Peter Horrobin

Founder & International Director of Ellel Ministries

January 15, 2017
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Devotional Message | My Redeemer Lives!

Job 19:25-27, NIV
“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”

One of the amazing things about the Bible is how different writers at different times in history were all giving the same message in different ways! Here, in what is believed to be one of the oldest books of the Bible, Job is given revelation by the Holy Spirit – not just of the first coming of Jesus – but also that Job will live again and that he will see his Redeemer with his own eyes.

The words “I know that my Redeemer lives” are an extraordinary declaration that God will become the Redeemer of mankind – which is exactly what happened when Jesus died on the cross and rose again from the dead. The Redeemer was alive again – raised to life and raised to glory.

But then those words that Job will see his Redeemer “with his own eyes” are an amazing prophetic declaration that those who know their Redeemer will also be raised again with him after their earthly body (their skin) has been destroyed.

This is the certain hope of the believer, in a prophetic nutshell written hundreds of years before Jesus came. And as we look around a world in which there are so many dire and desperate situations it’s easy to agree with Job when he says that his “heart yearns within” him for that moment. And those words exactly echo the words of John, at the end of Revelation when he says, “Amen, come Lord Jesus”. For those who know their Redeemer there is nothing to fear in the coming again of the Lord – that will be a glorious moment, when our eyes at last will see Him!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that throughout Scripture the glorious truth of Jesus our Redeemer is proclaimed to all the world. Help me, Lord, never to forget that your return, when we will see you with our own eyes will, for believers, be a glorious moment – one that our hearts long for! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

December 31, 2016
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Devotional Message | Coming Soon!

Revelation 22:12-13, NIV
“Behold I am coming soon! My reward s with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Today is the first day of January – the beginning of a New Year – a whole year of expectation lies before us. But just as each and every year has a beginning and an end, the universe that God created also has a beginning and an end. John 1 tells us that the Living Word (Jesus) was involved in the creation of everything that was made. And Revelation tells us that the One who made the world and everything in it will one day come again in all His glory – not as the babe of Bethlehem, but as the Kings of Kings and the Judge of all the Earth.

For those who have believed in Jesus, His second coming is an event to be looked forward to and anticipated with joy. But for those who do not know Him, Scripture warns us that “it is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). As world events escalate and uncertainty on the international front becomes more and more concerning, it’s hard not to wonder how long it will be before the Lord returns. Our only eternal security lies in Him – He, literally, has the whole world in His hands, and if we are secure in Him then we have absolutely nothing to fear.

John Wesley always urged his followers to spend serious time with the Lord on the last day of the old year as a preparation for renewing one’s covenant with God on the first day of every year. You don’t have to be a Methodist to make this valuable spiritual discipline a time of reflection and opportunity – reflection on all that has gone before, and an opportunity to seek the face of God afresh and renew one’s commitment to Him for the year ahead.

None of us knows when the Lord will return, but as was made clear by Jesus in the parable of the wise and the foolish virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), if you wait until He comes to then try and put oil in your lamp, it will be too late – it is only those who are ready when He comes that will be able to enter into the glory of His eternal presence. Be sure of one thing – the Scriptural promises about the first coming of Jesus were all fulfilled – they are evidence to those with ears to hear that the promises about His second Coming will also be fulfilled. May I encourage you, indeed urge you, to be ready at all times. He IS COMING AGAIN!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that the promises of Scripture were so precisely fulfilled when you came to Earth to be our Saviour. Help me always to be ready at all times for Your return, and to live as if You are returning today, with the lamp of my life always filled with the oil of your presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

December 15, 2016
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Devotional Message | Which Star is HIS Star?

Matthew 2:1-2, NIV
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the East came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We saw his star in the East and have come to worship him.”

In this Christmas Season the familiar Christmas stories are read and acted out in countless Nativity Plays. The story of the three visitors from the East (wise men, Kings or Magi) is always a key element in the drama. But as I was thinking about the story, while preparing for the Ellel Carol Service, I was prompted to think once again about which star was ‘His star’. Then I remembered what John had said about Jesus at the beginning of his Gospel:

“Through him all things were made, without him nothing was made that has been made. 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” (John 1:3-5).

So, in reality, all the stars are His! He made them all. I showed a video at our Carol Service which attempts to illustrate just how big the created universe is. For example, our Sun is only one of several hundred billion stars in our own galaxy, the Milky Way. But then, further afield, there are estimated to be a 100 billion galaxies of stars! And the biggest known star is so big that a jet airliner would take eleven hundred years to just go round it once! And its diameter is about eighteen times the distance between the Earth and the Sun!!

