Devotionals by Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. – Agnes de Mille

I don’t miss the days before GPS; when I meant to end up one place, but no voice told me to “turn left” and “keep right.” Those were the days I’d sit at my surprise destination and wonder, Where did I go wrong?

There are followers of Christ asking the same question: Where did we go wrong? We tried our hardest to get where we thought we were supposed to go. We tried following all the instructions, but we still feel a sense of failure. Exhausted, disoriented, and lost, it’s tempting to give up hope and lose faith.

How did we get off course? How do we find our way back?

Paul takes the believers of Galatia back to the beginning.

I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? (Galatians 3:2)

Let’s be real. We all know we are saved by grace through faith. But we also know believers are notorious for handing each other to-do lists in the name of discipleship. It sounds a little like this:

Put down that cigarette, today. God’s temple is not an ashtray, right? We’re supposed to be the aroma of life, not Marlboro. Besides, you’ll need both hands to turn the pages during your quiet time. Here’s a daily plan for finishing the Bible in a year, with little checkboxes to mark your progress. And how often do you get paid? Good, write a check for 10% each pay period. And don’t worry, if you forget to do any of this, your accountability partner will be all over you like a cheap suit… in love, of course

Can you feel the restriction? The stiffness of marching boots? The forced change in behavior? This is not the way of the Spirit. Feeling like a failure is not the same as feeling sorrowful over sin. It’s something deeper – indicative that I’m marching and not living through the fullness of God’s Spirit. The Spirit is the fullness of life.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for purity, generosity, and hunger for God’s Word. But not when they are forced upon us from the outside and pursued in the power of the flesh. No, all good things come from the movement of the Spirit within us. Purity, generosity, and hunger for the Word are all longings of His Spirit within us, and this fruit ripens by season, not by force.

“All good things come from the movement of the Spirit within us. ”

Lord, whisper to me the story of our meeting – the story of my salvation – when I received Your grace by Your Spirit and believed what I had heard. Show me, right now, where I am still following the external rules of man-made religion by force, rather than following the internal GPS of Your Spirit. I choose trusting Your transformation over working it out on my own. 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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