As millions around the world came to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, His healing, delivering and saving power was at work through His Spirit and manifest in the Live Services at The SCOAN. It was a Christmas weekend at The SCOAN to be remembered.
Jesus Christ, who came to reconcile man to Himself, reconciled many from the bondages of sicknesses, diseases and demonic oppression through the prayer of the Wise Men in The SCOAN Prayer Line. Jesus Christ, who was revealed this season as the light of the world, shone His light into the lives of many who were in darkness, through prophetic messages given by Prophet T.B. Joshua and the ministry of laying on of hands by the five Wise Men. Truly, Jesus Christ came that we might come to a place of resurrection in our being. Celebrations of His resurrection power continued as the man of God delivered a powerful message titled, Works Of Faith, Part 4.
Prophet T.B. Joshua took the proof text of the message from Galatians 5:1-4, 18-19. Paul gave us a very graphic picture of the senses and the spirit. Senses are all physical doors leading to the brain. This human body of ours is the laboratory where we learnt all we know of secular knowledge (gifts, talents, etc). The battle that we fight in our daily walk is with our senses. To conquer, our spirit must govern our senses. He explained that many are confessing faith in the Word yet denying it in action, trying to believe yet never acting on the Word. Our mind cannot be renewed by studying the Word alone. As our blood and our muscles are a part of us, so also the Word must become an integral part of us. The Psalmist said in Psalm 27:13 that he would have lost heart if he did not believe he would live to see the glory of the Lord. If you cannot believe that you will see the goodness of God, you will despair. The thing that keeps us from despairing is not what we see but what we believe. To conclude the message, the prophet stated, “We trust implicitly in the Word because we know God on His throne is backing up every Word. This gives us a quiet and restful confidence”.
Countless testimonies had been restored and the owners of the testimonies came back to share the good things God Almighty had done for them to strengthen the faith of all who had open hearts. The following summarizes just a few of them.
DR CHRIS NATH: BUSINESSS AND CAREER FAILURES TURNED AROUND THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF THE ANOINTING WATER
An environmentalist, he had come to The SCOAN in 2010 and was privileged to receive the Anointing Water. Prior to that time, a contract he had been awarded from one of the major oil companies in Nigeria had been revoked. He read Matthew 16:19, prayed for God to open the door of breakthrough in his life and ministered the Anointing Water. A week later, the contract was renewed and the contract sum he received was 35% higher than previously offered. He was also appointed a representative for ETP-STP and completed a four-flat duplex. On top of those blessings, he was also able to complete a PhD programme he had been struggling for 12 years to finish. He advised people to have strong faith in God in order to receive a strong answer from God.
MR AND MRS TONY IFEAGBU: THEIR CHILD WAS SAVED FROM IRREGULAR BREATHING THROUGH THE ANOINTING WATER
Mrs Ifeagbu had delivered her child through a caesarean section operation but the real trouble began when doctors realized that the child could not breathe properly and therefore, had to be placed on oxygen. The fears regarding the survival of the child were immense until the husband’s younger brother decided to introduce the Anointing Water into the matter. The family had ministered it after praying and the child’s breathing was instantaneously restored! Even the doctors, who had earlier asked the family to pray on the issue for fear of what may happen to the child, marvelled at the news of the child’s recovery. Standing proudly before the congregation with his handsome son and wife by his side, Mr Tony Ifeagbu advised that no matter what people were going through, they should hold onto God and never neglect the Anointing Water in their affairs.
