Peter Horrobin

International Director of Ellel Ministries

March 31, 2012
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Testing the Heart!

Proverbs 17:3, NIV
“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart”

Many years ago I watched as gold was being refined in an electric furnace. As the ore began to melt, the slag floated to the surface. Then the whole furnace was tipped forward so that the slag could be poured off. But then the furnace temperature was increased, and more slag was separated from the gold – again, and again. At each pouring the remaining gold became more and more pure. Finally the refiner judged that the gold was ready and the liquid metal was poured into brick-shaped moulds.

I was very impacted by the fact that at each stage of the refining process the temperature was increased so as to achieve a greater level of purity and I have never forgotten this very graphic lesson – for greater purity, the temperature must go up!

We sometimes sing a very popular worship song, “Refiner’s fire” which encouragers the worshippers to ask the Lord to “Purify my heart, let me be as gold, pure gold”. I sometimes wonder if people really understood how gold is refined whether they would sing this beautiful song so enthusiastically! To purify the gold the temperature must be turned up. So, here’s the big question – are we sufficiently in love with the Lord that we can gladly ask Him to turn up the temperature, so our hearts can become more refined!

It’s so easy when facing tough times to cry out to God for a way of escape on an easier road. None of us like going through such experiences, but is it possible that the road God has put us on is the very road God has chosen for us, as part of our refining process? If so we could even find ourselves praying against what the Lord has planned for our best! Perhaps it would be best to pray as the Lord taught us “Deliver us from evil”, for we certainly need deliverance from anything that the enemy uses to oppose us. And then we should pray for the Lord to be with us on the journey, covering and protecting us through the tough times and inviting Him to use whatever circumstances we are passing through to cleanse and purify our hearts so that we will come forth as ‘pure gold’.

Prayer: Lord, I choose to ask you to use whatever circumstances I am passing through to cleanse and purify my heart. I want to be wholly available for You. Help me to learn to trust you through all the situations I have to face today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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March 31, 2012
by Seeds of the Kingdom
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Testing the Heart!

Proverbs 17:3, NIV
“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart”

Many years ago I watched as gold was being refined in an electric furnace. As the ore began to melt, the slag floated to the surface. Then the whole furnace was tipped forward so that the slag could be poured off. But then the furnace temperature was increased, and more slag was separated from the gold – again, and again. At each pouring the remaining gold became more and more pure. Finally the refiner judged that the gold was ready and the liquid metal was poured into brick-shaped moulds.

I was very impacted by the fact that at each stage of the refining process the temperature was increased so as to achieve a greater level of purity and I have never forgotten this very graphic lesson – for greater purity, the temperature must go up!

We sometimes sing a very popular worship song, “Refiner’s fire” which encouragers the worshippers to ask the Lord to “Purify my heart, let me be as gold, pure gold”. I sometimes wonder if people really understood how gold is refined whether they would sing this beautiful song so enthusiastically! To purify the gold the temperature must be turned up. So, here’s the big question – are we sufficiently in love with the Lord that we can gladly ask Him to turn up the temperature, so our hearts can become more refined!

It’s so easy when facing tough times to cry out to God for a way of escape on an easier road. None of us like going through such experiences, but is it possible that the road God has put us on is the very road God has chosen for us, as part of our refining process? If so we could even find ourselves praying against what the Lord has planned for our best! Perhaps it would be best to pray as the Lord taught us “Deliver us from evil”, for we certainly need deliverance from anything that the enemy uses to oppose us. And then we should pray for the Lord to be with us on the journey, covering and protecting us through the tough times and inviting Him to use whatever circumstances we are passing through to cleanse and purify our hearts so that we will come forth as ‘pure gold’.

Prayer: Lord, I choose to ask you to use whatever circumstances I am passing through to cleanse and purify my heart. I want to be wholly available for You. Help me to learn to trust you through all the situations I have to face today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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March 31, 2012
by Seeds of the Kingdom
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Testing the Heart!

