12 Bible Verses About Freshness, Renewal, and Transformation for Your New Year

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Welcome to the new year. ✨ By the time you read this, there is a good chance we are at least one week into 2020.
Did you set yourself up with any resolutions? If so, how are they going? Did they even make it this far? 👍😲
January 1st always seems to mark a new, clean slate. It’s as if it is a tangible point in which we can use as a starting point to make a change. It is the place in our lives where we tend to re-adjust life as we know it in an attempt to become the person we envision ourselves to be. As if December 9th, April 27th, or September 30th are not perfect days for this change to occur, right? 🙄🙄
I am not sure why we put so much pressure on ourselves at the beginning of each new year. I don’t know if it is seeing the clear, fresh blank calendar 📅 before us or the wide-open possibilities of a new, yet unknown, year that make us consider it such a great turning point. Whatever the reason, we all seem to agree that the time for renewal is right now.
So, in keeping with the consensus, I thought that perhaps you may be able to put some Bible verses to good use — you know, those verses that talk about all the freshness, renewal, and transformation going on in the world. After all, only God can wipe us clean and give us that real sense of anew.
I will place them in easy reach before you, in no particular order. Choose one or all. You find the quiet space to read them, sit with them, study them, and incorporate them into your life. And, whatever you do, know that you already are an incredibly amazing individual that was created in God’s image to do some magnificent things. And, that this is a time for you to re-focus your attention on what can change the course of your life forever.

Are you ready?

Romans 12:2  “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

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Luke 22:42  Jesus prayed – “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 

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2 Peter 1:2-4  “May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.”

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Philippians 1:6  “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

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2 Corinthians 3:18  “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”

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2 Corinthians 4:16-17  “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever.”

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2 Corinthians 5:17  “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

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Ephesians 4:22-24  “…throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God — truly righteous and holy.”

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Galatians 2:20  “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

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Galatians 5:16  “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.”

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Acts 3:19-20  “Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then, times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah.”

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James 1:2-4  “…when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

Here’s to a blessed 2020. Whether you find yourself on top of a hill or at the bottom of a valley, remember who walks before you.
 “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” – Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT)

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