Peter Horrobin

International Director of Ellel Ministries

September 30, 2015
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The Water Lily

Luke 4: 18, The Message
“God`s Spirit is on me; He`s chosen me to … set the burdened and battered free.”

I was recently at Ellel Grange, and during a break on a healing retreat I went for a walk by the canal. It was a warm and sunny afternoon for a change in the damp and cloudy ‘summer’ we were experiencing, and I was enjoying the scenery all around me.

Then I noticed there were some beautiful white water lilies growing on the water. The canal is filthy and muddy, and I thought about the struggle that flower had had to push its way up to the surface. As I looked the Lord began to speak to me, as He often does through His wonderful creation.

I felt He was saying, “There are many people whose lives are like the roots of the water lily, buried deep in mud and slime, but look what I can do for them. That water lily is pure white and perfect in shape. I can make broken lives whole again.”

God was reminding me of what I’ve learned so often in the past: that He’s in the restoration business. I’ve seen so many deeply broken lives turned around and made new, and I know it’s His desire and delight to see His children whole again.

It may be a big struggle as we fight our way up towards the light from the muddy depths, and it may take some time, but He’s there, calling us towards Him. As we come to Him with open hearts, prepared to walk His way and do the things He asks of us, in His love and gentleness He will gradually change us and make us whole again.

He asks us to forgive those who’ve hurt us, and to confess the things which we’ve done (maybe to protect ourselves from hurt) which aren’t godly. The process may seem slow sometimes, but He wants us to learn to walk in each new phase of our growth, and He knows that sudden change may be damaging for us. It’s rather like my little great niece, who, when she was learning to walk, reached up and trustfully put her little hand in mine. We need to reach up and put our hands in the hand of Jesus, and He will lead us on.

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September 29, 2015
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Under Construction

1 Thessalonians 4:3, NIV
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification.”

A while ago I read something on a friend’s Facebook page that really challenged me, and caused me to examine my own heart. The quote is an excerpt from a prayer written by Cardinal Charles Belmonte: ‘From a desire of being preferred, deliver me Jesus. From a desire of being consulted, deliver me Jesus. From a desire of being approved, deliver me Jesus… That others may be loved more than I, Jesus grant me the grace to desire it… That others may be chosen, and I set aside, Jesus grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be praised, and I go unnoticed, grant me the grace to desire it… Grant me the grace to desire it from You.’

While reading this prayer I became aware of the mixed emotions this stirred up inside my heart. It is a very natural desire to be approved, and praised and chosen and loved. In itself there is nothing wrong with it. But I realised that some of my ambivalent emotions regarding what I would be asking God to do when praying this prayer, was because of some of my own insecurities and the areas where I needed to grow. It magnified some attitudes and weaknesses, and even some things that were rooted in past wounds, which demanded attention and a surrendering to the Lord.

The word ‘sanctification’ means to be set apart for special use, and becoming holy unto God. Once we commit our lives to the Lord, we are redeemed from sin and our spirit is born again and made new. However, this is only the beginning of a process of growing to be more like Jesus – the process of sanctification. This is a life-long project that God undertakes with us.

While I was looking at my heart which seemed so full of pride and imperfections, I sensed God’s voice reminding me that I was never meant to tackle this life-long project of sanctification in my own strength. The contrary is true! The journey of sanctification was meant to be an exciting venture of faith-stretching experiences and stepping-out-of-the-boat moments, but also one of valley experiences and flat-on-my-face failures. But never once would I need to walk through any of these seasons alone. He would be working WITH me all the way! God gave me a wonderful promise in His Word:

‘Work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight’ (Philippians 2:12-13).

Prayer: Lord, thank You that You walk with me through every season of my life, and that You are all the while patiently working with me and in me to will and to work for YOUR good pleasure. Thank you that You always see the end result of the ‘construction project’ in my life, and never give up on me. I consecrate my life afresh to You to have Your way in me. Amen.

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September 28, 2015
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I Love My Name

Luke 10:20, NIV
“However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

When I studied history I learned about some tribes in Africa in which child-naming was a big event on the calendar. There were special people in tribe that were responsible for child naming. The child would cry and cry as these people shouted out different names, but when the right name was shouted out they would stop crying. Then they would know the baby had accepted the name. Sometimes this would go on for weeks, so it was a relief when they got it right.

