Author's Note: Much is influencing us these days; our culture, our government, friends, family, but, what about the influence of God on our lives? Shouldn't He be influencing everything? Even the most mundane activities should be under His influence. So, my question for you is R U Influenced? Please consider my thoughts on His influence for this month...
A family member of J. Edward Weldon tells this story of an American hero...
Weldon, a crewmember on one of WWII’s premier bombers, the B-26 Marauder, found himself in a precarious situation on one of his many bombing runs over Nazi occupied Germany. On this particular mission, the bombing went wrong when visibility became poor and his B-26 was dangerously cut off from its escort fighters. Without warning, through the fog, Weldon and other crew members were struck by fear as a German fighter, guns blaring, headed directly for them. As the German fighter was just about to gun the lumbering bomber out of the sky, an American escort fighter plane swooped in and shot down the approaching German just before the German could finish off the heavily damaged American B-26. After successfully downing of the Nazi aircraft, the American fighter pilot brought his plane along side for a farewell salute to the crew of the Marauder. With planes side-by-side, Weldon noticed the inside of the American fighter pilot’s cockpit was heavily splattered with the pilot’s own blood. After the brief farewell salute, the fighter pilot gently pulled his plane away and Weldon never saw him again.
Likely, you haven’t been the crewmember of a B-26, but, whether you realize it or not, you have certainly encountered an enemy bent on your destruction – satan. According to Scripture, it is his intent to deceive and destroy you – to keep you from spending eternity with God. Whether your battle is dealing with your past failures or current temptations, Scripture tells you that you have a loving heavenly Father that sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, who swooped into the human story some 2000 years ago and through His own excruciating suffering defeated satan and death on your behalf. Typically, we wrap the death and resurrection into a neatly wrapped package called “Easter.” Truthfully, there was nothing very colorful or pretty about Christ’s act of sacrifice; however, through His defeat of death, you, in turn, have a chance at eternal life – if you will accept His “interception” by believing that He is God’s Son, ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and then, live according to His direction as found in Scripture.
This Easter, if you haven't already, catch your interception!
Wade B. Mumm, PhD
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