Christ has taken custody of her soul and calmness and peace have returned to her life. She no longer has the heart to destroy men. She advised people to run to God when they have any problem and the youth to be careful with internet.
DEMONIC STRONGHOLDS DEMOLISHED!
Numerous youth came forward to testify of the liberation they received in Jesus’ name through the medium of the Faith Bracelets. The first youth, Godswill Ossai, said he used to have a spiritual wife who was so overpowering that he could not even scream whenever she came to him. When he woke up he would feel devastated. This affected his spiritual life; he could not pray or read the Bible passionately. This continued for a long time and affected his academic life. When he received his Faith Bracelet, he started to pray and meditate in the Word of God. In a dream that night, he was kidnapped and found himself in a car with a strange woman donning long hair. He surprisingly remained calm and miraculously found himself out of the car, dragging the woman by the hair. He was calling on the name Jesus fluently, which he had never been able to do in previous encounters. The woman cried out in terror and disappeared in a burst of flames as he spoke the name of Jesus Christ with boldness. Ordinarily, when he had an encounter with the woman and he woke up, he would be terrified. Not this time. He was smiling, knowing that the battle was over and won! Since then, he has not encountered the spiritual wife and is free. He now reads his Bible and prays with devotion.
For Benedicta, she was suffering from a spiritual husband and had affairs in her dreams. As a result, she used to have lustful thoughts every time she saw a boy. When she received the Faith Bracelet, she was strangely angry. She did not like it and did not want to put it on. However, she forced herself to pray with it and discovered she had been set free. In a dream that night, the giant man came to attack her but he could not do anything. That marked the end to her nightmares and encounters with the notorious evil man.
Another youth, Philip, had the spirit of theft and anger. From a young age, he began stealing people’s belongings and in dreams, he would see himself in a mortuary or casket. The consequences were immense. He was experiencing backwardness in his life and became a young man saturated with anger. Concerned, his parents took him to many churches for deliverance but nothing worked. When he received his Faith Bracelet, he started praying and meditating on God’s Word. Since that time, the nightmares have become a thing of the past and he no longer has the urge to steal.
Another youth, David, was addicted to playing games. Any money his mother gave him to use at school, he spent on computer games. At night, he would encounter the people from the games but this time, instead of winning as he did in the physical, they would fight him and beat him up so severely. In the morning, he would be angry and a spirit of stubbornness soon developed in him. He stopped listening to his mother and would go out and come back late in the night. All this came to a grinding halt when he received the Faith Bracelet. He started to count his faith, asking the Holy Spirit to take more of him and give him more of Himself. Since then, the urge for games is long gone.
All youths urged their peers to give their life to Christ as one life for Christ was all they had and that one life was so dear.
The service closed with the ministration of the New Anointing Water during which many more souls were liberated and saved. Glory to God!