KEN EMEAKAYI: A NIGERIAN POLITICIAN DELIVERED FROM KIDNAPPERS THROUGH THE ANOINTING WATER
He is a popular politician from Anambra, Nigeria who equally acknowledges himself as a “controversial politician”. Before June 2012, he was not one who believed in The SCOAN, the miracles which occurred in the church or the prophecies of Prophet T.B. Joshua. But on June 3, 2012, as he was driving in his car, he fell into the hands of hired kidnappers who had the aim of abducting and killing him. They took him to their den and waited for confirmation from their boss as to when to eliminate him. Mr Emeakayi was kept on the bare floor and had no water or food. He had even appealed to the kidnappers, stating that he was ready to pay twice the amount of the ransom but the boys had refused. Despite his state of unease and confusion, he later fell asleep. In his dream, he saw the bottle of Anointing Water his friend had previously given, placed carelessly in his bedroom. He heard a voice telling him to spray it on himself and pray that the blood of Jesus should work in his life. The dream repeated itself three times within a 25 minute period. When he woke up, the leader of the kidnappers arrived and instructed his men to give the politician new clothes, sandals, transport fare and drop him in a location where he can find transport to take him home. A few moments later, he found that he was free – released from the hand of hired killers through prayer with the Anointing Water! Though a doubting Thomas previously, he was grateful to God for his miraculous escape. He advised that people should always trust in God because of what He did in his life, though he was undeserving of God’s mercy. He said God used this ministry and the Anointing Water to save him and that he is a testimony to Nigeria and the world that what is happening at The SCOAN is real and not fabricated. The state chairman of the ruling political party in Anambra also resolved to share many bottles of the Anointing Water with fellow politicians in his state.
ENGINEER GODDEY GABRIEL: DELIVERED FROM ACUTE POVERTY THROUGH ANOINTING WATER
He was a contractor who could not get a single job for six years. He was full of poverty and disappointment. He had been sponsored by his wife to come to The SCOAN where he was privileged to receive a bottle of the Anointing Water, with which he had been praying. Heavy contracts had since started coming into his hands. He said, “Contracts have started looking for me”. Every morning, he would spray the Anointing Water into his mouth and pray. He brought an LPO of a multi-million naira contract to show the congregation along with photographs of a new Peugeot 406 car, a new set of trucks and a house he is now building. He said people should believe and trust in God because He is always ready to help those who believe in Him even in adversity.
VICTORIA OKOTOROUH: HER DAUGHTER IN UK SECURED CITIZENSHIP 3 DAYS AFTER MINISTERING THE ANOINTING WATER
Originating from Delta, Nigeria, she travelled to the United Kingdom, where she got married and sent her daughter to school. However, she had struggled hard for citizenship in that country without success for a long time. She came to The SCOAN, received the Anointing Water and immediately sent it to her daughter. Interestingly, three days after her daughter had received the Anointing Water in the UK, she called with the wonderful news that Mrs Victoria had been granted the citizenship that very day, saying that the courier had delivered it to her doorstep that morning. According to Mrs Victoria, people should have faith in God because He answers prayers.
ZHAO: REIMBURSED BY HER DEBTORS AFTER MINISTERING THE ANOINTING WATER
She was a Chinese businesswoman and had come to The SCOAN on discovering that the fortunes of her business were dwindling due to unpaid debts by her numerous customers. She had succeeded in receiving the Anointing Water which she took to China. After prayed over her matter with the Anointing Water, she discovered that her customers suddenly developed a change of heart. Some of them paid her off completely and others began paying their debt to her in instalments. She, full of happiness visibly expressed in the church on Sunday, said that all people must rely on God to have their problems solved.
IKENNA NNEBOR: RECONCILED WITH SON THROUGH PROPHECY
A video was replayed showing Prophet T.B. Joshua prophesying to Mr Nnebor that a child was crying, asking for his father. He had gone back to his hotel that day after the church service to ruminate over the prophecy. That night, he had had a dream in which he saw Prophet T.B. Joshua give him bread and pull him out of a pool of water. When he woke up, he remembered that he had once had a girlfriend in his village years back whom he had slept with “just once”. The girl become pregnant. Even after he was informed of the development by his brother, he refused to identify with the truth.
