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Church of The Lord Jesus Christ
Assemblies of The Apostolic Faith
Atlanta, Georgia - USA
Apostle Dennis G. Smith, Pastor and Spiritual Overseer

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   Date: July 26, 2020

To all the Saints of God,

Grace and peace be unto all the Saints of God around the World.  As this Coronavirus Pandemic continues, we are continually reminding the Saints of God that we are obeying the magistrates and following the guideline of the health and governmental authorities for the safety of all people. 

     Health authorities and governmental officials continue to strongly encourage people to wear face coverings in public and use social distancing, wash your hands, and get tested with or without symptoms.  In some places wearing face mask is mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public spaces.  

     Health authorities are indicating that the covid-19 infection data for the City of Atlanta, Georgia is not favorable at this present time, therefore the in-person services will remained on hold until further notice. Our city is requesting people to stay -at-home or shelter-in-place at their homes and only leave for essential tasks.

     As we obey the Magistrates, we have complete faith that God will continue to hear our prayers and provide a way for us through these uncertain times.

 Romans 13:2-4 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

TITUS 3:1-2 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.  

This week’s encouraging words of growth focuses on:

The renewing of your mind part I

 By Apostle Dennis G. Smith

Romans 12:1 -2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

      The mind change is sometimes difficult to comes to terms with if you do not see the distinction between worldliness and Godliness.  Just like the term end-of-the-world is difficult to understand if your concept of the world is based on the planet Earth as a celestial body only.  You will then think that the end of the world only refers to the destruction of the entire planet earth.  

      When the term world refers to the times in which we live, or the different areas of life, or a different ways of life, then the concept of end-of-the-world make sense and is fully understandable meaning that some ways of life comes to an end or is terminated and new ways begin.  

     When the term world is expressed according to areas of life like the sports world, the fashion world, the business world, the religious world, the world of sinners which includes the phonographic world, the illicit drug world, the world of drunkards etc.… you can see worlds within worlds.  The English word World means roughly "Age of Man which can refer to man’s disobedience to God, man’s disorder, and man’s chaos.  

      Godliness expresses the creation of all thing as an act of establishing order out of chaos.  The question of what the World is…. has by no means been settled by philosophical debate.

     In the Bible, the term World in some scriptural text refers to the fallen and corrupt world order of human society or the children of disobedience, those who continues to live in disobedience to the righteous, holy commandments of God Almighty in contrast to the World-to-Come the orderly millennial reign of Jesus Christ producing a thousand years of peace.  The world, the flesh, and the Devil are sources of temptations and sin that Christians are reminded to depart from and resist. 

     The world is described by some, as human beings functioning according to fleshly carnal desires and lust.  The ability to be "in this world, but not of this world"—as Jesus said—is what all Christians must strive to obtain by the renewing of our mind.

 JOH15:17 - 20 These things I command you, that ye love one another.  If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

      When we set ourselves to live a righteous, holy life, we find out quickly the amount of enemies against us.  People who you thought were your closest friends will hate you without a cause. This is when you know that you have the renewed mind of Christ because they hated Christ.  People will become angry when you are promoting a change that is prohibitive to their sinful conduct or lifestyle.  An end to fornication, an end to Adultery, an end to laziness, an end to the lying tongue, an end to drunkardness.  The moment you say thou shall not, or I do not do those things anymore, you feel the hatred rising toward you like a tidal wave.

      The sinful world of mankind is driven by the passions of desire.   Sexual excitement in clothing promoting fornication is easily seen today in the wearing of tight spandex, shorts and leggings without a dress covering them in the street that gives the impression of naked bodies.  People will buy cars and houses that they cannot afford quickly if it satisfies their desire and declare bankruptcy when they are overstretched financially not because of illness or some other calamity, but due to overspending from lustful desires.  People will quickly flock to speakers encouraging the seeking of material gain as blessings based on community recognition or in other words to be seen of men.  Therefore, the passions of the sinful World are simply called "the World".  This constant pursuit of material gain and recognition called Biblically the pride of life are a link to the world of mankind or order of human society. These passions are what we strive to overcome in order for a person to live a holy life and have personal relationship with God.  