Proverbs 17:3, NIV
“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart”

Many years ago I watched as gold was being refined in an electric furnace. As the ore began to melt, the slag floated to the surface. Then the whole furnace was tipped forward so that the slag could be poured off. But then the furnace temperature was increased, and more slag was separated from the gold – again, and again. At each pouring the remaining gold became more and more pure. Finally the refiner judged that the gold was ready and the liquid metal was poured into brick-shaped moulds.

I was very impacted by the fact that at each stage of the refining process the temperature was increased so as to achieve a greater level of purity and I have never forgotten this very graphic lesson – for greater purity, the temperature must go up!

We sometimes sing a very popular worship song, “Refiner’s fire” which encouragers the worshippers to ask the Lord to “Purify my heart, let me be as gold, pure gold”. I sometimes wonder if people really understood how gold is refined whether they would sing this beautiful song so enthusiastically! To purify the gold the temperature must be turned up. So, here’s the big question – are we sufficiently in love with the Lord that we can gladly ask Him to turn up the temperature, so our hearts can become more refined!

It’s so easy when facing tough times to cry out to God for a way of escape on an easier road. None of us like going through such experiences, but is it possible that the road God has put us on is the very road God has chosen for us, as part of our refining process? If so we could even find ourselves praying against what the Lord has planned for our best! Perhaps it would be best to pray as the Lord taught us “Deliver us from evil”, for we certainly need deliverance from anything that the enemy uses to oppose us. And then we should pray for the Lord to be with us on the journey, covering and protecting us through the tough times and inviting Him to use whatever circumstances we are passing through to cleanse and purify our hearts so that we will come forth as ‘pure gold’.

Prayer: Lord, I choose to ask you to use whatever circumstances I am passing through to cleanse and purify my heart. I want to be wholly available for You. Help me to learn to trust you through all the situations I have to face today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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March 31, 2012
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Testing the Heart!

Proverbs 17:3, NIV
“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart”

Many years ago I watched as gold was being refined in an electric furnace. As the ore began to melt, the slag floated to the surface. Then the whole furnace was tipped forward so that the slag could be poured off. But then the furnace temperature was increased, and more slag was separated from the gold – again, and again. At each pouring the remaining gold became more and more pure. Finally the refiner judged that the gold was ready and the liquid metal was poured into brick-shaped moulds.

I was very impacted by the fact that at each stage of the refining process the temperature was increased so as to achieve a greater level of purity and I have never forgotten this very graphic lesson – for greater purity, the temperature must go up!

We sometimes sing a very popular worship song, “Refiner’s fire” which encouragers the worshippers to ask the Lord to “Purify my heart, let me be as gold, pure gold”. I sometimes wonder if people really understood how gold is refined whether they would sing this beautiful song so enthusiastically! To purify the gold the temperature must be turned up. So, here’s the big question – are we sufficiently in love with the Lord that we can gladly ask Him to turn up the temperature, so our hearts can become more refined!

It’s so easy when facing tough times to cry out to God for a way of escape on an easier road. None of us like going through such experiences, but is it possible that the road God has put us on is the very road God has chosen for us, as part of our refining process? If so we could even find ourselves praying against what the Lord has planned for our best! Perhaps it would be best to pray as the Lord taught us “Deliver us from evil”, for we certainly need deliverance from anything that the enemy uses to oppose us. And then we should pray for the Lord to be with us on the journey, covering and protecting us through the tough times and inviting Him to use whatever circumstances we are passing through to cleanse and purify our hearts so that we will come forth as ‘pure gold’.

Prayer: Lord, I choose to ask you to use whatever circumstances I am passing through to cleanse and purify my heart. I want to be wholly available for You. Help me to learn to trust you through all the situations I have to face today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Click here for Conference teaching from “God of the Breakthrough” now available online

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March 31, 2012
by Seeds of the Kingdom
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Testing the Heart!

