Sunday, 14th December, 2014 was a day that witnessed an outpouring of the Spirit and the Word at the Sunday Service of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations. The entire congregation both those within the main auditorium and those in the overflows all partook of the presence of Heaven even as the ever-energetic and inspiring choir kept all hearts engaged with God.
According to the man of God, the almighty God is Spirit and therefore must be worshipped in spirit and in truth, otherwise, one is merely wasting his or her energy. In other words, there must be a deliberate and passionate longing within the spirit and heart of man for God whenever he worships his or her Creator. It means that, God looks beyond the words we speak but focuses more on the depth of our hearts and spirit: “If I stand here to preach the Word, if it is not according to God’s Spirit, it is nothing. Whatever I say in prayer, if it is not according to God’s Spirit, it is nothing. If you speak words in prayer, if it is not according to the Spirit, it is not according to the truth of God’s Word. It means it is nothing, idle and meaningless”.
Speaking further, the man of God explained that the power of God moves only when the Word and the Spirit unite. “God’s power here cannot move without the Word and the Spirit to bring about healing. You need God’s Word and God’s Spirit to bring about healing, salvation and whatever we are talking about. God’s power working through His Word and His Spirit brings about whatever we desire from God”.
Meditating on the Word of God, according to the man of God, is another way of becoming a part of the Word so that our spirits act on it for the release of God’s power: “The more you think about the Word you read, the more your spirit acts upon the Word and when the spirit acts upon the Word, the Word becomes part of you. The Word has not yet become a part of you when your spirit has not yet acted upon it”. On the mystery of faith, the man of God said that we can only find faith when we pay attention to God and not by stressing ourselves, sleeping in the church or doing other things: “Now, you don’t need to cry or lament over faith, that you don’t have faith. How will you have faith? I need to sleep in the church; I need to sleep in the bush. No. If you pay attention to God, you will find that faith comes naturally”.
Concluding, Prophet T.B. Joshua encouraged Christians on the need to guard their hearts, observing that the heart is the communication contact point with the Holy Spirit, hence, we have to be on our guard to ensure that we do not lose the battle which is fought in the heart: “The right battle is in the heart. When you fail in your heart, you fail all. Your heart is Heaven, if you are a child of God. What you decree here has been decreed in your heart, if you are a child of God. Before I say, “Be healed”, the person has been healed in my heart. If I don’t see the person healed, I will not open my mouth to say, “Be healed”… The bank of miracles is in Heaven. Take care of your heart. It is either your heart is Heaven or hell. When your heart is a dwelling place for God, it becomes Heaven”.
Earlier, Evangelist Ruth in her message titled, Love God Above All, said that many of us today think we can earn God’s favour by our good works however Christianity is not a religion but a relationship. She further explained that God will not heal, bless or deliver you because of who you are or where you have come from; He will only meet you when you obey what He told you to do by His Spirit, based on His Word. She encouraged Christians by assuring them that there is hope and that the greatest miracle we need is a relationship with Jesus. She said: “Jesus is neither looking at our credentials nor personal efforts but our hearts. To love God truly is to do His will, not our own. Before giving him the commission to follow in His footsteps, Jesus asked Peter one of the most significant and penetrating, in fact, one of the most dangerous questions ever asked, ‘Do you love me?’ He did this because He knew that serving the Lord is a thing of the mind. The highest motive for serving God is the desire to please Him. There were perhaps many more qualified than Peter – more educated, more knowledgeable, more experienced – yet Jesus saw in Peter a willing servant – one who would obey His instruction. Obedience is the only proof of our faith in God”.
In confirmation of HIS mighty presence at The SCOAN, The Arena of Liberty, more and more testimonies continue to pour in to the glory of His name.
YOKE OF MISCARRIAGE BROKEN
A family of doctors, Dr and Dr Mrs Benjamin Akhihwu, found themselves facing the unimaginable – they were unable to enlarge their family as a result of their medically unsolvable problem of miscarriages. For eight years, at the 20th week of every pregnancy, Dr Mrs Akihwu would have a nightmare which would result in miscarriage. Doctors examined her and found her womb was too weak to have another child. She went for an operation and almost died due to a terrible mistake.
They decided to come to The SCOAN and received the Anointing Water and soon after ministering it in prayer, Dr Mrs Akihwu became pregnant. During her 15th month of pregnancy, she began to see Prophet T.B. Joshua in her dreams, praying for and reassuring her. In her 20th month, the normal attack came but this time, God used the image of Prophet T.B. Joshua defeat the evil spirit in her dream.
Overjoyed to have overcome, she went to the US for her delivery. Holding her newborn bouncing baby boy in her arms for the first time, she was given the alarming news that the baby had jaundice. Never flinching, she took her Anointing Water, ministered it to her baby in prayer and laid him down to sleep. In the morning, her baby awoke completely healed and free from jaundice. The proud parents named the baby Christopher, calling him God’s gift to them. To date, they continue to minister the Anointing Water over their family in prayer, as well as in their clinic to those who would believe. Advising all parents around the world, Dr and Dr Mrs Akihwu encouraged them to hold fast to Jesus Christ, the Giver of all life.
IMPOSSIBLE PROMOTION MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE ANOINTING WATER!
