Awe inspiring, exalting and liberating, are the key words that, probably, describe last Sunday service best. From the faith-building testimonies to prophecies and teachings, the experience was as priceless to the congregants as it was to viewers of Emmanuel TV all over the world. The man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua, continued from where he had left off the previous week and prayed for the world, asking for the blood of Jesus Christ to cover every nation for peace and prosperity.
Ministering the Word with power, he called on the congregants and viewers of Emmanuel TV to ask for God’s favour, mercy and forgiveness for their respective nations. This was a continuation of the previous week’s prayer when he cried to God for the nations of Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana and the rest of the world especially those nations with trouble spots. The man of God then ministered at the Prayer Line where God set His people free from various evil afflictions that tormented their lives. They were declared healed from sicknesses and delivered from demons, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Earlier in the day, Evangelist Michelle preached on the topic, ‘Energised by God’, a message that urged Christians to hold onto their priceless inheritance as children of God if they are to withstand and win the battle over satan. Referring to two great men of the Bible, Moses and Stephen, she said in our spiritual walk with the Lord, there are good and hard times alike but what matters is the relationship one has with his Creator. She said the moment one gets connected to God, one is no more oneself in idea and behaviour but totally absorbed into the idea and way of our Lord and that no state of being is as rewarding as living in tune with God!
Stephen, she said, knew that the everlasting joy of finally being with his Creator after the stoning could not be equated to the temporary pain he felt as each stone pelted his mortal body.
“But, today, when the stones of rejection, intimidation, humiliation, name calling and campaign of calumny hit us; when the stones of tests and trials hit us, we need to speed up. When the stones of all kinds hit us, we need to speed up because all the attacks, I mean trials are meant for our spiritual benefit – to improve us, not to impair us because our struggles make us stronger.
Again, the service on Sunday was rich with testimonies that glorified the name Jesus Christ and His infinite power to bless, heal and deliver. Here are a selected few:
FROM DOUGHNUT VENDOR TO VEEP’S EXECUTIVE SECRETARY!
Mrs Esther James Jada, from the Republic of South Sudan, is a living testimony of how God honours the humble and rewards those who trust and wait upon him in faith. One, who was a local market girl due to limitations in life coupled with the death of her father earlier in life, now, walks the corridors of the rich and powerful. She is the Executive Secretary of the country’s Vice President.
While poverty was knocking on her door, to her surprise, a friend volunteered to sponsor her trip to The SCOAN. She came, prayed and received the Anointing Water.
On her return, she received a call from the presidency of South Sudan and to her utmost surprise, was offered a job as Executive Secretary to the Vice President of the republic. What she had desired for many years came by grace in a short while after she ministered the Anointing Water and left everything to God Almighty.
Now able to sponsor the education of all her siblings, she thanked Jesus Christ for His abundant provision in her life. She showed pictures of the beautiful house and new car God has provided her with. How wonderful God is!
HUSBAND BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE BY CHRIST’S RESURRECTION POWER!
Mrs Dora Wiafe-Akenteng from Ghana but based in the US, was lost for words when she stood before the congregation to testify how God had saved her from widowhood. She told of how death had robbed her of her husband, an Agric-economist, only for the resurrection power of Jesus Christ to manifest itself in their lives through the restoration of his life.
One day while in the house, her husband had complained of dizziness. She went to the kitchen to prepare him dinner. She was about to serve the food when she realised that her husband had turned pale. When she advanced to touch him, he simply fell back. As a nurse, she realised that he had become abnormally cold. His breath had also gone out of him. She was confused and worried as they were the only two in the house. The word ‘widow’ suddenly became a huge reality to her. She began thinking about how her life would be meaningless without him. “He lay lifeless in my arms – clinically dead,” she said.
She said, as one with a medical background, she had extensive experience of dealing with terminal cases and her husband had indeed lost life. In her desperation and confused state of mind, she even had difficulty dialing 911. After 10 minutes, she suddenly remembered that she had the Anointing Water in the house. She grabbed it and started ministering the Anointing Water on her husband and prayed for the resurrection power of Jesus Christ to locate him. As she ministered the Anointing Water, a force hit her husband in the back to eject him from where he lay. He vomited in the aftermath, and subsequently gasped for air.
