What MUST be done for God, MUST be done now! Here are eight important things we must know, must do & must tell others.
1. WHAT MUST WE DO TO BE SAVED?
Acts 16:30–31 NKJV
And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
There is only one way to receive salvation, not many!
John 14:6 NKJV
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Jesus is THE way, not A way!
Acts 4:12 NKJV
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Romans 5:17 NKJV
For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
Salvation is a free gift, but it must be received!
2. WE MUST SPIRITUALLY REPLENISH OURSELVES.
2 Timothy 2:6 NKJV
The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops.
Hardworking farmers need to replenish their spent energy. Living by faith expends spiritual energy that must be replenished.
Joshua 1:8 NKJV
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Psalm 1:1–3 NKJV
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
This is the importance of consistency!
3. WE MUST ENDURE HARDSHIP.
2 Timothy 2:3 NKJV
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Good soldiers must know how to endure hardship!
Acts 9:15–16 NKJV
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
Paul was told he must suffer great things for the Name of Jesus.
Matthew 16:24 NKJV
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
1 Peter 4:12 NKJV
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;
Its normal to experience hardship!
John 15:20 NKJV
Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
4. We must continue to do what we’ve been taught.
2 Timothy 3:14 NKJV
But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
We must continue in what we’ve learned.
1 Timothy 4:16 NKJV
Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
1 Corinthians 9:27 NKJV
But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
Philippians 3:16 NKJV
Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.
Let us walk by the same rule… what got us here will keep us and sustain us till the end.
5. WE MUST FINISH OUR RACE.
Acts 27:24 NKJV
saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you
Each of us must stand before our “Caesar”. God will do what is necessary to protect us until our assignments from Him are finished.
John 8:20 NKJV
These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on Him, for His hour had not yet come.
They couldn’t stop Jesus until his hour had come.
John 8:59–9:1 NKJV
Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. John 9:1 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth.
2 Corinthians 1:1,4,6,11 NKJV
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.
They couldn’t stop Paul until he was finished.
2 Timothy 4:6 NKJV
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.
6. WE MUST ALLOW FOR DIVINE DETOURS.
Acts 27:26 NKJV
However, we must run aground on a certain island.”
We must “run aground” on certain islands. Malta was not on Paul’s itinerary, but it was on God’s!
7. HE MUST INCREASE AND WE MUST DECREASE.
John 3:30 NKJV
He must increase, but I must decrease.
The more mature we become, the more we must let the Lord be Lord in our lives.
Colossians 1:29 NKJV
To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
Hebrews 4:9–11 NKJV
There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. 11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
1 Peter 5:7 NKJV
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
8. WE MUST LOVE EACH OTHER.
1 John 4:21 NKJV
And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.
No choice! We must love the brethren, Not like – but love. Decision, not feelings.