Last Sunday was one filled with glorious worship and spiritual upliftment for those that congregated at The SCOAN, Lagos. There was evident movement of the Holy Spirit as the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua, prayed for people and declared them free from affliction, sickness and disease, in the name of the Deliverer and Healer, Jesus Christ.
The man of God, aided by scriptures from John 16:33 and 1 Corinthians 10:13, said there is no cause for worry and depression when faced with temptation and tribulation because God is no man that can lie about the escape route He has for Christians.
“Crisis will come but be of good cheer. When you know where you are going, whatever happens to you – cancer or tribulation – cannot change your focus. God is not a man that lies. If the revelation comes that you will get there, you will get there. That temptation is a blessing; it will make you stronger. Don’t lose your focus,” he said, adding:
“That you are a Christian does not mean you will not encounter challenges. There will be challenges, tribulations – run to God, don’t run from Him. Instead of worrying about things around you, the situation you have, run to God. He has promised He will not allow your challenges or situations beyond what you are able.”
Earlier on, in his message titled: The Words Of Your Mouth, Wise Man Harry took the congregants and viewers of Emmanuel TV to the Scripture in 1 Samuel 17:41-47. He said one thing in common between David and Goliath was that both of them confessed victory. The difference was their faith; David confessed what he believed.
He explained, “David spoke the word of faith and the giant fell. It was the word of faith coming out of David’s mouth that produced an overcoming Spirit in him. When you realise that you will never rise above your confession, you are getting to the place where God can really use you. You must learn the value of God’s Word on your lips,” he said.
The service glittered with amazing testimonies that glorified God whose infinite mercy continues to set people free and uplift them to places of honour and dignity. Here are but a few of the testimonies:
YEARS OF ALCOHOLIC BONDAGE BROKEN
Overflowing with joy, Mr and Mrs Linus Nkeamachor from Ireland came to testify how God had salvaged the remains of their marriage and made them whole again through the medium of the Anointing Water. The wife was addicted to alcohol and the family was falling apart as a result of that. She could not get up in the morning to take care of the children and take them to school. There were frequent arguments and quarrels in the home. It was against such a background that Mr Nkeamachor came to The SCOAN where he received the Anointing Water. He went back to Ireland and prayed together with his wife. To his greatest surprise, the addiction ended immediately.
Mrs Nkeamachor explained that alcohol had become her best friend and, as a result, she could not properly take care of her home and marriage. She drank all day and night long, saying she would drink alcohol like water. When her husband returned from a trip to The SCOAN in Nigeria, with the Anointing Water, he asked her to pray with him.
She also shared another testimony. She is a mother of three. Her first and second children were delivered through caesarian section. For the third time, she was also booked for an operation but close to her delivery, she had a dream in which she saw Prophet T.B. Joshua pray for her. Then, in the dream, she saw a cobweb-like substance come out of her. She woke up, went into labour and her husband rushed her to the hospital where she delivered her baby safely without any operation.
She advised, “No condition is permanent. Whatever has a beginning must have an ending. The situation you are facing will surely come to an end, in Jesus’ name.
DELIVERED FROM SPIRIT OF PROSTITUTION
“There is no gain in prostitution. Live for God and make God’s Word the standard for your life. Every man should to stay with his partner,” this was the advice from a young mother of one, Vivian Agbonlahor who was delivered last week from the evil spirit of prostitution. She had to be coaxed to come to The SCOAN by a friend who was concerned by the ungodly and risky lifestyle she was living. When she came, the evil spirit in her was exposed and arrested as Wise Man Harry approached and stretched his hand on her. The evil intruder identified itself as the family idol which had enslaved her and made her to sleep with men. Delivered and free, she shared her testimony:
She grew up in the city and when she visited the village at age 19, she was told that every member of the family had an idol and that she should step into the village river for 14 days, to collect her own. When she refused, she was told that the family idol’s spirit would get her and bring shame to her life. Later, while at a boarding school one day, she heard a voice tell her not to waste her time in bed but go out to sleep with men like other girls on campus were doing. She started prostituting, meeting with all classes of men. She said the voice spoke to her heart controlling her like a remote. For four years she lived this life, from 19 to 23 years of age.
She would wear revealing dresses and wait on men. She would also go to clubs, drinking and looking for men. The money she made, she would spend on alcohol. She went to other countries to do prostitution including Ghana and Cotonou. She has a child but because she wanted more money, she went outside the relationship. The father of the child got fed up and left without telling her. She said there was a time she fell into the hands of a ritualist who told her she was lucky with him otherwise, he would have killed and bundled her into a bag. Such was her lifestyle and its hazards until a friend told her of God’s love and invited her to The SCOAN. After a struggle, she came. That was how she ended up being set free.
“Ever since the deliverance, I have gone through a lot of temptation with people calling my phone to meet me at certain places but it only irritates me,” she said adding that she no longer hears the voice telling her to go out and prostitute. The urge, has completely gone. Praise God!
