The Sunday Service of November 16, 2014 was symbolic in many dimensions. The radiation of divine inspiration was so intense that the joyous congregation could not but key into the flowing presence of the hosts of Heaven. The man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua reiterated the church’s affectionate stance regarding the martyrs of faith who ascended in the tragic incident of September 12, 2014. In an emotion-laden tribute, composed by Prophet T.B. Joshua and featuring Kimmy Skota, the man of God celebrated the martyrs of faith for their transition to eternal glory. Wearing a white scarf with the inscription “IN HONOUR OF THE MARTYRS OF FAITH”, the man of God urged the congregation to remain steadfast in their display of love and concern for the victims and their families: “Remember your duty to the martyrs of faith’s relations and victim’s relations; it will go a long way to bless our future. It is a revelation. Caring and loving the martyr’s of faith and victims’ relations is caring for ourselves. So, it is a blessing. Our caring and love towards the martyrs of faith and victims’ relations will go a long way to care for our future. The love and care towards them will reshape our destiny”.
Exhorting the congregation to be wary of satan’s tricky antics, the man of God also admonished them to maintain an unmovable faith in God as that is the only guarantee to their intimacy with God. According to him, the more they think less of themselves, the more their lives are controlled by God: “It is not about me, it is just about Jesus. If more of Jesus takes over your life, you will have no control of yourself – He will take control of you. Take more of me give me more of You. More of Him will help you to keep your purity. When you keep your purity, your faith increases. When you are able to keep your purity, your faith increases”. He highlighted the importance of the Faith Bracelet and the urgency as well as the enormity of the Christian’s dire need for Jesus: “What makes us Christian? We are Christian because we live, do and act the word. That is what makes us Christians. When you know how much you need Him indeed, your relationship will be strengthened”.
Earlier in a message titled, “Do Something New”, Wise Man Harry had taken the congregation on an intellectual as well as spiritual excursion into the Word. His teaching was multi-dimensionally edifying as it urged Christians to rethink their conservative and monotonous approach to living. According to him, only those who do things differently are guaranteed of different and great results. “If you want to experience something that no one has ever experienced before, you need to do something that no one has ever done before. There is no way we can do something new in our lives without an independent mind. Ezekiel 36:26-27 – “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws”. Many of us today, are mere photocopies. For instance, when you want to dance, you look for the best dancer so that you can copy him. When you want to do business, you move around the market to know the products that are selling most. When you want to pray, you look for the best prayer book, so that you can read the prayer that fits you”. Wise Man Harry observed that most of the mess the world is faced with came as a result of a stereotypical lifestyle in which people just prefer to copy others rather than do things independently. He urged Christians to keep an independent mind if they want to achieve different results and make impact on their generation: “Everyone copies his neighbour. Anyone can be a president but it is God that chooses a president with a difference; I mean, one that becomes a torch bearer. There are many kings and queens today, but only God can raise a king or a queen with a difference. To make a difference in your world, you need an independent mind. An independent mind is a mind that thinks for itself, a mind that is determined to find out the truth from God”. Wise Man Harry concluded by encouraging Christians to rise up to the occasion by thinking independently and position themselves for unprecedented results.
RECONCILED THROUGH A PROPHECY
Two weeks ago during the usual Sunday Service, the man of God prophesied to a man, Mr Marthias Ebule about the trouble he was passing through, including court cases and the need to forgive a particular woman from his past. While beckoning on the man during prophecy time, the man of God told him: “There is a court case. How do you handle it? Three times now it was appealed. You should forgive this woman. There is a controversy issue. It has to with a child. For so long, the child has been fatherless”.
In confirmation of the prophecy by the man of God, Mr Mathias Ebule agreed that he had a court case and that there was a controversy over a child. According to him, the child the man of God was referring to was the product of a relationship he had with a woman in the past. He refused to accept the pregnancy and when the lady delivered the baby, he warned his mother and sister not to have anything to do with the child and her mother, while threatening to disown them. Several years later, he came back to his mother’s house in Bayelsa and saw a child eating rice outside the house. He inquired from his mother who the child was but she refused to tell him; so, he asked the child who called his name as her father. He was angry with his mother because he had warned her earlier not to accept the child. He decided to train the child up, not believing that she was his child but just as someone he wanted to help. As the child stayed in his home, she became very stubborn, causing problems and always running from home. As a sign that the prophecy was meant for his redemption and reconciliation, Mr Mathias under the counsel of the man of God apologised to the woman and her daughter as well as his own wife in order to pave the way for peace and progress.
HUSBAND RE-APPEARS 13 YEARS LATER
During the prophecy time in the Sunday Service of November 9, 2014, the man of God prophesied to Mrs Precious Roman about an attack she encountered in a dream where she had an affair with a dog and since then she had been moving with different men. According to the man of God, ever since that attack, she had become insatiable: “You had an encounter with dog in your dream. Since this encounter, you are not content; no man can please you. It is not possible for a man to marry you as a wife. You don’t have choice. The urge is too much, that dog is the cause”.
