Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Oil In my Lamp

I remember singing a song  from years ago when I went to Sunday school. It was a fun upbeat song. Did I ever think about the words which I was singing? Did I know that they are scriptural? No, not until now. This morning, I was reading  the gospel of Matthew as a continuation in my bible devotions. "The Parable of the Ten Virgins " As I read the parable, that song of old, popped back into my head. After all these years, I had to look up the words again. Here they are below.

Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning
Give me oil in my lamp, I pray
Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning
Keep me burning 'til the break of day
(Chorus)
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna
Sing hosanna to the King of Kings
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna
Sing hosanna to the King of Kings
Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising
Give me joy in my heart, I pray
Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising
Keep me praising 'til the break of day
Chorus
Give me peace in my heart, keep me resting
Give me peace in my heart, I pray
Give me peace in my heart, keep me resting
Keep me resting 'til the break of day
Chorus
Give me love in my heart, keep me serving
Give me love in my heart, I pray
Give me love in my heart, keep me serving
Keep me serving 'til the break of day

There are at least five very important messages in this song which could help us keep that oil in the lamp burning. Here is what I came up with:

1. The first message; is praying to God for Him to keep your lamp burning. The Holy Spirit fills your lamp. By praying, we are communicating with God. We need a relationship with God the Father which can only be found through the Son Christ Jesus. The song asks Jesus, to keep us burning until the break of day. (Until He returns) The message is taken from this parable which Jesus spoke of in Matthew 25. They are words written in red to stand out with great importance because Jesus is giving us a very important message through His words. (Jesus speaks of ten virgins. Five were wise and five were foolish. The wise took jars of oil with them. The foolish ran their lamps dry because they thought they had all the time in to world to run around, while wasting their oil away. The delay in the bridegroom coming made them think that the bridegroom (Jesus) would not return yet. When He returned, the five foolish ones were desperately trying to scrounge around and borrow oil so they could then fill their lamps. Sadly, it was too late. The Bridegroom took the wise virgins with him to the wedding banquet (to the new Kingdom with the Lord) because their lamps were full of oil The foolish ones were denied entrance, even though they pleaded to be let in. Jesus finishes the parable by saying "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour."

On a side note, there is another song from my childhood I remembered. That song was inspired from Psalm 120:105 "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." That song is another prayer. The bible says John 8:12 "Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life." When we receive him as Saviour, He becomes that light in us. We are to be His light in the darkness.

2. The second message in the song is praying for the joy of the Lord. The bible says that the Joy of the Lord is our strength.

3. The third message in the song is praying for peace. The peace that passes all understanding.

4.  The forth message in the song is praying, for love in my heart to keep on serving the Lord)

5. The fifth message in the song is praising God (Hosanna) in the highest (giving God that place reserved for only Him the King of Kings (Christ Jesus).

When I meditated on this parable, again, I had to ask myself, "Am I like the foolish virgin or am I being like the wise virgin? Is my lamp full of oil and do I have my jars overflowing?

1. Do I pray to God everyday and have a relationship with Christ? (A relationship much like the kind you would have with your bridegroom to be?

2.  Do I have the joy of the Lord, His strength? or Do I go about my daily business doing what I want to do, in my own weakness?

3.  Do I have the peace of God? or do I go around burdened by the cares of this world rather than rejoicing in all that the Lord has given and offers to me? Do I fill my lamp with worldly treasures: (things like money or the pursuit of it, worldly pleasures like drugs, alcohol, worldly possessions, fame, fortune) rather than fill my lamp with the oil of joy, oil of peace, oil of love and service?

4.  Do I live for Christ, by seeking to know Him, serve Him, follow Him and live a life for Him? or Do I live for myself? Choosing (disobedience, deception, dishonest gain, delusion, denial, doubt) which all lead to death and deplete the oil from lamp?

God through His Grace, compassion, His mercy and His love, gave each one of us a lamp. God has given us plenty of oil. Because He loves us, He desires to fill our lamps to over flowing. He can't do that unless we lift up our lamps to Him and ask Him to pour in. We must be wise and knowledgeable in the way we use our gifts and talents. Are we serving God or serving ourselves (our own selfish ambitions?)

