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SEPT - DEC 2015, VOL 3 NO. 9 INSPIRATION God's Battle Axe Ministries Online Magazine Inspiring you to a higher level God’s Battle Axe Ministries

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INSPIRATION Prophetess Choice Nwachuku Ph.D Executive Director/Editor in Chief 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 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.

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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 Mbanefo, 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

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FEATU Page 6 SPECIAL FEATURE Page 22 Awe o w T t Par Praise & Worship Corner Navigating Harvest Seasons; When “Cronos” meets “Chiros”; Leadership Skills For The Harvest Leadership Corner Page 12 SPECIAL FEATURE SO YOU THINK YOU ARE A Page 28 Prayer Corner Lan nly e v a He Our Ton gues : guag e MAN? AND YOU BEAT YOUR WIFE!! Marriage Corner

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URES Page 44 What is Holiness? Page 32 Im Pa tie nt “I k now wha wan tI wan t and I t it now !!!” Youth Corner Odette’s Corner Page 38 ON BOA RD Page 48 MY TWO DADSDID GOD CHANGE HIS MIND? Women’s Corner Children's Corner

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Praise & Worship Corner e w A P Dead in Worship When I was much younger in faith, praising and worshiping God was no more than a fun time. We would sing and dance to the tunes of our favorite songs. And if the songs were not in vogue at the time, we would quickly switch to another, much like many of us do in our church services today. We had moments of “praise ecstasy.” But as I grew in understanding of who God is - through his word, and consistently desiring for more of Him, my perspective of praise and worship shifted from mere “feeling high” from a favorite tune to deep calling unto the deep. It is not wrong to have fun during praise and worship experience and I am certainly not decrying the good feeling we experience while praising and worshipping the Lord. The danger we run into is when having fun becomes the focus, and not the object of worship. Absolute worship flows from death; death to sin, death to self. Dead people do not have fun. There is no fun in dy- T t r a

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o w T ing. However, there is glory; there is life. In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on the throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple (Isaiah 6:1). Prophet Isaiah had the privilege that many of us should earnestly desire, and that is for every sign, symptoms, traits and characteristics of king Uzziah in our lives to be dethroned in death. Isaiah saw the Lord in a very significant position – sitting on the throne. This was a critical revelation e Kevin Emah in the prophet’s ministry. The Lord God almighty did not just take His sit on the throne that moment for a quick photo-op for Isaiah. A renowned worshipper by the name of David made it clear in Psalm 47:8 that God sits upon the throne of His holiness. In order words, you will not catch the throne of God empty. God has always been on His throne; the seraphim were always engaged in worship around His throne, but Isaiah never saw Him that way until death occurred. This is symbolic to illustrate the point that unless there is a disconnection from the things around us – physically, spiritually, mentally, and otherwise, we may not be able to fully experience God in worship the way we should. Death precedes authentic worship. The first aspect of a worshiper’s life that gets impacted is his or her perspective. When King Uzziah died, Isaiah did not hear first; he saw first. Often times, it is easy to argue with what you hear. Meanings get lost in translation. But the things that you truly see are irrefutable.

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A songwriter described that when you catch a glimpse of God’s holiness, like Isaiah did, every other thing in life appear like shadows in the light of Him. Why? Because your perspective receives clear priority on the things that matter more than others. And yes, there are things that are less important in our lives. I pray that the light of His presence will illuminate and bring this revelation for differentiation in Jesus name, Amen. When you read Revelations 1:17, you get the impression that at some point in John’s experience, he was standing. And then something happened that sucked the strength off his bones, and threw him flat on the ground. Friends, there is level of revelation that makes even the bones of our bodies prostrate flat before its maker. The only thing that preceded this “lyingflat” experience is that John saw Him. May the eyes of our understanding be enlightened so we can see clearly. I find it interesting that when John fell motionless at the feet of the Lord, He ministered to him in a very specific way. Jesus said to John, “…I am He that lives”. In other words, death in worship ushers you into life in Christ. I can imagine Jesus looking at John lying lifeless and motionless at His feet with a smile on His face, and saying John, your death in worship is placing a divine demand on the well of life that I am. Put in another way, in your weakness, that’s when God shows up in His strength; in your blindness, He is your sight; in your death in worship, He is your life. I am He that lives! Jesus said. Moses had one of strangest experiences recorded in biblical history – a bush that was on fire, but not consumed. Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in-law, the priest of Median: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb (Exodus 3:1). There is one irresistible truth that will change your life of worship forever, and that is the revelation of who you worship. Be Dead “And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me: Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am He that liveth. (Revelations 1:17) More often than not, when people reference the word “death” or “dead”, the dialogue that follows is usually sad or tragic. Emotions are aroused, usually not by the dead one, but by those who have heard about or witness the death. If you have lost a loved one, you can appreciate more than anyone else the feeling of emptiness and helplessness. Sometimes, those who hear the tragic news may suddenly loose consciousness. All of these emotions and reactions can be explained by psychology and biological science - to an extent. However, being dead, in the context of worship is not bad news. In fact, it is a matter of necessity in the life of a believer. Here is how one of the greatest apostles that ever lived put it: “…I die daily” (I Corinthians 15:31); “I am crucified with Christ…” (Galatians 2:20).

