2 Timothy 2:16 (my paraphrase)
Avoid worldly, empty, talk, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.
1 Timothy 4:15
Meditate on these things; give yourself ENTIRELY to them, that your progress may be evident to all.
2 Timothy 2:4
No one engaged in warfare entangles (involved, engrossed, absorbed) himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
2 Timothy 3:16, 17
All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Psalm 139:23, 24
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.
Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
2 Corinthians 7:1
So then, having these promises, beloved, we should purify ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in fear of God.
2 Corinthians 4:10
At all times we carry in our mortal bodies the death of Jesus, so that his life also may be seen in our bodies.
1 John 2:15
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the full knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence.
John 13:34, 35
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
John 12:24, 25 a paraphrase
I want to make this very clear, Unless a wheat seed falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone. However, if it should die, it bears much fruit. The one who loves their life loses it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For He made Him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 3:18 paraphrase
And all of us are beholding the Lord’s glory with unveiled faces, and we are continually being transformed into the Lord’s image through the Spirit.
For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
2 Corinthians 4:18
For we do not fix our attention on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen lasts forever.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
2 Corinthians 12:9
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Encourage one another daily, while it is called “Today,” that none of you may be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Galatians 5:16 paraphrase
Keep on walking in the Spirit, that you may not gratify any desire of the flesh.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
(praxis> denotes “a doing, transaction, a deed the action of which is looked upon as incomplete and in progress” (cp. prasso, “to practice”); in Matt. 16:27, RV)
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4 :19
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.
So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
Hebrews 11:6 paraphrase
And without faith it is impossible to please God, for anyone who comes to Him must believe that he exists and He rewards those who seek Him out.
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
I will bring the blind by a way they did not know;
I will lead them in paths they have not known.
I will make darkness light before them,
And crooked places straight.
These things I will do for them,
And not forsake them.
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.