Last Sunday service was another demonstration of how abundantly willing the almighty God is to set His people free from bondage and for the salvation of their souls. The service, which was highly charged with the moving force of the Holy Spirit, was indeed another manifestation of God’s holiness and might over darkness and evil as the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua and the wise men, ministered to the congregation, in Jesus’ name, breaking all kinds of yoke in the lives of the congregants and viewers of Emmanuel TV. Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for the sick at the prayer line, prophesied and delivered many from evil afflictions in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Earlier on, Wise Man Daniel preached on a life-transforming message titled: ‘God Does As He Wills’ which centered on God’s sovereignty in executing His master plan in people’s lives. Choosing 1 Samuel 16:6-13 as proof text, he emphasised that while Prophet Samuel considered appearance, size and experience in the warfare when sent by God to anoint one of the sons of Jesse, God Himself had chosen the least among them.
He preached, “By His grace, God looked at the shepherd boy, David and saw in him a mighty king. Today, when we are looking for a friend, a partner or someone to head the church, we are tempted to look only at the externals – outward qualities such as speaking skills, educational background, ability to inspire people, friendliness and talent. God chooses grace rather than works.” He reiterated that God is not looking for the qualified but those available; not for the proud and arrogant but the humble in heart.
“As members of Christ’s body, we should do our duties as allotted to us by God who is the giver of various spiritual gifts and not to be envious of other gift-carriers because engaging in envy and jealousy, eventually makes you to grumble, murmur and rebel against God or query His supremacy,” he said.
Following are a few of the testimonies by those who experienced the touch of God through various evangelical items from The SCOAN such as the Anointing Water, Anointing Sticker and praying with Emmanuel TV:
DEGENERATIVE DISCS KNOCKED BACK INTO PLACE
Hon. Isaac Kwasi Kodobisah was a smart politician in his city of Ho, Volta Region in Ghana. Many people liked him. He had all the attributes of a great politician and it was no surprise that the presidency appointed him Mayor of the city which he served with diligence until the devil came knocking and hit him with a terrible disease. What started as a mere back pain, soon aggravated into a terrible illness and his fears were confirmed when he visited the hospital one day where the doctor told him, “Sir, you have a degenerative disc disease.” Hon. Kodobisah could not believe his ears. It was like a death sentence had been pronounced on him. He knew what it meant – restricted movements which would eventually knock him out of his political career, unless a miracle was found. He could not eat or sleep and at night, he could not lie down. As a result of his situation, he could not attend public gatherings in his capacity as Father of the city of Ho. Every hospital he visited could not provide treatment. He remained confined to his bed, away from his mayoral seat. It was just in an attempt to ease the pain that one doctor advised him to use a neck collar to support him. The doctor warned that he could end up being paralysed.
After exhausting all human efforts, Hon. Kodobisah decided to seek the Great Physician. Still in pain and supported by a neck collar, he came to The SCOAN and was placed on the prayer line where the healing power of Jesus Christ touched and operated on him. Immediately after the prayer, he heard a noise in his back and miraculously, the discs came together back into their place. The pain left him. For the first time in what had appeared to be an eternity of agony, he was able to sleep well and lie down at night. With the Anointing Water he had received, he continued to minister it in Jesus’ name every day. Within a short while, he was restored back into the original position God had created him. He is now able to move around freely to the glory of God. He believes the best is yet to come now that he is fit and of good age. He advised that our faith in God should become stronger as we face life’s challenges.
PROPHECY EXPOSES TOP KEPT SECRET
When Miss Elysia Straub visited The SCOAN last week and registered her problems for the prayer line, she had a big secret she wanted no one to know about and yet, the affliction she was keeping to herself was the reason she had come. It was like going to the hospital and telling the doctor you have a bad headache when your biggest problem is your broken tooth. Such was the shame the affliction had brought on Miss Straub that she could not find the courage to let anyone know about it. So, somehow still believing her solution would still come, she sat with her mother in the church praying for a ‘private’ miracle until the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua, walked to her and everything she had kept in secrecy for many years was made public, to the shame of the devil and the glory of God.
