Prophet T.B. Joshua
Awe inspiring, exalting and liberating are the three key words that probably describe last Sunday’s 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. As is always the case, the service started with the prayer line where, again, God set His people free from various evil afflictions that had tormented their lives. They were declared healed from sicknesses and delivered from demons by the wise men, in Jesus’ name. Again, the Holy Spirit moved among the congregants as the Almighty Father used the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua to prophesy, preach and teach. He taught on the need for Christians to be content with what the Lord has blessed them with, saying the problem with many Christians today is that they are never satisfied. The prophet said that rather than occupying oneself in self-enrichment, man should look at ways of helping those in need. Said he: “God has no hands but our hands to help people; no tongue but ours to talk to people.” He also taught on the secret behind a successful marriage, stating that people should wait on the Lord, discover the right person and understand the right time for the right time brings the right person. The service was also packed with amazing testimonies that glorified God’s might in the life of His people. Below are a selected few:
DOUBLE DELIVERY FROM PROSTITUTION
Ms Vera Benjamin thought she had found the easiest solution to her family’s financial woes when she opted for prostitution at the age of 13. Little did she know that she was toying with a slippery path to her own destruction. When satan gives you something that seems like apparent peace with his right hand, he takes from you something your life depends on with the left. He is a liar, promising wealth but planting a booby trap in it. Ms Vera lost all the wealth she had accumulated and was about to lose her only daughter to the same vice.
Her testimony started with a replay of her deliverance video taken at The SCOAN Prayer Line the previous Thursday in which an evil spirit in her confessed to having led her into prostitution. Standing before the congregation flanked by her 12-year-old daughter, Ms Benjamin explained that she had entered prostitution at the age of 13 due to poverty which had wrecked her family. She recounted how one day, a man had come to their home and harassed her mother over a debt of less than 500 Naira.
She said the man kicked and punched her mother until she begged him not to kill her but, instead, ask her whatever he wanted and she was ready to do as payment for the debt. “He slept with me and took away my virginity,” she wept. “He even gave me 350 Naira for the debt”.
What was meant to be a one-time pay-off turned out to be an ordeal although the man was now paying for the services. She eventually left her home town to another town where she became a sex worker and started patronizing hotels. One thing led to another and one day, she returned home to find that many of her friends who were doing sex work in Europe had become rich and were setting up elegant buildings in the city.
One of her friends introduced her to a man who took her to Europe where she was forced to sleep with 50 men per day, even when she was on her menstruation. She was introduced to hard drugs to maintain endurance and became an addict. Soon she was making big money which she was sending back home to Nigeria. The money was so huge that her two sisters were enticed and left home also to become sex workers.
She got pregnant and sent her daughter to school in Ghana. When she went to visit her, she realized that her daughter, who was only 12, was into prostitution as well. She was slipping out of the house for weeks, following men and patronizing clubs. That is what forced Ms Benjamin to drag her daughter to The SCOAN. She said she wanted her daughter to be delivered from the spirit of prostitution. But God has His own mysterious ways; she was the first to be located by the Holy Spirit. She manifested and was delivered.
“I started prostitution aged 13, my daughter took to the same trade when she was only seven,” she cried.
The daughter testified that she had started sleeping with men aged seven and that she would hear a voice telling her to go and look for men. “Not everyone was giving me money. I did it because I was obeying that voice, not for money,” she said.
Ms Benjamin advised parents to rise up and exert their responsibilities over their children because, on top of being an evil act, the price in prostitution was too high. She said in Europe where she was practicing her trade, there were so many girls sleeping their way to the grave through drugs, abortions and cold blood murders that go unpunished.
“Mothers, your children are dying out there; they are sleeping with vampires. I am coming from there,” she said and told of how the property she had accumulated over the years had been sold due to a controversy and now she has nothing to show for her suffering.
Mother and daughter testified that after their deliverance, they now have peace and the voices pushing them to prostitution have stopped. They are completely free, thanks to God’s intervention in their lives. Prophet T.B. Joshua asked if preachers used to come to their midst in the brothels to preach the Gospel to them and she said, yes but that her boss told them not to listen to those preachers.
The prophet then said that she would be a better instrument for God to use among the prostitutes, teaching them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He committed to praying for the two and advising them from God’s point of view on how to proceed in their new life in Christ.
LIBYA RETURNEES IN AGRI-PROJECT, GLORIFY GOD
It is not all the time that people who are deported back to their countries with nothing but their limbs, become an integral part of their local economies. Often times, they are bitter and become a menace to their societies – robbing and killing because they don’t care, forgetting that God loves all and is the Provider.