Nowadays, with the influence from the west, it`s different. People are naming their children after celebrities or events. Recently Obama jetted into Kenya with Air Force One, and now there are some children called Obama Air-force-one. Others even name their children with a whole sentence. There is a Kenyan celebrity who named his two children ‘Keep It Real’ and ‘I Am Blessed’.

No matter what your name is the Lord knows you by that name, and it`s written in the book of life, if you`re a Christian. Some people struggle with the fact their bosses don`t even address them by name, because we feel important, valued and singled out when someone calls us by name. In the early days in Kenya girls wouldn’t disclose their name to just any guy who approached them. So for a guy to get a lady`s name was considered a triumph, and it indicated step one of a lady trusting him and a birth of a friendship.

It`s so amazing and affirming to know that the Lord address us by name. It shows how important we are to Him. He doesn`t address us as just part of the crowd. ‘When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus” (Luke 19:5). It doesn`t matter if you feel unworthy or you`re in a mess. He will still call you by name, because you matter to Him.

‘Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!”’ (Luke 8:58). I`m so pleased that Jesus mentioned Abraham. That`s how well He knew him. Even in his absence He referred to Him. But the way He mentioned Abraham is the same way He mentions our name when interceding for us before the Father. How do you feel when people of great influence mention your name? The other day Peter Horrobin, the founder of Ellel Ministries was teaching and he mentioned my name. How did it make me feel? You could see the glow on my face.

What if you saw the queen had tattooed your name on her palm? In the Bible God says ‘See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands’ (Isaiah 49:16). What`s your name? Say it out loud and say, “I love my name … It’s engraved on God`s palm”. If you could see all the names that appear on His palm, you’d see your name is one of them.

So let`s live a holy life, so our names won`t be blotted out from the book of life. ‘The LORD replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book’ (Exodus 32:33). ‘The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels’ (Revelation 3:6).

Bring the names of your loved ones who aren’t Christian before the Lord, and pray for their salvation. And let’s always greet people by name.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for my name. I speak a blessing over it, and I thank You that You know me so well. Help me to know myself as You know me. Amen.

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September 27, 2015
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The Great Feast

“People will come from east and west, north and south, and will take their place at the feast in the kingdom of God.”

I woke up early in the morning and couldn’t stop thinking about the parable of the great feast which is in Luke 14:15-24. Whenever I read it years ago my focus was primarily on the excuses that the different people had to not want to attend this feast. And somehow I understood it to say I shouldn’t buy anything, do business, work or get married, but I should wait for God’s calling to the feast, and that’s what being a Christian was all about.

But I couldn’t work out how to do that in practice. Because we do need to do all these things during our time here on earth, while we wait for Jesus to return and for the big feast that the parable is talking about.

This morning my focus moved to those who did attend the feast. These people were gathered from the streets and alleys in the town, and also from the roads and country lanes. Basically they were gathered from everywhere. It says they were poor, crippled, blind and lame. What they had in common was that they all needed help in various ways. The poor have to beg, the blind need someone to lead them, the crippled need help on their way and the lame must trust others to carry them.

Thinking about this parable, I realise it means that God accepts those who need help, and seek that help from Him rather than from things like work, financial security or relationships. God knows what we need and wants to help us. His main focus is our relationship with Him. But He also delights in giving us those other things, because they make us glad, and then we’re grateful to Him.

So, are you poor? Seek riches in Him. Are you blind? Let Him guide you. Do you feel crippled? Receive His help. Yes, even if you’re lame and totally dependent upon others, receive His help and let Him carry you.

Jesus is full of grace and truth, and He says that He is ‘the way, the truth and the life’. He came to proclaim good news to the poor, freedom to the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind. Seek His help, and He’ll help you on your way. And when the time comes, either for death, or His return to earth, you’ll join Him in His big feast in heaven. Take it to heart today that, no matter what the circumstances, you can look to Him.

Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, that You prepare a feast for us in heaven. Thank You that You help me with what I need today. Thank You that You see where I’m heading. Lord, if I’m on the wrong path in any area of my life, lead me to the right path. Thank You that You don’t turn Your face away from me, but that You receive me in Your grace. Thank You that You carry me today, where I need that. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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September 26, 2015
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The Folly of Neglect

Ephesians 5:15-17, NIV
“Be very careful, then, how you live, not unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Six months ago I discovered a very small amount of water in the sink unit cupboard. I wiped it up and forgot all about it until five months later I noticed water squelching through the cement joining the ceramic tiles on the kitchen floor. Needless to say I was full of regret. I had neglected a small thing which grew to the extent things became chaotic. For six weeks noisy dryers were operating, the kitchen floor had to be taken up, new plumbing put in and cupboards replaced. I lived to regret my neglect.