Imagine working for 10 years in the same profession without any advancement, facing mockery from fellow colleagues as they advance and you stand still. Such was the case for Mrs Batho Rampana, a nurse from Botswana.
One fateful day, she came across Emmanuel TV with her husband and as they watched, they saw testimonies which convinced them that all she needed was the Anointing Water. They came to The SCOAN, received the Anointing Water, returned to their country and began ministering the Anointing Water in prayer, believing God to make a way through the wilderness of her career.
Soon after, the Ministry of Health announced a vacancy for Chief Nursing Superintendent – a position far higher than the one she currently held. Her colleagues made jest of her, reminding her that the position only accepted candidates who had worked for 20 years and she was only in her 10th. Confident that nothing is impossible for God to do, she ministered her Anointing Water and went for the interview.
To the shock of everyone, the Ministry of Health called her back after the interview and appointed her as Chief Nursing Superintendent. She was later equally appointed as matron for 18 facilities in her country. Her life has changed as she now attends meetings and seminars with top officials in her profession as well as dignitaries and government officials in her country. She advised all to put their trust in God as He alone makes impossibilities possible.
WEAK HEART VALVE RESTRORED THROUGH THE ANOINTING WATER
After a recurrent experience of shortness of breath and general body weakness, Ms Freda Agana from Ghana visited the doctor and was deeply troubled when diagnosed with a weak heart valve and stomach ulcer. The condition greatly affected her job, as every two weeks, she was forced to go back to the hospital for treatment. Her
disappointment deepened as the effect of each treatment wore off and she realised that her condition remained the same.
She was introduced to the Anointing Water and with faith, visited The SCOAN and was privileged to receive her own bottle. Returning to Ghana, she began ministering the Anointing Water over her entire body, believing that the name of Jesus Christ would work in her health. To her great excitement, she experienced an instant relief in her body. She suddenly realised that all the symptoms were gone and she was experiencing good health! Highly motivated, she went back to the hospital for a test and all reports proved that her sickness was gone.
Rejoicing in the Lord, she gladly showed clear evidence through the medical reports confirmed by the doctor. She is certified free from the shackles of infirmity. Still glowing with joy, she encouraged the congregation to believe in Jesus Christ and trust Him at all times in whatever situation that comes their way.
MIRACULOUS CONCEPTION AND BIRTH WITHOUT FALLOPIAN TUBES THROUGH ANOINTING WATER
Mrs Patrick had been rejoicing in the joys of pregnancy in 2002 when a sudden difficulty threatened to change her countenance. Complications arose and she was diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy. An emergency operation was undertaken and a ruptured fallopian tube had to be cut. Her one year old marriage faced great challenges in the following years. They were able to deliver one child successfully but an ectopic pregnancy developed five years after, rupturing her fallopian tube.
As a minister of God, her husband, Pastor Patrick prayed and hoped on God for an answer. One day, he was introduced to The SCOAN where he received the Anointing Water. He prayed and ministered it on his wife in Jesus’ name. Just a few months later, his wife became pregnant. To his amazement and that of the doctors who had performed his wife’s operations, the baby grew to nine months and was delivered safely, despite the absence of fallopian tubes!
Pastor Patrick gladly showed the medical reports. The first one stated that both fallopian tubes had been cut off; the second stated that his wife was 7 months pregnant! He advised the church not to constantly focus on the problem but the possibilities of what God could do! God is infinite and there is nothing impossible with God! Mrs Patrick was short of words as she exclaimed, “The Lord has restored what was lost through this child He has given me. Don’t lose hope; the Lord shall also identify you through the Anointing Water in Jesus’ name”.
DAUGHTER DELIVERED FROM DESTRUCTION
As Prince Wilson, a Nigerian based in South Africa watched his young daughter grow; he noticed several strange behaviours and addictions take hold of her. She first started eating sand and then sniffing petrol. The occurrences became frequent and then constant and he and his wife were at a loss as to how to help their child break those habits. Their sweet, innocent baby also became aggressive to other children of her age and began to hate her parents.
One day in South Africa, they started watching Emmanuel TV and during the mass prayer, as Prophet T.B. Joshua started praying, Prince Wilson’s daughter suddenly began to manifest. From that moment, he knew she needed deliverance.
He brought her all the way from South Africa to attend The SCOAN Live Sunday Service. To his great relief, she was located by God through Prophet T.B. Joshua and an amazing deliverance was wrought in her life in Jesus’ name. As the prophet prayed, the evil spirit confessed that it was a queen from the river, sent to destroy the family and their future. It was cast out by the name of Jesus Christ and the prophet introduced the little girl to her father as a new child in Christ Jesus.
Prince Wilson returned to South Africa with his daughter after the prayer and a new chapter in their lives unfolded. Testifying in the church, Prince Wilson joyfully explained how the addictions have been broken, the anger has been swallowed up by peace and hatred destroyed by the love of God. His daughter behaves completely like a normal child and even helps to take care of her younger ones. There is now peace in the family and his career and status have even taken a new turn. He happily showed off photos of his family, encouraging every parent to train their children in the way of the Lord and run to Him with every challenge and concern. He is truly God, our Father.
There is nothing impossible before God, the Creator of Heaven and earth. No matter your challenges, you too can be set free if you believe. Emmanuel!