What is the purpose of life, if not for the glorification of God? This was the pivot of last Sunday’s message when the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua briefly preached to the congregation at The SCOAN headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria. Drawing the people’s attention to Job 1:21, the man of God reiterated the crux of the Scripture, saying Christians must exalt God irrespective of their circumstances. He cited Job whom he said, was never misled by his situation but continued to glorify Him even when he had lost all he had including his children.
“The purpose of life is to glorify God in good times and hard times alike. The Bible made me to understand that those who bless God in trouble prove their sonship. That you are poor does not make you an unbeliever; a man may be sick yet a friend of God. Don’t let your situation mislead you,” said the man of God, who went on to share ‘Words of Wisdom’ regarding the matter.
He said it is never proper to base faith on your improvement after prayer, saying this is what satan is using to destroy people’s faith if there is no improvement in a situation [after prayer].
“The devil wants you to curse God while under pain and trouble. That is why he delights in inflicting pain on people. You know, when you have pain, you look at God in a bad light. Christianity lies in the heart. Faith is of man’s heart. Only faith pleases God. Those who bless God in temptation, prove their sonship. If your prayer in the past had been answered, who knows what would have happened to you? You are a Christian now and you have the fear of God. Salvation of your soul is greater than anything,” he said.
Prophet T.B. Joshua later went to The SCOAN Prayer Line where he ministered to people who had come from all over the world. Many were freed from various afflictions in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Earlier on, at the start of the service, Wise Man Harry preached about love under the title: THE GREATEST CHRISTIAN VIRTUE.
He drew the message’s proof text from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13.
He said the Scripture implies that there are only three things on earth that will last: faith, hope and love, and that among the three, the greatest is love. This, he said, shows that love is the greatest Christian virtue.
“As essential as faith and hope is, Paul singles out love as the greatest virtue, because it is only through love that we are able to respond to God and to others at present. If love is the greatest, it means, faith cannot work without love; so also, hope cannot work without love. Without love, the power of faith will be short-circuited,” he said.
Wise Man Harry defined love by referring to John 14:27, saying there are two types of love; God’s love and human love. Human love, he explained, is but a shadow of God’s love.
“God’s love is unlimited, while human love is limited. God’s love is for salvation’s sake, while human love is for selfish, classic and material reasons,” he said, adding:
“If you love somebody based on his handsomeness or her beauty or because the person is successful in life, by the time that beauty is gone or when failure strikes, your love for that person will probably disappear. At that point, even the presence of the person would be irritating to you. Remember Job! When the goings were good, his dear wife said to him, “Glory be to the God of Job! I will serve your God till my last breath!” But when Job lost everything, his ‘beloved’ wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
He said God wants the kind of love that never gives up. ‘A love that puts up with anything, a love that is tolerant, a love that is determined; a love that perseveres.’
“This message is telling you today to act love; do love; let love lead, because love is the greatest Christian virtue,” Wise Man Harry summed up.
The service on Sunday was replete with amazing testimonies that were a manifestation of God’s mighty and unlimited powers over satan and his agents in setting His people free from all kinds of affliction – a true reflection of His unlimited love over mankind. Stay blessed as you read these awe-inspiring testimonies.
SPONDY WHAT? JESUS HEALS IT!
Never a sickness Jesus cannot heal and never a disease He cannot cure and how beautifully true it is when one considers the many illnesses that elude man’s wisdom only to surrender at the mention of the name, Jesus.
Fifty-two year old Annie Menka from Ghana came on Sunday to testify to the miraculous healing she received, in Jesus’ name. She came with the problem of difficulty in walking due to lumbar spondylosis which she had suffered from for four years. She said that as a result of the problem, she found it difficult to lift even things as light as a small bucket. She could not carry out her daily activities. Like many people, she went to the doctors in search of a solution and was given a lumbar corset to aid her when walking. Unable to find a permanent solution, she came to The SCOAN and had the opportunity to be placed at the prayer line. Wise Man Harry prayed for her, in Jesus’ name and that was it.
“I felt very hot and I knew then that I was free; I was healed,” she said, adding, “I can now bend down, move freely and lift things without feeling any pain.”
