Wise Man Christopher opened the service by assuring the congregation that satanic authorities over their homes and businesses would be broken, in the name of Jesus Christ.
He started his message by saying that there are two classes of people seeking a solution. The first class does not identify the cause of the problem but the second does and as a result receives a permanent solution.
The wise man chose ‘The Permanent Solution’ as the title of his message and opened his Bible to Mark 2:1-5 as the proof text. He explained that the permanent or lasting solution gives lasting prosperity, healing, peace and blessing forever. Citing Romans 5:12, he said man has lost the lasting relationship with God through sin. In his words, Jesus came because the relationship between God and man was broken. His mission was to restore the relationship. Jesus Christ needed love, forgiveness and grace to restore the broken relationship. This, he said, is echoed in Luke 23:24 where Christ said, ‘Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing’. This statement, the wise man said, applies to everybody today. Building on this, Wise Man Christopher advised that we must show forgiveness in our relationships; for where there is forgiveness there is a solution. Forgiveness of sin deals with the cause of the problem. Jesus identified sin (Mark 2:2-5) as the cause of the sickness of the paralytic. Those seeking a solution to their problem should identify the cause and seek a lasting solution to it. Problems recur because people never identified the causes and dealt with them. This is why many people who are blessed today become poor tomorrow, a healthy man relapses into sickness and a landlord becomes a tenant. This is also why people bother about blessing rather than sin which is the cause of poverty; comfort rather than sin, the cause of discomfort. Sin in the soul is the cause of sickness, poverty, career failure and instability in economic life. Bothering about a problem without identifying the cause cannot give a permanent solution.
God separated light from darkness (Genesis 1:3-5). When we sin, we belong to the kingdom of darkness. Jesus is the way out of darkness. In Ephesians 5:8, those in darkness because of sin were released into light in the Lord. Jesus, the glorious Light, has come to dispel all darkness. When born again, we are taken from the satanic kingdom of darkness. This is a reality, not an idle imagination. We cannot receive it by merit but by the grace of God. By grace we are called to be forgiven. King David knew this in Psalm 51 where he pleaded for God’s mercy. To King David the mercy of God was like a blank cheque for prosperity and the goodness of life. He was simply confessing his sins for the salvation of his soul. We should not doubt God’s desire and ability to help us. We should consequently not leave any sin in our heart without confessing it. Let us admit that we are guilty and trust in God’s ability to make us clean. What happens to you if you have everything while yet in sin? Whatever you have will face greater challenges that your fame cannot stand (Romans 6:2-3). Christianity is a relationship with Jesus that lasts forever. You need cleansing to enjoy the relationship and all its blessings. The comforts of this world cannot earn you peace. Many are on the sickbed in spite of their wealth and position. Jesus Christ is the permanent solution. When He heals you, He does so effectually and when He blesses you, it is forever. Follow Jesus for He is the road map to the lost, the bread to the hungry and the water to the thirsty. The wise man rounded off his message by praying for his listeners to embrace Jesus, the permanent solution.
GOD IS STEPPING INTO YOUR SITUATION TODAY
T. B. Joshua assured the congregation that God who makes a difference in people’s lives was stepping into their situation to make poverty, hardship, sickness, and all forms of limitation things of the past. Whatever the situation, he said, God has stepped into it to make a difference in your life. God’s power is so real, authentic and forceful that it cannot be limited by time or space.
THE HOLY SPIRIT STEPPED INTO A MARRIAGE
The congregation and viewers worldwide then listened to Mr & Mrs Onokohoa who told the tale of a troubled marriage and gave testimony to the mighty deliverance they had received after receiving prayer from the Wise Man. A video clip showed an episode where the Wise Man met a woman as he laid hands on the congregants. The reaction to the prayer was not from the woman but the spiritual husband in her. In anger, the evil spirit told listeners that he married the woman years back in her childhood but somebody brought her to church for deliverance against his will. The spirit went further to disclose the havoc he had done in her life, killing her child and destroying her, as she wanted to free herself from his grip. In response to the wise man’s questions, the woman, under the influence of the evil spirit, disowned her earthly husband and identified clearly with the spiritual one who even warned her not to go close to the earthly husband. The evil spirit told listeners that he had put something in her waist that disturbed the development of her unborn baby and caused her to menstruate while pregnant. As the evil spirit was commanded to leave the woman in the name of Jesus, it shouted ‘I surrender’ and she fell down. Mrs Faith Onokohoa from Bayelsa, Nigeria and her husband then came into the open to confirm the deliverance and share her experiences. In addition to confirming all the evil spirit had said, Faith said the spirit made her lose affection for her husband because it had always laid between them at night and took over the husband’s marital role. For over three months, she never had any sexual intimacy with her husband as a couple. She would also eat in her dreams. All their efforts to free her from the malevolent grip of the evil spirit remained unsuccessful until they came to The SCOAN after watching Emmanuel TV in their home.
