Jesus’ prayer for those who were crucifying Him was ‘Father forgive them for they know not what they do.’ So it goes for ISIS as it is that God created every person, since the beginning of time, and desires all to come to Him with a repentant heart and be saved. Regardless of religion, monotheistic that is — the belief in one true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Israel and Moses, each person should establish a personal relationship with God by praying to Him alone because on judgment day, they will stand alone, and will have to account for the atrocity of beheading or otherwise killing any person, including themselves — people that God created.
Now one can still come together and pray as they are accustomed, but each person needs that personal relationship with God and once they have it, they will experience and be guided by the real truth and know what God’s love really is, so as to not be blindsided or radicalized by deception or unnatural persuasion. You want Him to know you individually. It is clear that ISIS has somehow been deceived since they believe that America has declared war on Islam — America is a free country, with freedom of religion written in its Constitutional law of the land. If each member of ISIS or any other terrorist organization truly values not only their beliefs, but their God given sacred physical and spiritual bodies in the name of God, the real challenge for each member should be to examine personally the source by which they have come to believe the falsehood that America has declared war on Islam or any false justification to promote evil. However, before they examine the source they should understand and arm themselves with the true characteristics of a child of God and act accordingly for spiritual protection because the real enemy is very powerful, and one that only God can destroy and it’s not America or any other country in the world for that matter.
We should all focus our minds and hearts on the attributes of God and write His commandments given to us by Moses upon our hearts. God is real, and He is attentive to our every action. Now Jesus gives only two commandments with the first being the greatest and the second like it. He also taught that if you follow these two commandments all the others will automatically follow. The first and greatest of these is to love God with your whole heart, mind, and soul. The second is to love your neighbor as yourself.
Now put yourself to the test to see if your actions are consistent with God’s expectations of us or a simple purporting of the truth. To complete the test, which anyone in the world can do, when you are alone after prayer asking God for understanding and guidance, get a piece of paper and draw a line vertically down the middle to form two columns. In the first column write the heading “Attributes of God.” In the second column write the heading “attributes of the devil.” The first column would begin with attributes like those found in Isaiah 9, such as King of Kings, Prince of Peace, Almighty God, Creator of all things, God is Love, God is One, The Truth, The Eternal, Lord, Kind, breath of Life, Most High… and follow with attributes like His children are obedient, merciful, kind, humble, love Him, love others, do good and pray for those who offend, feed the hungry, care for the sick, preach good news to the poor; He expects us to love Him and be obedient. In the second column write the attributes of the devil which are liar, hater, false accuser of God’s children, deceiver, tempter, all things evil, lewd, lover of money rather than lover of God, murderer…; the devil’s mission is to deceive, steal, kill and destroy your soul so that you will not enjoy eternal life with God or on earth. Furthermore with each of these columns comes a spiritual mark that each person possesses.
But first comes the test; truthfully examine your own internal thoughts and actions privately and the qualities of those you follow by checking off those attributes in the proper column. No one is perfect, though you should aspire to become perfect. However, if you have more checks in the second column than the first, the mark of the devil is in your head and in your hands because you think and do the works of the devil. Privately get on your knees and repent, and ask God to cleanse you from evil. He will and can do this for you because He loves you. This will establish a personal relationship with God. It would truly be unfortunate for even one person to be misguided into fighting a war in the name of God and on judgment day He says to you, get away from me because I never knew you. God is real and He loves each and every one of us, personally! If you have more checks in the first column, the mark of God is in your head and in your hands because you think and do the true will of God.
Finally, America, ISIS, the world, the truth is that the universe and everything in it belongs to God and Him alone. When you open your heart to God truthfully, you will immediately feel the fire of the Holy Spirit upon you, growing stronger day by day, even in your weakest moments. Be careful at this point to make your actions consistent with the attributes in the first column because you are now a target of the real enemy, the devil, who will attempt to deceive you so that your actions are consistent with those in column two. Do not allow yourselves to be deceived. The truth is that there are wars going on and it’s not just the man-made ones. The real enemy, the devil, is working very hard waging spiritual war on God’s children right now and will deceive the very elect if it were possible, (Matthew 24:24), because he knows he has just a little time. If you are a true believer you know what is written here is the truth and we all have God’s true work to do to the best of our abilities.
My prayer is that all come to repentance and understand and respect God’s sovereignty as the creator, the giver of life. Therefore, each life is sacred and should be treated as such. God is a searcher of the hearts and minds of His children. Be sure that on judgment day, when He looks upon your heart, He will see a reflection of Himself and will say to you welcome good and faithful servant. Take this pebble with your new name written in it that only you and I know. Please, come and share your master’s table. (Revelation 2:17)