The Sunday service of April 12, 2015 was loaded with spiritual food for thought. The richness of the Word and its everlasting impact on the lives of Christians were echoed all through the service period. The excellent praise and worship songs that emanated from the choristers prepared the atmosphere for the congregants to absorb the spiritual nutrients dished out by the man of God for their edification.
Citing the injunction of Jesus to Christians in John 16:33 (“I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace, in this world you will have tribulations, But take heart, I have overcome the world.”), the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua admonished Christians on the need to realise the significance of their relationship with God. According to the man of God, troubles will always come but must not be allowed to separate us from our God. Hence, our reverence to God must be at all times not only in moments when we are blessed: “The Bible says, when everything seems not alright, bless Him, honour Him. He promises to honour those who honour Him. When certain things seem not alright with you, when you bless Him, He will bless you greatly… When you are sick, when the business is not going well or bad news comes and at that moment you bless Him, He promises to bless you greatly. If you are waiting to bless God when your trouble is over, you are not proving your son-ship. This is the challenge we are having. Some will say, “When I get the contract, I will give testimony”, meaning you are waiting for the contract before coming to give testimony.
Speaking further, Prophet T.B. Joshua reminded Christians that the essence of trials and tribulations is to strengthen their faith and not to destroy or punish them. “Your tribulation cannot stop you but rather improve you. Your sickness cannot impair you but improve you. Sometimes, our situation does not improve us financially but spiritually. What you derive from that situation is that your Christian life becomes stronger. When your business collapses, you are expecting the business to turn around, not knowing that it is your spiritual life that the Lord wants to strengthen”.
The man of God stated that in God’s communication with His children, He often uses foolish things to communicate. If God does not want you to go to work because of what will happen there, you may see snakes, pythons on the road. You will say, “I cannot go to work”. Snake is a foolish thing.
In conclusion, Prophet T.B. Joshua observed that a true Christian is known only by the dominance of God’s Word in his/her heart and not by the words he/she speaks: “We can know you are a Christian when the Word of God dominates your heart. No amount of Word that dominates our mouth can make us a Christian. It is when it is dominating our heart that it influences our conduct and character”.
During the service, people came forward to testify of God’s miraculous power in His life.
LIFTED FROM CAREER GRASS TO GRACE THROUGH MORNING WATER MINISTRATION
Mr. Olasegha Oluwole Festus, a native of Ondo State was troubled by the sad realization that his career appeared gloomy and inexplicably discouraging. As an accountant, it was unthinkable that he remained in one spot for almost ten years without any clear-cut prospect of promotion both in official and financial terms. The scenario did not augur well with him as he became emotionally disturbed. In his bid to seek God’s intervention, he visited The SCOAN where the man of God prayed for him and gave him the Morning Water.
On reaching home, Mr. Festus ministered the Morning Water in passionate prayer to God to set him free from the strangulating career stagnancy that was tormenting his life. Inspired by his huge faith in God, he also ministered the Morning Water on his credentials and looked forward to a miracle with great hope. Soon after he had ministered the Morning Water, he was invited for an interview by another organization. The interview invitation came as a huge relief to him because he had confessed to his wife that he intended to step into the year 2015 with a new job.
On the day of the interview, he prayed to God reminding Him of the wonderful works He has done in the lives of people and praising His capacity to intervene in his own very case. He attended the interview and waited expectantly for God’s favour. Two weeks after the interview, he was called to come for his employment letter. Even though he was employed as Higher Account Officer, he was promoted a few days after resumption to Senior Account Officer in the most dramatic of manners. How it happened remains mystery even to him. Thanking God at The SCOAN for wiping away his financial woes and restoring his career, Mr. Festus admonished the congregation to hold on to God, irrespective of the challenges they may face stressing that He will see them.
DELIVERED FROM THE SPIRITS OF ANGER AND INSATIABILITY
Mrs. Fezeka Florence Olafusi would beat her husband, break things and go wild whenever the spirit of uncontrollable anger came visiting her. Her unpleasant attitudes had seen her lose her job on several occasions and had made her unable to cope with marriage. Mr. Clement Olafusi, a native of Ondo state, Nigeria is her third husband. He had also had enough of her overbearing attitudes. Beyond her anger, Mrs. Florence Olafusi had other challenges that required divine intervention. She was insatiable in many ways. Whatever her husband did for her was not enough, no matter how well he tried to satisfy her.