Proverbs 17:3, NIV
“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart”

Many years ago I watched as gold was being refined in an electric furnace. As the ore began to melt, the slag floated to the surface. Then the whole furnace was tipped forward so that the slag could be poured off. But then the furnace temperature was increased, and more slag was separated from the gold – again, and again. At each pouring the remaining gold became more and more pure. Finally the refiner judged that the gold was ready and the liquid metal was poured into brick-shaped moulds.

I was very impacted by the fact that at each stage of the refining process the temperature was increased so as to achieve a greater level of purity and I have never forgotten this very graphic lesson – for greater purity, the temperature must go up!

We sometimes sing a very popular worship song, “Refiner’s fire” which encouragers the worshippers to ask the Lord to “Purify my heart, let me be as gold, pure gold”. I sometimes wonder if people really understood how gold is refined whether they would sing this beautiful song so enthusiastically! To purify the gold the temperature must be turned up. So, here’s the big question – are we sufficiently in love with the Lord that we can gladly ask Him to turn up the temperature, so our hearts can become more refined!

It’s so easy when facing tough times to cry out to God for a way of escape on an easier road. None of us like going through such experiences, but is it possible that the road God has put us on is the very road God has chosen for us, as part of our refining process? If so we could even find ourselves praying against what the Lord has planned for our best! Perhaps it would be best to pray as the Lord taught us “Deliver us from evil”, for we certainly need deliverance from anything that the enemy uses to oppose us. And then we should pray for the Lord to be with us on the journey, covering and protecting us through the tough times and inviting Him to use whatever circumstances we are passing through to cleanse and purify our hearts so that we will come forth as ‘pure gold’.

Prayer: Lord, I choose to ask you to use whatever circumstances I am passing through to cleanse and purify my heart. I want to be wholly available for You. Help me to learn to trust you through all the situations I have to face today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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March 31, 2012
by Seeds of the Kingdom
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Testing the Heart!

Proverbs 17:3, NIV
“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart”

Many years ago I watched as gold was being refined in an electric furnace. As the ore began to melt, the slag floated to the surface. Then the whole furnace was tipped forward so that the slag could be poured off. But then the furnace temperature was increased, and more slag was separated from the gold – again, and again. At each pouring the remaining gold became more and more pure. Finally the refiner judged that the gold was ready and the liquid metal was poured into brick-shaped moulds.

I was very impacted by the fact that at each stage of the refining process the temperature was increased so as to achieve a greater level of purity and I have never forgotten this very graphic lesson – for greater purity, the temperature must go up!

We sometimes sing a very popular worship song, “Refiner’s fire” which encouragers the worshippers to ask the Lord to “Purify my heart, let me be as gold, pure gold”. I sometimes wonder if people really understood how gold is refined whether they would sing this beautiful song so enthusiastically! To purify the gold the temperature must be turned up. So, here’s the big question – are we sufficiently in love with the Lord that we can gladly ask Him to turn up the temperature, so our hearts can become more refined!

It’s so easy when facing tough times to cry out to God for a way of escape on an easier road. None of us like going through such experiences, but is it possible that the road God has put us on is the very road God has chosen for us, as part of our refining process? If so we could even find ourselves praying against what the Lord has planned for our best! Perhaps it would be best to pray as the Lord taught us “Deliver us from evil”, for we certainly need deliverance from anything that the enemy uses to oppose us. And then we should pray for the Lord to be with us on the journey, covering and protecting us through the tough times and inviting Him to use whatever circumstances we are passing through to cleanse and purify our hearts so that we will come forth as ‘pure gold’.

Prayer: Lord, I choose to ask you to use whatever circumstances I am passing through to cleanse and purify my heart. I want to be wholly available for You. Help me to learn to trust you through all the situations I have to face today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Click here for Conference teaching from “God of the Breakthrough” now available online

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March 31, 2012
by Seeds of the Kingdom
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Testing the Heart!

