Question and Answer Section


Q. How can I learn to control my thoughts, thereby determining my fruitfulness?

A. Paul said that our senses are exercised by the reason of use to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:14, "But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." As we exercise our abilities to take control of our thought life, even as a muscle grows and strengthens, so will our mind.

 

Q. How do I, as a believer, distinguish between spirit, soul and body in my walk with Christ?

A. According to Hebrews 4:12, the Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword and will pierce and divide asunder spirit, soul and body. Therefore, it is imperative to read and digest God's Word. It will help you to see who and where you are.

 

Q. What realm of my being should I be governed by?

A. Paul said if we walk in the spirit, we shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Galatians 5:16, "This I say then, walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." Our goal, as believers, is to learn to walk in and by the spirit by being attuned to the Holy Spirit through our spirit. This is why Paul prayed in Ephesians that believers would be strengthened by the power of His might in the inner man. Ephesians 3:16, "That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man." Ask God to strengthen your inner man and maintain a walk of devotion to Christ.

 

Q. Is the body evil, seeing the lust of the flesh spring from it?

A. No, the body is blessed by God. Deuteronomy 28:4-11 and Romans 8:23, "And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body."

God created it and its desires are ordained of God. When, in the proper given context, the needs and desires may be fulfilled and enjoyed. 1 Timothy 6:17, "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy." The fruit of temperance helps to govern the body from the human spirit, Colossians 3:15.

 

Q. Is it wrong to have emotions and should I control my emotions?

A. No, it is not wrong to have emotions because they are given by God. Of course, the emotions can crowd our thinking, but the only true way to control emotions is by being filled with the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. As one does not think to blink their eyes when it is time to do so, so also will the human spirit intervene and hold the emotions in check.

 

Q. Is it possible to serve the Lord with will power and egotism?

A. Many believers try to serve the Lord in this way, but it would be considered soulish to root our walk in this way. The one who does so will merely be imitating or mimicking the moods and attitudes they've experienced at times in the spirit or have seen in otherís lives. The ego will desire to take control and should be brought into subjection to the spirit. Walking in this realm produces a religious dead works mentality, spawning religious pride or self-righteousness.

 

Q. Should I be concerned about every thought that comes into my mind?

A. The thoughts in the mind have to be deciphered. The mind is the place where the enemy begins his work in our lives by projecting thoughts into our minds. Ephesians 6:16, "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."

Many times the thoughts we think are fleeting thoughts. The key is to cast those thoughts out before they take root. The concern should not lie in the thoughts we briefly think, but rather, how often we think them and are they taking root?

When Jesus was tempted, thoughts entered his mind, but He did not let them take root or act on them. Luke 4:1-13, "And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season."