After we receive salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and have repented of sins; then begins our life journey of following the direction of God's leading. It is a spiritual walk in a flesh body. We are new creations inside, but outwardly we are to bring this mortal body into submission to the indwelling presence of God. The Father, Son and HolySpirit are one God.
Mat 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mat 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Mat 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
We live in a physical world among unseen spirits. There is a battle going on between good and evil. If we dwell in sin, then evil has access into our lives. Walk in the spirit and you will overcome the evil.
Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
I am reminded of a hymn: "God leads us along"
Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the
fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a
In the night season and all the day long.
Some are led through the
water, or the miry clay, but God is with us through it all.
40:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD;
and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
Psa 40:2 He brought me up also
out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and
established my goings.
Psa 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth,
even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the
Psa 40:4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and
respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
In the pond the weeds form designs, sometimes they look like something real, but they are only illusions. A big problem now and in the end times is that people will be led by delusions. They will not understand the truth.
Isa 66:1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
Isa 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
Isa 66:3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
Isa 66:4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
Isa 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.