What a glorious day it was! From the fully packed auditorium charged with electrifying force of the Holy Spirit to an equally awed overflow congregation, The SCOAN in Lagos, Nigeria was probably the most perfect venue any worshipper would have loved to be last Sunday. The mighty power of God manifested itself through wonders and miracles as the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua, walked among the congregants, ministering prayer.
Thousands of worshippers from all over the world, including a large entourage from Spain, who gathered at the church to worship, witnessed the power of Christ in action right from the Prayer Line where the man of God has recently been ministering. Demons were commanded to their knees and cast out in the name of Jesus Christ, while many people were declared free, in the name of the Lord. While at the Prayer Line, Prophet T.B. Joshua took a brief moment to speak on faith, saying it should not be circumstantial but an all time attitude irrespective of one’s situation.
“Jesus did not say, if you encounter a situation you should pray; He said you should have faith. Today, we pray but lack the necessary faith that can release the belief in our heart. Prayer is not right if it does not spring from faith. One is rewarded, healed, delivered or blessed only if one talks in faith,” he said, referring to Mark 11:22 and Matthew 4:1-11.
Earlier on, Wise Man Racine mounted the pulpit and delivered a powerful message titled: ‘By His Grace.’ The topic centred on the need for unity in Christ’s work rather than divisions, saying ministers who cause division and offences contrary to the doctrine of Christ, ‘seek not the things of God but of the world.’
“The Bible says mark them and avoid them,” he said citing Romans 16:15.
Wise Man Racine, who anchored the message on 1 Chronicles 16:22, said everyone, irrespective of one’s stature and status, ‘is a part of the same body, by the same Spirit’. He further stated that ‘there is no division in the body; its different parts have the same concern for one another’, hence the Bible instructs all believers (Ephesians 4:3) to ‘keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace’.
“They went to Bible school through their desire but the Bible says in Romans 9:16 that ‘it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy’”.
According to him, whereas man looks at the outward appearance in choosing a pastor or a leader, God looks at the heart. “As a Christian or man of God, you are who you are, what you are by grace. When the Lord calls a man, He knows all his weaknesses. God knows our limitations. God knows our shortcomings; that is why He chooses grace rather than works. When you receive something by grace, you will be content; you will not compare yourself to others, you will not measure yourself by yourself. Abuse, condemnation, criticism, name calling are products of non-contentment. When the Lord calls a man, He knows all his weaknesses,” said the wise man, citing the calling of Moses and the commissioning of the apostles of Jesus Christ as some illustrations.
Further in the words of the preacher, Wise Man Racine: “When God called Moses in the burning bush for the assignment of leading the people of Israel out of Egypt, Moses expressed his own inadequacies and unfitness for the service, saying, ‘Lord, I am not eloquent….’ (Exodus 4:10). He tried hard to excuse himself because he lacked the power of oratory and boldness (charisma) which is an essential character of great leaders. But the Lord then replied to him: ‘Go, I will be with your tongue and teach you what to say’ (Exodus 4:12); in other words, ‘I will make you fit for the assignment’.
He observed painfully that ‘people always fail to understand that God oftentimes uses His servants as signs to confound the wise’ as was the case with Job where his friends gave a wrong judgement about him over his circumstances. ‘They looked at the situations around him and attributed his misfortunes to sin but Job did not,’ he added.
Again, the Sunday service was filled with wonderful testimonies of people who had experienced the power of God in various aspects of their lives; some of which are featured below. Stay blessed!
‘OKADA’ RIDER NOW MULTIMILLIONNAIRE!
Those that last saw Mr Paul Egu of Bayelsa State, Nigeria seven years ago, will surely have to pinch themselves if they met him today. The former motor-cycle rider popularly called ‘okada’ in Nigeria who could hardly change his clothes nor afford three meals a day, now wears an expensive suit that glitters, equally expensive leather shoes and walks with his head held high. This 34-year-old man is now a proud owner of a very flourishing sea transport and oil/gas business in his home state, courtesy of God’s favour through the use of the Anointing Water from The SCOAN which he got through a friend!
Mr Egu comes from a poor family that could not even support his education to the extent that he had to quit his Business Administration studies to do menial work to help his family. For 15 years, he lived in abject poverty, living in a one-bedroom hut whose 300 naira monthly house rent he could not honour due to his extreme poverty conditions. Not only that, he was also unable to feed his family.
“It is the kind of life you do not want to remember,” Mr Egu, now a multi-millionaire, said as he took a retrospective view of his agonising past.
