Wise Man John Chi gave his message and cited Psalm 91:14-16 as his proof text. Explaining the word, ‘rescue’ as used in the text, he reminded his listeners that it suggests crises and danger. He added further that your choice to serve God in faith and truth does not shield your life from hard times but that the Lord will see you through. In the message which he aptly titled, ‘He Promises To See Us Through’ the wise man declared that in our walk with the Lord, there would be good and hard times and that, like the Biblical Job, we should be steadfast and hold on to the Lord whatever our situation. After Job’s crises, God eventually restored his blessing threefold. The same generous reward awaits those who defy tribulations and stay steadfast with the Lord. He enjoined his listeners not to allow their present situation to doubt the fulfilment of God’s Word in their lives. In his words, ‘… don’t lose hope, don’t give up, don’t listen to the language of your situation’. You should not allow your bad experiences to wipe you out; instead, turn your scars to stars. In a moment, the Lord will rescue you from your problems and shower His blessings on you, he concluded.
WOMAN’S DELIVERANCE FROM SPIRIT OF EATING SAND
Masindi Mugari, the South African woman, who received her deliverance in the previous Sunday service from the spirit of addiction to eating sand, in the mighty name of Jesus, confirmed her deliverance total and effectual after one week of stay in The SCOAN, during which she slept peacefully and had no urge to eat sand anymore. Thanking God in joy and excitement, she assured her listeners that God was aware of whatever problems they had and He would not disappoint them, if they stayed steadfast. She also thanked the prophet for being the agent in the hands of Jesus for her deliverance.
WOMAN DELIVERED FROM SPIRIT OF EATING HER OWN HAIR
Mr and Mrs Udoh from Akwa-Ibom, Nigeria surprised the congregation when the wife, Josephine revealed that for 23 years she had suffered the addiction to eating her hair, those from her head, her armpit and her private parts. This addiction, she added, began when a voice told her to eat her hair but despite all efforts to stop, the addiction continued. Confirming the confession, her husband added that she plucked her hair continually for eating. After a few words of advice on the need to visit the right place in time for deliverance, Prophet T.B. Joshua invited the lady to come forward and he stretched his hand at her for deliverance in the mighty name of Jesus. Declaring her free after that, Prophet T.B. Joshua asked her to pick some hair to eat. In reaction, Josephine plucked some of her hair and put it in her mouth. She however, spat it out soon after, on the ground that it no longer had any appeal to her. The couple thanked the prophet for being used by the Lord to deliver her so miraculously after 23 years of unrewarding efforts elsewhere.
PROPHECY REVEALS PROMOTION AFTER RETIREMENT
A video clip unfolded a prophecy in which the prophet mentioned a court case to a member of the congregation, advising him to forgive and forget to make his promotion, which was on the way, a reality. As soon as the clip was over, David Amah introduced himself to the congregation as Brigadier General David Amah, thus confirming the prophecy before giving the details. In his testimony, David told his listeners all his travails in the past over the promotion. Brigadier General Amah of the Nigerian Army serving at Defence Headquarters, Abuja submitted a letter for promotion last year but when the result came, he was not enlisted. He was consequently devastated. This year, he got a retirement letter making him heartbroken. He went to his family home in Port Harcourt where he watched Emmanuel TV. In his worry over his promotion, he, accompanied by his family, decided to seek the face of the Lord in The SCOAN on August 10 where the prophecy was issued to him. At the airport on their way home, he received a call from Abuja asking him to bring reports about his promotion. He changed his mind there and then and flew to Abuja, while asking his family to go home to Port Harcourt. That call was the beginning of the events that fetched him a promotion to the rank of Brigadier General after his retirement. An interesting fact about the whole story is that both the letter of retirement and that of the new promotion were signed by one and the same person. In Brigadier General David Amah’s words, only God can turn retirement into promotion. God is not time bound. Trust Him always, the Brigadier General advised his listeners.
ANOINTING WATER AVERTS ROBBERY AND MURDER
On September 4 this year, Mr Udoma Uboh prayed as usual with his family, using the Anointing Water before going to bed. However, as soon as they were in bed, they realized that they were surrounded by four armed robbers who asked them to surrender all their valuables, if they valued their lives. They did that promptly but the robbers appeared dissatisfied with their loot and threatened to shoot the man. One of them asked his wife to say the last prayer for her husband. Utilizing the opportunity, the wife started praying with the God of T.B. Joshua, asking him for protection for the husband and the rest of the family. As soon as the robbers heard the name of T.B. Joshua, they became disillusioned and the one whose gun was pointed at Mr Udoma Uboh lowered it, while the rest proceeded to return all that they had considered their loot. As they left the premises in disappointment, they fired a gunshot outside. It was the shot that would have silenced Mr Udoma Uboh forever but for the Anointing Water and the name of T.B. Joshua through the name of Jesus Christ. The couple thanked God for His mercy on them.
ANOINTING WATER ENDS STAGNATION OF 15 YEARS
Mrs Mercy Pius of Maiduguri in Borno, Nigeria narrated to the congregation that on 29 May she visited The SCOAN where she received the Anointing Water in her efforts to solve many of her problems, including her stagnation as a worker for 15 years. At home, she prayed and ministered the Anointing Water on herself in the name of Jesus. On her way from the church, a friend called her to inform her that her name had been enlisted for promotion. Before long, her promotion came, catapulting her from grade level 8 to 13. She could not hide her joy at this development and advised her listeners to always believe in God for a solution to their problems.
WATCHING EMMANUEL TV CHANGED MAN’S LIFE FOR BETTER
Mr Davies Opubor narrated a very interesting experience he had at home with Emmanuel TV. Coming home at night, he was torn between preparing his dinner and sitting down to watch the Emmanuel TV telecast. He however, embraced the two at the same time by switching on the Emmanuel TV and shuttling between his room and the kitchen to boil some rice for the evening, while his ears were hooked on to the telecast. As he moved to and fro putting some rice on the fire, he could hear the voice of T.B. Joshua apparently monitoring his movements and advising him to settle down in the sitting room to benefit from the deliverance prayer that he was offering. At first he did not listen, until Prophet T.B. Joshua referred to a person cooking rice that he should stop what he was doing to come and watch Emmanuel TV. Finally realizing that Prophet T.B. Joshua was talking to him, he sat down as instructed and participated in the prayer with Prophet T.B. Joshua for all viewers of Emmanuel TV. Davies confirmed that after the deliverance prayer with the prophet, his life changed. As he got to office the following day, he saw his leave application approved contrary to the routine the previous years. He used to suffer many tribulations before the deliverance prayer with the prophet. He used to eat in dreams and was abnormally attracted to women among other bad traits, causing him to wish to commit suicide. However, the deliverance prayer changed all the odd behaviour associated with him. He saw himself after the deliverance prayer preaching to women rather than making advances to them as he used to do. After receiving the Anointing Water from The SCOAN, he used it to heal a man from stroke. He was particularly happy that his life has changed for the better and thanked the prophet as a true man of God.
MASS PRAYER FREES ALL PARTICIPANTS
In the mass prayer which brought the Sunday service to a close and in which many of those afflicted with contrary spirits manifested beforedeliverance, Prophet T.B. Joshua was particularly concerned about the congregation entering the New Year in a state of purity and accord with the Lord and spared no breath as he directed prayer points at many areas of life. He prayed for the release of their finances, careers, marital lives and restoration of their health and destinies among others. Calling both the congregation and Emmanuel TV viewers to stretch out their right hands in prayer in the name of Jesus, he intoned, ‘Viewers, whatever you touch shall be blessed and you shall enjoy a breakthrough in your career, marital life and all your endeavours’.