Wrapped in the anointing atmosphere of God’s presence, The SCOAN on Sunday oozed grace as the man of God;Prophet T.B. Joshua, mounted the altar and engaged the congregation on the important topic – forgiveness. The message, inspired by the case of a barren woman from Ghana who received her fruit of the womb after a prophecy by the man of God last year, stirred the congregation into self-reflection. In the prophecy, the woman was told to forgive her husband for his infidelity as the key to her overcoming her childless condition. Upon obeying the instruction in righteousness through the prophecy, she returned to The SCOAN heavily pregnant!
Explaining Jesus Christ’s words during His crucifixion, the man of God stated: “He never said, ‘Father, forgive him or her’ – He said, ‘Father, forgive them’. It shows you and I are included.”
He went on to explain the implications of un-forgiveness, saying, “If you look at the cause of your stagnancy – why am I not moving forward; what is happening to me; if I go up, I come down again, why is this trouble? Look at the issue of forgiveness. Something is holding you. By now, you are supposed to be at the center of your own world but something is hindering your joy. Ask yourself – what is that thing that is hindering my joy? When you are at the point of breakthrough, something takes you back again. When you have breakthrough, you will begin to experience discomfort, trouble here and there so that you will not enjoy that breakthrough. Something is somewhere hindering you, causing you pain. For 99% here, the answer is forgiveness.”
The man of God then proceeded to minister prayer at the Prayer Line to hundreds of visitors who had come from all over the world to worship at the arena of liberty. The sick were declared healed and those possessed with contrary spirits were set free, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!
Earlier, Wise Man Christopher delivered a powerful message titled: The Best Investment whose proof text was from Acts 9:36-42 – the story of a woman who was kind and good to the poor.
He reiterated: “The case of Dorcas reminds us as Christians that when we help or give, we are planting seeds that will be multiplied back to us in a hundred fold. He who helps others like Dorcas, is conscious of the future for he will find help if he ever falls into trials. If we say that we are Christians, all our concerns, aspirations and earnest heart desires must be subject to the Gospel by works of Charity. If you say that you are a Christian, then you are called to be a father to the fatherless, mother to the motherless, a son or daughter to those who are barren, benefactor to the needy, companion to the lonely and helper to the helpless. They are fatherless so that we can be their fathers. They are motherless so that we can be their mothers. They are lonely so that we can be their companions. They are sick so that we can care for them. When we do this sincerely, we make ourselves so valuable in the Kingdom of God that He will not afford to lose us. The secret of blessing is in giving; the secret of receiving is in giving as in Luke 6:38.”
Below are a few of the many testimonies from people who came from all walks of life to glorify God for His goodness in their lives:
FORGIVENESS MAKES THE FUTURE POSSIBLE
When Judith’s phone rang, little did she know the call was about to spell turmoil in her marital home. A strange female voice on the end of the line informed the Ghanaian banker that she was pregnant for her husband. Shock, horror, confusion and betrayal! Words were not enough to depict how Mrs Marfo felt at that moment. Divorce was her immediate resolve. After looking for the fruit of the womb for many years, the news tore her heart apart. After much counsel and pastoral intervention, Judith eventually decided to remain in her marriage and feigned forgiveness to appease the reconciliatory parties. However, deep down in her heart, she had not released forgiveness to her husband.
After several years of seeking medical solution to her barrenness without solution, Judith decided to visit The SCOAN for prayer. However, as Prophet T.B. Joshua approached her in the service, the secret details of her marital challenges were unveiled through a profound prophetic message. Calling on Judith to release forgiveness to her husband, Prophet T.B. Joshua boldly stated that such action from the heart would result in her fruitfulness. Deciding to obey God and forgive, Judith testified that after the prayer from Prophet T.B. Joshua, it was as if a huge weight was lifted off her shoulders and heaviness was replaced by calmness.
Returning home to meet her husband, a few months later the prophetic promise had become an incredible reality! She was confirmed pregnant! Judith advised the congregation not to be hasty in taking drastic decisions when marital issues arise but rather release forgiveness and leave the battle for God.
MAN SET FREE FROM HIV/AIDS THROUGH THE ANOINTING WATER!
Life suddenly turned black for Mr Kivon Orina Mariera from Kenya as the doctors announced the terrible news to him. The laboratory tests carried out on him had confirmed his fears. He was HIV/AIDS positive. Apart from symptoms such as high fever, general body pains and weakness that plagued his life, he suffered from emotional turmoil. All hope was lost, knowing that naturally, HIV/AIDS has no cure. He was giving up on life when he came across Emmanuel TV and started watching the cable with keen interest. He saw people healed of cancer and HIV/AIDS and told himself that his case would not be an exception. When a friend of his visited The SCOAN in Lagos, Nigeria, he brought him back the Anointing Water. With faith, he ministered it in Jesus’ name and believed that his case had been reversed.
Instantly, he felt something ejected out of him. He also felt a sensation flush through his blood as if it was being purified. After a few months when the symptoms did not reappear, he went back to the same hospital that had confirmed he was positive but this time the result declared him negative to the deadly disease. Sharing his testimony live on Emmanuel TV, he encouraged all that nothing is impossible with God. The testimony gives hope to all especially as Prophet T.B. Joshua has just sent 4,000 bottles of the Anointing Water in a chartered private jet to Sierra Leone at the cost of $50,000 for people affected with the Ebola disease. Aside from this, TB Joshua and Emmanuel TV partners donated $50,000 in humanitarian aid to Sierra Leone in this troubled time.
