February 17 / Proverbs 17 / Luke 4

Devil armwrestling Jesus

Proverbs 17:5

Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who are glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 17:9

Unforgiveness harbored in your heart will hold you back more than just about anything else in this life. It is the evil one who wants you to dwell on disagreements, and not on God.

Proverbs 17:22

One of the basic human needs is encouragement. We can all do our part to encourage someone everyday. The blessing that a few minutes of your day can bring to someone is immeasurable!

Proverbs 17:24

The discerning person looks to true wisdom, God’s ways, on how to live life and make decisions. Unwise people look to everything else but God for the answer.

Luke 4:14

“Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit…”

Overcoming temptation makes you stronger, just like working out does. Sometimes I feel the energy I spend fighting temptation is wasted energy, but it is actually strengthening me in the Spirit. So battling is a good thing. Giving in weakens you because you are in the flesh, which is much weaker than the Holy Spirit.

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