It was clear from their intense reactions that the people were glad to be in God’s house as they assembled for the first service of November 2023. In The Arena Of Liberty, where God’s Word and Spirit combine to produce uncommon favour, mercy and grace, congregants joined in singing to the Lord as Esther as well as The SCOAN Choir called down the Host of Heaven. Indeed, the people had seen the goodness and compassion of the Waymaker!
When Evangelist Chisom got on the altar to feed God’s flock, he spoke on the topic “GET BACK UP”, for which he read from Luke 17:1 and Romans 7:15, 24-25. With this powerful and humbling message, he reminded congregants about human fallibility and God’s abounding grace. We are all exposed to things that are not consistent with God’s Word and may sometimes fall even as Christians, he observed. What would distinguish the person with a winning mentality, he went on, is the ability to get back up anytime we fall.
According to Evangelist Chisom, therefore, the right decision to take in times when our mistakes seem to make us feel unworthy of the prize is to maintain focus, improve on personal discipline and ask for divine energy to carry on. Winners, he insisted, are not marked by how many times they fail but by how many times they rise back up. “Falling down does not make you a failure,” he said, “but staying down makes you a failure.”
Consequently, Evangelist Chisom urged congregants to fight discouragement, failure and fear by “maximising forward movement” and acknowledging God’s awesomeness in the past (1 Samuel 17:37) despite the curse of imperfection that is upon all humans. He concluded thus: “A Christian can make a bad mistake, but they can go to God about their behaviour and the Lord will forgive them, get them back on their feet and help them not to make the same mistake again.”
Wasted Hours Turned To Glorious Hours!
At The Prayer Line, Pastor Evelyn Joshua raised her face to Heaven: “Father Jesus, we bless Your name! As we come before You this morning, at Your command we want to follow You, like Peter. You asked him to follow You in that Book of Matthew 4:19 and he followed you. His wasted hours were turned to glorious hours – he remembered his sorrows, his pains no more. Almighty God, we ask You to help us to do more than we can do ourselves.
We want to walk by Your side; we want to feel Your hand in our hands. Let us know the joy of walking in Your strength, not in our own strength. Father Lord God Almighty, stand against every power that is fighting our destiny, in the name of Jesus Christ. O Lord God Almighty, restore our strength, peace, health, joy, freedom, in the name of Jesus Christ! Thank You, Father!”
In faith, the people came for the Balm of Gilead that soothes every pain. Whatever the issue – be it ankle dislocation, brain injury, asthma, breast cancer, fibroids, difficulty in defecating, prostate enlargement, skin disease, etc. – the Right Hand Of God was more than capable in rescuing them from pain and sorrow.
As always, pregnant women sought refuge under the shadow of the Almighty, knowing that none can do battle with the Lord!
Other cases presented included epilepsy, mental disorder, swollen belly, leg ulcers, mouth ulcers and drug addiction. Indeed, at the mention of the name of Jesus Christ, every yoke was broken! Whatever their condition, it did not embarrass Jesus Christ!
No doubt, the unfathomable Holy Spirit wrought incredible miracles inside The Arena of Liberty through the faculties of Pastor Evelyn Joshua and The SCOAN Evangelists. As the Spirit moved, demons confessed their atrocities before fleeing forever!
Their Day Of Appointment With The Lord!
“It can only be God, so we bless His holy name,” said Pastor Evelyn Joshua as she broke into song on rejoining congregants for the Mass Prayer session. She told the people to affirm thus: “Today is my appointment with the Lord!” She assured them: “By divine appointment, there is success in failure. By divine appointment with Christ, there is good health in sickness. By divine appointment with the Lord, there is breakthrough in setback.” She then prayed for the people: “Begin to receive a new life in God right now, in the name of Jesus Christ! Every garment of sickness, affliction, infirmity – we command it out now, in the name of Jesus Christ.”
Further, the woman of God prayed: “Receive your freedom today, in the name of Jesus Christ! Every power that holds you in bondage – we command it out right now, in the name of Jesus! Every contrary spirit that steals, kills and destroys – we command it out now, in the name of Jesus Christ! Spirits that make you not to receive – we command them out right now, in the name of Jesus! I command the healing power of God into your body, in the name of Jesus! Be healed from that affliction, disease, infirmity, hatred, in the name of Jesus Christ! Be free from every yoke, bondage, in the name of Jesus Christ!”
Evangelist Joseph prayed: “Every evil spirit, familiar spirit, demon, messenger of satan: Out!”
