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Reflection and Repentance:

  • Acts 3:19: “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”
  • Joel 2:12: “Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
  • Psalm 51:10: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
  • Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”
  • James 5:16: “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

Fasting and Self-Denial:

  • Matthew 6:17-18: “But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
  • Luke 9:23: “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.'”
  • Mark 2:19: “And Jesus said to them, ‘Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.'”
  • Genesis 18:19: “For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”
  • 1 Corinthians 9:27: “But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”

The Temptation of Jesus:

  • Matthew 4:1: “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”
  • Matthew 4:4: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
  • Matthew 4:10: “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.”
  • 1 Peter 5:8: “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
  • Luke 11:2: “And he said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.'”

The Sacrifice of Jesus:

  • John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
  • Mark 10:45: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
  • Isaiah 53:5: “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed.”
  • 1 Peter 2:24: “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds, you have been healed.”
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21: “For our sake, he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Renewal and New Life:

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
  • Ezekiel 36:26: “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
  • Isaiah 44:3: “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.”
  • Psalm 51:10: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
  • Revelation 21:5: “And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.'”

Seeking God’s Presence:

  • 1 Chronicles 16:11: “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!”
  • James 4:8: “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
  • Jeremiah 29:13: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
  • Psalm 27:4: “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.”
  • Psalm 145:18: “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”