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Devotionals by Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

Then one of the seraphim flew over to the altar, and he picked up a burning coal with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.” - Isaiah 6:6-7

When we have a vision of God, we get a true look at ourselves. “My destruction is sealed!” we say. Seeing him looking at me makes me aware of the blemishes in my character. When I see the Lord, I see the world, too. I stop saying, “Here am I, send somebody else,” and I start saying, “Lord, I’ll go! Send me.” He then equips me by cleansing me for service. What I say will burn its way into people’s thoughts and bring them to the point of deciding for or against God.

“But whom do I talk to?” you may ask. “How am I expected to know who needs God’s message?” God told Isaiah what to tell “these people.” “These people” were the same people Isaiah had been preaching to for a long, long time. He had been getting discouraged because they hadn’t responded, but God sent his prophet right back to tell them all over again. What was more, the Lord told Isaiah that they still wouldn’t listen! But that was not to be his concern.

How do you keep going when all your effort seems futile? You’ll need time to get a fresh vision of God—which will give you a fresh vision of yourself, a new look at your world, and a new concern in your heart. Then you’ll be able to go back to rebellious people and see a difference. Not in them, perhaps, but certainly in you! You’ll find you have the capacity to be faithful without having to see the results.

For Further Study: Isaiah 6:1-13

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

For more from Jill Briscoe, please visit TellingtheTruth.org.

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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 leads Telling the Truth, a multi-faceted media ministry he shares with his parents Stuart and Jill Briscoe, broadcasting Bible teaching across the United States on more than 500 radio stations and across the world on the internet and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, to help more people come to know Christ and experience fullness of life in Him. Pete also served as senior pastor of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Carrollton, Texas for nearly 30 years after completing his seminary training at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Pete and his wife, Libby, have three adult children and find great joy in experiencing the Life of Christ each day

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