Devotionals by Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. — Albert Einstein

If you’ve ever wondered, What does Jesus want to do with me? I’m about to tell you the answer. Jesus takes limited people and does limitless things through them. This is what He did then, and it’s what He will do now.

We’ve been reading about the boy who gave Jesus his five loaves and two fish; and with those loaves, Jesus fed thousands. The bread could have been stale and the fish could have been fishy, but all that mattered was that the lad’s loaves were in the Lord’s hands.

What we see as “not enough” becomes more than enough when offered to Jesus.

So what does this look like in everyday life?

Some of us are parenting teenagers right now. We’re looking at our kids and looking back at Jesus and wondering, Why did You ask me to raise this kid? It seems like I’m doing it all wrong. My child thinks I’m terrible, and I am struggling.

And Jesus is saying to you, “I have you right where I want you – raising this child so I can demonstrate how capable I am through you. So relax. Let Me parent through you. Trust Me.”

Some of us are leading ministry and we are painfully aware of our inadequacy. We are limited and convinced our limitations limit our contributions to our ministry.

Jesus knows this isn’t true. In fact, our limitations give Him room to demonstrate His power.

 

Some of us are being asked to give generously, but all we can think about is our limited income. Listen, even if you have only a little, trust God. Put the gift in His hands and see what He does.

Even crumbs can be multiplied when they’re offered to Jesus.

Jesus, maybe I look around at my life and see only what I lack – time, money, talents, skills. Let me see my life through Your eyes. Let me see all this lack as the perfect space for You to show off. Thank You for inviting me to be a part of Your great plan. Amen.

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About Telling the Truth

Telling the Truth exists to make available sound biblical teaching, practically applied, with a view to producing lives that glorify God and draw people to Christ. The whole of our ministry is to encourage, console, strengthen, teach, and train.

About Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

Stuart Briscoe uses wit and intellect to target your heart, capture your attention and challenge you to grow! You will find his logic compelling as he brings a fresh, practical perspective to the Scriptures. Born in England, Stuart left a career in banking to enter the ministry full time. He has written more than 50 books, received three honorary doctorates and preached in more than one hundred countries. He was senior pastor of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, for thirty years, and currently serves as minister-at-large.

Jill Briscoe was born in England and found Christ when she was 18 years old. She never looked back. Upon graduating from Cambridge University, she began working as a teacher by day and had a vigorous street ministry to the youths of Liverpool by night.

She met Stuart at a youth conference and they married in 1958. In the 50 years since, Jill has become a highly sought-after Bible teacher and author who travels around the world ministering to under-resourced churches and speaking at international seminars and conferences. Since 2000, she and Stuart, who was formerly senior pastor of Elmbrook Church for 30 years, have had the joy of equipping and encouraging believers across the globe in their roles as ministers-at-large for Elmbrook.

Jill has authored more than 40 books including devotionals, study guides, poetry and children's books. Her vivid, relational teaching style touches the emotions and stirs the heart. She serves as Executive Editor of Just Between Us, a magazine of encouragement for ministry wives and women in leadership, and served on the board of World Relief and Christianity Today, Inc., for over 20 years.

Jill and Stuart call suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin their home. When they are not traveling, they spend time with their three children, David, Judy and Peter, and thirteen grandchildren.

Pete Briscoe, youngest son of Stuart and Jill, was also born in England but grew up under his father's ministry in Milwaukee. While getting his Masters of Divinity degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, Pete had a professor tell him that it was "a sin to bore people with the Bible." He has taken that to heart as he has served since 1992 as senior pastor of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX. Pete and his wife, Libby, have three children.

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