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JAN–APRIL 2015, VOL 3 NO. 1 INSPIRATION God's Battle Axe Ministries Online Magazine Inspiring you to a higher level God’s Battle Axe Ministries

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Welcome to INSPIRATION magazine, an online publication of God’s Battle Axe Ministries. Inspiration has within the riches of its pages a wealth of information in different sections called corners that is set to minister to your body, soul and spirit. It has the marriage, leadership, praise and worship, youth, children, and women’s corners. Each corner focuses on the subject matter, except Odette’s corner which is not focused on a particular subject. Although the goal of Inspiration is to minister to your body, soul and spirit, we want to emphasize that of these three, the ministration to the spirit man is more important, because when the spirit man is ministered to from God’s word; it enables the soul and body to function right and thus prosper In Inspiration, various interesting and useful information will be featured as the Lord leads us to write. It is important to note that whatever subject matter featured in Inspiration is not given to replace, criticize or condemn any medical, financial or any other advice received from your professional personnel. The purpose of Inspiration is to provide a different avenue of perspectives to the information already received, or will be received from a professional in that subject matter in order to inspire you to try another method of approach to that Prophetess Choice Nwachuku Ph.D situation if applicable. We encourage you to follow us on Inspiration and broaden your perspective on different issues as we bring them to you within the comforts of your home, office or even in the field. We are just a click away online. We pray that as you read this magazine, every part of your life will be impacted and you will never remain the same again in Jesus name. Amen Inspiration is part of the media outreach ministries of God’s Battle Axe Ministries, a 501c (3) Corporation. Visit us on www.Godsbattleaxe.com for information about our other ministries. Prophetess Choice Nwachuku is an anointed teacher of the word of God. She holds a Masters and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees in microbiology and biology from Howard University Washington D.C. She is an author, an entrepreneur, an ordained and licensed minister and the Steward of God’s Battle Axe Ministries. She is married to George Nwachuku, the President and C.E.O of Chuks Insuranc e Inc. 2

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TEAM INSPIRATION Choice Nwachuku, M.Sc., Ph.D. George Nwachuku, M.B.A Odette Alvarez, B.S. Belinda Abrianna Brown-Darko Kevin Emah, M.HSc., M.B.A Oluchi Nwanajuobi, Pharm.D. Scholastica Wilson Olagunju, M.Sc., ChMc Anita Erhabor, B.Sc. Kathleen Chinenye Ibeh , B.A. Executive Director/Editor in Chief Director/Coordinator: Marriage Corner Coordinator: Odette’s Corner Editor/Coordinator: Children’s Corner Coordinator: Praise & Worship Corner Coordinator: Prayer Corner Coordinator: Leadership Corner Coordinator: Women’s Corner Coordinator: Youth Corner 3

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FEATUR Page 8 Will You Marry? SPECIAL FEATURE Page 16 Praise & Worship Corner Marriage Corner Page 14 SPECIAL FEATURE Page 24 Leadership Corner AdDRESSing You (For The Ladies) Welcome to Your Distinguishing, in the Year of His Grace! Youth Corner 4

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RES Page 28 WARFARE 2: PSPIRITUAL ut on Th eW ho le Ar mo r Page 36 The Importance of Blessing you Children. Children's Corner Prayer Corner Page 32 The Holy Spirit in the Life of a Believer Page 40 Breakthrough Praise 2015 E S I PRA 2015 Odette’s Corner 5 Women's Corner