The 52 year-old woman then demonstrated to the congregation and the viewers of Emmanuel TV that she can now do what she could not, by jumping and stretching. Praise the Lord!
NOLLYWOOD STAR FINDS REASON TO GLORIFY GOD
Mrs Nneoma Ukpabi, a Nollywood actress, came to testify how God delivered her from the problem of an overdue pregnancy. She had previously undergone two Caesarians for her other children. She was again booked for an operation for the third time because her placenta could not support the baby. The doctor stated that she could not undergo normal labour because it could become life threatening. A friend brought her the Anointing Water from The SCOAN, sprinkled it on her and prayed with boldness that the God of Prophet T.B. Joshua had already done it.
Within 15 minutes of ministering the Anointing Water, Mrs Ukpabi felt something come out of her. It was the first phase of labour; her water broke. She was rushed to the same hospital where she had been booked for an operation and she gave birth normally and safely, to the surprise of her doctor. She came to The SCOAN with her baby girl as proof that Jesus never said goodbye and He still delivers and heals.
“This baby is just two months old and you can see how bouncing she is. This is a Synagogue baby,” she joyfully testified.
Addressing her fellow celebrities in the film industry she said: “Actors Guild of Nigeria, my fellow actors, I call you to come and receive your deliverance. Everyone needs to be delivered!”
PROPHECY POWER BRINGS JOY, FULFILLMENT
Mrs Patience Asari from Ghana had been married for some years but found her marriage not to be the bed of roses she had hoped for. She was so frustrated with her life and marriage that she had began to give up of ever being happy again. There was just no affection in the home.
One day, she discovered Emmanuel TV and while she was watching, she saw someone who looked like the former president of Ghana. When she found out it was actually him, she began to take interest in the channel. As she was watching, Emmanuel TV, the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua, prophesied to the nation Ghana, that the country would vote three times.
“I could not believe my ears; how could this be? All we knew was that there was an election – how would we vote three times? The man of God said it would come in parts. Indeed, it was three times that we voted!”
She was so awe-struck at the precision of the prophecy that she was left with no speck of doubt regarding the man of God that she started to watch the telecast with faith. During live broadcasts, she would dress up and tell her husband she was going to ‘church in the living room’.
She started to pray for a breakthrough in her marriage and her entire life. One day, a woman stopped her on the road and told her that she looked too beautiful and well dressed to be looking for a taxi; that she should have a car of her own. A short time later, on Emmanuel TV, Prophet T.B. Joshua instructed those praying along with him to ask God for the one thing their hearts desired. She picked up her husband’s car keys and pointed them at the man of God and said, “I want a car similar to the one my husband drives.”
That night, she had a dream. Prophet T.B. Joshua told her to ask her husband’s friend to buy her a car. When she woke up, even though she did not know him personally, she called him and asked him to buy one for her. He promised to buy the car for her but that she should get the money ready – 1.5 million naira. Having almost nothing in her bank account, she asked God, “What next?” When the car finally arrived, all she had was 50,000 naira in her hands. The man was dumbfounded and, although he accepted the money, he kept custody of the car documents.
One day, the man called her and told her not to worry about settling the bill, saying, “From now on, I will be dealing with your husband. He is the one who will settle this bill”. A short time later, her husband went to see his friend and came back with the car fully paid for. That is how she came to own a car!
Along with the problem of no affection for her husband and needing breakthrough in every area of her life, she said she was also having the spirit of drunkenness and was addicted to drinking alcohol. After ministering the Anointing Water, the urge for alcohol is completely washed out and she now has affection for her husband and breakthrough has come to her life.
ANOINTING WATER FLUSHES OUT BARRENNESS!
One other glorifying testimony was that of Mr and Mrs Oke Unamba who were unable to conceive for 11 years until they experienced God’s mighty power through the medium of the Anointing Water. In 2012, she had a stillbirth and since that time, she was not able to conceive again.
“We went from one medical specialist to another but none could find anything wrong with me,” she said.
