Peter Horrobin

International Director of Ellel Ministries

July 31, 2015
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Self-Imposed Self-Deception

James 1:22, NIV
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Some people like to think of the Bible, especially in the Authorised King James version, as great literature. While that is true, sadly, if that’s all you see it as, you have totally and utterly missed the point. It`s purpose in being written by the Holy Spirit was not to create a work of great literature but to communicate to the world great truth about our great God. And then to show sinful men and women how great a salvation the very Son of God made possible for us, when He died on the cross for our sins. For, as Hebrews 2:3 puts it, “how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?”

Our Scripture for today makes it clear that those who listen to or read the word, but do nothing with what they have just read or heard, are deceiving themselves. Last Christmas I went to a magnificent presentation of Handel’s Messiah. It was truly wonderful to hear some of the greatest words of Scripture put to music in that most amazing and very anointed Oratorio. There is no doubt that Handel knew the One he was writing about. I looked around the auditorium and there were clearly many Christians there who were rejoicing in what they were hearing, the looks on their faces betrayed the fact that the words being sung were real in their lives.

The majority of the people who were enjoying the performance had a different look on their faces. They were clearly enjoying the music, but it looked as though there was something missing in their response and some, even, seemed bored by the words that were being sung. As the words of the Hallelujah Chorus rang out in glorious celebration of all that the Messiah had done for us, I was praying that some of those present who did not know the Lord would realise that what they had been listening to was more than great music and a great performance, but was conveying a great message of a great salvation, which mankind ignores to their peril.

As believers, If we become so familiar with the word, and even worship the word, instead of worshipping the Lord, we can fall victims to our own self-imposed self-deception as well, becoming ‘hearers only’, as the authorised version translates James 1:22. Perhaps it’s time to check out our own lives with the Lord and ask Him if there is anything we are forgetting to do, even though we know it to be the truth. Self-deception is a dangerous disease which lies at the beginning of a very slippery slope!

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to recognise any areas of my life where I am guilty of self-deception, having become only a hearer and not a doer. I choose to come back to you and ask for Your forgiveness and to walk in obedience to the directions You have given me through Your word. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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July 31, 2015
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Self-Imposed Self-Deception

James 1:22, NIV
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Some people like to think of the Bible, especially in the Authorised King James version, as great literature. While that is true, sadly, if that’s all you see it as, you have totally and utterly missed the point. It`s purpose in being written by the Holy Spirit was not to create a work of great literature but to communicate to the world great truth about our great God. And then to show sinful men and women how great a salvation the very Son of God made possible for us, when He died on the cross for our sins. For, as Hebrews 2:3 puts it, “how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?”

Our Scripture for today makes it clear that those who listen to or read the word, but do nothing with what they have just read or heard, are deceiving themselves. Last Christmas I went to a magnificent presentation of Handel’s Messiah. It was truly wonderful to hear some of the greatest words of Scripture put to music in that most amazing and very anointed Oratorio. There is no doubt that Handel knew the One he was writing about. I looked around the auditorium and there were clearly many Christians there who were rejoicing in what they were hearing, the looks on their faces betrayed the fact that the words being sung were real in their lives.

The majority of the people who were enjoying the performance had a different look on their faces. They were clearly enjoying the music, but it looked as though there was something missing in their response and some, even, seemed bored by the words that were being sung. As the words of the Hallelujah Chorus rang out in glorious celebration of all that the Messiah had done for us, I was praying that some of those present who did not know the Lord would realise that what they had been listening to was more than great music and a great performance, but was conveying a great message of a great salvation, which mankind ignores to their peril.

As believers, If we become so familiar with the word, and even worship the word, instead of worshipping the Lord, we can fall victims to our own self-imposed self-deception as well, becoming ‘hearers only’, as the authorised version translates James 1:22. Perhaps it’s time to check out our own lives with the Lord and ask Him if there is anything we are forgetting to do, even though we know it to be the truth. Self-deception is a dangerous disease which lies at the beginning of a very slippery slope!

