Jesus Christ gave newcomers, including viewers worldwide, plenty of evidence to believe in Him by His demonstration of love and power operating through the Prophet and the wise men during the Saturday and Sunday lives services at The SCOAN. The atmosphere was filled with faith and hope as people watched God’s power at The SCOAN prayer line, after which they listened to divinely inspired messages from Prophet T.B. Joshua and the wise men. This was followed by awesome testimonies of healing, deliverances and breakthrough before Prophet T.B. Joshua ministered prophetically to individual members of the congregation.
In his message titled, “Love Is The Greatest”, the prophet referred to Matthew 5:44 as his proof text. “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” He said that the challenges we are having can be likened to love and hatred and that he had never seen where hatred overcomes love. When you love, you overcome. Love is the most powerful weapon. Love does not allow us to kill our brothers, neighbours or even our enemies. Love becomes our protection against the hatred of the adversary. Hatred is powerless in the face of love’s power and armour. Love is the greatest. Let us act love; let us do love. We are sons and daughters of love; we are love’s products. Love brought us into being.
He stated that if you want to be a Christian, be a Christian. The challenges before us however is that no one can overcome without the Spirit of God. Who is a Christian? A Christian is someone who is lifting the load with God, walking with the Lord, facing persecution and trials with the Lord, in unison with God. If you want to be a Christian, be a Christian and stop deceiving yourself because the challenges before you will consume you. If God is joining you to carry something, is lifting the load, when you are facing persecution, God is facing it with you. The prophet’s reference to 1 Corinthians 12:3 seemed to sum up the key to overcome: No one can be a Christian without the Spirit of God. “Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3).
WE HAVE A DEFENDER
Wise Man Christopher similarly encouraged people on the comfort they would find in God in his message titled, ‘We Have A Defender’. He said “We, people of God – men and women of faith, do not need to defend ourselves because we have a Defender. Every man or woman of faith is led by an indwelling spirit of grace, which is greater than he who dwells in the world. The God who created us now dwells within us in the living Word. Ask Prophet Elisha in 2 Kings 6:15-17 and he would tell you that our Defender is with us in the living Word. Whenever we are going through ordinary circumstances in life as Christians, we should always remember that we have no other refuge than this command of Jesus: ‘Only believe’. Whenever we truly believe, our hearts will be at rest; we will be connected to the Defender. We need no more than to open the eyes of our faith. The opening of our eyes of faith is the silencing of our fears.
Many who had experienced God’s grace and favour in their lives came forward to share their testimonies which left an indelible picture in the minds of many who were looking forward to receive their own miracle from the Great Provider, Jesus Christ.
PASTOR DELIVERED FROM AN EVIL SPIRIT MANIFESTED AS A CAT
Pastor John Joseph Ekoja’s forefathers served different types of gods, the effects of which rippled into his own life with a very strange demonic encounter. Every night, a cat would appear to him in his dreams to fight and chase him. His brother who experienced the same nightmares had died suddenly and the whole family found themselves under a curse of limitation nobody seemed able to rise above. While working in the ministry, he had a severe accident and fractured his tibia and fibula. After undergoing an operation to insert metal within his leg, Pastor Ekoja’s problems only seemed to persist as anyone who promised to assist him ended up withdrawing at the last moment. His mother advised him to visit The SCOAN for prayer but he was discouraged by people around him who told him the work of God at The SCOAN was not genuine.
A friend in Cotonou, Benin Republic testified to him that after coming to The SCOAN, he experienced a mighty business breakthrough. Finally convinced, he followed his friend to The SCOAN and was among those who received the new Anointing Sticker given out during the New Years Eve service. He put the Anointing Sticker under his pillow and miraculously stopped seeing the cat in his dreams! Confident in God’s power, he then put the Anointing Sticker on the door of his house. Sometime later, the demonic cat reappeared in his dream to attack him but Pastor Ejoka saw light emanate from the Anointing Sticker on his door and paralyse the cat. This physically manifested the following week when Pastor Ekoja awoke to discover the very same cat that had tormented his dreams for over 30 years lying alive but paralyzed below the Anointing Sticker on his door. He immediately decided to rush down to The SCOAN with the cat to give his testimony. Prophet T.B. Joshua said that his entire family had been set free through the deliverance and counselled him that the cat needed to undergo deliverance, stressing that it was the spirit within the cat that was operating, not the cat itself. After the deliverance, Prophet T.B. Joshua said the cat would live normally as a pet.
ADDICTION TO PORNOGRAPHY CAN BE BROKEN!