      Godliness will teach us to be content in all situations yet continue striving for improvement and higher heights pressing towards the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus. Godliness teaches us how to gain without jealousy, emulation, and covetous behavior.

     Godliness refers to the divine nature or things that are devoted to and proceeding from the Lord Jesus Christ who is God Almighty.   The Godly nature or character always carries connotations of goodness, beauty, benevolence, justice, and other positive attributes that are for the wellbeing of all mankind.

 Galatians 5:18 -24 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

      The mind is not the brain in one philosophical school of thought even though some say that it is housed in part of the brain. The attributes that make up the mind are debated by various teachings.  It is generally agreed that the mind is the part of the person that includes all mental faculties which enables a being to have awareness and intentionality towards their environment, to perceive and respond to stimuli from others, and to have consciousness, including thinking, imagination, perception, intelligence, judgement or reasoning, language, and memory, as well as feeling, emotion, and instinct.   

     Notice that many of the listed attributes of the mind; we have direct control over them and the emotional aspect we have control over how we respond to them. When we begin to understand the control aspect then we can see the renewing of the mind.  Some psychologists argue that only the "higher" intellectual functions constitute the mind, particularly reason and memory and that the emotions of love, hate, fear, and joy should be seen as different from the mind. You can clearly see why we as Bible believers focus on the word of God which tells us that the first and second great commandments are based on our love for God and our neighbors.  And we have complete control over our love for God and all mankind.

Matthew 22:35 - 40 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,” Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

     In animals, the brain is the bodily organ that is the control center of the central nervous system, responsible for bodily functions and thought.  Understanding the relationship between the brain and the mind is one of the central issues in the history of philosophy.

     To overcome sin, we change our mind, we change our thought process, we change our response to other people and our surroundings.  We put away ungodly behavior, we resist temptation, we practice moderation in all things.  We continually commune with God in pray and have the Holy Ghost indwelling us to empower us or strengthen us to overcome all sinful things.

 Ephesians 5:3 - 11 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.   Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  Be not ye therefore partakers with them.  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

 Our daily goal is to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  This is our worship and devotion to God.  Our praise and worship are a part of our salvation in that it is our reasonable service. We should never conform to the world but live a transformed or changed life by the renewing our mind proving what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

We should learn humility and seek Christian unity, have brotherly Love in all our Actions, not to be vengeful, and not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 We continue with the message from Apostle Shelton written during his lifetime dealing with…… 

'THE CHRIST MIND" (part 1)

By Bishop S. McDowell Shelton

      Not everything that says—"Lord, Lord" —is right. Neither is everything that calls itself anointed—always so holy, but it is a wonderful thing when you can discern the anointing of God and are able to distinguish between that which is real and that which is shadow. One thing that is certain about the Spirit it never needs any help, it never needs any boost, it never needs any edge. If you let it have its way, it can and will do the entire job. It can save you totally. 

     It is not difficult for us to discern the spirit of God, particularly since we have lost our mind during this National Youth Conference.  We have lost our mind and we are glad. We want to talk to you and tell you—you had better lose your mind, because your mind wants you to do what is pleasing to the flesh. But we want to tell you about the Christ mind.

 The Holy Scripture say in Philippians 2 :5—"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."

      In other words, loose your mind, lay it aside—get rid of it. It only serves to destroy you; Your mind tells you to go into the nearest bar. Your mind tells you to commit adultery. Your mind tells you to steal. Your mind tells you to commit murder. Your mind tells you to do everything contrary to the Word of God, because your mind is the carnal mind and the carnal mind is enmity to the Spirit.  It is an enemy to the law of God, and it refuses to be subject to it. Every time you seek the spiritual mind, if you let just a moment lapse when you are not pressing toward that mark—the carnal mind comes right back.  We do not care how much you have prayed. 

     We do not care how holy you think you are, or how long you have had the Holy Ghost, but if you do not continue in your search, if you do not continue in your reaching out for the Christ mind and surrendering your mind to the mind of Christ—carnality is going to come in some form or another. And in most cases, it comes in a way that you think not. It comes not blatantly, or so obviously all of the time, but it will come bringing a small lie, a half-truth, a minute kind of deception.  It comes bringing and reminding you of your former ways, and your former days.

