Our God is God of purpose

Sit and reflect on life itself and you would discover that nothing happens by chance. It is the principle of life that for everything there is a purpose. Our God is God of purpose. There is a purpose for everything He created. Who knows what would have happened if there was day and no night at all. Who knows what would have happened if there were only women and no men at all. For everything God created, He assigned a definite purpose – a clear role. Remember, you are made not only in the image of God but also to live in a community. Without relating to others in a community, the reality of the image of God in us cannot be made manifest. Genuine spiritual experience needs to be tested in a real situation in order to expose the reality of the experience. By genuine spiritual experience, I mean the image of God in us which we manifest in the form of faithfulness, love, kindness, goodness, self-control, humility and the like as mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23. If you say you are Christian, you are saying you are a divine image bearer of God. It means you mirror Christ and that your life comes from Christ. Except this claim is tested in a real situation, your claim would remain suspect.

As a Christian, no matter the situation you are facing, there is a purpose. Find out. Do a proper reflection and you would see that behind your situation lies God’s purpose for your life.

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Peace of Heart – T.B. Joshua

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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

T.B. JOSHUA SUPPORTS STRANDED NIGERIAN DEPORTEES FROM ALGERIA

“They left us in the desert for two months!”

On Saturday June 23, 2018 a group of 15 withered, battered and hungry Nigerian deportees from Algeria came to The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) seeking refuge. Among them were men, woman, the elderly and children.

Mr Godwin Agu was a truck driver in Nigeria who left for Algeria to look for employment but struggled to find paying work. “After you work, they refuse to pay you money,” he cried. He, his wife and two Algerian-born children were suddenly deported after living in the country since 2013. “Police came, broke my door and took all my property, my money and even my babies’ clothes!” He then described in detail the long and difficult journey back to Nigeria they had been on since May 7, 2018. “They left us in the desert for two months!” he explained. “I was there to working for my family and I came back with nothing.” His wife, Ginika Agu said, “We went to Algeria for our future but it’s not what we thought. We lost many things and many people in the desert”.

Faith Oka was a hair stylist who left Nigeria on the tales of easy money in Algeria. “When we got there, it was really hard. We don’t have freedom like in Nigeria. They can take your property, attack you and rape you because they know you don’t have any documents”. She explained how she and her husband were separated after both being deported from the northern country. “I don’t know if anything has happened to him,” she cried.

After learning of their dilemma, Prophet T.B. Joshua and the Emmanuel TV Partners quickly rushed to their aid, providing hot meals for the group along with foodstuffs entailing large bags of rice and the sum of ₦450,000 to help start their lives afresh in Nigeria.

SPEAK WHAT YOU BELIEVE!

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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

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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

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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

A LIFE-SAVING MESSAGE TO THE YOUTHS OF AFRICA!!!

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Udekwe Kennedy Obinna

Udekwe had cried to a point where tears flowed no more. Every moral fiber within him was shaken at the gruesome sight. Yesterday, they had eaten together. Joked together. Dreamt together. Now, he had become nothing more than a statistic – another forlorn figure to add to the growing number of lives lost at sea in search of something that never materialized. His lifeless face still bore the look of untold horrors. His closest friend – drowned. “If I get through this, I’ll tell the story he never could,” the young migrant firmly resolved. He offered a silent prayer and dug a shallow grave…

Udekwe Kennedy Obinna was jobless for three years. After graduating from Nnamdi Azikwe University in Music, disappointment marred every attempt to translate his talents into a lucrative occupation. Thus, when his senior brother began posting luring pictures of his time in Europe, claiming it was a “land flowing in milk and honey”, Udekwe fell hook, line and sinker. It would be an easy journey, they told him. He would reach Italy in under a week. The young man ended up spending two years in Libya – a timespan he later referred to as “living hell”.

The journey through the Sahara Desert was tortuous. After two days in the blistering sun, water supplies ended. When they pulled up to an aged well in the midst of the desert, thirst blinded reason. Even though a fresh human corpse lay within the water, Udekwe drank – as did his thirty other travelers. The remains of unfortunate victims who succumbed to the horrific conditions lay strewn across the desert floor. “We never waited for anyone who dies on the journey; they just throw their body onto the sand,” he recounted.

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Udekwe Kennedy Obinna and other Libya deportees

Arriving in Libya, Udekwe was sold into slavery. “All the girls were forced into prostitution and the men were beaten to compel their families into paying a ransom,” he explained. Obinna languished for two months in the custody of his heartless captors. When his family finally raised sufficient funds for his release – N220,000 – he was captured again and resold to a Libyan lady. Managing to escape her iron first one night, he finally made his way to the seashore – preparing to take a rickety rubber dinghy alongside 180 others hoping beyond hope that favorable weather would enable his safe arrival to Europe.

Three hours later, the engine failed and water began seeping into the boat. The fuel leak mixed with salty water to produce a toxic substance which left exposed skin horribly burnt. Fearing the worst, Udekwe jumped into the water and began to swim. He mustered enough strength to make it back to shore – where he was promptly recaptured.

After a five-month incarceration in a Libyan prison, Udekwe was among the Nigerians deported back home on Tuesday 5th June 2018. His first point of call, alongside 90 others, was The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations. “I came here to thank God for keeping me alive and to warn my fellow African youths to NEVER undertake such a journey,” he candidly told congregants. “Please, you can save a soul,” he passionately pleaded. “If you know anyone who is considering such a journey, do everything within your power to stop them. They are going on a suicide mission where out of 100, only one survives.”

The Anambra State indigene was among those who received N3,000,000 from Prophet T.B. Joshua upon their visit to The SCOAN – aid to enable them to start lives afresh back in Nigeria.