When asked by the man of God whether he should mention her secret problem, Elysia instantly shook her head, a big ‘no’. But the prophet was operating beyond the natural and told her that satan must be put to shame. Still, Miss Straub could not stomach the idea of her secret being exposed and repeated, “No” to preserve her embarrassing problem. However, the prophet went ahead and stated that she had the problem of bedwetting. This astonished the young girl and she instantly confirmed by saying, “Yes”, upon which the man of God prayed for her and declared her free, in Jesus’ name.
Testifying her miraculous deliverance on Sunday, Miss Straub confirmed that she had been bedwetting from childhood and that it had caused a lot of embarrassment in her life. She felt isolated, rejected and guilty within. At night, it would feel as if someone was holding her down and any time she woke up after such an experience, the bed would be wet under her. Her condition haunted her whenever the thought of getting married in future crossed her mind. She consulted many medical doctors and churches in search of solution. Alas! The problem persisted. She was not the only person in her family experiencing this embarrassment – her uncle and other family members had the same problem of bedwetting. After the prayer, she said, she felt light and since that time, she does not experience anyone pressing her down at night and she no longer has the problem of bedwetting!
“I came here to be set free and I am. Since that day, I have been happy and joyful,” she said, to the glory of God.
LOOSED FROM DRUG ADDICTION
Twenty-two year old Gabriel Fain from the USA was on the prayer line when Prophet T.B. Joshua prophesied to him, during one of the previous Sunday services at The SCOAN that he could have been in prison. Gabriel did not hesitate to confirm the prophetic message but went on to tell a horrible and embarrassing story of how, despite being brought up in a strict home, he slipped out of the hands of his police officer mother and a mentoring pastor to become a drug addict. While attending theology school, Gabriel stumbled upon illicit drugs, tried them and got chained to them for a very long time in his youthful years. He would sneak away from home, the church and the theology school to satisfy his “undying” flame for drugs of various types. Not only did his continued use of hard drugs compromise his mental faculty, speech and physical well-being but it also rendered him homeless. Apart from deriving joy in getting high after taking the drugs, Gabriel recalled that he always passed out on the smallest quantity he took. On several occasions, whenever he visited the restroom and took drugs, he would pass out and was always found half-naked. There was a time when the police cautioned a disoriented Gabriel for exposing himself in public.
Alarmed by the rate at which Gabriel’s health was deteriorating, the mentoring pastor sent Gabriel off to return to his mother. The pastor gave him an Anointing Sticker and a plane ticket to go back home. With his reduced mobility, Gabriel had to be wheeled at the airport. Upon arrival, his mother did not recognise him; Gabriel had to wave to attract her attention. At home, he started watching Emmanuel TV on the internet. During one of Prophet T.B. Joshua’s prayers that engaged the viewers, Gabriel touched the screen and prayed with him and all of a sudden, his speech returned to him. He started to sound intelligible from that point on. His relationship with God started to improve. He decided to come to The SCOAN where he received a word of prophecy from Prophet T.B. Joshua, who told him to disconnect from three past friends who had a toxic relationship with him. Gabriel has since disconnected from his bad past.
“Since my deliverance, I do not have the desire for drugs anymore,” he said and advised the youth to quit drugs, saying, “The devil is out there to steal your soul”.
TWENTY YEARS OF CHAIN SMOKING SMASHED
Enslaved and chained by the spirit of smoking for 20 years, Uchenna Okonkwo admitted that he had done everything within his human powers to stop the habit. He used to smoke different brands of cigarette and up to 40 sticks a day. Mr Okonkwo subscribed to medical doctors’ collective recommendation that he should undergo therapy to alleviate the addiction. His attempt to get rehabilitated fell flat; he remained a chain-smoker. Throughout his one-man battle against an addiction he had wanted to kick out of his life, Mr Okonkwo did not have prior knowledge about Emmanuel TV. One day, he travelled to Nigeria with foreign investors. While at the hotel, he was flipping through television channels when he suddenly stumbled on Emmanuel TV. He watched Prophet T.B. Joshua pray for viewers and something pushed him to join in the prayer as the man of God prophetically said, “Viewers all over the world, anything that connects you to a bad habit, be broken in Jesus’ name.”