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to recognise any areas of my life where I am guilty of self-deception, having become only a hearer and not a doer. I choose to come back to you and ask for Your forgiveness and to walk in obedience to the directions You have given me through Your word. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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July 31, 2015
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Self-Imposed Self-Deception

James 1:22, NIV
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Some people like to think of the Bible, especially in the Authorised King James version, as great literature. While that is true, sadly, if that’s all you see it as, you have totally and utterly missed the point. It`s purpose in being written by the Holy Spirit was not to create a work of great literature but to communicate to the world great truth about our great God. And then to show sinful men and women how great a salvation the very Son of God made possible for us, when He died on the cross for our sins. For, as Hebrews 2:3 puts it, “how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?”

Our Scripture for today makes it clear that those who listen to or read the word, but do nothing with what they have just read or heard, are deceiving themselves. Last Christmas I went to a magnificent presentation of Handel’s Messiah. It was truly wonderful to hear some of the greatest words of Scripture put to music in that most amazing and very anointed Oratorio. There is no doubt that Handel knew the One he was writing about. I looked around the auditorium and there were clearly many Christians there who were rejoicing in what they were hearing, the looks on their faces betrayed the fact that the words being sung were real in their lives.

The majority of the people who were enjoying the performance had a different look on their faces. They were clearly enjoying the music, but it looked as though there was something missing in their response and some, even, seemed bored by the words that were being sung. As the words of the Hallelujah Chorus rang out in glorious celebration of all that the Messiah had done for us, I was praying that some of those present who did not know the Lord would realise that what they had been listening to was more than great music and a great performance, but was conveying a great message of a great salvation, which mankind ignores to their peril.

As believers, If we become so familiar with the word, and even worship the word, instead of worshipping the Lord, we can fall victims to our own self-imposed self-deception as well, becoming ‘hearers only’, as the authorised version translates James 1:22. Perhaps it’s time to check out our own lives with the Lord and ask Him if there is anything we are forgetting to do, even though we know it to be the truth. Self-deception is a dangerous disease which lies at the beginning of a very slippery slope!

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to recognise any areas of my life where I am guilty of self-deception, having become only a hearer and not a doer. I choose to come back to you and ask for Your forgiveness and to walk in obedience to the directions You have given me through Your word. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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July 31, 2015
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Self-Imposed Self-Deception

James 1:22, NIV
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Some people like to think of the Bible, especially in the Authorised King James version, as great literature. While that is true, sadly, if that’s all you see it as, you have totally and utterly missed the point. It`s purpose in being written by the Holy Spirit was not to create a work of great literature but to communicate to the world great truth about our great God. And then to show sinful men and women how great a salvation the very Son of God made possible for us, when He died on the cross for our sins. For, as Hebrews 2:3 puts it, “how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?”

Our Scripture for today makes it clear that those who listen to or read the word, but do nothing with what they have just read or heard, are deceiving themselves. Last Christmas I went to a magnificent presentation of Handel’s Messiah. It was truly wonderful to hear some of the greatest words of Scripture put to music in that most amazing and very anointed Oratorio. There is no doubt that Handel knew the One he was writing about. I looked around the auditorium and there were clearly many Christians there who were rejoicing in what they were hearing, the looks on their faces betrayed the fact that the words being sung were real in their lives.

The majority of the people who were enjoying the performance had a different look on their faces. They were clearly enjoying the music, but it looked as though there was something missing in their response and some, even, seemed bored by the words that were being sung. As the words of the Hallelujah Chorus rang out in glorious celebration of all that the Messiah had done for us, I was praying that some of those present who did not know the Lord would realise that what they had been listening to was more than great music and a great performance, but was conveying a great message of a great salvation, which mankind ignores to their peril.

