How to Start a New Life

Are you frustrated with your life? Have you struggled to change your life for the better? Do you want to give up and just start over? Where is life’s reset button?

You have probably run through all of these questions many times over but here’s one more question to consider: Have you ever read the greatest book that was written on how to start a new life? That book is the Bible—and if you’ve never read any of it, you’re missing out on life’s biggest truths.

How do you restart your life with the Bible? The Bible isn’t just another book on self-help. In fact, it isn’t a “self-help” book at all because it tells us we are too weak to change our lives. We’re just not able to make ourselves into the kind of people we should be. No one likes to admit this—but it’s true and you know it from your own experiences.

Instead, the Bible points us to God because He is the only one who can change you and make your life different. You can’t change your life—but God can, and He will enable you if you’ll let Him. The Bible says, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). God loves you, and He doesn’t want you to be stuck in this state of helplessness and desperation for the rest of your life.

So how do you start your new life today? It begins with repentance. Tell God you know you have sinned and you want to turn away from your old ways of living. Next, you must turn to Jesus Christ and ask Him to come into your life as your Savior and Lord. Once you do this, God Himself comes to live within you by His Spirit. Then you’ll discover the same truth the Apostle Paul discovered: “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Are you tired of your old life and ready to start your new one with God?

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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?