Peter Horrobin

International Director of Ellel Ministries

January 31, 2014
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Stumbling in the Dark!

John 11:9-10, NIV
“Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.”

There are occasions in the past when I have gone fishing for sea-trout at night! For that is sometimes the best time to catch them on the fly. But whilst I have enjoyed the fishing, I have not enjoyed having to stumble along the river bank in the dark, not being able to see where I was putting my feet, and realising that if I wasn’t extremely careful, I could end up in the river. A sudden fall into deep, dark water could even be fatal. There are too many fishermen who have lost their lives taking unnecessary risks.

Not only did I learn the lessons associated with the physical dangers of stumbling in the dark, I learnt the parallel lesson of the spiritual dangers associated with stumbling in spiritual darkness – for a fatal stumble would have consequences in eternity as well as in time. The tragedy is that most of the world is choosing to stumble in the dark spiritually, when the One who is the Light of the World has already come to be a light on our pathway. It’s as if people are choosing to walk in the darkness when, in reality, there is a light that will lighten their darkness, but they are choosing not to turn it on.

At the beginning of his Gospel, John wrote, “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it . . . the true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world” (John 1:4 and 9). There are no exceptions – the Light is available to all, but as John then said in John 3:19, “light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of the light because their deeds were evil.”

The natural instinct of fallen man is to want to cover up sin, so from that point of view darkness can even seem to be attractive. But in choosing darkness men and women are also rejecting the only Light which can show them the way to God. As I meditated on these Scriptures I began to grieve over the terrible fact that most of mankind is choosing to stumble through the darkness, instead of accepting the One who is the Saviour of the world. “To all who received Him, to those who believed on His name, he gave the right to become the children of God.” (John 1:122). What an incredible privilege and blessing God has made available to us, his children, when we choose to turn on the Light!

Prayer: Forgive me, Lord, for the times when I have chosen to stumble in the darkness, rather than have your Light shining on my path. I welcome You now, Lord Jesus, the Light of the world, into my life. Thank you that through your death and resurrection my sin is covered and my darkness can be flooded with Your light. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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January 31, 2014
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Stumbling in the Dark!

John 11:9-10, NIV
“Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.”

There are occasions in the past when I have gone fishing for sea-trout at night! For that is sometimes the best time to catch them on the fly. But whilst I have enjoyed the fishing, I have not enjoyed having to stumble along the river bank in the dark, not being able to see where I was putting my feet, and realising that if I wasn’t extremely careful, I could end up in the river. A sudden fall into deep, dark water could even be fatal. There are too many fishermen who have lost their lives taking unnecessary risks.

Not only did I learn the lessons associated with the physical dangers of stumbling in the dark, I learnt the parallel lesson of the spiritual dangers associated with stumbling in spiritual darkness – for a fatal stumble would have consequences in eternity as well as in time. The tragedy is that most of the world is choosing to stumble in the dark spiritually, when the One who is the Light of the World has already come to be a light on our pathway. It’s as if people are choosing to walk in the darkness when, in reality, there is a light that will lighten their darkness, but they are choosing not to turn it on.

At the beginning of his Gospel, John wrote, “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it . . . the true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world” (John 1:4 and 9). There are no exceptions – the Light is available to all, but as John then said in John 3:19, “light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of the light because their deeds were evil.”

The natural instinct of fallen man is to want to cover up sin, so from that point of view darkness can even seem to be attractive. But in choosing darkness men and women are also rejecting the only Light which can show them the way to God. As I meditated on these Scriptures I began to grieve over the terrible fact that most of mankind is choosing to stumble through the darkness, instead of accepting the One who is the Saviour of the world. “To all who received Him, to those who believed on His name, he gave the right to become the children of God.” (John 1:122). What an incredible privilege and blessing God has made available to us, his children, when we choose to turn on the Light!