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2015 THE SEASON OF EASE. Welcome to 2015, where a season of having things done with ease in the life of God’s people begins. Yes, a season where struggle ends, and great exploits for God’s kingdom begins. Someone might ask what I mean by struggle ending. It simply means that where you have toiled and tasked yourself and tried so much to do it on your own has ended. It means where you have labored and sweated it out for so long has ended. Webster’s Dictionary defines ease as the state of being comfortable: as freedom from pain and discomfort, freedom from care, labor or difficulty, freedom from embarrassments or constraints. So am I saying that all of your troubles end this year? Not quite, because in this world there always will be troubles. However God has overcome the world. BUT GOD IS SAYING THAT AS MANY AS HAVE REMAINED STANDING IN FAITH, YOU HAVE ENTERED INTO A SEASON OF MY GREAT GRACE, WHERE THE MIRACULOUS AND THE SUPERNATURAL BECOMES COMMON, BECAUSE IT IS MY HAND, BY MYSELF THAT BRINGS THEM TO MANIFESTATIONS. MY CHURCH WILL FEEL MY PRESENCE AND MY GLORY LIKE THEY HAVE NOT FELT BEFORE SAITH THE LORD. AND THE EFFECT OF THIS IS THAT MANY MIRACLES WILL HAPPEN AND EVEN THOSE THAT ARE IN A FIRERY PLACE WILL NOT FEEL THE FIRE, OR THE BUNT OF THE FLAMES. THEIR CLOTHS WILL NOT BURN NEITHER WILL THEY SMELL OF SMOKE SAITH THE LORD, BUT MY GLORY SHALL BE EVIDENT IN THEM AND MY POWER TO DELIVER SHALL COME FORTH AND BE SEEN IN THEM SAITH THE LORD. YES IT IS A TIME OF TERROR AND FEAR THAT IS COMING UPON THE WORLD AND THINGS SHALL GET WORSE IN THE WORLD, BUT THOSE THAT ARE IN ME SHALL EXPERIENCE ME , MY POWER IN A GREATER REALM. THEY SHALL WALK, AND WORK WITH EASE IN ALL THAT THEY DO AND GO THROUGH, BECAUSE MY HAND IS SYTRECHED OUT TO SAVE AND TO HEAL. MINE SHALL EXPERIENCE THE SUPERNATURAL IN A WAY THAT THEY HAVE NOT SEEN NOR FELT BEFORE. IT IS A TIME OF EASE AND MUCH GRACE FOR MY PEOPLE SAID THE LORD. BUT TRUST ME, LEAN ON ME AND FEED ON MY WORD MUCH MORE THAN YOU HAVE EVER DONE BEFORE. IT IS A TIME OF EASE, NOT STRUGGLE FOR MY PEOPLE. LET ME CARRY YOU, REST IN ME, REJOICE IN ME, FOR IN ME JEHOVAH IS EVERLASTING STRENGTH SAID THE LORD. 6

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HAPPY Valentines Day!!! His bAnner over you is love! 7

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WILL YOU MARRY ME? This usually is the question a man asks a woman before they begin the journey called marriage. But my question to those who pop the question as well as those who give a yes answer is “who are you marrying, are you marrying the person or are you marrying purpose? To some of you this might sound like a wired or strange question that I am asking; but to others who understand purpose and destiny it is a great question. Many times when a person is in search of a spouse, they tend to have certain criteria which their supposed spouse must fall within. These criteria differ from person to person. But I believe many of you will agree with me that one major point is being in love with one another. Other points in this “so called criteria” that I have observed over the years in talking to many single women is: tall, dark, handsome and a good job. For the men, other points are pretty, beautiful, and a good figure. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with these points. But if these are the only points that makes you to choose a spouse for life, then it is no wonder that we have so many divorces in the world today and even in the 8 MARRIAGE C church. So if these criteria only are not enough for someone to choose a spouse, what then is, you might wonder. Well, there is a major point that must be considered especially as a believer when you want to choose a spouse. And that point is purpose. The totality of our existence on this earth is dependent on purpose. The reason that God created us on this earth is to fulfill purpose and des-

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George Nwachuku M.BA. space with everything else, but yet that empty feeling keeps creeping all over in the inside of them and they do not know what to do, or how to fix it. Then eventually they turn on each other and say “I don’t love you anymore” or “I have to go and find myself” or another popular one “it’s not you, it’s me”. So a separation happens and before you know it in most cases, a divorce happens, and then you who attended the wedding ceremony where the couple were so much in love and so much into one another, wonder what on earth could have gone wrong with these very happy couple? Let me suggest to you that perhaps lack of understanding purpose and destiny in the marriage happened. What exactly is purpose? tiny, so the importance of these points being considered before a spouse is chosen cannot be over emphasized. So many marriages lack the completion that it should have because a big part of what the married couple is supposed to do is lacking and as such there is an emptiness being felt in the lives of the husband and wife, and they try to fill that empty 9 CORNER The Oxford English dictionary defines purpose as the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. And the King James Version online dictionary defines it as “propono; pro, before, and pono, to set or place: That which a person sets before himself as an object to be reached or accomplished.........”. Careful examination of these definitions brings an understanding of why a person needs to consider purpose before popping the “will you marry me question” and likewise the recipient before giving an answer. This is important because

