Jenn’s 5 Favorite Bible Verses to Start the New Year!

    Sometimes a new year can just seem like a continuation of the previous one. New Year’s Day feels like any other day, and we’re often so busy we don’t stop and take the time to realize that one whole year has gone and a new year has come.

    New Year’s Day is like a brand new start. We can look back at the past, habits we have or mistakes we’ve made and then we can make a choice to learn from them and start fresh on January 1.

    So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite Bible verses for the New Year!

    • Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3, NIV). If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior or if you’ve just been feeling far from God lately, let this new year be the time that you receive the living hope offered through Christ’s resurrection!
    • “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT). For those of us who have been having a rough year, it might seem like there is more bad than good in the world. Let’s let this verse remind us that despite what our eyes see, God’s plan for us is meant for our good and a hope-filled future.
    • Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all thing have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV). If you’re feeling like you allowed some bad habits to form over the last year, then this verse is for you! Sometimes it seems so hard to conquer our bad habits, but this verse tells us that we are new creations–we no longer live as slaves to the stuff we did before Christ. We now have the power of Christ to overcome the habits we want to leave behind, so this year, embrace the new creation that God has made of you and leave your bad habits behind!
    • No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven (Philippians 3:13-14, NLT). Make sure to give yourself grace this year. It’s common to make New Year’s resolutions, stick with them for a few weeks, break them and then feel guilty. Everyone messes up and each of us wants to be “all we should be,” but the important thing is to focus on the future God has for us and the hope of glory we have in Jesus Christ.
    • The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning (Lamentations 3:22-23, NLT). Receive everything God has for you as though it is fresh and new. Ask God to give you a fresh perspective on His love for you and fresh eyes to see yourself and the world the way He does.

    Girls, my prayer for each of you is that God would make this year your most amazing year ever! What’s your favorite verse for starting off the new year?

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit for more on her work. You can also connect with her on and


    1. Can I just ask a question? And I totally get it if I come across as stupid, but Jeremiah 29:11, wasn’t God addressing the Jewish? And if He was, why do we use it to mean something in our lives? I have just been confused about this lately.

      • I read this somewhere …. “Whenever you read God’s word, you must constantly be thinking ‘It is talking to me and about me’.
        When we read God’s word we should apply it to our lives and even though He was addressing the Jewish, I think God meant it for all of his followers.
        -Hope this helps ? God bless you 🙂

      • We Gentiles are joining the body of Israel, so yes, everything applies to us too.

        Some verses to consider: Isaiah 14:1; Zechariah 8:23; Micah 4:2; Romans 9:6; Romans 11:25, Isaiah 56:1-8.

        Plus the new covenant was promised to the Israelites, not us: Jeremiah 31:31-33; Ezekiel 36:25-27, a promise Paul reiterates as including us now in his letters: Hebrews 8:10 and Ephesians 2:10-13. We’re no longer far off.

    2. Wow, all of the verses were really inspiring! 🙂
      I went to a New Year’s service yesterday night (and this morning) and we went over Philippians 3:13-14! I’ve learned that the past is just a stepping stone, and we should learn from it in order to create a better future.

    3. My most favorite verses right now are Romans 8:28, because that’s kind of been my life for the last 3 years. But, for this year my new life verses are Philipians 3:13-14. (And that’s not a coincidence!!!) 🙂

    4. “Come now, let us settle the matter” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
      Isaiah 1:18
      Very good reminder that Jesus died for our sins and we don’t have to look back and dwell on them, because they are washed away. That’s a good verse for a fresh start. 🙂

    5. Psalm 1:2-3 is going to be a verse I want to cling on to; to delight in doing everything the Lord wants. Which means, to me, that if the Lord asks me to do something; that I will be happy- excited- to do it and not feel hesitant or, “Do I really have to, Lord?” And to bear much fruit in every season without fail. Meaning no matter how I feel about life and junk that hits the fan, that I will still be close to the Lord and still delight in everything he wants.

    6. This needs to be said: according to the bible, to how God set up time (before humans decided to change it), January 1 is not the New Year. It falls between March and April of our calendar (first day of Nisan [the first month] in the biblical calendar); that is the new year, according to Exodus 12:1-11 and Esther 3:7. The Exodus verse identifies it as the month the passover takes place in, and the verse in Ester identifies that first month by the name “Nisan”. We use to celebrate New Years like that until the Romans changed it (no authority to do so BTW). I know the world will continue doing whatever it feels like doing but we, as God’s body of believers who hold to his truth above all, have no excuse to disrespect God’s reckoning of time. It is not really the new year yet!

      Even secular sources can attest to this; Christians in the past refused to celebrate it on January 1st because it was pagan:

    7. “So do not fear, for I am with you;
      do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
      I will strengthen you and help you;
      I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10 <3

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