August letter

Dear Friend:

Are you living with an impossibility? An insurmountable challenge that you’re powerless to change? Maybe it’s a grown child straying in the wrong direction. Maybe it’s your marriage or chronic pain or perhaps a wall you’ve slammed into with your career. Whatever it is, you’ve run out of options. No pastor, no professional, no friend—not even you, yourself—can bring the change that’s needed. You’re stuck.

Am I describing your life? If so, I’ve got great news: We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.

On earth, Jesus performed miracles that proved what Scripture says: “Nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37). John records seven that perfectly illustrate Jesus’ astonishing power . . . so that YOU might believe (John 20:31). Jesus demonstrated His power over:

  1. Quality—John chapter 2, Jesus turns water into wedding wine. When the master of ceremonies tastes it, he says the bridegroom saved the best for last.
  2. Distance—chapter 4, Jesus heals a man’s son . . . from five hours away.
  3. Time—chapter 5, Jesus heals a man who had been lame for 38 years.
  4. Quantity—chapter 6, Jesus feeds over 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish.
  5. Nature—chapter 6, Jesus walks on water.
  6. Misfortune—chapter 9, Jesus gives sight to a man born blind.
  7. Death—chapter 11, Jesus calls forth Lazarus from the grave.

Need to turn something ordinary into something of quality? God’s good at that! Got a person you need to reach who’s far away? He has no problem with distance either. Been wrestling with something so long you can’t remember what life was like before? He’s the Master of time. Need an “impossible” provision? He provides more than enough. The laws of physics say your reality can’t be changed? The Creator wrote those laws so He can change them! Limited by a lifelong disability? God will help you through every circumstance. Death itself is no match for Him!

Promises are fulfilled when God says, “Now!” At that point, He turns our impossibilities into great opportunities. I’m not saying to expect a miracle a day. For reasons we don’t know, God does not always intervene. But miracles DO happen! They’re rare and they defy explanation . . . and they’re enough to change your life.

At Insight for Living Ministries, we’re pursuing a mission that looks impossible. But we know it can be done, because it’s a mission given to every believer by Jesus Himself. The Great Commission is the ultimate great opportunity, brilliantly disguised as an impossibility.

Is God asking YOU to be a part of His miraculous provision for Insight for Living Ministries this month as we pursue Vision 195? Don’t miss the opportunity to display His astonishing power! Send your gift today.

As you do, I urge you, give your personal impossibility to God. Believe in His power. Rest in His sovereignty.

Trusting in Jesus’ Power,

Chuck Swindoll
Charles R. Swindoll


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