U-Report: T.B. Joshua Christens 2015 “The Year Of Good Morning”
At a candle light
vigil service held to usher in the New Year 2015 at The Synagogue, Church Of
All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos, Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua declared 2015 to be
'the year of good morning'.
In the energetic service
broadcast live on Christian television station Emmanuel TV, Joshua admonished
congregants on the need to 'worship God in Spirit' in a sermon titled,
'Discovering your real value'.
"Christianity lies in the heart," he told the multitude of
worshippers, adding that merely observing religious ceremonies does not signify
The crowds, including a huge array of foreign guests sporadically waving their
national flags, thronged every available space within the sprawling church
complex, even spilling onto the adjoining roads.
"If you are expecting a New Year, you must be pure in heart," he
stressed, reminding the faithful of Jesus Christ's words in Matthew 5:8.
"If not, the troubled year of 2014 will continue in 2015," he warned.
Although Joshua uncharacteristically did not give his yearly prediction, his
message conveyed that the troubles witnessed worldwide throughout 2014 would
persist in 2015 but genuine Christians would grow stronger through them.
"No matter what this coming year brings, if you are more of God, your
trials are the soil in which your faith will flourish," he enjoined the
He stressed that the freedom the Bible speaks of in John 8:36 is spiritual not
physical, insisting that a 'free spirit,' was needed for Christians to enjoy
peace throughout 2015. "This liberation of your spirit is all you need to
have the best year," he stated.
"You just need a Word from God to change the course of your life,"
Joshua continued. "God said I should give you the Word – Good Morning!
Instead of saying 'Happy New Year', say 'Good Morning'. 2014 was the afternoon
but now we are going to the morning. This Word is anointed."
The cleric revealed that from henceforth, irrespective of the actual time of
the day, Christians should maintain the greeting, 'Good morning', insisting
that a spiritual blessing was attached to such proclamation.
As Joshua led the congregation in prayers, lights were dimmed and candles lit
throughout the auditorium.
"Joy comes in the morning. Open your lips and begin to decree this joy to
your life," Joshua instructed the congregation.
He then led them in a heartfelt declaration, "My heart is Heaven! Good
Morning my destiny, health, business, family, marriage - live in the morning
Among the nearly 2,000 foreign guests in attendance at the 'crossover service'
were 44 family members of those who tragically died when a building collapsed
within the church compound on September 12th 2014.
Earlier in the day, Joshua had called on his Facebook followers to submit their
prayer requests for 2015; almost 100,000 responses were posted in a matter of