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In other words, your life as a worshipper will undergo a remarkable spiritual renovation when you catch a glimpse of who He truly is. Moses caught a glimpse of who the Almighty God is, and look what was born out of that encounter: the first five books of the bible. Have you wondered how Moses knew that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth? How did he know that the earth was without form and void, and that there was gross darkness over the face of the deep? He was not there in the beginning. No one was there in the beginning but the trinity. The only way Moses could inscribe all these events that took place before his time was because The First, and The Last; The Beginning and The End – (God) revealed this truth to Moses. In Him consists the beginning, the end, and everything in between. Remember that Moses asked God to show him His glory (Exodus 33:18-19), God’s response was “Moses, you are asking Me to kill you” (paraphrase). Moses, what you are asking for will kill you. It is one thing to ask God to show you great and mighty things, and his miraculous power, but a completely different request when you ask Him to show you His glory. God’s glory and His acts are not the same. His act set a bush on fire to get Moses’ attention, but He would warn Moses about possibly loosing his life if he were exposed to His glory. Let me attempt to put this in perspective. The prophet Isaiah had an experience that we should all have in order to set our priorities in worship straight. In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on the throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above Him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory (Isaiah 6:1-3). This same glory that the seraphim are protected from, is the same glory Moses is asking God to expose him to. So Moses asked God for “His glory”, God decided to let His goodness pass by, so he could see God’s back parts (Exodus 33:23). Since God is not human, He does not have a literal front and backside like we do. He is eternal. What that means is that the eternal past and the eternal future is in Him. So what God revealed to Moses as His goodness passed by Moses was eternity past. When Moses saw the eternity past in God as His goodness passed by him, while hiding in the rock, he began to write the things he saw – the eternity past. That is the only way Moses could have known what happened in the Genesis 1, considering that He was not there. No one else was there, but God. Be Absent When the soul that resides in the human physical body leaves the body, that body can no longer sustain itself. At that point, it is said that the person, whose soul is no longer resident in the body is dead. Likewise, being dead – within the context of worship means to be absent or to be lifeless. John had a vision that that left him lifeless on the floor as though he was dead (Revelations 1:17). The revelation given to him struck him with awe that the very soul that lives inside his body responded to its maker in such a way that it could no longer

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sustain the clay housing in which it resided. John’s soul was absent from his body in what could be basically described as total surrender to absolute awe. When our souls recognize and respond to our maker in worship, there is an overwhelming experience that forces us to be absent from our physical environment. One of the reasons why the power of the Almighty God is not felt in our lives and worship services is hinged on this truth: there is so much presence of human efforts and very little absence in response to the God who reigns for ever. Why are there spectators in church worship services? And why is there so much showmanship and entertainment in the name of worship? Naturally, mankind wants to be present. They want to be a part of the “party”, they want to be a part of the fun. Not to imply that having a party or fun is bad, but may I submit to you that even if praise and worship were to be a party, the audience should never be made up of hundreds or thousands in attendance; rather, it should comprise of an audience of one – Jehovah. Now, that is a concept that may take some conscious efforts, and the help to the Holy Spirit to reverse. True worship is when thousands gather unto one audience – The Lord God Almighty, like the hosts of heaven do. Therefore, the desire of every worshipper should be to be absent – to be absent from the distractions, the noise, and the attention – and be completely wrapped up in the revelation of whom we worship. Listen to Jesus’ instruction: Those who worship Him (the Father), must worship Him in Spirit and in truth (John 4). Please understand that for your worship to be in truth and in Spirit means/implies that it cannot be false nor in the flesh. Truth does not just happen. It is revealed or unveiled. Being in the spirit suggests being less con- scious of the physical environment, and being caught up in the unseen realm of worship. You probably already know that worship is not an option in heaven. That is what the hosts of heaven do – all night and all day long. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come (Revelations 4:8, NIV). Until you can stand, or kneel, or lay in awe of the object of your worship, you may never discover the true essence of worship. Being in awe of God is not cheap. It is not because you are able to put a few dance steps down or even know how to hit the notes precisely. It is revelation. One that only God, the one whom you worship can give. I pray that the urge to live and be seen will not rob us of the essence of dying daily in worship so we can truly see the Lord just as He is. Kevin Emah is a praise and worship leader. He is a Medical Laboratory Scientist by profession. He also holds dual masters degrees in Health Sciences and Business Administration. He manages a reference laboratory in Maryland, where he resides with his beautiful wife, Joy and sons, Praise and Kairos.

