Sunday, the 5th of September, 2010 was another joyful day of service at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations. The service day started with a melodious performance by the renowned choristers. This was followed by a wonderful sermon, titled “BE FAITHFUL TO GOD” preached by one of the ‘Wise Men’ – Daniel.
Wise Man Daniel made us understand that if we are faithful to God, then our God is powerful. In other words, God is powerful and faithful to His faithful servants.
Proof Text: Daniel 3:15-18
What do you need God to be for you? God is what you need Him to be; and your faithfulness counts. That is, your faithfulness to Him makes it work. Do you need God to be your Deliverer, Healer, Saviour, Rescuer and Friend in life? Then, your faithfulness to Him makes it work. As faithful Christians, our God is faithful, very reliable, trustworthy and dependable. To His power, nothing is impossible.
After the wonderful sermon delivered by the Wise Man, it was time for deliverance. As many as were in bondage and in need of deliverance from the hands of the devil came out, and indeed, received their freedom.
One of them was a pastor of Divine Miracle Assembly in Imo State. He narrated how he came under the bondage of satan even though he camouflaged as a pastor with a ministry.
Owing to the fact that he had a problem in his ministry and people were threatening him, he visited a native doctor introduced to him by his fellow pastor. The native doctor, in turn, gave him a charm to swallow for protection and for miracles to happen in the church. He was also given a charm to put in water and sprinkle in his church in order to experience an overflow of congregation. The pastor thus administered this water on the sick people who came for healing of their diverse sicknesses. Little did they know that they were drinking charmed water from the pit of hell.
Pastor Victory Chiaka was not satisfied because the charm did not have the desired effect. This led him to visit up to about three native doctors. The last one gave him soap to bathe with in order to experience an overflow and miracles in his church. In the process of visiting native doctors, the pastor went to his village where he watched Emmanuel TV, got interested and came back home to install it in his home.
On the fateful day he was watching Prophet T.B. Joshua praying on Emmanuel TV, he felt a shock through his body. He later went to have his bath but lo and behold, he looked for the soap given to him by the native doctor but could not find it. When he went to the native doctor, he was told that there was a certain TV station he was watching and that had affected him causing the soap to disappear and return to the native doctor.
The native doctor warned him not to watch Emmanuel TV anymore, but deep in his mind he decided to continue watching and even planned to come to the SCOAN. Pastor Chiaka had a particular problem known to him which defied solution for a long time. He had this particular pain inflicted on him by the evil spirit. He was shot in his dream and his back got swollen up. He went to many native doctors for cure but all to no avail. This was what eventually brought him to the SCOAN on that fateful day and while the prophet T.B. Joshua was praying, he felt things flying away from his back and saw a flash like an angel and before he knew it, he found himself on the floor. While he was still at the SCOAN, the native doctor called him to tell him that he could see that he had gone to the place he was forbidden to go.
After Pastor Chiaka’s confession, he was delivered but Prophet T.B. Joshua made him understand that he needed to be counselled. The experience was not there because his calling was questionable. He said for when God calls, He makes us fit. He went further to say that as a pastor you may know that you are called but in what area? If you do what God gives you to do, you will do it perfectly.
Another Pastor, Pastor Victor Olushola of Chapel of Exploits Ministries came out to give his confession of how he, among other pastors, had blasphemed against Prophet T.B. Joshua. He said his general overseer made him believe that Prophet T.B. Joshua was not genuine. It was when he watched Emmanuel TV himself that he saw that Prophet T.B. Joshua was not what he was painted to be. Pastor Olushola narrated how he went about blaspheming against Prophet T.B. Joshua and how eventually things turned around against him. He found he could no longer preach as he was under the spell of satan.
It all started with his addiction to internet and watching of pornographic films. He was so involved in it that it got to a stage where images of what he watched in the pornographic films started coming to meet him and having affairs with him. Pastor Olushola got so involved in these pornographic and sexual affairs with demonic spirits that it completely disorganised his ministry and his family. He tried delivering himself but all to no avail.
He got to know about the SCOAN and decided to come but the evil spirit in him kept telling him not to come. “These evil spirits speak like human beings to me”, said Pastor Olushola.
On the fateful day when he finally decided to come to the SCOAN, the evil spirit followed him and kept telling him to go back until he got near the SCOAN before the evil spirit turned back.
Pastor Olushola was prayed for and delivered. He jumped up in joy after his deliverance because at last he had been freed from the perpetual bondage of satan. All his lost glory was restored.
Prophet T.B. Joshua told him to preach to the congregation and with tears in his eyes and unconcealed happinness, Pastor Olushola took the microphone and gave thanks to God Almighty for restoring him. He said, “What the enemy say will not happen in my life has happened. For me to be privileged to stand and preach before the whole world on Emmanuel TV. I almost lost hope but I have been restored today”.
Pastor Olushola said, “That me that came here (SCOAN) is not the me that is standing here today. I have the power now to conquer what has been chasing me in Jesus’ name”.
T.B. Joshua concluded by saying that the devil may be fast but God is faster!
Many others came out to narrate their ordeals in the hands of satan. A most touching spectacle was that of a mother and her son who came out for reconciliation of their broken family.
