THE POWER OF THE WORD
After songs rendition which lasted some three hours, Prophet T.B. Joshua preached to the congregation. He emphasized that significant as visions are in matter of the spirit, they must be fully and correctly translated and understood by the visioners to avoid misrepresentations regardless of where the visioners are found. He said God talks in parables, and that he had spoken to him to produce a new set of Anointing Stickers.
The prophet explained that the new sticker bears rich information at its back, which may always be useful to people. Such information includes facts on Emmanuel TV, prayer lines and memorable quotes which have potency of prayers. According to him, “If you hear from God, you must translate correctly. The translation is very important. God will speak to you as a servant, and God is Spirit. If you are not fully in Spirit, you will not be able to translate in Spirit”.
He spoke on other diverse issues, especially miracles, love and giving. He said “If you can give your love and somebody wants to stand against you, he stands against God”, and that when a true Christian gives to others, it should be for the sake of God, which is why “you should give what your life depends on”. He added “you are blessed to bless others; you are saved to save others. As you give those things you do not need, give those you cherish. You are set for God’s blessing”.
Equally, he insisted that every man must always see life in the context of “everything in me is a reward or a test”, and that Jesus always uses our situation as a test because our sickness is not like the sickness of others’; our trouble is not like others, and that our sickness can qualify us for a promotion.
To him, “Always see it as an opportunity of showing others that God brings good out of a bad situation”, because there is appointment in disappointments, wealth in poverty and health in sickness. He added that good health comes out from sickness; wealth comes out from poverty; and light from darkness… all of which the Christian must trust in. In his view, “A man can be sick in body or poor and yet be a friend of God and a candidate of Heaven”, and that a miracle is not the end but a means to an end.
Mr Ibe Sanford Emene – Blessed With A Diplomatic Job.
The First major testimony was a flashback in a video in relation to a prophecy given to Mr Ibe Sanford Emene, living in Rivers state. In the video, Mr Emene was looking dishevelled, poor and hopeless. Wise man Racine prophesied to him that he would soon receive the blessing of God despite his horrible past, as he would soon be given a remarkable job which would change his life, totally.
The wise man also prophesied that Mr Emene would soon travel out of Nigeria before the end of the year, 2010, but that he should be mindful of where he came from and try to avoid temptations.
Mr Emene returned after the fulfilment of the prophecy, to thank God for his mercy and blessing. In his words, he was living in abject poverty, failure and other challenges in business. He came to The SCOAN for prayer and direction on what to do to ameliorate his situation.
He referred to the prophecy by Wise man Racine, which was made manifest, though he had come originally to the church on a different matter. He said he was scared when the wise man mentioned foreign travels because he had never travelled out of Nigeria. He also said he was sympathizing with Wise Man Racine who had to lay hands on so many people. But in December of 2010, he was later appointed a diplomat and technical expert.
He had had an interview at Abuja and though others in the interview panel may have contacted witch doctors or gone through powerful people in Nigeria to get the appointment, he believed in the God of T.B. Joshua and prayed. He knew that travelling outside would actually change his life, entirely, as proclaimed in the prophecy of the wise man. In his words “The prophecy brought 300 degree turn around to my life. Where God guides, He provides. When you come to God, come blank. Don’t tell him what you want to hear. I have visa for two countries, one of which is South Africa”.
Obviously, success was written all over his face as the video showed his past and present, for the sake of comparison.
Mrs Patience Okorie – Delivered From Barrenness and Spiritual Husband.
Prophet T.B. Joshua was shown in a replay video during one of his prophetic works in a previous live service. As he moved round delivering people and prophesying, he prophesied to Mrs Patience Okorie, from Edo state who had been barren for many years. The man of God revealed her past, her efforts to get delivered by fasting for three days and visiting various churches. What she needed, according to him, was deliverance, though she had suffered from barrenness and a spiritual husband for so long.
In her statement, Mrs Okorie narrated her story of long barrenness and affliction by a spiritual husband, as well as her lack of affection for her physical husband. She said she fasted for three days, and though quite a beautiful person, she had no children, after many years of wedding. She had also encountered the spiritual husband years before her marriage, but it became worse after marriage. The man did appear to her in the dreams. Doctors in the hospitals also told her that she had no medical problem. She made her way to The SCOAN – her last hope.
She had to come to the church with her husband after her prayers were answered, and she had been delivered. She again narrated her story, and how she was delivered from the spiritual husband, barrenness, and evil attacks; she had also been mocked. But her pregnancy resulted in birthing twins (a boy and a girl).