It doesn’t actually matter which star it was that directed the wise men to the stable in Bethlehem – what matters is that we recognise that the Babe of Bethlehem is indeed “the Bright and Morning Star” (Revelation 22:16), bringing eternal light into the darkness of a world that has rejected its Creator and welcomed spiritual darkness.

As, this Christmas, I look up into the Heavens, and wonder at the stars in the Universe, my heart will be turned to the Babe of Bethlehem, and with the wise men and the shepherds I will be kneeling in worship of the Shepherd and the King – the Creator of all things who loved us so much that He came to be the Light, shining a torch of love into the darkness of this world and showing us the way to the Father.

Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for Your eternal love and extraordinary obedience in coming into this dark world. I marvel at the wonders of Your creation and rejoice this Christmas to worship You, the Babe of Bethlehem, as the Lord and King of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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December 1, 2016
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Devotional Message | God’s Unchangeable Laws

Galatians 6:7-9, NIV
“Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.”

We are not surprised when we sow seeds from a packet of bean seeds, that beans begin to sprout from the seeds and in due course we are able to pick the harvest. Equally, we are not surprised when we plant seeds of forget-me-nots, that before long we can enjoy the delicate blue spring flowers in our garden. This is the natural law of God’s order. It is divinely written into the whole of God’s creation. What you reap is always a consequence of what is sown.

In exactly the same way Paul is telling us, through our Scripture for today, that the nature of the seed that we sow in our lives will also be evident from the subsequent consequences. If we sow to satisfy the base desires of our carnal nature we will, in due time, inherit death. But if we sow to please the Holy Spirit, then the ultimate fruit is eternal life. What an extraordinary contrast between the two crops.

Throughout Scripture we read the same fundamental message. Paul put it this way in his letter to the Romans, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). It is a message that the world does not want to hear – self-indulgence and the enjoyment of sin are considered to be the meat and drink of a godless generation. But as our Scripture says, God is not mocked and will not allow good fruit to come from bad seed.

So how should we respond when we suddenly realise that we have wasted time and character on a lifestyle which has left behind the scars of sin and there is bad fruit in our lives? The past cannot be undone, but, thanks be to God, true repentance is always followed by true forgiveness. We may still bear the scars of the past, which need healing, but the slate is wiped clean and God fulfils his promise which says “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool” (Isaiah 1:18).

Many is the time I have wept with those who are weeping over their wasted years – but I have also been thrilled to rejoice with those who rejoice when forgiveness comes and a fresh start is made, this time sowing good seed – seed which please the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to always remember that what I sow in my life will always have consequences. Forgive me, Lord for those times when I have consciously sown bad seed – but thank You so much, for your forgiveness. I choose to walk in step with the Spirit of God and do those things that please Him. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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November 15, 2016
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Breaking Through

Ever since the beginning of the work God has had us on a journey. At times it’s been a roller-coaster ride of faith as, little by little, God has taught us vital healing lessons from His Word and shown us how to apply them.

It was a shock, at first, to discover the significance that deliverance could have in the journey of healing. Then we learnt about the bondages people can be in through the ties of  wrong relationships. It was a further huge step forward when God showed us the keys for healing the brokenness caused by accidents and trauma. And then, when helping people with many kinds of struggles and problems, Fiona found that God can minister healing using creativity as a means of connecting to and finding lost identity. Out of this experience she pioneered the Healing Through Creativity courses at Ellel Grange. These have brought deep healing to thousands of people, both in the UK and at our Centres around the world.

And much to her surprise, God even used this course to break a sub-conscious fear of failure within her, which eventually led to finding her own God-given artistic gifting!  She signed up for a local art class and some of her paintings have now been made into greetings cards and are giving pleasure to others as well. You can see them all at www.fionahorrobinart.com

Healing Through Creativity is not, however, about finding hidden talent, although it may do just that!   It is about finding yourself and in finding yourself, finding that God is there with you, releasing you from hidden bondages and controls, many of which can be deeply subconscious.

Some of the most profound healings we have seen on Healing Retreats and Training Courses have  come about as people discovered that they are truly made in the image and likeness of God – creative like their Creator and loved for who they are.   Being creative in the fullest sense is everything from taking a walk, enjoying sport to being a woodworker, a scientist or a cook.  It includes you!

Having seen such wonderful fruit from Healing Through Creativity, Fi began to develop a week-long course, Bridge From the Head to the Heart, at Blairmore in Scotland. Here, in the tranquil beauty of the Highlands there is space and time for healing of the deepest hurts, which are often blocked in hidden places.

Following her years of running these particular courses, and years of praying with individuals, the vision then came for Breaking Through to Freedom – a course (currently run three times per year at Blairmore House) which is especially suited for those who have become stuck in their problem or have wrestled with significant issues, but have not yet found their personal breakthrough.

