Have you ever wondered about where G-d’s will and your will begin and end? People operating in their will are no competition for the will of G-d. Too many times people who are faced with a decision in their will, made wholly within their will think their will is greater than G-d’s will.
How many times have you heard,
“God never imposes his will by force.”
“God does not push us into His kingdom against our will.”
“God won’t over ride our free will.”
These statement presuppose the belief that G-d is powerless to affect our stubborn will. But do we believe G-d is omniscient, or do we suppose He was surprised by someone walking away from His perfect will? Yet, if you believe G-d is omnipotent, how does that mean He is powerless to work in a man’s or woman’s heart?
G-d’s holy word says,
Then it happened when he turned his back to leave Samuel, G-d changed his heart; and all those signs came about on that day.1 Samuel 10:9
It is quite apparent that G-d is able to change a human heart.
Daniel 4:16 Let his mind be changed from that of a man and let a beast’s mind be given to him, and let seven periods of time pass over him.
He is able to change a man’s mind, even to the mind of a beast.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
If we are in Messiah we are a new creation (creature) and all that is old (sinful) is gone for we are NEW in Him! Why would we then not rather choose to do His will?
Jeremiah 24:7 I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.
G=d says that He gives us a heart to know Him, and we are His!
Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.Ezekiel 36:26
Our very heart, once like stone is made new by G-d’s power for His design.
But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from G-d.Romans 2:29
We who believe have been circumcised, that is, our hearts are changed by the hand of G-d.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O G-d, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.Tehillim (Psalm) 51:10
And we desire that change, desire to walk in accordance with the heart He gives us.
For the sorrow that is according to the will of G-d produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.2 Corinthians 7:10
For our repentance in Messiah is one that He leads us through and into life.
And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them and I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,Ezekiel 11:19
Our very heart and spirit change to be conformed to G-d’s desire for us.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of G-d is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.Romans 12:2
So, if we walk away from our marriage, or our relationship with Him, He has power to changes us, to create in our heart a newness, to have our thoughts become His thoughts all done by His power for His glory.
He changes times and seasons;
he deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.Daniel 2:21
He has power that none may resist, but it is not a power to crush or destroy our hearts, rather our hearts and minds are changed. A change we accept because it is, ultimately, a matter of His glory as our will conforms to His will when he changes our heart and spirit. We change when we walk in His spirit.
Dr. Ramón de Torres
Edited: June 25, 2020