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Certainly the faithful love of the Lord hasn’t ended; certainly God’s compassion isn’t through!
They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithfulness.-Lamentations 3:22-3 

God is not finished with us yet.  We have not exhausted God's faithfulness either.  There is more and more, every day.  You might feel hopeless.  You might feel exhausted.  You might be running out of hope.  You might be so identified with those feelings that you begin thinking that God is through with you.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  He is faithful.  You can take that to the bank (as they say).

My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy.
-James 1:22

Whatever the tough time you find yourself in, look for the grace package to go through it and look for the up-grade into deeper Christlikeness that God wants to form in you.  You have to choose how you think.  Wisdom says, look at it, think of it this way.  God isn't trying to give us a fun, easy, entertained life.  God wants us like Jesus and God wants relationship with a Christlike people. 

The Lord isn’t slow to keep his promise, as some think of slowness, but he is patient toward you, not wanting anyone to perish but all to change their hearts and lives.
-2 Peter 3:9

Many of us are waiting on God for a variety of things.  That is good.  But here is another reality.  God is also waiting on us.  God is waiting for us to be ready, to get ready.  God is available every day, to help us get ready to receive the promises.  Will we allow God to make us into disciples?

I looked for anyone to repair the wall and stand in the gap for me on behalf of the land, so I wouldn’t
have to destroy it. But I couldn’t find anyone.
-Ezekiel 22:30

God is a covenant God.  God partners with us to get things done on the earth.  Sometimes God can not find a single person to fill an important assignment on the earth.  Will you be that one who stand in the gap, where ever God calls you to stand?

The Law stepped in to amplify the failure, but where sin increased, grace multiplied even more.
-Romans 5:20

Sin and sinfulness is everywhere.  We might even be somewhat desensitized to it.  There is so much of it in our culture and infecting all of us, to one degree or another; that it might seem hopeless.  But God's grace always has sin beat.  The greatest sins can be forgiven.  Cleaning up or blotting out sins is a jaw-dropping awesome accomplishment attained by Jesus on the cross.  We might need to raise our awareness of the power released on the cross to forgive sin.

A Samaritan woman came to the well to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me some water to drink.”
-John 4:7

What if Jesus is showing us something here about how to minister, how to evangelize?  Talk to strangers.  Jesus is outside the building.  What if the gift of healing is for evangelism?

“Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.”
Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain until I come, what difference does that make to you? You must follow me.”
-Matthew 4:19, John 21:22

Jesus says to follow him.  We do follow people and have human leaders, but we are all following Jesus.  The main thing is that you and I are following Jesus.  Our human leaders are secondary and  change over time.  We need to not get hung up on other people's lives or assignments.  Hear him say, "you must follow me".


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