BY DARE ADEJUMO
Like a bolt from the blue, the Synagogue Church Of All Nations SCOAN and its Ikotun-Egbe axis were at the weekend overwhelmed by mammoth crowd of pilgrims coming all over the world to partake in the LIVING WATER SERVICE scheduled to hold by the SCOAN leader, Pastor Evelyn Joshua.
The whole of Ikotun-Egbe road, PROPHET TB Joshua Avenue, the new land of the church with an overflow of over 30,000 worshippers not to mention inside the overcrowded main church auditorium that could ordinarily take less than 20,000 people were all jam-packed with additional plastic chairs after the original seats were all compressed to no avail.
It was spiritually electrifying.
The maiden edition this year and second since the death of Prophet TB Joshua, it was a landmark service drawing pilgrims from about 40 countries across the continents painting the whole environment red.
Living Water Service is usually a sober spiritual moment for personal encounter with God once on the ALTAR to fetch the living water in a 50ml improvised cup on the basis of one’s problem as brought before God.
It’s neither a moment of laying hands on any worshiper by the pastor nor evangelists as usually seen during normal deliverance time on Sunday services. It is the time you are left alone by your faith with God.
To fruitfully and maximally benefit from attending the Living Water Service as instituted and instructed by the late TB Joshua, “you must come with a clean heart where no uncleanliness of any kinds such as envy, malice, unforgiving spirit, sexual immoralities and some other sins in any way must be found lurking by the Holy Spirit in you.
“You must put your heart in order because that’s your communicating point with God otherwise you will not encounter God’s presence and you will fetch not the Living Water but ordinary tap water because God cannot be mocked.”
In the light of this spiritual caveat, many usually go through self-imposed fasting, self-denials and internal sanitization towards the service.
Declaring the Service open, Pastor Evelyn Joshua thanked God for the grace He gave for the event, His faithfulness and His enduring mercy and grace for SCOAN and to those who put their trust in Him
Quoting copiously from scriptures on JESUS CARES, the Woman of God said: “God is with us in this Arena of Liberty. Jesus cares for you by seeking sinners, the rejected, lost souls and all that are heavy laden to give them rest and salvation. You are here to have an encounter with Him, to give you freedom, hope and new direction for the joyful fulfillment of your destinies. Prepare your hearts and sanctify yourselves because today is your day, the day you have long been waiting for. Jesus will never disappoint or forsake His own. Ensure your heart is thoroughly sanctified. He is ever concerned, ready for your well-being and salvation,” she counseled.
SCOAN Living Water Service is undoubtedly the spiritual litmus test on how the individual worshiper or pilgrim stands before God as you kneel down with your supplications. It has become a moment of spiritual self-rediscovery in the ultimate journey of life and salvation of your souls.
It was a big marathon event which started early Friday morning non stop cutting across overnight to Saturday sunrise.
All hotels and guest houses around Ejigbo, Egbe, Ikotun, Idimu, Igando and Egbeda axis were all overbooked by visitors with some other people vacating their residences for visitors to make quick economic gains.
It was attended by unusually exceedingly great multitudes.
But why this big crowd?
“A lot of people have seen that the God of TB Joshua is still in SCOAN and vigorously alive. People have seen the dumbfounding miracles and indisputable testimonies on Emmanuel TV and various spiritual exploits of God’s raw power in foreign countries under the leadership of Pastor Evelyn Joshua still pointing to the unbroken continuity of God’s presence and power in SCOAN as the last bus stop,” said Princess Mobolaoluwa Olotu, a pilgrim coming to SCOAN for the first time.
She added that “What I witnessed live without any hands being laid on the people, only by just climbing the altar to pray and fetch the living water was beyond human imagination. God is great. You can just see God’s raw power in transparent action manifesting in people. I thank God for coming to attend.”
Apparently there was an explosion of miracles and testimonies in diverse forms of healing, deliverance, with the blind regaining their sight and those on crutches and wheelchairs walking as they reached the ALTAR.
It was awesome!
“The moment I rolled my body on the altar of prayer, I felt a healing sensation from my neck downwards and that was the end of my chronic cervical spondylitis that had put me in anguish for years,” said Angelina Forson, a foreigner pilgrim jumping and praising God.
“As I stepped on the altar, there was a sudden transformation in my life and health. From that moment I have stopped experiencing incessant bleeding in the operated part of my body and could effectively move and bend my body in an unbelievable manner. I couldn’t believe I could come back to life like a normal human being again,” said Jane Peters, a retired General who had been bedridden with spinal cord problems for years.
This Living Water Service has undoubtedly opened a new progressive spiritual chapter on the enduring God’s grace, mercy, power and presence in the Synagogue Church Of All Nations SCOAN as once anchored by the God’s General, late Prophet TB Joshua.
It’s an additional spiritual feather in the cap of SCOAN, a glaring confirmation of God’s promise that He would never forsake His own and those who diligently seek and trust in Him.
.Adejumo, a member of SCOAN, writes from Lagos.