From Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, came Mrs Chinwe Dike two weeks ago to participate in The SCOAN Living Water Service. Chinwe had recently had an operation on her glaucoma-infested eyes. She also had high blood pressure that constantly caused her severe chest pain. As such, she had to take a variety of medication to keep her stable. Despite the surgery, she had begun to lose vision in the right eye. As someone who had initially been unsure of God’s presence at The SCOAN, she had rejected the advice that she come to the church for prayer. As her situation worsened, however, she came to ‘The Arena of Liberty’ and humbled herself before her Creator. Before stepping on The SCOAN Altar, she confessed her sins to God and asked for His mercy. Thereafter, she proceeded to minister the Living Water in her eyes. She explained that she felt a flash in her right eye as she regained perfect vision. She went on to drink the rest of the living water. Instantly, Chinwe said, she experienced relief from her chest pain and every other form of discomfort. Testifying last Sunday, Chinwe noted that, “If I had come here earlier, I wouldn’t have needed to go for surgery in the first place.” She added, “I have not taken my blood pressure drugs since that day.”
Falling on her knees in prayer, Miss Justina Tarebide suddenly began to vomit blood and poisonous substances. As the Spirit of the Lord continued to move in her system, she then began to urinate! For the fainthearted, the deposit on the floor might have been a source of visual disturbance. Yet, that had been God’s way of delivering Justina from the problem of stomach pain that she had suffered from for the last five years. Justina’s healing had come a fortnight ago as God’s servants Prophet Racine and Prophet Chris ministered during the Mass Prayer session. “I could not eat, breathe or sleep well,” Justina had begun her testimony last Sunday. She said she used to feel excruciating pain but doctors had been unable to help her. When she disclosed the problem to her mother, she told Justina to come to the village, where her native doctor stepfather did his bit, to no avail. On Justina’s return to Lagos, a neighbour brought her to The SCOAN where the Lord located her. Now pain free, she advised people to believe in God, who does all things.
Faith is not a Feeling
People sometimes base their spiritual experiences on feelings and emotions. We cannot understand God by feeling but by faith. You are not saved just because you feel saved. You are saved because you put your faith in God’s Word. The only thing that is stable is God’s Word. God’s Word is the same yesterday, today and forever. So, for your relationship with God to be stable, it must be based on something with more stability than feelings.
Feelings, we know, change when circumstances change. We live by faith not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). That is, we live by faith when we recognise our union with Christ in the spirit. In other words, when we recognise that we are related to or connected with Christ by His Spirit. Whereas, we live by sight when we give attention to the physical body, which is temporary. While faith is based on the happiness of the future state, which God has prepared – an everlasting mansion (John 14:2). – TB Joshua Ministry
From one Spirit-inspired song to the next, The SCOAN Choir filled ‘The Arena of Liberty’ with a joyful praise as people of different races and tongues gathered to worship God and thank Him for His help in times past, His help today and His help to come. By the time they were done, it was clear that the Spirit of the Lord is indeed in The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations.
Prophet T.B. Joshua’s message focused on firm belief as the key to receiving from God. He read from Mark 9:19, the passage where Jesus chides His disciples for failing to exercise enough faith that would have seen them heal an epileptic boy. “The problem of believing is made simple when we know that it is acting on what God has spoken,” he said. He urged believers to be sincere to themselves on their standing with God, insisting that “If you are a Christian, you can know.” However, he also noted that having belief does not prevent one from facing trials and temptations. After further words of exhortation on the need to hold God to His Word through unwavering faith, he urged congregants to confess their weakness as they wait upon the Lord for the promised blessings. “A prayer of faith,” he said, “should be followed by an absolute trust in God that He is now working out the answer.”
For 15 years, 37-year-old Mr Eric Tovor had anus cancer, which was a constant source of pain and embarrassment. To defecate, he had to use a special drug. Moreover, he could not wear bright colours, which would have easily exposed his frequently bloody behind. As the pain kept increasing, Eric began taking an overdose of the drug. Always wary of using the toilet, he would starve himself for days.
After exploring numerous avenues for a solution, he decided to visit The SCOAN two Sundays ago. Testifying last Sunday, Eric said that as the man of God approached him for prayers, he began to feel persistent punching in his anus. After a touch from the prophet, Eric felt his pain disappear altogether.
He said he now spends only few minutes in the restroom – instead of the over two hours it used to take him. Eric’ wife said her husband now eats not only three times a day but also adds meat to his meals. Eric advised people to take whatever challenge they have to Jesus Christ.
Last Sunday, alongside his younger brother and parents, Matthew Wilson testified about his deliverance from drug addiction. Constant use of marijuana and nicotine had led the young American to drop out of school. He had also become disrespectful and nasty towards his family, even as he constantly nursed negative thoughts and isolated himself.