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if two people with different purposes and not having an understanding of each individual one in life gets married, it is very difficult for them to accomplish either of their different purpose (two trains travelling continually at opposite directions will never come to the same place no matter how much they increase their speed). In most marriages where this occurs two things eventually happen, they either fulfil one, or neither purpose. In very rare cases, you find both individual purpose being fulfilled after much frustrations, anger and misunderstanding in the marriage. But all of these could/may have been avoided if purpose was considered before getting married. Let us look at 2 examples, a man who says that his wife cannot be a pastor, and the woman knows that she has been called by God to be a pastor should not marry such a man no matter how much she loves him because that marriage will not work. Also a man who wants to be a soldier should not marry a woman who can never be a wife to one, no matter how beautiful and well figured she is. That marriage too has a very slight chance of succeeding. Why? They do not have an understanding of each other’s purpose. The definition (both biblical and scholarly) of purpose tells us that purpose is more important than us. It tells us that purpose is greater than us. I can confidently say this because the definition tells us that we were created for purpose (God’s purpose) and that we are to set it before ourselves. That makes it more important and bigger than us. Therefore when we are in search of a life partner, we 10 are to search for that person whom together we can fulfill the purpose for which we are created. Indeed as believers we are created to worship and serve God, to have fellowship with the Holy Spirit. But that is the general rule for every believer. However, there is/are other very specific assignments/purpose that some people have to fulfill in life that marrying the wrong spouse can completely derail from happening. Now this might prompt you to ask if there is only one person that God has assigned to someone to marry. And my answer is no, because the fulfillment of purpose is too important for God to tie it down to just one person. However, I do believe that we just can’t marry anyone, because not everyone has the same purpose or understanding of our purpose in life as we do. For this reason, finding the right partner may be restrictive, because we do not just marry the person, we marry purpose. So when a man and woman comes together in holy matrimony, they become one before God and man, and purposes marry each other and become one also. When there is an understanding of these, each spouse puts 100% invested interest in seeing God’s purpose for them in the marriage fulfilled (remember “propono: that which a person sets or place before themselves). So when you go through ups and downs in the marriage, feel angry, frustrated about whatever it may be, or you think that you are no longer in love with your spouse, you remember that you did not just marry a person, you married purpose, so

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you set yourself aside and place God’s purpose ahead of yourself. This in itself allows the Holy Spirit to work in your marriage and help restore that which is trying to break you up. Why, because you have put pleasing God above pleasing yourself. The importance of understanding why purpose is a major point before you say “I do” in marriage is depicted in the marriage example in scripture. Jesus is the bridegroom (Matthew 9:15, Luke 5:35, John 3: 28-30) and the church is the bride (2 Corinthians 11:2, John 3:29, Mathew 25, 1-14). The bridegroom came and died for the bride: He made himself of no reputation; He put Himself (Lordship, powers and might) aside in other to fulfill the purpose of God (which is to die on the cross for all humanity). He took the shame, the blame, the pain and paid the penalty for sin (propono) so that we can become sons (a godly seed that God seeks in marriage, Malachi 2:15). All that Jesus did, He did to accomplish God’s purpose for humanity. And now, we the bride, we say yes to all of God’s will that our bridegroom accomplished for us if and when we understand the purpose behind what He did. This births a beautiful marriage relationship between the bride (us) and the groom (Jesus). In the same way, a beautiful holy matrimony (marriage relationship) is seen in the lives of a husband and a wife that understands that their marriage is more than them: it is more than making money, it is more than having children, it is more than earthy possessions (though all of these area blessing to the marriage); they understand that their marriage is about fulfilling God’s purpose and God’s destiny 11 for them. An understanding and working towards making this realty (by the help of the Holy Spirit) in their marriage fills any emptiness that they might feel in their marriage, and makes it blissful. So gentlemen that are still single, remember that before you ask “will you marry me” and all the single ladies, before you say “I do”. Pray and ask God to guide you to marry purpose and not only for the criteria mentioned above. And for those that are already married and you feel or know that you marriage is not fulfilling God’s purpose for you and your spouse, go to God in prayer and ask Him to help you both to fulfill His purpose in your marriage. God is good and faithful; He knows how to turn things around. Trust him and be patient, and you too will fulfill His purpose in your marriage in Jesus name Amen. God bless you. Dr. Choice Nwachuku George Nwachuku who has an apostolic calling is an author, the President and C.E.O of Chuks Insurance Inc. He holds a Masters in Business Administration (M.BA.) and is currently a Doctoral Candidate for Biblical studies from one of the major universities in the USA. He is the husband of Dr. Choice Nwachuku.

