During the SCOAN Live Service in Lagos Nigeria on 31 August 2014, Prophet TB Joshua took the congregation on ‘a visit to Abraham’ when he preached with power on the need to place one’s faith in God alone.
Picking Genesis 22:8 as proof text, the man of God said Christians should emulate Abraham who, when asked by his son where the lamb for the burnt offering was, said, “God himself will provide.”
He explained, “When you are facing challenges, you say, ‘God Himself will save me’. When you lack finances, you say, ‘God Himself will provide’. Abraham’s faith was not on Isaac but on God. If our faith is on the Giver (God), even when what is given is taken away, we will still have hope. When what is given is taken away, we should believe in God, have faith in God the more. Abraham was asked to sacrifice his only son. Assuming that his faith was on his only son, he would not have had courage to obey God’s instruction. Satan wants you to curse God. Satan wants you to live outside the truth where your light is coming from, while you are in pain, while under temptation or affliction.”
Speaking on the vanity of placing faith on one’s possessions, he said: “If your faith or belief is on your possessions, you will continue to be a friend of satan, you will continue to be tempted. If satan knows you like your possessions more than the Giver of the gift, you will not have a moment’s rest.”
RECEIVE YOUR OWN PORTION:
Later in the service, God’s power was tangible as Prophet TB Joshua led the congregation and viewers of Emmanuel TV worldwide in a time of prayer against their weakness:
“Open your lips and begin to command out all spirits of sorcery, witchcraft and divination, in the name of Jesus Christ! There is a common saying, ‘I am addicted to talking too much, eating too much, sleeping too much, smoking and fleshly desires.’ All spirits of addiction, immorality in your life – begin to rebuke them!
Viewers all over the world, receive your portion! Whatever sickness, whatever they call it – there is no sickness Jesus cannot cure. Be healed, in the name of Jesus! Dry bones rise again! All spirits operating in your system – be cast out, in the name of Jesus! Cover yourself with the blood of Jesus. Let there be light in your flesh, fluid, bones, blood, tendons, in Jesus’ name. It is well, in the name of Jesus Christ!
Commit your finances, career, business, and destiny to God. Good morning – my career, health, future and destiny – it is a new dawn!”
46 YEARS OF PAIN WIPED AWAY AT ONCE:
Mrs Gabriella Filak, from Hungary, suffered excruciating pain with which she woke up with tears every morning. It started when she was born and the doctors said she was unlikely to survive as she only weighed just over a kilo. When she was very young, she fell on a rock with her hip and the pain started from there. She had to use a metal frame to move around. The doctors were able to diagnose that she had tuberculosis in her hip and spine.
She went for an operation whereby the doctors intentionally broke her leg to try and reattach the leg properly to the hip but the operation was not a success. Over the years, the situation became worse. She was no longer able to lift up or play with the children where she worked in a nursery school because of her painful condition.
She had suffered this for 46 years. It got to the point that the doctors told her that there was nothing more they could do for her. One of her sisters who speaks English told her about the ministry of Prophet T.B. Joshua and encouraged her to come to The SCOAN to receive her healing.
She was filled with faith and came in the name of the Lord. When she was at the Prayer Line, Prophet T.B. Joshua touched her three times and told her she was free to walk. She immediately began to walk and even burst into a run as she discovered that all the pain which usually hindered her movement had vanished. She described the experience as if it had been God Himself embracing her. At last, 46 years of crippling pain have been ended by the power in the blood of Jesus Christ. During the service, when the New Anointing Water was ministered to her, she felt like her entire body was being stretched and straightened out as she fell on the floor and vomited.
Now, she feels new and refreshed and can walk like a normal person. She explained that previously she felt like her body was twisted and had to drag her left leg behind her as she walked but that was all a thing of the past since the prayer of Prophet T.B. Joshua.
TB JOSHUA IN COLOMBIA MIRACLE CRUSADE 2014
So awesome was the weekend of 11-12 July 2014 that it will go down the annals of history as one of the most gracious occasions when the Lord visited His people; so the backslidden would rediscover their old love for Him and to set free those that were in bondage. Such was the significance of the great miracle crusade the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua held in Colombia that God’s presence was very tangible. Bursting with the irresistible power of the Holy Spirit, the bustling city of Cali was the centre of international attention with thousands of people flocking in from various states surrounding the South American nation to bear witness to the great move of God.
Jam-packed, the elegant Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium carried an unprecedented mammoth crowd of worshippers who filled all the terraces and spilled to the playing field.
The emergency prayer line snaked and stretched across the pitch with people strewn all over the place in search for an encounter with the Great Physician, Jesus Christ. True to their faith, the Lord opened the Heavenly gates of anointing through His servant Prophet T.B. Joshua and what followed were great signs, miracles and wonders. Multitudes of people who came to the crusade received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and went back home with their spiritual battles settled. Those who came on stretchers, hopping on crutches or wheeled in on wheelchairs, returned to their homes healed and glorifying God.
Prophet T.B. Joshua preached to the gospel-hungry multitude about the power of the Holy Spirit and the relevance of the Bible in every Christian’s life. He said, “Just as the authors of the Bible ‘were carried along by the Holy Spirit as they spoke the Word that came from God, we must also be carried along by the Holy Spirit to read, teach and preach it. Are we carried along today? This is the challenge we have in Christendom today. Remember, when we are not carried along by the Holy Spirit, our effort will be idle, meaningless and often times destructive.”
Referring to John 6:63, the man of God explained to the awe-inspired gathering: “It is clearly stated here that God always works through His Word and His Spirit. Both His Word and His Spirit are paramount to bringing His Will. His Word speaks about His promises; His Spirit executes it – carries it out. The Word is not complete without the Spirit. If you speak the Word without the Spirit, it remains idle. This is the big challenge in the ministry today. There is no harmony between the Word and the Spirit.” The man of God then, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, moved to minister prayer at the prayer line where healing was like breathing as he declared healing in a mighty manifestation of God’s power to bless, heal and deliver.