Madam Florence Idukpaye had an only child; a son who accused her of being a witch and never wanted to do anything with her. Madam Idukpaye came running to the SCOAN seeking divine intervention in her family. She claimed that Fred happened to be her only son and he needed deliverance because he threatened to beat her up. She said she could not afford to lose him.
Fred Idukpaye, 45, stated that she was his mother but she had been monitoring his life. She did not allow him to do anything because she had undue influence over him.
“I was living in Europe and before I knew it I found myself back in Nigeria! She called me on the phone one day and told me to come back home, before I knew it I was back in Nigeria and since then she has been discouraging me from going back to Europe. Anything I want to do, she is against it. She stops me and controls me. I therefore accused her of being a witch” Fred said.
Prophet T.B. Joshua came into the matter by looking at the situation from a spiritual angle. He stated that what Fred said was not ordinary. His mother had actually taken him to a society which is not of Christ. A society opposite to Christ. To protect him or what? Mr Fred’s coming back home was not ordinary. His mother not only called him on phone but she did everything diabolical to call him back home.
But T.B. Joshua emphasised that Madam Idukpaye did this not for anything but for the fact that she wanted her only son around her and not far away from her. She did all this out of ignorance. She sees this society she went into as a protector of her son. She felt if Fred did not come home, he would marry abroad and so she used all her means to get him back home to be around her. T.B. Joshua concluded that Madam Idukpaye needed deliverance and she was delivered.
Reconciling the family, the man of God told Mr Fred Idukpaye that there was no other mother that was as good as his mother. “She is your mother!” He concluded.
Emmanuel Oluwatobi’s confession crowned it all as one was left wondering at the length satan can go to destroy his adherents.
Oluwatobi was a young lad of 17 years who went about using the internet to defraud people. He indulged in using Prophet T.B. Joshua’s name to collect money from unsuspecting people from around the globe on internet. He actually went to the length of opening a ‘Facebook account’ in T.B. Joshua’s name and went about sending emails to people telling them he was T.B. Joshua and he wanted them to donate to his ministry for the orphans. He went as far as writing to the US Government asking for a loan of half a million dollars to build a church; all in the name of T.B. Joshua.
– He prayed for unsuspecting candidates on the phone while covering the phone mouthpiece with a hanky in order to sound like a deep male voice.
– He collected money through Western union from many across the world in the name of T.B. Joshua.
– He promised to send anointing water to people as soon as they sent their money into his account.
– He collected money in the name of T.B. Joshua to build a branch of the church close to them.
– He visited spiritualists for money rituals.
Oluwatobi had been doing this for up to 5 years and he said he so much enjoyed it because money was coming into his account. It was to the extent that he dropped out of school and concentrated on his dubious act on internet. He got so addicted that when he sat down; all he could think of was to go on internet to defraud people and how to perfect his dubious activity.
Satan so completely destroyed this young lad that now he has a mental problem.
Just like Oluwatobi, others came out to give their confessions ranging from fraud on the internet to internet bank hacking.
Apart from watching as they were being delivered, one had a great lesson to learn from all these confessions. As the Bible says, satan only came to steal, kill and destroy but the son of man came to save, restore souls and give life in abundance.
The healing session was not left out as many came with their diverse sicknesses and got healed through the name of Jesus Christ. Amongst them were cancer cases, HIV, difficulty in walking, neck collar and body brace cases.
Mrs Silverstra Muthoni came all the way from Kenya in search of a solution to her problem of Lumbar Spondylosis among others and was using a body brace. To God be the glory after the prayer of the Wise Man – Daniel she was set free. Free at last from the problem she had to endure for 25 years. What she could not do before, she started to do in the name of Jesus Christ. All were set free in the name of Jesus Christ.
BENEFICIARIES OF THE SCOAN SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME
The charitable arm of the SCOAN ministry was not left out as hundreds of students came out for their scholarship scheme. One could see the joy radiating in the faces of the young scholars as they felt at home in the SCOAN. They came to collect their school fees as promised by T.B Joshua to their families.
Isaac, a student of Ambrose Ali University Ekpoma, Nigeria, studying Mechanical Engineering was among the many scholars. He narrated how the scholarship scheme of Prophet T.B. Joshua had been a succour to his family. “Where would I have been today if not for the help of Prophet T.B. Joshua?” He said.
Miss Marcus of Yaba Technology Lagos, Nigeria, studying Computer Engineering smiled as she gave her thanks to God and concluded by saying “We love you Prophet T.B. Joshua”.
Little Miss Osho Oluwatoyin in Senior Secondary 2 (SS2) told the congregation how meeting Prophet T.B. Joshua had affected her life and that of her family. She said T.B. Joshua extended a hand of love to her family and most especially her father who was a drunkard before but thanked God for using Prophet T.B. Joshua to transform her father’s hopeless case to joy. Now there is joy in my family! She said.
A total of 5 million naira (N5,000,000) was given out to the beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme as each scholar was given an envelope with cash in it for their upkeep.
One could see the joy on the faces of the scholars as their hearts were filled with hope of a bright future. The parents and guardians were not left out as each gave a sigh of relief that God was indeed bearing their burdens through His anointed servant, Prophet T.B. Joshua.