"Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law" (Romans 3:28)
If God the Father chose us and the Holy Spirit set us aside for His holy purposes, then what part do you and I have?
There is divine sovereignty and human responsibility. You have been sanctified unto obedience. Salvation is free, but you must obey.
God's divine sovereignty in choosing us does not nullify our response to His call. You have been saved out of this world, sent back into this world to witness to the world, and that is the only business you have in this world.
Now, you do not work to be saved. You work because you are saved. Someone has said and I agree: "I will not work my soul to save, that work my Lord has done. But I will work like any slave for the love of God's Son."
Twenty-four hours stand between you and this time tomorrow. Right now, make a commitment to use one of those hours in prayer for others. Ask God to save those who are lost in your family, your neighborhood, your student body, or your workplace. Pray by country or by continent - asking Him to send missionaries and equip them to disciple those He saves.
"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust" (2 Peter 1:4)
Some people distort the doctrine that when a man is saved he is always saved. They get the idea if that is true, then they will sin all they want to.
If the only thing that keeps you from sinning is fear of losing your salvation, I wonder if you have really surrendered yourself to God and asked Him to save you?
Peter tells us that we have become "partakers of the divine nature." Does that mean you don't sin any more. No.
Before I was saved, I was running to sin. But afterward, I ran from it. You may slip, but you are saved.
Have a desire to live pure and clean to the glory of God.
Do you have a desire to be holy? Or do you treat the doctrine of assurance as a license to live a sinful life?