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AdDRESSing You (For The Ladies) If you ask a woman what her top ten hobbies are, I can guarantee you that shopping is somewhere on the list. Shopping may even make it to the top five (for some of you, the top three!) However (and surprisingly) I actually hate shopping. In fact, I loathe it. The idea of going to a mall, walking from store to store searching for an article of clothing makes me cringe and drives me crazy. I know I may be only one out of five million women to feel this way, but it is true. These days, shopping for me is even more challenging because its rare to find something modest to wear. The other day, I walked into a very well known store to see if I would find a nice outfit for a friend’s birthday dinner and was dumbfounded by what I saw. After hours of combing through hundreds of clothing racks, I noticed that all the skirts were either too short, too tight or had an unreasonably high slit. Blouses and tops were even worse! If one was not too tight or the neckline was not cut too low, it had no sleeves. If it was not midriff (bare bellied), it was cutout at the sides or had no back at all. In fact, out of frustration, I left the store empty handed. I discussed my findings with some friends of mine who are also believers of Christ and dis14 covered that they too find great difficulty in finding something decent to wear these days. You see, we are living in a world where the less clothes you have on, the more appealing and attractive you seem, which is completely wrong. In 1 Timothy 2:9a, Paul states that “…I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves.” Many young people believe that dressing inappropriately brings attention, not acknowledging the negative consequences that may follow. Young women that dress indecently are often misjudged by others as it portrays a “loose” lifestyle that is not godly which may or may not be the case. It also puts themselves in harm’s way. Often, many women are raped, sexually molested, drugged and taken advantage of by people who lack self-control and a healthy conscience. On a spiritual level, immodest dressing can cause others to fall into sin. In the book of Proverbs, chapter 7 describes a man falling prey to an immoral woman. In addition to describing this woman’s reckless lifestyle, it also states that, “the woman approached him, seductively dressed and sly of

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Youth Corner heart”. As the chapter continues, it further states that the man “followed her at once, like an ox going to the slaughter. He was like a stag caught in a trap, awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart. He was like a bird flying into a snare, little knowing it would cost him his life.” In other words, this man was carried away by what he saw and was headed into his own destruction as a result of this dressing and lifestyle. Now, someone may read this and think to herself, Well, I’m not trying to seduce any one on purpose, so how can I cause a person to fall into sin? In Matthew 5:27 and 28, it states that “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” In other words, a woman may dress in a mini-skirt or midriff top not intentionally trying to seduce anyone such as the woman described in Proverbs. However, if she causes a person to lust in his heart, knowingly or unknowingly, he has fallen into sin already. As a result, the woman is also guilty. Whether we know it or not, our bodies and what we wear on it matter to God. In 1 Corinthians 6:13c, it states, “They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies”. The passage continues and asks, “Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ…don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” You see, you are very precious to Him. If you were not, He would not die on the cross and give His life so that you may be have eternal life. You are His temple, of which people can see Him through you, which includes your lifestyle and your dressing. This is why when you wear inappropriate and Kathleen Ibeh immodest clothing, you are dishonoring God’s temple. Go through your closet and your wardrobe. What type of clothing do you find there? Does what you wear truly reflect your lifestyle? Maybe you have not been living a pleasant lifestyle up until this point and you want to make a change with the New Year. Ask our heavenly Father into your heart. Ask Him to forgive your past sins and to cleanse you inside and out. Tell God that you want to honor Him in every aspect of your life, which includes your apparel. Although it is difficult to, especially with what is being sold in the stores, always keep in mind that God cares about everything about you, right down to your outfit. Dress moderately and appropriately so that others will address you for what and who you are: the temple of our heavenly Father! Kathleen C. Ibeh is a graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Currently she serves as Co-Director for StandUp4Kids, a non-profit organization that provides awareness and advocacy to Youth Homelessness. 15

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