Proverbs 17:3, NIV
“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart”

Many years ago I watched as gold was being refined in an electric furnace. As the ore began to melt, the slag floated to the surface. Then the whole furnace was tipped forward so that the slag could be poured off. But then the furnace temperature was increased, and more slag was separated from the gold – again, and again. At each pouring the remaining gold became more and more pure. Finally the refiner judged that the gold was ready and the liquid metal was poured into brick-shaped moulds.

I was very impacted by the fact that at each stage of the refining process the temperature was increased so as to achieve a greater level of purity and I have never forgotten this very graphic lesson – for greater purity, the temperature must go up!

We sometimes sing a very popular worship song, “Refiner’s fire” which encouragers the worshippers to ask the Lord to “Purify my heart, let me be as gold, pure gold”. I sometimes wonder if people really understood how gold is refined whether they would sing this beautiful song so enthusiastically! To purify the gold the temperature must be turned up. So, here’s the big question – are we sufficiently in love with the Lord that we can gladly ask Him to turn up the temperature, so our hearts can become more refined!

It’s so easy when facing tough times to cry out to God for a way of escape on an easier road. None of us like going through such experiences, but is it possible that the road God has put us on is the very road God has chosen for us, as part of our refining process? If so we could even find ourselves praying against what the Lord has planned for our best! Perhaps it would be best to pray as the Lord taught us “Deliver us from evil”, for we certainly need deliverance from anything that the enemy uses to oppose us. And then we should pray for the Lord to be with us on the journey, covering and protecting us through the tough times and inviting Him to use whatever circumstances we are passing through to cleanse and purify our hearts so that we will come forth as ‘pure gold’.

Prayer: Lord, I choose to ask you to use whatever circumstances I am passing through to cleanse and purify my heart. I want to be wholly available for You. Help me to learn to trust you through all the situations I have to face today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Click here for Conference teaching from “God of the Breakthrough” now available online

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March 31, 2012
by Seeds of the Kingdom
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Testing the Heart!

Proverbs 17:3, NIV
“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart”

Many years ago I watched as gold was being refined in an electric furnace. As the ore began to melt, the slag floated to the surface. Then the whole furnace was tipped forward so that the slag could be poured off. But then the furnace temperature was increased, and more slag was separated from the gold – again, and again. At each pouring the remaining gold became more and more pure. Finally the refiner judged that the gold was ready and the liquid metal was poured into brick-shaped moulds.

I was very impacted by the fact that at each stage of the refining process the temperature was increased so as to achieve a greater level of purity and I have never forgotten this very graphic lesson – for greater purity, the temperature must go up!

We sometimes sing a very popular worship song, “Refiner’s fire” which encouragers the worshippers to ask the Lord to “Purify my heart, let me be as gold, pure gold”. I sometimes wonder if people really understood how gold is refined whether they would sing this beautiful song so enthusiastically! To purify the gold the temperature must be turned up. So, here’s the big question – are we sufficiently in love with the Lord that we can gladly ask Him to turn up the temperature, so our hearts can become more refined!

It’s so easy when facing tough times to cry out to God for a way of escape on an easier road. None of us like going through such experiences, but is it possible that the road God has put us on is the very road God has chosen for us, as part of our refining process? If so we could even find ourselves praying against what the Lord has planned for our best! Perhaps it would be best to pray as the Lord taught us “Deliver us from evil”, for we certainly need deliverance from anything that the enemy uses to oppose us. And then we should pray for the Lord to be with us on the journey, covering and protecting us through the tough times and inviting Him to use whatever circumstances we are passing through to cleanse and purify our hearts so that we will come forth as ‘pure gold’.

Prayer: Lord, I choose to ask you to use whatever circumstances I am passing through to cleanse and purify my heart. I want to be wholly available for You. Help me to learn to trust you through all the situations I have to face today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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March 27, 2012
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Living Water and Crack-free Cisterns!

Jeremiah 2:13, NIV
“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”

There were many different things that God’s people did when they turned their back on the living God – the list of sins that would be needed to describe all their ungodly activities would have been very long! But when, through the prophet Jeremiah, God began to speak words of rebuke, he reduced all their sinful behaviour into just two categories.

