The New Year is prime time for new beginnings. We see it everywhere – a new diet, new fitness goals, new goals or resolutions. The media is all about pushing a new you in the new year. But what if we looked at the New Year a little differently.
The best way to start anew is to turn to the Bible. It offers a lot of encouragement and insight into new beginnings. God seems to think new chapters are special. He is a God of creating all new things.
What Does the Bible Say About New Beginnings?
In the Bible, we see that during Jesus’ ministry He had a new way of doing things. He was teaching a new way of living, a new commandment, and a new covenant. We see that new things are good things! Jesus will be there right alongside us making a way in the wilderness. He has a plan for each and every one of us (Jeremiah 29:11). Focusing on God in the New Year is key to helping us achieve all of our goals (as long as they align with His will). Keeping Him at the center of our hearts helps everything else come together. Operating with our hearts aligned with God allows us to experience peace and joy that only He can offer as we navigate new beginnings.
Furthermore, when we accept Jesus in our hearts, we are being made new – an opportunity for personal change. In Christ, we have a fresh start – one of forgiveness and love. He makes all things new and brings the dead back to life. He heals the broken. This our hope. You can choose to walk in this truth or continue to follow your old ways. But even when we fall short, God is in the business of giving us new beginnings.
In the following Bible Verses, you can find strength and encouragement in the new beginnings of life. This year, make a concerted effort to keep your focus on God and His Word. After all, that is the best way to have a positive transformation in our lives.
Scripture on New Seasons
New beginnings look different for everyone – a new job, new location, new home, new child or a new relationship. You could also just be beginning your faith in Jesus which means you have a new identity. These seasons can be overwhelming and come with their own stresses. God is always with us and knows our hearts. He knows what stresses us out and wants to help us. In Him, we can have hope in new seasons because of His steadfast love and mercy.
1 Peter 1:3: Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away and look, new things have come.
Job 8:7: Then, even if your beginnings are modest, your final days will be full of prosperity.
Revelation 21:5: Then the One seated on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.”
Scripture about Starting New
God is in the business of making all things new – including You! Every moment brings an opportunity for a fresh beginning. Literally every morning you have an opportunity to start new. God makes His mercies new every morning. He brings healing and restoration to those who need it. He has the power to make all things new. He renews His grace in every situation you face.
Colossians 3:9-10: Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your Creator.
Genesis 1:31: God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. Evening came and then morning: the sixth day
Psalm 40:3: He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.
Isaiah 43:18-19: Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to things of old. Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.
Psalm 16:11: You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.
Scripture about New Adventures
Being a Christian is nothing short of an adventure. It certainly is a wonderful adventure that I choose to walk in every day – even though I fall short. In each New Year, we embrace a new adventure. With every new adventure, we have the opportunity to “fight the good fight for faith.” To press on even when we want to give up because we know God is our source of strength and hope.
Jeremiah 33:3: Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and incomprehensible things you do not know.
Philippians 4:13: I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.
1 Timothy 6:12: Fight the good fight for the faith; take hold of eternal life that you were called to and have made a good confession about in the presence of many witnesses.
2 Timothy 4:7: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Prayer for New Beginnings
Why not view new beginnings as a way to draw closer to God? You can spend more time in communication and prayer with your Heavenly Father. He loves hearing from you and helping you! The Psalms are full of praises and singing new songs to God! When you find yourself in a new season, sing a song of praise or prayer to God! This is our weapon against the enemy when fear, worry, and feelings of failure creep up. Make a commitment to turn to prayer in every situation in the new year.
“Dear Lord, I don’t know what this new season brings but I put my hope and trust in you. Help me to take you at your word. You are a God of all things new. I am so thankful that your mercies are new every day. Give me confidence and faith in this new season. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
This year, seek God and follow Christ as you journey through new beginnings. Today is a new day, let us rejoice!
**Verses used in this post were taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.