Prayer: Forgive me, Lord, for the times when I have chosen to stumble in the darkness, rather than have your Light shining on my path. I welcome You now, Lord Jesus, the Light of the world, into my life. Thank you that through your death and resurrection my sin is covered and my darkness can be flooded with Your light. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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January 31, 2014
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Stumbling in the Dark!

John 11:9-10, NIV
“Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.”

There are occasions in the past when I have gone fishing for sea-trout at night! For that is sometimes the best time to catch them on the fly. But whilst I have enjoyed the fishing, I have not enjoyed having to stumble along the river bank in the dark, not being able to see where I was putting my feet, and realising that if I wasn’t extremely careful, I could end up in the river. A sudden fall into deep, dark water could even be fatal. There are too many fishermen who have lost their lives taking unnecessary risks.

Not only did I learn the lessons associated with the physical dangers of stumbling in the dark, I learnt the parallel lesson of the spiritual dangers associated with stumbling in spiritual darkness – for a fatal stumble would have consequences in eternity as well as in time. The tragedy is that most of the world is choosing to stumble in the dark spiritually, when the One who is the Light of the World has already come to be a light on our pathway. It’s as if people are choosing to walk in the darkness when, in reality, there is a light that will lighten their darkness, but they are choosing not to turn it on.

At the beginning of his Gospel, John wrote, “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it . . . the true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world” (John 1:4 and 9). There are no exceptions – the Light is available to all, but as John then said in John 3:19, “light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of the light because their deeds were evil.”

The natural instinct of fallen man is to want to cover up sin, so from that point of view darkness can even seem to be attractive. But in choosing darkness men and women are also rejecting the only Light which can show them the way to God. As I meditated on these Scriptures I began to grieve over the terrible fact that most of mankind is choosing to stumble through the darkness, instead of accepting the One who is the Saviour of the world. “To all who received Him, to those who believed on His name, he gave the right to become the children of God.” (John 1:122). What an incredible privilege and blessing God has made available to us, his children, when we choose to turn on the Light!

Prayer: Forgive me, Lord, for the times when I have chosen to stumble in the darkness, rather than have your Light shining on my path. I welcome You now, Lord Jesus, the Light of the world, into my life. Thank you that through your death and resurrection my sin is covered and my darkness can be flooded with Your light. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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January 31, 2014
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Stumbling in the Dark!

John 11:9-10, NIV
“Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.”

There are occasions in the past when I have gone fishing for sea-trout at night! For that is sometimes the best time to catch them on the fly. But whilst I have enjoyed the fishing, I have not enjoyed having to stumble along the river bank in the dark, not being able to see where I was putting my feet, and realising that if I wasn’t extremely careful, I could end up in the river. A sudden fall into deep, dark water could even be fatal. There are too many fishermen who have lost their lives taking unnecessary risks.

Not only did I learn the lessons associated with the physical dangers of stumbling in the dark, I learnt the parallel lesson of the spiritual dangers associated with stumbling in spiritual darkness – for a fatal stumble would have consequences in eternity as well as in time. The tragedy is that most of the world is choosing to stumble in the dark spiritually, when the One who is the Light of the World has already come to be a light on our pathway. It’s as if people are choosing to walk in the darkness when, in reality, there is a light that will lighten their darkness, but they are choosing not to turn it on.

At the beginning of his Gospel, John wrote, “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it . . . the true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world” (John 1:4 and 9). There are no exceptions – the Light is available to all, but as John then said in John 3:19, “light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of the light because their deeds were evil.”

The natural instinct of fallen man is to want to cover up sin, so from that point of view darkness can even seem to be attractive. But in choosing darkness men and women are also rejecting the only Light which can show them the way to God. As I meditated on these Scriptures I began to grieve over the terrible fact that most of mankind is choosing to stumble through the darkness, instead of accepting the One who is the Saviour of the world. “To all who received Him, to those who believed on His name, he gave the right to become the children of God.” (John 1:122). What an incredible privilege and blessing God has made available to us, his children, when we choose to turn on the Light!