Owing to the effects of the drugs, he began to feel his throat close up and his chest tighten, leading to anxiety and depression. Unable to stand the situation anymore, Matthew’s dad decided that the family should visit The SCOAN for prayers – and they did so two Sundays ago. After prayers in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, Prophet Chris pronounced Matthew free from the spirit of addiction. “I felt free.
I want to thank God for delivering me,” Matthew said about the effect of the prayer. Confirming that Matthew had indeed become “a changed person”, his family testified on Sunday that he is now focused on reading the Bible and relating with family. Matthew advised the youth to turn to God and to avoid drugs.
Apostle Paul wrote (Philippians 3: 13-14), “Brethren I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”. In SCOAN we are similarly encouraged that “Better is not good enough, the Best is yet to come”. This is our outlook for the months ahead; though the past years had been exceedingly great, the man of God in SCOAN and his team had been doing great exploits for God, but better days are still ahead. This is cheering indeed. Prophet TB Joshua is a man of dynamic faith in Jesus Christ and His Word, teaching people not to be ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that will believe; That we should have absolute faith in the Word.
In this year 2019 we recall, with great gratitude to Jesus, several spectacular new blessings and exploits God did through His servant, Prophet TB Joshua, his team of prophets, evangelists, glorious choirs, and Emmanuel partners worldwide. For example, the meeting in Nazareth and the opening for the public to climb up and pray at the SCOAN altar, where multiple of infirmities are cured simply by rolling on the altar and fetching living water, are worthy of our mentioning. Those who choose to grow their faith in Christ Jesus through the teaching, testimonies and the freely accessible provisions in the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) may begin to appreciate the living Jesus the more.
Yet we know that, if we believe, there is no limit to what God can do in our lives and nothing is impossible with our God. God opens doors that no man can shut and also He closes doors that no man can open. The possibilities are endless with faith in God that is according to His will. We look forward to what God has planned for us, and willingly ready to walk by faith in obedience and to follow His leading. We are comforted that His plans are always for our good and not for evil to give us a future and a Hope, (Jeremiah 29:11-13). We also remember that God always has a reason for what He allows in our lives and through it we can trust Him completely, (Proverbs 1:3-5).
In appreciation, on behalf of the growing SCOAN family, we thank our prophet TB Joshua for allowing himself to be so used for humanity in a pure and holy Christian way. The variety and volume of miraculous healing, deliverance, prophecy, and teaching witnessed in 2019 are simply enormous. Hence we join ourselves together in our common faith in Christ Jesus to pray for more anointing and God’s abiding presence on prophet TB Joshua, Emmanuel TV partners, and on the entire Ministry of SCOAN. We are assured by the Holy Spirit that the best is yet to come. Being confident of this very thing, that He whom hat begun a good work in prophet TB Joshua and each one of us, will perform it until the coming of Jesus Christ.
A group of supporters of prominent Nigerian cleric TB Joshua have released a statement decrying the amount of ‘fake news’ pedalled about the Nigerian cleric on social media.
“The decision of the Federal Government of Nigeria to sanitise the social media space is a welcome idea as the issue of fake news and hate speech is totally out of control,” read the statement, adding that Joshua has been the subject of several maliciously motivated ‘fake news’ campaigns.
“We know TB Joshua would not agree with this decision,” the group admitted, alluding to the cleric’s longstanding policy to stay silent in the face of accusation and attack.
“But we have decided to take it upon ourselves to collaborate with the government and deal decisively with those mediums being used to spread false news and hate speech against a man who has been a blessing to nations of the world,” the statement continued.
An example of this played out recently when multiple online news sites in Nigeria reported the story of a female singer who allegedly accused TB Joshua of rape.
Shortly afterwards, the lady at the centre of the incident – Vicki Royce – insisted she was not referring to Joshua but a ‘celestial prophet’ who defiled her, although the initial article wrongly implicating The SCOAN Founder had already gone viral.
The statement comes on the heels of Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Information Minister, vowing a renewed crack down on peddlers of fake news.
“If you engage in disseminating fake news or hate speech, you need to be worried, because we will not spare you,” Mohammed said in a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday 29thOctober 2019.
“We cannot allow fake news and hate speech to become free speech, because these Siamese Twins of evil are capable of inflicting untold damage on our democracy and threatening our national unity,” he concluded.
“All of us have made decisions that we regret and all of us can be forgiven and start over. The consequences of our behaviour might have cost us our jobs; however it did not change the fact that God loves us and wants to get us back on our feet. Our Creator would forgive us and would show us what to do next. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and would forgive us our sins.
“Now, if you have not known the Lord, Jesus, give your life to Him and you will become connected to the One who made you. When He becomes your Lord and Saviour, everything becomes different; you think differently, you dream differently, have a sensitivity that you have never had, and have the privilege of having the Creator assist you in all that you do!”
– TB Joshua