Perhaps this simple little song is a good start?

Oh Lord, Jesus,
Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning
Give me oil in my lamp, I pray
Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning
Keep me burning 'til the break of day

Jesus said,
"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour."

Are you ready for the wedding banquet? Have you prepared yourself? If you would like to read Matthew Chapter 25 click the link to bible gateway just below.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2025:1-13&version=AMP

Friday, November 2, 2012

Matthew Chapter 24

I was at a women's retreat on the weekend. I heard a message given from the pulpit. The speaker moves in the gifts of the prophetic. She gave a message for these current times. It was a serious message.

We look all around us and we can see the signs of the end of the age. Whether it is scientific calculations, astronomers, Nostradamus followers or following the Myan calendar - people are watching and expecting something to happen to our planet. I follow the bible , I believe that "God" the Creator of the Universe, created everything and inspired the writings of the bible.  Old testament prophets, spoke of the day of the Lord, hundreds of years before the prophesied Messiah (Christ Jesus)  even came. It was prophesied that the Messiah would come and offer salvation and redemption from death. It is all documented in the Holy Bible. We have seen many of the prophesies come to pass. There is definitely more prophecies to be fulfilled. These are spoken of by the prophets Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and through the visions of John spoken of in the book of revelation. The signs are written out throughout the bible.

If you don't know what they are, Jesus himself spoke of some of these signs, found in the gospel of Matthew Chapter 24.

The speaker at the retreat got my attention. It was a wake-up call, again. Sometimes we need to be awakened. I don't want to come across as a doomsday fanatic, but I do want to be alert to what the bible teaches about the coming of the Lord (the day of the Lord). I want to be ready when the Messiah (Christ Jesus returns) That is why I'm writing this blog. If I believe the bible and say I believe in Jesus and do not share about Him and His second coming, I would be living in disobedience, by not fulfilling the great commission.

Matthew 24:14
Amplified Bible (AMP)
14 And this good news of the kingdom (the Gospel) will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then will come the end.) 
I believe, I have a responsibility to tell others. If a house was on fire, would I stand there and watch it burn, if I knew someone was inside? I think at the very least, I would call the fire department or dial 911. Well, I'm dialing 911 right now.  I can only present the biblical truth to others and give an opportunity to receive knowledge to biblical teaching. Whether you are interested or not, is the choice of each individual person.
For me, there is proof in the pudding. We have seen it. It has been written for centuries. Read Matthew chapter 24 to get started. Please don't stop there. Look around at the world news and consider the validity of the word of God.
Consider that the time of the Lord may be near. Hypothetically speaking, if there is a fifty percent chance that the bible is what it is claimed to be, by Christians, all over the world, is it worth investigating? If given a choice, would you gamble your eternal destiny on the other fifty percent? I'm 100% sure I would not play the odds against God.

Matthew Chapter 24 - tells of the end of the age, a time when Christ will return. There are many things Jesus tells His disciples will happen. Over this last century, we have seen many of these signs. Even today, if we turn on the news casts, we see an increase of activity. Lawlessness, hearts of believers growing cold, (people turning from the bible and toward modern beliefs) wars, rumours of wars, (war has become a national event in the last two centuries) the gospel will be preached in all the world (Internet, modern transportation) has made this possible. false prophets, teaching UN-biblical doctrines. Jesus warns us to be alert. We must know the bible so that we will not be deceived. Read further in Matthew 24. If you do not have a bible, a great bible reference is Bible gateway.com. See links belows.

Reference: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2024&version=AMP;CEB

For more bible study, here is a great link.

http://www.thestreamtv1.com/PUT/bdtv_academy_002.htm



  


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Homeless man died alone under a staircase


