Peter Horrobin

Founder & International Director of Ellel Ministries

October 10, 2016
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Devotional Message | Action Words

Daniel 11:32, NIV
“The people who do know their God will be strong and do exploits.”

There are three key phrases in our Scripture for today – ‘know their God’, ‘will be strong’ and ‘do exploits’. These are the action words which draw us into supernatural involvement with Father God. There is a divine logic about the sequence which teaches us a profound lesson about the protocol of God.

First we have to know Him – and that doesn’t just mean know who he is. It means to be in a close relationship with Him – to understand His heart, recognise His voice and be happy to walk in His ways. Unless we have come to that place in God we will not know what it is that God is calling us to be or to do.

But once we know Him like this, we know that what God calls us to do as we follow Him is what He will enable us to do also. So there is no need to fear or doubt. And when we have reached that place of confidence in Him, we will be strong – in fact so strong that nothing can stand in the way of His purposes being fulfilled.

And the result will be that we will do exploits – amazing things that only God could have prepared for us in advance, as Paul expressed it in his letter to the Philippians. I pray that as you seek to know Him better, you will get excited at the prospect of doing exploits for Him. Then one day you will look back at the journey you have been on and be amazed at what God has done.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You are still in the business of calling people like Daniel to be strong and do exploits for the Kingdom of God. Help me to keep my eyes always open to see what You are doing and my ears always alert to listen to what You are saying, so that I will know what it is that You want me to do next for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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October 1, 2016
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Devotional Message | Testing Times

John 4:1, NIV
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.”

Life is not always easy. Everything doesn’t always fall nicely into place and there are seasons in life when it seems as though God has withdrawn His presence. Times when we have been walking on with God in obedience and fellowship with Him when, suddenly, it seems as though the Lord has led us into a desert place – a place where God has desert-ed us!

It must have seemed like that for Jesus when, just after the most extraordinary and supernatural manifestation of the Father’s presence and power, following His baptism by John the Baptist, He suddenly found Himself being led into a spiritually hostile place by the same Spirit who took Him down into those baptismal waters.

It’s easy to love and obey God when you are in the middle of a wonderful spiritual season of blessing, when you are so aware of the Lord’s presence. But how do we cope when the circumstances around us are very different and even hostile? Do we still choose to walk in obedience to God because we love Him or do we turn to other things to comfort ourselves in tough times – be it some form of self-indulgence, wrong relationships or whatever?

In His wilderness experience the devil offered Jesus bread from stones, followers through spiritual performances and, ultimately, the world without sacrifice. Jesus persevered for forty days, faced with constant temptation – but at no time did He indulge himself. He consistently chose to obey His Father God, even though there was no obvious evidence of His presence. This was Jesus’ test – and He came through it without succumbing to the devil’s temptations. The wonderful evidence of Scripture is that Jesus came back from this wilderness experience in the power of the Spirit and began His work.

God sometimes tests our hearts also – how will we respond when it seems as though we are in a desert? Will we still love and obey the Lord – and come out the other side even stronger than before!

Prayer: Help me, Jesus, to learn from the way You faced a season of testing. Give me, I pray, the courage to keep on loving and obeying you, even when I’m going through tough times. Freshly empower me with Your Spirit so that I will always want to walk in Your footsteps and not step out of the Way You have set before me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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September 15, 2016
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Devotional Message | Trust – the Antidote to Fear

Psalm 56:3,4, NIV
“When I am afraid I will trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust, I will not be afraid.”

A new foot-bridge was recently opened in China – it spans a deep gorge and is hundreds of metres long. But it’s different from most bridges – its flooring is made of glass! There is a natural reticence to trust that a floor you can see through is safe to walk on. So, in an opening display designed to give people confidence that the foot-bridge was safe, they drove a car full of passengers across it. No need to be afraid, if it will take a car it will take you! The bridge is safe – you can trust it.

David, the psalmist, had learned in many situations that God could be trusted. If God could enable him to kill Goliath with a stone from his sling, then what reason did he have to be afraid of his enemies? God could surely be trusted in all situations. We can look at hundreds of stories in the Scriptures in which God has acted on behalf of his people and been with them in difficult or lonely situations. We can therefore say with confidence that this God, the God whom I love and serve, has demonstrated his faithfulness to others and, therefore, I CAN trust Him and will NOT be afraid.

I was once faced with a dreadful situation in which a man motivated by evil was threatening my life. I will never forget the miraculous way in which God protected me. I know I can trust Him to be my deliverer. I will never forget the miraculous way in which God provided the money with which we were able to purchase Ellel Grange back in 1986. I know I can trust Him to be my provider. And I cannot forget the hundreds, no thousands, of times when in ministry situations God has set captives free and healed the broken-hearted. I know that God hears and answers prayer.

