The church service of Sunday, November 9, 2014, witnessed the usual ambience of an overflow of members who came in high expectations to receive answers to their different prayers from the throne of grace. The choir lifted the spirits of the congregants with soul-edifying songs of worship; the melodic blend of the choristers’ acoustic voices with the symphony of accompanying instruments created a rich melody that preceded the message of the day as presented by Prophet T.B. Joshua.
The man of God focused on the mystery of faith and its power to transform a Christian’s life and uplift them to the realm of grace. According to him, “Faith is a spiritual force that grows and develops in the heart or spirit of man. Romans 10:17 says, ‘Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’ This means, faith originates with God. Faith is not in ourselves. If faith is in ourselves, faith will be weak. Faith is not in apostles but faith originates with God. The more we look at God’s Word, look to God, the more we will have faith. What does this mean to you? This means, spontaneously, naturally, faith comes”.
While admonishing the congregation on the need to develop faith, he observed that it is only when their hearts are focused on the Word of God that faith would thrive and work wonders. He noted that the heart of man is often overtaken by other thoughts that ordinarily should not compete for space with God who owns everything including our hearts: “There is a conflict between light and darkness in our heart. For example, what many are saying, “When will church close today? This is six o clock; tomorrow is Monday, I am going to work”. You keep talking to yourself. All this is going on in your heart and at the same time, God wants to live in your heart. All that you are saying has nothing to do with God. God cannot be a tenant in your heart; He should take over your heart. In the same heart, faith needs to be developed but a lot of things are going on there”.
Referring to the Faith Bracelet as a tool to help in meditating on God’s Word, the man of God encouraged the congregation to count with their hands and talk to God with their hearts in order to checkmate the dubious activities of satan. “You need to be in an attitude of prayer all the time. A break in prayer is a break with God”.
Speaking further, the man of God enlightened the congregation on the dual-nature of life. According to him, life is all about falling and rising. He observed that in falling, there is always a lesson learnt that will be to the advantage of the person. He further maintained that a Christian’s faith in God is usually tested to see if he can handle the coming glory: “Life is all about falling and rising; it is not smooth. You fall and you rise again. If anybody tells you that life is all about rising, they are deceiving themselves. You rise and fall and learn a lesson from it. That is what makes you strong. If you don’t know what it takes to be condemned and you are being praised everywhere, how will you manage the blessing?”
The man of God concluded his message with a call to the congregation to increase their faith by meditating on the Word of God always as that can enhance their ability to win every battle as long as they fight from within their hearts: “To increase your faith, keep your purity. How do we keep our purity? By meditating on God’s Word day and night. Meditate on God’s Word day and night and whatever you do prospers. This (Faith Bracelet) will help you to meditate on God’s Word day and night. Any battle that is not fought in the heart but on the outside, you cannot win it. But the problem we are having today is that we don’t fight the battle in the heart but on the outside”.
Later in the service, there was mass prayer, in which Prophet Τ.Β. Joshua led the congregation in powerful prayer points:
All spirits operating through your mouth, eyes, nose, faculties – begin to command them out!
Begin to command out all religious spirits in your life – spirit of unbelief, heresy, error, in the name of Jesus Christ!
The congregation prayed along with the man of God with so much energy and are expectant of His wonder-working hand upon their situations and lives generally.
Earlier in the Sunday service Wise Man Daniel had spoken explicitly on the biblical concept of confession. In a message titled, YOU CANNOT RISE ABOVE YOUR CONFESSION, he delved into the power of Christian confession: “Christianity is the Great Confession. And the law of confession says, “I confess I have a thing before I consciously possess it.” This clearly shows that, what you speak with your mouth and then believe in your heart becomes a visible reality in this natural world as long as you constantly hold fast to your confession of faith”.
Citing the Book of Romans 10:9–10, Wise Man Daniel expatiated on the true definition of faith from a Christian perspective: “This scripture tells us that believing is a part of salvation just as confession is a part of salvation. Confession is saying what God has said in His Word; it is saying the same thing the Scripture has said; it is simply agreeing with God. With the heart, man believes unto salvation. That is, man’s heart acts on the Word and then drives the lips to confess. Remember, faith is of man’s heart, not of man’s mind or body”.
