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TB Joshua – when birthday is a gift.

Prophet TB Joshua celebrated his 49th birthday on the 12th of June, 2012. Rather than absolute concentration on programmes of celebration and jollity which attend such events (especially considering the fact that The SCOAN has successfully operated as a tool of light for more than 20 years), the prophet had specifically asked the world to pray for him ‘as you have been doing’. He was responding to what God said; he was obeying a divine assignment – an assignment which has kept assisting humanity to grow and expand; an assignment which points to what should be the fulfillment of a perfect relationship between God and man.

As a special gift of God on earth in this troubled moment, Prophet T.B. Joshua certainly needs prayers because he has been engaged in the assignment of deliverance and healing for upward of over 20 years, which shows that he has been in direct conflict with the powers of darkness. These powers which have engulfed the world have kept destroying men and their lives; and poisoned their existence. Many have died, and many are in a state of permanent frustration and confusion who should be set free. Joshua has been an agent in this uphill task of freeing the citizens of God; people who have kept being menaced by forces of retrogression, entanglement and traps. Disease and affliction have been walking the streets of human societies in contemporary times until T.B. Joshua was inspired by God to become an agent of deliverance and righteous living. Joshua, today, is a celebrated world prophet. And as he told “The Economist” magazine (July 7th – 13th, 2012), “It doesn’t matter how many people come to services. It’s about how many people are being saved”. Gifted with exemplary humility, simplicity and touching goodness, Joshua is an example of the persecuted who has received God’s grace.

Prophet Joshua, during his birthday, had asked for prayers. The church should be committed to the salvation of the human spirit. Joshua did not fail to, therefore, ask the people: “Don’t stop praying for me! You can see the result of your prayer is obvious”. He had added: “Anywhere you are, pray for me. While praying, remember those who are in need of what you have – your love, your care, and your possession”. In other words, he was not only calling on people to pray, but to be good neighbours with others; to support the hopeless and poor, and those without means of livelihood. These commitments have been the trademark of Joshua’s own life – a life of assisting the poor, helping the needy, raising the young, and drawing people to Christ.

Another significant statement Prophet Joshua made during the birthday was that: “The gift I am praying for and expecting from God is to add more wise men and also give wise women in those areas of healing and deliverance, and endow them with prophetic gift not only within the church but prophesying to the nations and the world at large. This is because there is so much work but few labourers. God should add to His labourers, in Jesus’ name”.

Why did he insist on more wise men and wise women? The church is in need of help because satan is spreading evil around, among men, to jeopardize their existence. In the church, deliverance and healing and salvation are no longer discussed and prayed on; what is holding sway is the quest for materialism and wealth.

A lot of men and women of God have been desecrated in mind and belief. Important also is that sufficient souls have not been won for Christ. There are no sufficient labourers to win such souls, and those who do not hear the Word of Christ must hear the word of satan. True laborers are critically few. Though there are many people holding on to the fact that they are pastors, evangelists, prophets and apostles, most of these are yet to be truly delivered, in the true sense of the word. The exercise of owning a ministry or a church or doing evangelism from one part of society to the other is not a signal that deliverance has been experienced.

As shown by hundreds of examples from deliverances in The SCOAN, many pastors are yet to be left alone by satanic agents; their knowledge of the Word is yet to be an integral part of them. Hundreds still confess to being possessed or afflicted by evil forces, which traumatize their lives and ministerial work. It is often shocking to hear such men and women of God confessing, through the influence of evil forces, that they hate Jesus and Christians, and are representatives of ancestral forces, pythons, spiritual husband and wives, crocodiles, mammy water etc.

Such people cannot be described as labourers for Christ, unless delivered. In The SCOAN, are five Wise Men who carry equal fire to deliver, like Prophet Joshua. The Wise Men have done a lot of deliverances for hundreds of such pastors. To be in the pastoral profession does not confer anyone to be innately qualified as a practitioner; a pastor should be ‘a doer of the Word, and grow day by day to gain supremacy over one,’ to quote Joshua. He referred to the Bible, which must be given life in the learner, because Christ and the Word are one. Knowing the Bible is not knowing Christ. There is no disparity, no half-knowledge. Joshua said, ‘God’s power working through His Word and His Spirit brings about a new birth.’ Such should be about bringing forth fruits.

Prophet Joshua insisted in his recent sermons that ‘you cannot build one up spiritually on philosophies or theories about the Word or on the history of the Word. We are made spiritual by living in the Word and the Word living in us.’

These facts point to the relevance of the kind of powers which the labourers in the vineyard should have, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. A heart which is blessed with an integral knowledge of the Word should belong to a true labourer. Millions of people all over the world are in need of freedom from bondages, diseases and afflictions, and the labourers have to be competent in all manifestations. To train a labourer is not easy; it takes time and preparation. ‘What is the process of belief, the ingredients?’ asked recently by Prophet T.B. Joshua. The process is attained through faith which is ‘not imitation.’

The true labourers know that it takes a lot of time, knowledge and commitment to achieve perfection in the job, especially since, ‘God is Spirit; anything of God must also be spiritual.’ Prophet Joshua said that ‘studying the Word’ should not be sufficient for a labourer. He ‘should be able to act upon it and the spirit is renewed.’

