Pastor Conway preached a beautiful message about living Life In The Spirit.  For those questions that were not answered during one of our four services this past Sunday, here are the responses to those questions.

Q: What do you mean when u say people feel guilty when they see other people living in the flesh?
A:  It means that when have selfish motives for righteous behavior you feel guilty or frustrated when others don’t live right because you want them to “suffer” and “sacrifice” like you. When your motives are for God you aren’t concerned with what others are doing.

Q: Do you think it is possible for an unbeliever (someone not filled with the spirit) to display all 9 fruit of the spirit?
A: Not consistently because it’s the Holy Spirit that empowers us. Without Him you are doing it in your own strength.

Q: Is listening to or watching any type of secular music or entertainment walking in the flesh? How do you draw the line?
A: No those are just behaviors or actions. Walking in the spirit or flesh is really about the heart motivation. Seek the Lord and ask Him to guide you in what you allow in your mind.

Q: What does TOTAL surrender to God look like? What are some “practical” things I can do to give total control to God?
A: Total surrender looks like consistently seeking God through the ways we hear from Him (prayer, wise council from godly people and, the Bible). It means that no areas  are off limits: relationships, finances, career, family, etc because God gives guidance on all those areas.

Q: But what about the 10 commandments. I have been taught that the commandments are the “rules” that I should live by as a Christian.
A: The commandments are guidelines but if you look at the first and tenth commandments you see that the condition of the heart (rather than behavior)is still the main issue. This is reinforced in Matt 22:36-40 where Jesus sums up all the 10 commandments with two commands…and they are conditions of the heart. Its all about our motives.

Q: I’m confused about seeking God with expectancy but if i pay my tithes & expect God to take care of me this id witchcraft?
A: When we put expectations on God we make ourselves His equal and this is dangerous. We should not do anything with an expectation but simply because we love Him (Matt 22:36-40). He chooses to bless us when we do not deserve it so we can not demand anything of Him. Also we must remember that God’s blessings are promised to those who have a heart for Him above all else.

Q: I’ve been taught to expect a return/blessing when I give my tithes & offerings… Should I not expect a return on what I sow into the Kingdom?
A: When we put expectations on God we make ourselves His equal and this is dangerous. We should not do anything with an expectation but simply because we love Him (Matt 22:36-40). He chooses to bless us when we do not deserve it so we can not demand anything of Him. Also we must remember that God’s blessings are promised to those who have a heart for Him above all else.

Q: What does enmities mean in this context?
A: Feelings or conditions of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.

Q: If you are depending on your spouse to live and have a place to stay…is that walking in the flesh? And then he asks for a divorce and your now hurt and mad is that a sin?
A: If you depend on anyone other than God then that person becomes your god. It’s normal to be hurt but if the hurt or anger lingers then you have to ask yourself who you are really relying on for provision and joy. Your husband still has to answer to God if he has done something wrong. But you can not allow someone else’s actions to determine your joy.

Q: Can you give a scripture reference for the sorcery example please?
A: II Chronicles 33:4-7 gives a good example of a man who dealt in sorcery and interacted in the spirit world and it greatly displeased God.