By God’s grace, I’m trusting that 2016 will be a year of becoming.
Becoming the person I want to be.
And becoming the person God wants me to be.
But I’m all too aware that obstacles abound.
Distractions will threaten my focus. Satan will attack my resolve. My own feelings will refuse to cooperate.
I’m also mindful that “becoming” isn’t a one-way proposition.
It’s possible to become more spiritually mature, more self-controlled, more physically fit, and more productive.
But it’s also possible to become less of those things.
I’ve recently been approaching goal-setting a little differently; two core aspects I’m including in every single goal (even ministry goals and health goals that aren’t overtly “spiritual”) are Scripture and prayer.
God has brought to my attention sixteen inspirational Scriptures that allude to who or what God’s children can become.
I plan to soak these in over the next several months, meditating on them, pondering them, and praying them back to God.
I’d love for you to join me, and I’ve created a free printable we can use together for that purpose.
Let’s band together and see what God leads us to become!
16 Inspirational Scriptures for 2016
And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).
For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers (Romans 8:29)
It was transplanted into good soil near abundant water, and it produced branches and bore fruit, becoming a magnificent vine (Ezekiel 17:8).
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3).
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma (Ephesians 5:1-2).
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:5-8).
But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:16-18).
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself as He is pure (I John 3:1-3).
And the Child was growing and becoming strong, filled with wisdom, and the favor of God was upon Him (Luke 2:40).
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16).
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:1-2).
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let’s cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit by becoming mature in our holy fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).
[P]ut off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24).
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14).
As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake (Psalm 17:15).
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2).