Good Samaritans – Open Your Homes

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Suppose your own, or a neighboring city is attacked, or experiences another disaster.  Are you prepared to open your doors to survivors?

As time gets closer to the end, and we wonder how we will make it, only unity and working together will work.

We should always be prepared for emergencies – small or large. 

We should also be prepared to extend help when needed.

Mercy is the key to survival.  Those that show mercy will receive mercy from God.

Mat 5:7   Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Mic 6:8  He hath showed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Do you have what you need for yourselves? 

Do you have enough to share with others?

Can you live without going to the store for a month?

Can you defend yourself? 

Can you treat wounds, or illness at home?

Do you have an empty room for someone to stay in? 

** I am not suggesting taking in questionable characters, but using good judgment, and finding people worthy of help.

Think how you would need help if you had somehow survived a terror attack, or other disaster, and everything you had in this world was destroyed.

These are just my thoughts.

God bless you and be with you. 

Shalom.


26 Responses to “Good Samaritans – Open Your Homes”

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  2. Instinctively after reading the title I said, “Uh no I wouldnt take in total strangers.” The reason being because there are so many “crazed” people in the world who take advantage of “Good” people. But thinking back to hurricane Katrina and the idea of a massive flood hitting my area…of course I WOULD help stranded, hungry, helpless people. I would defintely want them to help me…and I know GOD would appreciate me for my gratitude.

  3. This past January I was handed a flyer
    in NYC that talked about the upcoming
    CHOREOGRAPHED war with Russia and how
    the US Population is “expedable’.

    If you study the Abolitionists, you will
    soon discover about their series of Safehouses
    that made up the Civil-war era Underground Railroad.

    In 2009, we still have slavery in the form
    of indentured servants. Actually, Slavery takes many
    forms today. Folks that like to accuse this blog
    of racism, please read up on Bacon’ Rebellion-
    and how the white indentured servants teamed
    up with the black slaves to rebel.

    Remember to always be prepared! The Puppet Masters
    of the “obama” will have no choice but to do
    another “false flag” 9/11 style operation when
    her Majesty’s popularity reaches below Dubya levels.

    I recommend that Christians reading this blog
    start preparing to use symbols to signal where
    a safehouse is located.

    For example; years ago a candle in a window
    would suffice. Sometimes a necklace with a symbol
    such as that of the ichthus or ictus symbols
    should suffice.

    This will happen sooner than later! To know
    the “obama” you must study his mentor. Bill
    Ayers was a terrorist from the Weather Underground
    who basically “adopted” Barry after his real
    father Malcolm X was assassintated by the US
    Sercret Service some 40 years ago. Ayers always
    preached about “population” reduction. Funny,
    how a children’s book author would start the 2nd
    American Revolution AND the 2nd US Civil War. But
    they always say truth is stranger than fiction,
    don’t they?

    U.S. Secret Service agents should study the life
    and times of “Eugene Roberts” who was hired by
    their organisation to murder Malcolm X. Isn’t it
    ironic that now they know must protect the son of the man
    they previously murdered?

    Mr. Eugene Roberts was also a part of the BOSS clique
    of corrupt NYC policeman back in the day.

    How strange, this past winter I saw an SUV with
    tinted windows and the license plate “BOSS” with
    Virginia tags parked down the street from here.

    Shh! History never repeats/I tell myself before I go to sleep!

    As they say in your “biz”- ah, C’est la vie!

    >>>>>>>>>>>

  4. I’d take in even the ‘qestionable’ characters. Christ, too, was considered a questionable character in His day…totally extreme…totally radical. We are all in the family of man. God is supreme. He is our rock, shield, deliverer, fortress, and strength. He takes us through troubles. He guards our paths. ‘Fear not.’ ‘Let not your heart be troubled.’ ‘The battle is the Lord’s.’ Obama sits in the seat of President of the United States by God’s permission. As He told convinced King Nebuchadnezzar, ‘God rules in the kingdom of men.’

    • hi internet elias

      I guess I used the wrong word. I should have used the expression unrighteous, rather than “questionable characters.” If someone is obviously evil, I would avoid him. he is on his own.

