New Year’s Proverbs and More ~ What lies ahead?

God, how GREAT is your faithfulness!

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

You will not find a “New years” verse in the bible because it is not a holiday quote guide. It is  much greater!!  The words of the Bible are more than a feel good bandage on a holiday. They are a life power transforming force!

Here are some verses that speak of newness, hope, second chances and more to help you to be, and stay encouraged in Christ as you more on to the next year. Check your bible and read each verse in context. I am also sharing an acrostic on N.E.W. – Y.E.A.R. and encouragement for those who feel a little stranded this year as it come to an end.

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PROVERBS FOR THE NEW YEAR

TRUST in the Lord – Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 *Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe. Proverbs 29:25

Keep His Word – My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Proverbs 4:20-22

Lead Your Household – Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6 *Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.   Proverbs 29:17 *Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. Proverbs 8:34 

Guard Your Thoughts – The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. Proverbs 12:5 *Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25 *Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3

Be Confident in His Work – The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. Proverbs 4:18 *Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding. Proverbs 3:13.

Treasure Honor – A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1 *A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but the LORD condemns a crafty man. Proverbs 12:2

Everyday is an opportunity for a fresh start in any area of our lives.

Jeremiah 29:11– “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.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 

Lamentations 3:22-23 – Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassion never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Ezekiel 36:25-27 – “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put anew spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so you will obey my laws and do whatever I command.

Philippians 3:13-14 – No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.

Isaiah 40:31– Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. 

Ecclesiastes 3:11He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Philippians 1:6  “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

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New Year’s Acrostic

N – Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

E – Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalms 100:4

W – Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. Mark 13:35-37

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Y – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

E Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalms 127:1

A– Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

R– Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; Ecclesiastes 12:1 – Acrostic made by Pastor Jack Peters

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Is this year ending on a sour note?

A word of encouragement for any of you who don’t feel too good on starting a new year because of how the current year is ending.

The seasons in nature are  great inspiration to us all! Spring is a season that speaks to us of growth, renewal and new beginnings. Did you know that we  can celebrate spring any time of the year in our personal lives? We are not subject to a time in the year like the seasons.  Any day can be spring for those who take it. Your next minute could very well be a fresh start for you in any area of your life. Take it! With God all things are possible? Yes, they are. In Him you have the ability to do and the power to accomplish anything you set your hand to do.

*For nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37*But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. ”Matthew 19:26

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Happy New Year!

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Here are some other posts that may also be an encouragement to you in the New Year.

*Game P.L.A.N.S. https://proverbs4today.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/game-p-l-a-n-s/

*The Mark of a Proverbs Man https://proverbs4today.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/the-mark-of-a-proverbs-man/

 *Parents have Super Powers https://proverbs4today.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/parents-have-super-powers-2/

 *Happy New Year ooops too early https://proverbs4today.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/%e2%80%8e2012-happy-new-year-oops-too-early/

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