The glory of God was well felt as it lit up the entire atmosphere with worshippers beaming with joyous smiles – a reflection that their prayers have surely received generous answers from Heaven. The choristers in their usual vibrancy dished out musical menus aimed at opening up the heart of God’s children to the reality of His presence in their midst. At The SCOAN Sunday service of May 17, 2015, the prophetic as well as the creative power of the Word came to the fore.
Wise Man Christopher, reminiscing the essence of the Word in creation called on Christians to make haste in returning to their source – God, their Creator and the Holy Bible. According to him, it is only when we fully realise that all we have come from Him that our supplies will continue: “When you consider deeply the events that took place at the creation of the world, you would find out that your life, your possessions and everything you can see, feel or touch, came from God who is unseen. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. God’s Word, a Spirit creates the material things… Ask the Provider of your possessions, the things you can see, feel or touch and he will tell you that for you to enjoy a steady supply of your these things, you need to get back to the Source”.
According to Wise Man Christopher’s illustration, getting back to our Source is a process that requires our very commitment because without commitment, there cannot be trust. Therefore, we must strive to build a relationship with our Source in order to be able to run back to Him when the need arises as exemplified by the prodigal son who, in spite of his shortcomings, returned to his compassionate father who received him with love and honour: “…you will agree with me that the prodigal son had a relationship and fellowship with his father before that fellowship was broken through his sins. When he lost a steady supply of everything he had received from his father, he saw the need to get back to his compassionate father. We all have a relationship with our Father in Heaven and that is why we are Christians. The main thing about Christianity is not the works we do but the relationship we maintain and the atmosphere produced by that relationship”.
In furtherance of our relationship with God, we need to create the enabling atmosphere in our hearts. According to Wise Man Christopher, when our hearts are filled with holy thoughts and godly meditations, we create the enabling atmosphere for God to thrive there. But when our hearts become a haven for evil thoughts and sinful considerations, we are building a barrier between God and us: “Remember that the kind of atmosphere produced in your heart matters because your heart is the dwelling place, the communication or the contact point for the Holy Spirit as well as for satan. Your heart is either Heaven or hell. A good atmosphere produces not only a good but also a great relationship. On the contrary, a bad atmosphere produces a dwelling place for satan. When you regard sin or have sympathy for sin in your heart, you are creating a conducive atmosphere for evil spirit to dwell in”.
However, no matter how terrible our sins are before God, He will always accept us back when we repent sincerely and decide to follow His ways with commitment. Wise Man Christopher observed that the reason God gave up His only begotten Son was to redeem us from sin and destruction. In other words, there is still a second chance for the repented soul who is ready to forsake his sinful ways: “If a sinner hears the Gospel of Jesus Christ and repents of his sins, Jesus Christ will save Him. For the design of the Gospel is to break the yoke of sin and satan, and thus remove the burden of guilt and corruption. God so loved the world that He planted His best Seed in the earth so that His peace might abide with men forever. The Seed gave Himself up as a living sacrifice for our sake – to heal the broken hearted, give the captives freedom, comfort those who mourn, release the prisoners and defeat their enemies as in John 10:15 and Isaiah 61:1-3 respectively”.
Concluding, Wise Man Christopher urged Christians to return to God and His Word as enshrined in the Holy Bible. He further said: “I want you to know that everything in the absolute of science and technology is falling apart – we simply must return to God and the Holy Bible. God is Spirit and those who will have an encounter with Him must do so in Spirit and in truth. If it is not in Spirit, it is not in truth and so it is all nothing. We are not made spiritual by theorem or philosophy about the Word; we are only made spiritual by living in the Word and by the Word living in us”.
There is nothing our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ cannot do; He is the solution to all fundamental issues of life. The following testimonies are a proof of His unending love and power meant for our redemption:
ELECTORAL VICTORY THROUGH MORNING WATER MINISTRATION
Mr. Friday Okpechi, a native of Cross River, was a novice in politics and even described himself as “a nobody”. Yet, the almighty God found him worthy of elevation. He had entered into the local politics of his state, vying for a seat in the state house of assembly to represent one of the constituencies. Even though he was not popular and had never held any elective position within the state, his ministration of the Morning Water in faith gave him great assurances that he would come out victorious.
During the primaries, he had the Morning Water in his pocket and continued to minister it, asking for divine favour. To the glory of God, he was selected to represent his constituency at the general elections. When the time for the general elections finally came, he discovered that he was contesting against a very prominent politician who had held several elective positions in the past and who was then a serving member of the state house of assembly. In spite of all the money, fame and connections at the disposal of his opponent, Mr. Friday had a strong conviction that he was going to be victorious.
On the day of the general elections, he had observed his morning prayers, ministering the Morning Water and asking for God’s guidance. After the prayers, he went to cast his vote and returned home. Soon after, news started trickling in about his victory. His agent and other well-wishers kept him abreast of favourable developments about the elections. Eventually, he was declared winner of the election and the candidate to represent Obubra I constituency in the state house of assembly. Praising God for lifting him from “nobody” to “somebody” in society, Mr. Friday advised people to call on God whenever they need anything because all things belong to Him.
