Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lord, Not Her!

Dear Friends,

God's idea about who you should reach might be different than yours. 

And he said, “Go, and tell this people ….”  ~ Isaiah 6:9

Can’t you just hear Isaiah groaning, “O Lord, not this people?”  Have you ever had a similar experience?  I have.  I can remember telling God just where to send me.  I wanted to work with teenagers.  They had caught my attention and captured my heart, and I kept saying to the Lord, “Here I am, send me!”  “Go and tell this people,” the Lord replied, drawing my attention to some very old ladies who were my neighbors.  They were all over seventy years of age, one was crippled, one blind, and one deaf!  I obediently, though grudgingly, complied, inviting them to a Bible study.  Only the deaf one responded.  Sitting in my little living room and screaming into her ear was a far cry from youth evangelism.  I comforted myself with the thought that God promised Isaiah there would be a remnant that would respond!  Even as I had that thought, the remnant was sitting looking at me!  This little old deaf lady accepted Jesus and went to be with Him shortly afterwards!   

I suddenly realized the necessity of reaching the aged; they don’t have as much time as the youth!  It is hard going, as older people tend to be adamant where change is concerned, and accepting Christ means change.  When they have always done something one way, another way seems impossible.  But He who said He was “the Way” showed these ladies “the truth” and gave them His life, and “this people” became my people!  What joy!

When God says go and tell “this people,” don’t argue - go!  You’ll find that a remnant will respond.

In Him,

Jill Briscoe
Executive Editor

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How Do You Keep Going When All Your Effort Seems Futile?

Dear Friends,


Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar.  And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips:  Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.”

 ~ Isaiah 6:6-7


When we have a vision of Him, we get a true look at ourselves.  “Woe is me!” 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 “Here am I, send me.”  He then equips me by cleansing me for service and giving me “hot lips.”  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 to tell “this people.”  “This 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.


In Him,

Jill Briscoe
Executive Editor

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Have You Taken the Privilege of Worship Too Lightly?

Dear Friends


“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”  And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.  
~ Isaiah 6:3-4

The posts of the heavenly realm shook at the voice of him who cried.  I used to think that this verse referred to God, but then I realized the text reveals it is the voice of the angel that shakes heaven.  If such a tumult occurs at the voice of an angel, whatever will happen when God Himself speaks?



We take the privilege of worship far too lightly.  We get too chummy with God, or try to bring Him down to our level.  A Friend He is - but an Almighty Friend, a Holy Friend.  As we come to understand His ineffable nature, we shall be saved from irreverent attitudes in prayer.  And yet He encourages us to come “boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).  It is because Jesus our advocate is at the right hand of God that we dare to come boldly before His throne.


When God’s angels acknowledged God’s Person and attributed worth to Him, “the house was filled with smoke.”  This undoubtedly refers to the shekinah glory, the presence of God made manifest.  So when you and I attribute worth to God in worship, heaven is moved and God will show Himself - if not to the world, certainly to the worshiper.  The awesome reality of God may wring a “woe is me” from our lips as it did from Isaiah, but it hopefully will lead us to submission and a deep desire to serve our lost world.


In Him,


Jill Briscoe
Executive Editor