Sunday 11th March 2018 was another remarkable day in God’s presence at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations filled with faith-lifting testimonies, Spirit-filled worship and wisdom-laden teaching.
Prophet T.B. Joshua spoke on the importance of the Holy Spirit’s leading in the life of a Christian in a sermon titled, ‘ACCORDING TO GOD’S SPIRIT’. “Faith requires us to speak them before we feel or see them. You have to begin by believing, confessing and acting on God’s Word. Then, you can bring Jesus on the scene instantly,” he encouraged the congregation. “What is going through your heart determines the life you enjoy. That is, the words you speak determine the life you enjoy. The words a man speaks create the blessings or curses that come his way. The reason is that your mouth is a revealer of the belief in your heart.”
He went further to explain how ‘ceremony’ has infiltrated Christian services to the point that we are often led by man’s plans and not the Holy Spirit’s. “You can only be a Christian according to His Spirit. No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ except he is led, helped and guided by the Spirit. It means you must be led to be a Christian. There is a difference between Christians and religious people. With what we are seeing in the world today, it’s so difficult to actually know who is a Christian because the Church has been taken over by ceremony. It’s only by the Spirit of God that you can know who is a Christian or a religious man because everywhere is ceremony – according to the syllabus, timetable and programme.”
Concluding, Prophet T.B. Joshua stressed the importance of meditation on God’s Word to enable its life-changing truths to enter your heart and thus positively influence your behaviour. “The Spirit of God will be released to the degree you stand in honour of His Word. How do we honour His Word? We honour His Word when we begin to meditate. Meditation brings revelation. By meditation, our heart acts upon the Word. That is, your spirit acts upon the Word. When this happens, it begins to influence your conduct and character.”
Earlier, Evangelist Ruth gave a lively message titled, ‘DISCOVER YOURSELF’ which centered on the importance of uncovering and following the direction of God’s calling for one’s life. “If you knew what it cost Jesus to produce life, you would know how to use it. However, instead of realising the potential God has given us, we spend most of our time wishing, desiring and praying to be like someone else. Have you ever sat down and thought that someone somewhere wants to be like you? The greatest sickness in the world today is discontentment,” Evangelist Ruth exhorted the congregation.
Stressing that material wealth should not be viewed as a yardstick for success, she continued, “That a man is rich does not mean he is better than you in the presence of God. Don’t worry when you see others seem to succeed who make it in dubious ways. Don’t use other people’s standards to measure your strength and your weakness”.
The message concluded with a poignant reminder that joy is the “conquering power” for all believers. “Remember, real joy comes not in getting what we want but in wanting to be close to God. Whenever our joy seeps out and leaves us barren and empty, it proves that we are out of fellowship and contact with God. What is that joy? That you have discovered yourself – you are wired in a unique way to the Creator of Heaven and earth. Jesus has blessed you, healed you, rescued you and redeemed you. But He will not maintain it for you. Until the end of your days, you have to play your role. What Is your role? Appreciation.”
Prophet T.B. Joshua then began to move in the midst of the congregation with pinpoint prophetic accuracy as God used him to expose the root cause of people’s problems and release them into lasting solution. The time of Mass Prayer was equally riveting, as people throughout the auditorium got connected to the Heavenly anointing to receive their healing, deliverance and freedom in Jesus’ name.
Here is a summary of the inspiring testimonies shared:
CAREER STAGNATION SENT PACKING IN THE LIFE OF FORMER SKEPTIC!!!
Mr Zhoromi Kazhinga, although an industrious and dedicated staff of one of the biggest banks in Zambia, was unhappy and dissatisfied for 11 years because all effort and commitment he put into his work yielded no success. He watched in pain as junior colleagues moved up the ladder of success, some of whom were trained by him. All human effort to reach higher heights in his career proved abortive. He would apply for positions he knew he was qualified for but along the line, he would be dropped for no obvious reason. Frustrated with his situation, Mr Zhoromi decided to go for advance courses to boost his credentials but still, it didn’t make any difference in his career. His wife who knew how much he struggled without success also became worried and they both began seeking a way out of the situation.
One day, his wife discovered Emmanuel TV and she became very interested in it. She would sit glued to Emmanuel TV for hours and when Mr Zhoromi came back from work she would narrate to him different testimonies she had watched on Emmanuel TV. Mr Zhoromi being a person who believed so much in his personal abilities did not initially agree that his breakthrough lay in God’s hands. He always thought he just needed to work harder the next time.
One day, his wife visited The SCOAN and – as an Emmanuel TV Partner – received the New Morning Water. Upon her arrival in Zambia, they knelt together as a family, prayed and ministered The Morning Water on all his credentials. God did not take long before visiting Mr Zhoromi. Within a short while things began turning around for good in his career. He was able to finish a course he had been taking in Durban and graduate with outstanding results. An opportunity opened again for a job he had been turned down for in the past. This time with faith in his heart, he prayed with the New Morning Water and put forward his application. Mr Zhoromi knew the position he applied for was a very competitive one as there were many people who were far more qualified than him but to the glory of God, he was given the job of a Regional Manager for one of the biggest banks in Zambia. Mr Zhoromi told the church that his job entails supervising and coordinating 23 banks in his region. After 11 years of stagnation, God through the medium of the New Morning Water made it possible for Mr Zhoromi Kazhinga to taste breakthrough. His joy knew no bounds as he displayed his credentials to the congregation.