The Bible exhorts us over 70 times to be careful. In most instances the exhortation is with regard to how we live our lives in relationship with God. It also warns us of things we definitely must not neglect if we are to please God and live in true relationship with Him. Never count anything small with God, because, if we neglect now a seemingly little thing in our relationship with Him, we will certainly regret it later. To be neglectful is to be careless; it can lead to circumstances we would never welcome.

Firstly we are told not to neglect our salvation, but rather to work it out in spiritual growth and development (Hebrews 2:3 or Philippians 2:12). Salvation is a free gift of grace. It is life eternal to be lived out in the here and now, and enjoyed through eternity, but it not an insurance policy. Salvation is deliverance from sin and its power. To work it out here and now is to live in spontaneous obedience to Jesus as overcomers, and to be involved in the advance of His kingdom.

Secondly the Bible warns us not to neglect God’s Word (Psalm 119:16), but to hide it in our hearts. The word of God is alive. It fits into every situation of life. In extreme, desperate situations the Holy Spirit recalls to us the Word of God, which we are told to hide in our hearts. It becomes to us strength, comfort, safety, peace, assuring us of the Divine Presence, bringing assurance, trust and confidence, knowing that we are safe and sheltered in the shadow of the Almighty, whatever is going on around us.

Thirdly, we are not to neglect meeting with other believers (Hebrews 10:25). The love, concern, friendship and fellowship of other believers are very precious. Isolation and individualism are not part of biblical Christianity, for we belong to the family of God and we all have one Father. We are exhorted to give to one another, to love, comfort and care, but when you are the recipient of such tender care and concern from your fellow believers you are blessed indeed. God uses them to bring His heart of compassion to you. You know that when they say they will pray they do pray and God always answers prayer.

Finally, we are clearly told not to neglect the spiritual gift(s) we have been given (1 Timothy 4:14). Every believer has at least one definite spiritual gift. Because it is a gift from the Holy Spirit it is certainly going to be fruitful when He opens the door for us to use it. These gifts are gifts of grace – undeserved and unearned. If you don’t recognise your gift ask God to show you what it is and pray that He will lead you into situations where you use it for His glory. If we neglect our gift, on the day when we stand before Him we will certainly regret this, because we will lose our reward.

What we all need today is a passionate love for Jesus, which will deliver us from neglecting the precious things on His heart. Passionate love will put within our hearts the one desire to put Jesus first, and to be abandoned to His will and His ways. To know this blessedness our spirits must be fed from the hidden springs of life-giving water, which are found when we are rooted and grounded in Christ.

Prayer: Father, thank You for calling me to be Your child. Please put within my heart a passionate love for Jesus that will lead me into paths of obedience to Him. I choose to hide Your Word in my heart, and to live day by day in the light of Your presence. By Your grace, may I never neglect or be careless about the things that are precious to You. Amen.

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September 25, 2015
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Simply Profound

John 3:16, NIV
“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

I first learned these words as a young child. They are probably the most well-known verse in the whole Bible. With childish understanding I had learned and understood that Jesus loved me so much He died for me. The message deeply impacted me and even though I was very young I knew Jesus and I knew he loved me.

One day, after a now long-forgotten childish escapade, when my parents had discovered the outworking of some original sin, I felt the consequences of parental displeasure. As I came to terms with the discipline I had just experienced I was heard, through my sobs, as I sat on the bottom of the stairs, to be saying, “Nobody loves me! Nobody loves me!” But then, barely whispered through the tears came the words, “Yes, Jesus loves me!”

I knew I’d done wrong, but I also knew that the word ‘whosoever’ from John 3:16 meant that I was included within the meaning of the verse and that Jesus still loved me! We are never too young or too old to need to know this profound truth – that the word ‘whosoever’ is all inclusive for all those who believe. And that the verse does not say that there is any extent of sin which places us outside the love of God. His arms are spread wide to welcome ALL who believe.