What a joy and privilege it is to have a part in seeing lives transformed under the hand of God. We are living in a very broken world, but God has His answers and is today transforming the broken-hearted of Isaiah 61:1 into the oaks of righteousness of Isaiah 61:4.

November 14, 2016
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Devotional Message | Turn . . . Leave . . . Change!

Isaiah 55:6-7 (GNB)
“Turn to the Lord and pray to him, now that he is near. Let the wicked leave their way of life and change their way of thinking. Let them turn to the Lord, our God; he is merciful and quick to forgive.”

When I was learning the elements of English grammar, I was taught how to quickly analyse what a writer was trying to say, by looking for the key action words which underpinned everything else that was being said. Isaiah was writing at a time of great political uncertainty among the nations. As you read the headlines in today’s newspapers you could be justified in thinking that we need a twenty-first century Isaiah to come and prophesy to the world – not just to the people of Israel who were captive in Babylon!

But if Isaiah did return and prophesy to the nations I don’t think the key action words at the core of his message would be any different from the ones he originally included in our Scripture for today. Turn . . . Leave . . . Change. For these are the words that are not just at the heart of the Christian Gospel message, but are the words that have been at the heart of every message that God has ever spoken to mankind since sin entered the world.

God is merciful and his loving mercy was supremely manifest in the action of His Son. If we truly turn to Him, demonstrate our commitment to Him by leaving those things that have hallmarked the sinfulness of our walk, and change our way of thinking, then He is quick to forgive. Forgiveness is the first stage on the journey of restoration. Forgiveness removes from our lives the eternal consequences of our sin and it opens the door for the healing and restoration of our lives – and, indeed, for the healing and the restoration of nations.

Some of the most profound healings that I have ever experienced have begun by someone taking the action words from today’s Scripture and systematically applying them to their own lives. When we run towards the Lord, the Father comes running to meet us – as was most graphically expressed by Jesus in His story of the prodigal son. This is a day when people and nations need to turn to the Lord and re-discover the mercy and forgiveness of God.

Prayer: Forgive me, Lord, for the times when I have turned away from you and gone my own way. I choose now to turn, leave and change my way of thinking. Thank You, Jesus, for dying that I might live and that I might know your healing and restoration. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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November 2, 2016
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Devotional Message | Inner Blessings

Psalm 133, NIV
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.”

God always honours his promises. Through the promise in Psalm 133 He is teaching us a profound and life-changing principle. Not just a principle of unity and blessing through relationship one with another, but at an even deeper level! If we can truly understand this, it will transform the heart and open the door for the deepest possible inner healing.

What am I talking about? I’m referring to our own personal inner unity. We are made in the image and likeness of God. He is three-in-one – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each human being is a reflection of our Creator, in that we are also three-in-one, spirit, soul and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

Now Jesus said of His relationship with His Father that “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). It was inconceivable that there could be any dis-unity in the God-head. But because of sin in the heart of man, inner disunity is an outworking of the fall. People may, in their spirit, be intent on worshipping the Lord and doing His will but, at the same time, they can be beset with temptation in the soul which leads them into the sins of the flesh. Such disunity causes inner stresses and strains and can, even, result in the body being vulnerable to physical conditions.

But when people choose to bring their soulish choices under the headship of their spirit, and there is an inner unity of heart and purpose, then the peace of God transforms us from within and God is able to bestow upon us His blessing and His healing.

So, yes, our verse for today encourages us to know the blessing that comes from being in a right relationship with our brothers and sisters, but if we are also experiencing the inner unity of spirit and soul we will know the riches of God’s inner blessings reaching to our innermost being.

Prayer: Lord, help me to know the blessings which come from living in personal inner unity. I choose to pray the prayer of David, when he said, “Bless the Lord, O my soul – all that is within me praise His Holy name.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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October 25, 2016
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Birthdays!

My thirtieth birthday was a traumatic affair in a spiritual sense. I knew I was then old – or so I thought! For years I had been waiting on the Lord for whatever it was He wanted my life’s calling to be and when I reached thirty I was convinced that I had missed it and God had passed me by.

Youth is naturally impatient and fails to understand that God is not in a hurry and that He takes His time to hone and polish the man or woman who wants to serve Him. At the age of thirty I couldn’t see all the rough edges that God needed to polish and the experience that he wanted me to have. I can see now that God couldn’t release me into my calling until I had got a few more years of testing and training under my spiritual belt.

A wise and elderly saint of God confided in me at about that time that, in his experience, about forty was the age when God’s primary purposes would begin to be fulfilled. I had a few years to wait – until, actually, I was forty-three and we walked through the doors of Ellel Grange for the first time to begin the work of Ellel Ministries all those years ago in 1986.

