FAITH IS NATURAL

Under an atmosphere of sincere appreciation to our merciful God, the anointing fell upon ‘The Arena of Liberty’ as The SCOAN Choir led the congregation in songs and hymns of thanksgiving unto the Lord.

In this environment of the miraculous, Prophet T.B. Joshua stepped onto the altar with a strong word from the Lord. He warned the congregation and viewers worldwide against manufacturing our own faith, in a message titled: Faith Is Natural. “There is a sovereign power in that name, Jesus which cannot be imitated or faked,” he stated. But today, people manufacture faith. This is why it does not work. The result of being born-again, the dividend is not there because people manufacture them; people fake them. “Faith is of the heart,” Prophet T.B. Joshua reiterated, and “if your heart does not act upon the Word, nothing can be achieved.”He went on to explain that “our relationship with God always requires corresponding power,” hence the need for worshipping God in Spirit and in truth. He therefore asked worshippers to invite God’s Spirit into their hearts by praying, “Oh Holy Spirit, take more of me and give me more of You – more of Your love, faithfulness, obedience, kindness, self-control.” In his closing remarks, the man of God said, “When you begin to reverence Him, the Bible says that the Spirit will be released to the degree we stand in reverence of His Word.”

This was the second soul-searching message delivered as Prophetess Yinka had earlier urged the congregation to “SLOW DOWN AND CARE FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE.” She spoke on the need to strip ourselves of “all weight that may slow us down from running the straight race with God,” citing worries, anxieties, cares and burdens of this world as sources of such weight. “How short-sighted it is to work so hard to extend this life and not take time to prepare for eternity” she mused. On that note, she said that we tend to experience a spiritual vacuum when we lack a genuine relationship with God and place material possessions above Him. In her words, “You just have to experience God. Until we experience God, there will be dissatisfaction in our lives. I mean, a sense of hunger to know what life is all about, a desire to know what happens after life is over.” In line with Matthew 6:33, which says, But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you,” she counselled congregants not to waste time “on things that have no lasting value or significance.”

She prayed that they would encounter God and then stretched forth her hand in the name of Jesus Christ and brought Jesus on the scene. The name of Jesus began to work in the midst of the congregation, lifting the lame from their seats, restoring the breath of life to the infirm and setting the captives free. The auditorium was filled with an outpouring of gratitude to God as Prophet Racine and Prophet Chris joined to lay hands on the congregation, in the name of Jesus Christ…

Indeed, Christ’s Spirit was released upon all who connected to Him by faith and testimonies followed:

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