In the work of regeneration, that which was bound is set free. That which was enslaved to sin and Satan is now liberated and wills and has the ability to do the good. The freedom of will is restored. This is how I would know if I have indeed been born again, regenerated. A question not infrequently asked by a child of God. Am I regenerated, does the Holy Spirit indwell me, do I have the new life in Christ? The answer’s found in other questions: Do I want to do what is right? Do I want to please God? Do I want to live a life of obedience to God’s commandments? If you do be assured you have been regenerated. You are no longer a slave to sin (Philippians 2.13). This is true freedom! True freedom is not to live as we please, but as God pleases. This is not the attitude of the world.
The world glamorises a life of sin and debauchery, the life of doing as we please. If it feels good, do it. No matter what the law of God says, divorce your wife and marry that other woman, man, with whom you have fallen in love. No matter that God’s word condemns drunkenness and drug addiction, so long as you don’t harm anyone, drink yourself drunk and escape into the world of the drug-addicted. No matter that the will of God calls us to live morally pure lives, whether as singles or married, indulge yourself in pornography. No matter that God commands that male and female should be joined in marriage, if you are attracted to someone of the same sex, do not deny who and what you are. If you are in love, who can condemn true love?
But it is the lie of the devil that they who live contrary to God’s will enjoy happiness. True happiness is experienced only those who conform their wills to the will of God. “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” (Psalm 1.1-2). All who choose sin, foolishly forfeit true and lasting joy. Real joy is experience only by those who “delight in the law of the LORD.”
(James R Hamilton, written June 2020)