Despite all his efforts as an ‘okada’ commercial rider, Mr Egu could not break the yoke of poverty that enslaved his family for years until one day, five years ago; a friend introduced him to Emmanuel TV. He watched people testify how they were delivered from the claws of poverty through the use of the Anointing Water and Anointing Stickers. The testimonies were so overwhelming that the urge to come to The SCOAN was so huge but one he could not achieve because of his poor financial situation until the grace of God landed on his path. A friend who had been to The SCOAN in Lagos gave him the Anointing Water. He ministered it on himself, in Jesus’ name and prayed for a turnaround in his suffocating life. Shortly after, he received a call from a friend asking if he could supply building materials in a multimillion naira contract which he quickly grabbed.
He was able to supply the materials and was paid in cash. He started receiving a steady income and later, entered into a marine business. Today, he is the owner of three engine boats which are used for transportation. He also owns two marine petrol stations and, from a one-bedroom flat, he now lives in a beautiful house of his own and has another one for his extended family. In fact, he has three houses and engages in massive charity for the needy. One who could not complete his education due to poverty; he now pays scholarships to many people in his community. His company employs 24 workers on a monthly bill of over 1.5 million naira apart from millions of naira which he spent regularly on casual workers.
“I have learned this [works of charity] from the Prophet. God has blessed me so much and this is the best way I can say thank You, Lord. I was Mr Nobody before but now I am Mr Somebody,” said Mr Egu who, among his people is now fondly referred to as ‘Director’ in his community.
LITTLE BOY HEALED OF SWOLLEN BODY
Ten year-old little, Christopher Philip was evidently in pain when he came to The SCOAN in the company of his father last week. He could not walk and his body was all swollen due to a kidney problem. Even wearing a pair of trousers was a hazard to his fragile condition for even his private areas had not been spared. He was as desperate for healing just as his father was who had helplessly watched his son’s terrible affliction that had paralysed his life for three painful years. He had visited every hospital in search of solution to no avail. His doctors’ drug prescription for the boy costing 25,000 naira per injection never gave the family any joy after administering several doses to the little boy. Rather, the condition of the boy was hopelessly degenerating! Such was the predicament as the two –father and son –lined up at the Thursday Prayer Line.
“The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations was our last hope,” said the excited father, adding “as the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua ministered prayer that Thursday afternoon; the power of the Holy Ghost located my son.”
The healing of the boy was spectacular, amazing and full of grace and rekindled memories of the Biblical days.
“Little one,” said the man of God that blessed Thursday; “Jesus is alive. Receive in the name of Jesus Christ. Stand up”. The boy, who could not walk, mastered a dozen steps and his affliction surrendered to the Word of faith with poisonous substances gushing out of his body. That was Thursday last week. Now, a week later on Sunday, the boy stood before the congregation to bear witness that Jesus Christ is indeed alive. He walked on his own, swinging in stride with his father in trail. He could at last wear a pair of trousers with no more traces of his affliction.
“I am fine,” he said when asked how he now feels. His body was no longer swollen and it was evident for all to see that his problem had become a thing of the past. When Jesus Christ heals, He heals completely; He heals effectually. The little boy and his father gave thanks to God Almighty for the healing in the life of Christopher Philip. Thank You, Jesus Christ!
MIRACULOUS ESCAPE FROM HIGHWAY ARMED ROBBERY!
What a wonderful God we serve! Chief Ako Atulomah, a politician from Abia State, Nigeria is a witness to this. He is a frequent visitor to The SCOAN and was privileged to receive the Anointing Sticker and the Anointing Water last time when he came. He placed the Anointing Sticker on his car by faith and every day, before he went out, he would minister the Anointing Water on himself, in Jesus’ name. One day, after ministering the Anointing Water, he got in his car and set out on his journey. As he was driving along the highway in heavy traffic, 14 armed robbers brandishing AK47 rifles charged from the bush and stopped a bus that was driving further ahead of him.
“From where I was, I thought they were state agents because they were in police uniform but not until I saw that they wore masks covering their faces and then they started shooting,” said Chief Atulomah when the danger of his situation clearly dawned on him! He was driving the most expensive of the cars at the scene and an obvious target for any armed robbers.
“I heard a voice within me that I should not worry, that my vehicle was anointed. The armed robbers were all wearing black masks but there was one man among them wearing a red mask who was like their leader. The one in the red mask moved toward me surprisingly and just directed me to move my vehicle out of the row and leave. That was how I left the scene in safety without any harm!” said Chief Atulomah. When he later narrated his narrow miraculous escape to his fellow politicians, everyone was awe-struck and marvelled at the Almighty God.
“This was purely the handwork of the Lord. We are blessed in this day to have this kind of protection from God. Anoint your cars with these Anointing Stickers!” He testified to the glory of God.
