Are you facing the new year with hope or worry? For some of us, it’s a mix of both. Whether you need encouragement or you want to inspire others, keep reading. I’ll share 15 encouraging Bible verses for the new year.
Calculating Without God
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Before I share some biblical encouragement, tell me: Are you a worrier? I worry a lot because I’m always overthinking. So I’m grateful for how God sees me – not for what I am, but what I can become. An encourager instead of a worrier.
The dictionary defines worry as a state about actual or potential problems. In essence, it is doubting God’s ability and trusting our inability. When we worry, we’re “calculating without God,” said evangelist Oswald Chambers.
Are YOU calculating without God?
He doesn’t want you to worry about daily concerns, or even serious problems. He doesn’t want you to overthink or figure things out on your own.
God wants you to trust Him. He knows what you need for each day ahead, and He will provide for your needs.
15 Encouraging Bible Verses for the New Year
My resolution for 2017 is to drop worry from my vocabulary. How about you? Let’s ring in the new year by meditating on these Bible verses. We’ll cultivate a fresh walk with God and a deeper dependence on Him.
Related reading: My New Year’s Resolution: I Will Live for God
1. A New Creation
2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
2. A New Heart
Ezekiel 36:26 – “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
3. A New Song
Psalm 98:1 – “Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.”
4. A New Day
Lamentations 3:22-23 – “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
5. A New Thing
Isaiah 43:19 – “Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness, And rivers in the desert.”
Related reading: Streams in the Desert: A Time-Tested Legacy of Faith
6. A New Hope
Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
7. Do Not Worry
Matthew 6:25 – “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”
8. Do Not Fear
2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
9. Do Not Be Afraid
John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
10. Forget the Past
Philippians 3:13 – “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.”
11. Rest Your Soul
Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
12. Peaceable Fruit
Hebrews 12:11 – “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
13. Wait on God
Isaiah 40:31 – “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
14. God’s Plan
1 Corinthians 2:9 – “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man, The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.'”
15. God’s Timing
Ecclesiastes 3:11 – “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.”
I hope you enjoyed these Bible verses for the new year. If your favorite verse is not on the list, please share it in the comments.
Over to You
Now it’s YOUR turn to chime in. What worries you as you face the new year? What Bible verse gives you the most encouragement?
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