I was reading the Toronto Star newspaper. The headline caught my attention “Mourners remember Bill Buss – "Homeless man died alone under a staircase, but gets dignified final farewell" 
To quote the Director of Operation at the Good Neighbour’s Club regarding Bill Buss - a man many never even knew. It was said, “I can’t remember a single time when he needed anything.” It was said in the Toronto Star that Bill died curled up under a staircase on Parliament Street. He was dead three weeks before anyone found his decomposed remains.” 
The article caught my attention because I just finished publishing a series of books about four young people who lived on the Street. A different location yes. Roseway the Road that Never Ends is a fiction story. Bill Buss lived the real deal. 
I found the Star article relatable. Here the Toronto Star newspaper wrote a true story of a seventy one year old man who caught the attention of at least two dozen people who attended his funeral. One person had a nice word to say. The rest of them probably knew him from the food shelter. For many, we know nothing about him. Like so many homeless people, Bill lived an existence the average passer-bye would simply ignore. He was part of what many expect to see in the city. Homeless people, unknown to us, not relevant. They are just part of the scenery in downtown Toronto or other big cities like Vancouver or Prince George. Sounds harsh doesn't it? 
I remember visiting Toronto one wintery day. We stayed in a nice expensive hotel for the night and paid a horrendous amount of money to make ourselves feel special for a day. The next morning we walked through the slush and snow along sidewalks filled with pedestrians. We walked right over a homeless young man who was curled up in his sleeping bag over top of the underground air vent. He was trying to find warmth. He was literally lying in slush and people were walking over him to get to their destination. Some people didn't even look. They walked by him like he was part of the pavement as if it was nothing out of the usual.  My heart went out to him. I noticed him.  I could not believe my eyes. I live in the suburbs and don’t often see people lying on the ground in sleeping bags, in slush, in the middle of winter. I could not help but think of my own son who was probably the same age as that homeless young man.
Homeless people like Bill Buss live their lives unrecognized, ignored, and left out in the cold, hungry and not knowing where their next meal comes from. Bill Buss had a history, a mother and father and somewhere out there a family. He was originally from Manitoba. Who knows what happened in his life to bring him to the big TO or why he ended up homeless. I suppose it could happen to any of us. Bill Buss may not have had anyone notice him while he was alive. His death has brought some awareness. Toronto Star reporter wrote, "Good Neighbours' Club, a drop-in centre near Moss Park, told the small gathering "Sadly, we weren't able to help him when he needed us. Buss's legacy, is that we improve how we deal with our clients on the streets."
In general terms: Isn't this often the way we respond? Should have, could have, would have done . . . Why does it often take the death of someone to make positive changes or turn the lights on? A wake up call?

Monday, July 9, 2012

After the Parade


What happens after the parade? Book Launch is over. Five years have been spent writing, editing, rewriting, and more editing. Hopefully and prayerfully, I have put out a product that will do what it was meant to do. That is, to do more than entertain the avid reader. It was meant to direct the reader to think about the characters within the books in relation to their own lives and the struggles which they may be going through or went through. Is there a positive message within the books which will give one person a little hope to continue in their faith or maybe make a life change, freeing themselves from the things that bind? If the answer is yes, then I have accomplished what I set out to do. I have no aspirations of saving the world through these books; The Saviour Christ Jesus is the only one who can do that. I did want to implement a biblical message within my books because I truly believe that the bible is the inspired word of God. When we try to follow the biblical teachings, I honestly believe we can live better lives. I'm not going to give a sermon on that today.  

Writing these books called me to walk a fine line. The topics within my books are about emotional and painful issues of which many people can relate. Much healing is needed to overcome such experiences as the topics intertwined throughout my books, whether they are bad experiences from our past or in the present. I cannot apologize for attempting to write in a descriptive manner as to paint a realistic picture in a fiction story. These are adult topics for the young adult and older. They are not Mary Poppin books. Each book in The Narrow Road Series is meant to help the reader experience some healing which may pertain to any individual need. They are meant for the young twenty year old who is sitting in a one room rental, smoking crack and addicted to drugs, deceived into thinking that this is the only lifestyle they can ever have. The Narrow Road Series of books are for women who have been emotionally and physically abused or even raped. They are for those who are coping with infidelity within their relationships. Real topics for real people.  

Some people may even be offended by some of my descriptive phrases which I have woven into the storyline as to bring the reader to the same place as the characters. It is easy to be offended when we allow our imaginations to interpret more than is written. One person may look at someone swimming naked and see it as sinful. Another, may look at it and see it as pure, natural or innocent. It all depends on the mindset of the person reading the story.