The message of this verse may be simple, but as with many things in life it is often the most simple things that are the most profound. Today I often have to speak with both men and women who have gone a long way off track and in their returning to the Lord have poured out their heart about the extent of sin they have wilfully experienced – some find it hard to believe that the message of John 3:16 truly is for them and that they are still loved and wanted. But the Scripture says that this message is for all who believe – it even included John Newton, the notorious former slave trader who later wrote “Amazing Grace.” He had understood the amazing grace of God for all that is implicit in this most wonderful of verses.

If you are struggling with believing that its message includes you, maybe now’s the time to find the bottom step of a staircase and through the sobs of repentance to hear God’s word in your heart and respond with the words that meant everything to me as a child, “Yes, Jesus loves me!”

Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, that there is no sinner who is beyond the extent of your love – and that the words of John 3:16 were written as a message to me from the One who loved me so much He died for me. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

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September 25, 2015
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Simply Profound

John 3:16, NIV
“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

I first learned these words as a young child. They are probably the most well-known verse in the whole Bible. With childish understanding I had learned and understood that Jesus loved me so much He died for me. The message deeply impacted me and even though I was very young I knew Jesus and I knew he loved me.

One day, after a now long-forgotten childish escapade, when my parents had discovered the outworking of some original sin, I felt the consequences of parental displeasure. As I came to terms with the discipline I had just experienced I was heard, through my sobs, as I sat on the bottom of the stairs, to be saying, “Nobody loves me! Nobody loves me!” But then, barely whispered through the tears came the words, “Yes, Jesus loves me!”

I knew I’d done wrong, but I also knew that the word ‘whosoever’ from John 3:16 meant that I was included within the meaning of the verse and that Jesus still loved me! We are never too young or too old to need to know this profound truth – that the word ‘whosoever’ is all inclusive for all those who believe. And that the verse does not say that there is any extent of sin which places us outside the love of God. His arms are spread wide to welcome ALL who believe.

The message of this verse may be simple, but as with many things in life it is often the most simple things that are the most profound. Today I often have to speak with both men and women who have gone a long way off track and in their returning to the Lord have poured out their heart about the extent of sin they have wilfully experienced – some find it hard to believe that the message of John 3:16 truly is for them and that they are still loved and wanted. But the Scripture says that this message is for all who believe – it even included John Newton, the notorious former slave trader who later wrote “Amazing Grace.” He had understood the amazing grace of God for all that is implicit in this most wonderful of verses.

If you are struggling with believing that its message includes you, maybe now’s the time to find the bottom step of a staircase and through the sobs of repentance to hear God’s word in your heart and respond with the words that meant everything to me as a child, “Yes, Jesus loves me!”

Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, that there is no sinner who is beyond the extent of your love – and that the words of John 3:16 were written as a message to me from the One who loved me so much He died for me. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

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September 25, 2015
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Simply Profound

John 3:16, NIV
“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

I first learned these words as a young child. They are probably the most well-known verse in the whole Bible. With childish understanding I had learned and understood that Jesus loved me so much He died for me. The message deeply impacted me and even though I was very young I knew Jesus and I knew he loved me.

One day, after a now long-forgotten childish escapade, when my parents had discovered the outworking of some original sin, I felt the consequences of parental displeasure. As I came to terms with the discipline I had just experienced I was heard, through my sobs, as I sat on the bottom of the stairs, to be saying, “Nobody loves me! Nobody loves me!” But then, barely whispered through the tears came the words, “Yes, Jesus loves me!”

I knew I’d done wrong, but I also knew that the word ‘whosoever’ from John 3:16 meant that I was included within the meaning of the verse and that Jesus still loved me! We are never too young or too old to need to know this profound truth – that the word ‘whosoever’ is all inclusive for all those who believe. And that the verse does not say that there is any extent of sin which places us outside the love of God. His arms are spread wide to welcome ALL who believe.

The message of this verse may be simple, but as with many things in life it is often the most simple things that are the most profound. Today I often have to speak with both men and women who have gone a long way off track and in their returning to the Lord have poured out their heart about the extent of sin they have wilfully experienced – some find it hard to believe that the message of John 3:16 truly is for them and that they are still loved and wanted. But the Scripture says that this message is for all who believe – it even included John Newton, the notorious former slave trader who later wrote “Amazing Grace.” He had understood the amazing grace of God for all that is implicit in this most wonderful of verses.

