Vol. 11 Issue 2
Minister Valerie Harmon writes…
During this season when our hearts and minds are focused on the one that was crucified over two thousands years ago that all who believe in Him would not perish but would have eternal life, there is another crucifixion that we should be mindful of every day of our life. This crucifixion is of an enemy that has destroyed families, relationships, marriages, churches, dreams, and yes, sad to say that this enemy has caused many to miss the bliss of eternal life.
When we realizing how detrimental and destructive it is, we should not hesitate to nail it to the cross any and every time it attempts to overcome or take authority over our mind, body and soul… it must be crucified. This enemy is one that is with each of us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It demands to be gratified, it is self centered, it has all types of ungodly passions, appetites and desires, it is at war against the Spirit and it is never satisfied.
This enemy of our soul is FLESH, the carnal, sinful nature of man which Satan endeavors to employ to accomplish his commission to rob, steal and destroy. Flesh will hinder God’s people from effectively fulfilling the purpose of our life. It will also hinder us from experiencing righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. The consequences of allowing flesh to reign not only affect us but it affects people around us and sometimes people that we don’t know. Look at the example of David in the book of 2 Samuel chapters 11-12, flesh caused him to sin, resulting in the death of an innocent child… it must be crucified.
The apostle Paul honestly confessed in Roman 7:18 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing…” In Mark 14:38, Jesus makes a profound statement after he had instructed his disciples to tarry while He went to a solitary place to pray, upon his return, he finds them asleep. He exhorts them to… “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.” Jesus give us instructions on how to crucify the flesh, Jesus tells the disciples to Watch ye and pray. He is telling us to be sober, alert, vigilant. He also tells us to pray; pray without ceasing, be instant in prayer, men should always pray and not faint. We are also given instructions all through the Holy scriptures to resist, to flee, to overcome, to be steadfast and unmovable.
Yes, flesh is a dangerous adversary, but our God has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue. God has equipped us with the authority to use the Word, the Name, and the Blood of Jesus, along with the supernatural power of the Holy Ghost to bring our flesh under subjection that we might walk in the Spirit, that we will not fulfil the lust of the flesh. In Galatians 5:19-21, the works of the flesh are clearly listed that we, the people of God might examine ourselves daily and be prepared to take out the hammer and the nails to crucify all that is not of God. The flesh must be crucified. We are to be examples to the world that God is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him and that there is a difference between holy and unholy and between clean and unclean that He might be glorified.
As we embrace this season reflecting upon the resurrection of our Lord and Savior and consider the advent of new life it affords, as sanctified believers we are compelled to re-examine our daily response to Christ’s sacrificial death. We are forced to focus upon the significance of Jesus paying our debt for sin as He conquered death to secure our peace. To a world that is mystified by our holy lifestyle and dedication to God’s deity, being the only true and living God, who they cannot see and often fail to appreciate, we parallel our faith, cause for cure, self-examination, and follow-up to discovering we have a condition that is a life-threatening disease in our body. Imagine having been told you are on a terminal course that guarantees anguish, unending pain, isolation, and death. Your desperate search for a cure leads you to discover a specialist who not only takes on your case free of charge, but removes all the disease and drastically turns your life around so that it offers you the promise of health and well-being. Your only requirement is to remain a dutiful patient and constantly examine yourself to ensure you do all that he has prescribed. Would you not seek him out and follow his prescribed course to the letter? As such it is with the believer who has discovered Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is with the most meticulous care that we follow Him and self-examine ourselves daily to ensure that we remain in His constant care.
Apostle Ivan Grant, Sr. writes…
What Will Your Answer Be?
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)?”
As sanctified believers, living life and facing many of the adverse turn of advents that it offers, we must be prepared to act and react according to the salvation and grace that was birthed within us. Yes, everything must be encountered and dealt with from the standpoint that we represent God and He must be glorified at all times. Sometimes we have ad- vance notice of what’s ahead, but then again, each day could turn upon “a dime” (without notice) and our lives are changed forever. As Paul’s provocative questions challenged the church (Romans 8:31), an answer must be given and can only be answered from that which is rooted in the spirit and soul.
Apostle Paul discussed with the saints at Rome how God is at work in the lives of the believers. He says to them everything they’re experiencing, favorable or un- favorable, if they love God and are called according to His purpose, will eventually work for their good. This great mystery of God was in the mind of God before the foundation of the world (predestination) that we, the people of God, would be just like His Son. Further, we don’t have to rely on our own strength but God has equipped the saints through the sacrificial death and His Son and the graces of salvation to handle any obstacle of life, no matter how traumatic it may be Romans 8:28).