     You cannot maintain the spiritual mind without constant vigilance all of your waking hours.  Even as you go to sleep—sleep in the name of Jesus Christ and commit your mind and dreams to Him that they too might be wholesome; because if the devil does not get you in your waking state, he will get you in  your dream state. He is constantly waiting; he is constantly there to change you from your spiritual concept and holy estate into some form of carnality. 

     You are never too old; you have not been saved that long (even if you have been saved ninety-nine years) for the devil not to temp you.  For everyone there is a time and a place when the devil will come at your weakest hour and bring some form of carnality.  Perhaps he will not take you to the extreme and seduce you with dangling jewelry or miniskirts, with alcohol, adultery, or stealing, but he will come and turn your faith away from complete trust in God. And most people, unfortunately, are not patient enough, nor diligent enough to take the time to obtain the mind of Christ.  Believe us—it takes a good fighter; it takes a good battler- to obtain the Christ mind. You must battle and fight the good fight, even against yourself.  In fact, it is mainly against yourself.

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God." (Philippians 2:5-6)

    Perhaps you might inquire: what kind of mind did Christ have? He had the kind of mind that He was as a sheep to the slaughter, as a lamb dumb before His shearers.  And in His humiliation His life was taken from Him and He opened not His mouth. (See Acts 8:32-33)

 Acts 8:32 - 38 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so  opened he not his mouth:  In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.  And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?  Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.  And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?  And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

      The Christ mind comes to you and it changes your personality.  You might have an aggressive personality, you might have a haughty personality, you might have a contrary personality, but when you begin to absorb the Christ mind, and you get it line upon line and precept upon precept—you become obedient to the Word of God. You become obedient to those who are in authority and you do not resist the Spirit. You do not resist what the Spirit is saying to the Church. When someone entreats you, you are easily entreated; you do not fly off the handle.  When someone is dealing with you—you learn how to beat that contrary spirit under subjection and lay it aside and eventually let it all go.  

     You could have been doing fine—being victorious for many years, and suddenly something unnerves you so drastically that it offsets your entire equilibrium.  It was a little fox—yes, but it effectively destroys your vine and you lose taste for spirituality because of one small issue.  All of the things for which you have labored, all of the sacrifices which you have made goes right down the drain. Because you let a small root of bitterness spring up in your heart and you did not erase it, you did not cut it out, you did not confess it, you did not lay it aside, you did not eradicate it and bring it to a full end— all your good works and your good name have come to nought. 

    Therefore, we are encouraging you to motivate within yourself the mind of Christ before you take action. Stop and contemplate.  What would Christ have done if He were in the situation that you are in now? Would He have taken revenge, would He have taken some kind of retribution, or would He have suffered wrong, rather than to have done Wrong?

     You are only tabernacling here for a little while, and most things in this world are not important. Most things in this world—if you do not live to accomplish them, life will continue on.  But if you have the mind of Christ, your life will be complete.  Your automobile is not important even if you do thank God for it——and you should. The house you live in—if it were destroyed today—is not all that important.  Did not the foxes have their hole? And did not the birds of the air have their nest?  But the Son of man had no place to lay his head. (See Matthew 8:19 - 20)  

Matthew 8:19 - 20 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.  And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

      If you have to endure for the of your life with no place that you can really call home, but you have dwelling within you the Christ consciousness—the Christ mind —which is operating your total being—you are truly blessed. When you lift up your hand, let it be the Christ mind imploring you to lift up holy hands without wrath.  You cannot fake the Christ mind.  Anyone who knows about it, anyone who has ever had the Holy Ghost can tell when you are talking about a Holy Ghost experience, when you are talking about something that God has done, when you are talking about the works of Jesus Christ, when you have a testimony—whether it be real or whether it be a shadow.  

