Peace of Heart – T.B. Joshua

tb joshua scoan

Prophet T.B. Joshua

“Let us look for peace – peace of heart – and the little you have will be sufficient. Without peace of heart, even if you have the whole, you have trouble. The only thing that will give you peace of heart is to consider your neighbour while looking for your own way out. If you don’t consider your neighbour while looking for the way out of your problem, you are not considering Jesus, your Creator.

“Remember, your neighbour can be someone who does not share the same faith with you; your neighbour can be your friend or enemy. While looking for the way out of your mess, difficulty, situation – how will I do this business – consider your neighbour. What is happening to your neighbour? If that neighbour is entitled to the same business but you are ready to do anything to take it, you may take it – but without peace of heart.” – T.B. Joshua

GOD’S BLESSING DOES NOT ADD SORROW

tb joshua scoan emmanuel.tv

Prophet T.B. Joshua

“Anything the children of light have, satan has the counterfeit of them. We have the original grace but satan has the photocopy of it, which cannot stand the test of time. This is what Jesus meant when He said to His disciples, “My peace I give you, not as the world gives” (John 14:27). The blessing of God enriches the soul for eternity while that given by the world enriches the body temporarily. The blessing given by God is free – no condition attached; while that given by the world is conditional – that is, there are strings. The blessing of God does not need to be serviced. If we were to service the sun, rain, air and all other free gifts of God, how much do you think we would pay to get the air we breathe?

“Remember how much it costs you to look good in the eyes of the world. Remember how much it costs you to acquire your makeup kits. Sometimes you need to make costly sacrifice to service whatever blessing you receive from the world; God’s blessing does not add sorrow while that given by the world has sorrow attached (Psalm 37:25).

“Blessed is the man who follows the path of God – even in darkness, light shines, dawns for the upright. They are strong because they rely upon God for vindication, upholding, provision, stronghold, refuge and salvation. They persist in doing good, not allowing external pressure to change their conduct. If we make God our heart’s delight, we shall have our heart’s desire.

“The blessing of the world is a fading thing and so is the life itself on which it is bestowed. As the blessing is fading away, so is the life that carries it.”

– T.B. Joshua

SPEAK WHAT YOU BELIEVE!

tb joshua scoan

Prophet T.B. Joshua

“Imagine what would have happened if David had not spoken the Word of faith in his encounter with Goliath (1 Samuel 17:45-50). Imagine the destruction he would have invited to himself and the people of Israel.

1) God would not have heard him.

2) He would have been destroyed in the hands of Goliath.

3) The people of Israel would have been routed.

“If he had not spoken the Word of faith, his word would not only have been idle, it would have been very destructive. If David were not to speak the Word of faith, he would have considered the size of the giant. I mean, he would have been intimidated by the size and armour of his adversary. Remember, the giant was better armed than David in the physical. Apart from his size, he had a spear, javelin, machete and a shield, as against small David, barely with a simple catapult.

“His people looked on to see what would become of the small David after his encounter with Goliath. Among them were his relations, his friends, his enemies, those who believed in him and those who did not – they were all watching to see the outcome of his faith. Now at the battlefield, if what David spoke with his mouth were not what he believed in his heart, imagine what would have become of him, now that he was face to face with the giant. His word would have been idle, meaningless and at that point destructive.

“Imagine what will become of you hereafter if you are speaking with your mouth what you do not believe in your heart – your words will be idle, meaningless and destructive. Speak what you believe. If you are not heard by God, you would be heard by satan. That is, if you cannot deliver, you will be delivered.”

– T.B. Joshua

THERE IS A PROCESS

tb joshua scoan

Prophet T.B. Joshua

“For you to be suitable, you need to be melted, remoulded and filled. Then you would be suitable to be used by the Holy Spirit. When we say, “Use me Lord”, we mean, “melt me, remould me, fill me”. When we say that we want every purpose of God in our lives to be fulfilled, there is a process. Remember that the stage you are now may not be suitable for God’s purpose; you need to be melted, remoulded and filled before you can be suitable for God’s purpose.