Prayer: Forgive me, Lord, for the times when I have chosen to stumble in the darkness, rather than have your Light shining on my path. I welcome You now, Lord Jesus, the Light of the world, into my life. Thank you that through your death and resurrection my sin is covered and my darkness can be flooded with Your light. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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January 31, 2014
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Stumbling in the Dark!

John 11:9-10, NIV
“Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.”

There are occasions in the past when I have gone fishing for sea-trout at night! For that is sometimes the best time to catch them on the fly. But whilst I have enjoyed the fishing, I have not enjoyed having to stumble along the river bank in the dark, not being able to see where I was putting my feet, and realising that if I wasn’t extremely careful, I could end up in the river. A sudden fall into deep, dark water could even be fatal. There are too many fishermen who have lost their lives taking unnecessary risks.

Not only did I learn the lessons associated with the physical dangers of stumbling in the dark, I learnt the parallel lesson of the spiritual dangers associated with stumbling in spiritual darkness – for a fatal stumble would have consequences in eternity as well as in time. The tragedy is that most of the world is choosing to stumble in the dark spiritually, when the One who is the Light of the World has already come to be a light on our pathway. It’s as if people are choosing to walk in the darkness when, in reality, there is a light that will lighten their darkness, but they are choosing not to turn it on.

At the beginning of his Gospel, John wrote, “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it . . . the true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world” (John 1:4 and 9). There are no exceptions – the Light is available to all, but as John then said in John 3:19, “light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of the light because their deeds were evil.”

The natural instinct of fallen man is to want to cover up sin, so from that point of view darkness can even seem to be attractive. But in choosing darkness men and women are also rejecting the only Light which can show them the way to God. As I meditated on these Scriptures I began to grieve over the terrible fact that most of mankind is choosing to stumble through the darkness, instead of accepting the One who is the Saviour of the world. “To all who received Him, to those who believed on His name, he gave the right to become the children of God.” (John 1:122). What an incredible privilege and blessing God has made available to us, his children, when we choose to turn on the Light!

Prayer: Forgive me, Lord, for the times when I have chosen to stumble in the darkness, rather than have your Light shining on my path. I welcome You now, Lord Jesus, the Light of the world, into my life. Thank you that through your death and resurrection my sin is covered and my darkness can be flooded with Your light. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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January 31, 2014
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Stumbling in the Dark!

John 11:9-10, NIV
“Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.”

There are occasions in the past when I have gone fishing for sea-trout at night! For that is sometimes the best time to catch them on the fly. But whilst I have enjoyed the fishing, I have not enjoyed having to stumble along the river bank in the dark, not being able to see where I was putting my feet, and realising that if I wasn’t extremely careful, I could end up in the river. A sudden fall into deep, dark water could even be fatal. There are too many fishermen who have lost their lives taking unnecessary risks.

Not only did I learn the lessons associated with the physical dangers of stumbling in the dark, I learnt the parallel lesson of the spiritual dangers associated with stumbling in spiritual darkness – for a fatal stumble would have consequences in eternity as well as in time. The tragedy is that most of the world is choosing to stumble in the dark spiritually, when the One who is the Light of the World has already come to be a light on our pathway. It’s as if people are choosing to walk in the darkness when, in reality, there is a light that will lighten their darkness, but they are choosing not to turn it on.

At the beginning of his Gospel, John wrote, “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it . . . the true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world” (John 1:4 and 9). There are no exceptions – the Light is available to all, but as John then said in John 3:19, “light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of the light because their deeds were evil.”

The natural instinct of fallen man is to want to cover up sin, so from that point of view darkness can even seem to be attractive. But in choosing darkness men and women are also rejecting the only Light which can show them the way to God. As I meditated on these Scriptures I began to grieve over the terrible fact that most of mankind is choosing to stumble through the darkness, instead of accepting the One who is the Saviour of the world. “To all who received Him, to those who believed on His name, he gave the right to become the children of God.” (John 1:122). What an incredible privilege and blessing God has made available to us, his children, when we choose to turn on the Light!

