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New Instructions

Updated: May 16, 2023

Devotional:


How do you respond to instruction?


When God would give me a new instruction, I would instantly believe I had done something wrong. It was less about the instruction and more about me feeling unseen. God hadn't acknowledged my past efforts and due to open trauma wounds, I couldn't help but feel I had missed something. Can any of you relate?


When Elijah wanted to run away because of what transpired in 1 Kings 18 and 19, God gave Him new instructions. It’s not that God was mad at Elijah or displeased with his presence of fear, but more so concerned about his purpose. Instead of focusing on what was done already, God encouraged him to move forward.


In some seasons of your life, God has to remind you that He has great plans for you. That when He comes in to give you new instructions, it's because He wants you to grow more. Through those instructions, He's giving you the steps to do so. Just because He instructs you to do something different doesn't mean you did anything wrong before.


Don’t despise the new instructions, embrace them because you’ve been doing something right!


Scripture(s) Meditation:


"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV


"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you."

Psalm 32:8 NIV


Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.


What are the new instructions God has given you? What do you do when God gives you new instructions? Do you take it as a punishment or a sign for more growth?


Sun'Ray💕

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Raven Stewart
Raven Stewart
Jun 07, 2023

Hi Raynetta!! I’m just checking on you to make sure you’re okay. I haven’t seen you lately. Praying that you’re safe and blessed. Keep Going you have a community that’s backing you up. 🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽

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Dom See
Dom See
May 17, 2023

I came to check if there were any new devotionals that I maybe hadn't received an email for some reason, but I see that all of the previous posts I looked had been unliked. Just wanted to let it be known in case there was an issue with the site that wasn't known .

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This is so relevant. Upon receiving new instructions, not only had I questioned if I didn't do something right, but also prayed to Him, "Father, I thought You said this... and now it's that? Please help me to understand." I felt a bit frustrated, but then remembered that He knows what He is doing, even when I may not understand the whys of new instructions, nor do I see all that He sees.

This devotional is so accurate and timely. Thank you, sis! Glory to our awesome Father! 💜

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Annasia Abner
Annasia Abner
May 12, 2023

I am grateful God used you to relate this post. On time and on point.

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Annasia Abner
Annasia Abner
May 12, 2023
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I can relate due to past hurt, shameful mistakes/regrets, and trauma that every single new instruction is due to me getting something wrong. I also think that depending on how we were raised and taught how to do things, many of us were instructed to pivot often times because we got something wrong. Which further impacts us as we grow in our relationship with Christ.

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