PLETHORA OF SICKNESSES DEALT A MIGHTY BLOW
Mrs Cecilia Murdock was born with asthma and soon, she had diabetes, osteoarthritis of the shoulders and knees coupled with sleep apnea. At the hospital, doctors said her lung was very weak to bring the carbon dioxide out. As a result, she had to take medication after every meal. In fact, life became so miserable that she could not leave her house without bringing her breathing machine. Her life depended on it, without which, she would wake up weak and very sick. With the problem of osteoarthritis of the shoulders and knees, she used to feel excruciating pain and loss of balance. This problem affected her body movement and eventually, cost her job as administrator in the UK. Concerned with her situation and seeing that no medication was proving effective on her, a pastor introduced her to Emmanuel TV.
Deciding to be free as she had seen on television, this woman who had been asthmatic since birth, made her long journey to The SCOAN to receive a divine touch. At The SCOAN Prayer Line, Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for her and commanded her to get up and since then, she has been healed from all the problems. She has stopped taking her medication. A million thanks are not enough for what Jesus Christ has done in her life.
BEDWETTING HUMILIATION SUCUMBS TO JESUS’ POWER
Mr and Mrs Abraham Bankole were living in agony. Their daughter had been bedwetting from birth and so chronic had the problem become that the whole household was concerned about her. However hard she tried, every night she would wet her bed twice. Not only did the problem bring isolation and shame to her life but also hinder her from having an admission to go to the university. Her parents did every possible thing to root out the embarrassing affliction which also prevented her from sleeping over at friends’ places but all efforts yielded nothing. One day, after watching Emmanuel TV and listening to a testimony of someone who was set free from the same affliction, they encouraged her to pray along with Prophet T.B. Joshua. That marked the end to her problem! She was delivered from bedwetting and when the next university intake was announced, her name was on the admission list. Standing before the congregation, no amount of words could sufficiently explain the relief and happiness that now engulfs the Bankole family. It is all because of Jesus!
DOUBLE BLESSING FOR TANZANIAN COUPLE!
When poverty struck Mr and Mrs Simon Tumbuka’s household, it was as if a terrible plague had been unleashed at the Tanzanian family. They could not afford even the most basic things let alone own a house to their name. Their efforts at entrepreneurship suffered a barrage of stagnation from every direction and badly needed solution which was nowhere in sight. Meanwhile, Mr Tumbuka had been chain smoking for 19 years. They told themselves, ‘enough is enough’ and came to The SCOAN where Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for them and blessed them with the Anointing Water. The transformation was spontaneous. Their sports equipment business took off with power and soon they experienced a boom with some of their merchandise sought from after from neighbouring countries. Completely transformed, they now order their goods from overseas and have built and owned an elegant mansion with a fleet of cars. To crown it all, Mr Tumbuka’s addiction to smoking left him and the urge is long gone. What a God we have to worship, what a Son we have to praise and what a future lies before us!
SAVED FROM TERRIBLE CAR ACCIDENT
Her job involved frequent travelling and, as one who had made Jesus her protector and defender, she regularly ministered the Anointing Water to herself. Miss Presillia Nduta from Kenya also had Anointing Stickers placed on her car with the sole purpose of always being covered with the saving blood of Jesus Christ. One fateful day, she drove for a long distance of over 200km when, suddenly, one of the car tyres burst. She lost control and went on for about 500m. All she managed to do was call on the name, Jesus.
The car hit an electric fence before it finally rested on top of a tree, damaged beyond repair. She felt a shower of splinter glass rain all over her body while another piece flew into her eye. The rescuers had to cut down a few trees in order for the remains of the car to be brought down. When finally she was pulled out of the wreckage she was miraculously unharmed save for the glass in her eye which had to simply be washed out without causing any damage. She came to The SCOAN to testify to this great work of wonder and miracle. Glory be to God!
HEALED OF MULTIPLE ILLNESSES!
Mr Isaac Anang had lumbar spondylosis, arthritis of the hip and a liver problem. He could hardly sleep due to excruciating pain to such an extent that even his friends had given up hope on his survival. At one point, his doctor encouraged him to go for a medication in Cuba. However, when he got to the hospital, he discovered that everything in the medical store room from where he was meant to be treated had been gutted down by fire. This, he told himself, was not ordinary. The more he waited, the more his condition worsened. His friends had even stopped visiting him, believing that there was nothing else they could do for him – all hope was shattered. One of his friends took him to The SCOAN for a heavenly touch that would bring suffering to an end. He was placed on the prayer line and was prayed for by Prophet T.B. Joshua. Instantly, he felt the years of affliction and bondage loose their grip on his fragile body and began to exercise himself anew! Back home in Ghana, he went for a laboratory test and was confirmed free of all the ailments. Indeed, if millions are to believe, they must see proof that Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever.
UTERINE FIBROID, MISCARRIAGES FLUSHED OUT
Mrs Abigail Dube had irregular menstrual cycles and when she did have one; she would bleed profusely and become weak due to loss of blood. During this time, she endured two miscarriages. When her cycle came, she would be depressed knowing how bad she would bleed. When she visited her doctor to determine the cause, a scan revealed to her dismay that she had a uterine fibroid and that it was this problem that had caused her miscarriages. When a friend was coming to The SCOAN, she asked her to bring the Anointing Water for her to use. She ministered it to herself, declaring her healing in Jesus’ name. Immediately, she felt light and her bleeding subsided. When she went back to the hospital, good news was awaiting her. The fibroids had been flushed out. Her appetite which was long gone returned and she could now eat. Praise God!
The Sunday service closed with the ministration of the New Anointing Water during which many people who got in contact with the medium were set free by the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of Jesus Christ!