Her life pattern suggested some spiritual burden that needed to be lifted. She had even visited many places in search of deliverance but all her efforts yielded no solution. Thus, a visit to The SCOAN became inevitable. As soon as she arrived at The SCOAN, her journey to redemption had begun. Seated in the auditorium in the midst of other worshippers, the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua, received some prophetic insights about her life and called her out. He prophesied to her that there were beads she usually wore which had affected her life rather negatively by making her insatiable in many ways. Confirming the prophecy of the man of God, she was instantly delivered. As soon as the man of God laid hands on her in Jesus’ name, she fell to the floor, vomiting blood and poisonous substances.
Testifying before the congregation, Mrs. Olafusi, thanked God for delivering her from her terrible attitudes. According to her, the husband tried his best to please her but still, she was not satisfied. The husband was the one taking care of the baby, doing the cooking and washing yet, all this was not enough. These resulted in marital problems. On a particular day, they both engaged in a fight and she gave the husband a severe beating. However, when the husband hit her once, she reported him to the police and he was put in detention. He was about to be sentenced to five years in prison when she was pacified by the pastor of her church to withdraw the case. She also confirmed that the beads which the man of God spoke about were actually given to her by the woman who brought her up. Her husband, Mr Olafusi also confirmed the prophecy. He said before his wife’ deliverance at The SCOAN, he had wondered why she was never satisfied all through the two years they had been married. He told of how the wife was controlling his life. He had done his best to please her in all areas all to no avail. He became so frustrated that he went back to the life of drinking alcohol which he had dropped earlier. This progressed to the point where he got drunk on a daily basis just because of the problems in his marriage. He also narrated the incident that led him to police custody as earlier spoken by the wife, until the pastor of their church came to bail him out. Today, he is testifying of the tremendous changes in her since she received the prophetic message and deliverance in Jesus’ name. Now, she relates with him in a respectful manner. For Mrs. Olafusi, she remains grateful to God for giving her a new lease of life and has urged the congregation to depend on God in all their life battles.
YOKE OF ABJECT POVERTY LIFTED THROUGH MORNING WATER MINISTRATION
Mrs. Daria Makaramba, a Tanzanian national was battling to free her life from the shackles of abject poverty. As a fashion designer, she had registered her company since 2006 but could not make much progress business wise. She had only two sewing machines and was operating at the corridor of her home. The discouraging nature of things instigated her decision to travel down to Nigeria in search of spiritual revival at The SCOAN.
Just like many other earnest seekers of God’s favour, she arrived at The SCOAN where she was given the Anointing Water. Back home in Tanzania, Mrs. Makaramba continued to minister the Anointing Water, praying fervently to God to turn her situation around. As her prayers and the ministration of the Morning Water intensified, things began to take a promising shape. Her financial life was revived and her fashion designing business boomed. She purchased ten industrial sewing machines, employed fifteen workers and rented a premise of about 400 square meters.
Customers started chasing her confessing that they had never seen her before. It was obvious to her that some spiritual veil had concealed her glory. Business began to boom and she soon became financially independent. She is now the designer for ministers, companies, members of parliament and other public figures. She even has a VIP lounge in her office. She has participated in national and international trade fairs and fashion exhibitions and her designs have gained great reputation in Tanzania. She was also awarded with different certificates of The Highest Standard of Display and Best Displayer. She owns two cars and can now pay her children’s school fees. To God be the glory! She encouraged the congregation thus: “When God is involved in your matter, nothing else matters”.
CAREER TURN-AROUND/JOB RESTORATION THROUGH MORNING WATER MINISTRATION
For four years Mr. Anthony Danjuma experienced untold hardship as a result of joblessness. For a father who has mouths to feed at home, it was not the best of experiences. All efforts to secure another job proved futile. He had written series of applications to various organizations without response. Somehow, he managed to carry on with his life hoping that things would take a positive turn. In the thick and thin of his trials, he had encountered Emmanuel TV in a friend’s house. Having watched the awe-inspiring miracles televised via the channel, he decided to install the decoder in his own house. He continued to watch and as his faith grew he decided to take a step and come down to The SCOAN.
At The SCOAN, he received the Morning Water and returned to his base in Kaduna state. Once home, he brought out all his credentials and ministered the Morning Water on them asking God to connect him to a good job. Afterwards, he received an advert on his phone about a job offer and applied asking God to be with the application. Some time later, he was invited for an interview by the organization.
On the day of the interview, he prayed fervently and ministered the Morning Water before leaving home. At the interview venue while it was about time for him to be called in, he quickly dashed to the restroom and once again ministered the Morning Water asking God to show him favour. As soon as he stepped into the interview room, he noticed that the entire panel received him very well. The interview lasted for fifteen minutes after which he left for home. He later received a call from the organization inviting him to a second interview where the few shortlisted candidates were expected to see the chairman and directors of the company in order for them to determine the best candidate.
