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SEPT - DEC 2014 , VOL 2. NO. 3 INSPIRATION God's Battle Axe Ministries Online Magazine Inspiring you to a higher level God’s Battle Axe Ministries

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Prophetess Choice Nwachuku Ph.D INSPIRATION 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 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 and Worship Corner Coordinator: Prayer Corner Coordinator: Leadership Corner Coordinator: Women’s Corner Coordinator: Youth Corner 3

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FEATUR Page 6 For This Reason a Man Shall Leave... Page 18 SPECIAL FEATURE There is Power in the Name of Jesus. Odette’s Corner Marriage Corner Page 24 Page 10 SPECIAL FEATURE Who is a True Leader? Leadership Corner Drink Lord (2) Praise & Worship Corner 4

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RES Page 38 Page 28 Spiritual Warfare What is Your Rep? Youth’s Corner Page 42 Prayer Corner Are You Walking on Dry Bones? Page 32 It Was For This Child I Prayed... Children's Corner W om 's en er rn Co 5

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FOR THIS REASON , A MAN SHALL LEAVE... FOR THIS REASON, A MAN SHALL LEAVE…….. Hmmm, I have always found it interesting that many people do not see, or rather chooses not to see and understand the scripture that says in Genesis 2:24 and Ephesians 5:31. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh”. “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh”. You know many men, married and unmarried, believe that it is the woman that leaves her parents and comes to the man when they get married. Indeed the woman does leave her parents; we see the physical leaving of her parents, where she moves out of their house and comes to live in the same place with her husband. So we say she is the one who leaves. We can even take it a little further into the spiritual where we say that she leaves her father’s covering and come to be under the covering of her husband. This again makes us to say that it is the woman who leaves. Please do not misunderstand what I am trying to teach in this article. It is true that the woman does some leaving, but it is nothing compared to that which the man does when he gets married. In fact the bible 6 MARRIAGE C does not say that a woman leaves her parents, rather it says that a man should leave his father and mother as seen in Genesis 2:24 and Ephesians 5:3 and cleave to his wife, and they become one flesh. The question is why is it the man that is told to leave his parents and not the woman? The question is why is it the man that is told to leave his parents and not the woman. This is the question that I will attempt to answer in this article by God’s grace.

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George Nwachuku M.BA. should not care for his parents anymore because he got a wife now? Absolutely not. It will be unscriptural for me to say so, because Exodus 20:12 says that we are to honor our father and mother so that our days will be long on this earth. It is a commandment that must be obeyed if we want to live long. Therefore, the Christian married man must be able to balance Genesis 2:24 with Exodus 20:12 and it takes the wisdom of God to do this. It is important that I communicate here that though we are to honor our parents, it does not take precedence over taking care of your wife. I can say this because the word says that the man leaves his father and mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one. CORNER It is my belief that a man is instructed to leave his parents and cleave to his wife because, a man (and I am referring to responsible men) always takes care of their father, mother and sometimes siblings and extended families to the best of their abilities. Sometimes, this tendency even becomes detrimental to them (the man) if he lacks good judgment and the ability to balance what are important events. So a man that is used to taking care of his entire family before he becomes married if not seasoned in the word of God, will continue to do so to the detriment of his new home (his wife and kids). Am I saying that a married man 7 The husband and wife equal 1(=1), but the man and his parents equal 2 (=2). The husband and wife equal 1(=1), but the man and his parents equal 2 (=2). Also Ephesians 5:25 tells us that the husband is to love his wife (not his parents) as Christ loves the church and gave Himself for it. In other words, the needs of the wife at all times supersede that of his parents. The husband is the head of his wife (Ephesians 5:23) and not the head of his parents. Bringing these scriptures into perspective, it tells

