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Chuck Swindoll’s Insight for Today 28th June 2022 Devotional

Chuck Swindoll’s Insight for Today 28th June 2022 Devotional

Chuck Swindoll’s Insight for Today 28th June 2022 Devotional

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Insight for Today 28 June 2022 Devotional Written By Pastor Chuck Swindoll

TOPIC: Can’t . . . or Won’t? Part Two

MESSAGE

If you haven’t read yesterday’s reading, I’d like to ask you to do that. It’s crucial that you understand that God has given Christians an extra inner reservoir of power that is more than a match for the stuff life throws at us. In the verses we studied yesterday (Philippians 4:132 Corinthians 12:9Ephesians 3:14162 Peter 1:41 Corinthians 10:13), it’s called several things: strength, power, divine nature, ability.

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So, if we have this miraculous ability, why do we struggle so?

Let’s get specific. It often boils down to the choice of two common words in our vocabulary. Little words, but, oh, so different! Can’t and won’t. Christians need to be very careful which one they choose. It seems that we prefer to use can’t.

“I just can’t get along with my wife.”
“My husband and I can’t communicate.”
“I can’t discipline the kids like I should.”
“I just can’t give up the affair I’m having.”
“I can’t stop overeating.”
“I can’t find the time to pray.”
“I can’t quit gossiping.”

Chuck Swindoll’s Insight for Today 28th June 2022 Devotional

No, any Christian who takes seriously those five passages we looked at (there are dozens more) will have to confess the word really should be won’t. Why? Because we have been given the power, the ability to overcome. Literally! And therein lies hope in hoisting anchors that would otherwise hold us in the muck and mire of blame and self-pity.

One of the best books I’ve encountered on overcoming depression is a splendid work by two physicians, Minirth and Meier. The volume is appropriately entitled Happiness Is a Choice. These men agree that:

As psychiatrists we cringe whenever [Christian] patients use the word can’t . . . .

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Any good psychiatrist knows that “I can’t” and “I’ve tried” are merely lame excuses. We insist that our patients be honest with themselves and use language that expresses the reality of the situation. So we have our patients change their can’ts to won’ts . . . .

If an individual changes all his can’ts to won’ts, he stops avoiding the truth, quits deceiving himself, and starts living in reality . . . .

“I just won’t get along with my wife.”
“My husband and I won’t communicate.”
“I won’t discipline the kids like I should.”
“I just won’t give up the affair I’m having.”
“I won’t stop overeating.”
“I won’t find the time to pray”
“I won’t quit gossiping.”

Chuck Swindoll’s Insight for Today 28th June 2022 Devotional

Non-Christians have every right and reason to use can’t, because they really can’t! They are victims, trapped and bound like slaves in a fierce and endless struggle. Without Christ and His power, they lack what it takes to change permanently. They don’t because they can’t! It is a fact . . . a valid excuse.

But people like us? Hey, let’s face it; we don’t because we won’t . . . we disobey because we want to, not because we have to . . . because we choose to, not because we’re forced to. The sooner we are willing to own up realistically to our responsibility and stop playing the blame game at pity parties for ourselves, the more we’ll learn and change and the less we’ll burn and blame.

I wish I could find a less offensive way to communicate all this, but I just can’t. Oops!

If there’s a “won’t” in your life that you’ve been calling a “can’t,” talk it over now with God.

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As a leading program in Christian broadcasting since 1979, Insight for Living airs in major Christian radio markets around the world, reaching people groups in languages they can understand. Chuck’s extensive writing ministry has also served the body of Christ worldwide and his leadership as president and now chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary has helped prepare and equip a new generation for ministry. Chuck and Cynthia, his partner in life and ministry, have four grown children, ten grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Chuck Swindoll’s Insight for Today 28th June 2022 Devotional

JESUS IS COMING SOON!!!

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF NO, ACCEPT JESUS NOW

Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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