Every year, people all over the world make New Year’s resolutions in an attempt to better themselves or try something completely new. All too often, these resolutions fall by the wayside before the calendar flips over to February.
Although we may have good intentions, we rarely set ourselves up for success because we only focus on behavioral changes rather than internal ones. If you seek a spiritual renewal for 2020, commit to memory the following three scripture verses as you enter the New Year. May God be honored in everything we think, say and do in 2020.
“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”
The second to last chapter of the final book of the Bible describes in clear detail what the new Heaven, Earth, and Jerusalem will look like. It even gives the exact measurements of the new city, which will be without a temple “for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.”
Be encouraged that the sufferings and failings you have experienced in this life will fade as God “makes all things new.”
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Look back on your life before and especially after you submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. How are you different? How have you remained unchanged? Remember that “being in Christ” means you are completely new—a new heart, a new home, a new purpose.
Lean on the Spirit to help you make sure your old self stays in the past and all that is new shines forth. Examine your heart and look for ways in which God can make you “new” in 2020. How can you serve him better?
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.”
Perhaps 2019 wasn’t very kind to you. Maybe you experienced heartbreak, physical ailments or even the loss of a loved one. In your mind, 2020 can’t come soon enough. Despite past difficulties, God wants us to know that although this tangible world has nothing substantial to offer, His Spirit is renewing our heart and soul every single moment.
Our identity, our faith, our salvation and our future is secured in heaven because of the gift of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Every day our hearts are renewed. Christians can experience a “New Year” every day no matter what 2020 may throw our way.