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SEPT–DEC 2016, VOL 4. NO. 12 INSPIRATION God's Battle Axe Ministries Online Magazine Inspiring you to a higher level

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elcome to INSPIRATION W magazine, an online publication of God’s Battle Axe Ministries. Inspira- tion has within the riches of its pages a wealth of information in different sec- tions called corners that is set to minis- ter 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 sub- ject matter. Although the goal of Inspi- ration 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 Prophetess Choice Nwachuku Ph.D 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 an- other 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 licensed2minister and the Steward of God’s Battle Axe Ministries. She is married to George Nwachuku, the President and C.E.O of Chuks Insurance Inc.

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TEAM INSPIRATION Choice Nwachuku, M.Sc., Ph.D. George Nwachuku, M.B.A, Ph.D Belinda Abrianna Brown-Darko Kevin Emah, M.HSc., M.B.A , Ph.D. 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 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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Page 6 WALKING ON THE FEATU Page 16 GOD HATES PROMISES & Making Hard Choices Leadership Corner Page 12 PUT A LLID ON IT! Youth Corner 4 TRUE!!! Marriage Corn Page 22 THE LABORER & HIS WORSHIP (Part 11) Praise & Worship Corner

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URES DIVORCE BUT… ner Page 36 WHAT INVESTMENTS ARE YOU MAKING IN YOUR CHILD/REN’S LIFE? Page 30 Have Faith in God Prayer Corner Page 40 Divine Guidance Children’s Corner 5 Women’s Corner

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LEADERSHIP CORNER WALKING ON THE PROMISES & Making Hard Choices 6

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U ndoubtedly, God’s promise for each season remains abundantly available to all that will receive them by faith. If we are discerning, we will notice that God has been faithful to us in many different ways this year. However, as we progress through the month of September and into the latter months of the year, events and circumstances invite us daily to dig deeper into the specifics of our lives and ministries. I call it the transformative workings of God. In these workings, God challenges us to pay attention to specific details in life and ministry, so that we can mature into our next level in God. Some leaders do not recognize these activities as opportunities that God uses to call out our inner gifting, and develop us spiritually. They erroneously dismiss God’s workings as mundane and uncomfortable activities, which they do not care to deal with. Some actually commit long hours to pray them away. Therefore, some leaders are not poised to engage these activities with diligence and fervency. However, these challenges are the building blocks for the expansion that God promised us. In this season, more than ever before, God is allowing circumstances to come our way, which we must walk through in order to rise to a higher level of leadership. This requires that we make hard choices. This article examines some of these choices and key principles that leaders must cultivate, in order to rise to our expanded place, and walk in the promise. Therefore, what ought we to do in such a time as this? 1. Commit to follow God’s instructions and refrain from putting it off as in former times: Delayed obedience is a form of disobedience. It has a way of delaying our expected manifestations and elongating our waiting season. Do you notice that people who constantly say “I will do it tomorrow” end up never enjoying the full benefits of their promise? Ephesians 5:15-17 admonishes us to: “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise 7 Scholastica Wilson Olagunju but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is”. John 9:4 reechoes this truth: “to work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work”. Proverbs 27:1 also admonishes us not to boast about tomorrow, for we do not know what a day may bring. This is very important, because when we procrastinate, we experience proverbs 20:4: “Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing”. This is why some of our harvests are the way they are. We must adhere to Luke 12:35, which is, “to stay dressed for action and keep our lamps burning”. 2. Pay attention to the specifics, dig in your heels and work diligently: Many do not see the promise of Christ, because they do not seek him whole heartedly. Jeremiah 29:13 captures this well: “Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for

