The party is over but the excitement of a new year with new possibilities still linger. I’m not much for setting resolutions but I am a strong believer in setting goals.
I’m also a strong believer that God cares about what we care about. Maybe you don’t have resolutions but you’re believing God for something amazing! The Bible tells us that He wants to give us the desires of our hearts. Let’s be bold enough to use our faith to back our goals – and watch God work!
Below are some encouraging scriptures to help support your resolutions, goals, dreams, and plans. Memorize them, pray them or share them with a friend!
Starting, finishing or supporting a loved one, reaching academic goals takes a lot of focus and dedication. Here are some great scriptures to help you stay focused and reach your goals.
Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge. – Proverbs 18:15
Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge. – Proverbs 23:12
God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams. – Daniel 1:17
Health is one of the most important parts of our lives. You may have a resolution to lose a few pounds, kick a bad habit, or believing for God to work a miracle over a condition you battle. In addition to making better choices, we can also speak God’s blessings over ourselves.
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and life for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. – 1 Peter 2:24
Do not be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. – Proverbs 3:7-8
2016 may have been a tough year for some but we can ask for God’s peace as we face the unknown in 2017. Things may not go perfectly in 2017 but we have God’s promise of peace in his word. Check out the scriptures below and use them when you need peace in your life.
I will teach your children, and they will enjoy great peace. – Isaiah 54:13
And let the peace that that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. – Colossians 3:15
Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. – Hebrews 12:14
ENJOYMENT OF LIFE
I doubt any of us did everything we wanted to do last year. We can all agree that a year goes by quickly when you’re focused on your responsibilities. Let’s not forget to enjoy this beautiful planet that God created for us! Here’s to enjoying life in 2017!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” – Psalm 32:8-9
“Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.” – Proverbs 19:20
A new year presents an opportunity for new beginnings and better decisions. Here are some scriptures to help us seek God’s wisdom in the upcoming months.
Wisdom and money can get you almost anything, but only wisdom can save your life. – Ecclesiastes 7:12
Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. – Colossians 2:8
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. – James 1:5
How many of us have them? Ones we can depend on? Whether you’re hoping for new friends or praying for old ones, these verses will offer God’s guidance for friendships.
Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33
Do to others as you would like them to do to you. – Luke 6:31
Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul. – Proverbs 22:24-25
RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
A deeper relationship with God is one of the most important decisions a person can make. This year, let’s commit to investing more in our walk with God. Here’s some scriptures to support your journey.
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. – Proverbs 9: 10
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. – Romans 12:2
Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household. – Acts 16:31
Single, engaged, married, trying to marry off a child? It all takes an act of God because it’s all His creation. This year let’s commit to putting our spouses (or future spouses) before the Lord.
A worthy wife is a crown for her husband, but a disgraceful woman is like cancer in his bones. – Proverbs 12:4
Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery. – Hebrews 13:4
There aren’t enough scriptures, books, and articles written to support parenting – it’s hard work! But we can use God’s promises to lay the foundation and framework in our household for healthy and responsive parent-child relationships.
Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you’re getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. – Deuteronomy 11:19-21
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. – Proverbs 22:6
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord. – Ephesians 6:4
Ready to start that business? Go out for that promotion? Continue to be awesome at your current job? Here are some scriptures for any career path!
What he opens no one can close; and what he closes, no one can open: ‘I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.” – Revelation 3:7-9
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. – Matthew 6:34
Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work for planning or knowledge or wisdom. – Ecclesiastes 9:10