Raising their voices in unison, congregants sang along with the choir: Let Your will be done… That song echoed the agony of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the garden of Gethsemane. It also reflected the unanimous resolve of congregants to submit themselves to the will of God at all times. The atmosphere was calm and meditative as the Spirit of God traversed the length and breadth of the auditorium.
Evangelist Dupe’s message spiced up the day with its thought-provoking perspectives. Titled THE INDWELLING GRACE, her message enjoined Christians to embrace the Spirit of God rather than cling to their own mundane and limited understanding. She urged them to desist from worldliness and self-righteousness so that they may partake of that indwelling grace which can only come from God. “As long as the world is in place in your life, Christ will be displaced. As long as self-righteousness is in place in your life, the righteousness of God will be displaced,” she added.
According to her, “No man knows by the present signs or situation what the future holds” and therefore God chooses grace rather than works. She explained that by virtue of His grace, He offers help to both the weak and strong alike, stressing that without grace, no one will merit His mercy and favour, especially when our righteous works are like a filthy rag before His eyes. “All our spiritual advantages are from God and are by grace,” she added.
Concluding, Evangelist Dupe reminded Christians that whatever they achieve in life is made possible by God. She urged them to denounce the erroneous impression that a great man is self-made: “Whoever is great among men, it is God who made them so… Let him who glories, glory in the Lord and not in himself,” she submitted.
GOD GRANTED HER PRAYER REQUEST TO STUDY ON A SCHOLARSHIP ABROAD
In spite of the discouraging reality that stared her in the face, she wouldn’t give in to the antics of the devil. Her inability to secure a job after graduating from university since 2007 did not matter at all. What mattered was the fact that she had faith and knew that with God, the situation would transform into glory. And so, during her mandatory National Youth Service programme in Kano, Nigeria, she came across a friend whom God used to change the course of her destiny. According to Miss Sandra Plangtok, a native of North-Central Plateau State of Nigeria, getting to know about Emmanuel TV through her friend helped her invigorate her faith as she watched the anointed channel with remarkable devotion.
In December 2012, Sandra visited The SCOAN. It was during a Sunday service and the man of God had asked congregants to write down their one dearest request on a piece of paper. For Sandra, her ultimate desire was to study for her master’s degree abroad, specifically in the United Kingdom. After writing down her prayer request, she continued to pray and minister her Morning Water. In 2013, her participation in a British Council Education Fair brought her in contact with officials of the University of Huddersfield and their mouth-watering scholarship package for Nigerian students. Sandra applied for a master’s programme in Management and also applied for the scholarship package. She followed up the process with rigorous prayers and ministration of the Morning Water.
On June 27, 2013, a call came from an official of the University of Huddersfield, informing Sandra that her scholarship application was successful. Overwhelmed by the news, she imagined how she would be able to fund the other travelling expenses. Through continuous prayers and ministration of the Morning Water, God opened doors through which she was able to raise funds to process her visa and flight tickets. Sandra proceeded to the University of Huddersfield for her studies. Throughout the programme, she maintained a prayerful disposition and eventually graduated with a Master of Management degree. During her testimony last Sunday, Sandra told congregants and people all over the world: “When you run out of rope, you should hang onto faith.”
AGE-LONG YOKE OF INSANITY BOOTED OUT
For fifteen years, Mr Solomon Ohakwe suffered from insanity. His mental state defied all human solutions to the extent that his father got fed up and left the young man to his fate. Since 2002, Solomon had been roaming the streets of Owerri, begging for alms and dressed in tattered clothes. In his infinite mercies, God had his own plans for the young man. Prince Woboroma and his family had visited The SCOAN and had received healing from Jesus Christ through the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua, who also gave them many bottles of the Morning Water. While on their way home, the Woboromas stopped in Owerri where they lodged in an hotel. One afternoon, while Mrs Woboroma was queuing to buy food from a canteen, a mentally unstable Solomon approached her. While other food mongers were trying to chase the mad man away, he kept pointing at Mrs Woboroma, saying he wanted to see her.
Driven by fear, Mrs Woboroma brought out the Morning Water and ministered to Solomon. As she ministered the Morning Water, she prayed thus: “I rebuke you, in Jesus’ name.” As the prayer lasted, Solomon answered, “Amen.” To the greatest surprise of Mrs Woboroma and people around, Solomon regained his senses and realised that he was even naked. Kind-hearted people around offered the healed man new clothes and took him to the salon to have a shave. After that miracle, Mrs Woboroma followed him up for three weeks, praying for him and ministering the Morning Water on him. That miracle created a lot of rumours as the people of Imo State kept trooping to the scene, claiming that Prophet T.B. Joshua had sent a woman to come and liberate the state.
When it became very clear that Solomon was no longer insane, he was taken to his parents who were filled with joy when they saw him. According to Solomon’s father, when he saw his son, he thought he was working in a bank because of the neat and tidy way he was dressed. While testifying to Solomon’s miraculous healing through the Morning Water medium, Mr Woboroma and family in company of other eyewitnesses, thanked God for healing the young man from a yoke that had weighed his senses down for fifteen years.