Mr Okorie, the husband, also testified to the story of God. He had been a victim of low sperm count, but was happy that he was now a father of twins.
Prophet T.B. Joshua said what had taken place were healing, deliverance and prophetic words. In his words, “If your miracle is delayed, you will receive the mother of all miracles”.
Mrs Mariam Onuchukwu – Delivered From Evil Attacks And Spiritual Husband.
Wise Man Christopher was praying for people and delivering others from spiritual dilemma when he found a middle aged woman, Mrs Mariam Onuchukwu, who had initially refused to be touched. As she was touched, she started manifesting, moving to the front row.
She claimed to be possessed by three spirits… a spiritual husband, a virgin girl and Ndichie. The spirit revealed that Mariam’s great grandfather had killed a virgin girl because of the conflict between two communities, in which he had wanted to be a warrior. Following her death, the spirits of the girl cursed the warrior’s family that no girl from there would be married or have children, and they must all die. The spirit of the Ndichie was one of the family idols. It also turned against the family members, killing the people one after the other, including self- hanging, drinking of gamallin 20, or dying through accidents; no man was to succeed in the family.
The spirit in Mrs Mariam confessed that she would go on being frustrated and that it would kill her. The baby in her womb was also tied by the spirit, and it was not growing.
After being delivered by Wise Man, Christopher, she sorrowfully said her pregnancy was the first in nine years. She narrated how she woke up about 1:00am in her family compound to see a young girl sweeping. Having closed the window and going back to bed, she had to narrate the story to her grandmother, who knowing the reality of the story, cautioned Mariam never to open the window again at night. But the spirit of the virgin girl kept appearing to her in her dreams, telling Mariam how she had died in the hands of her great grandfather, despite pleading to be left alone and that no family member would ever succeed.
Over nine men had died; all others became useless. The husbands of Mariam’s two sisters died within days in 2011. She did not relate the dreams to her husband for fear of divorce, but also because he equally had a stroke. Mariam had visited many prayer houses without success until she decided to come to The SCOAN. But shortly before then, her husband had placed his hands on the Emmanuel TV screen when the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua was praying for the viewers and his stroke disappeared.
Mariam said the Ndichie, where the family elders had their meeting tormented the family for so long. The shrine had been initially set ablaze by the pastor – brother of Mariam, along with others, and this had angered the idol. The pastor had died in a fatal motor accident.
Her husband also testified on how he received his deliverance and that as for his wife when she came for deliverance, he had to buy 3,000 naira worth of fuel for his generator to capture every action on the screen, as it was occurring. This event happened during the second service on the Sunday his wife was delivered.
Miss Blessing Oghoiafor – Delivered From Toe Ulcer
A young lady named Miss Blessing Oghoiafor from Delta State also came to The SCOAN because of the problem of the ulcer which developed as a result of an injury. It was almost being cut off.
She had joined the prayer line in the church and received her deliverance. She had slept soundly the day she was delivered, saying, “God just healed it. I glorify His Holy name!”
Her mother (Mrs Ifeome) also testified to the glory of God in the daughter’s life. She was said not to be able to bath, wash, walk, stand or lay in bed, as she was totally helpless. According to the lady, “I had an injury in 2010 and brought it to the church. I doubted it initially. Trust God; nothing impossible that He can’t do”.
Mr and Mrs Stephen Ogbeta – Problem of Barrenness
They came to The SCOAN to attest to the power of our Lord, Jesus Christ through the Anointing Water. Mr Ogbeta said he was married for 30 years without a child. “I married my first wife 12 years ago…. And the second one 18 years ago. Both of them are not pregnant because I had low sperm count”, he said. He said he came to The Synagogue Church with his second wife, Monica Ogbela, last year and collected the Anointing Water from the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua.
When we administered the Anointing Water after prayers, my wife became pregnant after meeting her” he said.
A South African Lady Delivered From Eating Soap.
A young South African student who was addicted to eating soap came to The SCOAN for deliverance. She used to wake up at night to eat a particular brand of soap, and “When I had no money, I would go to the supermarket and get one. It tasted like sweet”. She ate soap for 24 years.
After her deliverance she was asked to taste the soap and her response was that it was smelling badly.
Other people were equally delivered from spiritual strongholds, spirits of anger, barrenness, violence, spiritual husbands, rejection, etc.
Shortly before the end of the service, Prophet Joshua instructed that the new sticker be distributed to the congregation, one to each family.