In confirmation of the prophecy after her deliverance, she narrated how she had left her husband. According to her, she had a fibroid and went to meet her mum for treatment but on her return to Lagos, she couldn’t find her husband. She confirmed that they had been separated for 13 years. But to the glory of God, after the service last Sunday, she received a call, in which the caller identified himself as her ex-husband who left her 13 years ago. He said he had been watching Emmanuel TV and had seen her. The man of God said that he would like to meet them after the service to let them know the mind of God concerning their future relationship. She thanked God for using the man of God to reveal the root cause of her problem. She confessed that since her deliverance, she has been sleeping peacefully like a baby – no more nightmares.
As usual, more and more testimonies have continued to pour in like rivers of waters in confirmation of the mighty works of God through His anointed servant Prophet T.B. Joshua at The SCOAN. The following are some of the awe-inspiring testimonies that will strengthen your faith in God.
ANOINTING WATER RESCUED MAN FROM DEADLY BANK ROBBERY
A strong believer in the God of T.B. Joshua, Mr Benjamin Ogbodo told the congregation of his daily habit of ministering the Anointing Water over himself, his business and his home before setting off for work. On the fateful day of which he came to testify, he did the same thing he did every morning, not knowing that he was about to see the power of God manifest greatly in his life. Mr Benjamin was going to the main road to meet a customer when armed robbers unleashed an assault on a nearby bank which was transferring money in an armoured vehicle. The bullet fire was like a hailstorm – peppering a policeman and several people around the area but none was closer to the gang men than Mr Benjamin. Hit in his back, he dropped into a gutter yet said he felt no pain and no panic but something spoke to his heart telling him not to move but lie still where he fell. The chaos continued without an intermission and in a flash the robbers mounted on motorbikes made off with the bank’s money and made their getaway. As people began to move around to assess the situation, Mr Benjamin felt strength come into him and he climbed out of the gutter and went his way. However, on seeing him, his friends took him to the hospital with two wounds in his back. At the hospital, the doctors discovered that a bullet had entered deep into his back and that it was too deep for the doctors to operate on. He was given medicine and told that such a bullet would take a long time to come to the surface where they could remove it surgically. He went home and began to minister his Anointing Water in earnest over the affected area and in a matter of days, the bullet came to his skin and was removed. He suffered no internal damage, bruising, bleeding or other injuries thereafter. Smiling broadly at how death had been swallowed up in victory in his life, he told viewers worldwide that they should trust in God alone and as He had rescued him, He would begin to make a way for them as they make God’s Word the standard for their life.
PLANE CRASH IN THE ATLANTIC AVERTED BY ANOINTING WATER
Mrs Aman Alier gave a lively testimony of how God Almighty used the Anointing Water and Anointing Sticker to save her and a Boeing 747 full of people from a fatal crash. During the flight from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States of America on a Delta Airlines flight to Lagos, Nigeria while over the Atlantic Ocean, the vessel ran into serious turbulence which tossed the plane about to and fro to the extent that the pilot not only put the please be seated sign on but also announced to the passengers to hold their children closely, to brace for impact as the aeroplane was in danger. The cabin erupted in prayer, people shouting, speaking in tongues, yelling the names of different gods but none of that worked. It was not until she took the Anointing Water and Sticker and prayed to the God of T.B. Joshua, Jesus Christ the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the flight that instantly, as if a huge hand had grabbed the plane the howling wind, the noise, the scraping sounds and the shaking all stopped and the plane flew steadily until it reached its destination. She encouraged viewers all over the world to value the gift God had given them in the life of Prophet T.B. Joshua, the Anointing Water and Anointing Sticker and not to be ashamed or shy to stand for what they really believe.
AN ‘F’ GRADE STUDENT RECEIVED FIRST CLASS HONOURS IN LINGUISTICS AND PSYCHOLOGY
Miss Jacinta Ntumy from Ghana was horrified when after submitting an extensive and elaborate coursework, it returned to her with an ‘F’ grade. This had seriously disappointed her but she drew strength from watching Emmanuel TV that this should not be the end of her studies and that God still had something to say. She came to The SCOAN from Ghana, received the Anointing Water which she ministered on herself and continued to work as hard as she could. God manifested Himself as a God of faithfulness in her life as the final result which was projected as an ‘F’ became a First Class Honours Degree in Linguistics and Psychology in the University of Ghana. She advised that God who had turned her case around would be able to turn around any difficulty in the lives of the viewers all over the world if only we give God time and wait for His Word to speak for us because the Word of God is the final authority, settling all troubles and problems.
The faith of the congregants and viewers were built up to the extent that a suitable atmosphere was created for miracles and there was no lack of the manifestation of God’s power in the prayer line and during the ministration of the Anointing Water.