The SCOAN Sunday service of April 26, 2015 witnessed as usual, the untamed expression of divine love, favour and power in the Word. Excited and spurred on by their faith, the congregants cherished every moment in profound praise and worship joining the choristers in their soul-lifting renditions that enjoyed instrumental harmony. The lyrical content of every song delivered captured the depth and power in the Word of God upon which the entire congregation based their faith in expectation of a windfall of blessings.
Prepared to further boost their faith with the Word, its essence and dynamics, the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua illuminated the concept of resurrection and how it elevates the true Christian to enviable heights in the salvation and redemption of his/her life: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1).
The man of God spoke of the need to embrace the Word of God and act upon it. He stated: “Faith is of man’s heart, man’s spirit. Your spirit can only be renewed by studying and acting upon the Word of Christ. You may read the Bible for so many years; if you do not act it, you are not a doer and the mind is not renewed. Many bible students are deceiving themselves saying that they are studying the Bible, because they are not acting, living and doing the Word. The Word is God speaking to you. God and His Word are one. The Word of God is always now”.
Our relationship with God, the man of God posited, has to be in the now at all times. “Because your relationship with God is not now, that is why you are facing ups and downs in life. The Word is always now – I receive now, I confess now, I believe now, I act now. If Daniel’s relationship with God was not now, the lion would have consumed him. If Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s relationship with God was not now, they would have been consumed. If David’s relationship with God was not now, history would have taken over him. The Word of God I am talking about is not in the book, not in the written pages but on the lips of believers”.
Admonishing Christians to desist from the vain act of focusing their attention on transitory challenges, Prophet T.B Joshua urged them to focus on God. He also advised them to realise that there is no crown without a cross. In other words, there must be challenges to be faced before breakthrough: “People are always conscious of their problems not God. If you now begin to be conscious of God, you can never be conscious of your problem. Your problem and satan go together. They are synonymous. Indirectly you are confessing satan when you are conscious of your problem and this nullifies your confession of God. Achiever needs to pass through the valley of the shadow of death before he can be an achiever”.
Concluding, the man of God provided the roadmap through which Christians can attain victory through the Word in Christ Jesus: “The battle starts from your heart. If you don’t start that battle from your heart, when trouble comes and you begin to fight that battle, you can’t win that battle. If you can fight it from your heart, you will overcome”.
Every testimony at The SCOAN is a proof of the power in the Word of God. When the man of God binds demons or prophesies breakthrough, he puts the Word of God into action through the precious name of Jesus Christ which knows no bounds. Even distance is not a barrier. The following testimonies reveal how Jesus Christ’s power brought onto the scene led to ground-breaking miracles in the lives of the people.
DELIVERED FROM YEARS OF TORMENT FROM SPIRIT OF LUST THOUGH PROPHECY
Mr Boukari from Republic of Benin had been under the yoke of sexual pervasion and lust right from his childhood. His case was so pathetic that at the age of 18, he impregnated three different girls in the same month. Troubled by the problems his reckless sexual attitude was causing, he had been to so many places in search of a solution but without success.
When he travelled to Libya, instead of coming back with good news and greater prospects, he came back like a villain having impregnated a woman who bore him two children. He eventually abandoned the woman and her two kids and returned to his native Benin. Back home in Benin, he met another woman whom he impregnated and abandoned soon after she had given birth to the child. His unbecoming sexual attitude continued to ravage his life like a wild fire. It was difficult for any woman to resist or turn down his advances. His desperate desire for a solution to his problem brought him to The SCOAN.
Dressed in uniform attire with a lady who sat beside him in the church auditorium, Mr Boukari was shell-shocked when the man of God beckoned on him and the lady to step out. At that juncture, the story took a new twist. God had revealed to the man of God that the couple were not legally married but only met in a hotel. Hearing that prophesy, the couple knew that they really needed some spiritual help. Both came out in confirmation of the words of prophecy. Narrating how they had met in a hotel and fallen in “love” at first sight, Miss Catherine recalled how she had declined Mr Boukari’s attempt to give her a ring insisting that she needed the consent of her parents before that could be done. Mr Amio had actually proposed marriage to her but she preferred to carry her parents along.
