Have faith in the promises of God with these new year Bible verses for new year’s resolutions! 

The new year always brings a mix of excitement and dread for me. I feel like I need to be ready with all my resolutions RIGHT NOW when Christmas has barely passed me by!

I have hardly finished singing Joy to the World when my email inbox is packed full of ideas for new year’s resolutions, decluttering challenges, and weight loss tips. It just about makes me crazy!

Maybe you feel this way too! A new year brings new beginnings. We know it’s important to have an opportunity to reboot, but it’s hard to make it happen all at once.

What does the Bible say about the new year?

The best way to learn the answer to that question is to get into God’s Word! Before we make our yearly goals, let’s reflect on some of God’s scriptural promises for us in the new year to keep us from feeling overwhelmed with all the changes we “should” be making on January 1.

Because no matter what kind of resolution we make, no matter how prepared or unprepared we are to purge our toy rooms, eat better, or be a better mom, God’s promises still are the same throughout the years.

35 Bible Verses about God’s Promise for a New Year

1) Isaiah 43:18-19

Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

God promises that we can move on from the past. 

2) Psalm 90:12

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

God promises us wisdom when we remember that how we spend each day is important. 

3) Jeremiah 33:3

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

4) John 8:32

You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.

5) Psalm 139:9-10

If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

One of the promises of God for the new year is to show us the truth in His Word and lead us in our faith journey. 

6) Psalm 65:4-11

Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple! By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might; who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples, so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy. You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.

7) James 1:17

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

God promises blessing and abundance. That doesn’t always happen in the form of money. Abundance is knowing God and trusting in His strength and provision, no matter what the circumstance.

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8) Ecclesiastes 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

9) 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, NASB

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.

10) Romans 8:18

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

God promises to make all things good. Even the things in our lives that are difficult and bring sorrow can be used to weave a beautiful tapestry in our lives. 

11) 1 Chronicles 16:11-12

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered…

12) Jeremiah 29:11-13 KJV

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

God promises to listen to us and speak to us through His Holy Spirit.

13) Ephesians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.

14) Ephesians 4:15-17 ASV

But speaking truth in love, may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ; from whom all the body fitly framed and knit together through that which every joint supplieth, according to the working in due measure of each several part, maketh the increase of the body unto the building up of itself in love. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye no longer walk as the Gentiles also walk, in the vanity of their mind…

15) 1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Often, we make New Year resolutions that have something to do with personal development. God promises to help us grow in discernment, strengthen our character, and make us more fruitful as Christians.

15) Ezekiel 36:26-28

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

16) Psalm 20:4

May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!

17) Galatians 6:9

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

18) Proverbs 23:18

Surely there is a future and your hope will not be cut off.

19) Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

20) John 1:16

And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

21) Psalm 16:5-6

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

God promises a hopeful future and an eternal inheritance worth far more than what this world can give!

22) 1 John 4:18-19

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.

23) Lamentations 3:22-23

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.

24) Psalm 29:11 NIV

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.

25) Colossians 3:15

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

One of God’s promises in Scripture is that He loves us deeply; that assurance gives us peace!

26) Psalm 51:10

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

27) 2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

28) Isaiah 64:8

But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

29) Psalm 19:14

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

30) 2 Timothy 2:15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

God promises that when we come to Him in repentance He will give us a new heart and mind to do His will.

31) James 4:13-15

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

32) 1 Corinthians 10:31

Whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it all for the glory of God.

33) James 5:16

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

34) 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

35) Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

BONUS: Philippians 3:13-15

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.

When you’re trying to break bad habits, it can feel difficult to win that battle day after day! Know that God is with you and can help you put aside your “former way of life” and do a good work in you for His glory.

As Christians, we are called to walk by faith and not by sight. The upcoming year will likely bring both wonderful days and hard times.

Even if we can’t see what the future will bring, there is reassurance that God knows everything we will face in the next year.

God’s plans are perfect and true. 

I hope these verses help you in making your Christian new year’s resolutions!

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**All verses ESV except when denoted otherwise.

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