5 Inspiring Scriptures to Read Before the New Year || Some of us are excited to begin a new year, while others may be dreading it. Whatever your attitude, it's a great time to reflect on God's Word...

The New Year is soon to arrive!

Some of us are excited to begin a new year, while others may be dreading it. Whatever your attitude may be, it’s a great time to reflect on God’s Word and to help with the transition from one year to the next.

New Year: boy with Bible

His Word has the power to restore joy, renew one’s inner being, and remind of God’s amazing power. It even helps to reset thoughts and to clear away the mess of life in order to focus on God’s precious goals for our lives.

Setting Resolutions

But the tragic trap we face is setting resolutions that dwindle shortly after the new year. We invest in products we don’t need and do too much too soon, hurting our bodies and minds in the process.

New Year: knee pain

We even recruit others for support- coaches, friends, and Facebook groups. But our motivations lose momentum quickly.

Why? Because instead of relying upon God to help us, we rely solely upon human effort.

Transforming Change

In contrast, God’s efforts consist of a slow transformation. He uses small, steady victories to instill permanent change within our physical, emotional, and financial capabilities.

New Year: steady success

This creates lasting change. And that’s what we ultimately want!

So if you desire this in any area of your life, God wants to help. Through these 5 Scriptures, He has provided inspiration, encouragement, and even goals to aim for.

1. Restore My Joy

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:10-12)

Do you need your joy restored? When trials hit hard, our faith and belief in God can become exhausted.

New Year: exhausted woman

I, personally, have been sick three times this Fall! With each heavy blow, it has left me worn out, physically and mentally.

But I’ve asked God to restore my health and motivation. He has restored me in several ways since, so I can truly testify that He can for you as well!

2. Renew My Inner Self

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)

God renews us with each trial we face. I have been through many hardships in life, but the biggest was when I almost committed suicide.

New Year: smeared reflection

Since then, it has been a process of renewing my inner self. He has shown me the sickness of my thought-life and the Devil’s deception over everything I believed about myself and God.

Maybe you haven’t endured what I have, but you need some renewing. God can provide that renewal, if you desire and ask Him to!

3. Remember His Goodness

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. (Psalm 103:2-5)

Remind yourself of Who God is. He is in control of everything, even the smallest details.

New Year: dew on grass

I constantly have to remember that God is always good, regardless of my troubles. And for this reason, I am more peaceful, joyful, and loving.

By taking God’s powerful gifts, I prolong my youth. My body, mind, and soul are in a continual state of rest, reducing the effects of stress.

4. Reset My Thinking

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)

Oftentimes, we carry our past mistakes into the new year. Because letting go is so difficult, as many of you can attest!

New Year: woman holding on

But in order to move forward and improve, we must release everything that holds us back. And there’s no better time to do this than with the start of a new year.

Because God has a better life mapped out for you. If you’ll just let go of what is dragging you down and follow after Him, you’ll be amazed at how He can transform you!

5. Reach For His Goals

But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (1 Timothy 1:5)

Whether to improve your health, finances, or relationships, set your New Year’s resolution upon God’s foundational truth. From a pure and sincere heart, He will help you do the impossible!

New Year: snow heart

And be inspired that God wants you to succeed. He can provide you with the lasting change you desire in the new year, if you will just let Him. 

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