The Sunday Service on November 2, 2014 at The SCOAN was a blend of kingdom spectacle with scriptural depth. Both the ministration of the choir and the spirited rendition by Pastor Fernando Tovar from Mexico created an undiluted atmosphere for divine visitation. The congregation was passionately engaged as they responded to the soul-lifting melodies emanating from the choir. Their energetic dance clearly suggested that God was indeed right there in their midst.
Wise Man Christopher delved into the Scriptures with a thought-provoking message titled “The Coming Judgment”. He began his teaching by making an incisive analogy with the story of a teenager, who took for granted the kind decision of his community’s King to cancel the debt which the boy’s family, from one to four generations had incurred. According to Wise Man Christopher, instead of the teenager to appreciate the King’s gesture, he went the way of his forefathers, incurring more debt and attracting a jail term for himself. The teenager should have done better if he had understood his duty towards the kindness of the king. As Wise Man Christopher analytically revealed, “Today, we are all debtors being sinners. God alone is our Creditor. Whether our sins are great or small, one thing is clear – they are more than we can pay ourselves. Jesus Christ paid the debt of our situation when He died on the Cross of Calvary for our sins. Jesus is the Redeemer, the One sent to buy us back from the dominion of satan. What then is our duty? The Bible taught us in John 6:29 that the great Gospel duty is to believe in Jesus Christ”.
Wise Man Christopher elucidated further by admonishing the congregation not to take for granted the sacrificial act of the remission of our sins by Jesus, “Although a person may have committed many sins, the chief sin of the unsaved is not believing in Christ. When a person gets that straightened out, the root of the problem is solved; the blood of Christ cleanses the heart, the moment a person believes and confesses Him as Saviour. The day you make Jesus Christ your Lord and Saviour, you are forgiven of all your sins, but you do not experience that forgiveness until you receive it by faith. What a grace! However, just because we are saved by grace through faith does not mean that we should continue in sin and expect the grace of God to abound. Certainly not! If certainly not, then, are we waiting expectantly for Jesus’ second coming in faith or sleeping spiritually in sin? And what should the children of God be thinking and talking about right now?”
Continuing, he expatiated on the dynamic nature and quality of faith and its uniqueness to the human situation. He outlined the platforms on which our faith can be activated while also observing that there are scenarios that render faith inactive: “Faith has a unique place where it is expressed. The unique place where faith is expressed is in our works because our works prove, perfect or complete our faith. You cannot be stealing, killing, destroying and lying and at the same time believe in salvation or restoration. If faith and works do not agree with each other, there must be something wrong with the faith. In James 2:17, the Bible says, “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” Without works, faith is dead. Examine your daily life and you will find out how much faith you have in your spiritual life, business, career or marriage and also you will know how prepared you are for the coming judgement of Christ”.
He prayed that on that day, Christians may find themselves worthy to stand before their Creator: “O God, our Lord, make us watchful and keep us faithful as we await the coming of our Lord Jesus that when He shall appear, He may not find us sleeping in sin but active in His service and joyful in His praise.
Testimonies continue to pour in – a confirmation of God’s unceasing presence at The SCOAN. The following are some of the testimonies shared by our brethren.
STAGNATION TO PETROL STATION
Gospel Chukwuemezie was experiencing stagnation and setback in his business. One day, he visited his friend and that was the first time he watched Emmanuel TV. Watching all the testimonies given on Emmanuel TV, he decided to make his journey to The SCOAN. Before going back to his State, he had the grace to receive the Anointing Water and the Anointing Sticker. Upon getting home, he ministered the Anointing Water to his land and prayed, “Whatever I must have eaten from the table of my enemies, let it be flushed out, in Jesus’ name. Lord, secure my life by the blood of Jesus and the fire of the Holy Ghost” and things started changing – people who owed him started returning his money, everything was improving in his import and export business. He began to experience breakthrough in all areas of his life. As he was showing us the certificate he got from the Ministry of Petroleum, he further testified that he has finished building his own petrol station on the land to which he ministered the Anointing Water. Having these breakthroughs, he advises everyone to never give up. In fact, you will never escape the anointing of God.
THERE IS MORE TO LIFE THAN DRINKING AND WATCHING PORNOGRAPHY
Mr Clement Banda was addicted to drinking alcohol and watching pornography for 12 years. As a result, he could not take care of his family. He finished all his salary on his addiction and causing his wife to be unhappy. Seeing his wife sad was his joy and he would even beat her when he was drunk. His wife never knew that he was addicted to pornography.
He lost his affection for her to the point that he could not meet her without playing a porn movie in the background. He used to sit down and ask himself if that kind of life was worth living because he was seeing his life destroyed with debt everywhere. One day, he watched Emmanuel TV and prayed along with Prophet T.B. Joshua. At night, he had a dream where Prophet T.B. Joshua laid his hand on the back of his head and when he woke up in the morning, he passed out a black substance and that marked his deliverance. Instantly, the affection for his wife was restored and he started seeing her as part of his life. Mrs Banda also testified that her husband is now a changed man and a wonderful father. He advised all to be encouraged because there is nothing that God created that He cannot change.