I like to think of these books being like a small branch extended to the youth of today. Danger, deception and difficulties are pulling us in many different directions. In our modern day society, biblical values are being slowly chipped away. My books are subtle reminders to hold onto these values because they give wise guidance.

Do you need to find freedom from an addiction? Do you find it difficult to accept who you are, what you have done in the past and move forward? Are you holding onto unforgiveness toward someone who has hurt you deeply? Do you feel like you have a cancerous tumour sitting in the pit of your stomach ready to explode? Perhaps you feel little self-worth, not relevant to this world or to anyone? If only for a second, you had to think about the answers to my questions, then you will relate to the topics and the characters within The Narrow Road Series. There is a God message within each book waiting for someone. Maybe that message is for you?

Check out the Narrow Road Series:

Roseway the Road that Never Ends
Ripley the Road to Acceptance
Jenn the Road of Sacrifice

Coming Soon! Joseph the Mountain Road


Now after the parade, I'm sure; I will listen to the reviews, good or bad and I will learn from the experience of writing these three fiction books. If one life is changed for the better by the story lines within these books, then I will have reached my goal.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Gravel Road

Funny, I just launched three fiction books in The Narrow Road Series and only yesterday, I found myself driving along a freshly gravelled road, sitting on my 1984 Yamaha motorcycle. The bike is as old as my son Kyle. I originally bought the bike to help out a friend. My husband Danny is known to have been an extreme bike-rider in his day, having survived seventeen motorcycle accidents. The thought makes me cringe.

Danny took the old bike apart piece by piece and then proceeded to put it back together again making it as good as new. After all his hard work, I had no choice but to join the Rider Training Institute Course and get my licence. I turned fifty and passed the test. Did I have a moment of insanity? After my little dirt road experience yesterday, I am questioning myself while sitting here feeling more like a seventy year old who was hit by a truck. What I really hit and slid along, was every stone on that little country road. Lesson learned, don't hit the brakes on a gravel road. Out went the bike from under me and quickly I found the skin ripping from my flesh until the bike came to a stop. My question, who put that truck on the railroad track at that exact moment when I was approaching? The timing couldn't have been more perfect. As I approached the railway track, there no warning or flashing lights, just this truck on railway wheels that suddenly appeared, crossing the track in front of me. It was either go splat like a bug on a windshield and hit the truck or hit the dirt road. So I did the slide into third base. Not exactly planned, but more my instinctual reaction of survival.

Danny stopped his bike and walked back to my rescue and picked up my broken bike while I spit the dirt out of my mouth and picked the little stones from my flesh. I had to get back on the broken motorcycle and drive it the rest of the way home. Thank the Lord that I could do that. However, today my aching body is feeling the side affects. What is the lesson in it? Sometimes in life, we have to pick ourselves up and get back on that bike or simply put, sometimes we have to get back up.
In life we get many surprises as we travel the roads of life. I guess it is part of the learning experience. I'm still thinking that there must be a less painful way of learning these life lessons.

Monday, April 30, 2012

New Series of Books released for Author - Rebecca Robinson

Saturday April 28th was the successful Launch of my new series of books. The Narrow Road Series.
I'll continue my inspirational writings soon. Keep connected. If you want information about the Book Launch see my domain.

I'll have more updates soon. http://rebecca-robinson.org

Friday, February 3, 2012

Division

Are there divisions among you?
Rebecca's thoughts about division in the church - Emphasis is “Christ’s Church”.

