Devotionals by Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit. Suddenly, I heard a loud voice behind me, a voice that sounded like a trumpet blast. - Revelation 1:10

If you were to visit the beautiful island of Patmos, you might be cured of feeling sorry for John who was exiled there “for preaching the word of God and speaking about Jesus” (Revelation 1:9). Yet though his surroundings were beautiful, the island was still his prison.

But no exile or prison could stop John from worshiping. John wrote, “It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit” (Revelation 1:10). When John was “in the Spirit” on the Lord’s Day, he saw the Lord as he had never seen him before! Suffering for this testimony of Jesus did not cloud the face of God but rather revealed it (Revelation 1:12-16).

Perhaps it’s hard for you to be “in the Spirit” on the Lord’s Day. Maybe you feel like you are on an island, isolated by circumstances, separated against your will from those you love. If you will stay in touch with the God who has allowed these circumstances, you will see Jesus as you have never seen him before. So don’t waste the pain.

Suffering helps you see God as you’ve never seen him before—just as John did. It also helps you see aspects of Jesus’ character in a whole new way—just as John did. Once, on the Mount of Transfiguration, John had seen the glory of God in Christ; here he saw more of that glory. Whenever we are “in the Spirit,” God will show himself to us. We can let suffering drive us deeper into God and know that he’s waiting.

For Further Study: Hebrews 11:1-2 

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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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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