The atmosphere was electric as usual and the ambience created by the choir’s edifying renditions created a holy aroma in the entire congregation. The zest of expectation was vividly written on the faces of the congregants who joined the choir in delivering soul-lifting pieces to the glory of His name.
Amidst the charged atmosphere in The SCOAN cathedral, the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua calmly walked to the altar and amplified the topic of the day: “You will never succeed in whatever you are doing unless you believe and you can never believe in any business or whatever you are doing unless it is your dream and your goal – your destiny, what you are destined to do. When you are doing what you are destined to do, even though you pass through the valley of the shadow of death, you will fear no one. But if you are not doing what you are destined to do, the shadow will quench you.”
According to the man of God, whose sermon centred on DESTINY, it is only our God-given dreams and talents that will stand the test of time. In other words, it is only when we are operating within our divine calling that we may be able to make progress because God had ordained it: “Hear what the Bible says, No trouble or tribulation can seize, stop, consume you except what is common to man. You will never succeed in any job, in anything you are doing unless you believe in that thing. How will you believe in a thing that is not your destiny? You are not destined to be an accountant and you doing the work of an accountant, you are not destined to be a pastor and you are doing the work of a pastor- that situation will crash you, you will be finished and your history will be gone”.
The man of God admonished the congregation about living fake and borrowed lives. According to him, people who try to do what others are doing will fail unless it is their destiny. His sermon laid bare the wrongness in many Christian lives which has become more of a competition rather than living out God’s divine purpose. He made particular reference to marriage, which he said has been misconceived by many people: “Marriage has become competition, running a race – this is why marriages crumble today. There are divorces everywhere, all over the world. Competition has come; crisis has come to the house. Today, marriage seems to be competition whereas it is supposed to be cooperation. In the same vein, Christianity too is co-operation, not competition”.
After nourishing the soul of the congregation with his spiritually wholesome message, the man of God proceeded to the Prayer Line where he laid hands on many who needed healing and deliverance and to the glory of God, there were great testimonies of healing and deliverance from age-long afflictions.
Citing the biblical example of Job and how he lost all his earthly possessions and yet remained faithful to God, Wise Man Harry observed that the death of a believer was not his end but a transition to a higher glory: “…Christians do not die, they are transmuted; they do not cease to be, but they are only removed from one world to another”.
He concluded by urging Christians to make Jesus Christ their source so that whether they die or live, they can say “I AM READY TO MEET HIM”.
THE FOLLOWING ARE TESTIMONIES OF THE WONDERFUL WORKS OF GOD AT THE SCOAN.
BLESSING REPLACES BARRENNESS
The story of Mrs Nkelle Njoh, a Cameroonian living in Gabon was a sorrowful one until the Anointing Water rewrote her history in Jesus’ name. Married for nine years without a child, her husband threatened to leave her. She was desperate and scared of losing her marriage; she ran to her mother and confided in her. The response of her mother was simple: “You don’t have a problem; have you heard of Emmanuel TV?”
When the channel was turned on in front of her, her hope was rekindled. Her mother did not stop at that but determined to see her daughter happy, she accompanied her to The SCOAN in Lagos. She received the Anointing Water and when she ministered it in Jesus’ name and met with her husband, three months later, the happy news came out – that she was pregnant!
The daughter that repaired the marriage was named Blessing after the blessing of God and today Mrs Nkelle Njoh is once again pregnant and bubbling with joy. Advising people not to be selfish with the Anointing Water but to bless others, she said, “If you have Anointing Water, help your neighbours as not everyone has the opportunity to come to The SCOAN”.
GOD OF IMPOSSIBILITIES
Mrs Ifiora Eunice Nkem suffered from an ovarian cyst for three years, a problem that made her a frequent visitor to different hospitals and threatened her job. When her trips to the hospital became too frequent, she herself began to lose hope in a medical solution for her problem.
The pain was excruciating as she could hardly walk when the discomfort gripped her. Tired of her daily pain, one day she discovered Emmanuel TV and came to The SCOAN to receive the Anointing Water. She ministered it believing that her own case would not be different to the thousands she had seen on Emmanuel TV. Her joy returned as the pain vanished and she went back to the same hospital where the results of the test confirmed that the ovarian cyst was no longer there.
“Have hope in God – He is the God of impossibilities” she advised the crowd.
THRIVING IN DIVING
The deep sea sparkled as evening came. Plunging into its depths, Christopher basked in the beauty of the South African ocean. Growing up, he never conceived in his wildest dreams that diving would be the profession he would eventually come to champion.
His story to diving glory began with an admission letter to a prominent South African diving school. However, after securing a visa, finances to purchase a ticket were scarce and it appeared the opportunity was about to disappear as speedily as it arose. Mr Okon desperately called on close confidants, seeking to raise sufficient funds for the ticket but no-one was ready to help. Bidding his goodbyes to friends and family in Akwa-Ibom, Christopher made his way to Lagos for his flight, albeit without the finances for the ticket. Before going to the airport, having watched Emmanuel TV on a few occasions, he decided to visit The SCOAN. Standing outside The SCOAN building, he offered a silent, poignant prayer. “God of T.B. Joshua, as I have seen others testify here, grant me my own testimony!” Pulling forth his Anointing Water, he ministered it on his phone and tried calling one of his friends who had previously told him he could not help. This time, the story changed! Required finances were immediately released and several days later, Christopher touched down in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Arriving at the diving school, another challenge arose. The initial complications in travel meant that he arrived late for the course, missing out on some vital lessons. An exam was set for the next day and Mr Okon had zero knowledge on the subject matter before him. Bringing out his Anointing Water, he ministered it on the examination papers, praying for Divine inspiration. He began randomly ticking the multiple-choice questions, using the scarce knowledge he had and relying on divine intervention. The pass mark was 70%; Christopher got 76%! Several months later, he passed with the highest mark in his class and is now a bonafide, professional diver!
ANOINTING STICKER: BULLET PROOF PROTECTION!!!
Breathing heavily, Boukari Amibou knew death was nigh. A gun was pointed at his forehead, poised to fire. Armed Libyan militia surrounded him, discussing how they would dispose of his body. Mr Amibou was defenceless save for a ‘weapon’ his captors knew nothing about!
Abducted and bundled into a remote Libyan jungle, it appeared the last had been heard of Mr Boukari Amibou, a businessman from Benin Republic. After a short argument, the moment of execution had arrived. From point-blank range, his assassin shot. Nothing happened; the gun did not fire. Mr Amibou clutched the Anointing Sticker hanging around his neck, a gift he had received from a friend before travelling to Libya. Furious, the gunman took aim once more and fired. Nothing! Checking the gun, the man was perplexed. Turning it to his own head, he tried once more. This time, it worked. Rushing to the bloodied body of their compatriot, confusion reigned in the camp of his captors. Throwing aside their guns and brandishing knives, they decided to finish the job. However, each attempt to penetrate his flesh was met with an almost stony resistance. No knife, sword or machete could pierce his skin.
Seeing that Mr Amibou was clutching the Anointing Sticker from The SCOAN around his neck, they realised its role in his protection and tried to remove it. One eventually managed to cut the lanyard that held it around his neck but as the sticker fell to the ground, so did the man. Gathering courage, Mr Boukari picked up his Anointing Sticker on the ground, declaring to his captors that they must release him. Several days later, he was a free man!
Deciding to leave Libya by road, his car got stuck in the midst of the desert. Placing the Anointing Sticker on the car engine, it miraculously revived, enabling him to finally leave Libyan shores. His next destination – The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations in Lagos – to share his mind-boggling testimony!