Living Water: SCOAN Back In Full Spiritual Swing
By Dare Adejumo
One of the ardent and very precious hearty longings of Prophet TB Joshua while on Earth for which he assiduously laboured day and night was to leave behind Christians in sound personal relationship with God.
To him, this is the greatest achievement anyone could have on Earth: ability to hear from God, knowing what He wants for you and doing that which is entirely in His pleasure.
“This is what I was born for, this is what I will live to do and this is what I will die for”, he would never fail to admonish, encourage and inspire his listeners to live every day as if it were their last day on Earth and transcend the pervasive fad and vogue of cosmetic, superficial Christian life.
Repeatedly and vigorously, he would enjoin all at every opportunity: “Trust God only. I am a human being like you; I listen to Him on whatever you see me do. Jesus Christ is my Master. If He doesn’t say ‘stretch your hand” I will not. Christianity is not a religion but a relationship.
“Try to have a good personal relationship with Him. You can talk to Him and He can talk to you. How can you truly worship God you don’t know? Have you ever thought of that or considered it in order to evaluate your christian life and see whether you are what God wants you to be?
“Do not play with this serious issue of your being. Be committed to God’s words and ensure that in your Christian life journey you do not fail to achieve this. Only then can you have that calmness and peace that come from knowing God and begin to live as a true human being”. That’s TB Joshua for you in his characteristically standard of life attitudes.
This spiritual demand was a critical factor in the birth of LIVING WATER SERVICE in the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) which he instituted before his departure.
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The Living Water Service became a solemn and sober moment of worshippers’ inner readiness to encounter God as they went to the Mountain inside the church to pray and fetch the symbolically living water in a small disposable cup not more than two tablespoons in volume. The fact is, if a pilgrim’s heart is not ready for God, according to the man of God such a worshipper has only gone there as a spectator!
That very Living Water Service as used to be done by the Great Prophet of God himself was carried out at SCOAN, Ikotun Egbe last weekend for the first time since his passing.
It was a glorious moment of God’s presence and power with the explosion of miracles, healing and deliverance beyond human imaginations.
It was a moment of ‘do it yourself’; ‘me and my faith’; ‘how my heart is and my stand before God’. It was a new dimension in God’s inscrutable marvellous ways of manifesting to mankind when no servants of God was laying hand or personally praying directly for any pilgrims!
Despite the short notice of the event on Emmanuel TV, people trooped in and converged from different parts of the world for an encounter with God and the encounter was real!
The SCOAN leader, Pastor Evelyn Joshua who God is using mightily at present in positively and gloriously moving the Church forward in God’s directives declared the Living Water Service open and ushered in the enthusiastic, highly expectant pilgrims who filled the church and its overflows to the brim.
“Christianity is in the heart. Let your heart be in tune with God’s. God is ever faithful. His promises are sure and He would never foresake His own. For you to have come from all over for an encounter with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in this Living Water Service as given and commanded to His servant Prophet TB Joshua, today His grace, mercy and favour would speak for you,” she prayed as she led the pilgrims for their own individuals personal encounters with God.
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Last weekend would remain memorable in the annals of Synagogue Church Of All Nations SCOAN history with the upsurge of miracles, deliverances from all bondages of darkness and healings.
One thing was also very clear in the overall experiences: the God of TB JOSHUA is alive. SCOAN is clearly waxing stronger, The grace of God is copiously abundant for the church leadership and for the glorious continuity of God’s work as founded by Prophet TB Joshua. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised and quoting one of the ancient prophets: the mills of God grind slowly but they grind exceedingly fine.
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Arrest Interim Govt Plotters Now – Governors
Governors of the 36 states have asked the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest and prosecute those involved in a plot to put in place an interim government as part of moves to truncate the nation’s democracy.
Condemning the move, the governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum assured of their commitment to continue in the defence of Nigeria’s democracy as elected leaders.
In a statement on Friday by NGF Chairman and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal at the end of the 4th meeting of the Governors, he warned the DSS against issuing statements without arrest as that amounts to heating the polity.
Tambuwal said, “The Forum deliberated extensively on the alleged plot by some unscrupulous elements to install an interim government, as contained in the recent statement issued by the Department for State Services (DSS). Governors condemned in the strongest terms, any unconstitutional means of regime change and pledged its commitment to continue to defend Nigeria’s democracy as elected leaders.
“In addition, the Forum believes that issuing statements without arrests is akin to heating up the polity and causing unwarranted tension in the country. It called on the DSS to do its job by immediately arresting and prosecuting all those involved in the plot as a matter of urgency.”
Recall that the DSS had on Wednesday confirmed rumours that a section of the political class was planning for an interim government in order to truncate the result of the recently-concluded general elections.
The Spokesman for the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya in a statement said that the agency had identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria but did not give the names of the masterminds.
The agency had said that the planners of the interim government had already held several meetings, during which they weighed many options to actualize their plot including sponsoring endless mass protests across Nigerian cities, securing a warrant to declare a state of emergency or a court injunction to stop the inauguration of the executive and the legislature at the federal and state levels.
BREAKING:Lagos Govt Arraigns Chrisland School, Principal, Others Over Death Of Pupil Whitney Adeniran
The Lagos State government has arraigned Chrisland School, Opebi, its principal, vice principal and two other employees over the death of one of the school’s pupils, 12-year-old Whitney Adeniran.
On Wednesday, the government of Lagos State had filed charges against Chrisland School and four others over the death of the 12-year-old pupil, Whitney Adeniran.
The school and its workers were accused of involuntary manslaughter and reckless and negligent acts.
The workers who were arraigned before Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja include Ademoye Adewale, Kuku Fatai, Mrs Belinda Amao, Nwatu Ugochi Victoria and Chrisland School Limited.
The school principal, Mrs Belinda Amao, broke down in tears while in the dock as the court and counsel tried to agree on a date for the commencement of the trial.
Whitney died during the school’s inter-house sports competition at Agege Stadium in Lagos on February 9.
Blessing Adeniran, her mother, had accused Chrisland of negligence over her daughter’s death.
The school’s management, however, dismissed insinuations that there was foul play in the death, saying she slumped in public.
Chrisland also argued that Whitney complained about “not-too-buoyant health” a few days before she died.
However, an autopsy conducted at the Lagos State University Hospital (LASUTH) confirmed that the deceased died from “asphyxia and electrocution”.
In the charges filed on behalf of the state government by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Babajide Martins, who disclosed that their negligence killed Whitney because they failed to ensure her safety.
The charge also disclosed that they all acted in a reckless and negligent manner that endangered human life.
The offences are contrary to Sections 224 & 251 of the Criminal Law, C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015
If found guilty, the offences carry a penalty of life imprisonment and two-year jail terms respectively.
On Tuesday, the state government granted access to Chrisland High School, Opebi branch, to open for physical learning ahead of the school’s forthcoming examination after parents’ appeal.
The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had ordered that the school be shut down on March 3, 2023, following the investigation into Whitney’s death.
Sanwo-Olu through the state Ministry of Education said the closure of the school would pave the way for unhindered investigation and afford all stakeholders, including parents, students, staff and friends of the deceased, time to grieve.
The reopening followed an appeal by the Parents of all Chrisland School Units who visited the Ministry of Education on Monday to seek the government’s understanding for “the sake of 500 plus students some of whom also have terminal examinations.”
The management of the school had tendered an apology over Whitney’s death.
BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies
Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.
His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.
Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.
Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.
He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.
While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha
The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.
“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.
“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”
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