Devotionals by Jill Briscoe

He held seven stars in his right hand. - Revelation 1:16

Jesus said the seven stars were angels or messengers to the churches in Asia. God is not a divine detective story writer, who sits in heaven, trying to think of ways to muddle us up! He wants to make things plain. He told John that he holds the messengers in his hand; he has a grip on them. Commentators differ as to whether these messengers were heavenly or earthly, but whichever, they were in his hand! They may represent anyone who brings God’s messages to a church. God sent these messengers to do his bidding. Their job was simply to deliver Jesus’ message to the seven churches (represented by the seven lampstands).

It is a comforting thought to me that Christ holds the messengers in his nail-pierced hand. The church is his bride, and he cares about her. Those of us who also have the privilege of being cared for so deeply by Christ need to make sure Jesus’ letters do not get lost in the delivery. People’s reaction to the message is not our responsibility, but the delivery of that message as Jesus gave it is our responsibility! Jesus has his hands full with his messengers, but when John fainted at the sight of the glorified Christ, “He laid his right hand on [him] and said, ‘Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last’ ” (Revelation 1:17). A vision of him in all his glory will help us to deliver our message.

For Further Study: Revelation 1:12-20 

Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

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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 Jill Briscoe

Jill Briscoe was born in Liverpool England in 1935. Educated at Cambridge, she taught school for a number of years before marrying Stuart and raising their three children.

In addition to sharing with her husband in ministry with the Torchbearers and in pastoring a church in the United Sates for thirty years, Jill has written more than forty books, travelled on every continent teaching and encouraging, served on the boards of "Christianity Today" and "World Relief," and now acts as Executive Editor of a magazine for women called "Just Between Us."

Jill can be heard regularly on the worldwide media ministry called "Telling the Truth" She is proud to be called “Nana” by thirteen grandchildren.

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