Well, the Sunday service witnessed a rare group of people who, after being detained in Libya for years, returned to Nigeria in January this year and had wasted no time in their desire to become responsible members of their communities. They have acquired land and invested in agriculture – an initiative that will erase their poverty and that of their communities.
The returnees were a negative product of the Libyan war a couple of years ago. Like many, they found themselves stranded in the war-torn country and put in jail where they languished. After all efforts to get help from government had failed, they sent an urgent message to Prophet T.B. Joshua, stating that they were in need of his intervention. The Prophet indeed intervened and they were released and brought back to Nigeria.
Upon their return, they organized themselves and made a courtesy call to The SCOAN to glorify God over their freedom and to seek a prayer from the man of God. Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for them and went further to bless them with Anointing Water, bags of rice and financial assistance of N100,000 to each of the returnees (a total of four million naira). He advised them to properly use the money to settle down and establish themselves as responsible citizens.
On Sunday, the returnees walked into the church with their heads held high to appreciate God for what He continues to do in their lives. They said that after their encounter with the man of God, they had gone back to Edo, Nigeria and asked the government for permission to start a commercial farm. In answer to their prayers, they were granted 17,666 hectares of land where they opened a skills development farm, employing and training others in their community on their farm.
They brought photographs of the farm, the products grown on the farm, and a gift of 220 litres of oil which was produced on their farm, which they called their first fruits.
“As we speak, we are established farmers. We came back from Libya and we now contribute to the development of our country. This well-refined and purified cooking oil we have brought here is a product of our own hands. It is our gift to the church in appreciation to Prophet T.B. Joshua over the great work he is doing for us, the youth of nations around the world,” said one of their leaders.
He advised people to believe in God so that they can be established and also in His prophet so that they may prosper. The man of God then promised to send a team to inspect the land and discuss with them what they needed to continue and expand their endeavour. As the Bible teaches us, the only way to commit more faith and love into the society of which we are a part, is to spend more on others and less on ourselves.
HAPPINESS RESTORED AS MULTIPLE SICKNESSES IS HEALED THROUGH THE ANOINTING STICKER
Another person to testify to the glory of God was Miss Happiness Amah whom God had healed through the medium of the Anointing Water. She said that for seven years she hadaHaH had chest pain, swollen legs, a swollen belly, heavy breathing and difficulty in walking.
She said the sicknesses made her struggled in her office as she was not able to carry out most of the necessary activities. After visiting several specialists, it was discovered that she had fatty liver, staphylococcus and kidney enlargement.
Her mother then sent Happiness’ uncle to The SCOAN where he received the Anointed Sticker for her. The mother placed the Anointing Sticker on the screen of Emmanuel TV while Prophet T.B. Joshua was praying. After the prayer, she dipped the Anointing Sticker in a bowl of water and prayed. Happiness then drank the water and instantly, her body began to shiver.
Over the course of the next few days, she said, the swelling disappeared, her breathing strengthened and she noticed that the pain did not come back. She returned to her office and her colleagues were shocked at her sudden transformation. Showing the BEFORE-and-AFTER medical reports, Miss Amah expressed true joy as she testified the goodness of God in her life.
“I am witness to the power of God. People, stop doubting the power of God working through the Anointing sticker,” she said.
TWENTY-FOUR YEARS OF SETBACK BROKEN
Mr and Mrs Shola Adenuga were overjoyed as they took their position before the congregation. For the first time in several years, they could afford a smile.
The first time they came to The SCOAN they were probably the saddest. They had been experiencing setback and stagnation which was one of the key problems affecting their home. Mr Adenuga had been a banker and as a fresh graduate, he was supposed to be promoted within 10 years. He worked, however, for 24 years and promotion was not in sight.
“I was working as an Assistant Deputy Manager for all those years and I felt that I was crawling in my career,” he said.
It was after all his human efforts had failed that he decided to seek God’s intervention. He came to The SCOAN where he received the Anointing Water. They prayed and ministered it to themselves, looking ahead to what God would do in their life. When time for promotions came, 758 people were legible for promotion but the bank was only ready to promote 251. Of those 251, only 15 were located to his zone.
Through the power of God in the Anointing Water, he was also part of the selected few and he received his promotion. He explained how he had lost his private cars days prior to his wedding with the result that he had to borrow one to go to his own wedding.
Glory be to Almighty God the Provider of our needs, after the breakthrough, Mr Adenuga was given an official brand new Toyota Camry.
“I advise people to trust in God no matter what happens, no matter what comes. He has done it for me and He will surely do it for you,” he said.
FRACTURED BONE HEALED THROUGH THE ANOINTING WATER
Amazing! This is what people who witnessed the miraculous healing of Joseph Ngonoh’s broken leg said when they followed him to The SCOAN to testify.