Prayer: Forgive me, Lord, for the times when I have chosen to stumble in the darkness, rather than have your Light shining on my path. I welcome You now, Lord Jesus, the Light of the world, into my life. Thank you that through your death and resurrection my sin is covered and my darkness can be flooded with Your light. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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January 31, 2014
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Stumbling in the Dark!

John 11:9-10, NIV
“Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.”

There are occasions in the past when I have gone fishing for sea-trout at night! For that is sometimes the best time to catch them on the fly. But whilst I have enjoyed the fishing, I have not enjoyed having to stumble along the river bank in the dark, not being able to see where I was putting my feet, and realising that if I wasn’t extremely careful, I could end up in the river. A sudden fall into deep, dark water could even be fatal. There are too many fishermen who have lost their lives taking unnecessary risks.

Not only did I learn the lessons associated with the physical dangers of stumbling in the dark, I learnt the parallel lesson of the spiritual dangers associated with stumbling in spiritual darkness – for a fatal stumble would have consequences in eternity as well as in time. The tragedy is that most of the world is choosing to stumble in the dark spiritually, when the One who is the Light of the World has already come to be a light on our pathway. It’s as if people are choosing to walk in the darkness when, in reality, there is a light that will lighten their darkness, but they are choosing not to turn it on.

At the beginning of his Gospel, John wrote, “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it . . . the true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world” (John 1:4 and 9). There are no exceptions – the Light is available to all, but as John then said in John 3:19, “light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of the light because their deeds were evil.”

The natural instinct of fallen man is to want to cover up sin, so from that point of view darkness can even seem to be attractive. But in choosing darkness men and women are also rejecting the only Light which can show them the way to God. As I meditated on these Scriptures I began to grieve over the terrible fact that most of mankind is choosing to stumble through the darkness, instead of accepting the One who is the Saviour of the world. “To all who received Him, to those who believed on His name, he gave the right to become the children of God.” (John 1:122). What an incredible privilege and blessing God has made available to us, his children, when we choose to turn on the Light!

Prayer: Forgive me, Lord, for the times when I have chosen to stumble in the darkness, rather than have your Light shining on my path. I welcome You now, Lord Jesus, the Light of the world, into my life. Thank you that through your death and resurrection my sin is covered and my darkness can be flooded with Your light. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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January 27, 2014
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Helpful Friends, Hostile Foes and a Happy Ending

Mark 2:5, NIV
“When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralysed man, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’”

In Mark’s gospel we find the story of the paralysed man who was forgiven and healed by Jesus, after being lowered through the roof by his friends. Among the miracles of Jesus, this is one of the best known, and is in all three synoptic gospels.

The man’s friends carried him to Jesus. He was totally immobile, confined to a stretcher, and unable to enter through the door. With great effort his friends let him down through the roof.

Jesus observed the faith of the paralysed man and his friends. He said, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven you.’ It seemed strange that Jesus forgave him first, rather than healed him. Why? Doctor Luke mentions that both the scribes and the Pharisees reasoned in their hearts, not speaking it out, but silently, that Jesus was guilty of blasphemy, as only God can forgive sins (Luke 5:21).

Jesus has the power to forgive sin, because He is the divine Son of God, and He knew what they were thinking in their hearts. He asked which was easier – to forgive or to heal? Both required divine authority and power. And Jesus had the power to do both. Jesus told the paralysed man to arise and take up his bed and go home. He did it immediately, in the presence of all. Doctor Luke adds that he went glorifying God.

The healing of the paralysed man is a wonderful story, but it has lessons for us today. First of all it shows the power of Jesus to forgive sins while He was on earth. Jesus demonstrated this power. From heaven Jesus continues to have the power to forgive sins, made possible through His shed blood on the cross. This is offered to all today who respond to His gospel. This is forever available to those who walk with God. So `Have you looked to Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins?`

Secondly, it shows us how precious it is to have friends with faith. Jesus saw the faith of this man’s friends. They made a great effort to help him. Without them the man wouldn’t have been able to come to Jesus at all. Do you have friends with faith? People who are ready to help you in time of need? Do you appreciate such friends? If they’re in need can they rely on you? We should all nurture our network of friends who are believers and share our faith with them.

