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Some of the most challenging times in life, mentally and emotionally, are during times of transition. When one door closes, you are thrust into a time of new beginnings. This is when you go through a whirlwind of feelings.
You may be sad because one door is closing, and you feel nostalgic for what once was and the people you will miss while also being excited about the possibilities ahead.
Of course, there are times when you say good riddance to the past and throw caution to the wind, and the momentum of life propels you forward.
And then there are times when a door closes against your will, and a time of new beginnings is unavoidable. This can leave you disappointed and unsure of yourself or the ground you walk on.
You're at a crossroads; the stop light is green, and people are honking their horns, telling you that a decision has to be made, but you don't know whether to go straight, turn left, or right.
No matter the situation, there is peace and hope in knowing God is with you as you step into the place called the UNKNOWN. In this article, we hope to give you courage as you look at 27 bible verses about new beginnings. But first, we will break down its meaning for more clarity.
What Are New Beginnings?
A new beginning is a fresh start. No matter how it comes about. It’s like starting over from scratch, but with the knowledge and wisdom you gained from past experiences. New beginnings come with a new perspective on life.
You step into a new season of life with a sense of what you want and don’t want in your future. The things of the past that didn’t work, the people and relationships that were toxic for you, and the bad habits and perspectives of the past can be left behind.
New beginnings can be a time of self-discovery. Goals, plans, dreams, and passions of the past may have been suppressed in the past, but this new period is a time to rediscover those things.
Dust off those visions you had for your life and start anew. Now, you can make the right choices, connect with the right people, and really begin to live again.
When you are blessed with a new beginning, there are a few things you need to do to set yourself up for success:
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” — Joseph Campbell.
In Luke 5:37-38 Jesus tells His disciples, “No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the new [fermenting] wine will [expand and] burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.”
In Jesus's day, the wine had to be put into new wineskins. So when the wine begins to ferment and emits gases (which causes the wineskin to expand), the wineskin is still flexible and can handle the change.
Old wineskins have already been stretched and hardened, making them unable to expand if new wine were poured in. The same goes for life.
To truly expand, grow, and ferment into the best versions of ourselves (like fermented wine), we must be in an environment that will allow for that expansion and personal growth.
We have all been in situations where our talent was wasted and ideas overlooked. That is how it feels to put new wine into an old wineskin.
The skin busts, and we waste what we have to offer around others unwilling or unable to accept us. Which can significantly hurt our self-confidence. But we must remember, we weren't in the right place that can handle this version of us.
So, please don't hold on to the past; it doesn't serve you anymore and doesn't accommodate the new person you are striving to be.
You have felt like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole long enough. Step out of your comfort zone and pack your bags for the unknown of new beginnings.
As promised, here are 27 bible inspiring bible verses about new beginnings.
27 Inspiring Bible Verses About New Beginnings
1. Isaiah 43:18-19
“Do not remember the former things or ponder the things of the past. “Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”
2. 2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].”
3. 1 Peter 1:3-4
“Blessed [gratefully praised and adored] be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant and boundless mercy has caused us to be born again [that is, to be reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose] to an ever-living hope and confident assurance through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, [born anew] into an inheritance which is imperishable [beyond the reach of change] and undefiled and unfading, reserved in heaven for you.”
4. Isaiah 40:31
“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] will gain new strength and renew their power; they will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not grow tired.”
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] will gain new strength and renew their power; they will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not grow tired.” – Isaiah 40:31
5. Philippians 4:13
“I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]”
6. Ezekiel 11:19
“And I will give them one heart [a new heart] and put a new spirit within them. I will take from them the heart of stone and will give them a heart of flesh [that is responsive to My touch].”
7. Ezekiel 36:26
“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you, and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
8. Isaiah 65:17
“Behold, I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and the former things [of life] will not be remembered or come to mind.”
9. Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
10. Job 8:7
“Though your beginning was insignificant, yet your end will greatly increase.”
11. Ecclesiastes 3:11
“He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end.”
12. Philippians 3:13-14
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14
13. Revelations 21:4-5
“And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will no longer be death; there will no longer be sorrow and anguish, or crying, or pain; for the former order of things has passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also, He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true [they are accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy].”
14. Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, and He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].”
15. Colossians 3:9-11
“Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new [spiritual] self who is being continually renewed in true knowledge in the image of Him who created the new self— a renewal in which there is no [distinction between] Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, [nor between nations whether] barbarian or Scythian, [nor in status whether] slave or free, but Christ is all, and in all [so believers are equal in Christ, without distinction].”
16. Genesis 1:1
“In the beginning, God (Elohim) created [by forming from nothing] the heavens and the earth.”
17. Lamentations 3:22-24
“It is because of the Lord’s lovingkindness that we are not consumed because His [tender] compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion and my inheritance,” says my soul; “Therefore, I have hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.”
18. Ephesians 4:22-24
“That, regarding your previous way of life, you put off your old self [completely discard your former nature], which is being corrupted through deceitful desires, and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude], and put on the new self [the regenerated and renewed nature], created in God’s image, [godlike] in the righteousness and holiness of the truth [living in a way that expresses to God your gratitude for your salvation].”
19. John 1:1-3
“In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was [continually existing] in the beginning [co-eternally] with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him not even one thing was made that has come into being.”
20. Ephesians 1:3-4
“Blessed and worthy of praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ, just as [in His love] He chose us in Christ [actually selected us for Himself as His own] before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy [that is, consecrated, set apart for Him, purpose-driven] and blameless in His sight. In love.”
Blessed and worthy of praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ, just as [in His love] He chose us in Christ [actually selected us for Himself as His own] before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy [that is, consecrated, set apart for Him, purpose-driven] and blameless in His sight. In love.” – Ephesians 1:3-4
21. Proverbs 9:10
“The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and the preeminent part of wisdom [its starting point and its essence], and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding and spiritual insight.”
22. Jeremiah 1:5
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument], and before you were born, I consecrated you [to Myself as My own]; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
23. John 13:34-35
“I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are My disciples if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”
24. Psalms 40:3
“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear [with great reverence] and will trust confidently in the Lord.”
25. Romans 6:4
“We have therefore been buried with Him through baptism into death so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory and power of the Father, we too might walk habitually in newness of life [abandoning our old ways].”
26. Isaiah 58:12
“And your people will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up and restore the age-old foundations [of buildings that have been laid waste]; you will be called Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”
27. Deuteronomy 31:6
“Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.”
Final Thoughts on Bible Verses About New Beginnings
Regardless of how your new beginnings come about, don’t throw away the experiences of the past just because they were unfavorable.
Even when applying for a new job, a company asks about your previous work experiences… because all experiences of the past are factored into the person you are now.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”
So, in the past, we saw trauma; God sees our resilience. We saw anger and frustration; God sees our patience. We saw a disappointing end; God saw a glorious new beginning full of endless possibilities.
I know the new is unfamiliar and uncertain. In fact, it can be stressful, uncomfortable, and, in many cases, doesn't make sense to us or those on the outside looking in.
But we must unshackle ourselves from the comfort of the familiar and trust God as we enter our time of new beginnings. Remember, He is deeply concerned about us.
When we submit to His plan for our lives, our new season becomes the best season for our growth, progress, fulfillment, and purpose.
And if you're looking for more bible verses to inspire you, be sure to check out these blog posts:
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