Confirming the prophecy of the man of God to be true, the couple confessed that their lives had taken new fashions after receiving prayers. While Mr Boukari testified to the disappearance of his sexual pervasion and the newness of his life, Miss Catherine also confirmed that her immoral life had since been taken over by a new life full of peace and happiness. In fact, she even confessed that she no longer felt anything for Mr Boukari, the same man she could not resist that fateful day when they first met.
HOW JESUS DELIVERED ME FROM THE SPIRIT OF MAN!!!
Mr Tedus, a Nigerian businessman residing in Cameroon was doing his normal business and leading a normal life until he embarked on an excursion trip to Asia. Done in Asia, the airline conveying him back made a long transit that saw him and other passengers accommodated in an African country for the period of that transit. While in his hotel, he had made new male friends and had decided to enjoy the moment to the brim. He had gone swimming to ease off some stress but that singular act was to become his greatest undoing. That night, he had seen himself swimming in his dream in that very swimming pool where he had swum earlier that day. Waking in a cold sweat, he felt a strange presence. An unusual affection for men began developing within him. Inexplicably deciding to break up with his fiancé, he soon nursed his lust for men by downloading gay pornography on the internet. This eventually rippled into several strange relationships as affection for his fellow men took over his faculties. His work as a translator in a popular church merely a disguise for his nocturnal misadventures, Tedus considered being gay as ‘normal’, not realising a spirit was behind his sudden change in affection.
His pastor in Cameroon beckoned on him one day and insisted that he travel to The SCOAN in Nigeria for deliverance. Arriving at The SCOAN in January 2014, the young man received a powerful deliverance. The demonic spirit confessed it was behind his problem, giving him ‘passion’ for his fellow men. Today, the story of Tedus has radically changed as the affection for men disappeared as quickly as it came. Tedus explained he now has a zeal to pray and read the Bible, choosing to no longer engage in the carefree, partying lifestyle that led him to trouble in the first place. To cap off the remarkable transformation, Tedus did not come to The SCOAN alone! Accompanied by a young lady he introduced as Jessy, the beaming young man told the congregation that this was the lady he planned to marry, adding that he had come to seek God’s opinion before going ahead with nuptials. His advice was simple. “If you are living such a life, you must understand that it’s not normal. There is a spirit behind such acts. Deliverance is the answer!”
Let us remind you what Prophet T.B. Joshua said concerning this issue in response to a question on Facebook: “Judge not, so that you will not be judged (Matthew 7:1). We should talk to people to be saved and not to die. I mean, we should talk salvation, not condemnation. God hates sin, not sinners. When I say, ‘Do not judge so that you will not be judged’, I mean we should hate sin, not the sinner because sinners can change. If you have killed a sinner by judging him, there will be no opportunity for change. Sinners can be delivered. We should hate the act, not the people because our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the ‘spirit beings’ that cause all these acts.
The Bible is my standard. If my parents were one, I would not have been given birth to. Those that are asking this question – if your parents were one, you would not have been given birth to. You that are reading me – if your parents were one, you would not be reading this today. God bless the reader and the hearer.”
HEALED OF INABILITY TO WALK THROUGH ANOINTING WATER MINISTRATION AND PRAYER
Having served Nigeria as a federal Minister on two occasions, Hon. Salome Audu Jankada (OON) from Taraba State was made to realise that spiritual attacks are no respecters of status and opulence.
Seated in her house one fateful day, she had felt a sensation like a pin prick at the back of her foot only to discover that the foot had swollen the next day.
She felt great pain as her entire body burned like fire. She could no longer walk and had to be lifted by her husband who is a medical doctor. Rather than depend on the medical training of her husband, she asked him to take her to The SCOAN. She declared she was not going to die even though she had witnessed two deaths from similar circumstances.