They came to The SCOAN and had the opportunity to receive the Anointing Water. Upon returning home, they ministered it in Jesus’ name, prayed together and met as husband and wife. One month later, glory be to God, Mrs Unamba conceived. She came to The SCOAN last year to testify that she was finally pregnant. This time around, on Sunday, she came with her
husband, nine members of the family and their bouncing baby boy who they named Emmanuel, to testify once again. Indeed, this proves that delay is not denial. When you wait on God, you will receive the mother of miracles, in Jesus’ name!
HEALED OF SICKLE CELL ANAEMIA
Little five year-old Favour Green from Abuja in Nigeria, will only grow up to glorify how God saved her from a disease not known for its medical cure. She had sickle-cell anaemia, an illness they had been battling with ever since she was born. She had so many symptoms and was in and out of so many hospitals that, according to her father, Pastor Jerry Green, the hospital had become their second home.
“My daughter could not sleep. I tried to pray and fast but it just did not work,” said the little girl’s father.
The two, father and daughter, turned up at The SCOAN on Thursday for the prayer line after a friend introduced them to Emmanuel TV which strengthened their faith after watching people of similar cases get healed. That day, Thursday last week, while the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua was praying for those at The SCOAN Prayer Line, he did not even touch Favour but merely passed her in the line and declared her free, in Jesus’ name.
After the prayer, said Pastor Jerry Green, they went home and for the first time Favour had a peaceful sleep with no signs of the disease. They decided to go back to the hospital where the little girl was examined by doctors. The results showed that she was genotype, AA. In other words, she was free from sickle-cell anaemia!
Mrs Green, Favour’s mother, added, “I told everyone who could listen what God had done for my family. Nothing is impossible with God.”
The joy in her heart could easily be seen on her face as two drops of tears rolled down her cheeks – an indication of a heavy load lifted off her shoulders and relief that her daughter, is finally free!
They came with their medical reports clearly showing that she has been healed of sickle-cell anaemia. Her eyes are now clear, no longer yellow and she can play like other healthy children.
MOUTH ULCER BLASTED OUT
What a great Physician our Lord, Jesus Christ is! Mrs Kalame Opusunju testified how she got healed from a painful and ugly mouth ulcer, thanks to divine intervention by the Master Healer, Jesus Christ. She had been having serious tooth pain that would not allow her to sleep. It caused her severe headaches. When she went to the dentist, they told her that one of her wisdom teeth was coming in. This surprised her considering her advanced age. When she visited the hospital again, she received the harrowing news – she had a mouth ulcer!
“The doctors said the only solution was an operation,” she said.
Knowing that this was not her portion, she started to watch Emmanuel TV and pray along with Prophet T.B. Joshua. One day as she was praying, she touched the left side of her jaw that was affected to the screen of her television. Then, she dreamt of Prophet T.B. Joshua praying for her. In the dream, she vomited the sickness out of her body. Immediately she woke up, she found that the pain had gone and after a short time, the ulcer dried up and went away.
“I went back to the dentist for a check-up and it was confirmed that the mouth ulcer was gone. I can now talk, laugh and eat,” she said, to the glory of God.
BEDWETTING SHAME SURRENDERS!
Mrs Helen John had been suffering from the problem of bedwetting for 19 years. As a result of this problem, she was not able to stay overnight at another person’s house. If she did stay somewhere, she would stay up all night afraid to sleep because if she did, she would bedwet. In search of a solution, she went to a native doctor who gave her a scorpion to swallow but it did not provide her a solution but only made it worse.
“I would bedwet five times a day. My husband would wake me up and I would feel very angry,” she said.
Tired of her problem, she came to The SCOAN last Thursday. She was placed at the prayer line with only one hope – that Jesus Christ would set her free from the embarrassment and shame that enslaved her. Wise Man Harry prayed for her and she felt something leave her body. Since the prayer, she has not bedwet.
When she came on Sunday, it was to share the good news of how the demons that silently tortured her for two decades had finally surrendered to supreme powers of Heaven in the name of Jesus Christ. She advised every bedwetter to run to Jesus Christ for deliverance.
LAWYER GETS CAREER BREAKTHROUGH
Getting a job, particularly those in the white collar category, is no longer an easy task. It no longer matters whether one has a university degree; the job market is just unfriendly especially to fresh graduates. Such was the case with Mr Matthew Idoko, a law graduate from Benin State but residing in Abuja.