At the interview venue, when it was approaching time for him to be ushered in to see the chairman, he again dashed to the restroom and ministered the Morning Water telling God to make him successful. To his surprise, upon entering the chairman’s office, he looked at him and told him that he preferred him for the job despite the fact that two others were still waiting outside for the interview. This declaration by the chairman confused the directors and other members of the panel who quickly alerted the chairman that two more people were still waiting outside for the same interview. The chairman insisted that he wanted Mr Danjuma for the job and his appointment letter should be prepared immediately. Today, he is the head of Clearing and Forwarding in an International Shipping Company.
Testifying to God’s intervention in his case, he urged the congregation to put their trust in God.
TALENT/CAREER DISCOVERED… FRUIT OF THE WOMB GRANTED THROUGH PRAYER VIA EMMANUEL TV
Mr. Happy Mandala had left his native Malawi to South Africa in search of greener pastures but life abroad became almost hellish. With a wife and daughter to take care of, he had no option but to depend on the goodwill of friends. Somewhere along the line, he got a job as a professional welder. The joy that came with that job soon vanished after he was sacked. Life returned to its bad side once again. After a while, a new and interesting job surfaced for him and his wife with provision for their transportation. They had hardly settled down before the job hit the brick wall. This time, certain provisions like transportation were being withdrawn gradually until he was told that his services were no longer needed. The young man wondered why his life’s happiness was being threatened by the vicious circle of setbacks at the brink of breakthrough.
It was in the centre of his life’s storm that he had a dream in which the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua appeared to him and instructed him to try another thing with his hands. After that encounter, he remembered his father’s love for Emmanuel TV and decided to install the decoder in his own house. As a measure of his faith and enthusiasm to prosper, he began to join the man of God in prayer via the Emmanuel TV channel claiming the prophetic declaration of “Let there be light in your career”. He then noticed that the idea of painting was taking deep roots in his heart but wondered how he could make a living with painting which he trivialized.
Within a short while, he was offered a painting contract from which he got the money he used to buy his first car. After some months, he was able to acquire two more cars. Within the few months of his painting career, he has achieved what he could not achieve financially, spiritually and materially for over five years as a professional welder. He has also confessed that a family jinx has been broken through his transformation. According to him, he became the first person from his family to travel by air and has vowed that his own children will follow the trend. Praising God for his transformation, he also testified to the miracle God wrought in the life of a friend who stood by him during his struggles. His friend and the wife, though comfortable, were battling with the problem of barrenness for some years until he introduced them to Emmanuel TV through which they prayed with the man of God for the fruit of the womb. Afterwards, the couple met as husband and wife and she became pregnant. To God be the glory, after nine months she delivered a bouncing baby boy. Sharing his testimony at The SCOAN with humorous enthusiasm, Mr. Mandala advised the congregation, especially the youths, to embrace Jesus.
FROM FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY TO BUSINESS PROSPERITY THROUGH MORNING WATER MINISTRATION
For Mrs. Michelle Mbilizi, a Malawian national, it was double tragedy. While she was battling with financial problems and imminent business failure, her husband was unemployed and could not provide for the family. A woman who once boasted of an array of shops was only able to have one functioning. It dawned on her that something urgent had to be done. The decision to visit The SCOAN was inspired by her belief in the wonderful works God is doing through his servant, Prophet T.B. Joshua.
The visit to The SCOAN was interesting especially because the couple received the Morning Water. When she returned to her country, she ministered the Morning Water and things began to change. Her car hire business which had been lying inert began to boom. A big company hired four of her cars on a contractual basis for one year. As things continued to look up, she embarked on the construction of a lodge in Lilongwe. She also acquired 2.1 acres of land to build a hotel by the beach side.
As she continued to minister the Morning Water, she was able to establish an exclusive furniture shop measuring about 400 meters. In confirmation of God’s favour upon her through the Morning Water medium, she submitted a tender and applied for a government contract. Before submitting the documents, she had ministered the Morning Water on them. To her greatest joy, she was awarded the huge contract that she applied for. Soon after, she was awarded with two more contracts. Mrs. Mbilizi was also awarded 150 square meters shop space in an internationally recognised mall and in addition she was allowed to choose her preferred spot for another furniture shop within the mall.
Now, she has her boutique and also a furniture shop at a prime location in an International Mall. Her boutique is one of the biggest in the mall. Her husband who was also jobless is now the Deputy High Commissioner of Malawi to India after ministering the Anointing Water, in Jesus’ name.
She advised the congregation to get the Morning Water so as to witness the wonder-working power of God in their lives.
During the Sunday Service we also witnessed miracles of healings, deliverances and prophesies in the lives of people from all walks of life and the name of Jesus Christ was indeed glorified.