Taking advantage of the lull from the choir who had been leading the congregation in worship since morning,
Wise Man John Chi greeted the congregation warmly and proceeded to give his message. He portrayed a society of economic inequality where some people swim in wealth and many more wallow in hunger and want. He asked his listeners, ‘What is your contribution to society?’ Many, according to him, die because they cannot pay for medication. Many sleep under bridges, yet the rich spend their wealth selfishly on themselves and nuclear families. As Christians, the wise man advised, we must subject our desires to the gospel, being part of the society.
Entitling his message Giving Reshapes Our Destiny, Wise Man John Chi opened the Bible to Romans 12:8 as the proof text. In close reference to the text, the wise man extolled the virtue of giving in cheerfulness, simplicity and humility. Giving, he reminded his listeners, is an opportunity to reshape our destiny. You begin to succeed with your life when the problems of others matter to you. What you make happen for others, he continued, God will make happen for you. When placed on top of a horse, remember those who cannot even afford to ride on a donkey. The privileged should remember the less-privileged. We may not be equally gifted but God has designed it in such a way that everyone has some strength to contribute.
Everybody needs connection; that is why Jesus needed disciples. Everybody is a solution to someone with a problem, someone in trouble. We serve God better when we help our fellow men and women. The Bible, Matthew 25:45, reminds us that whatever you do or fail to do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto Me. Jesus says He has no farm or office where you can offer help to Him other than the poor people around you.
Every problem you solve for others places
Though Jesus offers blessings freely, the receiver has a role to play to receive the blessing. It is a balanced relationship based on the principle of giving and receiving. The wise man charged the congregation to give what their lives depend on, what they cherish most and give in stress and pain to making their gifts sacrificial, citing 1 Kings 17:12. Nothing, he went on, is too small to share with others. Referring to the Elisha and the widow in Proverbs 21:26, the wise man extolled the virtue in willing sharing. The stingy man craves for more. However, the love, forgiveness and forbearance you show will multiply to enrich you slowly but surely and steadily. When you give, you create a purse for yourself tucked away beyond the reach of thieves and age. Store your treasures in Heaven and let God alone be your Paymaster, the wise man concluded his message.
GOD’S WORD IS SPIRIT AND LIFE
Prophet T. B. Joshua advised the congregation to open their Bibles to John 6 as he unravelled his topic tagged: God’s Word Is Spirit And Life. Faith is a spiritual force that grows and develops in the heart or spirit of man. Faith is not of our mind or flesh. It is not an intellectual agreement or mental assent. Mental assent recognises the truthfulness of God’s Word but it does not act upon it. God’s Word is Spirit and life and, as such it is the very life of God in those words that heals, delivers, saves and blesses.
God’s Word has the ability to produce a spiritual force within our heart called faith. Every time we act on the Word, something enters our heart that increases our assurance. We are the righteousness of God; we are not struggling to be righteous or to have faith. We have the Word; we have faith. If I say, ‘Be healed’, and healing takes place, such healing is brought about by the life of God in our word. One can speak and preach without the life of God in one’s word.
The evidence of the life of God in our message is that it changes situations. It is the very life of God in those words that changes situations. The Word of God changes situations and moves impossible mountains. Galatians 5:6 – faith works by love. It takes love to make faith operate. The Bible is God’s Word in the lips of love and faith. It is the Word that establishes; it is the Word that builds. It is the Word of His grace that builds faith in the heart of the believer. The heart must be rooted and grounded in the Word and love.
Acts 3 – If you do not use the name, Jesus Christ, in love and faith, the name can do nothing. The name, used in the absence of love and faith, will lack the ability to change situations – from sickness to good health; from poverty to breakthrough.
PASTOR AND FAMILY DELIVERED FROM EVIL FORCES
At the instance of the Prophet, a video clip was shown of an incident last week where Wise Man Racine was laying hands on the congregants. As he laid hands on one man, the evil spirits in the man, who was a pastor, reacted violently and began to speak through him. After the encounter, Wise Man Racine delivered him in the name of Jesus.
One afternoon after the initiation, three black ostriches appeared to him, entered him and caused his entire life to change. Part of the change was that he sold all that he had and went to the village where he resorted to acquiring cultic books and materials.
