The beginning of the new year means different things to different people. For some people, the new year is the chance for a fresh start and hope for a better outcome.
But a new year isn’t the only time for a new beginning, you don’t have to wait for one year to end before you take the bold step to start over.
Every day is a chance for a new beginning. New beginnings come in so many different forms. Whether you are starting a new job, moving to a new city, starting a new relationship, or even turning a new leaf, new beginnings can be somewhat scary.
People consider starting over almost all the time especially after they’ve had an epiphany. Others also consider new beginnings at the beginning of a new year or a new month or even on their birthdays.
The thing about wanting to start afresh is that it symbolizes that you’ve realized that something in your life isn’t right for you and so you need a change. This can even be a change in your behavior.
Whatever your reason is for wanting to start anew, it can be a bit frightening, especially if you begin to wonder what the outcome will be.
But thankfully, the word of God provides advice and encouragement for new beginnings.
Sometimes, God can put a strong desire in your heart. Maybe it’s a desire to get a new job, or a desire to start something new. This can seem overwhelming especially if you consider your present situation and abilities.
But in times like these, you need to remember that it is not about what you can do, instead, it is about the changes God wants to do in your life. And He is more than capable to turn your life around.
So even if you’ve made some wrong choices in the past, don’t get trapped in regret. Instead, dare to believe that God will redeem your past and restore your present.
Know that God provides hope through his words in the time of change and transition, so you can move confidently into the future.
So below are some bible verses on new beginnings to give you the strength and encouragement you need to start over.
You can also check out our bible study plan on new beginnings and download for free. This will help you implement the word of God in your life as you start afresh.
New beginnings bible verses
This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
1 Peter 1:13
Forget the former things do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Therefore, you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.
Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel?
For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!
Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying,
“Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
The end of a matter is better than its beginning,
and patience is better than pride.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17
The nations will see your vindication, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.
You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
2 Corinthians 4:16-17
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens
But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint
Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God.
Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
He has saved us and called us to a holy life, not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time
2 Timothy 1:9
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true
This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and to Jerusalem “Break up your unplowed ground
and do not sow among thorns.
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.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
See, I will create new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.’
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.
Prayer for new beginnings
Thank you for your guidance and care throughout my life.
Thank you for being with me in every season of my life.
Father, I am about to embark on a new journey in my life
And as it is now, I have no idea what the outcome of this is going to be. But you do.
So I pray that you order my steps and direct my path.
Teach me the right way to go about things.
Give me the strength and courage I need to pursue
this new chapter of my life.
Help me not to dwell on my past and instead to focus on your word and what you have in store for me.
Calm my anxious mind, so I don’t worry about what the future holds for me.
Thank you for doing something new in my life and for giving me the courage to move forward.
In Jesus’ name, I pray,