New Year, Same You? 4 Verses to Inspire Your Spiritual New Year’s Resolutions

These four verses from God’s Word encourage you to grow more like Jesus

Like clockwork, the holiday season is always followed by the season of resolutions.

I will start a diet.

I will pay off my debt.

I will start limiting my screen time each day.

I will read 50 books by the end of the year.

I will practice patience with my children.

I will exercise three times per week.

I will . . .

The list could go on forever!

Do any of these resolutions sound familiar? Maybe you had some of these goals last year but ended up abandoning them a few months later. Or maybe you stuck it out and experienced truly satisfying changes in your life.

Either way, your new year’s resolutions can tell you a lot about what you prioritize: health, family, financial security, job performance, personal development.

But have you ever considered making new year’s resolutions for your walk and relationship with your heavenly Father—resolutions that will guide you in becoming more like Jesus?


The Bible tells us that, although we are already God’s children if we believe in Jesus Christ, our story is not yet finished (1 John 3:2). We are continually fighting against sin, seeking to grow in righteousness, and asking God to grow our faith in him.

As you read these verses, ask God to help you determine how you might pursue each goal in your personal walk with him. You can ask questions like: How can I depend more on Jesus this year? Where is God calling me to trust him? What area of my life is not fully surrendered to Christ? How can I grow in my knowledge of God?

And, as you prayerfully set these resolutions, you can find comfort and confidence in the fact that God offers you strength for every moment of this new year through his Word and the Holy Spirit.

Here are four verses to guide you in setting your own resolutions for your faith this year.

I will rest in the truth that, in Christ, I am already a new creation.

Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17 GNT

I will seek to faithfully obey all of God’s commands.

I will give them a new heart and a new mind. I will take away their stubborn heart of stone and will give them an obedient heart. Then they will keep my laws and faithfully obey all my commands. They will be my people, and I will be their God.

Ezekiel 11:19-20 GNT

I will continue to fight against my old self and old desires.

Get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to—the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, and you must put on the new self, which is created in God’s likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy.

Ephesians 4:22-24 GNT

I will seek to grow in my knowledge of God as old habits are stripped away.

Do not lie to one another, for you have put off the old self with its habits and have put on the new self. This is the new being which God, its Creator, is constantly renewing in his own image, in order to bring you to a full knowledge of himself.

Colossians 3:9-10 GNT

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Elisabeth Trefsgar
Elisabeth Trefsgar

Elisabeth Trefsgar is a content specialist for American Bible Society. She has made a home in New Jersey and Sofia, Bulgaria, and is always on the lookout for the next adventure. She is passionate about seeing communities around the world flourish through the power of God's Word and the efforts of the local church. When she isn't writing, you can find her reading good stories, photographing local sights, and spending time with friends.

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