In his testimony, her husband, Mr Francis Onokohoa added that at night, he would feel the vibration and creaking of their bed even when his wife was apparently enjoying her sleep. In addition, he confessed, the evil spirit gave him weak erection. The couple however confessed that after the deliverance the relationship between them became very normal. As well as confessing feeling lighter after the deliverance, Mrs Onokohua advised all those who had similar problems to look up to God and trust Him for a solution.
ICE CUBES FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER
Mrs Antoinette Koko, from South Africa mounted the platform and stunned her listeners that she had come to The SCOAN with the problem of addiction to eating ice cubes for the past fifteen years. The addiction to eating ice cubes, according to her, started in 1996 in a restaurant where she and a friend of hers used to spend time together often drinking cold drinks and eating ice cubes. It soon became a habit. However, while her friend soon dropped the habit, Antoinette’s grew stronger and led to an uncontrollable addiction. Even as a wife to a medical doctor, she kept ice cubes in her deep freezer to satisfy her appetite in disregard of her husband’s warning against it. She ate an average of 3kg of ice cubes daily and preferred to eat ice than food. She fainted twice because of the habit leading to blood transfusion on two occasions. She was however unable to stop and none of the places they went to for a solution were helpful. The congregation sat shocked as they watched a video clip of Antoinette a day earlier, consuming a whole bowl of ice cubes, crunching them just as if they were biscuits.During deliverance, the prophet invited her for a handshake with him but as she came close, her outstretched hand started shivering and later she fell down and the evil spirit that had caused this addiction in her life left her forever. After her deliverance, she was offered another bowl of ice cubes, but after putting one into her mouth, repulsed by the now unpleasant experience, she spat it out again, declaring that she no longer had the desire to eat ice cubes. “Before it was like food to me, but now it is just like water” she said, with tears in her eyes, as she glorified God for what He had done.
A STRANGE DESIRE TO SNIFF AND EAT MARKER PENS
In succession to Mrs Koko, Mrs Miriam Akande of Osun State, Nigeria came forward with her daughter to plead with the pastor, Prophet T. B. Joshua for the deliverance of her daughter, Miss Miracle Akande whom she said had cultivated the habit of sniffing and eating marker pens. The mother said she was very depressed when she discovered her daughter’s habit. She said the Lord led her to The SCOAN where the Lord said a new thing would happen in her life. She added that her daughter would sniff as many marker pens as she laid her hands on, easily able to consume more than 8 pens per day. Her daughter also enjoyed the smell of petrol, kerosene and methylated spirits.
In her confession, Miracle disclosed that the habit started in class when they noticed an unusual odour. Later, it was discovered that it was their teacher’s leaking marker that caused the odour. Unlike the rest of the class, Miracle enjoyed the smell, formed the habit outside the class, and enjoyed it for one and a half years. One of the results of the addiction was that her academic performance had declined. A video was shown of how Miracle would first excitedly sniff a marker pen and then chew it until all the ink had gone.
T.B. Joshua then prayed for her in the power of the Holy Spirit and she fell to the ground. She stood up, delivered and free from the spirit that had been tormenting her. She was offered some marker pens but she immediately shunned the offer and then advised other children to heed the advice of their parents as they were interested in their welfare.
FIBROID MELTED AND TUBES UNBLOCKED
Mrs Elizabeth Kanberuka of Namibia also testified to her healing from a uterine fibroid which had caused headaches and vomiting before she would menstruate. The doctor who confirmed her uterine fibroid and tubal blockage had advised her to go for an operation. She however decided to come to The SCOAN where she received the Anointing Water. After prayer at home, she ministered the Anointing Water on herself. When she went for a test later, she was told that she no longer had the problem of uterine fibroid, that her tubes were now normal and that an operation was no longer needed. She advised her listeners and Emmanuel TV viewers worldwide to believe and trust God, even in the midst of their problems.
THE BEST POLICE DRIVER IN ZIMBABWE
Mr Innocent Mukanganwa happily addressed his listeners from the platform about the miracle he received by ministering the Anointing Water, in Jesus’ name. He entered into a competition with his five-months of driving experience among other more qualified and seasoned drivers some with many years of driving experience. Lo and behold, he clinched the prize as Zimbabwe’s best police driver of the year.
TIME TO REWRITE FAMILY HISTORY
Prophet T.B. Joshua told viewers worldwide that now was the time to break generational curses and rewrite family histories of limitation, hardship, poverty, sickness and backwardness.
He led the congregation and the viewers as the real, authentic and forceful power of God wrought miracles, signs and wonders blessing the lives of all present and watching worldwide.
The congregation dispersed thanking God individually from the bottom of their hearts for the grace of witnessing the evidence that truly, distance, time and circumstance are no barrier to the power of God. To the Lord’s power, nothing is impossible.