Evangelist Chisom prayed: “That spirit that troubles your life, business health – command it out, in the name of Jesus!” He also told them: “That unclean spirit, ancestral spirit, contrary spirit – anywhere you are, within and without – command it out!” Further, he told the people to pray: “You unclean spirit, the cause of my sickness – anywhere you are in my body, I command you, in the name of Jesus: Out!”
Evangelist James told the people: “That unclean spirit, familiar spirit causing you sickness – command it out, in the name of Jesus!” He also prayed: “Every covenant with sickness and disease – be broken, in the name of Jesus!”
Evangelist Ope told the people to pray: “You spirit standing against my progress, I call you by your name. Hear the voice of God: Out, in the name of Jesus!”
Turning to viewers all over the world, Pastor Evelyn Joshua said: “Begin to confront your confrontations! Every wall of limitation, every giant that is standing before you – ask it to leave right now, in the name of Jesus Christ!” She also prayed: “We say to every fear, challenge, manipulative spirit in your life: Out right now, in the name of Jesus Christ! Every door through which the enemy entered your life to cause you embarrassment – begin to close right now, in the name of Jesus Christ! Receive your healing, blessings, deliverance, breakthrough key right now, in the name of Jesus Christ!”
In a Mass Prayer video, Prophet TB Joshua declared: “Whatever cage – be it your health, business, finances, marriage, family – you are released right now, in the name of Jesus! Right now, I release you, in the name of Jesus! Whatever harm they do to you – harm to your business, harm to your finances, to your marriage, to your health – Out! Jesus is Lord over my life. Have His deliverance! Have His healing in your blood, fluids, bones, kidneys! Be healed!
Every sickness, disease, affliction within you: Out! According to His Word, receive your healing, deliverance! According to His Word, be delivered, healed! In the mighty name of Jesus! What you have asked for – be granted, in the name of Jesus! Every chain – be broken! Chain of affliction, sickness, disease, setback, disappointment, failure – be broken!”
“I Can’t Measure My Happiness!” Says Woman Healed Of Severe Waist Pain
With a lumbar corset fixed firmly around her abdomen and lower back on Sunday, October 29, 2023, Evelyn was obviously in severe pain as she received prayer over difficulty in walking caused by spinal injury and muscle spasms. She had slipped badly on a rainy day sometime in 2018. Afterwards, she had a baby and found that her injury had worsened. “I got several medical aids, including a massager and a lumbar corset, but I didn’t get better; in fact, the drugs increased my pain,” she told the church on November 5, 2023. “As Pastor Evelyn Joshua prayed for me, I felt instant relief,” she recalled. Demonstrating her healing, Evelyn exclaimed, “I can’t measure my happiness!” She advised people to believe in the completeness of their miracle. Expressing his joy, her husband narrated how he had to employ people to help in the home. “Do you want me to dance to express my joy?” he asked in excitement.
Juliet Wins Lifelong Battle With Ancestral Demons!
“Fire all over your body!” commanded the evangelist as Juliet received prayer during the service of October 29, 2023. Minutes later, she was freed from the demons that had been ruling her life. “I came from a family of idol worshippers,” she said at the start of her testimony a week later. The demons in her life had caused her nightmares in which she would see her head being struck with a hammer. “I was always falling ill and addicted to smoking and I had the spirit of anger; I also had children outside of wedlock,” she continued. Accepting that her problems were not normal, Juliet had agreed to take her case to God. Since her deliverance, her life has changed. “I have had confirmatory dreams in which I overcame the enemy and helped others,” she said. She advised people to take their problems to God. Her sister, Augustina, confirmed the testimony and advised people to keep their hope in God.
Academic Healed Of Ear And Leg Afflictions
An academic, Dr. Adekunle, testified about his healing from pain in the left ear that transmitted to one of his legs. He had been working in his garden one morning when – literally – an ill wind blew into one of his ears. From then onwards, he experienced excruciating pain until the service of October 29, 2023. Upon receiving prayer, divine power had surged through him and he had fallen on the floor. When he got back on his feet, Dr. Adekunle did so as a man who no longer felt pain in the ears and legs. “Wait on the Lord,” he advised others.
Aisha Is Now In The Light Of God!
