THE JOY OF SALVATION
The Sunday Live Service on 23rd October 2011, started with an opening prayer by one of the evangelists, welcoming the congregation and the viewers around the world into the arena of liberty.
Then, at God’s appointed time, Wise Man Racine came out to deliver the good news of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ with a message titled – The Joy of Salvation. He first asked the congregation three questions, ‘Are you happy?’ ‘What makes you happy?’ and ‘If you were told that today were your last day on earth would you still be happy?’ In answer to the question, he said that until you experience God in your life, there will be dissatisfaction. Until you experience God in your life, you will have a sense of hunger to know what life is all about and a desire to know what happens after life is over. Using Luke 10:20-21 as the proof text for his message, Wise Man Racine enlightened everyone by saying that satisfaction in life is not about having children, money or other worldly possessions; you have to experience God. He also said that salvation is the issue of destiny and that the real things of a man are not of his body or his flesh but the first place we are to prosper is in our spiritual life. Encouraging those in attendance at the service and the viewers watching from anywhere they were in the world, Wise Man Racine stated that when Jesus Christ becomes the Boss, the CEO, the Director of your life, everything becomes different; you think differently, you act differently, you walk differently, you have a sensitivity that you never had, you begin to have feelings for others and you have the privilege of letting the Creator, God Almighty, assist you in all you do. That is the joy of salvation. So, never doubt your salvation. Once you become a Christian, satan can never snatch you away from God.
WHO IS A PROPHET?
Expanding on the theme of previous weeks, Prophet T.B. Joshua spoke more concerning the different classes and roles of prophets in his message, titled, Who Is A Prophet?
He started by saying that the belief of people is that a prophet is only out to predict or foretell the future. There are two classes of prophets. We have the general practitioner and the prophet. The first class of prophets are those who have the ability to communicate the saving will of God. They may be called general practitioners or general prophets. General prophets are true teachers and preachers because of their deep knowledge of the Scriptures. They teach and preach about things announced and known. The other prophets are those who receive direct and specific messages from God. We are not used to these prophets. That is why most times, the prophet is doubted and criticised. He ended his message saying that unbelief is high because of worldly distraction and that you need the spirit of a prophet to recognize, to understand and to know a prophet.
Demonstrating his words that the prophet also has the grace to tell us the situation at the moment, Prophet T.B. Joshua proceeded to shed light on one of the main problems of the African continent as the lack of consultants for the continent’s leaders. “Anyone that does not have a consultant will not have direction. You need a good consultant to make it.”
He appealed to ex-presidents and ex-leaders of Africa to disconnect themselves from political parties and come together as Statesmen of Africa. He advised them to form a powerful association where they can become consultants to the presidents of their nations and can lead the masses without tagging themselves to a political party. On this note, he led the congregation and viewers worldwide in prayer for God to redeem the continent of Africa. “Now we have discovered the solution. The solution is that ex-presidents, ex-leaders, ex-kings, ex-queens should come out, return to the masses, retire and stop tagging themselves to any political party. They should stay clear and become statesmen. If this is done, peace would return.”
DELIVERED FROM A TREE DEMON
Then it was time to listen to the experiences of people and to testimonies.
The congregation sat enthralled as they listened to the chilling tale of Mr Vincent Ogor Okpobrisi and his family.
Mr. Vincent Ogor Okpobrisi began his account by taking the congregation back 38 years to 1972 when as a young man he was working as a caterpillar driver, at the age of 24. He related how he was working on a particular project of clearing a way through a thick forest for a road to link to an Express Way. He said that there was one fateful day that before he set out to work, the village chief priest called him and warned him that there is a tree by the name of Okpobrisi that he should not move close to because it is a demon of the forest. As it happened, as he was approaching the vicinity of this particular tree, he became worried and took over the controls of the vehicle himself so as to avoid any unpleasant occurrence that he would later regret. But in spite of such efforts, as he was passing this tree, another tree that he felled swung and struck it and it split and fell. He said that immediately this happened, the demon behind the tree sent a swarm of bees from that tree towards him and they began to sting him all over his body. There were other people there but the bees targeted him alone. He said that he became very weak, fell down, became unconscious and was rushed to hospital.
After that day, his life was no longer the same. He explained how he felt something enter him and he started hearing strange voices. His began living a wild and wayward life, and was constantly roaming around without peace. Sickness began to strike him, right, left and centre.