In his conclusion, the Wise Man urged Christians to endeavour to confess God’s Word so that He will bring it to pass in their lives. According to him, “If you confess that the Lord will not leave you or abandon you in whatever situation you find yourself, then you will possess the very presence of God in every step you take. Therefore, as a Christian, hold fast to your confession of faith. To hold fast to your confession of faith is to say what God has said over and over, until the thing desired in your heart and promised in His Word is fully manifested. With this, you will agree with me that your life will always go to the level of your confession. I mean, YOU CANNOT RISE ABOVE YOUR CONFESSION”.
In confirmation of God’s presence at The SCOAN and His wonderful works through His servant Prophet T.B. Joshua, more and more people have been sharing their testimonies to the glory of the Almighty God. The following are some of the testimonies that will inspire us to put all our faith in God and enjoy the goodness of His mercies. Emmanuel!
TEARS OF BARRENNESS WIPED AWAY
Mr & Mrs Iyeh Vincent had the problem of barrenness for five years. Both of them were having staphylococcus and Mr Vincent also had low sperm count. This problem affected their home, family and careers. Mr Vincent was often mocked. People would ask them, “For how many years have you been married and you have no child?” They went to many hospitals where the doctors told them that they would not be able to have children because of their health conditions. Mr Vincent watched Emmanuel TV and believed that they had found their place of solution. Last June, they came to The SCOAN and received the Anointing Water; they prayed with it and met as husband and wife.
In the meantime, Mrs Vincent got a call for a visa interview in Abuja, Nigeria. She went for the interview and was the only person out of 11 that day to be granted a visa to the U.S.A. She travelled to the U.S.A where she said that God ministered to her heart to buy baby boy clothes. When she returned to Nigeria, her husband asked her what she had bought during her time in the U.S.A; she replied that she had got baby boy clothes believing that their own time to receive a baby was coming. She started experiencing symptoms of pregnancy and went to the doctors for a test. To the doctor’s surprise, they confirmed her pregnant. They also confirmed that both of them were free from staphylococcus. She delivered a baby boy safely for the glory of God on July 11, 2014 and named him Caleb.
FROM GRIEVOUS THORNS TO UNEXPECTED GLORY
Mrs Nweke and her husband came to testify to the transforming goodness of God in their lives. Mrs Nweke was into business for many years. She travelled to the four corners of the earth buying and selling, importing and exporting. Her business focus shifted from African clothing to executive suits and bags to textiles and even fish. Despite her extensive travels, all efforts to maintain her resources proved useless. The money she received would go as fast as it came in and she found herself unable to give account of what she had. The frustration and setback reached a point where she decided to return to Nigeria and seek for a divine solution. When she first visited The SCOAN, to say she was broke was a gross understatement. She had reached wits end.
Privileged to receive the Anointing Water, she decided to pray with it in faith, believing for a total transformation of her life. She returned to Delta state and soon heard that there was a vacancy for the federal position of President of Market Men and Women Association, Delta State Chapter. To her utmost shock and joy, she was selected to fill this position. Last week, a splendid inauguration ceremony was held for her with invitation cards and customized bags to honour the occasion. Displaying her medal, rosette and letter of appointment, Mrs Nweke could not find words to express her happiness. After her appointment, she has started receiving calls from people she had not heard from in years from all over the world. She has a vision and plan for a modern well-equipped warehouse as an encouragement to support the grassroots in society to buy privately and sell in their respective markets. Her advice was: “In this life, there will be grievous thorns poking you and provoking you but do not be disturbed. Keep running the straight race with God and He will surely reward you, in Jesus’ name.”
FIRST FEMALE TWIN AIRLINE PILOTS IN NIGERIA HEALED!
Hassana and Huseina Edili Ogaji from Canada are the first female twin airline pilots in Nigeria. They are currently doing their Masters Degrees in Aviation Safety Management. Their careers were progressing but their health was in trouble, Hassana had the problem of ceased menstruation while Huseina was having spotting menstruation meaning that her menstruation was continuous. The ceased menstruation caused Hassana to have swelling in her body, pain in her legs and she was not very active; it was affecting all areas of her life. As for Huseina, the problem of hormonal imbalance and spotting menstruation caused her discomfort and was unbearable. She had to change regularly.