Pastor Gladwin Solomon from South Africa came to The SCOAN with his wife. He had suffered from the spirits of lust and smoking from a young age and watched pornography through the internet and masturbated in secret. He said he made the decision to serve the Lord at the age of 18 but faced a lot of challenges, rendering him unable to do so. After getting married, the same problems of lust and pornography continued. He went to Bible College, believing that his spiritual life would grow but after spending four years there, the desire to watch pornography became even stronger. He said that the college had a lot of internet access points where they would watch pornography and he met other students there who were addicted to the same vice. It became severe to the point that it affected his affection with his wife. After leaving Bible College, he spent a lot more time masturbating, even at his office. One day his wife found out and he was very ashamed. She was not comfortable seeing him around the internet. He went on social networks, chatting with women to ease his urge. After starting his own ministry, he looked for a potential mentor but was too ashamed to tell them the problem and even when he did, they could not help him. His spiritual life deteriorated, including his prayer life. Reading the Word of God was overtaken by the spirit of lust. He said it was the most difficult thing to stand in front of people and preach. He would prepare a good message that people would think, “Wow what a good preacher” but behind it was a pain in his heart because of the deception. That thing was always at the back of his mind.
As the wise man was praying for him during his deliverance at The SCOAN, he felt something leave him and then immediately felt light. The urge to watch pornography, masturbate and lust after other women is gone! The urge to smoke has also gone. He advised, “Pastors wherever you are, come out. We know our problem but we are not coming out. The lesser is blessed by the greater. There are things we are not able to do that greater men of God can help us to do. Many times, men of God come looking for impartation. How can we have impartation when we are bound in sin? There is hope for you at The SCOAN”. He added that there needs to be an openness and willingness. His wife, who was also initiated into the same vice of pornography through the internet, received her deliverance and advised, “Deliverance is a willing thing. It is high time we are willing. Be willing to change and stop pretending. If you say you are a Christian, be a Christian and stand for what you believe”.
Speaking of pornographic sites, Pastor Solomon said, “It’s not innocent; the more you get into it, the more the picture grows inside of you. Avoid pornographic sites”.
THE SHAME OF BEDWETTING
Eseigbe Ejemen, a 16 year old girl, recounted her terrible ordeal as a ‘bedwetter’. As she put it candidly, “I would bedwet everywhere”. As a teenager, she suffered the shame and disgrace of this ‘little talked about’ problem which is more common among teenagers and adults than one would think. Eseigbe went to a boarding school where she found it impossible to hide the humiliating problem. As she would sleep on the top bunk of the bed at the quarters, the person on the lower bunk would become wet with urine after her consistent episodes of bedwetting. She was nicknamed ‘Bedwetter’ and was sent out of the school as the condition refused to halt. The humiliation she received from classmates led to her lie about her age, stating that she was only 13, presuming that she could win the sympathy of others if they believed she was a young girl. Her mum who had become burdened with her daughter’s problem made her way down to The SCOAN and received The Anointing Water and the Anointing Sticker. She would give her daughter the Anointing Sticker to place in her pants and also ministered the Anointing Water on her. Incredibly, after three days, the problem of bedwetting came to an end! It was more than she could dream of. The garment of shame had been lifted! After ministering the Anointing Water, she saw Prophet T.B. Joshua in her dreams with two bed covers, one wet, the other dry. He removed the wet bed cover and replaced it with the dry one – a confirmation that she had been delivered completely and effectually from bedwetting!
HE PROPHESIED HOW & WHEN I WOULD DELIVER
Mrs Queen suffered from the problem of barrenness for 12 years. After watching Emmanuel TV and being encouraged by the testimonies she saw, she came to The SCOAN and received a bottle of the Anointing Water. She went back home and ministered it in faith. She met with her husband and soon after, conceived. During her pregnancy, a scan revealed that the baby was in a breech position and doctors booked her for an operation. She rejected the idea of an operation and instead, came to The SCOAN for God’s intervention. In the course of the service at The SCOAN, Prophet T.B. Joshua came to her and gave her a prophetic message that she should not worry, that she would deliver her baby safely without an operation. If that was not enough to console her, he also specified the days she would deliver her baby, stating that she would deliver it on a Thursday/ Friday. She returned home with peace in her heart and to her amazement, she delivered her baby without an operation. The labour pain started on Thursday and she delivered on Friday, as prophesied by the man of God. The icing on the cake was that she delivered a double blessing of twins!
MY SON WAS BLIND BUT NOW HE CAN SEE
One distressing day, school authorities called Mrs Meg Abagu to come and take her son, Daniel out of school, stating that he could not see. For seven days, the young man remained blind and specialists determined that the cause was cataracts which had covered his eyes. An operation was recommended. While he was in his school hostel, his mum Mrs Meg Abagu who was far away, asked him to pray along with her through Emmanuel TV. She placed her fingers on her eyes as a point of contact and asked him to do the same where he was. As Prophet TB Joshua prayed on Emmanuel TV, she prayed along with him and asked her son, Daniel on the phone to say, ‘Amen’. She said that after the prayer, that same day, her son told her that he started to see stars and shortly afterwards, fully regained his sight! The pain he was experiencing in his eyes also disappeared after praying along with Prophet TB Joshua on Emmanuel TV. He was able to return to school and later sat for his exams, earning a spectacular result!
As Mrs Abagu said, “I went to get the report of God through Prophet T.B. Joshua on Emmanuel TV and the report of God opened the eyes of my son”.