There was not enough time for him to fully relate his experiences but one of the strangest things he said was that the demon made him to reject the name given to him by his parents, and instead bear its name, Okpobrisi. He said he was compelled to change the name of his company to ‘Okpobrisi’ Plant Hire. This demonic affliction also extended to his family as he explained that nothing was going well for anyone in the family and that his wife had wanted to leave him.
This demon had been tormenting him and affecting every area of his life for so many years before he came to The SCOAN and received deliverance when Wise Man Christopher prayed for him and the demon in his life had been exposed.
He concluded by declaring that since his deliverance, he has been at peace and slept well. “I’m not hearing those voices anymore” he joyfully declared, thanking God for delivering him from the demonic authority over his life that had kept him bound and burdened for so long.
MIRACLE BABY IN THE SCOAN!
Mr and Mrs Ale Egu shared their joyful testimony of the miraculous birth of their daughter during the previous Monday Service, 17th October 2011. Hardly able to contain her joy, Mrs Ale Egu spoke of how TB Joshua had said that there would be another baby girl coming into the world before the end of the service, on that Monday. She had come to The SCOAN for safe delivery. She explained how she went into labour suddenly and was rushed to the labour room. Wise Man John Chi came to pray for her and told her “Deliver your baby in Jesus’ name!” She said that she delivered her baby girl immediately she received that word from the wise man.
Her husband recounted how he had been at home watching Emmanuel TV when he first saw his wife on the screen and that as he arrived at The SCOAN, he received a call that his wife had delivered safely a baby girl. To His power, nothing is impossible!
DELIVERED FROM SMOKING, DRINKING & MASTURBATION THROUGH EMMANUEL TV
Mr Emmanuel Newman, a Nigerian living in Gabon, shared how he had experienced a thorough reformation of heart and life after watching Emmanuel TV and praying with T.B. Joshua. He said that for many years, he had been tormented by the spirit of masturbation, lust, excessive smoking and heavy drinking. He said that he had been battling with this for so long, even after making a commitment to follow Jesus. He explained that although he was calling himself a Christian, he was not truly delivered as he was not able to control these bad habits – after talking about Jesus, he would find himself masturbating and moving with many different women. While preaching the Gospel to others, these spirits continued to torment him. He explained how he became despondent, and decided to forget about Christianity as his life was far from a testament to what he claimed to believe.
He explained how one day he was passing a shop and Emmanuel TV was showing and T.B. Joshua was preaching. He said that there was one particular quote that he heard that stuck in his memory and rekindled his hope. “When you make a mistake as we all do, don’t run from God, run to God”. He was touched by this message and made arrangements for Emmanuel TV to be installed in his house. He later prayed along with TB. Joshua as he was praying for the viewers. He said that when he touched the screen he felt something like electricity flowing through him and something came out of him. Immediately after the prayer, he proceeded to remove all the cigarettes, alcohol and pornographic materials from his house. He said that since that time, he has had no desire whatsoever to smoke, drink or masturbate and that even the odour of smoke repulses him. This deliverance took place in 2009 and since that time he has experienced a complete turnaround in everything that has to do with him. He is now happily married, working and settled. He has peace, joy and fulfilment and he can’t stop giving thanks to God for the mighty deliverance he received.
Prophet T.B. Joshua then explained that there is a difference between religious people and Christians. He said that Christianity is all about a relationship with Jesus. You can be a religious person without being delivered, but to be a Christian you need to be delivered.
Mrs Ohora Osim from Cross River state also testified to deliverance from an oppressive spirit of death after ministering the Anointing Water.
Also, Mrs Portia Fransien Lebona from South Africa testified to now being pregnant after being barren for 6 years after receiving the Anointing Water.
EVERY DEMONIC AUTHORITY BROKEN!
The service closed with a time of Mass Prayer, and the atmosphere was charged as the congregation prayed that every demonic authority in their lives be broken!
T.B. Joshua offered this prayer for the viewers worldwide, noting that the population of those watching at home far surpassed those present in the church.
“Viewers all over the world, as you watch God’s power, trust Him! Whatever situation you are in, it could be sickness, it could be poverty, it could be hardship, it could be rejection, it could be limitation, it could be barrenness – whatever situation – believe Him right now in the name of Jesus! Believe in the name of Jesus. Begin to break every demonic authority over your life. Be healed, delivered, blessed in the name of Jesus! Those who are on the sickbed, dry bones are rising again. Begin to confess your release. My career is released in the name of Jesus. My family, marital life, destiny is released in the name of Jesus! It is a new dawn!”