They watched a clip on YouTube of Prophet T.B. Joshua and they were inspired to come to The SCOAN for prayer. Last Sunday, Prophet T.B Joshua prayed for them and Hassana felt something coming out and when she went back to where she was accommodated, she started seeing her menstrual flow. Her menstruation flowed for five days, confirming it had normalized. Huseina said that after the prayer the problem of spotting menstruation had stopped and she gave God the glory. They advised people that whatever problem they are having, they should come to Jesus and trust in Him and they would also receive their healing.
ENGULFING ADDICTIONS ERASED BECAUSE OF CHRIST
Few know the ravaging effects of addictions like Mr Paul Dafiakpor who was delivered last Sunday through the Anointing Water at The SCOAN. He told a tale of how the cravings for pornography, masturbation and alcohol plagued his life, robbing him of his privileges in Christ and ruining his career.
His misfortunes all started from a young age. Born in an idol worshipping home, his father had an altar in the house. Although the altar was burnt, true deliverance had not yet come to the household as they would be tormented by nightmares and cruel setbacks. Paul would often find dogs chasing him in his dreams as well as people with weapons threatening him mercilessly.
Although he was plagued with inner torment, on the outside, Paul was trying to live a godly life. He kept his virginity till he was 23, determined to live a holy life for God. This determination was quashed however in a moment as a friend led him to a brothel and his dreams crashed on the rocks of temptation. That night he spent with a prostitute propelled him to continue the habit. Although hating himself for it and bitterly rejecting his actions, Paul continued to visit brothels in an attempt to satisfy an uncontrollable urge.
It was at this point that a friend introduced him to pornography. After watching it once, he was hooked. After buying a pornographic DVD, he would destroy it but later find himself buying another one. He found himself unable to forgive himself and this led to immense frustration, depression and even thoughts of suicide.
A particular incident that occurred in his work place in April, 2010, was etched in his memory. While relaxing during lunch break, Paul was watching pornography on his phone and as a result, he had an erection. Many were gathered there and this caused him extreme embarrassment. Someone who had been well respected and loved now became a subject of mockery and taunting. In anger, he destroyed his phone and bought a less sophisticated phone instead so he would not be able to download. But after some time, the urge became so strong and his physical strength failed him. He bought another smart phone and continued watching pornography.
Affecting him socially, financially and even psychologically, Paul became paranoid, suspecting everyone around him to be talking about him and calling him names. He hated himself and would often hear voices prompting him to end it all. Watching pornography led him to masturbate regularly and he also succumbed to alcohol. In an attempt to erase the misery, he would drink till night and would return home and collapse on the floor without eating or talking to his wife. He lost his job and for two years he remained at home in a state of depression.
Mrs Dafiakpor told her side of the story. Although she knew her husband had become dependent on alcohol, she had no idea he was addicted to pornography and masturbation. All she realised was that her credit on her phone would mysteriously disappear each time she topped it up. She said her husband was a lovely person when in his right mind but his character would often change and he would be very aggressive and despondent. She would feel for him because although he loved food, he would often go for dry fasting seeking for deliverance. She was overjoyed when she saw him on Emmanuel TV being delivered through the Anointing Water.
Since his deliverance, Mr Dafiakpor is no longer watching pornography, masturbating or drinking alcohol. His sleep is peaceful and his mind is at rest. Jesus Christ has erased the pain of the past and his testimony serves as looking back in order to glorify God for all He has accomplished in his life.
He advised that: “Deliverance is the answer. God will not answer your prayer if you are watching pornography because God does not hear sinners. Pornography is dirty. Seek deliverance and allow Jesus Christ to wipe your heart clean”.
People came from all over the world to attend the prayer line and as Prophet Τ.Β. Joshua prayed for them, their afflictions bowed to the supreme authority of the name Jesus. This was followed by the ministration of the Anointing Water to everyone present and each person returned home, fulfilled, blessed and content in Christ.