By Cyriacus Nnaji
Once in a lifetime God sends a teacher, messiah or prophet to redirect the steps of men who have gone astray. Of course Jesus took the body of human and came to the earth to tell humans that it is possible to live a sinless life.
In present age, no doubt, the General Overseer of The Lords Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministry, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, with his power packed crusades around the nation is bringing great transformation to Nigerian people.
With a humble beginning at Ilasamaja, Lagos, and now occupying a great land mass as the International headquarters and branches all over the world, The Chosen church has become a phenomenon in Christendom.
Yet to attain 17 years the church is on the go like a moving razor across the globe as there is hardly any country of the world where you would not see The Lords Chosen Ministry. It has literarily dwarfed many of its predecessors and contemporaries alike.
Muoka will always inform the world that a sinner is not a Christian and a Christian is not a sinner; shun alcohol and all forms of criminality.
His rise to phenomenal height and the growth of his church were not dependent on money or “bring money anyhow”, he would always warn people against ill-gotten money and they should not bring the same to the church.
Muoka appear to have realized that it was only through taking his crusade to different parts of the country that souls shall be won especially now that the nation finds itself at a crossroad.
From the headquarters he has various crusades through the year which take care of the spiritual yearnings of Lagosians and environs; early each year The Chosen lands in Mgbidi, Oru West Local Government Area of Imo State for a four-day International crusade that prepare the members in particular and Nigerians in general for the year.
His involvement in education is second to none as Chosen International School in Nigeria and other countries have become household names making excellent results in external examinations. Beyond that the church is constructing a University at Mgbidi, Imo State.
Beyond all these is his relationship with the media, he once advised media owners to give pre-eminence to the propagation of the gospel for the betterment of society.
He disclosed how Jesus Christ instructed his disciples to preach the message of the kingdom to the whole world, adding “Thank God through the social media it becomes easier, so we have to enlighten our members, and even the press at large to help to carry out the gospel all over the world, to fulfill the will of God because all of us here are created for God’s pleasure.”
His crusade tagged ‘From Sorrow to Joy’ has always brought “salvation, sanctification, Holy Ghost baptism, deliverances from spiritual limitation, demonic possession, barrenness of the womb, intellectual and financial barrenness, it will also address physical challenges such as paralyses of all kinds, diseases, sicknesses, economics and political problems,” Muoka once said.
‘Hope for the Barren’ is another International Crusade that brings harvest of testimonies while those who have suffered years of ailments that have defiled orthodox medicine had their various cases rolled away by the power of the God of Chosen.
Moving from Lagos to Kano, Benin, African Countries, Europe and Americas and latest in the Rivers State, Nigeria, Rivers State and environs were left in utter awe as the program rolled into full swing with a very lively opening worship and praises inside and outside the crusade venue (Yakubu Gowon Stadium- Former Liberation Stadium).
Testimonies of what God did in the lives of members in previous crusades and services and the instant testimonies which resulted from the G.O’s prayer upon mounting the pulpit were revealing: The lame walking, the blind seeing again, the deaf and dumb hearing and speaking again, terminal diseases being rolled away, amongst so many others.
His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Gov. Chief. Dr. Nyesom Wike, was present at the crusade alongside his cabinet members who blessed, while the Governor during his speech said that the prayers of the G.O and the Chosen people at large, has helped him a lot in running the affairs of the state.
The deaf and dumb could now hear and speak. Even those afflicted with all forms of terminal cases were not left out.
Among Muoka’s message to Rivers people include “No one should limit God or His power, because he has the power to do and undo. The Lord has the power to handle whatsoever situation that brought you here.”
“Having seen the power of God made manifest, we must not forget that God still has the power to do This or That.”
“There are no blessings in living an immoral life”. John 1:12 “To them who received him he gave power to become sons and daughters of God, even to them that believe on His name.”
And no doubt, in the hearts of the Rivers State’s people and environs an indelible mark of signs and wonders have been stamped. Never to be forgotten is the goodness of God in this crusade. It has never been so heard anywhere and anytime.
Pastor Muoka once told Nigerians to embrace Christ as panacea for peace. My advice to Nigerians is that they should live according to the scriptures. Jesus Christ says come to me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Jesus Christ has taken away our sins, our sorrows, our sufferings. There are a lot of problems here and there but it is only in Him you can freedom and solution. So Nigerians should give their lives to Christ and amend their ways and begin to live their lives according to the will of God,” Muoka stated.