Peter Horrobin

International Director of Ellel Ministries

August 29, 2015
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The Call of God On Our Lives

Ephesians 1:4, NIV
“God chose us in him before the foundation of the world.”

I have been thinking a lot lately about the call of God on our lives, and this verse in Ephesians tells us that our primary calling is to be holy and blameless.

When we hear of leaders who fail, it is so sad to think that all the gifting and anointing for the works of God are made completely ineffective sometimes by a moral failure. Our holiness is very important to God, and therefore should be very important to us. It should be in front of our gifting.

God calls us by name. The scripture in John 10:27 says that we as sheep recognise the voice of Jesus and we follow Him. After our salvation, I believe God’s call on our lives is the next most important thing. I love that scripture in Romans 11:29, ‘For God’s gift and his call are irrevocable’.

Whatever God called you to do – maybe right back there in your childhood, He has not changed His mind about it. When I was a little girl of 7, a neighbour took me to a slideshow in a small Methodist chapel. It was presented by a missionary who was home on furlough from Papua New Guinea. I was riveted to the pictures and felt deeply impacted. By the time he made the appeal for “Anyone here tonight who feel that God could be calling them to be a missionary to Papua New Guinea? Please come forward”, I was up and out of my seat and stood in the front. The missionary asked me to wait while the others came out, but finally there were no others! As he sat and looked at me, about a metre high, he said, ‘You have a lot of growing up to do before you can go as a missionary to Papua New Guinea.’

However, he sat and prayed that if this was God, that one day I would go to Papua New Guinea to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. I rushed home to tell my mother that, when I grew up, I was going to be a missionary to Papua New Guinea. Her reply was, “Of course you are dear. But for now go to bed!”

At the age of 14, I gave my heart to the Lord but everything to do with Papua New Guinea went straight out of my mind. A few years ago, some 60 years later, a pastor came on the NETS programme from Papua New Guinea and when he asked me to go and teach a conference in his church, suddenly the memory returned. When the wheels of the plane touched down in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, I sat and wept as I remembered the scripture – ‘God’s gift and his call are irrevocable’. If something really is of God, then be sure God will accomplish it.

So what is it that God has called you to do? Have you done it? Don’t let the enemy tell you that you have messed up so badly that God is no longer calling you to do it. The next lie of the enemy is that we are not good enough to do it.

God does not always call the qualified but he always qualifies the called. God does not always call the most likely or the most humanly gifted people. The anointing from God, which is needed to fulfil our call, will be there for us. A real call of God usually starts as a little seed, and it grows and will not go away. Be content with your call and make lifestyle choices that enable it. Remain faithful to God and to the call He has placed on your life and you will be fruitful. What He calls us to do He also enables us to do.

Prayer: Thank You, Father, that You have called me to enter into relationship with You and to be holy and blameless in Your sight. I thank You for calling me by name and leading me out. Help me to pay the cost of being obedient and thank You today that You never change Your mind about me or my call. Amen.

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August 28, 2015
by info@seedsofthekingdom.com
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My Heart May Fail

Psalm 73:26, AMP.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my Portion forever.”

When I had a heart attack nearly two years ago, far away from home, God brought me back safely. In fact, I even doubted it was a heart attack I’d had, until it was confirmed by the cardiologist. I was given recommendations from the medical profession for my future health. But despite following all the recommendations, as I was trying to avoid having to take a particular medicine, it didn’t work. The final medication with it`s side effects, albeit less than the first one given, wasn’t what I wanted to take.

I can’t say I took this in my stride, in fact I had great difficulty with it. I suddenly had less energy to do the things I wanted to do. Having to stop many of my activities caused me to look back on my life. I began to see the many times where my spiritual heart had failed and brought me into a pit of despair. Now my physical heart was failing, as it wasn’t pumping the life blood I needed to function well.

I had expectations of where help would come from to support me in this season of my life. But I found God used different people from those I’d expected. I also experienced God in a deeper way. Not only was He strengthening my heart, but also my trust in His Word.

The enemy of my soul was also prowling around, reminding me of my failures and the failures of others. Then I remembered my first attempt at painting. I let a bit of black paint make a blob on the canvas. I was devastated, because I’d ruined the painting.

I remember the teacher’s reply: “What makes you think it was a mistake, and that the picture is ruined? Look at it as a present in disguise.” My black blob turned into a lovely cat. When someone looked at my finished painting they expressed their delight at the little black cat.

Often we can feel our failings or inabilities aren’t going to bring about anything good. We feel disappointed when life goes rather differently from what we’d expected. Failures, inabilities, and disabilities, in our own families or the Church, can bring much pain and disappointment.

I’m sure God’s waiting to create something better with His final paintbrush stroke in our lives, whether it was ourselves, or others, that caused our hearts to fail. Sometimes forgiveness or repentance is needed, or we have to stand against the accuser of the brethren and send him away in Jesus’ name. Tell him to take his accusations to God, because Jehovah God has the final say.