     Your entire mind must be reversed; your entire mind must be changed.  Your new birth brings about a spirituality, it brings about a change in your life, but the major' change takes place when your entire mind is renewed. When your mind is renewed, no longer does it think in its old patterns, no longer does it think in its old ways, no longer does it reach back for old references. Instead, it says—I must first consult the Scriptures.  When I put on apparel, what does the Scripture say concerning it?  Does it not command to do all things in moderation?  If it is a sister, she must remember the Word and put on modest apparel; not with broided hair (hair decorated to conform to worldly sensual appearance to attract lustful intentions), but she must be shamefaced.

 1 Timothy 2:9 - 10 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

      Women's Liberation tells her she has just as much authority as her husband, but the Bible, commands her, the Christ mind says, for the women to be in subjection to their own husbands.

 1 Timothy 2:11 – 15 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.  For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

 Notice the emphasis on the Godly woman remaining in the Role which God has given her.  The Queen never declares herself to be King even though they are both rulers.  The Mother never declares herself to be the father even though they are both parents.  The Prophetess never declares herself to be a male Prophet even doth they are both judges of the Lord.  We will expound more on this subject during a future message.

     The Christ mind tells you to be like Sarah and the women of old, who adorned themselves in modest apparel and called their husband "lord".  But if you let your carnal mind operate, you would probably say "I go out to work every day; in fact, I make as much or more money than he! No man can tell me what to do!" And when you have that kind of spirit and mind—any woman who does not obey her husband will not obey the Man of God because that spirit carries over. Perhaps they have cleverly learned how to mask their religion more so when they are dealing with us, but nevertheless, we have become their adversary. They agree with us quickly in the way, but when they leave us, they do just the opposite. 

 1 Peter 3:5 - 6 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:   Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

      When you have the Christ mind, we can trust you anywhere; we can trust you with our life; we could trust you with our possessions. Whatever you say we could bank on that, because if you have the Christ mind, from your mouth, from your heart will come no guile. If you have the Christ mind, you never come, trying to kill your brother or sister; you will never come trying to take advantage of someone else.  But you would rather give place when you have the Christ mind.  Even though you might have the authority and privilege to do otherwise, you say—"Oh no, you may have that." That is—when you have the mind of Christ.  You do not do things for vain glory when you have the mind of Christ. 

      All these years of ridicule, humiliation, accusation, and sacrifice have not destroyed us but have made us much stronger each passing day because we functioned with the Christ Mind.  This message from Apostle Shelton has truly blessed me all of my life and especially during nearly 29 years of ministry because we functioned with the Christ Mind.  I am confident and a witness that it will bless all those who believe and obey and function with the Christ Mind. We will continue with this message next week.

 May the Lord Bless you and Keep you and eternally hold you in the center of his will, may he open your understanding that you will come to know that you must repent of your sins and be baptized by immersion in water in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, then continue in prayer, tarrying until you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost with the sign following speaking with other tongues as the spirit gives you utterances.  Then you must leave the principles of the doctrine and go on to perfection overcoming the love of the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life and continue steadfastly in the Apostle’s Doctrine remembering always that he that endures until the End, the same shall be saved.  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who is God Almighty. Amen

With perfect love,
Apostle Dennis G. Smith

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When to Wear a Mask:

Those who are staying home and have no close contact with people who are infected with COIVID-19 do not need a mask most of the time. However, wearing a nonmedical or homemade mask may be helpful in certain situations or for certain populations. Wear a Mask when:

Because homemade masks protect everyone else from the droplets created by the wearer, it is important that as many people as possible wear these masks when leaving their homes. This helps prevent those who may be infectious but are only mildly symptomatic or not symptomatic from spreading the virus to others in the community.

Everyone should remember the phrase: “My mask protects you; your mask protects me.” By increasing the overall number of people who are containing their coughs, sneezes, and other droplets, it will help us control the overall spread of the virus.

 Atlanta entered Phase 2 at the end of May:

·        which allowed for small, private gatherings of no more than 10 people with social distancing and allowed for to-go and curbside pickups from restaurants (previously allowed in Phase 1) and retail establishments. The gathering size was increased to 50 people with social distancing.

·        Phase 1 is implemented when the percent of hospital and critical care capacity remains above 50%.