Then, Paul asked two (2) proverbial questions that the Holy Ghost, if allowed to do so, should prompt all of God’s people to answer when facing the difficulties of life (Romans 8:31). First, the graces of salvation (justification, sanctification and the baptism of the Holy Ghost); the gift of all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3); the promise never to leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5); God being a very present help in the time of trouble (Psalm 46:1); and His peace that will pass all understanding (Philippians 4:7), must be brought to bear when life has thrown a curve our way. Second, we should consider who or what is greater than God? Absolutely no one and nothing! God is the Creator of all things and Sovereign in every situation. The saints of God belong to Him and were purchased with the precious blood of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19). GOD has the final say and disposition in everything we face and/or go through.
Armed with this experiential knowledge, strength is summoned to endure any trial, tribulation, and/or vexation. The saints must boldly declare “nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37). This battle cry activates the heavenly host standing ready to go before us. “I shall not die, but live, and declare the glory of God” (Psalm 118:17) sends a clear message to Satan that the forces of darkness have no power in any given circumstance. Consequently, every adversity should be likewise questioned “Who is like unto thee, O Lord, and the gods? who is like unto thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders” (Exodus 15:11)? This declaration of the sovereignty of God will let Satan and all that he presents know with certainty where the sanctified believer stands.
Finally, these powerful words of deliverance and life cannot be mere affirmations spoken to sound spiritual in the church arena, but rather, applied with a living faith in the everyday challenges of life. Satan will confront the saints with these two heart and soul prob- ing questions over and over again (Romans 8:31); what will your answer be?
Apostle Forrest R. Nance, Jr. writes…
Call for Covenanters
We want to thank you for being in covenant with the National Fellowship Churches of God, Inc.
(Nation of NFCOG) for the year 2012. This was the first year of our Covenanter’s Program and you made it successful. We were able to purchase equipment that allowed us to enhance our audio/video ministries. I know that you have experienced blessings upon your lives simply because of your dedication and the contribu- tions made enabling God’s mission for NFCOG to be a success. Thanks again, for making the Covenanter’s Program a success.
Now as we venture into 2013, we are asking you to renew your covenant with NFCOG (or become a new covenant member ) so we can continue to accomplish the goals God has mandated for this great Nation of NFCOG. Just as you made 2012 a success, we know that with your help 2013 will also be successful.
Here is a partial list of some of the programs your dollars help make possible in the Nation:
- ⋅ Sponsoring a child for Uth4Christ Summer Camp (Jacksonville, FL August 2-6, 2013
- ⋅ Funding additional audio/video equipment (to expand our ministry products production)
- ⋅ Purchasing and establishing the Main Campus for the Nation of NFCOG (Jacksonville, FL)
To receive your 2013 Covenanter Partner Pledge Form (pdf) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happening in the Nation
Mother Adelaide Hedgepeth-King
May 15, 1915 – February 18, 2013
The NFCOG family celebrates the home-going of its oldest Mother in Zion (97 years, 9 mos.). Mother King began her sanctified walk with the Lord at the age of 18 as a member of St. Mark (now New St. Mark) Norfolk VA. under the late Bishop C.R. Whitley. After relocating to New York, she continued to faithfully served the church in Brooklyn under the late Bishop Elisha Whitley. In the early 1970’s her life took her to MD where she, working hand-in-hand with her husband Rev. James King opened the doors of St. John’s Gospel Center. Her tenure witnessed many miraculous healings as God demonstrated His power and saved souls. After the passing of her husband of nearly 65 years in 2005, she served the incumbent Pastor Ella Gainous with the same loving care for the House of God as she did when she first began her walk. In 2008, Mother King moved to FL where she continued to witness God’s saving grace and keeping power. Among her final words were “thank God I am saved” and “tell everyone, everywhere — it’s a close walk to make Heaven”. Her legacy enriches NFCOG with Pastor Ella Gainous and Mother Iris Grant (daughters), Pastor Ivan Grant, Jr. (grandson) and NFCOG Praise Leader Sister Iris Simmons (granddaughter). NFCOG, the New Beginning church family FL, along with our Apostle Grant (son-in-law), and the Body of Christ will miss her loving smile, quiet life, and joyful praise!