Sunday 1st August 2010 was another great day of service in The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations. The turnout of people, especially from other states and countries was truly overwhelming, as four giant canopies had to be erected outside the church to shelter the overflow crowd. The people keep coming because they recognise The SCOAN as a sanctuary where God is solving problems, meeting needs, restoring homes and bringing peace to the people. Glory be to God!
Prophet T.B. Joshua continued the same message he began last week titled: ‘Christ And The Word Are One’. He explained, “Meditation in the Word of God is a visit with Him. The Word of God becomes a part of one by meditation. He is with us in the living Word.” Referring the congregation to the book of Matthew 8 and citing two examples of the power in Jesus’ Words, he said, “The Word in Jesus’ lips prevailed over sickness in the centurion’s servant. Faith comes when the Word prevails over the thinking processes. The Word prevailing in Jesus’ lips over the law of nature. He arose and rebuked the wind and the sea and there was a great calm.”
He also noted the importance of making God’s Word an integral part of your daily life; not just a book you read. “It is not only committing the Word to memory which is valuable but it is letting the Word become an integral part of our being. I want to encourage you to read your Bible with devotion – regularly, attentively and repeatedly. Then you can become familiar with the way God speaks and the way in which we answer Him with our lives. The Word living in us gets into our blood.” He noted that the wonderful works of God in The SCOAN are not due to any philosophy or human logic, but due to the Word of God. “The Word of God is the instrument in the hands of the Holy Spirit,” he concluded, preparing the hearts of the people for the blessing God was about to bestow upon them in the course of the service.
HAND ULCER HEALED
To build the faith of those sitting and waiting to be healed in The SCOAN Prayer Line, and indeed of the entire congregation they all listened to the touching testimony of Mrs Antonia Ikhaobome who was miraculously healed from a severe hand ulcer that had destroyed her life and left her arm on the brink of amputation.Mrs Antonia came with a large sore on the whole of her hand which mysteriously started after she had destroyed an egg she said her housemaid delivered while confessing witchcraft and responsibility for her marital problems. Doctors had said there was no hope for her hand as all treatments proved ineffective. She came to The SCOAN in desperate search of divine healing with the bones showing through the wound, and especially with the prognosis of amputation by the medical practitioners. Immediately after the prayer of Prophet T.B. Joshua, Antonia said the constant pains disappeared and the wound started healing and leaving only a small scar. Joyfully showing her restored hand, Mrs Antonia went personally to those with severe open wounds waiting in the prayer line to encourage them that nothing is impossible with God. This testimony proves that everyone that comes to The SCOAN prayer line receives their healing and there is never a sickness Jesus cannot heal!
DELIVERED FROM SPIRITUAL HUSBAND
Mrs Charity Udeh, a 29 year old woman residing in Holland and married to a Dutch man, testified to her deliverance from demon during the newcomers’ service the previous Monday. It was during the prayer session at the newcomers’ service that the fire of the Holy Spirit consumed the contrary spirit in her life. During the deliverance the evil spirit began to violently manifest and defiantly taunt one of the wise men. The wise man cast out the evil spirit dwelling in her and immediately afterwards, she became conscious that she was dishevelled on the floor and in Sshame, tried to make an exit. She burst into tears, thanking God that she was finally free. She explained how her life had been tormented by a spiritual husband who destroyed her business and wreaked havoc on her marriage and how all her efforts to receive deliverance in the past proved abortive until she came to The SCOAN.
MISSING DAUGHTER FOUND
Mrs Felicia Obidimma whose daughter, Onyinye, was kidnapped by ritualists in Anambra state, Nigeria two months ago, had come to the SCOAN Prayer line with a large poster bearing the photograph of her missing daughter. As she cried out to God for mercy, one of the wise men prayed for her and touched the poster, reassuring her that her daughter would return home.
Miraculously, one week later, her daughter walked back into her mother’s house unharmed. She narrated how she was kidnapped on her way from the bank, where she withdrew money for her school fees, and taken to another state, and kept in a room in the middle of a forest to be killed in a money ritual. Fortunately for her, at the exact time that her mother came to The SCOAN for prayer, the ritualist leader told the kidnappers that they had already used someone else and she was no longer needed. After a few days, two of the ritualists led her through the forest in the night and then released her. Alone in a strange state, she didn’t know how she would return home but amazingly, in her pocket, was the sum of N1,500 still intact despite her kidnapping! With this money, she transported herself back to Anambra state to meet her parents. Overjoyed, Mrs Felicia Obidimma together with her daughter, thanked God for His divine protection.