When he woke up, he was shocked and asked his wife why he was drenched with vomit. She felt both nervous and excited, telling him that he had died and resurrected!
Her husband testified that all he could remember was waking up, seeing vomit on his clothes and asking his wife what had happened. He did not understand why she was so excited and was utterly shocked to hear that he had left the world for some minutes. To God be the glory!
DOCTORS SAID I WOULD NEVER WALK AGAIN – MUSICIAN
Charity Musukwa, a Gospel musician from Zambia, would have been confined to a wheel chair right now if it was not for the healing power of the Great Physician, Jesus Christ, who restored her broken bones when doctors had declared her case impossible to reverse. Ms Musukwa was on one fateful day, coming from a Gospel music event when the saloon car she was travelling in, crashed. The car spun and rolled over six times to become an instant write-off. As a result of the accident, her rib was broken from the back-bone, throwing her into a state where she could not walk. The damage was too severe to repair medically and doctors told her she would never walk again. She was given a body brace and later condemned to a wheelchair. She was always in pain and felt traumatised. The thought of never walking again was too much to comprehend. It would mean an end to her musical career and a life of total dependence. Her mother had to do everything for her, including taking her to the bathroom. She could not imagine how she would live like that for the rest of her life.
A friend brought the Anointing Water and ministered it on her, in Jesus’ name. Immediately, she felt something lifting out of her and the courage entered her to take a step. She took that first step of faith and that was the beginning. She started walking from that day. She can now walk and sing for God.
In her advice to the viewers she said, “Have faith in God. He can use any medium to express Himself in your life.”
GOD’S GIFT, NAMED SARAH
Ask Theresa Ely and Anvor Ely and they will tell you the bitter heartache stemmed from many years of barrenness. They had reached their forties and hope for having a baby grew slimmer by the day. Theresa had been diagnosed with endometriosis while Anvor had a ridiculously low sperm count. The medical profession had done all they could to assist but there was no change. They were in need of a miracle; they needed the Creator of Heaven and earth to visit them by His grace and grant their heart’s desire.
On visiting The SCOAN, Theresa was surprised to be one among few to receive a divine revelation from God over their case. Prophet T.B. Joshua prophesied to her that she had been operated on but the purpose of the operation was not achieved.
He had also said that her menstrual cycle was not regular. After the prophecy, later in the service, the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua ministered Anointing Water on her. She began to vomit immediately. All her sicknesses were flushed out by the power of the Holy Spirit, opening the door for God to act. Equally, the couple had the grace to attend the fruit of the womb meeting with Prophet T.B. Joshua and they were able to partake in touching the blessed mantle which was passed around to all congregants. That mantle proved to be the point of contact that Jesus Christ used to intervene in their case.
They began to believe and trust in God, waiting on him alone. “I started clapping before the miracle happened”, she said. She knew that the word of the man of God was not his own but the very words of God. As if that was not enough, they saw the man of God in his office where he prayed for them and blessed them with Anointing Water. Full of faith, they prayed and ministered the Anointing Water. They met as husband and wife and she became pregnant. The pregnancy period was smooth with no complication. The proud parents held up their beautiful baby girl, named Sarah promising to train her in the way of the Lord.
Anvor likened their case to the leper who came back to give thanks even after ten of them had been cured. He rejoiced at the goodness of God in their lives. Their advice: “There is hope. Jesus is the hope. Jesus Christ is the answer to all fundamental issues of life. Trust in God and not man.”
FREE AT LAST TO SERVE THE LORD
When Pastor Matthew got married he looked forward to a blissful family life but to his utter dismay, what he experienced was diametrically opposite. “I have seen hell on earth” he declared, vividly remembering the furious friction that had dominated their family life in the past. A spirit of anger and confusion possessing his wife had done all it could to wreck a God-ordained marriage. Mrs Varughese would angrily smash things, break them and continually fight with her husband. When the spirit came upon her, she felt as though she had the combined power of 100 men in her. Later, she would realise what she did and bitterly regret it.
