The special New Year’s Eve Candlelight Service that ushered in the New Year 2012 left all those who attended and viewers worldwide happy, grateful to God and full of hope for the coming year.
The service started with healing and deliverance in the name of Jesus as the wise men prayed for International Visitors at The SCOAN at the prayer line. Immediately, people began testifying to the healing and delivering power of God as this power located them and rescued them from the oppression of sickness, disease and affliction.
The SCOAN Sunday School Children then presented a beautiful programme including preaching, singing and dancing to the joy of the congregation which stretched far beyond the four walls of the auditorium to an overflow section. Thousands had come from far and near to begin their New Year by committing themselves wholeheartedly to God in prayer.
Then the choir led the congregation in a powerful time praise and worship to God, directing people’s focus to God, their Creator and Him alone.
Members of the Emmanuel TV Team then presented a dance/ drama titled, “Jesus Meets The Samaritan Woman”. It told the tale of the sinful Samaritan woman taken from the book of John 4 and how she met Jesus who redeemed her.
The message that came with the drama was encouraging and inspiring. Jesus did not reject the sinful Samaritan woman but rather showed her acceptance by offering her living water. Jesus does not reject anyone who comes to Him to be cleansed from sin.
A MARRIAGE TRANSFORMED
Then it was time for testimonies. Pastor Nicholas Boakye and his wife, Alberta testified to what God had done in their marriage as a couple. The Boakye family who had remained in the church since deliverance three weeks before, thanked God for their lives as a family and the change which their union had enjoyed since the deliverance.
Alberta was happy that her life had experienced such a radical transformation. She no longer sees a man coming to make love with her in her dreams, something she had been tormented with since the age of 16. All unnecessary anger is gone and she smiles broadly now. She advised her listeners that whatever the problem is, they should go to God who has a solution to all human problems. In his own testimony, the husband disclosed how the night after the deliverance at 1:42 am, his wife woke him and told him, ‘I love you’. She also went down on her knees and apologised to him. According to him, she has been humble and gentle since the deliverance, a stark contrast to her behaviour before she was delivered in Jesus’ name. He testified how his ministry in Holland is fast reviving; those who left are already coming back. In his advice to couples, he told them to look beyond whatever happens to them and be focused on God alone.
INCREDIBLE HEALING OF A HAND ULCER
Antonia told the congregation her experience some years ago when her house girl who confessed witchcraft later, tormented her marriage and caused a divorce. The house girl in question caused hatred between the couple leading to Antonia leaving the marriage and renting a place for herself, children and the house girl. Soon after however, the house girl confessed witchcraft and shockingly gave birth to an egg in the house. Immediately Antonia saw this, she grabbed the egg and burnt it. The mistake she made was to touch the egg with her hand. This mistake almost cost Antonia her hand as an ulcer formed and her whole hand started to rot. After exhausting her resources seeking for a cure, she came to The SCOAN for healing from Jesus.
She was arranged at the prayer line and TB Joshua prayed for her. In no time after the prayer, the swollen and decaying palm showed signs of healing. The ulcer which was to cause the amputation of the hand was on the path of healing. To the glory of God, Antonia’s palm was completely healed and she came to The SCOAN for testimony. She advised her listeners to trust God as there is nothing He cannot do for those in desperate need of help.
A HORRIFIC LEG ULCER HEALED
The footage of a man, Mr Onyeka Nnaji being helped to the prayer line with a horrific leg ulcer, was also shown. The muscle of the calf was eaten away by the ravaging ulcer. Mr Nnaji was prayed for in Jesus’ name and declared free by the man of God and free indeed he was as the leg soon showed signs of healing. As he gave the final testimony, he tapped the leg which showed scars of the old mess and he confessed his total healing. According to him, he was in pain for three years and at the climax of the attack, he lost the power to walk or talk. To the glory of God, Mr Nnaji has been healed and enabled to do all those things which were beyond his power to do before. He advised his listeners to pray and worship God.
JESUS STOPS UTERUS BLEEDING THROUGH THE ANOINTING WATER
Miss Zulu from South Africa suffered from uterus bleeding for ten years. After all efforts to obtain a cure elsewhere had failed, Zulu’s mother came to The SCOAN and received the Anointing Water. At home in South Africa, Miss Zulu prayed and ministered the Anointing Water. To the glory of God, the bleeding stopped immediately. Overjoyed, she thanked God for her incredible healing and deliverance.
PRAYER SAVES PREGNANCY
Pastor and Evangelist Mrs Mbog of Cameroon came to The SCOAN to thank the Lord for the restoration of her pregnancy which was threatened by miscarriage. After all hospital’s efforts had failed, she phoned one of the Emmanuel TV prayer lines and one of the evangelists prayed for her. She immediately sensed security and restoration of the pregnancy in the course of prayer.