The church needs labourers who must act, do and live the Word. This is the only way to attain universal deliverance and healing. ‘What a danger if there is no corresponding action,’ said Prophet Joshua recently.

Fajenyo and Patrick are foremost journalists and Fellows of Social Engineering Research Initiative.

 

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Can God’s Word be acted?

In recent times, Prophet T.B. Joshua’s major sermons, at The SCOAN, have centred on the power of the Word, the real source of connection between man and his God; the bearer of the signature of this relationship through which the meanings of spiritual events are interpreted.

In one of these sermons titled “Acting on God’s Word”, the prophet has gone ahead to explain that the http://thetbjoshuafanclub.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/tbj1.jpg?w=300&h=232knowledge of the Bible is not sufficient for those who seek closeness to God; those who particularly seek favour from Him. The right knowledge of God settles peace – as he had preached before now. This knowledge is one route to pass through in order to experience the presence of God and enjoy the abundance of true life. The knowledge of God, however, is better absorbed through the heart, and not the brain. In the brain, it has to contest right of place with many other issues, particularly of academic interest. This might make it difficult to easily remember and be recalled in a situation of need. It could be unstable in form and essence. Moreover, when it is in the heart, the Word becomes permanent and powerful. Knowledge, therefore, becomes an integral part of one who has the Word in his heart rather than in the head.

This Word is what Joshua has perpetually explained as the essence of serious relationship in Christianity between Christ and the followers. Those who are not having the Word in them will only call on God without getting results. The prophet said, “When you say ‘in the name of Jesus’ and He does not hear you, satan will hear you”. Definitely, you cannot be calling on Jesus when the Word is distant from your heart; when satanic presence is much in place by virtue of one’s inability to master the characteristics of God’s presence.
In the message being referred to – Acting on God’s Word – Prophet Joshua has insisted that “Believing demands action, creates action. It requires performance because God’s Word reflects His character…. Acting on the Word is letting Christ act through you because Christ and the Word are one. Letting the Word have right way in your life is letting Christ have right of way”.

Christ is the Word; the relationship with Him cannot be operated on distance. Knowing, and identifying with Christ, should be done through a correct, progressive understanding of His Word which is true and powerful; the Word which cannot be disputed, rubbished, challenged and abused. The “right way” through which to absorb Christ into our lives is the Word. There is truth in his assertion that “it is the Word dwelling in you which is equivalent to Christ personally being in you. Acting on the Word then gives God an opportunity to save us, heal us, deliver us and bless us”.

The implication is that without a correct interpretation of the Word, and our inability to experience it, we have simply refused to act on what God has recommended. By our refusal, God has not been provided the opportunity to expose us to the merits of truly knowing Him; and what is life without being saved, healed, delivered, and blessed?
The Lordship of Christ according to Prophet Joshua, is expressed through “giving the Word its place”, especially because “the problem of believing is made simple when we know that it is acting on what God has spoken”. Wisdom is about doing the Word, while the mental assenter feels otherwise – “he responds to reason instead of the Word” and “he believes strongly in his reasoning faculty and not on the Word. If he has faith in anything, it is man, what man has done; science, works, organizations, etc”.

The mental assenter believes in what he sees and touches; what he sees around himself as a product of man. He wants to introduce logic in explaining situations; he thinks more of the knowledge of the Word in its “original Greek or Hebrew” or its “history”, without knowing that the Word must be lived and acted upon, if it must have meaning and relevance. The man of God has said: “Studying the Word alone cannot bring Jesus on the scene. What a grave danger if there is no corresponding action”. This means that though God has a work to do in our lives, we also have a role to play. That role is symbolized by “Corresponding action”. Partnership with Christ is partnership with His Word, which is bound to give on a true fulfilment in life. Integrating the Word in our hearts will guarantee that whenever He is called upon, “Jesus will hear us”. If the contrary occurs, we will only hear ourselves “but Jesus will not hear us”. He has added that “It is the doer of the Word that receives things from God. Idle words may entertain men but they do not reach God”.
The Word of God is not about entertainment it is the real essence of life which has to be lived in bountiful fulfilment of Christ’s expectations for mankind. And such cannot be enjoyed unless Jesus is treated as the ultimate force in the world by men. Men can do the Word, but this shall “be according to the ability of God that is at work within us”. It is God that energizes men; He is the redemption from their “weakness and failure, lack of ability and ignorance”. It is in the Word that are located “exact knowledge, perfect knowledge, complete knowledge”.

Today, darkness has covered the human society; quite a lot of disobedience, disbelief, unholiness, curses, impurity, tension and idolatry exist, desecrating man’s heart and threatening their destiny. Man’s refusal to race towards a perfect understanding of God’s Word has been his undoing. Prophet Joshua has advised in his sermon that every time is good enough for getting involved in the Word: “If you are looking for a convenient time to read your Bible, that time will never come. But you can have time to read literature or history”. Man must live in light, in the Word, in Christ Jesus.

Fajenyo and Patrick are foremost journalists and Fellows of Social Engineering Research Initiative.

 
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