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Apostle Dennis G. Smith, Pastor and Spiritual Overseer

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Date: September 11, 2022

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. 


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      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:




“Some people Hear the Word of God but do not understand” (Part 3)

By Apostle Dennis G. Smith


     The purpose of the word of God is to cause all people to live without committing sin.  We could probably say it in a more simple and easy to understand way by expressing that we all should want to live peacefully with all people and not be dishonest, or cause harm to each other and the surrounding environment. But since all of us have sinned committed sin in following our own selfish desires, and since our children will commit sin in seeking their own selfish desires, God has given us away to overcome our destructive behavior because he loves us and he wants us to overcome our sinful ways by obedient to his word in choosing to do the right thing.  


     But people with a rebellious heart will hear the word of God, ignore the commandments of God, and continue to choose to live by their own selfish desires and not obey word or commandments of God. This is what has occurred throughout the history of the Children of Israel and all mankind.  And because many people will follow the rebellious heart, they will hear the word of God but will not understand its meaning which will lead them into disobedience against the very thing that is for their own eternal well-being. The Children of Israel is our example as many of them would not obey God even though they saw the miracles and deliverance which he performed among them.


Ezekiel 20:21- 26 Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness.
Ezekiel 20:22 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth. Ezekiel 20:23 I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries;
 Ezekiel 20:24 Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols. Ezekiel 20:25 Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live; Ezekiel 20:26 And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the LORD.


    Because the many of the Children of Israel would not obey the commandments of God, and many of them followed their own desires and burned their children in fire to false gods, so God gave them over to their own desires.  When we see this proof of the rebellion against God Almighty by many of the Children of Israel, we can also see the rebellion of all mankind from the purpose for which God has created us.  This example should cause us to understand, based on the proven behavior of all mankind, why God will give all men, who do not repent and turn away from their sins, over to their own choice which will lead to their everlasting punishment.  In other words all men can clearly see the things that God created.  All people can clearly know the difference in right and wrong conduct.  People can understand the power of the invisible spirit of God by looking at all creation that is visible and easy to see with their own eyesight.


Romans1:20 - 24 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:


     The rebellious person is without excuse because everything can clearly be seen.  The rebellious sinful person will bow down before a stack of bricks or a load of sticks that they shaped with their own hands and call their own creation their God even when they are fully aware that it cannot see walk or talk.  Men and women will change their natural purpose of intimate contact that was for husband and wife in producing a family of children into something for sale to make money even though they are fully aware that sexual sin is wrong.  The rebellious mind will commit murder, bribery, racism, oppression, hatred, while they are fully aware that these things are wrong.  This will be done by people in positions of power who have given themselves over to rebellious behavior until God Almighty steps in and remove the rebels.


Ezekiel 20:38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.


     The removal of rebellious people who continue to practice sinful ways and have made an agreement with hell will be the conclusion and the judgement that all holy, Apostolic Christian believers can look forward to in bringing in a time of peace on earth and good will towards all people.


Ezekiel 2:8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.


     We who are believers are told to obey the commandments of God. We are taught that we should not be rebellious against the things that God Almighty have given us.  For God is precious to all of us that love him, but God is a rock of offence to those who choose to disobey his commandments.  This is the reason that sinful people become angry and offended when they are warned about their conduct.  Notice the difference, a believer will become sorry and regret the fact that they have sinned against God and turn from their sinful ways, but an unbeliever will become angry and will rebel against the Word of God and continue in their sinful ways.


1Peter 2:7 - 8 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 1Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.


    When we spread the word of God and face rebellious people, it will many times cause us to suffer for doing well. Even though we make every effort to explain the Word of God, and to refrain from all unrighteous sinful conduct, we may still suffer personal pain, tribulation, persecution, and afflictions for doing well.  This is the reason we first examine ourselves to make sure that we are doing the will of God in the right way.  


     We who strive to be holy, must present ourselves as obedient believers in the Word of God because judgment does begin first with our own conduct at the house of God.  It does not matter how many people complain about people judging them, the bible clearly teaches us that judgement begins at the house of God. We must face the fact that people will try to find fault in us, and look for reasons to catch us doing wrongful behaviour.  And so we must first remove the beam from our own eye and not condemn other people by our own opinion, but we must let them conclude for themselves that we will all be judged by the Word of God.


