Under No Obligation

Romans 8:12-17

There are many ways that I’m made to feel obligated to the system that operates by the internal government of the mark of the beast. The biggest way is through relationships. In my early years I’ve always been known as a “people person,” and even voted once as the “most congenial” while working at a summer camp. I’ve been alone for years and everyone knows how much I miss having a girlfriend/wife and friends. That possibility is always put in front of me, even at my age of 63, if I obligate myself to the mark of the beast. Instead, I choose Jesus Christ over any other benefit. Other ways that I’m made to feel obligated is through health care, feelings of safety, and feeling respected. As I continue to say “No!” to the internal government, health care is torture, riding my bike is like a dangerous obstacle course, and I’m constantly berated. If I chose the comforts of the flesh offered by the internal government I would die to God and His Son Jesus.

By choosing to live by the Spirit of Jesus Christ I’m not berating and afflicting others who refuse the mark. I’m not having “free” sex, don’t use drugs nor alcohol, not argumentative, and not part of a group of rabblerousers. I obligate myself to the Spirit of Jesus Christ. I know that I’m an adopted child of God simply because I say “No!” to the sin of the mark of the beast and “Yes!” to Jesus Christ. Although there is plenty of reason to feel fear in a world hostile to Christianity, it isn’t more powerful than my faithfulness to God. My spirit, through Him, cries “Abba, Father.” That cry comes from the mourning, sadness, and affliction suffered in this world. Crying “Abba, Father” is more preferable than being obligated to the Godless internal government. I know that I will inherit eternal life because I share in His sufferings.

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; 
but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; 
rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. 
And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ,
if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.”
Romans 8:12-16

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