Sunday 21st June 2015 was another wonderful time in God’s presence at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations, filled with inspirational testimonies, a thought-provoking message and a powerful demonstration of God’s power through the ministration of Morning Water.
After the congregation were led in praise and worship, Evangelist Chris gave a message titled, ‘My Heart Is Heaven’, calling for a period of self-examination.
“If really you are a citizen of Heaven, why do you behave like others when trouble comes when your trouble is not like others,” he questioned the congregation, stating that people of God are meant to handle their situations differently to the people of the world.
“There will be trouble but as a Christian, your heart cannot be troubled because your heart belongs to Jesus,” he said. As a Christian, your body may get sick but your heart cannot fall sick because your heart belongs to Jesus! As a Christian, there may be confusion around you but there can never be confusion within you because your heart belongs to Jesus!”
Using Colossians 3:1-11 as a proof text, he insisted that Christianity is a relationship, not a religion, measured not by outward church attendance or engaging in Christian services but rather in the purity of one’s heart.
“The great thing that God looks at and requires is the heart,” he emphasised. “If that be far from Him, it is not a reasonable service and therefore not an acceptable one. It is the sacrifice of fools. Hypocrisy, no matter how cleverly managed, cannot be hidden from Jesus. If you are merely pretending, Jesus knows.”
He went on, using some practical examples, to explain how answers to prayer will come only when our lifestyle begins to reflect the One we are praying to. “Communion with Christ springs from union with Christ. The Word dominating you is the Christ you are calling,” he said, adding that it’s not the noise we make but the life we live that brings the results to our petitions in God’s time and way.
He concluded by stating that as citizens of Heaven, nothing should separate Christians from the love of God. “An effort to separate us from the love of God with affliction strengthens our desire for God. An effort to separate us from the love of God by death sends us to our home because here, we are in the market. An effort to separate us from the love of God through blackmail and name-calling makes our name known all over the world for the purpose we are living for.”
After the message, there were several powerful testimonies of God’s power at work in the lives of His people, especially through the ministration of the Morning Water:
10 YEARS BARRENESS HEALED/FRUIT OF WOMB GRANTED THROUGH MORNING WATER MINISTRATION
For ten painful years, Mr and Mrs Japheth Uzochukwu (Nigerian couple based in Uganda) cried their lives out in search fruit of the womb. Before their marriage, all medical tests had shown that they all had clean bills of health. The whole joy that accompanied their marriage soon gave way to the reign of sorrow. Suddenly, the wife was diagnosed with fibroids while her husband was discovered to have low sperm count. The scenario was not funny as it affected the couple psychologically. Not even the endless visits to different hospitals and herbal homes could solve the problem.
The more medication he took, the worse his condition became. Mr Uzochukwu became seriously frustrated and dejected; he became paranoid and harboured suicidal thoughts. Death to him would be the best solution to his problems. The societal stigma attached to childlessness in Africa and the demeaning feeling associated with the inability to be man enough were issues he battled with even as people around made jest of their situation. Their marriage was on the brink of total collapse. At a time, Mr Uzochukwu dug a grave in his apartment asking to be buried there in the event of his death.
Realising that there was no other place to run to for solution and having been building their faith by keying into the manifestation of God’s power on the Emmanuel TV channel, Mr. Uzochukwu contacted his brother based in Nigeria and requested for the Morning Water. His brother in Nigeria wasted no time in sending the Morning Water to them through courier service. On getting the Morning Water, husband and wife ministered bit prayerfully and kept faith with God. Sooner than later, Mrs Uzochukwu fell ill. Her husband took her to the hospital only to be confronted with an incredible and miraculous reality. She was pregnant according to the doctor. While Mr. Uzochukwu was lost in joy and bewilderment, his wife took the news with a pinch of salt thinking it was a ploy between her husband and the doctor to make her happy. It was in the fifth month of the pregnancy that she accepted the reality that God had granted her fruit of the womb.
At last, a bouncing baby boy was born to the Uzochukwus to the glory of God’s name. In the midst of that miracle, God also blessed the couple with their own house. Thanking God before a moved congregation, the couple were urged to hold on to God in order to experience more of his grace upon their lives.
HEALED OF TOTAL KIDNEY FAILURE THROUGH MORNING WATER MINISTRATION
Mr Taylor Wodu’s case was hopeless according to the doctors. Even dialysis and transplant, they reckoned, would not help him. His kidneys were totally damaged. He was told he had barely two days to live. He was advised to write out his will. In the ensuing tears and dejection, his wife encouraged him and advised they came down to The SCOAN. Bed-ridden and unable to walk unaided, his son was sent down to Lagos to make arrangements for the visit to The SCOAN. On getting to Lagos and viewing The SCOAN building a refreshing cool breeze came upon him and energised him. He was able to walk to his hotel room unaided. By the time he received and ministered the Morning Water, strange things began to happen to him. His inability to eat soon gave way to a strong craving for food. His energy level improved drastically.
Feeling exceedingly better, he decided to visit his doctors for check-up. After carrying out three different tests on his blood samples, the doctors were shocked and wondered what had happened to him. From their finding, his totally damaged kidneys were replaced. They even thought he had gone to India for transplant. Mr Wodu told them that he only visited The SCOAN and ministered the Morning Water he received there. Thanking God for his healing, Mr and Mrs Wodu urged people to have concrete faith in God.
ACADEMIC BREAKTHROUGH/RECOGNITION THROUGH MORNING WATER MINISTRATION
Magistrate Mavis Kwainoe, an Emmanuel TV partner from Ghana, had received a scholarship to pursue a Master’s programme in International and Comparative Law at the George Washington University USA but needed additional funds to take care of her flight tickets, accommodation and upkeep since the scholarship was purely tuition-based. Believing God for a miracle, Prophet T.B. Joshua stepped in and provided the additional funding required for her to pursue her scholarship. The man of God also followed her progress and offered spiritual guidance at times when things went bad for her. On her part, she prayed regularly ministering the Morning Water and asking for God’s grace.
The scholarship provided her the opportunity to interact with legal luminaries from across the world and by the grace of God, she came out with an outstanding result. She was also awarded the Justice Thurgood Marshal Civil liberties Award for her dedication to the field of Civil Rights and Liberties. She becomes the first African to have received the award. Thanking God and acknowledging that it was not by her power, she advised people to call on God when they are weak by ministering the Morning Water in prayer.
KNEE INJURY HEALED/PROFESSIONAL CAREER PROGRESS THROUGH MORNING WATER MINISTRATION
Mr Asawga Rih-reh, a Cameroonian footballer had his professional career cut short by a nagging knee injury. As a left-footed player, the injury affected his left knee. He could no longer play. Both his club side and national team dropped him and life became difficult for him. He had to undergo surgery on two occasions, all to no avail. After trying all within his ability, he decided to come down to The SCOAN.
At The SCOAN, he received the Morning Water and went back to his country. He continued to minister the Morning Water in prayer and suddenly discovered that his knee has healed. The pains were no more. He was also able to get a new and better club in Portugal with better pay compared to his former club in Switzerland. He now scores goals regularly and enjoys beautiful moments on the pitch. Thanking God for his healing and restoration, he advised people, especially young players, to run towards God.