Mark of the Beast: Present and Future

The book of Revelation clearly talks about the “mark of the beast” where no one can buy or sell without that mark. This future event will be mandatory for everyone to have this mark of the beast on their right hand or on the forehead (Rev 13:15-17).

The Israelites were instructed to have God’s laws in their hearts. And that was to be evidenced by their thoughts and actions. As an imagery of this, they were to “bind” them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes (Dut 6:8).

The mark of the beast will be mandatory one day and will be used to control people and force them to worship the “image of the beast.” But God’s words are to be voluntarily placed in our minds and hearts and we are to live according to them. Without force, as a response to our love, we worship God as our savior and creator of all things.

Many live in fear of that upcoming time where everyone will be forced to have the mark of the beast on their right hand and on their foreheads. At that time people will be forced to worship the image of the beast.

But today, we have a choice to worship the living God and to live according to his desires. His laws are to be placed in our hearts and minds. That is to be evidenced by our actions. This is the imagery in Deuteronomy 6:8, where they were instructed to bind them as a sign on their hand (their actions) and as frontlets between their eyes (their thoughts).

There is no need to fear the mark of the Beast as long as we live for God!

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      What Do You Have To Offer?

      As a leader, what do you have to offer? Why should people follow you? If you’re a leader of leaders, the situation is more intense. As they are leading others, why should they follow? 

      There ought to be some value that you add to people who follow you. Now, that value needs to be of a greater magnitude than what they can give you. So, what do you have to offer? 

      What value can you add?  No one cares about titles and position anymore. There are too many of those. What do you pass on to them in a regular basis? Is it inspiration, motivation, friendship, instruction, guidance, or something else? And how can you deliver those to them in a regular basis? 

      Make it clear, valuable, and deliverable. Then deliver it. 

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      Ruthless focus

      Ruthless focus

      Whatever you do, be ruthlessly focused on the few things that are most vital. All other things will vary according to time and shifting fads.

      Know your priorities and stick to them. Those are the things that will keep you afloat. All other things are peripherals. They’re not the essentials.

      Be ruthless in your focus.

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      Ever Wished for a Permanent Solution?

      What could possibly be a permanent solution to “the mess we’ve made” of our lives? I’m sure we’ve tried many things to get our life in order. Sometimes trusted friends or highly respected mentors have helped us a lot. Their advice may have been a great solace.

      I’ve had a few of these mentors in my life as well. They impacted me in tremendous ways. Through the years, I’ve contacted them by phone, letters and personal visits. Sometimes those visits were costly as I had to take some long distance flights just to be with them. But for me, the value was beyond money as their words and wisdom were of greater value. But one by one, each of these mentors died. Only their legacy is left. There is no longer any possibility for me to contact them.

      The Bible says we have a high priest who holds his priesthood permanently. Among the Israelites, the high priests held their office till death, and another high priest would take their place. But for Jesus it was different.

      But he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:24-25).

      So here is the permanent solution: Jesus. Even those who’ve followed him for a long time may need to be reminded that Jesus is the only and permanent solution. Keep going back to him again and again.

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        The Gospel of Being Right

        I thought the Gospel meant Good News. But for some, it seems to mean something totally different. For them, it means being right, having the right doctrine, having the right translation of the Bible, belonging to the right church, etc.

        But for Jesus, the Gospel of the Kingdom was an invitation. It was an invitation to Kingdom life, where everything flowed from the Father. He is the source of all that we are and all that we have.

        Jesus invited people to follow him because he was going to the Father. The things of this world we’re not to be valued much because of the surpassing value of what is to come, in the Father’s house.

        So, what is right? Just keep yourself moving toward the Father’s house.

        Eight Habits of Effective Small Group Leaders

        1. Dream of leading a healthy, growing, multiplying group
        • You will live your dreams
        • “…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Matthew 12:34)
        • “But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart” (Matthew 15:18)
        • Let your heart be full of dreams for your Small Group and for your community.
        1. Pray for your group members daily
        • Consistent action produces greater results than periodic efforts.
        • Prayer is a powerful weapon that goes deep into the heart.
        • Remember that the Holy Spirit convicts the world regarding sin, righteousness and the coming judgement.
        • Pray for the conviction of the Holy Spirit on your friends and neighbors.
        1. Invite new people to visit your group weekly
        • Some are afraid that if they invite, the people won’t come.
        • But if you invite, they might come. Those who do come as a result of your invitation are the ones who will come.
        • So, if you invite, these people will come.
        • Don’t lose the opportunity.
        • See the invitation as an offer to them that will help them tremendously.

        How to invite

        • Saturate in prayer
        • Keep them saying “Yes”
        • Persevere
        • Team invite
        • Seasons if the soul
          • Death
          • Marriage
          • Illness
          • Moving
          • Divorce
          • Family problems
          • Birth of a child

        Who to invite

        • Family
        • Friends
        • Coworkers
        • Classmates
        • Neighbors
        • Church contacts
        1. Contact your group members regularly
        • Remember the term “Out of sight out of mind”
        • Keep people in sight and in mind.
        • Call to care
        • And to give
        • Never to get – keep it genuine
        • Keep them coming
        • Ask “How can I pray for you?”
        1. Prepare for your group meeting
        • Prepare yourself
        • Prepare the atmosphere
        • Prepare your agenda
        • “Fail to plan, Plan to fail”
        1. Mentor an apprentice leader
        • Multiply the group
        • Reach thousands
        • Mentoring is letting go
        • Keeps leader and group multiplication a priority
        1. Plan group fellowship activities
        • Picnic
        • Dinner
        • Game Day
        • Orphanage Visit
        1. Be committed to your own personal growth
        • Otherwise you shrink and die
        • Story of the young Lumberjack who cut down 9 trees in the first day… Then 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 – But an older, skinnier man was consistent with 9 per day (Every morning he took time to sharpen his Axe.
        • Your personal relationship with God
        • Your family commitment and relationship
        • Study the Bible
        • Study leadership

        ***Idea taken from Leading A Small Group by Dave Earley and Rod Dempsey , material added from personal study and experience.