There was no peace or happiness in the home. Although they lived together, they were not eating, sleeping or talking together. They were like two strangers in the house. What was uncanny about it was that in the house, it was if hell was let loose but outside, she would be a humble, kind and gentle person. Nobody would believe what was going on behind closed doors.
Her husband carried her to many pastors in India for deliverance. She would be asked to fast and pray but the problem still continued. Truly tired of the state they were in, she began earnestly searching for deliverance and one day on YouTube, she encountered T.B. Joshua and the ministry of The SCOAN.
They determined to come to The SCOAN believing that Jesus Christ was able to put an end to the havoc. In 2011 on 27th February, they were sitting at the front at The SCOAN. The evil spirit within her was whispering to her to leave the front row and move to the back but her husband calmed her and told her to wait. A few moments later, during the time of prayer, Prophet T.B. Joshua came towards her and she saw a very bright light coming from him. The dark spirit within her could not stand the light and it was exposed. She was delivered and declared free.
Since the deliverance, the heaviness within her has left. She now sleeps soundly. The hatred, anger and bitterness have all vanished and have been replaced with love. “It is as if we are just married”, the couple declared joyfully, both struggling to hold their tears. The man of God had also told her that she was going to help her husband in the ministry. Since then, she has been studying the Bible and started sharing the Word with people. There are now miracles taking place in the hospital where she works as a nurse as she takes the Anointing Water with her every day.
Her advice to the world is: “It is not that demons cannot possess you if you are a believer. We all need deliverance.”
Pastor Matthew received a prophecy that he would serve the Lord fully. He testified that since the deliverance of his family, his ministry has grown and his marriage has been restored. He and his wife now discuss together and pray together. His advice was to stay in faith and never quit. “Call upon God and He will deliver you in His own time.”
Their daughter always felt alone as the only child; seeing the conflict between her parents, she had distanced herself from them. After the deliverance, there is now a better understanding in the family and their relationship with their daughter has been rekindled. Their daughter said that in 2012 she came to The SCOAN and that she received a prophecy that the same spirit that had haunted her mother was haunting her. She confirmed that she was always angry and stressed. But after the prophecy and her deliverance, there is peace and tranquility in the house. Her advice was for children. “Hold onto Jesus. When there is trouble and fighting in the house, pray and He will surely answer your prayers.”
“If it was not for this ministry and this deliverance, we would not be here today to say, Jesus is Lord” said Carolien Coetzee from South Africa, a lady who knows all too well the torment of demonic possession. She had been rejected and abused as a child and as a result always felt unwanted and depressed. Believing she was never good enough, she hated herself with a passion. This state of discontent led to anxiety, tension and pressure which infiltrated into her marital home. “The atmosphere in the house was always sensitive and tense” said her husband as he recalled the hours of fighting and constant friction. God had blessed the couple with a beautiful daughter but Carolien’s agitation extended to her child. She would find herself screaming at her at the slightest sign of disobedience. The evil spirit’s aim was to cause a rift in the family but the plans of satan were put to shame by the light and fire of God.
Carolien and her little daughter came to the Candlelight Service in 2012 and Wise Man Daniel prayed for her. The spirit of lust, anger and rejection within her manifested, confessing that it was from the ocean. The evil spirit confessed that its plan was to destroy the relationship between her and her daughter.
After her deliverance, she has a good relationship with her daughter and her husband. No longer tormented by self-hate, she believes and confesses that she is a child of God, loved and accepted by Him. The spirit of lust is no longer disturbing her and she now has real affection for her husband. Prior to her deliverance, she would always look for an excuse not to meet with her husband. The tension and pressure in the house has been replaced with a holy relaxation. Glory be to God! Jesus Christ is the Repairer and Restorer of broken relationships.
The service closed with Mass Prayer ministered by the Wise Men. Stay blessed!