Phil. 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
This verse reminds us of our utter dependence upon God. Any good that we do originates in heaven. It is Christ in us, nudging and empowering us to go forward. It is the will and pleasure of God in us motivating us to His purposes and our destiny. Actually this relieves a lot of stress in my life, ‘it is not I but Christ’. What is my part? I must draw near to God, enjoy all He is, and yield my will to the blessed will of God. Here is how John Calvin sees it.
“This is the true engine for bringing down all haughtiness — this the sword for putting an end to all pride, when we are taught that we are utterly nothing, and can do nothing, except through the grace of God alone. I mean supernatural grace, which comes forth from the spirit of regeneration. For, considered as men, we already are, and live and move in God. But Paul reasons here as to a kind of movement different from that universal one.”
How does this look in the practical world? As I experience the hand of God on my life in worship and searching His written Word, I experience this strange and delightful miracle. My will begins to change. I can begin to say with the Lord Himself, ‘I delight to do your will oh God’. Matthew Henry talks about this.
“To will and to do: he gives the whole ability. It is the grace of God which inclines the will to that which is good: and then enables us to perform it, and to act according to our principles. Thou hast wrought all our works in us, Isa. xxvi. 12. Of his good pleasure. As there is no strength in us, so there is no merit in us. As we cannot act without God’s grace, so we cannot claim it, nor pretend to deserve it. God’s good will to us is the cause of his good work in us; and he is under no engagements to his creatures, but those of his gracious promise.”
So, did you see it? Henry said it is grace that ‘inclines the will’. How does that happen? It is in the area of enjoyment. He changes the things we enjoy. It is the very effect of God on our soul that changes our will or changes the things we love and enjoy.