There is a brutal force in the Mid East that is bent on conquest. ISIS, the radical Islamist sect, is seeking to erase national borders and restore the Islamic brand over the entire region before moving on to establish a global caliphate, a world under Islamic control and Sharia law. Conquest, the expansion of a people and a religion and a way of life, by brutality and sheer terror has been the method and the ambition of men since the earliest days. There is no reason to believe that this will not continue until the Lord Jesus returns. There is spiritual motive involved as well with followers of Islam convinced that their messiah (known as the Mahdi) will solve the worlds' problems and judge all unbelievers (of Allah)...that is the followers of Christ and the Jewish people. In our diluted and deluded Western thought we no longer believe that any group could be so completely committed to a religion as ISIS demonstrates on a daily basis.
There is another conquest, however, that we are called to. It is the inner conquest of personal rebellion from the true and living God. I can't help but think that if many of the young firebrands who fight for ISIS were to realize their need for victory over sin within their own hearts, and bow before Jesus, who paid the price to win that victory...the inner peace that resulted would derail the outward conquest they are bent on.
Hebrews 6:19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary.
Solemn thoughts with a blessing,