So if, today, you are struggling with personal fears, then take courage from the many times in the Scriptures when God delivered His people. Think back to the times when God has been your personal, help, healer or deliverer. Instead of letting the enemy grip your heart with fear, allow the Lord to surround your heart with love and the assurance of His presence in and through the journey of life which you are now on. He is utterly faithful and totally trustworthy.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that there is no situation in our lives that you are unaware of. Whatever bridge you are asking us to cross, we know it is safe if You are with us. Help me, Lord, to overcome fear hand in hand with You, by walking forward in confidence that You are my deliverer, my provider and my healer. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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September 6, 2016
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Devotional Message | What Do These Stones Mean?

Joshua 4:5-7, NIV
“Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you in the future. When your children ask you, “What do these stones mean?”, tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”

When God does something special it needs to be recorded and remembered. For the testimony of what God has done in the past is a reminder to the generations yet to come of the reality of who God is and of His faithfulness to one generation after another. In recent weeks I have been re-reading the book “Charles E. Cowman – Missionary Warrior”. It is the extraordinary story of how one young man determined to trust God – and God alone – for his provision and supply when establishing missions in Japan in the very earliest years of the last century.

The book is written by his wife, Lettie Cowman, who faithfully recorded miracle after miracle that God did in response to their daily obedience to the vision they had been given. Every chapter is filled with ‘piles of memorial stones’ as she not only shares personal testimony to God’s provision but expresses herself with amazing gems of Christian truth that could only have been learned on the sharp end of trust and obedience to God.

As a result of all their experiences of God’s faithfulness, Mrs Cowman wrote “Streams in the Desert”, which for nearly a hundred years now has been one of the most loved, valued and blessed books of daily devotional readings. What she wrote was not just the clever words of a good writer, but the living expression of what had been burnt into her heart.

I will always be grateful for my own parents who regularly told us with enthusiasm and excitement of the things that God had done in their lives. As I grew up I had no reason to doubt the reality of who God is, because I was soaked in the living testimony of day to day Christian reality. Mum and Dad were regularly adding ‘stones’ to the pile of memories that would stand me in good stead throughout my life – and even today freshly impact and challenge my own faith and walk with the Lord.

So may I encourage you to write down the things that God has done in your life and regularly look at this ‘pile of precious stones’, reminding yourself of the goodness of God and His faithfulness – and don’t hesitate to tell the next generation what God has done.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for all the evidences of your faithfulness there have been in my life. Help me to take time to remember what You have done and let these things be an encouragement and a challenge to keep being faithful to You for the rest of my days. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

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August 15, 2016
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Devotional Message | Finding Peace with God

Isaiah 30:15, NIV
“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”

God’s desire is for each one of us to enjoy the inner peace and joy that comes from being at one with Him. And it is the deepest desire and need of man’s heart as well. Without this we are like goldfish trying to survive in a pool full of sharks! Or, as Peter puts it,

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August 1, 2016
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Devotional Message | Worthless Idols!

Jonah 2:8
“Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.”

An idol is anything that we are attached to, devoted to or addicted to that becomes a substitute for a true relationship with the living God. The story of Jonah is one that always captures our attention, but our Scripture for the day is one of the key verses in the whole of this short book.

The heart of the story is whether or not Jonah was willing to be obedient to God. He had been asked by God to go and preach to the evil people of Ninevah, but in his rebellion against the word of the Lord, Jonah set off in the other direction and boarded a ship to Tarshish. When a terrible storm threatened the safety of everyone on board, the crew threw Jonah, the man who was running away from God, overboard.

And in the belly of the fish that swallowed him, Jonah came to his senses and spoke out to God the profound words we are reading today, “those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” A worthless idol is anything which turns our heart from God and makes us run away from Him. Many are the circumstances that people can end up in as a result of disobedience and running away from what people know to be right and true. Even seemingly innocent things can be a deceptive idol if they rob us of the time which we should be spending in coming close to God.

I’m conscious as I write this Seed that there may be many people who are suddenly being convicted of the sin of idolatry – never having seen before how idolatry is not necessarily bowing down to a false image – but filling our thoughts, words and deeds, the sum total of which amounts to running away from the Lord.