“A WORM CAME OUT OF MY NOSE…” – RETIRED ANGLICAN PRIEST
82-year-old Venerable Banmah Victor, a retired Anglican Priest, said that he would not normally have had anything to do with The SCOAN until he faced a ‘mountain’ in his life which refused to move. He was referring to his ear problem which was accompanied by severe pain. This affliction would often cause him to lose balance and stagger before falling over. “Sometimes, I would fall in my room”, he said. After visiting physicians, he would take prescribed medication in the hope that the problem would end or at least reduce but it was all to no avail. In addition to this problem, Venerable Banmah also recounted his horrible experience of eating meat with dead people in his dreams at night.
One day, his wife stumbled upon Emmanuel TV and by faith, Venerable Banmah began to pray along with Prophet T.B. Joshua by touching the screen of his television. As he prayed along with the prophet, the evidence of God’s power was strongly manifested, “I felt a sensation in my ears and nose”. Little did he know that what was preventing him from hearing well was about to come out of his nose in the form of a six-inch long worm! Needless to say, the elderly gentleman was astounded. After the prayer, he witnessed a great change in his health and wellbeing. Testifying with his wife beside him, he said, “I don’t stagger anymore and I hear perfectly well!”
Sharing his twofold testimony, Venerable Banmah also testified that while the man of God was offering prayer, referring to, “those who eat with dead people at night, in their dreams”, he rubbed his stomach in a downward motion and immediately, felt some movement. This was followed by a strong urge to use the restroom and upon rushing there, he was stunned to see the round object he excreted which was “as big as a ping pong” and what he described as “looking exactly like a walnut!” To his delight, the end had come to the bad dreams he used to have at night of eating with dead people!
In light of his own experience, Venerable Banmah advised, “If you hear the voice of God, do not harden your heart. The voice of the prophet is sounded in all the continents. Brothers and sisters why not listen to the prophet?” Testifying of God’s goodness, his wife Mrs Banmah said, “I give God the glory for using the prophet to do great and mighty works in the life of people”. Addressing those still sceptical and cynical, she called on them to believe: “The doubting Thomases and faithless Pharisees, God is still saying something; don’t harden your hearts!”
FAECES ACTUALLY CAME OUT OF MY STOMACH FOR THREE YEARS!!!
Mrs Kate Chimezie woke up with excruciating pain in her abdomen. Rushed to the hospital, she learned with a shock that her intestines had ruptured. An immediate operation was called for but the first hospital was afraid to operate because of the severity of her situation. The second hospital took her but during the operation, debated whether to stop and close her up or continue as most of her intestines were affected. The operation continued but the suffering that resulted was terrible. Her life had indeed been rescued but the quality of that life was altered detrimentally. Apart from the pain that still remained, she discovered that her urine and faecal matter was now falling out from a hole in her stomach! Three to four times a day, she would open the bandage on her stomach revealing blood, faecal matter and urine.
After removing and wiping her stomach and the open wound, she would redress her stomach. In addition to this horror, there were many things she could not do. She could not walk well, eat or drink water while standing up or engage in any form of exercise. The only way she could ingest either food or water was to lie down. The pain was unexplainable. Her business shut down and her children were negatively affected. She agonized in this state for three years until she decided to come for prayer at The SCOAN. That blessed day, she was located by the Holy Spirit as Prophet T.B. Joshua revealed a prophetic message to her. “There are symptoms coming out from your stomach. There is a wrong operation. After the prayer, go back and they will correct the mistake.”
With all fear of returning for another operation gone, she returned to the hospital as the prophet instructed and told them they must correct the mistake made during her first operation. They initially told her that they would give her a colostomy bag to use. She refused their proposal and told them that Prophet T.B. Joshua prophesied that the doctor would correct the mistake. The doctors, hearing the mention of the prophet, immediately changed their position and agreed to perform the operation. Three days later, Mrs Chimezie was leaving the hospital, strong and healthy, in Jesus’ name. Urine and faecal matter now flow properly through her system, the hole in her stomach is closed, her movement is restored and all things have become new in her life, in Jesus’ name!
Her joyful children advised all to continue to listen to the Word of God at all times for when God talks, the wise listen. It was a prophetic message that guided their mother out of the deadly storm and the Word that brought her truly back to life!
THE BIGGEST CONTRACT OF MY CAREER!
Mr Olusola Kolawole Samuel was facing financial difficulty and had challenges landing substantial contracts on his business desk. As a committed Emmanuel TV Partner, Mr Olusola Kolawole Samuel travelled from Sokoto State of Nigeria to The SCOAN to seek God’s intervention. He is one of the first set of Emmanuel TV Partners to receive the New Morning Water. Prophet T.B. Joshua told the Emmanuel TV Partners that the New Morning Water would eradicate poverty from their lives and he believed this with all his heart.
Mr Olusola Kolawole Samuel said that when he set off on his journey to Sokoto State, he had a life-changing phone call where he was informed that he had been awarded a federal university multimillion contract that rewrote his financial life. The limited funds he had in his coffers at the time did not deter him. He prayed and ministered the New Morning Water and a supplier of the materials he required to kick-start the project fulfilled his materials list without demanding the full cost in advance. Mr Olusola progressed with the mega contract and he’s now head over heels, thanking God for such a huge breakthrough. He told the congregation and viewers all over the world to put their trust in God and all other things would follow.