Making A Difference

October 25, 2014
by Brenda Wood

Matthew 4:1-4,11 – Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" … Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. (NIV 2011)

"Aw, shucks, I can't have that cake" doesn't work nearly as well as "I don't want that right now."

"I can't" sets us up to feel deprived, while "I don't" makes us feel like we have a choice, which we do, as in all temptations.

You see, the Bible says that angels are sent to help us and that they work according to God's Word.

Hebrews 1:14 – Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service [of God for the assistance] of those who are to inherit salvation? (AMP)

So if I am aligning myself with the truth of the Bible and if I am saying it, my angel is there to help me. So, let's take weight loss, for instance. Why not say, "I am full", instead of "I wish I could have a second helping"?

Philippians 4:11-13 – I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (NIV)

Yes, this is the secret, that we can do all this through Christ who gives us strength.

Prayer: Lord, intervene in our minds. Help us to remember that we have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers us, and that we are ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into us; we are self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency. Amen. (from Philippians 4:13 AMP)

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Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good word for today Brenda.


    Good Morning Brenda. Thank you!


    Thanks. I needed to hear that today. Be blessed.


    Very philosophical. Good thought too. Amazing the difference between two small words.


    Brenda – a great word. Thank you for writing.
    God bless.


    Hi Brenda,
    Thanks be to God for your timely devotional as it has not been a good week, food wise.


    Awesome Brenda and I do choose to walk with Him and let Him change the I can’t into a glorious freedom.
    I do need to remember that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Again thank you Brenda for this.


    Thank you Brenda for the reminder.
    Christ is our strength during our time of need; He’s already been there.
    God Bless.


    Hi Brenda,
    That is a good point. Sometimes I use the “I can’t” sentences instead of the “I don’t” sentences.
    Thanks for pointing out this important difference and for the encouraging Bible verses.


    Hi Brenda. Thanks for your devotional. Phillippians 4:13 has been one of my “go to” verses for many years. On a different note, when I was teaching public school I often had students that said “I can’t …..” My response to them was “Do you know what CAN’T stands for”?? Usually their response was a no. I would then suggest that it stood for “Certainly Am Not Trying”. Usually then they would try again to solve, handle, … whatever was the stumbling block. Thanks again and have a great day.


    Hello Brenda!
    I am in “the dark” side gaining weight.
    It bothers me a lot. And is not healthy.
    I appreciate the verse not living by bread alone but by every word from God. There is the presence of sufficiently fed.
    And life under God’s blessings!
    Thank you for reminding about the angels camping around us.
    We keep them busy!


    Exactly what I need to hear. Short, sweet and to the point. Thanks, Brenda.

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