Words are not enough to depict what a Sunday Service experience at The SCOAN is like. Lively, inspiring and uplifting all fall short of the full scale of the emotion, the exhilaration and the motivation of the great move of God on Sunday, 2 August, 2015. Worship brought the congregants into the court of the Most High God and opened the doors of their hearts for the Word of God.
In a message titled WHO YOU ARE, Evangelist Catherine gave the congregation food for thought from the Word of God: “When you open and read the Bible with devotion that is with love and reverence for it, you will discover who you were, who you are and who you shall be”. According to her, we are wonderfully made and can only discover our real worth when we walk with God: “Do you know that there is nobody and there will never be anybody quite like you? In Psalm 139:14 the Bible says you were fearfully and wonderfully made. But have you discovered your real value? When you do, a new power, a new goal, a new purpose in life will emerge. I mean, when you discover your roots in God everything becomes different. You’ll think differently, you’ll dream differently and I don’t just mean when you sleep, I mean your dreams and aspirations will change, you’ll have a sensitivity that you never had before”.
Speaking further, Evangelist Catherine observed that where we are does not matter as much as whom we are. In other words, it is our true character and not the environment we find ourselves in that makes us who we are: “Where are you? Are you in the palace enjoying all the mouth-watering rights and privileges of the king? Or are you in the pit with no light, no food, no phone, nothing? Are you in the warm arms of your father’s house, or are you in the cold arms of society? Are you in the beautiful field, or in the rough ground? Anywhere you are, it’s not where you are but who you are that counts. Who are you?”
Concluding, she urged Christians to strive to discover themselves in order to excel wherever they find themselves through Christ Jesus: “Even if you get to the best country in the world, or join the best church or group in the world or fall into the warmest arms in the world – if you have not discovered yourself, it will not last long because this is not Heaven”.
The following testimonies are meant to inspire your faith and unflinching belief in the power of God to do all things.
BE RELEASED TO WHERE YOU BELONG
“Where are you going tomorrow?” Mrs Akhiwu paused, perplexed. There was no prior dialogue that pointed to such a question. Why was the man of God asking such? “For an exam,” she hurriedly replied. “Don’t worry – you are going to pass.” Her heart skipped a beat. Did he know she had failed this exam on three consecutive occasions? What gave him such assurance to release such a statement? “Amen, sir,” was the only response Helen could muster.
For Mrs Helen Akhiwu, stagnancy marred her blossoming career as a paediatrician with repeated failure in examinations despite her academic excellence and studious preparation. One day, with Emmanuel TV on in her house, Prophet T.B. Joshua began to pray for viewers around the world. Rushing towards the screen, Helen began praying along with him, committing her career challenges into the hands of the Almighty. At that moment, Prophet T.B. Joshua prophesied a Heavenly declaration – “Be released to where you belong!” As she joined her faith with his, Mrs Akhiwu found herself sprawling on the floor, the power of God descending heavily within her house.
Upon seeing the dramatic encounter, her husband had a simple word of advice – get to The SCOAN immediately! Privileged to meet Prophet T.B. Joshua in his office, he told her directly that she would pass the exam – even though she never mentioned her past failures or plans to retake the exam to him.
Brimming with confidence the following day, Mrs Akhiwu set out for the exam venue undeterred by the rain that began to pour. As she stepped out, the rain stopped – only to restart the second she entered the venue. God was involved! “I could feel the difference in the atmosphere,” Helen reminisced, stating that everything about the oral examination exceeded her expectations.
Shortly after the exam had concluded, Helen was given the good news – not only had she passed the exam but was told her results were ‘exceptional’! “I am now a qualified Consultant Paediatrician and can be referred to by my new title, Dr Mrs Helen Akhiwu,” she ecstatically told The SCOAN congregation. Indeed, she was released to where she belonged in Christ Jesus!
ANOINTING WATER WASHES THE STENCH OF CANCER AWAY
A perfectly normal day in the life of Mrs Temitope Idowu Adetutu took a drastic turn for the worse as her right leg began to feel heavy. Shrugging it off as nothing, she continued with her morning activities. By afternoon however, the leg had began to swell alarmingly quickly and before long, she could not walk or move by herself but this was only the beginning. The huge swelling burst open into an ugly wound which continued to expand and spread until her entire calf had been engulfed in a ravaging ulcer.
Vividly recalling with tears the bitter experience of her affliction, she explained how she could not go to the bathroom by herself or take care of herself in regards to even the most menial tasks – eating, dressing, cooking and bathing, all of which she needed the assistance of her family to perform. She became dependent on a walking aid to move about and the problem even began to affect her urination. She could no longer go to the toilet normally but rather, all the fluid in her body began to leak out through the terrible ulcerous wound in her leg. The result was an unbearable stench that permeated any room in which she stayed.