Our hearts may fail. Others hearts may fail towards us but God never fails to be the strength of our hearts. We can always trust Him.

God makes no mistakes, and He uses everything for His purpose in our lives, to bring us closer to Him, so that our trust in Him grows in His care. Romans 8:28 says ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose’.

The enemy may bring discouragement through many sources, but the Lord of our lives has the last word. His faithfulness and mighty power is greater than our failing hearts.

Prayer: Father should our hearts fail, help us to receive Your strength for our hearts. Encourage us with Your word that You have our situations in Your hand. Thank You for the blood of Jesus that has given us victory over the enemy of our souls. Help us to stand in the authority given to us by Your Son Jesus against the works of the enemy. Show us the way through the mine fields of the enemy of our souls. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit and what we need at this time. Don’t just heal our physical hearts, but also our spiritual hearts, for Jesus’ name sake. Amen.

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August 27, 2015
by info@seedsofthekingdom.com
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What’s Wrong With Rights?

Philippians 2:5, The Amplified Bible
“Let this same attitude, purpose and humble mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus. Let Him be your example in humility.”

“It’s my rights!” This common human cry today is the consequence of man’s search for justice, but it’s without reference to God. The promotion of so-called innate human rights and privileges may be well-meaning, but it’s not consistent with the Word of God. God’s made it clear that, in His Kingdom, true rights are solely dependent on obedience to a covenant relationship with Him, through Jesus. Jesus came to deal with man’s sin, as it was sin that caused us to lose the rights God gave us at creation.

The existence of true human rights isn’t simply the consequence of our physical birth, as the world chooses to claim, but rather the consequence of ‘spiritual rebirth’ into God’s family. Without doubt we all have extraordinary innate value, but God alone has the authority to confer legitimate rights to human beings once again.

Jesus not only explained the true meaning of God’s laws as He walked on the earth, but He also fulfilled them. He clearly showed the way God sees the issues of authority and rights. He didn’t exercise His rightful and, in fact, supreme, authority by self-proclaimed privilege, but by humbling Himself to be perfectly obedient to the Father. Jesus is our model today.

“Let this same attitude, purpose and humble mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus. Let Him be your example in humility. Although being essentially one with God and in the form of God, possessing the fullness of attributes which make God God, did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained; but stripped Himself of all privileges and rightful dignity so as to assume the guise of a servant or slave, in that He became like men and was born a human being. And after He appeared in human form He abased and humbled Himself still further and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross! Therefore because He stooped so low, God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name” (Philippians 2:5-9).

Prayer: Thank You, Father, that, through receiving Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, I have the right to become a child of God, with all the amazing privileges that flow from that fact. Remind me to remain in humble obedience to You and avoid the trap of claiming rights that aren’t from You. Amen.

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August 15, 2015
by Seeds of the Kingdom
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How Do You Receive a Rebuke?

Proverbs 2:23, NIV
“If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you
and made my thoughts known to you.”

None of us likes to receive a rebuke. However, a rebuke given in love is like the
lines of a railway, keeping the engin… Continue reading

August 15, 2015
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How Do You Receive a Rebuke?

Proverbs 2:23, NIV
“If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you
and made my thoughts known to you.”

None of us likes to receive a rebuke. However, a rebuke given in love is like the
lines of a railway, keeping the engin… Continue reading

August 15, 2015
by Seeds of the Kingdom
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How Do You Receive a Rebuke?

Proverbs 2:23, NIV
“If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you
and made my thoughts known to you.”

None of us likes to receive a rebuke. However, a rebuke given in love is like the
lines of a railway, keeping the engin… Continue reading

August 15, 2015
by Seeds of the Kingdom
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How Do You Receive a Rebuke?

Proverbs 2:23, NIV
“If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you
and made my thoughts known to you.”

None of us likes to receive a rebuke. However, a rebuke given in love is like the
lines of a railway, keeping the engin… Continue reading

August 15, 2015
by Seeds of the Kingdom
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How Do You Receive a Rebuke?

Proverbs 2:23, NIV
“If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you
and made my thoughts known to you.”

None of us likes to receive a rebuke. However, a rebuke given in love is like the
lines of a railway, keeping the engin… Continue reading

August 15, 2015
by Seeds of the Kingdom
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How Do You Receive a Rebuke?

Proverbs 2:23, NIV
“If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you
and made my thoughts known to you.”

None of us likes to receive a rebuke. However, a rebuke given in love is like the
lines of a railway, keeping the engin… Continue reading

August 15, 2015
by Seeds of the Kingdom
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How Do You Receive a Rebuke?

Proverbs 2:23, NIV
“If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you
and made my thoughts known to you.”

None of us likes to receive a rebuke. However, a rebuke given in love is like the
lines of a railway, keeping the engin… Continue reading