HEALED OF SICKLE CELL ANAEMIA
When the power of God is present, healing, deliverance and all of God’s blessings, are indeed like breathing. Such was the case with six-year-old, Master Samuel Ogunfuyi of Bayelsa in Nigeria. He had been suffering from sickle cell anaemia, blood genotype SS, from birth. For all those years, he lived on blood donations with no hope of any permanent cure. That is how, in search of divine solution, his mother, Mrs Mercy Ogunfuyi brought him to The SCOAN. They were placed at the Prayer Line two weeks ago. It did not require a touch from the man of God but, just like the shadows of the apostles falling on the sick and healing them, Prophet T.B. Joshua simply passed by the boy and declared everyone in the vicinity healed, in Jesus’ name. That was it! Master Samuel Ogunfuyi and mother went home and a few days later went to hospital for examinations and behold, he was healed of the deadly disease!
“The doctors said Samuel’s blood had reverted from genotype SS to AA,” said the mother in her testimony on Sunday, happy that her child had finally been given a second chance in life.
DELIVERED FROM GIANT MAN FROM THE INDIAN OCEAN
Viewers of Emmanuel TV will be familiar with the spectacular deliverance of a woman who many months ago manifested the evil spirit of the ‘giant man’ from the Indian Ocean –Mrs Shirley Obasi, a Nigerian residing in South Africa. The evil spirit in her confessed to have been over 200 years old and responsible for a lot of harm in the devil’s push to win souls to his kingdom. Well, she was in The SCOAN on Sunday to testify to the goodness of God in her life since her deliverance. She said that after her deliverance, she now experiences rest of mind and sleeps peacefully. Her daughter, who had also received deliverance, is now in school, preparing for university following financial support from the man of God. Everything about her and her family is now progressing.
She further said she had come to The SCOAN to share an experience she had when the giant man re-appeared to her physically after her deliverance. She said the giant man told her that he no longer had any business with her but that all the demons had now joined together with satan to fight against the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua because he had destroyed a lot of demons and not many were remaining. One of the ways, the giant man told her, would be by using the young people who work in The SCOAN.
“The giant man said they have a lot of things to do, to fight the ministry.” It said that they intended to paint the name of The SCOAN black so that no one would see the name in a good light. She further said, “But in my mind, I knew that the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua, through the power of the Holy Spirit, is strong to fight the demons.” The name of Jesus Christ is greater than all the combined forces of hell and earth. His victory gives us victory; it is victory assured.
Mrs Shirley Obasi concluded by urging all those listening to remain in an attitude of prayer at all times.
HEALED OF ENLARGED PROSTATE
Mr Nicholas Ene, 50 years old from Enugu, Nigeria, came to The SCOAN suffering from the problem of difficulty in urinating due to an enlarged prostate gland and was using a catheter. Because of this problem, he was not able to urinate normally, sleep with air conditioning on or drink water in the evenings. He had suffered from the problem for four years. He went from hospital to hospital in search of a solution. The doctors told him that the only solution was for him to undergo an operation. He refused and told them he was going to The SCOAN. He came to The SCOAN Prayer Line and the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for him in the power of the Holy Spirit. During the prayer, he said, he felt heat in his body and an ‘electric shock’.
“I knew I was healed,” he said adding that immediately, the catheter started coming out by itself.
“I am now here to testify that I am completely healed from the enlarged prostate. I no longer have difficulty in urinating and I no longer use a catheter,” he said and proved his good health by urinating into a bowl to the glory of the living God!
PROPHECY TURNS FRUSTRATION TO FULFILMENT
Another amazing testimony was that of Mrs Precious Wisdom who came to The SCOAN in September 2012 and received a prophecy from the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua. The man of God then reached out to her and said, ‘This is the second time now you believe you are pregnant…’ According to the prophecy, the woman had twice convinced herself that she was pregnant although the doctors had said that there was no pregnancy. Confirming the prophecy then, Mrs Wisdom explained to the man of God that she had been having a series of miscarriages. Prophet T.B. Joshua also revealed to her that she was still menstruating and that she was not pregnant at that time. However, the man of God further said that God Almighty promised her a baby girl and that she would come back for her testimony.
After the prophecy, she was privileged to receive the Anointing Water. When she went back home, she went for a scan and the results showed that her belly was swollen due to a fatty liver; she was not pregnant. She then ministered the Anointing Water, in Jesus’ name. After that, she started purging and the swelling in her belly went down. That was in 2012. She went back to the same hospital to do another scan. To God be the glory, the test results showed that Mrs Precious Wisdom was now free from a fatty liver; she had been completely healed, in Jesus’ name. She then went back and met with her husband and two weeks later, she was pregnant. In direct confirmation of the prophecy given by the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua, she came on Sunday to show that she was now pregnant!
The Sunday service, broadcast live on Emmanuel TV, ended with Mass Payer ministered by the wise men during which many more people were set free, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. To God be the glory!