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UPCOMING EVENTS Theme: “To Build You Up” Date: October 10, 2015 Time: 7 pm - 10 pm Venue: 4700 Stamp Road Suite E Temple Hills, MD 20748 END OF YEAR ALL NIGHT PRAYER MEETING Date: December 18, 2015 Time:10:30pm - 4:00am Venue: 4700 Stamp Road Suite E Temple Hills, MD 20748 FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL 301.899.6999 OR SEND AN E-MAIL TO INFO@GODSBATTLEAXE.COM

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MARRIAGE MAN? AND YOU BEAT YOUR SO YOU THINK YOU ARE A WIFE!!

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E CORNER George Nwachuku M.BA. It never ceases to amaze me when I hear that a man beat up some woman and worse still when that man is a husband and the woman that he beat up is his wife. It is certainly not right in any way for a husband to beat up his wife. I can hear some of you men say right now “but you do not know what she did or did not do, or what she said”. Allow me to tell you right now that it does not matter what she did do, or did not do, nor what she said or did not say. There is no reason under the sun for a man to raise his hands and strike a woman, not to talk of his wife. A man that beats up his wife obviously lacks spiritual understanding and really does not love God as he should. You see if you do love God and have spiritual understanding, then you will obey His words by not hurting your wife in anyway: most of all by not laying a finger on her ever. Consider this: how can you destroy what you are supposed to protect? The bible clearly tells the man to love his wife as Christ loved the church

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and gave His life for it (Ephesians 5:25). So…. How do you cut down, strike and beat up on what you are to die for I ask. The husband is supposed to protect his wife with his own life if necessary. Hmmm! I wonder how many men can really say that, if necessary they will do this selfless act. A few I bet. But this is what the scripture says about a husband. This is what really makes a MAN a MAN in physical things; not flexing your muscles in a fist combat with your wife. How shameful. So Ephesians 5:25 tells us what makes us a brave man. But there is more to that scripture. Let us examine verses 26-29 “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church.” God speaks to the man very deeply in these verses that he has a responsibility of mentoring his wife by feeding her with the word of God. He is to love her into becoming a person that is all God has called her to be (without spot or wrinkle, blemish or any such thing), even as Christ does the same thing for the body of Christ/the church. But what do we see in some men? Instead of them washing off the spots and wrinkles in the lives of their wives, they cause them and put them there. The wife beaters have turned their wives into a punching bag that they use for target practice to make themselves feel better because they really do not love themselves and as such cannot love anyone else. Yes you, the man that beats up your wife, you HATE yourself. I did not say it, the bible says so. “So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church. (Ephesians 5:2829). So MAN UP, take a look at the mirror and see the root of the hate that makes you to beat up your wife and stop giving excuses of “it’s all her fault”. It is a fact that some wives can provoke their husband to almost lose their sanity. Indeed the bible says that it is better to live in the corner of the house or roof top than with a woman who nags. (Proverbs 21:9 & 25:24). But that scripture says it is better to live in a corner of the house or roof top, not punch her to the corner of the room or out of the house. So God knows what a man can go through when married to a troublesome woman. But He advises the man to handle her with care

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and wisdom. If your wife is driving you crazy, go for a walk, leave the scene at that point, and do not engage in a fight that she so clearly wants (get it? dwell in the other side of the room-leave that vicinity at that point in time). And while out, pray about the situation for God to help you handle it His way, and to calm you and your wife down by the time you get home. And God will. That simple, you might ask? Yes that simple, because with God all things are possible. In my course of counselling marriages, I hear the men say this a lot. “My wife does not submit to me as the bible says in Ephesians 5”. Okay, so your wife does not submit to you as you think she should, or does not submit to you at all as she ought. Even then, you are not justified in beating your wife. You love her into submitting (this is a topic for another time). It is because of the love of God for us through Jesus Christ that we submit to Him. We are not beaten by God into submission. No! We submit to God because we love Him- for He first loved us. So men, you have no excuse. First love your wife and stop waiting for her to submit to you first. I believe that if you really love her, she will submit to you, TOTALLY. If she still does not, make her a prayer point in your private prayer time, until you see the change. So my brothers, you have a task that you must see fulfilled. The task of molding your wife by the help of the Holy Spirit into that woman that is submissive according to the word of God and not the job of beating her every chance that you get. But this task can only be done by men that are real husbands, strong and brave. So let’s take a quiz and see if we are that man. 1. If you think that you are a real-husband, examine yourself; are you fulfilling Ephesians 5: 25-29? 2. If you think you are a muscled-man, examine yourself if you can lift up your wife. and propel her to all God has called her to be by His grace. 3. If you think you are a strong-man, examine yourself if you are brave enough to die for your wife. If you truly can say YES!!! to all of these examinations. CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE A MAN, A HUSBAND THAT GOD IS PROUD OFF. Blessings! 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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