“We have those that are yet in their raw state, I mean the process of being melted has not even started. There are others who are undergoing the process of being melted. There are others who have been melted already and are being remoulded. There are others that are already melted and remoulded, but are in the process of being filled. When God moulded man in the beginning, man did not become man until he was filled (Genesis 2:7). Which stage are you in now?

“Remember, if you are melted, you need to be remoulded and if you are remoulded, you need to be filled before you can be suitable for God’s purpose in your life.”

– T.B. Joshua

MAKING SOME SACRIFICE

tb joshua scoan emmanuel.tv

Prophet T.B. Joshua

“God deserves our best because He gives us His best. Therefore, what we cherish most becomes our best offering in terms of time, effort, strength, knowledge, money, love and every good thing the Lord has given us. Abraham gave his best and God continued the supplies. The widow gave her best and God continued the supplies. Making sacrifice means considering God first, from whom all you have comes, before self because whatsoever you do to the least of your fellow brothers, that you do unto God (Matthew 25:40).

“Our union with Christ is the basis for our unity with one another. Do to others as you would want them to do unto you. What are you doing to others? Remember, what you are doing to others, that you are doing unto God.

“The poor widow said in 1 Kings 17:12, ‘I swear in the name of God that I have nothing but the little for my son and me’. She really had lost all hope of further provision. But Elijah said to her, ‘You can still spare out of it for me’ (1 Kings 17:13). This means, nothing is too small to share with others. This means, every man has something, big or small, to plant.

“When we plant, we reap more of whatever we plant. It can be in the form of love, favour, money or any material thing you need to live for God. The poor widow planted something her life depended on, something she cherished. It took her boldness to step out and take God at His Word. I mean, it took her faith to meet such a situation. You who say you do not have enough to spare, remember the poor widow. You don’t receive because you don’t give. When you give, you don’t receive because you give wrongly (James 4:2-3). How do we give wrongly? We give wrongly when we give unworthily, when we give only to be seen by men.

“If you give to people because you expect them to give you in return, you give wrongly. When I give out worn-out shoes, that is not sacrifice. When I give out what I do not need, that is not sacrifice. When I go to a place at a time I really do not have any serious business to attend to, that is not a sacrifice. When you have a serious personal matter to attend to and you leave that aside to attend to your friend’s matter, that is a sacrifice.

“As people sit down in the church today, to many, they are sacrificing their time. But I tell you the truth, if someone had received a phone call this morning inviting them to come and collect a cheque for the contract they had earlier executed, such a person would give priority to that rather than going to the church. Many go to church because they really don’t have any serious personal matter to attend to.

“People of the world believe that there is more gain in receiving than in giving because they want clear gain – clear gain in terms of naira, dollars, pounds. For example, if you are telling people of the world that coming to church would bring the peace of the Lord, once that peace, to them, cannot be quantified in terms of naira, dollars, pounds, it means nothing to them.

“Let us not forget that Jesus knows our heart and the motive behind our giving. He knows when you give for God’s sake. He knows when you give only to be seen by men.”

– T.B. Joshua

CHRIST AND THE WORD ARE ONE!

tb joshua scoan

Prophet TB Joshua

“Faith is not imitation; it cannot be imitated. It must arise in each person’s heart based on the Word of God. Faith is not imitating someone else’s actions. Because I say, “Show your excitement”, you begin to show your excitement when you are not excited. You cannot expect answer to prayer based on the testimony of others, what other people said or did. God will not meet you because you imitate what someone else did. God will meet you when you obey what He told you by His Spirit based on His Word. If you take action in obedience to God, you will prosper.

“Christ and the Word are one. I quote, John 15:7 – “If you abide in me and my Word abides in you, whatever you ask shall be done for you.” The Word here is dwelling in us. ‘Whatever you ask for shall be done for you’ – this means producing prayer fruits (whatever you ask or desire).

“Remember Ephesians 3:17 – “…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…” It is not only committing the Word to memory which is valuable but it is letting that Word become an integral part of your being. It lives in us. When it becomes an integral part of our being, faith forms. It is the Word bringing forth its own kind in the believer’s life. He sends forth His Word – He delivers, saves and blesses.”