Which brings me to the initial prompting for this blog – Ellel Ministries will be thirty years old on the 31st October! Yes, it was on Halloween night that God raised up a ministry that would have a strategic role in pulling down the strongholds of Satan in people’s lives. And in a few days’ time about ninety leaders of the work from all over the world will be gathering at Ellel Grange for our leaders conference.

It is almost beyond belief to realise what God has done in such a short period of time. And now we are preparing ourselves for whatever He has next in store for us. We have a deep sense that in many ways the first thirty years have been a preparation. During the conference we will be taking time out to pray into the ongoing vision for the work and we would really value your prayerful support at this time as well.

No-one needs telling that the world is in a serious mess and that the farther that people (and governments) transgress from the ways of the Lord, the messier people’s lives will become.  God has been preparing us over the years to be ready for when people in their hundreds come knocking on the door, crying out to God for the only form of healing that can put their lives back on track.

These are certainly challenging days and while we will be taking a short time out to have a time of thanksgiving and celebration on the 31st, the main thrust of our leaders’ conference is equipping the team who are being Prepared for a Purpose.

There are a couple of brilliant chapters in the biography of Charles Cowman (husband of Lettie Cowman, who wrote the famous devotional book Streams in the desert) about how God orders our steps and prepares us for His purposes. It’s been a huge encouragement (and challenge) to me over the years. It’s a book worth reading – get it if you can. Charles Cowman – Missionary Warrior, by Lettie Cowman. God still has a work for each one of us to do. You are never too old – whether you are thirty or eighty – to be thinking ahead and praying into the purposes of God for the rest of your life!

October 10, 2016
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Devotional Message | Action Words

Daniel 11:32, NIV
“The people who do know their God will be strong and do exploits.”

There are three key phrases in our Scripture for today – ‘know their God’, ‘will be strong’ and ‘do exploits’. These are the action words which draw us into supernatural involvement with Father God. There is a divine logic about the sequence which teaches us a profound lesson about the protocol of God.

First we have to know Him – and that doesn’t just mean know who he is. It means to be in a close relationship with Him – to understand His heart, recognise His voice and be happy to walk in His ways. Unless we have come to that place in God we will not know what it is that God is calling us to be or to do.

But once we know Him like this, we know that what God calls us to do as we follow Him is what He will enable us to do also. So there is no need to fear or doubt. And when we have reached that place of confidence in Him, we will be strong – in fact so strong that nothing can stand in the way of His purposes being fulfilled.

And the result will be that we will do exploits – amazing things that only God could have prepared for us in advance, as Paul expressed it in his letter to the Philippians. I pray that as you seek to know Him better, you will get excited at the prospect of doing exploits for Him. Then one day you will look back at the journey you have been on and be amazed at what God has done.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You are still in the business of calling people like Daniel to be strong and do exploits for the Kingdom of God. Help me to keep my eyes always open to see what You are doing and my ears always alert to listen to what You are saying, so that I will know what it is that You want me to do next for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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October 1, 2016
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Devotional Message | Testing Times

John 4:1, NIV
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.”

Life is not always easy. Everything doesn’t always fall nicely into place and there are seasons in life when it seems as though God has withdrawn His presence. Times when we have been walking on with God in obedience and fellowship with Him when, suddenly, it seems as though the Lord has led us into a desert place – a place where God has desert-ed us!

It must have seemed like that for Jesus when, just after the most extraordinary and supernatural manifestation of the Father’s presence and power, following His baptism by John the Baptist, He suddenly found Himself being led into a spiritually hostile place by the same Spirit who took Him down into those baptismal waters.

It’s easy to love and obey God when you are in the middle of a wonderful spiritual season of blessing, when you are so aware of the Lord’s presence. But how do we cope when the circumstances around us are very different and even hostile? Do we still choose to walk in obedience to God because we love Him or do we turn to other things to comfort ourselves in tough times – be it some form of self-indulgence, wrong relationships or whatever?

In His wilderness experience the devil offered Jesus bread from stones, followers through spiritual performances and, ultimately, the world without sacrifice. Jesus persevered for forty days, faced with constant temptation – but at no time did He indulge himself. He consistently chose to obey His Father God, even though there was no obvious evidence of His presence. This was Jesus’ test – and He came through it without succumbing to the devil’s temptations. The wonderful evidence of Scripture is that Jesus came back from this wilderness experience in the power of the Spirit and began His work.

God sometimes tests our hearts also – how will we respond when it seems as though we are in a desert? Will we still love and obey the Lord – and come out the other side even stronger than before!

Prayer: Help me, Jesus, to learn from the way You faced a season of testing. Give me, I pray, the courage to keep on loving and obeying you, even when I’m going through tough times. Freshly empower me with Your Spirit so that I will always want to walk in Your footsteps and not step out of the Way You have set before me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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