Travelling to Abuja, he met a pastor for prayer and after joining the church, decided to also establish himself as a pastor. He enrolled for a correspondence course with a theological school to train as a pastor. With this background, he opened his church where he prayed and laid hands on people. However, the demon that was still inside him only compounded the problems of those he feigned to deliver. When he lay down, he would go into astral projection with his father in which they visited such places as India and America where they attended occult meetings where human flesh and blood were freely consumed.
The demon inside him would not allow his church to prosper because his members would see a lion that scared them away at the entrance of the church. The skull and lion inside him destroyed his children who consequently never made any headway in life. He begged to feed his family because there
Pastor Duru confessed that his deliverance by the prophet the previous Sunday ushered him to peace of mind and a good night’s rest. The prophet urged the children to hug their father for his deliverance, adding that their father was in no way responsible for his past life and nothing should be counted against him. On his part, Pastor Chris Praise Duru thanked God for his deliverance and restoration to normal life.
DELIVERED FROM AN UNUSUAL ADDICTION: EATING SOAP
A lady, Mrs Osuji mounted the platform, accompanied by her ten year old daughter, Princess Osuji whom she said had been afflicted with a contrary spirit that made her eat soap and clothes. The effect was that she had lost appetite for normal food and become anaemic. She revealed that when her daughter watched the deliverances of people with similar afflictions, she persuaded her to bring her to The SCOAN for her own deliverance. Princess herself was given the opportunity to tell her story at the end of which she appealed to the prophet for her deliverance. She also chewed
The prophet drew close to her and laid his hands on her head and then chest, declaring her free in Jesus’ name after that. When she was given soap to taste after the deliverance, Princess said it tasted bad and proceeded to clean her mouth immediately. The prophet however advised the mother to take more care of Princess, adding that the daughter God gave to her was not with such addiction.
FATHER REUNITES WITH CHILD HE ABANDONED EIGHT YEARS AGO
A clip revealed the drama following the laying of hands on one of the congregants in the previous Monday service. As he laid hands on the man, Prophet T. B. Joshua told him that he could see trouble over a child and that the man’s life had been that of economic woe because of that very child whose ownership was yet to be established. The man in question acknowledged ownership of a daughter to the prophet and for the first time to anybody. He had hidden this fact from his wife and from anybody else because he impregnated the mother as a girl
At the end of the video clip, Mr Emmanuel Kujo and his Ghanaian wife
LETTER FOUND IN HUSBAND’S POCKET
The next video clip unravelled a prophecy issued by the man of God in which he said a woman discovered a letter in her husband’s trousers and since then she was confused whether to void the marriage or stay . The prophecy also advised her against any rash action, as she could not tell yet whether the whole scenario was the handiwork of an enemy who never wished their marriage well. She was urged to wait for God’s opinion. At the end of the clip, Francis Odoom a Ghanaian and his Nigerian wife, Ruth emerged to tell the congregation that they were the subject of the prophecy.
- Ruth told listeners that the prophecy is true and that her husband had changed in behaviour and love towards her by refusing to pick her calls and hardly providing for feeding in the home whereas he did all this willingly for the pregnant writer of the said letter. Mr Francis Odoom confirmed the letter and added that for eighteen years, their marriage was barren and that was why he decided to step out of the marriage and to his joy pregnancy resulted from it. He said the letter under reference had to do with the woman and her pregnancy. He confessed being relieved and happy over the pregnancy until the woman went on to abort it. Francis confirmed that since the discovery of the letter, peace had eluded their home. Prophet T.B. Joshua promised to offer counselling to the couple.
ANOINTING WATER BREAKS NEW GROUNDS
The Anointing Water and its miraculous feats all over the world had been a subject of interest. The congregation were shown more feats in India and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where pastors of different Churches made use of it for crusades and deliverances. In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Pastor Ashane Tassew Birtukan who had come from Ethiopia to worship in The SCOAN, Lagos humbly requested the prophet to give her some bottles of the Anointing Water for a crusade in her country. The prophet conceded her humble request like he equally honoured the request of Pastor Ankur Narula of the Church of Signs and Wonders, India some weeks earlier. In the crusade in The Millennium Centre, Addis Ababa it was miracles galore as many who had lost their health and freedom for years were healed and delivered, relieving many wheel chairs of their burdens. We thank God Almighty for the opportunity to be witnesses to these miracles. May His name be praised for evermore.