When she came to The SCOAN, she was privileged to be on the prayer line and Prophet T.B. Joshua brought the Anointing Water to her and gave it to her, instructing her to minister it all over the affected leg. Immediately as she ministered the Anointing Water on her leg, her body began to shake and quiver rapidly. Suddenly, an expression came over her face as if a bucket of ice cold water had been poured over her, and she became calm. She rose to her feet and with a flurry, cast away her walking aid and began to walk by herself.
A few days later, she discovered that the damaged skin began to peel away and new healthy skin took its place. Now, she is completely healed and can do everything she was unable to do as a result of the problem, including wearing shoes. She has also regained a healthy appetite once again.
Strolling about and tapping hard at the now healed leg, Mrs Adetutu smiled as the congregation and viewers worldwide looked on in wonder at what the Lord Jesus Christ had done in her life through the Anointing Water. Mrs Adetutu challenged her audience, “If my problem of many years was over in just days, how long do you think it will take the Lord to solve your problem? Trust in the Lord and He will work it out.”
HOW I MARRIED A DEMON AT THE AGE OF 7
The clock struck midnight. The unholy hour had arrived. Rudely awoken, Ijeoma had no voice of her own to complain or condemn. At the tender age of seven, she was about to be a victim of forced marriage. Taken to a local river, the site of the dirty ‘ceremony’ about to unfold, a sense of foreboding was palpable. This was the beginning of the end. But where was the groom? Who would be so loathsome enough to take an innocent little girl as a wife? Dunked into the water, she was told to prepare for married life. The only snag in this wicked covenant? Her husband had no blood or flesh; he lived in the water.
Brought up in a home where idol-worship was the norm, Ijeoma Ebom was accustomed to their unusual antics. But when she was awoken at midnight, alongside all her other siblings, nothing could prepare the young girl for what was about to happen. A covenant in a river to a ‘spiritual husband’ signalled the start of a life driven by demonic attacks and spiritual bondage.
Ever since that initial ‘initiation’, Ijeoma began having strange encounter, oftentimes seeing herself having sexual encounters with snakes and witnessing strange apparitions in her bedroom at night. An early marriage did nothing to quell the strange forces at work; in fact, they only seemed to enrage them.
Her marriage was filled with sorrow and strife as the ‘spiritual husband’ reacted angrily to the intrusion of her physical spouse, using every spiritual weapon at its disposal to ensure the marriage split. But Mr Princewill flatly refused. Various spiritualists insisted he was the cause of her unnatural sickness, even going as far as accusing him of using Ijeoma for a money ritual. The duo could barely sleep in the same room, talk less of eating from the same table. All the maternal responsibilities that Ijeoma ordinarily should have taken up were thrust upon her husband and their four children barely knew their mother.
Princewill had only heard unsavory rumors about The SCOAN, convinced Prophet T.B. Joshua was using demonic powers and never mentioned the name of Jesus in his ministry. An ‘accidental’ discovery of Emmanuel TV changed that jaundiced impression and the man the couple once considered heretical suddenly became their source of inspiration in the home. Eventually resolving to seek God’s face at The SCOAN, Ijeoma received her deliverance last week on Sunday when the Morning Water was ministered to her. It was an emotional moment for the family as a tortuous journey spanning almost 40 years finally came to an end. Testifying, husband and children were unanimous – Ijeoma had completely changed! The family had been able to spend quality time together for the first time in decades, depression had been replaced by happiness and the once daily nocturnal attacks were a thing of the past! Thank You, Jesus Christ!
A tape was played of one of the man of God’s prophecies regarding the Malaysia 370 flight which went missing last year. In several prophecies given in the months of March and April 2014, Prophet T.B. Joshua revealed that debris from the missing airline would wash up on the shore of the ‘West Indian Ocean’, specifying that the item found would belong to the wing of the plane.
In confirmation, new evidence has come to light of a wing ‘flapperon’ along with dishevelled bags and luggages which could have washed ashore on the remote Reunion Island in the West Indian Ocean. It was confirmed by Boeing aircraft company that this wing indeed matched a 777 plane, the same that had gone missing in the MH370 incident. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVrrPu6bZm0
Similarly, another prophetic message was replayed, this time showing Prophet T.B. Joshua in April 2014 warning the nation of Turkey to prepare for an attack related to a neighbouring country already involved in war. In confirmation, a deadly attack by ISIS militants in Syria against Turkey spurred them to take a military stance against the insurgents and fully join the fight against them.
The continued mercy and grace of the Living God, ever with us, ever praying for us and ever watching over us is the reason for our thanksgiving. It is all about Jesus Christ and for those whose lives are centred in Him, better is not good enough; the best is yet to come.