To the glory of God, the turbulence in her womb which had threatened the pregnancy was over with the prayer. Evangelist Mbog thanked the man of God Prophet T.B. Joshua for using using this means to serve humanity as instructed by the Lord Jesus Christ. A beautiful baby girl was the result of the pregnancy.
FROM SETBACK TO SUCCESS
Emmanuel , a student of Microbiology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri gave a testimony of his first class honours degree after he nearly crashed out of university because of poor performance. He related how he had been sick and this had caused him to lose concentration and began to have carryover in his studies. Emmanuel complained to his father who in turn visited The SCOAN and received the Anointing Water.
Emmanuel prayed and sprayed the Anointing Water on himself as he revised and prepared for the exams. The result was extraordinary as he scored A in each of the 15 papers he wrote in the first and second semesters of the session and had a grade point average of 4.51 to make him clinch a first class degree in the final result. Emmanuel displayed his brilliant result as he gave his testimony which was the gift of our Lord, Jesus Christ, through the Anointing Water. He advised all youth to get closer to God. Confirming the testimony, his father, Thomas Egbado thanked T.B. Joshua whom the Lord had used to rewrite the history of his son’s educational performance. He cried for joy as he thanked the Lord and prayed for TB Joshua and the wise men recognizing them as tools in the hands of Almighty God.
A YEAR OF COMEBACK
TB Joshua declared this year, 2012 as a year of COMEBACK- –a comeback to worship the Lord in Spirit and truth. In 2011, he explained, people worshipped their possessions rather than the Giver of those possessions. In 2011, he went on, we never put God where He belonged; we saw Him as one of those things amid our businesses and social issues. God is the only thing.
We often said the Spirit said this or that whereas the Spirit never talked to us. Such worship and worshippers will face challenges in the New Year. In his words, a comeback is a return to a place of significance; a return to a place lost for a period of time. He explained how people need to hear others’ setbacks and comebacks so that they could hold on to their hope. A video clip was shown on the screen of T.B. Joshua’s journey with all its setbacks and comebacks as the church building was destroyed many times before the 5th church was built. In the midst of setbacks, people need hope. Even the great men and women in the Bible, like everyone else, messed up. Why did he go through storms and trials? The prophet asked the congregation. It was so, he answered, because Somebody wanted to turn his difficulty into a testimony. Somebody wanted to turn his sickness into a miracle and his mess into a message. If you do not have a degree in poverty, your degree in blessing is questionable. If you did not have sickness, you would not appreciate good health.
It was then time for prayer and all those present and those watching lit their candles and began to pray their way into the New Year. TB Joshua explained that as the candles were burning away, so whatever unfavourable situations they were in were burning away. Poverty, he said, was ending as the year 2011 was ending.
The candle represents unfavourable situations in our lives and as the candle is burning, we are sailing over obstacles in our lives; poverty is ending with the year 2011 in the name of Jesus Christ. We will overcome adversaries and adversity without hurt to our person.
Addressing Nigeria as a nation, the prophet said:
There is no war between Christians and Muslims. I mean, there is no war between you and your neighbor. There is no war among neighbors. The idea of bombing and burning churches is to cause disagreement and conflict between you and your neighbor, to break the commandment and rule which says, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. If we are not armed for battle, we will fight the wrong battle. Strikes against your neighbor/ people – this is the wrong battle. God at all times is assembling for Himself a generation of spiritual worshipers. Because God is a Spirit, Christ came to declare God to us.”
He remarked that some people live within four feet ceiling whereas the sky is their limit. God has positioned you to accomplish your destiny in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, he declared.
The prophet also spoke of the grave economic realities of the coming year. The burning and bombing In Nigeria shall fizzle out and in its place there will be economic depression which will affect the whole world as well. He advised Nigerians to go into concentrate more on farming and agriculture and the well-placed to help the less- privileged in society.
During the time when the candles were lit, some extraordinary deliverances also took place. These included that of Jane from Zimbabwe afflicted with the spirit of eating soil, a daughter of a lawyer from Botswana who had the spirit of eating soap and anthill sand for two years, Mandela from Mozambique addicted to eating ice cubes and mint sweets and the case of Mr and Mrs Kolan from Ghana. Mrs Kolan was addicted to eating ice cubes and she was also delivered.
T.B. Joshua concluded the message by reminding the congregation and the viewers watching from around the world of the importance of having a special place to pray in their houses and rooms. He emphasised that there is a great need for us to go on our knees and cry out to God every day for He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end and the Owner of our souls.