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1: It’s a New Year – Are You Ready to Make a New Start?

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Welcome to 2023! What’s going to be different this year? Have you made any New Year resolutions? On Battle Drill devotionals, we’re going to consider some this week.

Read Psalm 51:1-19. Do you ever wish you could start again? That your life could be a blank sheet of pristine, white paper, waiting to be written on for the first time?

Of course, that’s not possible. What we’ve done, what we’ve said and what we’ve thought before follow us into this New Year. We wish we could just get rid of them.

And yet, with God it is possible. God has the power and the will to wipe our slates clean so that we can start again. We can seek this from him at any time, but a New Year is always a good moment to ask for a Genesis moment. Any power we have to think right, to live right and to speak right comes through the Holy Spirit.

If your life is in chaos, if you sense that all you do is react to circumstances, events, or feelings, if you feel as if life is going nowhere and you’re lacking in energy and motivation, then simply ask God for a fresh start. Pray the psalmist’s prayer today: “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me”. Give me a new beginning. Give me new hope. Give me new life.

It’s yours to claim today.


Think about the following:

  • How does it feel to know that God always has the power to give you a fresh start?