Digesting the food for thought backed up by scriptural examples in Evangelist Frank’s message, the congregation prepared themselves for a new and better kind of warfare. They realised that it was vanity fighting their fellow humans along tribal and racial lines and therefore forged a united front to confront the common enemy – satan! By the energetic and passionate natures of their prayers as well as the choir’s unrelenting zeal to reel out marshal songs against the kingdom of darkness, it was apparent that they could not afford to fight the wrong battle. On Sunday December 6, 2015, The SCOAN service witnessed continued victory of the kingdom of light over the kingdom of darkness, as those held in captivities were set free in the name of Jesus Christ. The victorious congregants had earlier received inspiring words from
Evangelist Frank in his message tiled DON’T FIGHT THE WRONG BATTLE. He had admonished: “People of God, let me tell you something. You might be able to outsmart some people, you might be nice with your hands and quick on your toes but you do not have enough physical or mental strength to stop satan. You, by yourself, cannot stand against the clever attack of satan. You can only stop satan by the strength of the Lord. You can only stop satan to the degree that you are protected with the whole armour of God. Listen, as long as you recognize the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, then satan has nothing on you”.
EMMANUEL TV SENDS POVERTY PACKING
For Chrissy Banda life unleashed its harsh realities on her at the tender age of 16 after she had lost both of her parents and was left with the herculean task of seeing her younger siblings through school. Determined, she started work and ensured that her siblings’ upkeep and school fees were paid as at when due. The Malawian national would soon be faced with another challenge that tended to discourage her from keeping her positive mental attitude. As a research nurse, promotion seemed to elude her forever. For eight years, she was on the same level and was almost made to feel less important. While she faced this challenge, things began to get worse at home as her meagre income could not take care of all the responsibilities left behind by her late parents.
But after praying with the man of God via Emmanuel TV, the dawn of a new and prosperous era soon came. She would later dream of the man of God praying for her while she manifested. When she woke up from sleep, she felt light and had the premonition of coming joy. Soon after that dream, she got promotion from her work place and is now a National Research Co-ordinator. She has travelled to different countries and has acquired three vehicles. She is also building her own house to the glory of God. All but one of her siblings have since graduated from the university and are now working while the youngest is on the verge of completing his university education. Ms Banda, grateful to God for His loving-kindness, advised people all over the world to always run to God as He never rejects anyone, irrespective of the level of the person’s problems.
HOW T.B. JOSHUA’S BOOK STOPPED ME SMOKING!!
Mr Oluwole Blaise started smoking cigarette from his secondary school days. That fact that his secondary school was located in a university campus gave him the impetus to feel high and larger than life. Initially, he experimented with three sticks per day but later graduated to one packet daily. He eventually developed a horrible dependence on the substance and could not do anything without smoking. He also spent a fortune on perfumes as he thought their fragrances would neutralise the offensive odour of cigarettes. The young Lagosian could not give up on the bad habit even when he became an usher with his local church. Several prayer and fasting programmes organised by his pastor could not yield any permanent result. His inability to conquer the yoke soon became a burden on him. Considering the economic and health implications of his smoking, he pondered on a way out.
Luckily in 2013, a friend with whom he was planning to travel soon changed the story of his battle with cigarette smoking. Stumbling on The Mirror (a book written by Prophet T.B. Joshua) from his friend’s bag, he had prayed to God, using some of the prayer points in the book alongside some bible scriptures to ask for help concerning his smoking problem. Whilst reading, he felt a heavy burden lift from his shoulders and a cool sensation within him. From that point forward, the yoke of smoking was broken forever! Even when he tried to light a stick the night after first reading The Mirror, he collapsed and fainted. Since that day in April, 2013 till date, the 28 year-old yoke of smoking was crushed by Jesus Christ who used The Mirror to break the addiction. Mr Oluwole Blaise, advised people to always place a demand on the anointing by connecting with anything that came from The SCOAN, even the books written by Prophet T.B. Joshua!
SEVERE ADDICTION TO ALCOHOL ROOTED OUT BY THE ANOINTING
If anything like that ever existed, Mr Vincent Mnisi would have since been inducted into the drunkards’ hall of fame. The young South African was severely hooked on alcohol. He would drink and smoke recklessly to the extent that he once lost his mind and had to be taken to a mental hospital. His mother who resided in the UK did not find it funny as she made frantic efforts to ensure that her son’s condition improved. Taking him to the UK, she had thought he would change but she soon realised his drinking malady worsened. He would drink and sleep on the streets of England only to be picked up to safety by government agencies which were saddled with the responsibility of catering for the so-called ‘homeless’. His access to government loan also fuelled his appetite for more alcohol and contributed immensely to his misdemeanours in the UK.