The good news of the Jonah story is that in his precarious condition, he quickly repented. The result Was that God gave Jonah a second chance to do what God had asked him to do in the first place. God is a gracious God – He longs to give us a second chance, but sometimes He allows very difficult things to happen in our lives to get our attention, so that we may turn once again to Him.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You helped Jonah to see the truth of his situation and gave Him a second chance. Help me, Lord, to examine my own heart and see if there is anything that I have made an idol of, so that I may, through repentance and a change of heart, experience once again the grace of God. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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July 16, 2016
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Devotional Message | Sharing the Burdens of the Persecuted

Psalm 89:50-51, NIV
“Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked and how I bear in my heart the insults of all the many nations, with which your enemies mock, O Lord, with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed.”

This is a season in history unlike any that has gone before. And yet there are elements of today’s political and international scenes that are as old as man. Ever since the Fall, Satan has sought to undermine the work of God’s anointed – both His anointed One, the Messiah Jesus, and those who seek to follow in the Lord’s footsteps and serve Him.

The psalmist here recognises that the opposition they were experiencing was, ultimately, aimed at the God they served – a mocking spirit that had no respect for the living God. It is the same today, the fear of God has departed the nations and the enemy is mocking and opposing those who choose to respect the Word of God and live their lives accordingly.

Right now believers in Russia are suffering a new round of persecution and there are 53 other nations in which persecution of Christians is now a regular occurrence. Jesus warned the disciples that those who follow Him will experience the same things that He suffered.

And as believers, when we hear news of what is happening to our brethren overseas, we bear in our hearts the insults of all the many nations. We stand with them in bearing the insults together. And that also means we should never cease to pray for those who are persecuted for their faith, just as the psalmist is doing in today’s Scripture.

Prayer: Lord, we ask You to remember today all of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering the insults of the enemy through persecution. May they remain faithful under pressure, be encouraged and strengthened through the prayers of the saints around the world. In Jesus’s Name. Amen.

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June 30, 2016
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Devotional Message | The Journey Back

Psalm 79:8, NIV
“Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low.”

When people turn their back on God and walk away from His plan and purposes for their lives, there are consequences. Not because God is vindictive, but because He loves us so much that He wants us to be reminded of who He is and of how much He loves us. Sometimes, when people have deliberately and consistently run away from the place of God’s blessing, they have to come to a place of being ‘very low’ in order for them to come to their spiritual senses and realise what they have done.

In telling the story of the prodigal son, Jesus was using this very human story to teach profound spiritual principles. He was telling the people both what the consequences are of running away from God and then, in stark contrast to how the Pharisees would be thinking, how the Father scans the horizon to lavish love on the son who was lost – not to reward his homecoming with punishment. Being brought very low can sometimes be the essential first step in a long journey of return, forgiveness and eventual restoration to the place of sonship.

This is the heart of God – if we persist in being wilfully rebellious, He does not protect us from being brought very low, because He knows that unless someone is brought face to face with the reality of where they are and what they are doing, they will never turn their hearts once again back to their Father. Sometimes, unless we face how much we have fallen in time, we will eliminate ourselves from the blessings of fellowship with the Father in eternity.

Over the years I have spent thousands of hours with people who have been brought low and have faced the brick wall caused by their own behaviour – but what joy when they have realised that this is the place where they have really met with the heart and character of a loving God, often for the first time. The Father has enveloped them in his loving arms and laid out a feast of love to celebrate their return.

It’s hard, sometimes, to watch people on a path that will inevitably lead to them being brought low. It can be easy to think that this is always the enemy’s doing, and no doubt he rejoices when people hit rock bottom. But man’s desperation is God’s opportunity and whenever that happens we need to be there to help people rediscover how much Father God loves them – that is the heart of healing. No-one is beyond the love and the mercy of God.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that even when people are brought very low, Your love for them never fails. And that You are always scanning the horizon looking for the moment when people turn again to You. Help us, Lord, always to be agents of Your love and mercy to show them Your heart in their time of need. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

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June 24, 2016
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God Has Acted

In my recent Blog about the European referendum, I set out the spiritual reasons why I believed that the UK should leave the European Union. As I write these words on the morning of the 24th June, the nation, the European Union and, indeed, the markets of all the world’s major economies are in utter turmoil!

Contrary to everyone’s expectations, the unthinkable has happened. By a very significant majority the United Kingdom has voted to leave the EU and the Prime Minister, David Cameron, has offered his resignation. It is a totally extraordinary result, way outside the parameters of anyone’s expectations. The Remain camp, which ended the day yesterday confident of victory, is this morning in disarray, completely at a loss to explain what has happened. The victory is reminiscent of some of the victories of David when the Lord acted on his behalf to overcome the Philistines.