The child was born and the lady married another man but the child stayed with the grandmother. Mr Nnebor returned to the village to meet with the family and bring them to The SCOAN for reconciliation. After some resistance, the grandmother agreed to come with the child to honour the Word of God spoken through Prophet T.B. Joshua. During the course of the service, God’s ministry of reconciliation brought forgiveness and unity to the family and Mr Nnebor gave thanks to God for restoring meaning to his life.
FIBRESIMA TARIBO AND FAMILY: RECONCILIATION MADE POSSIBLE IN CHURCH AFTER WRONGFUL ACCUSATION OF WITCHCRAFT
A video was replayed showing a man receiving a prophecy from Prophet T.B. Joshua during a previous service to the effect that a woman was being wrongly accused in the family of being a witch because of the death of another man. During the Sunday service, the man came with some of his family members and representatives of the community.
Kenneth, a son to the woman accused, spoke on behalf of the family. His four children had each died mysteriously yet neither his mother nor uncle (Fibresima) visited him to console him. This was not the only reason he had accused his mother of being a witch. She had initially protested his marriage, arguing that his wife was too old for him and must be abandoned. His wife then insulted his mother, a crime the mother refused to forgive.
Prophet Joshua resolved the matter by stating that while the mother was involved in fetish practices, she was not a witch. He said that perhaps the Gospel had not been preached to her with power but believed that God would reveal Himself to her as the God that rescues and delivers. He then prayed with the family for reconciliation and peace, in Jesus’ name.
MR AND MRS PETER AND PORTIA ENEANYA: DELIVERED FROM AN EVIL SPIRIT AND RECONCILED
A video was replayed showing Prophet Joshua prophesying to a lady, asking where her husband was. He had told the husband that what he originally saw in the woman had faded because there was a man between them destroying their marriage. Mrs Portia Eneanya said she decided to come to The SCOAN because of her troubled marriage. She had experienced a spiritual husband from her youth after her grandfather had initiated her through native doctors. She said she had dreamt often of entering the water and turning into a crocodile and stated that she had no affection for her husband. She said she could not kiss him and that her spirit always controlled him on what to do. After her deliverance, the spiritual husband and spirit of crocodile left her and for the first time ever, she hugged her kids and kissed her husband. She said she had previously seen them as “things”. Prophet T.B. Joshua asked her what happened to her when Wise Man John Chi touched her and she said she felt something like an electric shock and that she didn’t know where she was at that time. She said all she saw was darkness and then a ray of light. Now, she is grateful to be free.
MRS CHIDIEBERE OKAFOR: DELIVERED FROM EVIL SPIRITS AND RECONCILED WITH FAMILY
A video was replayed showing a woman through whom a spirit spoke, saying it was the queen of the coast. It said it had committed many atrocities through the woman, that she flew at night and had tormented her husband until he sent her out of the house.
Mrs Chidiebere Okafor, from Enugu, Nigeria, was in church with members of her family. She said she used to see herself as a queen in her dreams and occasionally in a river. She had visited many places in search of solution without success and had decided to come to The SCOAN. She said that she did not experience peace in her marital home, that with her evil powers she had cursed her sister-in-law and the latter’s marriage to her husband in the USA had crashed. Mrs Okafor became increasingly aggressive towards everyone and had once beaten her mother-in-law almost to the point of death before seizing her feet and dragging her along the floor. Pastors asked to deliver her in the past had to run away after finding themselves unable to do so. While trying to escape from her house when pursuers came for retribution, she suffered a dislocated ankle and a jagged wound on her foot as she jumped over the barbed wire fence.
Prophet T.B. Joshua declared that he would meet with the family members now that Mrs Chidiebere was delivered, to discuss their future peace.
The SCOAN Live Sunday Service ended with a million thanks to Jesus Christ, our Mediator, our Saviour, our Restorer, our Repairer, our Hope – the anchor of our souls. As we continue to celebrate His birth this season, let us emulate Christ in our actions, thoughts and utterances. Let us act love, do love and let love lead – for Love was born at Christmas!