GHANA’S DJ FRANKIE WINS IT FOR CHRIST!
Mr Frankie Taylor, a radio presenter, actor and movie producer in Ghana, was a mover and shaker of his industry in his own right. His music had changed many lives in his country and beyond. Yet, he never seemed to get the recognition he deserved for his hard work and talent. In 2013, he visited The SCOAN and had the opportunity to explain his challenges to Prophet T.B. Joshua. He told the prophet that he had been nominated for many awards over the years but never won anything. The man of God prophetically told him, “Faith is a virtue of victory, the best is yet to come.” He took those words in faith and soon began to see that victory had become a reality in his life. He was nominated for music awards in both the UK and Canada. As if that was not enough, he was soon recognised in his own nation during the 2014 Ghana DJ Awards where he was voted Best Music Promoter. When he received the award, he publicly dedicated it to his mentor of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua, at the national theatre in Ghana. He shouted, “Emmanuel!” and the whole audience replied, “God With Us!”
Offering advice, he said, “Do everything with the fear of the Lord, in all your ways acknowledge God.”
DEATH CANCELLED THROUGH T.B. JOSHUA’S HANDKERCHIEF
Miss Badenhorst from South Africa is a living testimony of how Jesus’ power of resurrection restores life. She had been involved in a horrible horse riding accident in 2004 that had led her to being in a coma. Doctors told her father that she had a less than one percent chance of living and, if she survived, she would be brain dead. She was only nine years old then. Mr Badenhorsts heard that Prophet T.B. Joshua was in Cape Town holding a revival meeting. He went there and believed that if he could only get to the Man of God; his daughter would be made well. As Prophet T.B. Joshua walked past him, he reached out, took hold of the prophet’s hand and asked him for a prayer. The Prophet told him not to worry about his situation. Later, he had the grace to meet the man of God where he explained that his daughter, was in hospital in a critical condition, surviving only on life-support machines. Prophet T.B. Joshua gave him a handkerchief and instructed him to place it on his daughter’s ear. When he reached the hospital with the handkerchief in his hand, the doctor said that his daughter would not make it and was already removing the life support machines. Mr Badenhorst prayed and believed that through the handkerchief, Jesus would manifest His power and heal his daughter. He laid it on her ear and within five minutes, she stirred, exhaled and called to her father, “Pa”. She miraculously made a full recovery. Miss Badenhorst is now 19 years old and training as a pilot – her childhood dream.
“The only thing I can remember about my situation then was waking up in a hospital mentally fit but wondering why I was there,” she said of her experience. She is a living testimony of God’s awesome power.
ANOINTING WATER STOPS BLEEDING AND REMOVES FIBROIDS
Five years ago, Mrs. Callista Thomas gave birth. Since that time, she started bleeding. She went to different hospitals where a number of scans were carried out. Every time it would show that she had fibroids. The doctors told her to go for an operation but she had a better idea. She came to The SCOAN where she received the Anointing Water. Immediately after ministering it, in Jesus’ name, the bleeding ceased. She went to the hospital to do a scan and, to her joy; it showed that all the fibroids were gone.
GOD SAVES 20 HOMES FROM BURNING DOWN
Mrs Beatrice Thomas, from the United States and her husband, are strong believers of the evangelical items from The SCOAN such as the Anointing Water, Emmanuel TV and Anointing Stickers. They have placed the stickers at all doors of their apartment as contact points for their Heavenly protection. One day, she was cooking corn maize and when the husband tasted it, he discovered that it was not yet ready. He put it back on the stove and turned up the heat. They forgot about it and went out of the house. Six hours later, the corn was burning and the smoke from the pot triggered the fire alarm. Fire fighters stormed into the apartment to stop the impending tragedy only to discover that no fire had spread into the apartment which would have affected the 20 other apartments in the building. They ended up sitting in the lounge watching Emmanuel TV which is the 24 hour channel for the house. When Mrs Thomas and her husband returned home, they were shocked to see fire fighters there, confused at how the apartment had failed to catch fire and asked them which god they were serving! She told them she worships God through Emmanuel TV to which they replied, “Jesus is a cool guy”. She showed a picture of the burnt corn and advised, “It’s good to always have Emmanuel TV on.”
INSTANT BABY DELIVERY
The glorious worship was crowned by the birth of a miracle baby delivered right at The SCOAN. Mr and Mrs Ben Edokpolor came to The SCOAN in search of solution to the problem of wrong position of the baby in the womb. They had been to the hospital where the doctor told them the way out was through an operation. The couple refused, believing that God would enable her to deliver the baby safely. At that time, there were still no contractions. They rushed to The SCOAN where Mr Edokpolor received the Anointing Water and ministered it on his wife, in Jesus’ name. Immediately, she started to feel some discomfort. Some time later, she started to experience contractions and she went into labour. Wise Man Harry prayed for her and she delivered her baby instantly without any operation. She advised viewers that there is nothing impossible for God.
The Sunday service concluded with Mass Prayer ministered by the Wise Men. Stay blessed!