NEED FOR SACRIFICIAL GIVING
Taking advantage of the lull in the adoration melodies resonating from the choir’s platform and engulfing the service arena in an aura of spiritual rejuvenation most apropos for the commencement of the day’s worship, Wise Man Harry, in the usual greeting formalities, reawakened the congregation to their devotional obligation and proceeded to issue the Message. He introduced his message by asking two questions which could come from no other personage than a wise man: Is it possible to plant a mango tree and reap bananas from it? Can we reap only a single seed of corn from the one earlier planted? These questions, more so the second, foreshadow the substance of the entire Message. Unearthing the core of his Message veneer by veneer, he reminded the congregation that, ‘God expects our best because He gave us His best’. He added, by way of clarification, that God planted His only begotten Son in the earth to produce a family. Today, he went on, millions are born again through this seed. Charging the congregation to see giving as an assignment from God, he introduced the title of his Message: The essence of true giving. He reminded his listeners that it is praiseworthy when we give not only within our power but beyond our power. Coming closer home to his listeners, he averred that if you can’t pay your tithes as a cleaner, you will not be able to pay as a manager or director. He urged them to give even when it causes them pain to do so, for then their offering would be sacrificial, reminding them however, to give in humility and reverence.
As if in direct confirmation of the invaluable lesson just imparted by the wise man, Prophet T. B. Joshua remarked most aptly that those who work with wise men will be wise but those who keep the company of fools will be destroyed. Delineating on that strand, the prophet extolled the need for a mentor in one’s life. In his words, a mentor is someone with vast experience or unique talents who is willing to share with you on an regular basis. The bonus, he maintained, is that you normally don’t pay but you must be sincere, as this determines the quantum of your benefits.
THE NEW ANOINTING WATER
The prophet took the congregation on a conducted tour of the world mediated by the screen to witness the live miracles recorded by the Anointing Water in the hands of both resident pastors and evangelists despatched from the world headquarters of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria to branches of the church, worldwide. The congregation watched with lips agape and utter amazement the hardly conceivable feats of deliverance and healing perfected by the Anointing Water wherever it was administered by these servants of God working under the spiritual tutelage of Prophet T.B. Joshua. In country after country where the Anointing Water was administered, the enveloping aura of anointing rendered whatever contrary spirits present, stranded, helpless and defenceless against the cleansing force unleashed by the Anointing Water. Many human carriers of these evil spirits fell in reaction and were delivered. The activated video revealed a lady with contrary spirits delivered and another from the spirit of death. A woman, by name Maria, groaning under the difficulty of walking and for which infirmity she had visited hospitals and doctors over the years, regained her health and strength from a bath in the Anointing Water.
In Toronto in Canada, the home of Niagara Falls, the video displayed a woman reacting to the administered Anointing Water by falling and receiving deliverance.
In the United Kingdom where many had thronged to the new location of The SCOAN, London, in the furore that heralded the arrival the new Anointing Water in that branch, the church was filled to capacity by the expectant faithful among those in need of healing and deliverance. True to expectation, many people fell under the cleansing power of the Anointing Water as it demolished all evil spirits in the vicinity. A man possessed with evil spirits tried to leave the church as the Anointing Water was being sprayed but he was ordered to come back both by the people and spiritually. According to him, a force dragged him back to the church as he tried to take to his heals. He had been afflicted by the spirit of anger and violence and was often chased in his dreams. He revealed after the deliverance that he was ‘much better and relieved’. A similar scenario was recorded in Cape town where a woman fell immediately under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
In the Ghana branch of The SCOAN, Accra, the evangelists despatched there by the prophet saw the hand of God at work following the administration of the Anointing Water. As soon as they administered the Anointing Water, a divine touch from Heaven could be felt at work. Many people were loosed from afflictions, infirmities and bondages as they vomited the sicknesses and poisons that had tormented them for years. A woman with evil spirits under which her life had been held in bondage and destroyed was set free in Jesus’ name. Another woman who had been demobilized by gunshot wounds regained her walking capacity and happily parted with the crutches that were his walking aids for years. A man afflicted with the spirit of poverty and could not complete his university education for eight years was also set free with the administration of the Anointing Water. Mr Joseph who had suffered from gout for eight years was also set free. A woman who on her own could not disembark from the car which had brought her to the scene because of her perennial inability to walk, retro-actively climbed out of the car and started to walk following the administration of the Anointing Water.
