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Topic: Ow! (01/07/10)
TITLE: The Ows In Life
By Mildred Sheldon
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The word ow! does not appear in the Bible, but there are many instances in the Bible where we could use that word. For example the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah to me that would be a big OW situation; or when Lots wife was turned into a pillar of salt. To some that may sound silly, but if you have the mind of a child then that would be a very big ow situation.
I cannot speak for anyone but myself and I say ow, under my breath, every time I see a needle. I hate needles and when the doctor says I need a blood test I cringe. I sit with my arm extended, my eyes tightly closed, and head turned away from the lab tech. I remember one time the doctor ordered a pain block in my spine due to a synovial cyst. He told me to lean forward and rest my head against his nurse and do not move which I didn’t because I was scared out of my socks. I did not see the size of the needle until after the procedure. If I had seen those needles I would have freaked out. The procedure worked all thanks to God but those needles scared me witless.
I was reading Open Windows this morning and the scripture was John 15: 17-21. It is dealing with unconditional love and how the world treated Christ. He warned us that the world would treat us the way they treated Him. The Sanhedrin treated Christ horrifically. They crucified Christ so how can we expect non-believers to treat us any differently. To me that is an ow situation. People slap, spit, kick and kill the Christians.
We who live in American have never truly experienced persecution like those missionaries in India, Iraq, Egypt or other countries that are Muslim.
We have witnessed the jihad hatred against the United States and that is an OW situation. Believers here may one day experience the persecution missionaries have experienced and if they do then they can truly shout ow. The pain suffered for witnessing to non-believers is real and just as Christ suffered at the hands of the world so shall we.
We must be prepared by putting on the full armor of God for the coming of the Anti-Christ which is told of in the Bible. In my opinion we are living in the end times and we are beginning to deal with many OW! situations. I pray that all believers stand strong and wait for the return of our Lord and King Jesus Christ. As long as we believe and trust in Jesus then we can be victorious through all ow! situations.
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