The healing of the paralysed man reveals a man who was in need, was blessed with good friends, and was forgiven of his sins by Jesus Christ. We’re all like that man. We have needs that only Jesus can fulfil. We need the forgiveness of Jesus. Like the paralysed man we need faith. It was his faith, and that of his friends, that led to Jesus fulfilling his needs.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You’re the author and the perfecter of our faith. Help us to deepen our walk with You by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for forgiving us our sins through the shed blood of Jesus, and for all the divine exchange at the cross means. Help us to fix our eyes on You, as we make You Lord of our lives today. Amen.

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January 15, 2014
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God’s Way of Wisdom

Proverbs 18:2 and 19:8, NIV
“A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions . . . he who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.”

No-one likes being called a fool – but, sadly, many people behave in a very foolish way in respect of understanding the things of God! Not having knowledge or understanding of God’s Word puts them in the situation of being ignorant about the most important things of life! The Psalmist also told us that someone who says that there is no God is a fool. (Psalm 14:1).

There are people, however, who are foolish, even though they don’t deny the existence of God. They are so full of their own ideas and opinions, that they never stop to think about whether or not they are right or wrong or listen to what others are saying. As our Scripture for today makes so very clear, they do not even seek to gain understanding. When God was speaking to his people through the prophet Hosea, he said, “My people are destroyed through lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6).

Faith is, of course, absolutely essential for salvation – without faith it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). But when it comes to day to day living, as believers in God, we should be sure to be diligent in seeking to gain understanding – both about God and the ways of God. For then we will have a better perception on situations as they develop and be in a much better place to make good choices and godly decisions. Many of the people whom I have had the privilege of ministering to over the years, have had plenty of faith in God, but they are still having to live with the consequences of not having sought understanding and wisdom. They made choices that left them with, sometimes, serious lifetime consequences.

But the end of our Scripture for today encourages us with a wonderful promise – that if we cherish understanding and then, presumably, make godly choices, we will enjoy God’s blessing on our lives.

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to always seek to gain knowledge and understanding of You and Your ways, so that I will be in a much better position to make godly choices in all the decisions of my life. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

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January 15, 2014
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God’s Way of Wisdom

Proverbs 18:2 and 19:8, NIV
“A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions . . . he who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.”

No-one likes being called a fool – but, sadly, many people behave in a very foolish way in respect of understanding the things of God! Not having knowledge or understanding of God’s Word puts them in the situation of being ignorant about the most important things of life! The Psalmist also told us that someone who says that there is no God is a fool. (Psalm 14:1).

There are people, however, who are foolish, even though they don’t deny the existence of God. They are so full of their own ideas and opinions, that they never stop to think about whether or not they are right or wrong or listen to what others are saying. As our Scripture for today makes so very clear, they do not even seek to gain understanding. When God was speaking to his people through the prophet Hosea, he said, “My people are destroyed through lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6).

Faith is, of course, absolutely essential for salvation – without faith it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). But when it comes to day to day living, as believers in God, we should be sure to be diligent in seeking to gain understanding – both about God and the ways of God. For then we will have a better perception on situations as they develop and be in a much better place to make good choices and godly decisions. Many of the people whom I have had the privilege of ministering to over the years, have had plenty of faith in God, but they are still having to live with the consequences of not having sought understanding and wisdom. They made choices that left them with, sometimes, serious lifetime consequences.

But the end of our Scripture for today encourages us with a wonderful promise – that if we cherish understanding and then, presumably, make godly choices, we will enjoy God’s blessing on our lives.

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to always seek to gain knowledge and understanding of You and Your ways, so that I will be in a much better position to make godly choices in all the decisions of my life. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

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