Ngonoh from Cameroon was involved in a serious accident that affected his limbs, causing a severe fracture. As a result of this, he was unable to provide for his family. He had to move with the aid of a pair of crutches and a leg brace every day. He came to The SCOAN on Thursday last week in search of divine intervention. For one reason or the other, he was unable to be on the Prayer Line where people were being prayed for.
When he went back to the place where he was lodging, he was downcast as he listened to people giving their testimonies. He had however received the Anointing Water. His fellow lodgers advised him not to despair but trust in God who has proven Himself trustworthy through the medium of the Anointing Water.
They helped him pray and minister the Anointing Water on both of his legs. He hopped his way to his room and slept. Come morning, all the lodgers were amazed to see Mr Ngonoh walk through the reception without the aid of the crutches!
“I am now healed, completely healed,” he said, showing his x-rays.
Three men from Cameroon with whom he lodged, joined him to confirm the miraculous healing. They said that Mr Ngonoh had been a sad man for missing the prayer line because of the pain he was having in both of his legs. One man said that all the lodgers helped him pray but no one could fathom that the power of God in the Anointing Water could be so great.
“We give glory to God. None of us can explain how happy we are. The pain of one is the pain of all,” he said.
MILITARY PROMOTION RECEIVED THROUGH THE ANOINTING WATER
Sergeant Dominic Danyi, residing in Abuja, Nigeria had been experiencing a lack of promotion in his career for seven years. This was despite enjoying the privilege of working with top military officers. Instead of being recognized for his services, people at a lower level were receiving the promotions while he stayed in the same position, literally marking time on a spot.
“I had all the necessary qualifications and frankly, this entire thing puzzled me.”
One day he came to The SCOAN to receive the Anointing Water which he ministered in Jesus’ name. A few days later, he said, he was told to send in his documents and to his amazement, he received a congratulatory note that he had been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Truly, through Christ’s power, to delay was not to deny.
FAMILY RESTORED THROUGH THE ANOINTING WATER
Mrs Eze Meletus came to testify how God had solved her childlessness. She had been diagnosed with a hormonal imbalance and was unable to give birth. She lost every pregnancy, resulting in seven miscarriages.
She said that her marriage was about to crash on the rocks of childlessness when they came to The SCOAN, seeking God’s divine intervention. After receiving the Anointing Water, they prayed in Jesus’ name and met as husband and wife. God Almighty heard their prayer and answered in a special way, with the gift of a beautiful baby!
The couple returned to The SCOAN, this time as a family, showing the miracle working power of Jesus Christ.
ANOINTING WATER BRINGS THE BREATH OF LIFE
Mrs Comfort Masuku from South Africa glorified God for miraculously saving her from death after a strange attack. She said it all started at the airport. She was about to catch a flight when she suddenly fell down. She was rushed to the hospital where the doctors had to put her on a breathing machine. To the glory of God, someone at the hospital had a bottle of the Anointing Water and asked if they wanted to pray with it. With great faith, Mr Masuku prayed and ministered it on his wife in Jesus’ name and instantly, she revived! Mr and Mrs Masuku came to The SCOAN, appreciating God for the breath of life Mrs Masuku received through the Anointing Water.
MISCARRIAGES, ISSUE OF BLOOD STOPPED AND BUSINESS REVIVED
Another woman who came to glorify God for giving them the fruit of the womb was Mrs Theresa Kenneth. She told of how, whenever she fell pregnant, she would have nightmares and begin to see a spiritual husband in her dream – after which, she would start bleeding.
She would be admitted to the hospital and placed on drugs. Despite the doctor’s help, however, she would miscarry. Mr and Mrs Kenneth decided to come to The SCOAN and she was arranged at the prayer line where the wise men prayed for her. To her great delight, immediately after her deliverance in the prayer line, her bleeding stopped! Shortly after that day, she became pregnant. She showed the congregation her well developed pregnancy.
“I am now seven months pregnant. I feel strong and so is the baby in my womb,” she glorified God.
As for her husband, Mr Kenneth, he was a businessman but was not working. All business opportunities seemed to be avoiding him, no matter how hard he struggled. After the prayer with the Anointing Water, he was offered a lucrative business in a foreign country. With that business came a huge plot of land which God enabled him to develop. He showed a picture of an imposing two-story building which he said is a result of the windfall from that business. The once unemployed businessman has become a successful person and accomplished landlord, through the medium of the Anointing Water.
The Sunday Service lasted into the late hours of the night with many people being individually attended to by the wise men. The service culminated into a powerful mass prayer during which demons that had afflicted people were cast out, restoring people of God to good health and removing their reproach in Jesus’ name and to the glory of God.