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Faith without Works is Dead

                We have goals and dreams. It’s just a part of being human.
We have to have vision to make this world a better place, and also to glorify
God’s kingdom. God has instilled this purpose for us in the very fiber of our
being. When He created us individually He had this plan to use us for His
glorification in a world that can be dark and weary.

                Once
you get in tune with God you will figure out this purpose written for your
life. Along with this purpose God will begin to instill His promises for your
life. These promises are for your very own well-being. He makes these promises
to you because He wants to bless you, but with these blessings comes many
sacrifices, and even trials and tribulation. Lean not into your own
understanding, but in God’s. During your trying times that will be when God
will mold you and get all the things that are not like Him out of you.

                In the
book of Joshua Israel was promised an inheritance from God. God promised them a
land flowing with milk and honey, vineyards, and housing. It was theirs for the
taking, but this inheritance came with some work. They even had to go to war
for it. God reminded them that in order to get this inheritance they needed
faith and courage.

                God has
a plan for you; your very own ‘Promise Land’.  You’re going to have to put in the work, and
you may even have to fight for it. You must have faith and courage to hold it.
There will be idols you will have to give up idols along the way. You will have
to let go of bad habits. You will have to sacrifice the things that bring you
pleasure, and you will have to allow God to take you out of your comfort zone,
along with everything that is familiar to you. 

                It’s
not going to be easy. There may even be a time when you feel like you’re going
nowhere. Even the Israelites wondered in the wilderness for forty years, and
that’s because God had to mold them. He had to take them, and make a new people
out of them. You must allow Him to mold you in the process.

                If God
has placed a vision in your heart just GO FOR IT! Take what God wants to give
you. It may not just get handed to you, because you have to put some work into
it. Recently I’ve been working on art. I have hope that my craft will get
better, but it won’t get better if I create nothing. You have to work for it,
and once you get to that place all glory be to God. You will even appreciate it
more because you’ve worked so hard for it.

                It takes a ton of work in your craft, and in yourself to get
to your very own Promise Land. Thank goodness we serve a God that loves us and
never breaks His promises! “So the Lord gave to Israel all the land of
which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they took possession of it and
dwelt in it. The Lord gave them rest all around, according to all that He had
sworn to their fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood against them;
the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand. Not a word failed of any
good thing which the Lord had spoken to Israel. All came to pass. (Joshua
21:43-45)”
How amazing is that!

Remember that Jesus loves you, and that I love you too! 

XOXO,

Shakeyla <3 

“Papa Duck” 2017.

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