The atmosphere was festive and hearts full of hope as those in the auditorium and the overflows of The SCOAN joined together to worship Jesus Christ – the centre of Christmas! The congregation comprised those from all over the world who had chosen to spend the Sunday before Christmas in God’s presence. Time with Jesus Christ is time well spent.
Prophet T.B. Joshua enlightened the congregation about the importance of worshipping God in Spirit and truth: “God is Spirit and His worshippers must do so in Spirit and in truth. I promise you that the best Christmas gift is to take you back to God because we have not been worshipping God in Spirit and if it is not in Spirit, it is not in truth and so it is all nothing.” He further explained the transformative power of the Word of God, saying, “If God’s Word is Spirit, it means it has ability to quicken us spiritually, animate us spiritually – to give new blood and take out the old one. Since God’s Word is Spirit, it has the ability to develop a spiritual force within our hearts called faith. In that Book of John 6:63, it says, ‘My Word is Spirit and life’. That thing called faith is developed within our heart.”
Encouraging his listeners that faith comes naturally when we focus on God, he said: “You will agree with me that if you pay attention to God’s Word, you will spontaneously have faith, naturally have faith. If it is natural, it means you don’t need greater faith but a greater God. You just need to know His faithfulness and trustworthiness. What we are lacking is not greater faith but a greater God.”
Earlier, the church had been blessed and strengthened by a message from Evangelist Bolaji, titled, “Keep Your Solid Front.”
She said, “Many change their perspective about their Creator when things around them tend to go contrary to their expectations. The believers in the first century church faced intense opposition, rejection and even violent persecution but they never allowed their situation to derail them from their focus on God. They kept up the profession of their faith even in the face of overwhelming odds against them.” Inspiring the congregation and viewers to stand firm in trials, she said, “Don’t give up – keep your solid front. In time of troubles, don’t give up; keep your solid front for it is written that trials cannot impair you but improve you.”
She concluded her message by emphasizing that we should never doubt our position as children of God: “Never doubt your salvation because of challenges, I mean your situation. Once you become a Christian, satan can never snatch you away from God. He will try but he will not succeed for the Lord has given an overcoming victory to every person who is born again.”
During the course of the service, many came forward to acknowledge God as their Healer, Saviour and Deliverer which inspired the faith of all who heard them. Here are some of them:
FIRST FEMALE SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE…
As a commissioner of police for years without promotion, Mrs Edang Priscilla was facing disappointment in her career as she regularly watched her male counterparts receiving promotion while she looked on, frustrated and depressed. Desperate, she looked to God and decided to journey to The SCOAN for divine intervention. She received the Anointing Water and was filled with hope and faith that her fortunes would change.
Surely, God was faithful and she was granted a double promotion and today is the first female Senior Superintendent of Police in her country of Cameroon.
She joyfully displayed the photographs before the congregation of the glorious day where she was promoted and given this large responsibility. She advised the viewers: “Trust in God – He reigns; He reigned in my situation and He will reign in your life, in Jesus’ name!’
Her husband, Pastor Wilson Ndzoke added to the testimony as he explained that a while ago, they decided to apply for a visa to travel to the USA. Before getting to the US Embassy, guided by God, he placed the Anointing Sticker on his forehead and prayed that the will of God be done. When called for the forward visa interview, the lady who conducted the interview and was known to be notorious for declining visas surprisingly gave them a one year visa for the USA, with no questions asked! His advice concerning the Anointing Water and Anointing Sticker was “Those who have it carry the anointing of God with them”.
ON MY BIRTHDAY, GOD GAVE ME MY SAMUEL!
Chief and Mrs Anthony Agalivie from Delta, Nigeria came to The SCOAN with their baby to thank God for breaking the yoke of 12 years of barrenness in their lives.
They came to The SCOAN – The Arena Of Liberty in May 2013, where Chief Anthony Agalivie was delivered from a spiritual wife and they also received the Anointing Water. Upon their return, her period was so heavy and she felt discouraged but her husband reassured her saying, “Don’t forget where you are coming from; the God of Prophet T.B. Joshua is cleansing you”. Together, they ministered the Anointing Water in Jesus’ name and met as husband and wife. Soon after, she had a dream in which she saw a little girl who introduced herself as an angel of God sent to deliver them. When she woke up, she knew that her testimony was on its way. The following month, she became pregnant and on her birthday, she was given the best gift – she gave birth safely to her son, Samuel!
Her husband, Chief Anthony Agalivie explained that prior to his deliverance from a spiritual wife, his life was messed up by the devil. Each night, a demonic woman would visit him and taunt him that he would never be a father. Determined to receive his freedom, they came to The SCOAN, and to the glory of God, he received his deliverance. After that they continued meditating on the Word of God, believing for the miracle child. After God answered their prayer, he explained that he felt butterflies in his stomach as he was so joyful to be a father – at last!
He said, “The rod of Moses in the hand of Prophet T.B. Joshua parted my red sea! Concerning the Anointing water, he said, “I drink it, I use it as my perfume. It is my daily companion”.
GRANTED CONTRACT FOR 1ST DIVISION CLUB THROUGH EMMANUEL TV!
Blessing Eleke received a powerful breakthrough praying along with Prophet T.B. Joshua on Emmanuel TV. As a talented professional football striker, he played fantastically well in Lagos but when he headed to Europe for a breakthrough in his career, he suddenly developed setback.
His football skills dwindled and his sponsors threatened to send him back to Nigeria as he was rejected from many European clubs.
When they told him they would give them one last try, his brother, also a footballer back in Lagos recommended Emmanuel TV to him, saying that he should watch it. He decided to watch and then touched the screen, while the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua was praying. After this prayer, everything changed and he was granted a three year contract from a first division club in Slovenia! Full of joy, he showed photographs of himself as part of the winning side of this Slovenian club. He advised people all over the world not to take the prophet’s words lightly but to connect with him and pray in faith.
MY SPERM COUNT RETURNED TO NORMAL THROUGH THE ANOINTING WATER!
Pastor Peter Osikhuemhe was diagnosed to have low sperm count and this news landed him in depression. Unable to become a father, he was always sad seeing his friends who married at the same time as him with their own children. Friends tried to persuade his wife to seek alternative solution by visiting herbalists but she refused, believing that one day, God would answer them.
A friend introduced Emmanuel TV to him and he installed it in his home. Upon watching, he and his wife were encouraged to see the testimonies of others in the same predicament. They decided to visit The SCOAN themselves and received the Anointing Water. They returned home, ministered it on themselves, prayed together and met as husband and wife. Indeed, that very same month, his wife conceived! Amazed at this miracle, he went back to the doctor and the same test was conducted on his sperm. The results confirmed his miracle as his sperm count had returned to normal! Their advice: “Believe in God – distance is not a barrier. Have faith in God – the God who did it for us will do it for you!
During the mass prayer, spiritual chains were broken as people prayed along with Prophet T.B. Joshua in these divinely inspired prayer points:
“I want to talk to your heart: You, heart, contact the Spirit of God. Faith is of man’s heart. Whatever barrier between your heart and the Spirit of God, begin to break it, in Jesus’ name. Whatever hindrance between your heart and the Spirit of Father, begin to break it, in Jesus’ name.”