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me with all your heart". However, even when we see results in ministry, the quality of our manifested promise remains a function of our consistent diligent service. Proverbs 12:24 and Proverbs 10:4 admonish us that the hand of the diligent bears rule and makes rich, but the slack hand tends to poverty. This suggests that a manifold return of excellent reward is the result of diligent service. Therefore, work the promise! Diligently attending to things that bring order and growth in the assignment, which God has given to you. 3. Labor to accomplish all that God shows to you: Every obedience leads to new instructions, which open up to deeper dimensions of ministry and lead us to enjoy greater manifestations of God’s promises in our lives. In Genesis 12: 1-3, the bible tells us about God’s instructions and promises to Abraham: “Now the Lord had said to Abram: Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Abraham promptly obeyed not knowing where he was going! Also, in Genesis 22:1-19 God asked Abraham to sacrifice His only Son Isaac. This was very difficult for Abraham, being that Isaac was the son of promise whom he had waited to receive for many years. Again Abraham obeyed promptly. His obedience to the test provoked God’s covenant blessing and earned Abraham the designation, “father of faith”. Even now, God describes Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! Beloved, God does not go back on His word! His promises are yes and amen in Christ! However, we must labor to obey all, not some of God’s instructions. By so doing, we will experience all, not some of God’s blessings in this season. 4. Make Hard Choices: Hard choices are those kinds of decisions that require us to severe relationships, terminate ongoing collaborations and relieve a person of their duties. Typically, leaders do not like to make hard choices, because they cause discomfort. We prefer to put them off and manage the status quo. However, the Lord is say- 8 ing that if we will experience His fullness, we must clothe ourselves with grace and truth, and work through hard choices in life and ministry. In Genesis 30 – 31, Jacob had to come to terms with the fact that he needed to tend his own vineyard, if he was to amount to anything in life and adequately sustain His family. Hard as it was, Jacob engaged that conversation with Laban, His father in law. Despite Laban’s ill feelings and Jacob’s uncertainty of how his wives may respond, among other things, Jacob went ahead to do what he had to do. As a result, Jacob began to increase and grew greater than Laban, because God’s blessing was on Jacob. Beloved, if Jacob failed to courageously move forward, he would have continued in servitude with no inheritance of His own, even at old age. Interestingly, Jacob did not stop there, he left all together. The courage to get up, take his family, all that he had acquired and return to his father’s house, resulted in Jacob encountering his destiny changing moment and receiving his covenant blessing as Israel (Genesis 32:22-32). Many leaders keep relationships that they should have disengaged from a long time ago. The interdependence may have been a blessing earlier on, but because they do not discern the times and fail to take action, it has become an obstacle to their blessing. Inaction or delayed action stalls a leader’s expansion and compromises the leader’s ability to experience the next phase of God’s blessings. God is saying in this season we need to focus on specific parts of the assignment, which he has given to us. Therefore, there are activities we may need to reduce, roles to redefine, tasks to reassign and relationships to withdraw from, in order to experience our next level in God. 5. Endure Growth Pangs: There are growth pangs associated with diligent commitment to instructions and making hard choices. Consider plants for a moment. Plants flourish when we consistently water, groom and tend them at the appropriate time. This is the staying through commitment that growth to maturity requires.