– T.B. Joshua

T.B. Joshua: Celebrating God’s gift at 55

tb joshua scoan

Prophet T.B. Joshua

Prophet T.B. Joshua deserves to be celebrated from different perspectives, especially at a time like this when the nation is passing through some kind of recession. He has put smiles on faces and has become the greatest friend of the poor and downtrodden in society. Apart from his healing and deliverance gifts, Prophet T.B. Joshua walks tall in several aspects of human endeavours. The story of his life is an excellent demonstration of God’s ability to use the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. With just primary school education, the General Overseer of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations has established himself as a force to reckon with in God’s vineyard.

His ministry is arguably the most visited Christian ministry in the whole of Africa and has continued to attract scintillating reviews from the international media. Tens of thousands of visitors from across the world have continued to throng the Ikotun-Egbe based ministry in search of spiritual succour. But it does not end there. The man of God understands the challenges of the troubled world and has maintained a rare reputation for helping individuals, institutions and nations overcome their spiritual as well as socio-economic challenges through crusades and humanitarian efforts.

An uncountable number of people both Nigerians and foreigners have continued to benefit from his ministry’s milk of human kindness. Through his ministry’s Emmanuel TV Partners, millions of lives, nations and destinies have been changed across the world. According to the man of God, true love always searches for whom to help whenever and wherever it is in a position to do so. How he has been able to maturely manage the bad press emanating from the collapsed building incident remains very phenomenal. He has maintained a calm and unperturbed disposition – a quality that can only be God-given especially in situations of crisis. T.B. Joshua is the only Nigerian pastor that is hardly seen around the corridors of power. You will never find him in any government house because he believes that a true servant of God should be for all and not frolic around with politicians. We have seen some Christian leaders who have rubbished their reputation because of money and partisan politics but Prophet Joshua prefers to empower the masses.

In the last two years, the man of God has received both national and international recognition for his exemplary service to mankind. He was recently ranked amongst the most famous prophets in the history of mankind. The ranking was contained in a publication by an America-based research organization – http://www.Ranker.com. According to the organization, the ranking was based on votes from over 250 million people worldwide. A statement on its website read, “From reputable, prominent, and well-known prophets to the lesser known prophets of today, these are some of the best professionals in the prophet field. If you want to answer the questions, “Who are the most famous prophets ever?” and “What are the names of famous prophets?” then you are in the right place.

The publication, which parades a total of 71 prophets named T.B. Joshua as number 13 in the world and number one in Africa followed by the late Joseph Ayo Babalola who occupies number 32 in the world and number 2 in Africa. Only these two prophets are named from Africa. The list included great biblical figures like Abraham, Moses, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Elisha, Micah and Paul the Apostle, amongst others. The publication describes Prophet T.B. Joshua thus, “Temitope Balogun Joshua (born June 12, 1963), commonly referred to as T.B. Joshua, is a Nigerian preacher. He is the leader of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), a religious organization that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos, Nigeria.

He has been awarded various accolades, notably receiving the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) by the Nigerian government in 2008 and being voted the Yoruba man of the decade by Pan-Yoruba media outlet, Irohin Odua. He was recognised as one of Africa’s 50 most influential people by Pan-African magazines, The Africa Report and New African Magazine and also listed among world’s most famous prophets”.

Born on June 12, 1963, in a rustic village of Arigidi in Akoko, Ondo state, Nigeria, Joshua is said to have spent 15 months in his mother’s womb. His birth and early development is also said to be shrouded in mysteries after narrowly escaping a boulder from a nearby quarry, which came crashing inches near him in his parents’ house. The name ‘Temitope’, meaning “what you (God) has done for me is worthy of thanks”. He attended St. Stephens’ Anglican Primary School but failed to complete secondary school due to poverty. While in primary school, he was referred to as the small pastor and led evangelical activities. His ambition to join the Nigerian Army went crashing after the train that was to convey him developed fault along the way and left him stranded for six days. Prophet T.B. Joshua also washed people’s feet on the muddy corners of Lagos and worked as a poultry attendant to earn a living. His ministry, The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, alongside the Emmanuel TV Partners, has become synonymous with acts of charity, healing and humanitarian efforts across the globe. Two years ago he was listed among the world’s famous people by www.thefamouspeople.com.

THE GUARDIAN