BARRENNESS TURNED TO FRUITFULNESS
Mr Eberechukwu Omasi was suffering from the problem of low sperm count while Mrs Omasi was having hormonal imbalance. They decided to come to The SCOAN in search of solution to their problems. They ministered the Anointing Water to themselves as they prayed, “Heal us, oh Lord and we shall be healed, in Jesus’ name”. After ministering the Anointing Water, Mrs Omasi missed her period and was told by her doctor that she had become pregnant. Indeed, the pregnancy God gave her was not like the world gave. She never had any problem with her pregnancy and she delivered a baby boy safely. Now, they are proud parents of Baby John. Praise the Lord!
CARER IN NEED OF GOD’S CARE
Mrs Josephine Fani Ziggar from France, a carer of orphans and children, was surprised one day to find herself in a debilitating condition. As she tried to move, the pain increased until she found herself at a standstill. Upon visiting the doctors, she was diagnosed with lumbar spondylosis and osteoarthritis in both knees. The doctors gave her medication and a lumbar corset but could not cure her problem. The pain increased to such an extent that she was forced to retire from her work. Her in-laws became her carers and had to help her in her every daily activity.
After several painful months, her son introduced her to Emmanuel TV. Witnessing the healing and deliverance of others increased her faith and she determined to visit The SCOAN for her healing in Jesus’ name.
Placed at The SCOAN Prayer Line, one of the wise men prayed for her and she felt heat move through her body. She then stood up and began to walk, to the glory of God. Since that day, she has been walking freely and has not experienced any of the pain of the past. To her joy, she has also been able to return to her work and to the children she cares so much about.
Giving glory to God, she advised all who were watching to put their trust and faith in Jesus Christ for His mercy and divine healing.
BACK TO THE PULPIT
Frequent urination due to Hepatitis B had caused Rev John A. Bekoe from Ghana serious embarrassment in ministry for five years. As the chief assistant pastor to the bishop in charge, he found himself feeling useless and hopeless as time after time while ministering on the pulpit, he would have to exit suddenly and often would not even reach the bathroom before he wet himself. This affected his confidence as a minister and caused great worry about the impression congregants had about him. It got to a point where he had to stop preaching in his church because of this stigma.
While watching Emmanuel TV and praying along with Prophet T.B. Joshua one day, to his amazement Rev Bekoe received a shock, as if an electric current was surging through his body. After the prayer, he felt instantly relieved and when he went to the hospital for a checkup, he was declared Hepatitis B free! He advised others not to allow people to influence them negatively. Distance is not a barrier; if he could be healed while in Ghana, you can also be healed anywhere you are.
THE SHELTER OF GOD’S PROTECTION
After recounting a terrifying tale of daily nightmares, Miss Nelly Sunday Jacob requested assistance from her sister. In response to her plea, the sister brought Anointing Water and the Anointing Sticker to her home. They prayed together, ministered the Anointing Water throughout her home and placed the Anointing Sticker on her door in Jesus’ name.
Miss Jacob suddenly felt something instructing her to dig up a place close to her door. She dug and noticed a black plastic bag in the ground containing a charm. After removing the charm, Miss Jacob found herself delightfully free from the evil dreams.
Some days later, as she entered her compound, suddenly a bucket of boiling water was poured on her. A neighbour quickly noticed it and raced Miss Jacob to hospital. By that time, her skin had become black and began to peel. She was no longer able to wear clothing at all and was in tremendous pain until her sister came to the hospital and ministered the Anointing Water on her, praying for her in the name of Jesus Christ. She felt a sudden relief and a cool sensation all over her body. Within a week, to the amazement of the doctors, her skin had healed completely. A report from the doctor declared her burn-free and infection-free.
Her advice to all was to place themselves under the protecting hand of Jesus Christ by remaining in an attitude of prayer at all times.
DIVINE CALCULATION – MATHS MADE EASY
Mr Ayodele Olufemi started his testimony saying that his father was a famous mathematician and had encouraged his son to follow in his footsteps. However, at school, he struggled in Mathematics until a pastor introduced him to Emmanuel TV and
ministered the Anointing Water on him. He then slept and had a dream where a tall man dressed in white was speaking to a gathering of all races and each person heard in their own dialect. When he woke up, he realized that he had received inspiration in the subject of Mathematics to the degree that he could complete sums in his brain faster than a friend on a calculator. He has since discovered and developed several theories in Mathematics to help students which he has published in several textbooks which have been approved for senior secondary schools in Ghana and Nigeria. His new techniques make even the most difficult formulae, multiplications and other sums simple for students of any level. As his mathematics career began to flourish in teaching and authoring, he was able to move out of his one room apartment into his own house and now drives two cars by the grace of God. He advised the congregation that God was the Giver of all knowledge and if we make God “Our number one” we would shine in whatever field we find ourselves in.
In the time of mass prayer, Prophet T.B. Joshua came out to give some powerful prayer points: Ask Jesus for the grace of obeying His Word. To increase your faith, keep your purity.
I command every spirit hindering your present and your future; I command it out, in Jesus’ name. You must be separated from religious spirits, from your forefathers’ spirits. You must be separated.
He concluded by declaring that if we meditate on the Word of God day and night; whatever we do will prosper.