God Works In Us

The Protestant Reformer, Martin Luther said, "When God works in us, the will being changed and sweetly breathed upon by the Spirit of God, desires and acts, not from compulsion, but responsively."

In our sin nature, we are not willing to trust Christ (Romans 3:9-11). Our will is corrupted by sin. Upon hearing the gospel of Christ, God's Spirit enables us to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:13). God never does violence to our will (Hebrews 3:15). He does not coerce nor force us against our will.

God's Spirit works in our hearts to change us through the gospel of Christ. The word heart is often used in the Bible to describe our mind, will, and emotions. When God changes our heart, He changes our mind, will, and emotions.

God's Spirit awakens us to our need for Christ Jesus (John 16:7-11). Never forcing us to come to Christ, but enabling us to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, the goodness of God working in us, "knowing the goodness of God leads you to repentance"(Romans 2:4).

"For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13). Or, as Luther stated, "when God works in us, the will, being changed and sweetly breathed upon by the Spirit of God, desires and acts, not from compulsion, but responsively."