"I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy...Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory..."
Also, listen to Ephesians 2:10--"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." He has prepared us from before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4) that we should do the good works we were appointed to do.
There were also many things that Jesus said that speak to the fact that we cannot call upon the Lord lest He shows us. John 17:12--"While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition..." He said in several places, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." In other words, if GOD has opened your ears to hear the truth, then listen. In John 6:44, Jesus says, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him..."
This blog will still be called "Four Pointer", but with the disclaimer, "But I'm a five-pointer now." For a really good, easy-to-follow read on the "Five Points", go to John Piper's website here.