Yesterday morning, I settled down to a time of personal prayer for the nation.  My reading for the day happened to be Psalm 75 in which the psalmist declares in verse 7 that “it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another.”

Then this morning the daily Seeds of the Kingdom devotional from Ellel Ministries, written by one of our team serving in Europe, happened to be based on the Scripture from Exodus 2:25, which says “He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.” (NLT).  As I read those words they came to me as a strong confirmation that not only was the referendum result extraordinary, but it was indeed a massive answer to prayer. God has acted to set the UK free from the external spiritual control of the European Union. God has not forgotten our history and He has given this nation another opportunity to recover its spiritual destiny.

This is a time to renew our commitment as believers to be intercessors for the nations – both for the UK and for all the other nations of the European Union. From a place of freedom, I believe we will be much better positioned to stand alongside our brothers and sisters in Europe, serving one another in the Body of Christ. Ellel Ministries has centres and operations throughout the whole of Europe and we are trusting that just as God has answered the prayers of His people for the UK, that He will also answer the prayers of believers right across the continent.

I ended my pre-referendum blog with these words:

“On the 23rd of June I will be voting to leave the EU – but I’m already praying for those hidden ‘Jehoshaphats’, ‘Daniels’ and ‘Josephs’ to come to the fore of public life, and start steering our nation back to the godly roots from which it has currently wandered so far.”

This must now be the urgent prayer agenda of God’s people.

June 18, 2016
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The God-Life

Jim Graham has been one of my closest and most precious friends for almost twenty-five years. He has taught at different Ellel Centres and Conferences on many occasions and His fatherly input, encouragement, correction and direction have always been immensely valued.

I knew Jim wasn’t well at the beginning of 2016 as he had cancelled some teaching appointments, because of what he thought must be flu. But on the 19th March 2016 I received an email from him, containing the detailed diagnosis of his condition by his medical consultants.  In this he said: “In reality, Peter, it looks like I am heading to the finishing line. I am content and completely free of anxiety. Please pray that I will finish well! Looks like, too, Peter that my teaching days are over.” My eyes filled with tears as I dwelt on those many years of rich fellowship and the prospect of Jim no longer being part of God’s family on earth.

I will never forget the few hours we were privileged to spend together on the 6th April, mainly talking about the Lord, but it wasn’t until the 25th April that I heard of the existence of Jim’s personal ‘translations’ of Paul’s Epistles. I wrote to him immediately, urging him to consider allowing them to be published. Very graciously, he arranged for a copy of all the letters he had completed to be sent to me, together with a Preface he had just written.

Three times, as a publisher, prior to Ellel Ministries, I was fortunate enough to discover and publish significant books and see them become best-sellers. Moments like those are never forgotten. But when I started to read what Jim had sent, I realized I was holding in my hand something far more precious and valuable than anything I had ever discovered in the secular world. This was a ‘publishing moment’ to exceed all others.

For, as I read the text of The God-Life, I realized I was standing on holy ground! From time to time I had heard Jim illustrate his teaching with profoundly impacting readings, but I had no idea that they were extracts from his personalized translations of most of Paul’s Epistles. In his email Jim had said “my teaching days are over”. But what I was reading was so profound that I sensed the very opposite would be the case – Jim’s wider teaching ministry to the whole Body of Christ was only just beginning!

When Jim wrote these personalized translations of Paul’s letters he was doing it in obedience to a personal Word from the Lord, but largely, as he thought, for his own benefit. But now the whole Church, until Jesus comes again, can benefit from Jim Graham’s profound, Holy Spirit inspired, understanding of Paul’s amazing letters.

The God-Life is an absolute gem which deserves to hold a special place alongside the very best of all the modern paraphrases of Scripture. It will be an inspirational blessing to countless other people, as they journey through life to their own finishing line.  It is totally brilliant.

Before publication I sent a copy of the manuscript to various key leaders – and discovered that their response was just like mine:

“this brilliant paraphrase”  George Verwer.  “Nothing short of a spiritual treasure” George Otis Jr.   “A remarkable book” Jill Southern-Jones.  “The God-life is a God-send” Stuart McAlpine. “Brings the Scripture to life” Alistair Petrie!  “This superb interpretation” David Pawson.

And a student proof reader said, “This book absolutely blew my mind! It is so powerful. I can’t wait to buy it and make sure everyone I know reads it.”

Having now got the finished book in my own hands, I can tell you that it’s already become a rich devotional blessing in my own walk with the Lord. If you would like to join me in being blessed by Jim Graham’s ‘legacy’ to the Body of Christ, you can order a copy right away by clicking on this link: