Jesus Said, Come Follow Me

tb joshua, scoanThe Lord Jesus Christ had used those words when He called Peter, Andrew, James, John, the tax collector Matthew to be His disciples (Matthew 4:19-20, 9:9). “And immediately they left their nets, and followed Him”. These disciples immediately detached themselves from personal interests and attached to Christ. Implied in the call of Jesus was a turning from sin to Him in order to be saved. Again after Jesus had risen from the dead, while the disciples were on a fishing trip, Jesus told Peter, “Follow Me” (John 21:19). These words were not just for the twelve disciples; they are also for us today. Discipleship means following Jesus in a personal way, and it is a call to obedience, not a mere invitation. The early disciples came to Jesus straightway, at all cost, without a question. They also came to quit old habits, to follow their leader without stipulation or reserve; they came in an act of simple trust in Christ. It is impossible to follow Jesus without trusting Him. If we do not follow we are not committed to Him. We are following our own goals or someone else’s. The call to follow Jesus also means to submit to His lordship, to come and die with Him, to deny self and take up our cross and follow Jesus. “….For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it” (Matt. 16:24-25). Hence will you follow Jesus today in a life of obedient faith?

Why would Jesus say “Follow Me”? When Jesus saw “Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt 4:18-19). Therefore following Jesus means to drop everything and follow Him, no matter what it costs. That doesn’t mean you quit your job and leave your family, but that does mean you seek first the kingdom and His righteousness (Matt 6:33), and that is found in the King of the kingdom, Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). The call is to join the army of King Jesus to build a new kingdom of righteousness and truth, faith and love, a kingdom for the redeemed.

Jesus expects total loyalty and obedience from His followers. Jesus calls us His disciples but we call ourselves Christians. Today being a Christian has become a fairly generic term. For some, it might simply mean that “I’m not a Jew”, “I’m not a Muslim”, “I’m not an atheist”, etc. Satan loves that people think living a Christian culture equates to living as a Christian. Therefore consider the young man that came to Jesus asking, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16-22). Jesus said unto him, (and unto us), “If thou will be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shall have treasure in heaven; and come and follow me”. The young man went away sorrowful because he had great possessions.

The call to follow Jesus is always ringing to every ear and a few people are responding to the call in their different ways. Some after receiving this invitation from Jesus will retreat to a prayer mountain for further instruction and strength from the Lord Jesus. Right there on the mountain, Satan is there too. At that high mountain, some of these would-be followers of Jesus would be shown endless stress of forest and they may start to pray so that the endless forest can be turned to a cluster of modern cities, with mansions of worshipping centres across the globe and golden streets. A few others would ask for the Promise of the Father and His power. Jesus was equally tempted by Satan when Satan carried Jesus to an exceedingly high mountain to show Jesus all the kingdoms of the World and the glory of them. Others may refuse the invitation to follow Jesus. Abraham sent his servant to look for a wife for Isaac his son in his former country. The servant asked Abraham, “Peradventure the woman will not be willing to Follow Me”. Abraham said, “Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again”, Genesis 24:5-6. We can’t force people to follow Jesus but we must not go back to them to live our old life again.

Prophet TB Joshua teaches frequently that faith shouldn’t be based on immediate physical improvement after prayers. Rather whether Jesus heals or not, whether the ministry has the largest congregation or not, whether the call is to serve in the city or the rural area, as long as we have the promised presence of the Holy Ghost, our ministry will be a success. Further, Prophet TB Joshua has reduced all the existing “Christian Ministries” to two; those who follow Jesus but using today’s carnal language and those who use the Bible spiritual language. Everyone should self-assess how he or she is following Jesus and what provisions needed from Jesus. Jesus will provide all our need, according to His riches in glory, to everyone He calls to the field.

As we anticipate the 57th Birthday of Prophet TB Joshua June 12, 2020, our aim is not to further promote SCOAN or TB Joshua, but to let us pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to equip us to follow Jesus in the fullness of his power. The prophet also had prophesied that the work of God would suffer after the ongoing COVID-19. Nevertheless, we know that Jesus left us with a passing glorious Promise saying, “But ye shall receive power after the Holy Ghost comes upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto me …, (Acts 1:8). Hence Jesus is calling us to be partaking in changing individuals, nations and the entire world. This mission is the same motto that the Synagogue Church of All Nations of Prophet TB Joshua has set for itself. Emmanuel!!!

Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

MY MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ON SECURITY ISSUES – PROPHET TB JOSHUA

Tb Joshua, SCOAN, Emmanuel TVDuring my prophecy for 2020 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6aJLBVG96c) released on 28th December 2019, prophecy number four concerning America was given as follows: “Approach to the security issue will affect the candidates and swing voters in the next election.”

President Trump, this is what is happening now. Another one is coming. President Trump, wake up to checkmate this. It will go beyond this. Another one is coming, starting from the ending of June. Where there is no vision, people perish. During your regime, the name of Jesus has been given more honour. What glory! Let us look beyond our palace for God’s authority. With God, all things are possible! Let us act now. It is not all up to God; we have a role to play. More appeals to the people and security are required – in a language that will douse the tension and stop this situation – so we can then commit the future one into God’s hands.

The Man in the Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN)

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In the Bible, Jesus Christ was always in the Synagogue, teaching, healing and delivering people that were brought to him; people afflicted with all manners of evil spirits. People who had the opportunity to listen to the teaching of Jesus were astonished at His teaching because His message had authority. But one day Jesus found a man possessed by an unclean spirit that had been described as “The Man in the Synagogue”, on his right.  “In the synagogue, there was a man possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon. He cried out in a loud voice, “Ha! What do You want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God, (Luke 4:32-34). Ordinarily, a Jews Synagogue was probably only a ceremonial and a canonical routine worship Centre every Saturday. Jesus who was always there taught with authority, healed the sick and performed miracles. It was a radical departure from routine teaching that we should worship God in Spirit and Truth.

Today there are still many Jews Synagogues all over the world but the SCOAN, founded by Prophet TB Joshua is the most popularly known Synagogue of our time. The man in the Synagogue is Temitope Balogun Joshua. Only the name Balogun is his family name, Temitope (mine case merits praise) was his mother’s response to the miraculous deliverance of her son at his naming ceremony, and Joshua his prophetic calling. Jesus has many names beyond Jesus Christ and they are all prophetic. The prophet will soon be 57 years old this June 12, 2020, and our motivation is that more people should know him. His teaching is quite radical to a generation that wants to address and worship God in the comfort of their fleshly today’s language; prosperity gospel peddlers. Today’s language, though a crowd puller, is empty and lacking spiritual powers and only motivating the worldly celebrating audiences.

When we say that Prophet TB Joshua of SCOAN is a man of God, we are equally saying that he is totally sincere and allowing God to completely have His way in his ministry. He has a genuine commitment to humanity believing that to claim to love God is to also express same love for one’s neighbour.

We are not surprised that Prophet TB Joshua has much opposition especially from the so-called other Christian Ministries and even the Christian Association of Nigeria. These are places where you rise by promotion through the ranks using academic qualifications, years of service in the Temple, and similar parameters. A number of the Bishops in Ministries that teach about the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church of Christ love silently to be able to do what TB Joshua is doing in SCOAN but only find their ministry opening more branches and having more members. Many congregations give no room in the church for any prophecy, speaking in tongues, performing miracles, or the Ministry of the Holy Spirit. This group puts more emphasis on avoiding false teaching, which the Bible warns us to do, but hesitating to read that by their fruit everyone would be known, if they are of flesh it would fail, or the counsel of Gamaliel. Gamaliel said, “…Refrain from these men (TB Joshua and his team), and let them alone. For if their counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought”, (Acts 5:34-38). For the last thirty years prophet, TB Joshua has been consistent and growing in the Lord.

If we emphasis Church Unity so that the entire Christ Bodyworks in one accord, that call is not that TB Joshua faces less persecution or be more acceptable in some quarters, but it is that Jesus Church and the Holy Ghost is fully manifested in the Church. Satan may want the different congregations to work in opposition to each other but every true apostle of Jesus should resist the devil and look for the promise of the Father to grow their ministry. Prophet TB Joshua, the man in the Synagogue, is a blessing carrier, a healer to the sick, a teacher to the new generation, and a blessing for our generation. We shall continually pray for him and pray along with him even as he grows in age. Emmanuel!!!

Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

 

 

LOOK DEEP ENOUGH!

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Faith is not a feeling. Feelings are influenced by what we see, hear, read and by what our circumstances look like. Thomas would not believe unless he could see; he would not believe unless he could touch where Jesus was nailed and cut by His side (John 20:25). He relied on what he could see and touch, not on what God had to say.

We have many Thomas-Christians today, that is, those who believe in only what they can feel, see, hear or touch. If we base our judgment on what we see only, it means we have not looked deep enough. If we base our judgment on what is seen only, we are bound to give wrong judgment. In the same way, when we are looking for a man of faith, or a genuine believer, we are tempted to look only at those outward qualities, such as:
➡️Speaking skills – ability to inspire people, ability to carry people along, ability to motivate an audience.
➡️Friendliness – the power to win people’s hearts.

No mention would be made of character or inner being because man’s judgment is limited. Such was the case of Thomas and those Christians in his camp today. But Jesus said to Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). This statement was made not to Christians by faith but to Christians by feelings.

We cannot understand God by feelings. We can only understand Him by what the Word says about Him. Thomas was so much overwhelmed by his feelings that he neglected what the Scripture had said about Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. God is everything the Word says He is so we need to get familiar with Him through the Word. Too many people try to get acquainted with God through their feelings. When they feel good, they think God has heard their prayers. When they don’t feel particularly good – I mean, when they feel God is unkind or unfair to them, they begin to rebel or murmur against God. They feel that God no longer answers their prayer; their faith is thus based on feelings.

The Church, the Community and Coronavirus

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Coronavirus

The coronavirus global pandemic is not a new virus. It has been around for a long while causing fluid and other diseases. It is most likely to remain in public circulation spreading from human to human. Through the virus’ ability to transform its activities from causing fever, dry cough, tiredness, headache, etc. The global community must anticipate a fact that the coronavirus may in future appear in a more destructive position than the ongoing COVID-19. Hence COVID-19 must be quickly dealt with to reduce its damage on the economy, the society and the Church.

The Church is a major stakeholder in every community in the areas of human restoration, reformation, rehabilitation, and providing hope and comfort to souls that are in despair, sick, fearful, or restless. The goal of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), led by Prophet TB Joshua, is to freely serve the world in times like this and such capacity as God will direct. Covid-19 is what we can see today, and because the world has followed its instinct, and has largely neglected the more important spiritual aspect, there is confusion, fear, rejection in the society.

Whilst some governments have given guidance on how Assemblies ought to conduct self, others simply hang to the total lockdown approach. Of course, it is still vital that the necessary hygiene and social distancing precautions are kept in place to protect the hospital workers and save lives. Similarly, no pastor would want to be quarantined because members who visited their church later tested positive to COVID-19. All this is still at the human level. In every society, the Church members remain the most discipline set of people, more organized than market traders.

The action of Mary Magdalene in John 20:10-16 is very commendable if we must desire to see what others fail to see. She had the singular honour to have anointed the body of Jesus before the crucifixion. Later on, the other ladies brought their oil to the tomb but it wasn’t useful because the tomb was empty when they arrived.  Now see her unique devotion and character again. They all ran to the tomb but while the disciples went away unto their own home after a while Mary stood around weeping. As she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, she saw two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Eventually, Jesus Himself appeared to her and she became the first to see Jesus and hence by inference the first that Jesus would send as a missionary to others immediately after the resurrection.

The best of the world politicians are like Pilate, or at the very best the disciples, always in hurry, not looking deep enough, fearful of what the public would say. On the other hand, we may liken Prophet TB Joshua and the Church to Mary who painstakingly has told us before the advent of COVID-19, and also still telling us some future events, hardship and humility that shall follow. The entire Church of Christ should be in one accord, listen to him as many are doing across the world, confederating with Emmanuel.tv partners in charity giving globally. His prayer and encouraging words are going to be more effective in our common attempt to get people back on their two feet and prepare them for the next battle. More importantly by his teaching, using his various ministries, he is raising the Church of Christ to the right level, making the global community conscious of the coming Christ and preparing new prophets and evangelists for the mission. Covid-19 that has taken the world’s attention in the last five months is not going to be the last battle nor the most difficult. The world would henceforth need the Church of Christ to lead in the hard battles ahead. Emmanuel!!!

Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

Question & Answer With TB Joshua On Face Masks

scoan, Tb Joshua, emmauel tvQUESTION: My elderly mum and dad have started wearing their face masks permanently because of fear of contracting COVID-19 and only removing them when they want to eat because they need to use their mouth to eat. I am concerned this can be dangerous. How can I advise them?

ANSWER: Following global health guidelines during this period of COVID-19, the government is insisting on the use of face masks in public places – along with social distancing and handwashing. Face masks can be a very good thing but they can also be dangerous when they are not used properly or when they are not made with the proper material.

The government has asked you to wear face masks when you are in public places, in the midst of people, on the streets, in vehicles when you are not alone. The government is doing this to help you. They are not asking you to wear it 24 hours a day. There should be a time at home when you remove it. But some people are wearing their face masks for long periods of time. Breathing the same air in and out or not getting enough air while breathing – all of this can affect your health, cause headaches, fatigue and worsen existing health challenges.

So let us be careful of the amount of time we wear the face mask and also of the kind of material our face masks are made out of. For many, the chemicals used to make such material can be dangerous to inhale. NOTE: The face mask is your personal mask. It should be clean and made of proper material. This requires your discretion, viewers.

Right now, let us pray. Whatever is affecting your discretion – reason well, in the name of Jesus Christ! Reason according to God’s direction, in the name of Jesus Christ! Reason in line with God, in Jesus’ name! Viewers, sometimes hardship can influence our reasoning. Sometimes joblessness can influence our reasoning. Sometimes fear can influence our reasoning. Sometimes pressure can influence our reasoning. Right now, begin to reason well, in the name of Jesus! Begin to reason in line with God, in the name of Jesus! Begin to do the right thing, in Jesus’ name! Do the right thing, in Jesus’ name! In Jesus’ name we pray!

We would like to use this time to salute our governor of Lagos State, Governor Sanwo-Olu. Indeed, he’s one of a kind. If you look at his activity at this critical time, it can be compared to the New York governor who is always on the national news to update the general public and to educate them. Our governor wants to see his people and he wants to see them living well. We pray God will increase his capacity to do more, in Jesus’ name!

DON’T MAKE IT EASY FOR THE DEVIL!

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Brethren, take note of this word of exhortation. Every Christian should realise that if you are in the place where God wants you, the devil would want to dislodge or displace you out of the relationship. He wants to uproot men and women from the place where God plants them. Therefore, the bottom line is we should not make it easy for the devil. Instead, in times of great conflict in your relationship, stay where you are; don’t budge. This will spoil the devil’s plan!

Any relationship that is of God is bound to attract trials, attack and temptation of all kinds because we are never out of touch. If you are in the place where God wants you, you are never out of touch. Where God guides, He provides. We make it easy for the devil by thinking and believing that our relationships with friends and neighbours are out of touch. We make it easy by believing that our marriages are out of touch. Temptation will come. Tribulations and trials of all kinds will emerge. But remember that they can only shake and tempt you. For example, never abandon your matrimonial relationship because as a Christian, the shake-ups are to strengthen your marriage!