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us that the husband’s first responsibility is to his wife and kids before his parents and extended family. When you are head of something, you are responsible for and to it. And in the case of marriage, you are responsible to the extent of being ready to give your life for it. This is why the bible says that the married man most love his wife as he loves himself. “So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself”. (Ephesians 5:28). better understanding, let us take some illustrations or examples. A man that has been so good at caring for his parents marries a woman that does not get along with his mother. What does this man do if he cannot have both of them in the house at the same time without conflict? A man that has been so good at caring for his parents marries a woman that does not get along with his mother. What does this man do if he cannot have both of them in the house at the same time without conflict? This man should keep his mother away from his home until he results the conflict. He resolves the conflict by praying to God for a change of the situation. However, he does not stay away from his mother. He honors (respects) her by making sure he calls regularly and visits as often as he can. He tries to smooth things between his wife and mother while he believes God for restoration. This is a delicate balance of affection, but that is why I said in the beginning that it takes the wisdom of God to know how to leave a father and mother and cleave to your wife and at the same time honor your parents. Let us look at another example that deals with a financial situation. The man does not have enough money to meet his immediate family needs as well as that of his parents. Both needs are on the same scale of importance. What does he do? He should have a conversation with his wife and they both determine what to do. But if left to him to make a choice, it has to be that of his immediate family, because that is his first responsibility. In honor to his parents, he tries to explain In other words, he who does not love his wife does not love himself. The scripture does not say that he who does not love his parents or extended family does not love himself. In other words, he who does not love his wife does not love himself. The scripture does not say that he who does not love his parents or extended family does not love himself. There is a necessity for me to bring out all these scriptures to buttress the point that the wife at all times comes first in the life of the husband before his parents and extended family. But you might ask where then is the commandment to honor our father and our mother as we see in Exodus 20:12. I am glad you asked. You see the word honor means many things amongst which are distinction, recognition, respect to mention a few. You can honor your parents without relegating your wife to the background or dishonoring your wife in the process of honoring your parents. For 8

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and make them understand the reason he made that decision although he recognizes their need. And let them know that he will still try his best to meet it. If they don’t understand he has not erred with God. These are just a few scenarios, yours may be very different from these, but requires the application of our text scriptures. “Therefore shall a man The importance of a man leaving his father and mother and cleaving to his wife cannot be over emphasized; however, the wife should not capitalize on this and use it against her husband at will. leave his father and his mother, and shall The importance of a man leaving his father and mother and cleaving to his wife cannot be over emphasized; however, the wife should not capitalize on this and use it against her husband at will Any true Christian woman will not give her husband nightmares over this scripture and hold her husband captive to it. Instead she will be an understanding wife and be prepared to work with her husband positively should they find themselves in a predicament where this scripture is tested. I pray that God will give all husbands the wisdom to live Genesis 2:24 and Ephesians 5:31 in Jesus name. cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh”. Genesis 2:24 Amen 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. 9

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Scholastica Wilson Olagunju WHO IS A TRUE LEADER? Leadership has been a word known for centuries and used in many facets of life. It is an embodiment of certain responsibilities that are different for various segments in a multifaceted world. However, when the world leader is pronounced on someone, one sees, a person that has attained a certain height in that microcosm where he or she now has certain authority to make decisions and or make changes that affects that microcosm. Along with this power to make changes and decisions also comes accountability for all those that are under, or report to him/her. So, when you become a leader (supervisor or manager) for example of a fast food chain, one of the ways that you are held accountable for the positions of those that reports to you, is for you to be able to do what they do, if not even better than they do it. This is important because, if one of your subordinates do not show up for work, and you can10 not find a replacement at so short a notice, then you have to be able to do that job required by the absentee, in other for the business to continue. This is one of the reasons why you were made a leader in the first place. All leaders no matter what sector they belong to should be able to understand to a certain extent the intricacies of that sector in which they have been made a leader over in order to lead effectively. For the purpose of this article, let us narrow our discussion about a leader to one who has the privilege to lead God’s people as in a church, a fellowship, or a ministry. As I mentioned above, a leader should be able to understand to a certain extent the intricacies of the sector, microcosm or whatever the name that it goes by that you have been given to lead. In the case of leading God’s people; it is being able to understand the vision for that church, fellowship or

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ministry that God has entrusted you with to lead. It is not as easy as it sounds to “understand the vision” for that work. No it is really more complicated than it sounds for a leader to be able to catch the vision for “a work”, and then to pass that vision along to those that he or she has a responsibility to influence for God. As most of us are aware especially if you are a leader, it is not a “walk in the park” to get everyone along always on the same page with the vision that has been given to you. However this can be easily achieved if certain rules are adhered to; and the adherence to these rules is one of the things that make a TRUE LEADER. Before we look at these rules, for the purpose of clarity, I would like to categorize leadership in its different facets as is seen in most Christian gatherings. In a church for example, we usually have sub groups (prayer, benevolence, music, ushers, administrative etc.) which all have their leaders and of course all the groups are under the leadership of the shepherd of the house. Then in ministries or fellowships (not a church) depending on the size 11 of it we also can have sub groups just like in a church, with leaders of each respective group reporting to the visionary of the ministry or fellowship. Now, all of these sub group leaders have people that they oversee and are responsible for. They are supposed to make sure that each and everyone’s duties are carried out in order to impact and impart their sphere of influence. If the leader finds that someone in their group is a weak link, that leader needs to do what he/she most to make them stronger. It becomes that leader’s responsibility to make sure that all in the group functions right. Likewise, the shepherd of the church, or visionary for the ministry or fellowship as the leader of the leaders has a responsibility to be aware to some extent of the intricacies of each group and to a greater extent know (have a good working relationship, and a friendly one) with each leader that handles each group. Then and only then does it become easier to pass along to the people that you lead, the vision of the whole work even as it unfolds in its different dimensions to you. But as aforementioned, to be able to know the intricacies of the sub group that you lead or know it for all the groups as the head leader, there are some rules or pointers that will help to make you that TRUE LEADER. PRAYER: To be a true leader, you must be very prayerful. You have to always bring the vison before God and ask Him to help you understand it, so that you can communicate it to those that you lead. You have to pray for those that you lead to be able to see and understand the vision as well. You have to pray for instructions and directions on how to fulfill that vision and not try and fulfill it by your intelligence alone, or by how others that you know

