The SCOAN Live Sunday Service of March 6, 2016 witnessed the power of God at work. The prophecies, healings and testimonies that followed showed that we can always receive answers and solutions to our questions and challenges, respectively, when we put a demand on the anointing of God. The choir’s ministration coupled with the brief but profound sermon of Prophet T.B. Joshua gave the congregants much to meditate upon. The highpoint of the sermon centred on our relationship with God: “To know that God hears us when we pray is much greater than healing, blessing, deliverance and breakthrough. If you can hear from God, you will know when to pray and what to ask for. When we pray according to God’s will, He answers us.”
Concluding, the man of God left the congregants with the following eye-opener: “If you are destined for Heaven and Heaven is your home, God has a way of stopping you so that you can inherit the Kingdom. He can use anything to stop you. Your sickness as a Christian is not like others – it is not to destroy you but to improve you.”
CHRONIC STAGNATION GIVES WAY TO GLORIOUS PROMOTION
Mrs Comfort Akama Shidem was not a happy woman for twelve years. Her dream of climbing up the corporate ladder in her career was threatened by the sad reality of stagnation. She had remained a Chief Nursing Officer for quite a long while and was in dire need of promotion but it was not forthcoming. Approaching her organisation’s management for clarification on her long-sought promotion, she was told she needed to upgrade her qualification by returning to school.
The Benue State-born woman gladly enrolled into the University of Calabar, Nigeria. In spite of her age, pressures from home and the strangulating strictures of non-payment of salary, she was able to fulfil the academic requirements with the help of the Morning Water (which she ministered with devotion) and was awarded a degree. Thinking her new certificate would unlock the closed doors of her promotion, it was a rude shock that awaited her. She was told that her new qualification was no longer relevant and was once again advised to go back to school.
In anguish but with a strong faith in God, she decided to visit the Arena of Liberty, knowing that her case was a very small one compared to the impossible cases handled here. Her visit to The SCOAN would become one of the most significant events in her life. Receiving the Morning Water, she ministered it periodically as one who was administering doses of medication. After a while, she reapplied for her promotion. It was at this point that her life was overtaken by the Shekinah glory of God. The same man who had turned down her application for promotion, surprisingly granted it. She was thereafter promoted to the position of Deputy Director. While she was still pondering on the awesomeness of God, she was appointed Head of Department and was posted to a Local Government Area in her State. These were her words of advice to people all over the world, as she testified before The SCOAN congregation, “Believe in God and His prophets and it shall be well with you.”
MIXED BLESSINGS FOR MR NJIKTA AND DAUGHTER
For Mr Zacharias Njikta, life was not as smooth as he had wanted it to be. He spent his youthful days hoping to study abroad without success. Now, at 65 years, the retired Principal from Cameroon recounts his unlikely ‘promotion’ by God at His own time.
As an Emmanuel TV Partner, he was always ministering the Morning Water in prayer. One fateful day, he decided to apply for an American visa in order to visit his children who were living there. Ministering the Morning Water before stepping out for his appointment, he was surprised at the ease at which he passed the visa interview at the embassy and he received his visa in no time. However, landing in the US, he was greeted with a not too palatable situation. One of his sons who had spent some time over there had no work permit and was virtually living in hiding. Mr Njikta encouraged his son to apply for a work permit. As the young man applied online, his father anointed the screen of the computer with his Morning Water and within a month, the young man received his work permit. After a while, the young man procured two cars – one for himself and the other for his father.
Inspired by the breakthrough of his son, Mr Njikta applied for admission into a university in the US and his application was granted. He is now a student of Walden University on scholarship. He is studying Teacher Leadership and intends to establish a school to train young students. According to him, people should not put a time limit to their ambitions because God’s time is the best. He challenged them to aspire, irrespective of age. He also urged people all over the world to read the Word of God and live by it. Miss Lynda Favour Njikta, his daughter, also testified to her deliverance through the Morning Water, from the spirits of career dissatisfaction, frustration and alcoholism. She glorified God for her new-found freedom and for discovering her purpose as a designer after many lukewarm experiments with the wrong jobs.
GOOD RIDDANCE TO VISA PALAVER
Mrs Juanita Macarby, a Ghanaian national, had been trying to join her husband in the US for several years without luck. The visa process which should ordinarily take six months was spanning into years. After many failed attempts, her husband advised her to visit the Arena of Liberty to “receive a touch and the Morning Water”. True to her husband’s belief, Mrs Macarby received prayers, ministered the Morning Water and returned to Ghana where things took a new turn for the better.
On the day of her visa interview, she ministered the Morning Water and headed straight to the US Consulate. The Consular was very nice and receptive to the extent that Mrs Macarby felt that she was chatting with a friend. At the end of the whole process, Mrs Juanita Macarby was told to come for her visa in two weeks but surprisingly, she was called just after two days to come and pick up her permanent resident visa to the US. Mrs Macarby is departing Nigeria for the US on Thursday, March 10, 2016 to join her husband. She advised people to rejoice in every unpleasant situation as God is still saying something.