After the prayer, Mr Okonkwo fell asleep, and his heart’s desire to depart from the smoking habit culminated in an encounter he would have in his dream. He saw Prophet T.B. Joshua wearing a white garment and shiny face pray for him. When he woke up the next morning and tried to smoke a cigarette, his body resisted. After his in-sleep deliverance from smoking, Mr Okonkwo decided to visit The SCOAN to meet for the first time Prophet T.B. Joshua whom God had used to deliver him. When he came, he sat at the back away from the view of Prophet T.B. Joshua and told himself, “If indeed he is a man of God, he will locate me here.”
To his greatest amazement, as Prophet T.B. Joshua moved about ministering to people, he came to where Mr Okonkwo sat and told him, “This is foreign affair. I don’t know how it will happen. There is a certain document of yours in a foreign country. It has to do with immigration issue.”
Convinced that his deliverance from the 20 years of smoking addiction through a dream after watching Emmanuel TV was not ordinary and that the prophetic message he received in person demonstrated that Prophet T.B. Joshua is a true man of God, Mr Okonkwo advised, “Distance is not a barrier to your healing and deliverance. Have faith that it will work for you. It is real”.
SHATTERED MARRIAGE SALVAGED FROM THE ROCKS, RESTORED!
For South African residents Chief Maxwell and Miss Linda Ejiogu, their marriage of many years was no better than a horror movie that should have ended sooner than it started. It was like the devil had hijacked it and smashed it on the sharpest of rocks, disintegrating it into bits and pieces. South African-born Linda Ejiogu had been married to her Nigerian husband for at least 17 years but their matrimonial home in South Africa had never known peace in the true sense of the word. They had an on-and-off stormy relationship to the extent that Mrs Linda Ejiogu finally resorted to filing divorce papers. Their daughter, Ngozi was also caught in the midst of the domestic battle. Chief Maxwell had decided to keep Ngozi in Nigeria under the pretext of mastering the Nigerian culture. But Linda wanted her daughter back, and so she considered involving the authorities. As a result of such tom-and-jerry type of domestic affairs, the bench, therefore, became their only problem-solving premises until she came to The SCOAN and the man of God prophesied to her about her marital problems and sent for the husband in a divine effort to bring the broken marriage together.
Left jaw-dropped by the revelation, Linda accepted back all the divorce and other court papers that had been served her husband. On his part, Chief Maxwell expressed that upon shaking hands with the man of God, the then “unquenchable” anger in him became extinguished at the instant. He told the congregation that when the man of God stated that their marriage was from Heaven, he felt calm. “I love my wife,” he said, and Linda lit up with a warm smile across her face.
Expressing her belief and trust in the man of God, Linda reckoned that her marriage could still work. For a couple who could not see eye-to-eye before, they started engaging each other in cordial and healthy conversations thanks to the deliverance they received at the prayer line. Having previously felt rejected, undesired, and the like, Linda expressed her gratitude for the existence of Emmanuel TV. She said that she would not have known about God’s existence if not for Emmanuel TV. She also put across her willingness and desire for the two of them to raise their children together as a family.
A formerly easy-to-anger Linda has now transformed into a calm person and departed from the habits of smoking and consuming alcoholic beverages. In her testimony, she expressed how she now sleeps peacefully since her deliverance at The SCOAN. “All is well with my family,” she added. She also said that upon her return to South Africa, she will meet with her attorney to withdraw the divorce papers.
Sharing the joy in the reunion of her parents, Ngozi said that when she first heard that her parents wanted to divorce, it made her sad and unhappy. “But now, I am so happy for what Jesus has done,” she said. Based on their experiential insight, the couple advised married couples to always seek the face of God first. Thanking God for the assistance they received through Prophet T.B. Joshua, “It is important to have God as the foundation for marriage,” they agreed.
The service ended with a mass prayer ministered by the wise men.