As believers, If we become so familiar with the word, and even worship the word, instead of worshipping the Lord, we can fall victims to our own self-imposed self-deception as well, becoming ‘hearers only’, as the authorised version translates James 1:22. Perhaps it’s time to check out our own lives with the Lord and ask Him if there is anything we are forgetting to do, even though we know it to be the truth. Self-deception is a dangerous disease which lies at the beginning of a very slippery slope!

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to recognise any areas of my life where I am guilty of self-deception, having become only a hearer and not a doer. I choose to come back to you and ask for Your forgiveness and to walk in obedience to the directions You have given me through Your word. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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July 31, 2015
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Self-Imposed Self-Deception

James 1:22, NIV
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Some people like to think of the Bible, especially in the Authorised King James version, as great literature. While that is true, sadly, if that’s all you see it as, you have totally and utterly missed the point. It`s purpose in being written by the Holy Spirit was not to create a work of great literature but to communicate to the world great truth about our great God. And then to show sinful men and women how great a salvation the very Son of God made possible for us, when He died on the cross for our sins. For, as Hebrews 2:3 puts it, “how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?”

Our Scripture for today makes it clear that those who listen to or read the word, but do nothing with what they have just read or heard, are deceiving themselves. Last Christmas I went to a magnificent presentation of Handel’s Messiah. It was truly wonderful to hear some of the greatest words of Scripture put to music in that most amazing and very anointed Oratorio. There is no doubt that Handel knew the One he was writing about. I looked around the auditorium and there were clearly many Christians there who were rejoicing in what they were hearing, the looks on their faces betrayed the fact that the words being sung were real in their lives.

The majority of the people who were enjoying the performance had a different look on their faces. They were clearly enjoying the music, but it looked as though there was something missing in their response and some, even, seemed bored by the words that were being sung. As the words of the Hallelujah Chorus rang out in glorious celebration of all that the Messiah had done for us, I was praying that some of those present who did not know the Lord would realise that what they had been listening to was more than great music and a great performance, but was conveying a great message of a great salvation, which mankind ignores to their peril.

As believers, If we become so familiar with the word, and even worship the word, instead of worshipping the Lord, we can fall victims to our own self-imposed self-deception as well, becoming ‘hearers only’, as the authorised version translates James 1:22. Perhaps it’s time to check out our own lives with the Lord and ask Him if there is anything we are forgetting to do, even though we know it to be the truth. Self-deception is a dangerous disease which lies at the beginning of a very slippery slope!

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to recognise any areas of my life where I am guilty of self-deception, having become only a hearer and not a doer. I choose to come back to you and ask for Your forgiveness and to walk in obedience to the directions You have given me through Your word. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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July 31, 2015
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Self-Imposed Self-Deception

James 1:22, NIV
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Some people like to think of the Bible, especially in the Authorised King James version, as great literature. While that is true, sadly, if that’s all you see it as, you have totally and utterly missed the point. It`s purpose in being written by the Holy Spirit was not to create a work of great literature but to communicate to the world great truth about our great God. And then to show sinful men and women how great a salvation the very Son of God made possible for us, when He died on the cross for our sins. For, as Hebrews 2:3 puts it, “how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?”

Our Scripture for today makes it clear that those who listen to or read the word, but do nothing with what they have just read or heard, are deceiving themselves. Last Christmas I went to a magnificent presentation of Handel’s Messiah. It was truly wonderful to hear some of the greatest words of Scripture put to music in that most amazing and very anointed Oratorio. There is no doubt that Handel knew the One he was writing about. I looked around the auditorium and there were clearly many Christians there who were rejoicing in what they were hearing, the looks on their faces betrayed the fact that the words being sung were real in their lives.

The majority of the people who were enjoying the performance had a different look on their faces. They were clearly enjoying the music, but it looked as though there was something missing in their response and some, even, seemed bored by the words that were being sung. As the words of the Hallelujah Chorus rang out in glorious celebration of all that the Messiah had done for us, I was praying that some of those present who did not know the Lord would realise that what they had been listening to was more than great music and a great performance, but was conveying a great message of a great salvation, which mankind ignores to their peril.