If you are struggling with believing that its message includes you, maybe now’s the time to find the bottom step of a staircase and through the sobs of repentance to hear God’s word in your heart and respond with the words that meant everything to me as a child, “Yes, Jesus loves me!”

Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, that there is no sinner who is beyond the extent of your love – and that the words of John 3:16 were written as a message to me from the One who loved me so much He died for me. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

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September 25, 2015
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Simply Profound

John 3:16, NIV
“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

I first learned these words as a young child. They are probably the most well-known verse in the whole Bible. With childish understanding I had learned and understood that Jesus loved me so much He died for me. The message deeply impacted me and even though I was very young I knew Jesus and I knew he loved me.

One day, after a now long-forgotten childish escapade, when my parents had discovered the outworking of some original sin, I felt the consequences of parental displeasure. As I came to terms with the discipline I had just experienced I was heard, through my sobs, as I sat on the bottom of the stairs, to be saying, “Nobody loves me! Nobody loves me!” But then, barely whispered through the tears came the words, “Yes, Jesus loves me!”

I knew I’d done wrong, but I also knew that the word ‘whosoever’ from John 3:16 meant that I was included within the meaning of the verse and that Jesus still loved me! We are never too young or too old to need to know this profound truth – that the word ‘whosoever’ is all inclusive for all those who believe. And that the verse does not say that there is any extent of sin which places us outside the love of God. His arms are spread wide to welcome ALL who believe.

The message of this verse may be simple, but as with many things in life it is often the most simple things that are the most profound. Today I often have to speak with both men and women who have gone a long way off track and in their returning to the Lord have poured out their heart about the extent of sin they have wilfully experienced – some find it hard to believe that the message of John 3:16 truly is for them and that they are still loved and wanted. But the Scripture says that this message is for all who believe – it even included John Newton, the notorious former slave trader who later wrote “Amazing Grace.” He had understood the amazing grace of God for all that is implicit in this most wonderful of verses.

If you are struggling with believing that its message includes you, maybe now’s the time to find the bottom step of a staircase and through the sobs of repentance to hear God’s word in your heart and respond with the words that meant everything to me as a child, “Yes, Jesus loves me!”

Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, that there is no sinner who is beyond the extent of your love – and that the words of John 3:16 were written as a message to me from the One who loved me so much He died for me. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

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September 25, 2015
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Simply Profound

John 3:16, NIV
“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

I first learned these words as a young child. They are probably the most well-known verse in the whole Bible. With childish understanding I had learned and understood that Jesus loved me so much He died for me. The message deeply impacted me and even though I was very young I knew Jesus and I knew he loved me.

One day, after a now long-forgotten childish escapade, when my parents had discovered the outworking of some original sin, I felt the consequences of parental displeasure. As I came to terms with the discipline I had just experienced I was heard, through my sobs, as I sat on the bottom of the stairs, to be saying, “Nobody loves me! Nobody loves me!” But then, barely whispered through the tears came the words, “Yes, Jesus loves me!”

I knew I’d done wrong, but I also knew that the word ‘whosoever’ from John 3:16 meant that I was included within the meaning of the verse and that Jesus still loved me! We are never too young or too old to need to know this profound truth – that the word ‘whosoever’ is all inclusive for all those who believe. And that the verse does not say that there is any extent of sin which places us outside the love of God. His arms are spread wide to welcome ALL who believe.

The message of this verse may be simple, but as with many things in life it is often the most simple things that are the most profound. Today I often have to speak with both men and women who have gone a long way off track and in their returning to the Lord have poured out their heart about the extent of sin they have wilfully experienced – some find it hard to believe that the message of John 3:16 truly is for them and that they are still loved and wanted. But the Scripture says that this message is for all who believe – it even included John Newton, the notorious former slave trader who later wrote “Amazing Grace.” He had understood the amazing grace of God for all that is implicit in this most wonderful of verses.

If you are struggling with believing that its message includes you, maybe now’s the time to find the bottom step of a staircase and through the sobs of repentance to hear God’s word in your heart and respond with the words that meant everything to me as a child, “Yes, Jesus loves me!”

Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, that there is no sinner who is beyond the extent of your love – and that the words of John 3:16 were written as a message to me from the One who loved me so much He died for me. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

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