BANK JOB RESTORED THROUGH MORNING WATER MEDIUM
She was advised by her employer, one of the Nigerian banks to resign her employment for reasons that have remained hazy till date. Psychologically devastated and eager to get another job, Mrs. Edna was not happy with the turn of things. Her husband encouraged her to get the Morning Water. She got the Morning Water and ministered it on her CV and credentials which she submitted to different banks praying to God to grant her favour. Four days later, she received an SMS inviting her for interview.
She successfully scaled through the first, second and third interviews and was eventually given an employment letter, to the glory of God. Describing her case as a miracle, she said it was very rare for a banker who had been asked to resign to secure another job within a short space of time. According to her, some of her friends who had similar experiences are still out of job even after 7 years. She thanked God for working out an unlikely miracle in her life through the Morning Water medium.
HEALED OF HYPERTENSIVE HEART DISEASE AT PRAYER LINE
Mrs. Margaret Ariwodo, a native of Abia state, Nigeria had barely spent two days of her return to the country from the United Sates when she suddenly fell ill. After several tests, she was diagnosed with a condition known as hypertensive heart disease. She could not walk well as her legs were swollen.
Mrs. Ariwodo decided to visit The SCOAN. At the Healing Service Prayer Line, just a touch from Prophet T.B. Joshua in Jesus’ name and her condition changed radically for the better. Suddenly, all the debilitating symptoms and pains on her body disappeared. She started jumping in jubilation, thanking the Jesus Christ for her healing. Testifying before the congregation, Mrs. Ariwodo said she was free from all those things that prevented her from walking well. She also testified to God’s restoration of her lost luggage after she had ministered the Morning Water on it.
MULTIPLE ENTRY US VISA GRANTED THROUGH MORNING WATER MINISTRATION
Even though some of her family members reside in the United States, she could not secure the US visa. She had also been duped by fraudsters in the guise of helping her to secure the US visa. However, Mrs. Janet Chiawueze, an African foods and clothing exporter from Nigeria would not give up her hope of travelling to the States.
Mrs. Chiawueze had discovered that a strange man-like shadow would always come around her whenever she was about experiencing a breakthrough. She also had dreams about masquerades chasing her about. It was apparent she needed God’s direction and guidance to succeed in her quest for a visa to the US. In spite of all the disappointments concerning her travelling prospects, she kept faith and decided to come to The SCOAN from where she began to cherish more the principles of love and forgiveness. Even her husband asked her to forgive those who duped her in the process of securing the US visa. She accepted his advise and looked ahead with hope.
At The SCOAN, she received the Morning Water which she ministered in Jesus’ name and doors started opening for her. First, she participated in a convention, through the help of a friend and after that received a letter of invitation for interview at the US embassy. Before heading to the embassy for the interview, she ministered the Morning Water asking God to favour her. In spite of the huge crowd she met at the embassy and notwithstanding the disappointing outcome of other visa seekers’ interviews, she kept praying and asking for divine favour. When it got to her turn for the interview, the man who interviewed her sounded more like a brother and even asked her why her husband and child were not with her. According to her, he said he would have loved to grant them visas too. After the very friendly interview, she was offered a 2-year multiple entry visa to the United States. Thanking God for granting her heart’s desire through the Morning Water medium, she urged people to wait on God’s time while trusting Him for their breakthrough.
LEG ULCER HEALED THROUGH MORNING WATER MINISTRATION.
For two years, Mr. David West, from Rivers state suffered from an incapacitating leg ulcer that kept spreading and producing puss. He could not put on his shoes and kept away from people because of the offensive and irritating odour and sight of the ulcer. Some people even insinuated that he would have his leg amputated as a result of the ailment. All attempts to get help from different hospitals proved abortive. All the over one hundred injections that pierced through his veins had no answer to his condition.
But a visit to The SCOAN brought his sad story to a glorious end. Having received and ministered the Morning Water in Jesus’ name, Mr. West discovered that the smelly and irritating leg ulcer got healed with the wound dried up totally According to him, for the very first time in two years, he was able to wear his shoes. Thanking God for the miraculous healing of his ailing leg, he advised people to have faith in God no matter the circumstance.
DISTANCE IS NOT A BARRIER
The Mexico Crusade was a huge success. The mighty hand of God pulled down strongholds and set captives free, bringing salvation and redemption to the lost sheep through the precious name of Jesus Christ. While clips the Mass Prayer of Day 2 of the Mexico crusade were being relayed during The SCOAN Sunday service, the power of God manifested within the congregation as many worshippers felt the touch of the Holy Spirit. The Mass Prayer which was led by the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua had ripple effects within the church auditorium as the worshippers were delivered from different afflictions in confirmation of the fact that distance is indeed not a barrier for the move of the Holy Spirit.
MINISTRATION OF THE MORNING WATER IN JESUS’ NAME
God can use any medium to express Himself in the lives of people. Through the ministration of the Morning Water, the congregants experienced the power of God as chains of sickness, disease and afflictions were broken in Jesus’ name.