As believers, If we become so familiar with the word, and even worship the word, instead of worshipping the Lord, we can fall victims to our own self-imposed self-deception as well, becoming ‘hearers only’, as the authorised version translates James 1:22. Perhaps it’s time to check out our own lives with the Lord and ask Him if there is anything we are forgetting to do, even though we know it to be the truth. Self-deception is a dangerous disease which lies at the beginning of a very slippery slope!

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to recognise any areas of my life where I am guilty of self-deception, having become only a hearer and not a doer. I choose to come back to you and ask for Your forgiveness and to walk in obedience to the directions You have given me through Your word. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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July 31, 2015
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Self-Imposed Self-Deception

James 1:22, NIV
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Some people like to think of the Bible, especially in the Authorised King James version, as great literature. While that is true, sadly, if that’s all you see it as, you have totally and utterly missed the point. It`s purpose in being written by the Holy Spirit was not to create a work of great literature but to communicate to the world great truth about our great God. And then to show sinful men and women how great a salvation the very Son of God made possible for us, when He died on the cross for our sins. For, as Hebrews 2:3 puts it, “how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?”

Our Scripture for today makes it clear that those who listen to or read the word, but do nothing with what they have just read or heard, are deceiving themselves. Last Christmas I went to a magnificent presentation of Handel’s Messiah. It was truly wonderful to hear some of the greatest words of Scripture put to music in that most amazing and very anointed Oratorio. There is no doubt that Handel knew the One he was writing about. I looked around the auditorium and there were clearly many Christians there who were rejoicing in what they were hearing, the looks on their faces betrayed the fact that the words being sung were real in their lives.

The majority of the people who were enjoying the performance had a different look on their faces. They were clearly enjoying the music, but it looked as though there was something missing in their response and some, even, seemed bored by the words that were being sung. As the words of the Hallelujah Chorus rang out in glorious celebration of all that the Messiah had done for us, I was praying that some of those present who did not know the Lord would realise that what they had been listening to was more than great music and a great performance, but was conveying a great message of a great salvation, which mankind ignores to their peril.

As believers, If we become so familiar with the word, and even worship the word, instead of worshipping the Lord, we can fall victims to our own self-imposed self-deception as well, becoming ‘hearers only’, as the authorised version translates James 1:22. Perhaps it’s time to check out our own lives with the Lord and ask Him if there is anything we are forgetting to do, even though we know it to be the truth. Self-deception is a dangerous disease which lies at the beginning of a very slippery slope!

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to recognise any areas of my life where I am guilty of self-deception, having become only a hearer and not a doer. I choose to come back to you and ask for Your forgiveness and to walk in obedience to the directions You have given me through Your word. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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July 30, 2015
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Obedience to God

Isaiah 50:10, NIV
“Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on their God.”

Have you ever made a decision to obey God as a way of life? I’m not talking about obeying once in a while, but in every area we’ve placed under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. There are times when we struggle to do what we know is right. We may feel pulled into disobedience simply because we’ve become a bit lazy with our prayer life and Bible reading.

Song of Solomon 2:15 says ‘catch the little foxes that ruin the vineyard’. It seems to me that it can be the smaller decisions that sometimes bring about the bigger consequences. The only similarity between obedience and disobedience is that they reflect the type of lifestyle we have made our own choice to follow.

If we’ve sincerely committed our life to God, then we make a choice to completely obey Him, and then we trust Him and leave whatever the consequences are to Him. In times of disobedience we go our own way, led by our fleshly desires.

And as a believer this brings us into huge conflict between what we know we should do versus what we’re actually doing. The bottom line is that there’s never a time when it’s OK to disobey God. We should obey Him, regardless of what we, or our friends and family, think. We say we believe that God is all wise and knows what’s best for us, so why do we often end up looking for advice in the secular world and not from the only one who knows everything we need to know? We need to consider only one issue – Is this God’s will for my life?