1Peter 4:16 - 19 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 1Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  1Peter 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 


     If we view ourselves as judgement beginning first with our own self, then we will know how to be longsuffering and patient with other people. We will know to show restraint, have compassion, sympathy, and empathy for what a person is experiencing in their life and always be merciful while making them aware that the Word of God does not condone or justify any sinful conduct no matter who is committing the sin which includes our own selves.  The Word of God gives mercy for all people and never condemns a repentant heart.  The Word of God says, “Judge not that ye be not judged”, it teaches us that we will be judge by our own verdict or conclusion if we based condemnation on our own opinion.


Matthew 7:1 - 2 Judge not, that ye be not judged. Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.


Therefore we commit the keeping of our souls to the will of God.


1Peter 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.


When people do not submit and commit to the will of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who is the Almighty God then they will not understand because of their own choice.


We continue with the Message “In Hearing They Cannot Understand” from Apostle S. McDowell Shelton:


“In Hearing They Cannot Understand.” (part 3)

Original text by Apostle Samuel McDowell Shelton

Edited by Apostle Dennis G.  Smith


         We are very dubious of people who claim such direct correspondence and contact with God and then, upon hearing us, rebel and completely disregard what we preach. They are displaying blatant arrogance and ignorance, rather than any kind of spiritual depth or understanding.  They want to impress people with their spirituality but refuse to hear what God is saying to the Church through the man of God.  In plain words, they refuse to acknowledge anyone or anything other than their own whims and personal inclinations.

     When God has someone on the earth in His stead, He will direct you to them, even as He directed Cornelius.  God will send you to the preacher for He knows the preacher will teach you what thou oughtest to do.

     With all of God's greatness and power and ability to do anything, He still directed Ananias to go to a street called Straight where one called Saul of Tarsus prayed.  The Lord has it so ordained that you cannot escape, for He has placed His watchman right here on this earth. It is needful that you have someone to guide you. 


     "At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes." (Matthew 11 :25)


    Regardless of how much education you have or may not have, you are not exempted from God's one plan of salvation for all humanity.  You MUST repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins that you might receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (See Acts 2:38)


 Psalms 95:7-8 “For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness."


Today, if you will hear His voice—harden not your heart. Harden not your heart, but repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Obey what the scriptures command.


Acts 10:1 - 4 "There was a certain man in Caesarea, called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band. A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always.  He saw in a vision evidently, about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God coming into him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God."


     Please take note that God did not directly deal with Cornelius, but directed him to go to one of His apostles on the earth. Cornelius was commanded to…. send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the seaside: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do." (Acts 10:5-6)


     In Acts 8:27-36 you can read where Phillip, being commanded by the Spirit to draw near to the chariot of the Ethiopian eunuch, asked of the eunuch, "Understandest thou what thou readest?" Even though the man was of great authority, he realized he needed some guidance. Also, this is pointing out that some people assume they can understand and decipher just because they can read, but the Spirit told Phillip to go near.


    Acts 8:32 – 36 “The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was lead 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 Phillip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Phillip 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 See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized.”


     This is an example of someone being honest. When the understanding of the people is opened, they will be honest.  And, of course, our primary objective and job is to make all men see—to let everyone know and understand. 


Ephesians 3:7-9 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Ephesians3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; Ephesians3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:


     The other point in the scripture we shall clarify is in reference to one scripture stating God was going to show Paul, and the other stating it was going to be told him what he must do.


     Acts 9:6 "And he, trembling and astonished, said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do."

     Acts 26:16 says: "But “rise” and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a both of these things which thou has seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee."


     Even in this, there is no conflict.  For sure, God was going to show him what he must do, but He was going to show him through the guidance and direction of another man. Within the total scope of Paul's salvation, a man named Ananias was going to play a significant part. It would be through Ananias that God would reveal to Paul what he must do. 


     When Paul said he was neither taught by man, nor received it of man, he was referring to his ministry.  It was by revelation that God opened Paul's understanding concerning the scriptures.


 Ephesians 3:2 – 4 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, Ephesians 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward Ephesians 3:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)


     But what we want to point out and dwell upon is the initial thing: that of getting Paul converted and saved.  We are primarily interested in Paul's association with a street called Straight and the occurrences thereof. God was using a man (Ananias) to tell Paul what he must do.


      In our conclusion, it is most essential and necessary that you have a preacher.  You must have someone to guide you.  But this preacher has to be sent by God.  He has to know the Word of God and stand in God's counsel, that he might open up your understanding. Then, when you see —you will perceive, and when you hear—you will understand.  You will know the whole truth of the Word of God.


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 you must continue in prayer to God asking him for the Holy Ghost, calling on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and waiting or tarrying until you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost with the sign following speaking with other tongues as the spirit gives you utterances.  This experience with God will endow you with power.


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.


Then you must 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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