Get Your House in Order, Prepare to Host Guests!
October 20, 2022 1:10 PM
In a dream vision I found myself in a house in the kitchen area on the first floor. The residents of the house were younger people in their teens and 20s, with no parents around. The housekeeper who helped to manage the house did not come to work and did not call in sick. Suddenly all sorts of people arrived at the house with their suitcases in tow, expecting to spend the night. Then I realized that the house had been operating as a bed and breakfast, run by the housekeeper who was now missing.
Faced with the sudden appearance of house guests, the young people did not know what to do. They could barely make tea and coffee for the guests. They didn’t even know how to process financial transactions regarding the guests’ stay. The guests expected services and staff that knew what they were doing, and eventually grew impatient. All the young people could do was apologize and explain that the manager was not there and they did not know when she would arrive.
When I awoke from this dream vision, I asked the Holy Spirit for guidance in its interpretation.
The Holy Spirit told me that AN ENTIRE GENERATION WITH INADEQUATE SPIRITUAL PARENTING IS ILL-EQUIPPED AND UNPREPARED FOR WHAT IS TO COME. In the dream, not only were the parents missing, but the housekeeper who actually ran the house—who could have taught the young people what to do manage the house—also went missing. The housekeeper kept things going, but did not teach the young people how to manage their own house. The Holy Spirit said that so many influences, including technology and media, have stepped in inadequately into the parenting role. These influences will suddenly disappear, but their spiritually-stunting impact will remain. TOO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY ONLY HAVE THE OUTWARD TRAPPINGS OF MATURITY, BUT THEIR SOULS ARE REALLY HELPLESS CHILDREN. THEY QUICKLY HAVE TO “GET THEIR HOUSE IN ORDER” AND HAVE LITTLE IDEA OF HOW TO DO THIS. TOO FEW OF THE OLDER GENERATIONS HAVE STEPPED UP TO COMPLETE THIS INVALUABLE AND NECESSARY TEACHING.
And in the dream vision, suddenly, these young people had to not only manage their house themselves but help others who appeared as guests with their own needs and expectations. I asked the Holy Spirit for further interpretation, and He said, “IN THE TIMES TO COME, PEOPLE WILL QUITE LITERALLY FIND THEMSELVES IN THE POSITION OF INNKEEPER TO TOTAL STRANGERS. MOST PEOPLE, EVEN GOD’S OWN, ARE COMPLETELY UNPREPARED FOR THIS SERVICE OF HOSPITALITY. AND ON THE OTHER SIDE, MOST DISPLACED PEOPLE ARE MENTALLY UNPREPARED TO BE GUESTS IN STRANGERS’ HOMES, CARRYING PHYSICALLY LITTLE BUT A SUITCASE BUT FIGURATIVELY A SUITCASE OF EXPECTATIONS.”
The takeaway messages from this dream vision:
· YOUNG SOULS MUST GROW UP FAST IN CHRIST, LIKE ON STEROIDS (yes, the Holy Spirit said “steroids”).
· MATURE CHRISTIANS MUST STEP INTO THE ROLE OF SPIRITUAL PARENTS AND TEACHERS TO THE YOUNG IN CHRIST.
· ALL PEOPLE MUST GET THEIR HOUSES IN ORDER.
· GOD’S PEOPLE MUST PREPARE TO BE HOSTS TO OTHERS IN NEED.
· OTHERS WHO WILL BE DISPLACED MUST PREPARE NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY BUT MENTALLY TO BE GUESTS FOR THE LONG-TERM IN OTHERS’ HOMES THAT MAY NOT BE FULLY EQUIPPED FOR THEM.
· REPENT AND PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD.
Leviticus 19:33-34 NIV
33 “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
Deuteronomy 6:1-9 NIV
6 These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Joshua 24:15 NIV
“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Proverbs 3:1-12 NIV
My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.
Proverbs 22:6 NIV
Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Isaiah 52:15 NIV
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.
Isaiah 58:6-9 NIV
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
Matthew 25:34-40 NIV
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Luke 14:7-14 NIV
7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8 “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
2 Timothy 3:14-17 NIV
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Titus 1:6-9 NIV
6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Hebrews 13:1-3 NIV
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
1 Peter 4:7-11 NIV
7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
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