Due to his addiction, he remained unkempt and would take no bath for days. He would sometimes attack his mother after downing some alcohol, asking her to give him some money in furtherance of his alcoholic activities. Whenever she confronted him with the urgency of his need for Jesus, he would reply by telling her that he expects both Jesus and His Father to visit him because his case had gone out of hand. The place he called his house was an eyesore; it was always littered with empty bottles of alcohol and cigarette ash. The devil had indeed turned him into an alcoholic robot manoeuvred at will to destroy his very self.
While the battle between the forces of good and evil raged on in his life, his mother through some ‘divine’ mistake came across Prophet T.B. Joshua and The SCOAN on the internet. Impressed and encouraged by the life-changing miracles that take place on Emmanuel TV, she soon made up her mind to visit Nigeria. She prayed over the journey and God ministered to her through the scriptures assuring her that He would be with her till the very end. That assurance was confirmed when she was cleared at the airport even though she did not have the Yellow Fever Certificate, a necessary document for travellers from Europe coming to West Africa.
On getting to The SCOAN, she received the Morning Water and continued to minister it in prayer concerning her son’s problem. As she battled to save Vincent’s life from the ravages of alcohol, she received another call informing her of her younger son’s blindness. As she continued to minister the Morning Water on his pictures, she received news that he had regained his sight. When she returned to the UK, Vincent asked to have the Morning Water, after his mother had ministered some into his mouth. Having consented to his request, Vincent continued to minister the Morning Water and suddenly stopped drinking. Having been arrested by the anointing in the Morning Water, old things passed away and behold, all things became new. Gathering the bits and pieces of a once shattered life, the young man went back to school to complete his bachelor’s degree and has since graduated to the shock of many who had written him off as an incurable liquor monger. Mr Vincent is today a hardworking advertising practitioner who takes care of his mother, a woman, whose heart he had once pierced with anguish and despair. His story shows that broken things are useful in the hands of God. Thanking God for her son’s deliverance, Mrs Mnisi advised parents not to give up on their children and urged people to find out God’s plan for their lives.
SPIRIT HUSBAND DEFEATED AND DISGRACED
Miss Mary Gabriel was under the influence of a spirit husband which tormented her life with other spiritual maladies. She had the spirits of anger and lust and had the heart of a lion. Her problems had started right from childhood when she would find herself in the dream having sex with men. She also got married in the dream and continued to manifest violent attitudes in the physical. She once smashed the head of her boyfriend with a bottle and dared the consequences. After that, she had gone ahead to stab him with a knife just because he wanted to know the whereabouts of the things he bought for her in anticipation of her safe delivery when she was eight months pregnant.
After she put to bed, the child died and that seriously affected their relationship. Rising from the pain of losing her first child, she went angry, drinking, smoking, dating and sleeping with different men, including ‘old cargoes’. All efforts to caution her fell on deaf ears and resulted in bloody ends. On one occasion, she stabbed her sister with scissors and had to be tied to the ground by the entire family to save the situation. She had a track record in stabbing people and was always happy to see blood on her ‘enemies’. She had broken many homes by her sexual escapades. Any man she slept with would always want to have more of her. She also had a knack to woo younger men to satiate her reckless sexual appetite. Facebook was one of her catchment areas.
A night to her deliverance, she had sex with a man she had met on her way to Lagos. That Sunday morning while the service was going on, Evangelist Justin went round ministering the Morning Water in Jesus’ name. As soon as the Morning Water touched her, she began to manifest the spirit husband that had held her life hostage for so many years. “I am the spirit husband…I have destroyed everything about her…I destroyed her marriage… I caused her to go out with different men since childhood”, cried the spirit which was under bombardment from the fire of the Holy Ghost in the Morning Water. Without much resistance, the spirit was cast in the name of Jesus Christ just as Mary crumbled to the ground. Coming back for her testimony, in company of her parents and sister, she thanked God for giving her a new life devoid of all the bad and aggressive attitudes that made her a terror to many. She now enjoys a breath of fresh air unpolluted by demonic forces. Speaking on behalf of the family, Mrs Gabriel (Mary’s mother) advised parents to trust in God and draw their children closer to Him.