DELIVERED FROM ARMED ROBBERY
During the time of prayer last Sunday, the man of God prophesied that there was a dangerous man in the midst of the people, who was an armed robber and had a charm against gunshots and knife attacks. The prophet further said that the man had brought the charm to the church and kept it outside. Ndidi Ogu, a Nigerian living in Equatorial Guinea, immediately came forward to confirm the prophecy. On the instruction of the man of God, he went outside the church to collect the charm and brought it inside. Displaying it, he explained how he had used the charm to protect himself against attacks and said that he had been to at least 70% of the witch doctors in Gabon to do charms for protection during his robbery operations. Ndidi narrated how he refused to accompany his gang on one robbery operation paying heed to the advice from a witch doctor that if he went for that operation, he would not come back alive. Later, one of his angry gang members shot at him in the foot but he was unharmed due to the charms. Conscious that his life was now threatened, he left Gabon and fled to Equatorial Guinea where, after efforts to start a business proved abortive, he drank poison in an attempt to end his life. He was rushed to hospital and while recovering on the sickbed, he saw Emmanuel TV. Watching on the Emmanuel TV the deliverance of robbers, he realized that there was hope for a second chance for him. When he was discharged from hospital, Ndidi headed for Lagos with one destination in mind – The SCOAN and sure enough, God located him during the service. After the prophecy and deliverance, Ndidi stayed in the church for reformation. Testifying in the service, he said that, his life has changed; the spirit of stealing, killing and destruction has gone for ever.
DELIVERED FROM SPIRIT OF DEATH
One of the prophecy cases called out by Prophet TB Joshua last week that remained imprinted in the minds of all who witnessed it was that of Mr Clarence Julius. The man of God had prophesied that there was a man whose friend died and had a huge amount of money in his possession that only himself and his late friend knew about. He said that he had been seeing his late friend in the dream asking him to pay back the money, and added that if he did not pay back the money, he would soon join his friend in the grave. Mr Clarence Julius came forward, saying that the prophet’s words were completely true. He explained that when his business collapsed, his friend had lent him the huge sum of 1.8 million naira which he had intended to use to build a house for his younger sister. His friend had lent it to him on condition that it should be paid back and used to care for his sister. Mr Julius recounted how his friend fell sick and was hospitalised and at the point of death, he reminded him privately of his instruction to pay back the money to his sister in case he died. Visibly shaken, Mr Julius explained that his friend died and till then, he had not been able to pay back the money. He said that the sister in question was suffering and without a place to stay and that he had been seeing his late friend in the dream, tormenting him. Since this trauma began, he explained that he had not been sleeping and could no longer reason well. After listening to his ordeal, Prophet TB Joshua promised to help him in his predicament by paying half of his debt or loaning him the full amount. The man of God explained that it was better for Mr Julius to owe him than to owe a dead man who had been tormenting him. The man of God proceeded to pray for Mr Julius in the power of the Holy Spirit and he was delivered from the spirit of death. During his deliverance, Mr Julius fell into a deep sleep, something that had not been possible for him for a long time. He slept so soundly that even the noise of the activities in the church could not wake him and the prophet asked that he be carried to comfortable accommodation to continue his sleep!
THE PERILS OF THE INTERNET
During the mass prayer, the man of God prophesied that there was a lady was in between her husband and someone else she was dating and that she loved this man more than her husband. The prophet added that she got to know this man through the internet and that she was from a polygamous home. Thirty-six year old Mrs Seyi Awujoola who resides in Abuja came out to confirm that the prophecy was about her. She explained how she met a man over the internet that she had been communicating with. Their relationship grew stronger despite the man in question requesting huge sums of money from her and they began to exchange photographs of themselves. It even reached the stage where Mrs Awujoola sent the sum of half a million naira to this man whom she had never met in person. Mrs Awujoola’s marriage blessed with three children began to suffer a setback, her love having been sold to a strange man who claimed that he resided in far away Australia. After listening to her experience, the man of God asked to meet the Mrs Awujoola’s husband over the issue. He then prayed for her, saying that after the prayer her eyes would open and she would see the reality of the situation. Truly, she received instant deliverance that broke the bond between her and her internet lover. Coming to here senses after the deliverance, she declared that she no longer had any interest in the man that had destroyed her marriage. Addressing the congregation and viewers all over the world, she advised everyone to have the spirit of satisfaction, to be content with their husband or wife and not compare themselves to others. She further warned against the dangers of entering internet chat sites. The Prophet then stressed the danger in using the internet as an avenue for building relationships because of the spiritual implication, explaining that many who are possessed with a contrary spirit use the internet as a medium to possess others.
As the service drew to a close, the man of God declared that no one would return home with their problem. While the wise men ministered prayer to the overflow crowd under the canopies outside the church, people threw away their crutches and rose to their feet; others fell to the ground vomiting poisonous substances in them. Inside the church, the prophet asked the congregation and viewers to place their hands wherever they had pain and prayed with them. Indeed all who left the SCOAN service, left in the knowledge that they had not escaped the anointing of God – anointing that breaks every yoke. It was a day they entered the arena of liberty.