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have done theirs. It is imperative that you hear from God on how yours should be carried out. And yes it can be how someone else has done theirs, but you have to know that, that is the same way that God is leading you and not to assume. If you are the leader of a subgroup, you have to take your instructions to your pastor or the visionary of the fellowship or ministry before you can implement it. If that instruction is from God and your head leader hears from God, there will not be any conflict. The importance of prayer cannot be over emphasized in the making of TRUE LEADER. ABILITY TO SEE TALENT/ ANOINTINGS: The ability to notice talent or an anointing in those that we lead is one hallmark in true leadership. A TRUE LEADER should be able to see in those that they lead, talents or anointing for something in different people and be able to harness it. Harnessing such talent or anointing comes from the true leader taking the responsibility of mentoring by teaching and pointing that person to the direction where he or she can maximize that talent or anointing that they have. There are times where that microcosm may not be equipped enough to harness that talent in that person. A true leader directs that person to where they can reach or begin the process of reaching their maximum potential. Also the ability of a true leader to notice talents and anointing’s helps them not to just place anyone in charge of any subgroup. Let’s take for example a Pastor who cannot see or chooses to overlook the talents or anointing in a brother for music, and then decides to place him as a Sunday school teacher; that brother even if he teaches cannot be as impactful as he would have been singing. And so that Sunday school suffers, and the music group also suffers if there is no one also talented for it. A true leader must observe this cardinal rule of asking 12 God to reveal to him/her those that are to lead sub groups and does not pick by random, by number of years of attendance, or by any other criteria alone without praying for God’s direction. A TRUE LEADER IS NOT THREATENED BY OTHERS TALENTS OR ANOINTINGS: Too many times amongst God’s people, we see some in leadership positions threatened by the talents or anointing of those that they lead. A true leader is not insecure in any way in the position that God has them at any point in time. Unfortunately what we see play out in insecure leaders is that they are not able to mentor properly those that God has called them to lead and guide them to their place of maximum potential because they are scared that they may become like them or bigger than them. A TRUE LEADER should be happy to be part of the instrument that God uses to train, develop and mature their subordinate to a place of fulfilling their God given assignment, even if that assignment becomes bigger than theirs. A true leader sees beyond his goals alone to the bigger goal of all being a co-laborer in the vine yard of God; and doing all he/she can to make sure that anyone who passes through their microcosm, sector, subgroup, church, fellowship or ministry that has an anointing for anything is mentored to the best of their ability. Who is a TRUE LEADER? It is one that has totally submitted his/her will to God, and sees the vision of the work not as a personal property for gain, but as God’s and has understood that the mandate is to fulfil that vision depending and relying totally on God all the way to see him/her through; and utilizing every help (person) that God brings, to its maximum capacity, making them know their importance to the work, and showering them with the love of God. I pray that God will make you a true leader in Jesus name Amen. Written by Prophetess (Dr.) Choice Nwachuku 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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Leaders and Ministers Only 5am Prayer First Sunday of every month at 5am Come and be a part of this move of God! For more info, please send an e-mail to info@Godsbattleaxe.com Bible Study Date: 1st Wednesday of the Month Venue: The Fountain of Living Water Ministry Host Pastor: Josephine Ibeh 4335 Kenilworth Avenue Bladensburg, MD 20710 GUEST MINISTER PROPHETESS CHOICE NWACHUKU PH.D. Meetings 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. Speaking Engagement When: October 31 & November 1 2014 Venue: CAC Bethel Fellowship Church (Women’s Conference) 7513 Northern Avenue Glenn Dale MD 20769 Host: Lady Evangelist Selinah Olowomeye GUEST MINISTER PROPHETESS CHOICE NWACHUKU PH.D. 13

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