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“Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six” (Revelation 13:18).

What is the mark of rebellion?  Why does a tyrant want worship?  Why do the wicked lie and then want you to accept the lie as truth?  Do not focus upon these questions.  They are a distraction.  Turn to the Lord and seek Him while He may be found.  He is truth.  The many beasts who have come into the world want to be worshiped.  The Lord has made clear that He alone is God and He alone is to be worshiped.

Lord, I do fall into the trap of seeking answers to questions that really do not matter.  So, I know some things.  So what?  The difference in my life that matters is Your Spirit in me.  Being conformed to the image of Christ, becoming like Him, is the hope sanctification gives.  Turn my eyes from the distractions and marks of this world to live in the hope the mark of my baptism gives me.

Lord Jesus, You died to free us to walk with You in faith.  Guide me, dear Lord, to live according to Your goodness and mercy.  Keep me from taking the mark of any of the fakers in this world so that I may live in the faithfulness You give me.  No matter the cost, keep my faith in the forefront and lead me according to the Father’s will.  Help me always to abide in You alone, maturing in this faith You have given me.  Amen.