The SCOAN Live Sunday Service of October 9, 2016 had all the aspects of a Spirit-filled event. The calmness and confidence exhibited by worshippers signified the intensity of their faith in God and His ability to tackle whatever cares they brought before His mighty presence. The musical interludes from the choir added flavour to the occasion and the words of exhortation in Evangelist Bolaji’s message provoked visible introspection amongst congregants. Titled DIVINE APPOINTMENT,
the message centred on the vicissitudes of Christian life which in itself has never been a bed of roses right from the days of Abraham. According to Evangelist Bolaji, though we have perfect expectations as Christians, we must not lose faith and courage when such expectations hit the rocks of uncertainty, trials and temptations. “Even the seeming perfect plan we make for the future usually encounters some accident that makes it seem as if we never made any plans at all,” she said.
She admonished Christians not to entertain the mind-set that God does not love them whenever they are experiencing a trial of their faith, adding that, “It is the mind of God to answer prayer. God is still saying something which you may not understand because of your limitation in the things of the Spirit”. Making several biblical analogies, Evangelist Bolaji reminded Christians that God does not make mistakes in His timing. He knows everything and will always do things in His own time. Using the story of Peter and his fishing misadventure as an example, she told congregants that an encounter with Jesus would turn their disappointment to a divine appointment just as it did for Peter who made a remarkable catch after he met the Master and went ahead to become a fisher of men.
DRINKING AND SMOKING HABITS ABOLISHED THROUGH WATER
Sent to England to pursue her university education, Miss Titilola Labode got side tracked from her ultimate goal. She developed the addictive habits of cigarette smoking and binge drinking. Every day, she consumed at least twenty sticks of cigarettes coupled with wine. When she began to run out of money due to her bad habits, she decided to take up a part-time job, against the wish of her parents. As an act parental love, her father gave her his credit card, thinking he was helping a deserving daughter. Little did he know that his money would be squandered on her addictions. As fa as the Nigerian-Zimbabwean was concerned, there was no going back on her habits, more so, because she had friends of like mind who also shared in the same destructive life-style.
After her studies in England, her parents begged her to return to Zimbabwe. Back home, she continued drinking herself to a stupor. Sometimes, she would get drunk and start vomiting in public. There was a very sorry occasion on which she got drunk and crawled in the company of dogs to the entrance of her parents’ house. According to Titilola, while she was enmeshed in those habits, her dream life was typically nightmarish. She dreamt of snakes, scorpions and all sorts of vermin. There were instances when she dreamt of having sexual intercourse with strange people. Above all, her health was in tatters as excess alcohol and cigarette-smoking took their toll.
Titilola’s mother, a prominent member of the Zimbabwean Parliament, had illustrious intentions for her beloved daughter and would not fold her arms while the deceptive desires of the world continued to grow like weeds in her life. The best thing she would do for her was to bring her to The SCOAN for deliverance, knowing that stopping those habits were beyond human effort. Titilola was brought to The SCOAN where Prophet T.B. Joshua prayed for her and she was delivered of those bad habits. Her deliverance was immediate and almost effortless – a proof of God’s omnipotence. Describing the experience, Titilola said she felt an electric activity all over her as the man of God pointed towards her. “Even without touching me, I found myself on the ground, thinking that somebody had pushed me from behind but after watching the video, I discovered there was nobody behind me,” she added.
Testifying in company of her mother, Titilola told congregants how her life changed for the better after her deliverance. According to her, shortly after she was delivered, she found herself in a dream trying to smoke a cigarette but Prophet T.B. Joshua collected the cigarette and destroyed it. She woke up and found that the urge to smoke and drink alcohol and completely left her. While her mother urged parents to pay more attention to the spiritual development of their children beyond the provision of material things, Titilola advised youths to surround themselves with godly people, study the Bible and listen to their parents.
INTERNATIONAL HUMILIATION REVERSED, VISA GRANTED THROUGH PROPHETIC WORD
Struggling to obtain a residence permit in the UK, Mr Joseph Imarhiagbe began to mingle with bad friends driven by the inordinate ambition to get rich quickly and at all costs. To his greatest disappointment, Mr Imarhiagbe was arrested and deported from the United Kingdom for being in the country without a residence permit.
Back home to face the harsh realities of life back in Nigeria, Mr Imarhiagbe realised that it would take at least ten years before becoming eligible to apply for another visa to the country. All hope of ever establishing a home for his family in the UK was gone, until he came across Emmanuel TV via YouTube. Encouraged by a France-based family friend to visit the Arena of Liberty where the abundance of God’s marvellous works speaks louder than words, he visited in April, 2016 and came face to face with God’s prophetic insight into his life through Prophet T.B. Joshua. The man of God revealed many things about him, including his imminent appointment at the UK embassy. After receiving an anointed touch of God through the Prophet, he was brought to the ground by a force from Heaven. In confirmation of the prophecy, two weeks after visiting The SCOAN, Mr Imarhiagbe was granted a European Family Member Residence Permit to return to the United Kingdom.
On his way back to the UK, he was erroneously arrested at the Heathrow airport in London for being in possession of an impersonated passport. While he was being interrogated by the UK border agency officials, he ministered the Morning Water, asking for God’s divine intervention. Ten minutes later, the UK border agency officials apologised to him on behalf of their agency and allowed him unhindered entry into the country. Testifying in company of his wife, Mr Imarhiagbe told congregants that Jesus has taken control of his life. According to him, the peace of mind and progress that have come into his life are incomparable to the anguish and frustration that he had experienced after his deportation. “Don’t run to friends; run to Jesus,” he advised congregants and people, the world over.