There are many great words spoken in the Bible. There’s hope. Love. Peace. Salvation.
One of the best words in the whole Bible may not be one of the first words that come to mind. But, I am thankful when I read the word NEW.
What an amazing gift and promise. We are being made New. We get a new day each day. And today, we get a new year and a new decade.
I don’t think this means that God expects us to fill it will goals and resolutions necessarily. But if those are on your heart, that’s great, too.
What I love about the New Year, is that it reminds me that God gave me the gift of New.
Here are 7 Bible Verse to keep with you throughout the year to remind you that God promises we are being made new (each day).
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Wake up! Each morning is a gift of new mercies. Each day a new opportunity to live in God’s faithfulness.
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. (Isaiah 43:18-19)
We get to join God in a new thing. We do not have to be pulled down or dwell on the past.
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 Corinthian 4:16-17)
God’s encouragement is all around us. Day by day we are renewed, we are being made new, despite our troubles. And best of all? Our future is glory.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
If you’ve ever been haunted by your past, or your families’ past, or any past, you too can be new. God promises us that anyone who’s in Christ is a new creation being made new; the old is gone. Christ’s life and death can make you new.
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. (Colossians 3:9-11)
What a promise! We have the power, through God, to be new. A new self. We can take off our sinful nature. Christ is in us, and we can live as a new self.
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new ” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” (Revelation 21:5)
It’s not only you who will be made new. He sits on the throne, and is making ALL things new.
Today, I am thankful for the seasons of the year. We are reminded of Christ’s birth and our own newness each New Year. Of growth, Christ’s life and resurrection each spring. Of God’s promises of harvest in our world, and our lives each Autumn.
Today, meditate on God’s promise of newness. He made us new and gave us a new birth in hope. He’s given us a new self so we can let go of our old self, and our past. Each day, His mercies are new, He renews our strength, and lets us join in His wonderful new plan. He promises to make all things new.
Let God’s promises flood your being with peace this New Year. In Christ, you are a new being, and are being made new.