Have you ever wanted a new beginning? I have but many times, the do-over that we hope for is not possible. But we’re not without hope, God knew we would sometimes need the reminder that things aren’t irreparably damaged. These Bible verses about new beginnings give us hope for the future and remind us that we can try again.
What Does “New Beginnings” Mean?
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The Oxford Dictionary defines beginning in the following ways:
- the point in time or space at which something begin
- the first part or earliest stage of something.
When people talk about a new beginning, they usually mean they want a fresh start or a chance to do something again. This usually happens when things didn’t turn out as they had hoped and it feels as if everything was messed up.
How do you start a new beginning?
In most cases, it’s not possible to cancel or destroy what had happened in the past. Rather, a new beginning is about a mindset shift. It requires changing the way you think about whatever it is that you want to do over and trying again.
Fresh starts require planning and lots and lots of grace. You have to be able to forgive yourself for past mistakes and step boldly into the future you hope to create.
What Does the Bible Say About New Beginnings?
There are several new beginnings in the Bible but in most cases, they are spiritual new beginnings. God gives His people the opportunity to put their sins behind them and start fresh in Him.
God’s people have a history of disobedience and going their own way, yet God has always made a way for them to have a new beginning if they turn to Him and learn to obey.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
“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. Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we become a new man in Him. The sinful person that we are is changed through the power of the blood of Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24 ESV
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 ESV
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 ESV
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Colossians 3:5, 10 ESV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3 ESV
The book of Revelation talks about the ultimate new beginning: when Jesus returns, the old earth with all its striving, struggles, and sin will be passed away and all things will become new. We will finally have the new beginning we had been craving.
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5 ESV
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 ESV
Examples of New Beginnings in the Bible
There are several examples of new beginnings in the Bible and I encourage you to read each one: read the stories of Noah, Moses, Rahab, Joseph, and Paul for starters. The entire book of Judges is filled with new beginnings for the children of Israel.
One of my favorite Bible stories about new beginnings is the story of Jacob. He began his life as a usurper when he came out of the womb holding on to his twin brother Esau’s ankle.
Jacob spent several years of his life acting shady. He defrauded his brother of his birthright, stole Esau’s blessing, and cheated his uncle Laban out of his flock.
It was not until Jacob wrestled with an angel of the Lord that things began to change for him. Jacob got a new beginning after he had an encounter with the Lord.
My friend, we have that same opportunity to have our new beginning in Christ. All we have to do is ask Him to forgive our sins and choose to serve Him with our life from this moment forward. Will you accept your new beginning in Christ?
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