He had been hustling for over six years, walking the streets in all weather and struggling to find work. He described his post-graduate life as frustrating and full of humiliation. His own younger brother who had graduated in Mass Communication got a job, married and settled down while he was still combing the cities for a job.
But, thank God, he had Emmanuel TV installed in his house and started to pray with it. He then came to The SCOAN and had the opportunity to receive the Anointing Water. When he went back to Abuja, he prayed along with Prophet T.B. Joshua on Emmanuel TV and ministered the Anointing Water to himself by faith, in Jesus’ name. When a vacancy appeared in the National Identity Management System, he applied alongside his young brother and they were both picked for the competitive position of Senior Officer, Grade Nine. Through the medium of the Anointing Water, God Almighty has turned his frustration into fulfillment. Today, Mr Matthew Idoko advises people that if one is faithful, “God will give you water even in the driest desert.”
GOD ELIMINATES 15 YEARS OF ADDICTION TO EATING SAND
Mr. Ezekwesili Stanley, 53, is a well-educated business man from Enugu, Nigeria. He works in the petroleum industry and came to The SCOAN with the problem of addiction to eating sharp sand, an ingredient or material that is used for building houses. Telling the genesis of his predicament, he said that one day as he was in a cab on a freshly constructed road, the smell that arose from the asphalt became extremely inviting to him and gave him an urge to taste. This urge continued to torment him until he was at his house where he was constructing a building. He picked up some sharp sand and tasted it, hoping that the urge would die. To his surprise, it tasted even better to him than normal food.
‘It tasted as good as yogurt,’ he said.
Mr. Ezekwesili tried prayer and fasting to break the addiction but it did not work. The sharp sand would give him constipation and often, he had to go to hospital for treatment. He discovered Emmanuel TV and decided to come down to The SCOAN for deliverance. On his arrival, he was placed at the prayer line. So embarrassing was the situation that for many years he tried to keep it to himself until he could no longer hide his secret from his wife. Even on the prayer line, he hid the sand until he swallowed his pride and came out in the open, crying out to the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua for help. He demonstrated how he would eat the sand.
The man of God prayed for him and commanded the evil spirit responsible for the addiction out of Mr. Ezekwesili, in the name of Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God delivered him and he came to his senses. He vomited and the poisonous substances came out of his body.
“It was so shameful for a man like me to be eating sand. I now see sand as sand,” he said.
Prophet T.B. Joshua commended him, saying: “Your confession saves many souls.” He is now free – no more urge to eat sand, no constipation and he now enjoys normal eating habits.
HEAVENLY OPERATION ENDS BATTLE WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS
Mrs. Joy Gersak, a Nigerian living in Austria came to The SCOAN with the problem of difficulty in walking due to bilateral knee osteoarthritis and was booked for an operation. Due to the extreme deterioration of her condition, she had already undergone nine operations where metal had been surgically fitted between the joints. Her life for many years was visiting different hospitals, taking countless injections and all types of drugs on a daily basis. She took more than 13 tablets every day. She was booked for more operations which could lead to amputation.
She had to take the injections every six hours. She spent thousands and thousands of dollars because of this problem. She arrived at The SCOAN and was placed at the prayer line where Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for her with a divine utterance from Heaven and a divine operation took place, removing the root cause of the deterioration. As the man of God prayed for her, Mrs Gersak was vibrating uncontrollably under the power of the Holy Ghost. Prophet T.B. Joshua then commanded her, in Jesus’ name to stand up and walk. She found herself walking freely to the glory of God. She said that after the prayer she was healed and no longer needed to take the numerous drugs, tablets and injections.
Said the man of God: “That was the theatre of God. It takes just seconds. If doctors operate on her, they will not find the plastic they inserted there.”
The Sunday service ended with the mass prayer ministered by the Wise Men during which many more people were located by the Holy Spirit and delivered in the name of Jesus Christ! We glorify God for all the deliverances and healings God is ministering through His living church. May the name of the Lord be glorified forever and ever!