Is there a specific emotion(for lack of a better term) why some don't truly submit to God? Is it selfishness, love of self, or is it fear? When those who are not His are in fact His enemies, I think it's safe to say those who are God's enemies basically hate the things of God. They want to satisfy there own desires and lusts. Is it hate or is it really fear? Because I believe the opposite of love is not hate but in fact fear.
They fear losing control....giving their life and living wholly for the Will of God.
Maybe some could discuss this at length or show some scripture that deals with why people are enemies of God. Also, what would someone do when they know God's truth, yet they won't let go of themselves. What if they pray or ask for change and it doesn't happen? God's not failing them, but they are failing themselves. Christ can't change them if they won't or don't allow Him to.
They feel deeply that they have hardened their heart or compromised and taken God's mercy, forgiveness and grace for granted so much that they are so deep in a hole that they can't climb out of that hole.
They say God please change my way of thinking so I want to change. They even put their foot down and try strong will power and vow to change yet change doesn't happen because they keep failing because they don't have the strength to do it.
Something is holding them back, what is it? Themselves?
This is NOT real peace. I refuse to believe Christ fills someone and they have peace that passes all understanding and yet they can agonize like this in their daily life.
I put this in Bible Chat, not counseling, because I think it deserves scripture references and discussion about scripture that deals with this. It doesn't need responses that say, "trust God", "believe", etc. It does need those responses, but it also needs discussed within scripture. I don't mean to sound condescending or keep repeating myself, I just believe it relates to Bible Chat more than anything.