Here are the 40 most compelling bible scriptures on free will.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
“If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.”
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 2:14
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Timothy 2:4
Who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
2 Thessalonians 2:13
But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
2 Timothy 1:9
Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.
2 Timothy 2:26
And they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.
He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
“I will destine you to the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter, because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not listen, but you did what was evil in my eyes and chose what I did not delight in.”
“No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.”
“I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”
“And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?”
“And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days.”
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord.
The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way.
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Masters Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.