When she was around 10 years old, Aisha started to dream of a giant man who kept calling her his wife. “I started seeing myself having children by him and always saw myself in the water, surrounded by unknown people,” she told the church on November 5, 2023. She continued, “There were many times I would hear a voice call my name and would respond even when I couldn’t see the person.” The demon behind the problem caused setbacks and stagnation in Aisha’s life. “It was hard for me to pass examinations and I was always depressed and unable to sleep,” she added. In the search for a solution, Aisha had visited a so-called spiritualist who demanded about a hundred thousand naira for ‘prayer work’. Instead of ‘hustling out’ money that she didn’t have, she thought it wise to simply find the transport fare for a trip to The Arena Of Liberty. To the glory of God, during the service of October 29, 2023, Aisha received a touch backed by Heaven which liberated her from the spirit husband. Since then, she has been sleeping peacefully and living a life of freedom. “Stop assuming that your sins make you unworthy of God’s mercy,” she advised others.
Anointing Heals Severe Hot-Water Burns In An Instant!
“It was tea that put me in trouble!” Pat emphatically declared during her testimony on November 5, 2023. A cup of hot tea had emptied on her body and scalded her skin very badly. “No one who saw the burns believed that they came from just a cup of tea,” she said. She carried on, “People had suggested many strange things to me, including asking me to look for a snake and go to a beehive for a solution.” It was indeed a miserable time for Pat, as she could not help herself in any way. “I was moving like an old woman,” she recalled. To the glory of God, she had managed to present herself for prayer on September 24, 2023 as Pastor Evelyn Joshua ministered at The Prayer Line. Instantly, Pat had felt a sensation of healing on that occasion and her scars covered up in no time. Today, she is fully recovered! She advised people to believe in the Solution Giver, Jesus Christ.
An End To Eight Years Of Severe Knee Pain
On October 29, 2023, Michael had been in The Arena Of Liberty for prayer over severe knee pain – a problem that had started eight years ago as he went for a run. According to doctors, Michael had osteoarthritis. “They gave me numerous medications and knee braces but I struggled with doing my work effectively; I was forced to sit most times,” he said during his testimony on November 5, 2023. Since he received prayer as Pastor Evelyn Joshua ministered, Michael has been healed of not only difficulty in walking but also sore throat. “This is the first time I am standing for so long in eight years,” he smiled. He advised others, “Stay focused on God and put your trust in Him.”
Anointing Frees Older Citizen From 46 Years Of Smoking Addiction!
An older Nigerian citizen, Tamuno, testified about God’s power in the Anointing Water. He had visited The SCOAN and returned home with the water, which he began ministering in faith. As a child, Tamuno had used to buy cigarettes for his father and had used to try them out on the way. He had been a promising young man but had wasted many huge opportunities because of addiction to smoking. “I did so many things in my younger days, including working as a disc jockey,” he said with visible excitement about his freedom from his past,” he told the church on November 5, 2023. For a good 46 years, he had invested heavily in cigarettes and expensive perfumes, which were meant to mask the cigarette odour that trailed him. He continued, “It was God Who saved me from this addiction, because I had tried so many other means before coming to The SCOAN.” He advised parents to set a good example for their children. He also advised the youth to live responsibly and to serve God.
Pearl Now A Vessel In God’s Vineyard!
The demon in Pearl had meant to ruin her life by afflicting her with uncontrollable anger. Operating in her life as a spirit husband, the demon had started by getting intimate with her in the dream. Pearl first had the experience as a child. In older years, the male figure began to appear to her physically. On one occasion, a baby appeared to Pearl and she heard the male figure say to her, “That is our baby.” Because she was always prone to anger, Pearl could not sustain relationships with men. “A pastor broke up with me because my spirit husband threatened to kill him,” she told the church on November 5, 2023. The demon also prevented Pearl from making any progress in her career. “I abandoned a project that failed but my sister picked it up and it worked,” she continued. She also had dreams in which she ate food that caused her stomach pain in real life. In some other dreams she would see herself being pursued by an animal. “Whatever the animal did to me, I would feel it in real life,” she added. Eventually, Pearl had made her way to The SCOAN and God’s Spirit had located her even though she had felt God would ignore her because of her sinfulness. Upon her deliverance, Pearl knew that she had been liberated! “Things have started changing in my business and relations with people,” she disclosed. She advised the world, “God does not act like humans; He is merciful and loving, so approach Him with humility.” Her father, Godson, said, “God has done it for me.” He went on to tell of how he had in fact come to church over an issue concerning another daughter of his. “It was Pearl who manifested and I am grateful to God for taking control,” he said while confirming that the spirit of anger was now gone.