Firstly, they had deserted the only source of living water and secondly, they had tried to generate their own ‘water supply’ as a substitute for the living water that flows from the heart of God.

In Israel, underground cisterns were vital for the storage of water for use during the dry season. Without a good cistern people would die through lack of water. A cracked cistern was useless, water would flow into it alright. But the water would all leak away through the cracks so that when the water was most needed, there would be no water there.

God uses this picture to speak to His people about what they had been doing. He uses the need for physical water as a parable of the need for the living spiritual water, which sustains God’s people through all the ups and downs of life. The first sin of God’s people was to decide that they wanted an alternative source of supply, so instead of constantly coming back to the only source of living water, they did what mankind has tried to do throughout history – they built their own cistern, which embraced everything from idolatry to sexual immorality. They finished up believing that good was bad and bad was good and going in the opposite direction to the ways of God.

God had provided for them everything that was needful for living in covenant relationship with the God who had created the world and everything in it. But pride in the heart of man will always want to build an alternative way, and say it’s better than what God provided in the first place. Ultimately this is the foundation for every alternative belief system, false religion or moral order that has ever risen up in the heart of man and practised on the face of the earth.

It’s easy to look at the people of Jeremiah’s day and ask, “How could they?” But all we need to do is look at our own generation and see that 21st century man is no different. Part of the reason why I believe God put the vision for Ellel 365 into my heart was to ensure that within Ellel Ministries there’s a constant flow of living water from God’s Word and that people are able to know how to build a cistern in their own lives that is sound and without cracks.

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to only ever want the living water which flows from your heart to the heart of man. And give me the determination to rebuild sound and crack-free cisterns in my own life, so that the Water of Life will always be available to me throughout my days – even in seasons of drought. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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March 27, 2012
by Seeds of the Kingdom
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Living Water and Crack-free Cisterns!

Jeremiah 2:13, NIV
“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”

There were many different things that God’s people did when they turned their back on the living God – the list of sins that would be needed to describe all their ungodly activities would have been very long! But when, through the prophet Jeremiah, God began to speak words of rebuke, he reduced all their sinful behaviour into just two categories.

Firstly, they had deserted the only source of living water and secondly, they had tried to generate their own ‘water supply’ as a substitute for the living water that flows from the heart of God.

In Israel, underground cisterns were vital for the storage of water for use during the dry season. Without a good cistern people would die through lack of water. A cracked cistern was useless, water would flow into it alright. But the water would all leak away through the cracks so that when the water was most needed, there would be no water there.

God uses this picture to speak to His people about what they had been doing. He uses the need for physical water as a parable of the need for the living spiritual water, which sustains God’s people through all the ups and downs of life. The first sin of God’s people was to decide that they wanted an alternative source of supply, so instead of constantly coming back to the only source of living water, they did what mankind has tried to do throughout history – they built their own cistern, which embraced everything from idolatry to sexual immorality. They finished up believing that good was bad and bad was good and going in the opposite direction to the ways of God.

God had provided for them everything that was needful for living in covenant relationship with the God who had created the world and everything in it. But pride in the heart of man will always want to build an alternative way, and say it’s better than what God provided in the first place. Ultimately this is the foundation for every alternative belief system, false religion or moral order that has ever risen up in the heart of man and practised on the face of the earth.

It’s easy to look at the people of Jeremiah’s day and ask, “How could they?” But all we need to do is look at our own generation and see that 21st century man is no different. Part of the reason why I believe God put the vision for Ellel 365 into my heart was to ensure that within Ellel Ministries there’s a constant flow of living water from God’s Word and that people are able to know how to build a cistern in their own lives that is sound and without cracks.

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to only ever want the living water which flows from your heart to the heart of man. And give me the determination to rebuild sound and crack-free cisterns in my own life, so that the Water of Life will always be available to me throughout my days – even in seasons of drought. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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