Disobedience can be as simple as not trusting God to take care of our immediate need. Even what we consider to be minor decisions can affect our future. We avoid a lot of heartache by simply obeying God. We can think “I’m not sure whether this is what God wants me to do”. Sometimes it can seem a little crazy, and we rationalise our response with our mind, instead of being led by the Spirit.

I was driving home one day on a main road and felt strongly prompted that I should pull over into a lay-by. I argued with God. “I’m in a hurry. Why would I want to stop”? It seemed completely crazy, but the prompting only got stronger.

So I pulled over into the lay-by and stopped. The next thing that happened was the car behind me, which was travelling quite fast, passed me. Then another car on the other side of the road took the corner too fast. They had a head on collision, and I sat there and witnessed a bad accident. I was completely shocked, and realised if I hadn’t been obedient to the prompting, that would have been me in the accident. We have to learn to be led by the Spirit, not according to our flesh, or logic, or our mind.

We can’t be partially obedient to God. Partial obedience is disobedience. The last verse of an old hymn called ‘When we walk with the Lord’ says ‘Then in fellowship sweet, we will sit at His feet, or we’ll walk by His side in the way. What He says we will do, where He sends we will go, never fear, only trust and obey’, and the chorus goes ‘Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey’ (John Henry Sammis, 1846-1919).

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me today to have a rightful fear of You that will keep me on the path of complete obedience, where You command the blessing for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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July 15, 2015
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The God of ALL Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NIV
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

There are three dimensions to our creation – each and every one of us is created with spirit, soul and body. At different times of our lives, each part of our being needs the encouragement of being comforted. If we are physically tired, sick or distressed, then unless our bodies receive the physical comfort they crave, it will feel as though our whole being is suffering. From time to time I have been privileged to pray with people who are suffering physically, often in the latter days of their lives. I’m full of admiration for the work of nurses and relatives who do everything necessary to ensure that when people aren’t able to do things for themselves, they are provided with the necessary physical comfort by others.

Then there is the comfort we need in our soul. We all need to know that we are loved and that the circumstances of our life are in order and not causing us, or anyone else, unnecessary grief or distress. What a comfort it is to know that in Jesus we have been redeemed out of the hands of the enemy and the deepest needs of our soul have been met. And what a joy it is to have reserves with which to provide an overflow of loving comfort to others.

But there is a deeper level of comfort which comes to us in the very core of our being – right into our spirit. This is the place where, in fellowship with the Lord, His streams of living water can flow – bringing comfort to every area of our being. If we are at peace in our spirit, then that supernatural peace – a peace which is beyond human understanding – becomes the richest source of comfort to our soul, and then, even, our bodies. It is in this place that we discover, whatever the other circumstances of our life, that there is a well of comfort which never runs dry. For He is the God of ALL comfort.

In verse 4 of David’s most well-loved Psalm (23), he focuses on the season that one day we will all have to pass through. It is a fact that for each and every one of us there will come a time when our life on earth is drawing to a close. It is then, perhaps, more than at any other time that we need to know the truth of what David is saying in these unforgettable words, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

When that time comes let us never forget that a shadow only exists because there is a bright light shining, and we are only temporarily in the shade as we wait for His call home. When that call comes we will move out of the shadow of death into the gloriously bright light Heaven! There is an old saying which says, “Home is where the heart is”. When our heart is truly given into the Lord’s hands we can look forward to enjoying the light of our eternal home. We will then be beyond the need for comfort in this fallen world and rejoicing in the presence of the living God – “ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,” as the old hymn puts it. What a joyful prospect for each one of us as we stretch out our hands in love to the One whose light can never be put out and where there is no shadow!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that in this life You are the God of all comfort, meeting each one of our deepest needs as we trust in You. But thank You above all that when our heart has been given to You, our home is where our heart is and that we will have absolutely nothing to fear when our time comes to traverse the valley of the shadow of death. Hallelujah, What a Saviour! In Jesus’s name. Amen.

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