YOUNG MAN DELIVERED FROM THE LEFT HAND SERVANT OF SATAN
A clip was replayed in the service of an astonishing deliverance that had occurred the previous week. An evil spirit claiming to be a high ranking demon and ancient beast who had existed even before the creation of the world was exposed during an electrifying encounter with Wise Man Daniel. The demon touted itself as being seated at the left hand of satan, stating that it had last entered the earth over two millennia ago when it was defeated by Jesus Christ. It had destroyed the bright destiny of the young man it had possessed since birth and its intention was to warn Prophet T.B. Joshua and the Wise Men, whose activities were disturbing the kingdom of darkness. The demon exposed diverse satanic strategies and tactics through which it had ensnared so many people into a hellish existence and eternity before the final encounter ensued with the Wise Man. Shouting in a strange language, the demon grabbed onto Wise Man Daniel’s arm, screaming for his master in hell to send more power as the Wise Man commanded the demon to leave in the name and blood of Jesus Christ. At long last, the demon was defeated and the young man declared free!
Coming forward, Mr Alem Njoku accompanied by his parents, a sibling and close friend, shared a traumatizing experience that can only be described as hellish. The young Cameroonian explained that he hailed from a royal background, his father being the chief of a community that traditionally worshipped the skulls of their ancestors. It was this ancestral worship that provided the platform for the ancient demon to enter the young man’s life.
With a childhood plagued by strange demonic dreams, unusual bouts of sickness leading to an operation to remove his spleen, an uncontrollable urge for masturbation, a lonely existence of isolation and scholastic setback despite academic brilliance, Alem knew that something was wrong somewhere. However, it was only four months prior, in December 2012 that the demon behind Alem’s troubles revealed itself in the most alarming form. Lying on his bed, he physically saw a giant beast appear from his wall, trumpeting that it was sent from hell to destroy his life, stating that it was the ‘god’ he must serve and worship.
From that day forward, the 23 year olds life became enslaved completely to this ancient demon that would appear physically to him over 20 times every single day. Whenever Alem slept or just closed his eyes, he would find his spirit in the fiery depths of hell, seeing its horrors and the unimaginable torment being meted out to those condemned to live there. He also saw himself as a commander of an immeasurable amount of demonic soldiers, leading them in the battle against Christians and angelic forces. He said the demon invested powers within his hands and legs and forced him to crawl on his knees for several hours whenever he dared disobey any of his instructions. Whilst in hell, he saw his name being cancelled on a sheet of paper, signifying his spiritual death and the beginning of the satanic assignment they planned for him. As the spiritual attacks intensified, so did Alem’s desire to visit The SCOAN for deliverance, explaining that he saw the disastrous effect the prophet’s prayers had on satan’s kingdom as it erupted like lightning bolts within hell.
At this point, the demon who said it was ‘Dakunba’, declared that it would accompany him to The SCOAN as it had ‘a warning’ to give to Prophet T.B. Joshua. The day before the Saturday service where Alem received his deliverance, he explained that hundreds of other demons entered his body to reinforce him with powers for the ‘battle’ ahead. As Wise Man Daniel prayed for him, Alem described how he remarkably witnessed the encounter from the confines of hell where his spirit was chained. He said the ancient language spoken by the demon was a battle cry to draw all other demons in the area to come and fight. At a point where the demon grew weak, he said he saw satan stand up from his throne to send part of himself to The SCOAN where his shadow enveloped the street opposite The SCOAN, sending more powers to his agent in an attempt to defeat Wise Man Daniel. However, the demon was finally conquered by the superior power of Jesus Christ, and as the demon roared in anger, Alem saw his spirit suddenly lifted from the pits of hell and reenter his body on the floor of The SCOAN. He had been rescued by the power of the Holy Spirit!
After his deliverance, the young man said he had slept peacefully for the first time in his life and had no more encounters with the demonic beings that had possessed him since birth. Embittered, he even disclosed that the spirit had pushed him to sleep with hens, as well as causing him to be a bedwetter. Prophet T.B. Joshua told him to call the name of Jesus Christ which he said would be his refuge from this day forward. As Alem did so, his body began shaking and he fell to the ground under the power in Christ’s name. What a remarkable transformation! We thank Jesus Christ for this powerful deliverance which serves as an eye-opener to the reality of the spiritual world and the seriousness with which we must view our spiritual walk and warfare.
IT IS ALL ABOUT JESUS
As we reflect on all that Jesus Christ wrought this weekend, we recall the words of Wise Man Daniel earlier on as he hit home the point that, “IT IS ALL ABOUT JESUS”. In his message, he referred us to John 16:33, which says that though there are reasons to be troubled, there is a greater reason not to be. This statement is meant for peculiar people who find and attend to God’s Word, for God’s Word is Spirit and life. He said that God’s Word is life to those who find them and health to all flesh – that is, the flesh of those who find and attend to God’s Word in simple faith.
We leave you here in God’s Word and pray to meet you here in God’s Word, in Jesus’ name.