Top 7 Bible Verses For a New Year or New Beginnings

Top 7 Bible Verses For a New Year or New Beginnings December 23, 2014

As the calendar turns over to another year, most people start thinking about what they did or didn’t do the past year, and what they would like for the new year to bring. Some people make resolutions or goals, others might just spend some time in prayerful mediation. Whatever your personal new year habits might be, the Bible is the best source for guidance and wisdom. Here are some verses that can help you get started with the new year – or with any new beginning in your life.

Luke 2:10-11 (ESV) “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Yes, this is a verse from the Christmas story – but what better example of a new beginning is there than the birth of Jesus? A Savior who came to give us good news and great joy – meditating on these things can help you put things in perspective as you enter a new year or a new phase of life.

Isaiah 60:20 (ESV) “Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.”

The entire chapter of Isaiah 60 to me is about new beginnings and making the new better than the old. I picked this particular verse, though, because of the emphasis on the Lord as our light and an end to days of mourning. Whether you’re wanting to move past a year that was filled with tragedy or hardship, or you just want this coming year to be better than the last one, every verse of Isaiah 60 speaks to promotion and new beginnings.

Revelation 21:5 (ESV) “And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’”

God makes everything new. This simple thought is one of the most profound, and can carry you through any change: God is always on the throne, and He is always making all things new.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

This verse reminds us that if we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and died for our sins, then we are no longer what we once were. It’s true that bad things happen even to believers, and we all still make mistakes – but we don’t have to live with the permanent spiritual consequences of those things. Jesus has made all things new for us.

Ecclesiastes 9:7 (ESV) “Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.”

This verse is not intended as justification for any careless decision that we make. But it does speak about God’s love for us and His desire for us to enjoy ourselves. If you’ve made a new year’s resolution or life decision in prayer and in keeping with God’s Word, then according to this verse, you now have permission to relax and enjoy the results of your new decision.

Hebrews 4:16 (ESV) “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Sometimes a new year or a new beginning may not arrive with feelings of joy or excitement. But this verse is an important reminder that we can come to God with any need, and we will receive His help. If you’re facing a difficult decision or an uncomfortable transition, come boldly to God’s throne and receive His grace and love.

Bible Verses For New Years

Romans 12:2 (ESV) “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.”

This is one of my favorite verses for a new beginning. It speaks of God’s perfect will for our lives, but it is also a call to action on our parts. Our spirits have been transformed by Jesus when we confess Him as Savior, but it’s up to us to renew our earthly minds and to listen to God so that we can discern His will. Renewing the mind is a constant process, but one with great rewards. Any major life change or new habit requires a new process of thinking, and renewing our minds to God’s will is the way to achieve this.

Whatever new beginning you might be facing, my prayer is that these seven verses may speak to your need and give you a starting point for seeking God in this time of transition.

Article by : Grace Robinson

Grace Robinson was born and raised in Virginia, Grace studied English and creative writing at Hollins University. Currently living in Virginia with a rabbit and a lot of books, she’s a writer of fantasy and a fan of arctic places, world music, mythology, and linguistics. Soon-to-be world traveler and published author, Grace hosts her own blog and works for Helps2Media as a content supervisor.

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  • Anjan Behera

    Nicely compiled! (y)

    • Jack Wellman

      Thank you sir.

  • Douglas Crosby

    Is it so hard to uses the KJB, these modern bibles are weak and have no power and their fruit is worldly Christianity.
    Do not be foolish there is a very big difference !!!
    Stay with what is proven and what God has used.

    • The OT was written in Hebrew with a couple of passages in the book of Daniel which were written in Aramaic. The NT was written in koine Greek, the market place Greek of the first century CE. .To attempt to get a good translation of the bible, scholars examine the best manuscripts of both testaments in their original languages. The overwhelming majority of textual scholars (whether evangelical or liberal) do not believe that the KJV is the best English translation of the extant manuscripts that we have available.

      You assert that the use of modern translations results in worldly Christianity. You don’t offer any evidence for your view. What is “proven” and what has God used? How is worldly Christianity the fruit of modern translations? Might not worldly Christianity be the result of other factors, other than which bible translation is used?

      You may or may not agree with what the author of the article is saying, but the ESV is considered a pretty conservative translation of the bible. (By the way, I am an atheist on rational and empirical grounds, but I found this article (from a Christian perspective) quite a good one.

      • Jack Wellman

        Spot on Mr. Arthur. As I told Mr. Croshy, “The KJB actually contains more errors than the ESV or the NASB (perhaps the most accurate). For example, many italics are included in the KJB where the translators inserted words that were not in the original and about half the time the KJB mistranslates “servant” which should actually be “slave” so the one I use is better than the one you use as far as accuracy. The power of God’s Word does not depend on words…but on the power of God (Rom 1:16; 1 Cor 1:18).”

        • Douglas Crosby

          Boy of you bought the LIE the” nasb”
          Even the man who was over the committee has already rejected that Bible long ago before he went to heaven.
          Sorry you’re wrong on the word servant and saying it should be slave a slave has no choice and a servant does.
          Have you ever read the verse “choose you this day whom ye will serve” sure doesn’t sound like a slave to me but a servant.
          Stop reading goofed up people’s opinions and get back to the old Christianity that changed the world and the Bible they used was the King James Bible.
          Millions of plunging into hell right now they need the gospel and it doesn’t need to be improved or Changed by these modern Bibles

      • Douglas Crosby

        I don’t care if you’re an atheist or not that’s just saying how dumb you are. Now listen if you don’t know the difference between the different types of Hebrew and Greek that has been rejected by true Christians and can’t comprehend the the fruit of modern Bibles is obviously worldly Christianity because the Christianity of our day is worldly not godly not holy not making a difference in this world.
        Where do you think they getting it from water weak anemic Bibles.
        Your answer to the best manuscripts and the best Scholars is a joke that’s only an opinion why fon’t you observe what a Bible has produced then you can make a spiritual decision.
        More missionary
        more salvation of Souls
        The most effective Christians in history all used it.
        And it wasn’t the ESV there are no mistakes that you can point you in the King James Bible from the Greek or Hebrew only those that don’t agree the rejected manuscript of Catholic origin which your so-called modern Scholars have embraced.
        It’s a massive big deal!
        use what God has blessed and has proven to work it’s a simple situation.
        And if you’re not saved your heartbeat from Hell “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved”

    • Jack Wellman

      The KJB actually contains more errors than the ESV or the NASB (perhaps the most accurate). For example, many italics are included in the KJB where the translators inserted words that were not in the original and about half the time the KJB mistranslates “servant” which should actually be “slave” so the one I use is better than the one you use as far as accuracy. The power of God’s Word does not depend on words…but on the power of God (Rom 1:16; 1 Cor 1:18).