Many of us have had at times the need to receive hospitality. I have had this need many times since I have become a born again believers and traveled to many places for ministry and other reasons. I have experienced some good and pleasant people, and some bad ones. This one I am speaking of is one of the bad experiences that I have encountered lately. But by all means not the only one.
Without mentioning the location or the name of my friend, I will briefly speak of my experience. But I will not speak about everything that took place because it would take too long to explain every detail. I will try to speak only about a few things that hopefully will help someone in their own lives.
While living in my favored state in United States, I was unable to find a suitable place to live. Therefore I returned to the same city that I had lived in the past. I came to this place because I knew a “close” friend who connected me with the manager of her apt complex.
When I called the manager she assured me that she would have one apt available for me in one month. I left that state in about a week’s time, and flew here. I would be staying temporarily with this person that I thought was my friend. I gave her the money to pay her rent for one month thinking it would be enough.
I actually needed to stay with this friend a maximum of 3 weeks.
However, soon after a few days she insisted that I needed to give her more money. I realized that she did not want me in her apartment. She only wanted me to give her more money, but without my presence!
I was sleeping in the living room floor and I was not allowed to make any noise when she was in her room. I could not put on the lights because she said she could not sleep and eventually told me she has a rare disease. She became very irritated with me for anything that did not suit her. I did not expect much, but some kindness considering the fact that she was my friend!
I was living there and buying and cooking my own food. At times I bought her food that she requested, but she did not pay me back. She seemed very mad at times and I felt abused and taken advantage. This situation had to end.
As a believer in Yehoshua I realized she needed deliverance from demons. I had difficulty sleeping at night and so did her.
She wanted more money, but I would not give her anymore. I felt I gave it more than enough. After all I paid her rent, and I felt I did enough. She expected me to clean her house and possibly cook her food. But when I did she did not appreciate it, and complained therefore I stopped. She continually found something to accuse me! Finally she found a solution.
On the morning of the 13th day of my arrival, when she came out of her room at about 10 in the morning, told me very abruptly and very harshly that that I had to live. She told me that she had to do this, as she also did the same thing also to another friend. That was not uplifting at all!
She suggested for me to go rent a Hotel room. Frankly for a moment I felt shaky. I was not in a financial condition to spend money for one Motel room. I needed the money to buy my bed and as least a recliner, together with pots and pans!
However, I had to leave and found a Motel room for 55 dollars pro day. I was there seven days. Then I was able to move into my apt.
Free at last!
When I arrived at the Motel and settled in the room and realized that I finally I had my own little place where I also had access to the internet! What a blessing! Now I was able to pray, sing, and dance to Yehovah and also listening to my favored speaker Kevin Zadai. This man has a tremendous testimony on YouTube. He died and rose from the dead. He sees Yehoshua (Jesus), and he sees and speaks with angels! Those seven days had been almost like heaven on earth!
This last place had been the most challenging situation for me. But I thank Yehovah that it ended. Now I am free.
Forgiveness is a necessity!
As a believer and servant of Yehovah we are commanded to forgive and to bless those who have hurt us. Yehoshua taught us to pray for following prayer:Bottom of Form
Avinu Shebashamayim Yitqadesh shimkha, (Our Father in Heaven, Your Name be sanctified). Because our Father in Heaven is Holy, and He has set us apart also to be Holy, we have to obey Him, and give Him all the glory in every circumstance. In verse twelve we read: “And forgive our sins and we forgive those who forgive who sins against us.”
Verse 14 “For it you forgive men their trespasses, your father of the shamayim shall also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither shall your father forgive your trespasses.’
Forgiveness is a must if we desire to receive forgiveness from our Heavenly Father. When we release them, and pray for their wellbeing, we deliver ourselves from their wrong attitudes. We do no keep their sin.
Only Yehovah, who is the Judge, can judge those who offend us. Our duty is to immediately forgive them. We must under no circumstance keep a grudge against them. But if we do, we will suffer afterwards. Our relationship with our Heavenly Father Yehovah would not be the same.
We must also pray for them as the Ruach haQodesh (Hoy Spirit), leads us to do.
Many times Yehovah will strengthen our relationships with such people and allow us to speak into their lives. But out attitude must me one to forgive their offenses and forget about them.
Yehoshua said to love our enemies.
Mattithyahu 5:43-44 You have heard that it was said, Hate your enemy.’44 But I say t6o you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven.”
Continue reading the next four verses in your Bible, please. Because we are children of Yehovah, we must love and forgive as He loves and forgives us. Love covers a multitude of sins.
The problem for anyone who disrespects and takes advantage of another person is that they will suffer the consequence of their actions.
Galatiyim /Galatians 6:7 “Do not be led astray, Elohim is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap.”
This is the reason we must pray for such people. Yehovah loves them as much as He loves all of us. We must pray for their true salvation, and bring them before the throne of Yehovah asking Him to be merciful to them. None of us is perfect. We all miss in some way, therefore we must be generous with our love and continue to give it away to anyone we come into contact.
Yehoshua taught us to wash one another’s feet. Does it mean that we do it literally? Maybe so, but I believe He meant to forgive others and to serve one another. We are all equal in the eyes of our Father in Heaven. He knows us intimately. We all have faults and we need to humble ourselves in His Presence. Only He is the righteous Elohim.
I admit that I needed healing in my soul. I did not expect to be treated like her enemy, and not as a friend that I thought I was. But once again, I must say that only Yehovah knows her and me intimately, and only He can judge the situation. Al He wants me to do, is to release this situation to Him, and He can heal my soul, and her life. Actually I have experienced healing this morning during my devotions, and I thank Him for it. To Him be all the glory. He allowed me to go through this situation, and I hope I have learned a lesson to endure for the rest of my life.
But now let us look at the biblical example of Abraham.
Bereshith 18:1-5 Then Yehovah appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. 2 So he lifted his eyes and looked, and saw three men were standing opposite him. And when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground, 3 and said, “Yehovah, if I have found favour in Your eyes, please do not pass Your servant by.
4 “Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. 5 “And let me bring a piece of bread and refresh your hearts, and then go on, for this is why you have come to your servant.” And they said, “Do as you have said.” 6 So Abraham ran into the tent to Sarah and said, “Hurry, make ready three se’im of fine flour, knead it and make cakes.”7 And Abraham ran to the herd, took a tender and good calf, gave it to the young man, and he hurried to prepare it. 8 And he took curds and mild and the calf which he had prepared, and put before them, and he stood by them, under the tree as they ate”
As you can see, Abraham knew how to minister to his guests. One of them was Yehovah, and the other two were angels.
May we all learn from him and become great man and women of Elohim. Let us be servants to one another. Let us be givers, and not takers. Let us be lovers and not haters. Each one of us is a child of Yehovah, and we should honor and respect those whom He sends to us. They may need shelter for a time, or they may need help financially or spiritually. We must be ready to help as Yehovah helps us in time of need. All we have is His anyway!
Help with joy!
When we help others we must do it as unto Yehovah, and not unto men. We must give with joy knowing He will reward us.
We must give the help without expecting anything in return for those we help.
Let us do everything in His Name and be blessed.
Let us run to the arms of our Creator, Yehovah! Yehovah Machsi! (Yehovah My Refuge.)