DELIVERANCE FROM EFFECTS OF LOVE CHARM
Apart from the international testimonies celebrating the work of God through the new Anointing Water, local testimonies regarding the prophecies issued by the wise men were also welcomed. The first among these was given by one Samson of Edo State in Nigeria. He received a prophecy from Wise Man Harry that it was games with charms and girls in his school days that was haunting him now. In the testimony, he recollected the charm game they indulged in during their secondary school days. According to him, he met a witch doctor who used a padlock to lock a girl that he no longer wanted to marry but was pursuing him and threw the key into the sea. The effects of the nefarious act trailed him to date. His deliverance according to the prophet also meant the deliverance of the targeted lady. Mr Samson happily thanked God and the man of God for his much awaited deliverance.
ANOINTING WATER ROOTS OUT FIBROID
Mrs Maria Ngonda of Cameroon had a sensation of turbulence in her stomach which called for her visiting a hospital and consulting a doctor. The outcome of the diagnosis suggested surgery. In the face of her poor financial stance, she decided to visit The SCOAN where she was arranged in the prayer line in addition to the Anointing Water that she received. Getting home she administered the Anointing Water on herself after which she sensed churning in her stomach. The following day she saw blood stain on her pants as well as that of a white substance. She was then rushed to hospital where the fibroid that had been her headache for the past six years finally came out. She thanked God for her visit to The SCOAN which was the source of her healing.
BABY DELIVERED FROM EVIL SPIRIT AND HEALED OF HEART AILMENT
Mrs Tongara Alazigha of Bayelsa State, Nigeria followed by her triplets mounted the platform for her testimony. One of the triplets had been plagued by an evil spirit apart from the hole in her heart which made breathing difficult and rendered her easily breathless. After fruitless efforts at healing in many hospitals, Mrs Alazigha visited The SCOAN where she collected the Anointing Water. At home in a dream, they were visited by the man of God following which the heart became healed. The difficulty in breathing was over and the evil spirit also exorcised. Mrs Alazigha displayed a doctor’s report which certified her daughter healed of a heart ailment.
ANOINTING WATER ENDS STAGNATION IN JOB
Mr Jonathan Mukwevha of South Africa had for years been stagnated in his company and worried. He visited The SCOAN where he received the Anointing Water. Getting home, he prayed and applied it as directed. Soon after, he attended a promotion interview in his company which subsequently ushered him from the post of sales agent to that of manager. He was full of thanks to God for using the anointing water as the instrument for his promotion.
PRAYER LINE ENDS DIABETES AND ARTHRITIS
Mr Absalom of Swaziland had had diabetes and arthritis for three years and these necessitated a special diet for him. After a long but fruitless romance with modern medicine, he came to The SCOAN where he received a touch at the prayer line. Thereafter he stopped all medication but visited the hospital monthly for a test. Each and all of the visits and tests certified him healed and attested by the reports he displayed during the testimony.
MENSTRUATION REAPPEARS AFTER PRAYER
<Mrs Ebele Ezekwesili emerged from the congregation in answer to a prophecy which painted a woman of her description and location in the church as having a problem of ceased menstruation. Her prompt appearance was greeted with, ‘You will see your menses’ by the prophet to which she responded, ‘Amen’ and went to her seat. Getting home, Ebele experienced her menses the same month – an experience which for many years had remained a mirage. After meeting her husband, Ebele lost no time in having her pregnancy. Both husband and wife happily gave their testimony in gratitude to God for blessing them with the pregnancy. In view of the reconvening scheduled for 10 am Monday, the prophet said the closing grace.