Peter Horrobin

International Director of Ellel Ministries

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 21, 2012
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Grace

Ephesians 2:8, NIV
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and it is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Grace’? Grace is a powerful word because it’s God’s enabling power in us.

Ephesians 2:8 tells us that we can’t possibly earn grace since ‘it is a gift of God’ which we simply receive through faith in God. We’re justified and made righteous by God’s grace. Jesus Christ paid the price to buy us back when we were slaves to sin. Someone has said, “Grace is something that costs the one who receives it nothing, but costs the one who gives it everything”. It’s up to us, to accept it. As Philip Yancey said: “A man who admits no guilt can accept no forgiveness”.

How then can we accept God’s grace?

First of all, we need to confess and admit all guilt and our own helplessness. We need to repent and let our minds be renewed. This change of mindset has to become a visible outworking in our lives – how we conduct ourselves and live in this world. Thirdly, we need to set our faith in Jesus Christ and lastly, receive Him as the Lord of our lives.

Grace is an incredibly critical and important doctrine of our Christian faith. It’s God’s love coming to us free of charge – no strings attached, absolutely unconditional. Although we don’t read of Jesus using the word ‘grace’ in the Gospels He did demonstrate it by His life.

We’re brought up on the idea that the harder we work the more we’ll receive. Matthew 20:12-15 tells the parable of the workers who got what they didn’t deserve. Trust in God’s grace. He freely gives it to us. It’s deep in our human nature to think that we can gain God’s love or that His love is based on what we do.

Some people think that we have a good bucket and a bad bucket of God’s love. But grace means that there’s nothing we can do to make God love us more, and there’s nothing we can do to make God love us less, and however much good there is in our good bucket it can’t cancel one sin in our bad bucket.

Grace means that God already loves us as much as an infinite God can possible love.

God’s grace allows for second chances.

That’s what God does for us. When we stumble, when we struggle, when we’re disobedient and unfaithful God’s always there to welcome us back, with open arms.

We’re taught mottos such as ‘The early bird gets the worm’, ‘No pain no gain’, ‘No such thing as the free lunch’. None of these reflect grace. But grace is the means of our salvation. In all the world religions salvation has to be worked for, but in Christianity free grace is offered through the cross.

So what do we do now with all this understanding of grace? Knowing about grace is one thing, living it is another. We need to show God’s grace to others. Grace is the best gift Christians can give the world because it’s the best gift we’ve ever received. Have you received the fullness of God’s grace in your life yet?

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank You so much for the underserved gift of Your grace. Help me as I go through today to pause to think about what Your grace truly means to me. Help me to receive the fullness of Your grace, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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March 15, 2012
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Gaining Strength Through Waiting

Isaiah 40:31, AV
“Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

We’ve all smiled at the quip which says, “Lord, give me patience. And give it me now!” But however much we may smile at something like this, the sad fact is that we can all fall into the trap of wanting to twist God’s arm to do something quickly – especially when the pressure’s on and we’re struggling. God must sometimes feel like a father who hears all the wants of his children, but knows very well that to grant all those requests instantly would not be good for them.

Just as there are seasons in life, there are also timings in God and learning to wait on God is, in reality, learning to trust God – that He knows best. And that can be especially hard for those who have been brought up by parents who proved themselves to be untrustworthy or even abusive. Our natural instinct is to think that God is like our human parents, so we find it hard to trust Him.

One of the reasons Jesus came was to show us what the Father is really like. Was Jesus trustworthy? If we can answer yes to that question, then we can know that Father God is also trustworthy and we can safely depend on Him. We can know that when we bring our requests to Him that He knows what is best for us.

There are many times when I’ve cried out to God in desperation only to find that God didn’t seem to answer the prayer – and that was usually because I had a pre-conceived idea of what the answer should be. The best answers are usually ones that come from a very different direction and, yes, later than we would like – but always on time, nevertheless! God’s clocks do keep perfect time!

And when we wait on Him, as our Scripture teaches us, we gain strength and through trusting God we can rise up above the problems and have God’s divine energy to run the race of life.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You are totally trustworthy and that when I bring the needs of my life before You, that I can trust You to provide the right answer and at the right time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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March 15, 2012
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Gaining Strength Through Waiting

Isaiah 40:31, AV
“Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

We’ve all smiled at the quip which says, “Lord, give me patience. And give it me now!” But however much we may smile at something like this, the sad fact is that we can all fall into the trap of wanting to twist God’s arm to do something quickly – especially when the pressure’s on and we’re struggling. God must sometimes feel like a father who hears all the wants of his children, but knows very well that to grant all those requests instantly would not be good for them.

Just as there are seasons in life, there are also timings in God and learning to wait on God is, in reality, learning to trust God – that He knows best. And that can be especially hard for those who have been brought up by parents who proved themselves to be untrustworthy or even abusive. Our natural instinct is to think that God is like our human parents, so we find it hard to trust Him.

One of the reasons Jesus came was to show us what the Father is really like. Was Jesus trustworthy? If we can answer yes to that question, then we can know that Father God is also trustworthy and we can safely depend on Him. We can know that when we bring our requests to Him that He knows what is best for us.

There are many times when I’ve cried out to God in desperation only to find that God didn’t seem to answer the prayer – and that was usually because I had a pre-conceived idea of what the answer should be. The best answers are usually ones that come from a very different direction and, yes, later than we would like – but always on time, nevertheless! God’s clocks do keep perfect time!

And when we wait on Him, as our Scripture teaches us, we gain strength and through trusting God we can rise up above the problems and have God’s divine energy to run the race of life.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You are totally trustworthy and that when I bring the needs of my life before You, that I can trust You to provide the right answer and at the right time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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March 15, 2012
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Gaining Strength Through Waiting

Isaiah 40:31, AV
“Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

We’ve all smiled at the quip which says, “Lord, give me patience. And give it me now!” But however much we may smile at something like this, the sad fact is that we can all fall into the trap of wanting to twist God’s arm to do something quickly – especially when the pressure’s on and we’re struggling. God must sometimes feel like a father who hears all the wants of his children, but knows very well that to grant all those requests instantly would not be good for them.

Just as there are seasons in life, there are also timings in God and learning to wait on God is, in reality, learning to trust God – that He knows best. And that can be especially hard for those who have been brought up by parents who proved themselves to be untrustworthy or even abusive. Our natural instinct is to think that God is like our human parents, so we find it hard to trust Him.

One of the reasons Jesus came was to show us what the Father is really like. Was Jesus trustworthy? If we can answer yes to that question, then we can know that Father God is also trustworthy and we can safely depend on Him. We can know that when we bring our requests to Him that He knows what is best for us.

There are many times when I’ve cried out to God in desperation only to find that God didn’t seem to answer the prayer – and that was usually because I had a pre-conceived idea of what the answer should be. The best answers are usually ones that come from a very different direction and, yes, later than we would like – but always on time, nevertheless! God’s clocks do keep perfect time!

And when we wait on Him, as our Scripture teaches us, we gain strength and through trusting God we can rise up above the problems and have God’s divine energy to run the race of life.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You are totally trustworthy and that when I bring the needs of my life before You, that I can trust You to provide the right answer and at the right time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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