A PRAYERFUL HEART
Wise Man John Chi opened the service with an enlightening message, titled: A PRAYERFUL HEART. He started by saying that prayer is the shortest route between our hearts and God and that our means of communication with God is through prayer.
He advised on the way to pray, saying that: “Asking God for a specific thing would amount to limiting God to a certain answer. Those who are emotionally controlled lack the sense of objectivity. They tend to instruct God in the way He should go. They would say, “God, give me this; give me that”. They pray to pull God to their mind not to bring themselves to His.” He said we should look at the life of Daniel as an example to us saying that: “When Daniel was going through hard times in the hands of his enemies, he did not instruct God in the way He should go, he simply left all to God to glorify His name and submitted to His will. When we pray, the answer we get depends on how God chooses to implement His will in that matter.” He explained that when we come to God, we must come with a pure heart because the great thing God looks at and requires is the heart, explaining that: “Our hearts must be purified by faith and entire for God because if it is not in spirit, it is not in truth and so it is all nothing.”
Using the book of Romans 8:26-27, he explained that there are two types of prayer. Spirit prayer; that is prayer in the power of the Holy Spirit which springs from need. And conventional prayer; that is exercising techniques of mind control which spring from emotions/feelings. He asked the congregation the question: “Which of The prayers do you offer? The outcome of your prayer depends on the kind of prayer you offer.”
Wise Man John Chi concluded the message by making an intriguing statement. “We often hear that prayer changes things but it is not entirely true. Prayer changes us, faith changes things. I mean, prayer changes our focus and faith causes things to happen.”
He then asked the congregation some thought provoking questions:
Why are we not delivered from our bad habits in spite of our prayer?
Why are our souls not completely healed in spite of our prayer?
He then ended the message noting the role that faith plays in prayer, saying that:
“Prayer is not right if it does not spring from faith. One is rewarded when one prays in faith.”
BREAK THE CYCLE!
T.B. Joshua started by noting that in some homes or families, there has been a cycle of life, from generation to generation. He said for some it is a cycle of poverty, for others, a cycle of hardship or marital problems, or sickness and disease. He said that for so many there has been a limitation of progress.
He noted that for some, anytime anyone in the family would reach a certain level in life, they would not be able to progress beyond it. He also said that for others, even if they reached a high level and succeeded, eventually they would still be brought back down to the lowest level. He said, “Many homes – no matter the position they occupy, they will still come down, they will become nobody and those things they acquired will become history.” He encouraged everyone listening by declaring, “Now it is time to break the cycle of life. We are here today to break the cycle!”
A large part of the live Sunday Service at The SCOAN consists of testimonies – testimonies of those that have received something that will change their lives forever. Most of those that come for their testimony tell us that it was the testimony that they saw on Emmanuel TV that led them to come for their healing, blessing and deliverance. You are blessed to bless others. That gift of a testimony is what God will use to bless other through you.
The testimonies began with a loud shout of praise from Mr John Marufu to God Almighty for healing him from deafness in his left ear. The Zimbabwean came to The SCOAN because of what he had heard from friends about The SCOAN and the miracles that were taking place. But even though he came in faith, he still doubted God’s desire and ability to help him in his mind saying that if he did not receive his miracle that he would visit the doctor again as soon as he arrived back in his country.
Touched on the head by the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua during the laying on of hands section during a Monday Live Prophetic Service, he fell to the ground under the influence of the Holy Spirit. Later on, as he used a cotton ear bud to clean out his ears, he heard a whooshing sound in his left ear and he could hear again. Glory be to God! Despite his doubt that God can do what He says He can do, God set him free.
The second testimony but not any less powerful was given by Tsholofelo Setshiro from Botswana testifying that she had been healed from extremely poor vision. She was wearing glasses and if she removed them, she could not see more than 2 meters in front of herself. Diagnosed with shortsightedness, the only solution from medical professionals were the glasses and medications for the eyes but to no avail.