Inspired by a strong faith that she would be healed at The SCOAN, her husband made the necessary arrangements for their journey to Lagos even though there was no service at The SCOAN on that day. At the airport, she was wheeled into the aircraft as the journey to Lagos began. On arriving at The SCOAN, she could not see the man of God but received the Anointing Water and the Anointing Sticker with which she and her husband gladly returned home. They ministered the Anointing Water in Jesus’ name and today, she is completely healed.
Demonstrating her fitness and ability to do those things she could not do before, she thanked God for her healing and advised the people all over the world to stick with the will of God in whatever they did.
BULLET PROOF WINDSHIELD
Suddenly, two armed robbers jumped out from a nearby bush, shouted “Stop!” before they started firing bullets directly at him in order to take his life, but little did they know the dash of his car was equipped with divine protection – Mr Louis had placed two Anointing Stickers by faith on the dash of his car. Amazingly, by the power of God in those Anointing Stickers, the bullets were unable to penetrate the windshield and his life was spared.
HEALTH AND JOB RESTORED THROUGH ANOINTING WATER MEDIUM
For Mrs Rita Bridget Hunter, a fashion designer and Canadian citizen of Ghanaian descent, life was miserable for twelve long years after she had lost her job following an industrial accident in which her hands became numb while she suffered from severe backache. Her husband was left to carry the burden of ensuring that she was okay. Having been to many places in search of solution without any positive result, she was introduced to The SCOAN by a pastor.
She eventually visited The SCOAN and received the Anointing Water. Back in Canada, she started ministering the Anointing Water in Jesus’ name and soon began making unique designs, a proof that her numb hands and backache were things of the past.
She went back to school and she excelled in her diploma examination scoring thirty over thirty. Displaying photos of the beautiful and wonderful designs she has done after she received her healing, she advised people to keep watching Emmanuel TV, stressing that Jesus is the answer to all their problems.
DELIVERED FROM THE ONSLAUGHT OF ROBBERS THROUGH THE ANOINTING WATER/ ANOINTING STICKER MEDIUMS
Mr Richard Prah from Ghana found his life on the trenches of suicide after he had lost everything to robbers. Earlier in 2010, they had robbed him of silver and gold jewelleries only to come back for the kill in 2012; this time, a whopping $60, 000 worth of jewelleries were carted away from his shop. He soon realised that there was a trend of evil always threatening his progress after every two years. While trying to come to terms with the huge loss and how to settle people whose jewelleries had been stolen in the robbery, his landlord asked him to vacate his apartment even when it was apparent his rent was not yet due.
Psychologically troubled by the sad realities around him, he would think of suicide and would sometimes find himself sleeping on the steering while driving. On some occasions, he would find himself drive into a bush, coming out of the car and walking around aimlessly. It was obvious that the problems of life were taking a huge toll on his psyche. He got himself involved in many unwholesome things in search of a solution. One night, he dreamt that his mother brought him to The SCOAN where the man of God laid hands on him at the Prayer Line.
Later on, he visited The SCOAN and was placed on the Prayer Line and the same way the man of God laid hands on him in that dream was the same way it happened on that day. According to him, as soon as the man of God touched his head, he heard a loud explosion. He got the Anointing Water and Sticker which he took back to his home in Ghana. He ministered the Anointing Water and placed the Anointing Stickers throughout his shop. He noticed that things began to change in his life. He was able to clear all his debts.
Two years later, the armed robbers who had been tormenting his life came back again but could not enter his shop because of the powerful anointing in the Anointing Water and Anointing Stickers he had placed in his shop. Thanking God for transforming his life through the Anointing Water and Anointing Sticker mediums, Mr Richard advised the congregation to seek God’s protection at all times.
During the service, many received prophetic messages from the man of God and the yoke of limitation, failure, sickness and affliction was broken just as those that were also placed on the prayer line received their breakthrough in Jesus’ name.