We all have different likes and dislikes. Some like quiet, slow music and others may enjoy fast, loud music which beats to a different drum. There are churches who are made fun of because they are very charismatic (show their excitement, vocal, emotional, speak in tongues) Then there are other churches known to be conservative. Worship is quiet, reverent and somewhat reserved. Some churches are active and feel strongly to activate their faith by the laying on of hands in prayer, by casting out demons and healing the sick in Jesus name. Other churches are more passive in their requests and lean toward a teaching, that these signs and wonders were only for certain apostles or the day of Pentacost. There are many different interpretations taught in our churches.  
In our modern day society we have different variations of churches and belief. Many seek to know God and have a relationship with the Father God through His Son (Christ Jesus, Saviour) and they eventually find what type of church fits their belief.
The other night I sat at a table of Christians, enjoying a nice community dinner. I was not from that church. I was listening in as they were having a conversation regarding the churches in my home town. In this conversation one man made the statement that there was really only one active church in that town. I happen to know that there are at least four evangelical churches in that location. I attend one of the apparent churches he claimed was not active. My radar immediately tuned in and I found myself feeling defensive to say the least. I asked him, how he came to that conclusion? Had he even attended any of these churches? He said, he had attended them all. His words felt like an attack. I myself have been in his shoes. I once made a similar statement. Years later, I found myself repenting for the judgement I made against that church or pastor. It is easy to make judgments - foolish ones I might add.
On occasion, I have gone to other denominational churches as to experience a variety of worship. At times, I have heard statements made from the pulpit and from those in speaking positions who have elevated their church by saying that their church is on a spiritually higher plain than other churches. They believe that their church has the flowing of the Holy Spirit and other churches don't. Yes, I heard these teaching again and again.  
Through experience, I have witnessed the division of some great churches who were serving God and doing amazing things to expand God's Kingdom here on earth.  People from one congregation went to a different church and experienced the Holy Spirit move in a different way from that which they experienced within their own home church. The experience changed some of these people. When they went back to their home church they desired to take that change with them because they believed it was a God change. They wanted to change their home church to be like the other church they had attended. However, because of the variations in perspective and teachings, along came the conflicting views. Some liked the church just the way it was and did not agree with changes. That caused division. The church split in two. The part of the body who did not want change, were the ones to leave that church.  The congregation who believed they were following the Holy Spirit, stayed and continued in Christ's service.
Yet, God’s body of believers should have the same HOLY SPIRIT teaching them. (My comment)
Often, congregational members try to change the church and that is where divisions begin (in-fighting within God’s church). Change should only take place by the leading of the Holy Spirit at work within those in authority. The Holy Spirit must be allowed to enter, move and lead Christ’s Church. When this happens many old traditions and beliefs may be thrown out the door or they may not. It is much like a sweeping of the house. It is crucial that decisions be bathed in prayer, especially when voting in those who will work in pastoral and elder positions. Know the people you are voting in. It is often those who are placed in authority within the churches, who influence what is being taught or allowed in the church. We must pray for all our churches  and for the body of Christ to be in Unity.
Sometimes, our eyes are on everything except the one who came to save, teach, and lead us (Jesus). I love that song: “It’s all about you”. The words penned convict us, or at least it should. It’s all about you… Jesus. All this is for you, for your mercy and your grace. It’s not about me, as if you should do things my way. You alone are God and I surrender to your ways.  I’m coming back to the heart of worship. It’s all about you. It’s all about you… Jesus.
1 Corinthians 1:10
Amplified Bible (AMP)
10But I urge and entreat you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in perfect harmony and full agreement in what you say, and that there be no dissensions or factions or divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions and judgments.

 This is a very clear and precise statement. There is no gray area. It is black on white. Experience says that there is not always 100% agreement between any two people. We are all at different stages in our Christian walk. We all must agree on the foundational truth of who Christ Jesus is in our lives and in our churches. Paul is urging us to find that level ground where we agree with one another. Think about what we say, when we say it, and the way we speak to others in the church. If we know that our brother or sister believes something different, then we should seek to find the biblical truth and find agreement in the truth of common understanding. Find the common ground. It is there in scripture.  Scripture does have an answer for everything. Teach biblical truth with love, unity and without judgment and allow them the freedom to consider it. We may disagree on something and for whatever reason we may have a different opinion. It is for the Holy Spirit to teach us, in His way and in His time. I believe we are not to judge others because they may have a different spiritual spin on it. In Christ’s church we must learn to function like one body, like an army working toward the same goal and purpose as Christ. We all have a different function and a calling to serve Christ. There are many ways of doing this. We must not fight with each other. Would your arm pull off a leg because it wanted to go in a different direction than the arm is pointing? Simply, that would not happen. Nor should the body of Christ rip each other apart. God may be telling the leg to do it's job and the arm has a totally different function and purpose. In the end, it is God's purpose and calling. We must individually find out what that is and be obedient to God and His leading. It is up to each individual person to work out his or her salvation as to deepen that relationship with the one who saves.

1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.