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Interestingly, it is not that the work is all together difficult, as much as the fact that it requires us to perfect new and higher habits. As we cultivate God’s present instructions as our new habit, we will perfect the skills for the next level. 6. Face Challenges Head On: Like the account of David and Goliath, the challenges of this present time have been designed for our elevation, not for our destruction. We are meant to be in a greater place now than when we first began. We are in seasons where God will allow us to face situations that we may have talked about, but not experienced. This is because He means for such situations to challenge us, mature us and cause us to rise to our next place in life and ministry. Therefore, we must be mindful not to pray for God to remove situations that He wants us to confront. In 1 Samuel 17, the bible records an example in the account of David and Goliath. The armies of Israel were terrified by the Philistines and prayed that God will somehow take Goliath out. This must be so, because no one dared to face Goli- ath or had any solution to offer, as Goliath threat- ened Israel for forty days; morning and evening, until David showed up. But what was David’s re- sponse? David faced Goliath headlong, despite the fact that his brothers discouraged him and he had no formal military experience. David’s destiny as Israel’s future king laid upon him the burden and necessity to face Goliath, and He did. David’s cou- rageous action brought great victory to Israel and opened the door for his recognition. What burden and necessity has your destiny (assignment) laid upon you? Are you taking courageous action? 7. You are qualified by God: A key to note is that David’s only qualification was God’s unique training in the desert, by which David forged a deep relationship with God and built his faith in God. In the natural David did not qualify for the fight, but in God’s eyes He did. This is the challenge that confronts most leaders today. We must remember that God’s assignment is God’s prerogative, which He gives freely by His Holy Spirit. God trains and equips His leaders for their assignment and promotes them as they obey. 9 If David did not discern the times and rise to the occasion by destiny, he would have missed God’s opportunity for His showing forth. Furthermore, the armies of Israel and God’s people (the whole nation of Israel) would have been put to shame. Does this sound familiar? Like the lack of power and compromises we see in some churches and ministries, which cast an aspersion of weakness on God’s kingdom? But Mathew 16:18 tells us that the church is built upon the rock and the gates of hell will not prevail! However, if we do not face our challenges, our victory and the victory of those around us would be stalled. God’s promise of expansion will be compromised. Child of God, we must trust God and follow His leadership. Your present challenges are not meant to destroy you, but to mature you for your showing forth. Although your challenges may be tough, like David, they have been designed uniquely to reveal your purpose and elevate you. Nobody else is positioned and equipped to address your challenges like you can. Always remember, like David, challenges are your opportunity to rise from obscurity to prominence and to lead you to your palace. Palace represents a place of favor, power and opportunity. In such environments powerful things happen. Beloved, as we commit to diligently follow God’s instructions, take courageous actions and make hard choices, we are guaranteed to rise to our expanded place and experience God’s supernatural overflow every day. Remain blessed. Prophetess Scholastica Olagunju is a teacher of the word and a worship leader. She holds a Master of Science degree in Economics and is undergoing doctoral studies in Transformational Leadership. She is trained to educate entrepreneurs on starting and managing small businesses, and serves on several boards. She is the founder of Center for Leadership Development and GiveCare Int”l. Scholastica is married to Esq. Olajide Olagunju.

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God’s Battle Axe Ministries ALL NIGHT PRAYER MEETING Date: November 4. 2016 Venue: 4700 Stamp Rd. Suite E Temple Hills, MD 20748 Time: 10:30pm - 4:00am Steward: Prophetess Choice Nwachuku Ph.D ADMISSION IS FREE!!! 10 www.godsbattleaxe.com

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GOD’S BATTLE AXE MINISTRIES WOMEN PRAYER SHUT IN 2016 THEME E L E V A T E DATE December 9-11, 2016 VENUE Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel 10 W Burke Avenue Towson, MD 21204 RATE Single Occupancy $270.00 (for 2 nights) Double Occupancy $155.00 (for 2 nights) (All payments are non refundable) For more info, please e-mail us at info@godsbattleaxe.com (Registration has begun, space is limited). Steward: Prophetess Choice Nwachuku Ph.D 11

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Youth Corner Youth corner Youth C PUT A LID O 12

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Corner Youth Corner Youth Corner D ON IT! 13 Pastor Kathleen Mbanefo My mother is one of the best cooks I know, seriously. I know everyone thinks their mother is the best cook in the world, but I honestly think my mother is incredibly talented in the kitchen. Unfortunately, that gene skipped over me, but hey, I can’t complain. The great thing about having a mom who can cook well is that as her child, I eat well J The hardest thing about having such amazing food around is preserving it. With so many people around and coming by her house, I always notice that there is a shortage of Rubbermaid plastic containers because often myself or other visitors who admire my mom’s food can’t help but want to “take some home for later.” In the process, they may use one of her