MARINE CONNECTION SEVERED THROUGH DELIVERANCE
Their mother, in dire need of fruit of the womb, had gone to the river to consult with spirits to give her a child. Then in her fifties, her request was eventually granted as she went on to deliver a set of female twins. Dedicating them to the river spirits, their parents gave them traditional names that reflected their relationship with the river. Both girls grew up worshipping the river spirits. They would find themselves in dreams eating strange food and having sex with men in the river. While Blessing proceeded to Europe to practice prostitution, Franca on her own part, became a herbalist of sort; she would prescribe traditional solutions to people’s problems much to the surprise of her own mother. It was clear that her ability to proffer solutions to people’s problems was borne out of her romance with familiar spirits which controlled and influenced her being.
While in Europe, Blessing continued to sustain the relationship they both had with the river spirits by sending money to her sister to ensure that all the rituals involved were observed accordingly. But in spite of all the goodies doled out to the river spirits, all the twin sisters could achieve were nothing short of sorrow, tears and disappointments. Keeping a stable relationship with men was not possible. Most of the men that came their ways would eventually dump them for no justifiable reasons. Blessing’s sojourn abroad was strewn in tales of despair. From Austria to Spain and from Spain to Finland, she could not lay her hands on anything tangible apart from the shame and disrepute that came with international prostitution. All efforts to put a stop to the illicit trade proved abortive.
When she discovered that there was no real and lasting gain in prostitution after twelve years in the trade, she succumbed to her boyfriend’s advice to return to Nigeria and undergo deliverance at The SCOAN. Returning home, Blessing met her twin sister stranded in marriage as her husband had deserted her. The spate of broken relationships, disappointments and failures stared them in the face and necessitated their action to proceed to the Arena of Liberty for deliverance. Franca was the first to be delivered during ministration of the Morning Water in the thick of a Sunday service; even though she had tried to run away, she was arrested by the power of God in the Morning Water and was delivered from the influence of the marine world. Blessing did not find it funny and insisted on getting her own deliverance by all means. She felt it was a wasted effort if she could come all the way from Europe and not receive her deliverance.
Availing herself the opportunity of another Sunday service, Blessing prepared her mind and looked forward, with every sense of urgency, to her deliverance. Fortunately for her, Evangelist Chris located her and ministered the Morning Water to her. Without any form of resistance, the spirit manifested and confessed all it had done to her life – how it had afflicted her with broken relationships, disappointments, the yoke of prostitution and failure. Now new persons in Christ Jesus, Blessing Isabu and her twin sister, thanked God for transforming their lives through deliverance and wiping away their horrible pasts. They advised people to desist from travelling to Europe for prostitution and urged parents to stop putting pressure on their children because of money.
MORNING WATER! A SPIRITUAL BARRICADE AGAINST BARRENNESS
Mr and Mrs Badohu from Ghana were desperately in need of a child. But medical realities pointed to the fact that it was humanly and naturally impossible for them to have a child. While Mr Badohu was having low sperm count, his wife had tubal blockage. All attempts to get superior medical attention yielded no result. Meeting a gynaecologist who incidentally is an Emmanuel TV partner, they were advised to seek the face of God. Their 7 years of wandering in search of solution where there was none soon ended when they visited The SCOAN.
At The SCOAN, they received the Morning Water and afterwards returned to their country. Ministering the Morning Water with faith amid prayers, God stepped in. One night after ministering the Morning Water, Mr Badohu dreamt of his wife being operated on by a man in white robes just as Prophet T.B. Joshua appeared telling him about the operation. In that dream, he saw his wife’s womb outside while a child was being placed inside it. Prophet T.B. Joshua later told him that his wife would deliver a baby girl.
After the dream, he woke up and narrated the dream to his wife. Two months later, after visiting the laboratory for test, his wife was confirmed pregnant. And true to the prophecy of the man of God in that dream, the Badohus were blessed with a baby girl. Radiating so much joy, the couple thanked God for wiping away shame from their faces; they advised people with similar problems to seek God first in every situation.
BRETHREN, OUR WARFARE IS NOT CARNAL. THE REAL ENEMY WE MUST CONFRONT TOGETHER IS satan. THEREFORE, AS CHRISTIANS, WE MUST PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD TO FIGHT OUR COMMON ENEMY TO SUBMISSION. AS WE FIGHT THIS FIGHT OF FAITH, VICTORY IS ASSURED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR.