God has given to us freedom of choice, as we have already noted.
Freedom of choice is our willpower – the power to choose or make a decision.
But through our earthly birth we have a will that is naturally self-centred and opposed to God’s will.
That’s why when we look into God’s law of Ten Commandments – his revealed will for us all – we feel guilty, because we are naturally opposed to it.
And what’s worse, we cannot do his will for us by trying hard.
Many people have become discouraged as Christians and given up on God because they have not been able to do his will no matter how hard they have tried!
They have never heard the good news! God takes the first initiative by revealing to us just what Jesus has done in his life, death and resurrection, to make us right with him.
The Holy Spirit then brings a sense of certainty into our hearts that we are right with God be cause of what Jesus has done for us, and prompts us to receive God and follow him. (See John 16:7-15)
At this point, God comes to strengthen our will and turn our awakened desires into reality.
It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13