After receiving prayer from Prophet T.B. Joshua, the next morning she woke up and as she was leaving the room, she forgot her glasses.
When she finally realized that her healing had been perfected, she was already outside walking around without them. She then noticed that she could see details of things quite a distance away. Tears filled her eyes as she recounted the joy she felt when she realized that God had turned her poor vision to clear sight in just a blink of God’s eye.
Mrs Appollonia Ezeugwu received her healing before she ever set foot inside The SCOAN. Both of her legs had been broken in an accident and she was bedridden unable to move from her hospital bed. When finally she was discharged from the hospital, she was using a wheelchair to get around. Due to her condition, her husband installed Emmanuel TV in their home and she started to watch it on a daily basis. One day as she was watching Emmanuel TV, a woman who had come to The SCOAN with a problem similar to her own was receiving prayer; the woman stood and began to walk. At that same
moment, with great faith in her heart, she touched the screen of her television and stood up from her wheelchair. Shouting in amazement, her family came running into the room to find that she was no longer wheelchair bound but walking freely to the glory of God. This is to encourage others watching Emmanuel TV that anywhere they are, they can receive their very own miracle. Distance truly was not a barrier in the life of Mrs Ezeugwu.
Anointing Water Testimony – Mr Oluseyi Sunday was in abject poverty when he received the Anointing Water
at The SCOAN. After administering it and praying in the name of Jesus Christ, he received major breakthrough in every area of his life.
Mr & Mrs Okes Erebu came to The SCOAN booked for an operation at the doctor’s request as she had been in prolonged labour.
Wise Man Racine went to pray for Mrs Erebu in the labour and delivery room of the church and she delivered her baby safely without an operation.
The same day, another couple Mr & Mrs Moses came to The SCOAN also booked for an operation
because the baby was in a breech position inside the womb. Immediately Wise Man John Chi started to pray for Mrs Stella Moses, the baby started to change to its proper position and a short time later she delivered her baby boy safe and sound.
Telling the viewers and members of the congregation that she was coming all the way from South Africa to share her testimony of what God had done for her without her even being in The SCOAN, Mrs Winnie Joyce Duru declared that she received her healing from severe stomach pain through the Anointing Water by Prophet T.B. Joshua, Anointing Water she had been given by a friend. Unable to diagnose the exact problem she was having, the doctor’s operated on her twice, once for her appendix and a second on her womb.
They wanted to do a third kidney operation but seeing that the problem was beyond nature that was when a friend gave her the Anointing Water from The SCOAN. Spraying the Anointing Water and praying in the name of Jesus Christ, she believed that God would take control of her situation. Instantly, she felt heat on the right side of her body and something come out of her. From that moment on, she testifies that her body is like new just as Prophet T.B. Joshua stated during the service that it is as if God has given her the spare parts He had in His store in Heaven.
If millions of this generation are to believe, they must see proof that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. That is the reason we document every miracle that happens at The SCOAN. If you have your own testimony, please email us on email@example.com.
BREAK THE GRIP OR HOLD OF SATAN OVER YOUR LIFE
After the break, T.B. Joshua came out again to lead the congregation and the viewers worldwide in a prayer point that would break every demonic authority over their lives.
“Whatever cycle of poverty, sickness, disease, begin to break it in the name of Jesus! You know the situation your home, community are facing. God says it is time to break that yoke.
Trust Him. Jesus holds the key to your life. Begin to break the hold of satan over your life, destiny. Begin to disengage yourself, free yourself from the grip or hold of satan, in the name of Jesus!
If you have eaten through dreams, or from the table of your enemy, adversary – flush it out in the precious blood of Jesus Christ! Wash it away by the blood of Jesus Christ.
I can see you being released! Your business, career, life, marital life, destiny has been released!
The congregation departed with this prayer going through their minds, knowing that they were victorious in Christ Jesus and that they had been freed from the hold of satan over their lives. The viewers worldwide were likewise encouraged and resolved henceforth to live above the cycle of limitation that had kept them captive for so long.