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Put a lid on it! Rubbermaid plastic bowl sets and never return it or bring back the container with no lid or vice versa. No matter how many times she may replace them, over a (short) period of time, we always end up placing food in the container and covering with aluminum foil, hoping for the best. Anyone who has ever attempted to transport soup, stew or any type of liquid or loose food such as rice with aluminum foil knows that they are taking a huge risk. Chances are high that if one is not careful, they will have a big mess on their hands (or laps…floor, counter, etc.) So the best option is to make sure you put a lid on it! In the same token, we can look at this from a Christian point of view. The mouth, although a small part of the body, is powerful...very powerful. It has the power to build, encourage and uplift. However, it also has the power to kill, tear down and destroy. The dangerous part about the mouth is that the words that come out of it are like feathers…once released into the air, it is impossible to get them back. Just like my example above, if you don’t learn to “put a lid on it,” your mouth can put you into serious trouble. Ruined relationships, unemployment, loss of credibility and respect, you just name it. In searching the Scriptures, there are endless verses that describe the dangers of the mouth. Matthew 15:11 states that, “it’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” Proverbs 13:3 states that, “those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.” My personal favorite is Proverbs 10:19: “too much talk leads to sin (NLT). So Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” Easier said than done, huh? Before you start frantically searching for duct tape, please keep in mind that EVERYONE struggles with this…including me! Often times, I have to whisper to myself, “Hey, put a lid on it, girl!” Just so you know you aren’t the only one with “diarrhea of the mouth” let’s take 14 a look at some people in the bible who got themselves into big trouble because of theirs. In 1 Samuel 25, the Bible tells the story of David and Nabal, a man whose mouth almost cost him his life and his entire household! After the burial of Samuel, King David and his men headed to a place called Maon of which was the home of Nabal, a very wealthy (yet foolish) man. He owned a lot of animals and property near Carmel, the town where David and his men set up camp. Around the time for sheep shearing, David sent ten of his men to meet Nabal to request provisions and any other goodies he was willing to give as they protected Nabal’s shepherds and property and never stole from them the entire time they camped there. Instead of giving David a favorable answer, the Bible states that Nabal replied: “Who is this fellow David? Who does this son of Jesse think he is? There are lots of servants these days who run away from their masters. Should I take my bread and my water and my meat that I’ve slaughtered for my shearers and give it to a band of outlaws who come from who knows where?” WRONG ANSWER!!! When David’s messengers returned to tell David what Nabal said, David was enraged and set out to destroy his family. Luckily, one of his servants ran to tell Abigail, Nabal’s wife all that transpired between David’s men and Nabal. Without wasting too much time, Abigail quickly gathered as much provisions as she could and set out to meet David. Her apologies, kind words and sincerity pacified David and spared her family from destruction. Ironically, Nabal did die some days later from a stroke. However, could you imagine his innocent family members dying all because of Nabal’s foolish and crude response to David’s request? 2 Samuel 6 tells the story of when the Ark of Safety (covenant) finally made it back to the City of David. Oh boy did David dance! The bible states that “David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment.” I guess you can say he was even breakdancing!!

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Ha!! His wife Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window and saw David carrying on with his dance steps…she was not happy at all! When he finally made it home to continue his celebration and merriment at home, Michal came out to meet him. But instead of a loving hug or even joining in his dancing to praise God, the Bible states that she said, “(in disgust), how distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!” David responded with, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family….” OUCH!!! To add insult to injury, because of her statement, the Scriptures tell us that Michal remained childless for the rest of her life! Do you see how her costly her comment was? Wow! Though these stories occurred a very long time ago, they are still relevant today. Often times, we can put ourselves into all types of trouble based on what comes out of our mouth. Do you find yourself in the midst of controversy with family members and friends all the time? Do people withhold secrets from you because they do not find you trustworthy? Do people stop when they see you coming and run in the opposite direction to avoid the poisonous darts from your mouth? Are you the first person people come to for the latest gist or news in your community? It is not too late for you! Ask Jesus Christ to come into your life. Believe in Him sincerely as there is absolutely nothing He cannot do. As He dwells in you, there will definitely be a change in your life, including your mouth. Pastor Kathleen C. Mbanefo is a graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Currently Pastor Mbanefo works at Fresenius Medical Care as a Financial Coordinator. She is married to Prince Mbanefo. 15 God's Battle Axe Ministries currently holds two regular meetings. The Multitude Meeting: Focused on teaching and preaching God's Word Prophetic Prayer Meeting: Focused on Intercessory prayer. These meetings are held once in two months or as the Holy Spirit directs. We also hold prayer shut ins, workshops, seminars and conferences as the Holy Spirit leads. For more information, please send an email to info@godsbattleaxe.com

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