Each witness expressed great joy for the young man who is now very stable and sound in mind. According to one of them, Pastor Chinwendu, he was excited about the miracle and decided to be a part of the testimony. One thing that stood out during the testimony was the fact that all those involved were unanimous in their belief that with God, nothing is impossible. Advising congregants and people all over the world, Mr Woboroma submitted, “The Morning Water is a weapon of mass rehabilitation and reconstruction”.
T.B. Joshua and the Emmanuel TV Partners gave Mr Solomon Ohakwe a cash gift of 500,000 naira to start a new life in Christ and a copy of The Mirror book.
MULTIPLE BLESSINGS FOR ‘CHIEF ZEBURDAYA’ AND FAMILY
In 2012, Chief Chika Okpala had visited The SCOAN with his family to seek the face of God concerning his son who got admission to study in a Russian university. During that visit, they received prayers and the Morning Water from the man of God. But shortly after his son had travelled to Russia, he called to inform his father that he had been diagnosed with a hole in the heart and had to be hospitalised. On hearing the unpleasant news, the popular Nigerian comedian reminded his son to use the Morning Water and Good Morning Stickers. Heeding his father’s advice, he ministered the Morning Water and placed the Good Morning Stickers on his chest. In a matter of days, he called again to inform his father that he had been discharged from hospital with a clean bill of health. Returning to Nigeria, Chief Okpala’s son got a job with the National Universities Commission, NUC.
Chief Okpala’s daughter who had just completed her National Youth Service programme and was searching for employment also got a job with TETFUND, Tertiary Education Trust Fund. The young woman also got married. Chief Okpala’s wife was not left out. After completing her Master of Science in Education, she had been out of job for seven years. Recently, Chief Okpala was invited by a Commissioner of Education who informed him that his wife had been appointed to teach in a Federal Government College in Enugu State. On his own part, Chief Okpala, against all local superstitious beliefs that anyone renovating a house would not complete it before he or she dies, was able to complete the renovation of two houses for himself and his siblings. Aside that, he is currently a brand/advocacy ambassador to many organisations. Chief Zeburdaya, as he was fondly called in the heydays of the now rested comedy series – The New Masquerade, advised people all over the world to remain focused on God just as he urged them to be prayerful and to watch Emmanuel TV.
THERE IS NO BARRENNESS IN THE ARENA OF LIBERTY
Mr and Mrs Okuchukwu Igwe suffered the social stigma of childlessness for five years. The problem was diagnosed to be a mutual one. While Mrs Igwe was diagnosed with tubal blockage, her husband was diagnosed with low sperm count. The couple, especially the wife was not having the best of times as she was always isolated. She could not mingle with other woman because she felt ashamed of her inability to conceive a child. When it dawned on her that their problem was beyond human solution, her desire for divine intervention intensified. It was around that time that she conferred with a neighbour who had Emmanuel TV and who later introduced them to The SCOAN.
The couple decided to visit The SCOAN to receive God’s anointed touch. During their visit, they proceeded to the Prayer Line where the man of God laid hands on them. After that anointed encounter with the man of God, husband and wife returned home and met as a married couple. In a matter of weeks, Mrs Igwe was confirmed pregnant by her doctors. After nine months, she delivered a baby girl named Emmanuella. During their testimony, the couple praised God for taking away shame from their lives while urging people all over the world to run to Him, stressing that there is nothing He cannot do.
DIABETES AND SEVERE WHITLOW LOSE THE BATTLE
Diagnosed with Diabetes, Mrs Deborah Abiodun went from one hospital to another in search of solution. For seven years, she endured the debilitating symptoms of the ailment. Last year, she developed a herpetic whitlow that defied all known medications and left her two fingers rotting away gradually. Her doctors had concluded that the best option to save her life was outright amputation of the putrefying fingers lest the malignancy spread to other parts of her body.
Faced with the horrible reality of having to lose her fingers and perhaps life, she decided to seek the face of God. After communing with God through prayer, she reckoned that she would have to consult her father in the Lord, Prophet T.B. Joshua. The doctors would have none of her ‘fairy-tale thinking.’ ‘How on earth would she be so daft to think that prayer will heal her when her fingers were already rotting away,’ they must have thought in their usual professional inclinations. But Mrs Abiodun was only exercising her faith in God because she knew pretty well that He is a God of signs and wonders to those who believe. After repeated arguments, she was allowed to leave the hospital but on one condition: her husband had to sign a consent form that if anything happened to her, he would take the blame. As soon as she was released by the doctors, she travelled down to Lagos from Abuja to visit The SCOAN. On arrival, she proceeded to an emergency Prayer Line session where the man of God ministered the Morning Water on her ailing hand. As Prophet T.B. Joshua was ministering the Morning Water, Mrs Abiodun felt a very heavy burden leave her hand. The man of God declared her healed and told her that she would come back to give testimony. In a matter of seven days, her rotting fingers had dried up miraculously. Since that day to this moment, the wound and the diabetes have healed completely! Thanking God during her testimony last Sunday, Mrs Abiodun could not conceal her heartfelt joy for the wondrous work of God in her life. She advised congregants and people all over the world thus: “The Morning Water is not ordinary.”