DECADES OF BARRENNESS COME TO AN END
Mr and Mrs Gabriel Ebagun had been searching for fruit of the womb for close to six years and all medical technologies such as IVF could not help them. This was not the first struggle for Mr Ebagun who had previously separated from his first wife after twenty one years of childlessness.
His second wife was mocked by many people who labelled her husband a serial failure in terms of fathering children. It was at the peak of all those embarrassing developments that the couple visited The SCOAN where they received prayer at the Prayer Line.
After prayer and deliverance, the couple left and continued to minister the Morning Water they were given by Prophet T.B. Joshua. To their great joy, shortly thereafter, Mrs Ebagun conceived and today, she is the proud mother of twins – two bouncing baby boys named Solomon and Jesse. Thanking God for delivering him from a thirty year stigma, Mr Ebagun advised people to plan their way in the Lord and remain focused on Him.
FROM ZERO TO HERO THROUGH THE SCOAN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME
Mr Akpo Victor Adikpe was on the verge of dropping out of school as lack of finances almost crippled his illustrious ambition to get a good education. It was a tough battle before he could even pass his WAEC and JAMB exams. He had to wait for ten years after graduating from secondary school to be able to pass those exams but not without the spiritual help and prayers he had received at The SCOAN in 2007.
The big and influential men whom he had run to for help turned him down, making him feel more miserable. After all disappointments, friends who felt for him advised him to approach The SCOAN which has maintained a reputation for helping the needy achieve their God-given destinies. Mr Adikpe did not waste time in contacting the ministry. Narrating his challenges to the man of God, he was treated with so much dignity – a rare occurrence in a world where people look down on the poor and needy. Even though he was not a member of the church, the man of God, T.B. Joshua took up the responsibility of his education through The SCOAN scholarship programme.
Today, Mr Akpo Victor Adikpe is a qualified legal practitioner, having successfully graduated from the Law Department of the University of Jos, Nigeria and the Nigerian Law School. All glory and honour be unto God. A young man who facing lack, frustration and rejection is now an important member of the Nigerian society. Thanking God for transforming him from zero to hero, he advised people out there to keep on watching Emmanuel TV.
RESCUED FROM THE TRAP OF LACK AND STAGNATION
For two years, Chief Peter Mackwin was in a big financial mess. His business collapsed while his immediate family struggled to survive. As the breadwinner, he could no longer manage to provide his family’s needs to the extent that his children stopped going to school. Help was not forthcoming from any angle. After waiting in vain for any form of human respite, he decided to visit The SCOAN.
Receiving the Morning Water, the indigene of Plateau, Nigeria returned home and started ministering it on himself and all his business documents. After a short while, the glorious changes that flooded his life are better experienced than described in writing. His business took an upward leap as contracts began to flow in from different angles. Money is no longer an issue in his life as his family has started enjoying the best. A man who could not pay his children’s school fees is now sponsoring seven other people (not members of his family) in the university.
He has been blessed with a building and two exotic cars. He has also constructed a twenty one-chalet hostel for his state university as well as a motorised borehole for his local community. He thanked God for the turn-around and advised people with the following words: “God is the Master of everything and He will provide for you at your point of need.”
PERENNIAL BLEEDING BOWS TO THE ANOINTING OF GOD
During penultimate Sunday service, the man of God, while ministering to the congregation, prophesied about a woman who was having the issue of blood. His words were as follows: “There is a woman, you put on a pad – it is not your period. You have been like that for some time now. Sometimes, when you don’t have money, you use a rag just to stop whatever is coming out of your body. It’s no longer just blood; your system is damaged. Please, come out; Jesus loves you. You know Jesus can stop it. Remember the woman with the issue of blood. Come out and enjoy the grace”. Coming out of the congregation, the woman confirmed the prophecy to be true about her life. The man of God delivered her immediately, declaring an end to her problem through Christ Jesus.
Testifying in company of her mother and two sisters, Miss Lianna Douglas, all the way from Trinidad and Tobago, recounted how she had suffered so much embarrassment as a result of the bleeding she was experiencing. According to her, as soon as she heard the prophecy, she was frozen with surprise. She explained that when the man of God stretched his hand towards her, she felt the power of God on her womb and could not help but fall to the ground. The bleeding ceased immediately she fell to the ground.
In an emotion-laden thanksgiving, Lianna’s mother said they placed a demand on the anointing of God in the man of God and were able to get the healing their daughter needed. “No more bleeding – it has stopped by the hand of God,” said Lianna’s mother as she continued to express her gratitude to God. On her own part, Lianna, overwhelmed with joy sang a song of praise to the Most High for healing her.
Brethren, as we submit our lives to the will of God, He will uphold us in His glory and set us high on the hill where His light in us cannot be hidden; then, we shall be called THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
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