  5. Dearest Abba Heavenly Father God Almighty, In Jesus Christ name i pray that you strengthen all your children to be prepaired for the coming days ahead. Lead us by your Spirit always to know what to do and the wisdom to know who to do it for. Keep us Your children safe from all harm and help us to always do what Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior would do and be like him. Amen. Thank you Heavenly Father for i believe you have heard and will grant to each of us every word of my pray. To you be all the glory, honor and praise.

  6. I have struggled with this issue, wanting to be “smart” about it but also knowing that we need to trust and follow the Holy Spirit.

    Luke 14:12-14 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous

    Lastly, consider the shocking news the “goats” hear from Jesus on the Last Day. As recorded in Matthew 25, these goats were shocked that Jesus told them to depart from Him and accused them of not helping Him in his time of need.

    Matthew 25:42-46 Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.‘ 46“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

  7. hi marianne, how are you? It s been awhile since our last chat…The pHil had just been badly beaten by this strong typhoon named ondoy..so many cities under water and mud..i remember cristina gallagher’s predictions..it’s happening.

    doc

    • hi doc

      It is ironic. One of the last things we talked about is you getting a boat for floods. Are you ok?

      Thank you for mentioning Christina Gallagher. I am looking at what she said now.

  8. Hi Marianne,

    Yeah..we are ok here in Mindanao..just minor damages compared to what the typhoon did in Manila..But Ondoy still managed to knocked down 8 power posts rendering our town without current for 5 days. One reported killed when his house was strucked by a coconut tree. Anyway..what happened to us here in Mindanao was nothin compared to the damages he brought to Manila and its suburbs. Another typhoon was spotted east of the Phil..and it will most likely hit our area of responsibility early Saturday(Phil time).. let us hope everything will be alright.. let’s Keep our faith strong..God never blinks..

    Doc

  9. Thanks Marianne

  10. Yes…please someone be a real christian. I am a single mom and was homeless 2 years ago and went to several so called christian churches for help. 90% of them wouldn’t even give me a drink of water. I slept in my car with my daughter. It was scary,embarrassing, and extremely lonely. I had to watch my back from the police…they are very mean to the homeless and it’s illegal to sleep in your car. I did this for several months…I would pray everyday for help from someone…I would go to churches hoping I could get a break…get some unconditional love and help. They were horrible to me, told me to my face that I was basically a loser for allowing myself to get homeless and God was judging me. Or they would hand me a can of beans and some expired bread thinking they really helped me in some way and said God Bless have a Great day. I remember I would feel more sorry for them than myself at that point…

    • Hi Rachel

      I have come very close to the situation you describe for yourself. Since then, I have opened my doors, housed people, and given to the local homeless shelter. I hope you are ok now, and will continue to be ok. You have been through a lot, but stick close to Jesus, and a way will be made for you.

  11. As a worker in a ministry serving those who have become homeless, I know that it takes no great disaster for someone to become displaced & lose everything. There are lots of small disasters, that are no less catastrophic for the people they impact: like inability to find employment at a livable wage, illness, divorce, abuse, etc. that cause people to stumble & fall on hard times. More & more often we see single parents like Rachel & often whole intact families seeking help… Yet, any ministry or agency has only limited capacity & resources… The sad truth is many of these people fall by the wayside & come to a tragic end for lack of compassion. We’ve started programs to partner with churches to create “support circles” in an effort to provide disaster relief solutions for people in need. You would think that working with a ministry that is familiar with the plight of people in this situation, who know them, have case workers to help them get back on their feet & can vouch for them not being “crazed” would make a big difference in the willingness of a family to open their home to someone in need. Sadly no, for some reason very few churches participate & I seldom have someone say to me, I have a guest room if there is an emergency call on me & I will help. Don’t ask me why this is so, I suspect it has to do with a perception of people in need as being “failures” of society & the fear that somehow their own lives will become worse by association… Or perhaps it is simply coming face to face with the reality that this could easily happen to your family that causes people to look away & hurry past that stranger calling for help. Even when the only cost to them is time it is often difficult to inspire those who have skills & knowledge to lend them in support of someone who has been left with nothing. I submit to you the emergency you speak of is here & now. Each day I become more aware that the only reality is: but for the Grace of God anyone at all, no matter their walk of life, current situation, level of faith, education or occupation could find themselves in need of a Good Samaritan. I praise the Lord daily for the hands to help, the ears to hear the call, & the faith to know I can make a difference.

    • hi Andre

      Thank you for the excellent commentary. You are one person who should really know the situation.

      Another thought I had, which may be my own struggle at times, is that people have a fear of poverty. They are afraid if they give away help or money, then they will not have enough for themselves.

      My mom grew up in the depression. I heard many stories about the hardships. I learned to think “cheap” all the time, because being frugal with money, and not wasting it, was crucial to survival. But there is a difference between being thrifty or frugal, and just cheap, or stingy. I find myself out of balance sometimes between these 2 tendencies because of that early influence.

      The baby boomers had parents who went through the depression. The tendency is to hold onto what you have for yourself, because you never know what will happen in the future. The view could be that those who waste their money end up in poverty. So if the thrifty, self sacrificing ones give to the poor, the poor will waste it like they did before. Then everyone will be in bad shape.

      There are also those who have never been in hard times. They have stereotypes they need to get over. I was at church a few weeks ago, when the pastor told everyone to bring rice and beans for the poor. They think poor people are supposed to eat rice and beans. Anything else? These same people go home and eat hamburgers, steaks, fresh vegetables and fruits, salads, ice cream, and FRESH bread (not stale). But the poor are supposed to eat rice and beans. That is because that is what all poor people eat. 😦

      I have also been shocked before when those at church are just uncaring. The “bums” CHOSE to be that way. So let them solve their own problems.

      Anyhow, I feel someday soon, the tables will be turned on those who are insensitive to the poor. Scripture promises much for those who have mercy on the needy, and that God will deliver them in time of trouble. I feel trouble is coming soon to this country. We are overdue.

      You and others at the RRM have my blessing and love. Keep up the good work.

    • Another thought that comes to mind is selfishness…”it’s mine, I ain’t sharing, and if you want it, go get it the same way I had to..” GOD blesses people in order for them to pass those blessings along. When we start thinking of self more than we think of doing what GOD would have us to do and minister to the needs of others, we have a problem.

      GOD BLESS YOU

  12. that old notion…better to give than to receive is kinda hard to obey..but in times of disasters..”giving”- just happens spontaneously…no questions asked..why is that?

    • hi doc,

      People feel more noble when they give during a disaster. They are also giving when others are giving too, so that makes them part of a noble group, a dramatic movement. They may get special attention for giving at this time.

      The real test of generosity, as Andre was saying, is the day to day giving. People need our help every day. We should not wait until there is a disaster.

      Also, there is a critical eye for the needy. They do not seem qualified for help unless it is so extreme, that it draws world wide attention. Then, since the need is recognized as “worthy,” the critical ones then decide it is ok to give.

  13. Hi Marianne, it’s me, esther again…
    Well, i tried to spread the seed to help others who need help. Because in Indonesia, many people need help. Especially when Indonesia got disasters, uhh here is a lot of disaster. I wanna ask you something, why my country always has disaster and it never end. What’s wrong with my country??

    • hi Esther,

      it is 3 reasons:

      1. the geographical location of Indonesia is in an earthquake zone, and vulnerable to any physical disturbances of the earth.

      2. as an island, it has less protection from typhoons. The winds lose energy as they travel over land, so there is not much land there to reduce the intensity of the storms. You are surrounded by water, which is sure to wash up onto the land during heavy winds.

      3. it is a Muslim country, and does not have the protection of God. however, this does not mean that the believers in Jesus have to be hurt as well. They can pray for protection, in the name of Jesus.

  14. My family and I have been on a trek from Egypt to Caanaan metaphoricaly but did it physically as well, just used other terrain, not the middle east. amazing how unloving, cold and empty the hearts of most church people can be. prompting people to DO something about needy people is a good sign…. you blog is a gem found whilst looking for info on siener van rensburg. we see his visions coming into life here in south africa.

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