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“Lord, restore me, renew me, revive me, refresh me” are interrelated themes that express our need and desire for God’s continued work in us. “Lord, restore me. Bring me back to my former relationship with you. Establish me once again with the closeness I used to feel with you.” That’s what David expressed: “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12). He messed up badly. But he remembered his salvation and longed to experience that same joy again. “Lord, renew me.

How often we need a touch from God in our physical bodies! We face sicknesses, ailments, pains, diseases. We cry out in faith, “Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed” (Jeremiah 17:14). Matthew tells us: “When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases’”

While Nehemiah was rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, he became the target of a malicious rumor. Calmly he denied these false accusations. “These are things you have come up with in your head, and they are not true.” He refused to bow to pressure. Outwardly, Nehemiah was unwavering and steadfast. Inwardly, however, he realized that his leadership had been hammered a heavy blow. This verbal attack hurt. It doesn’t matter how strong you are or how thick your skin, cutting remarks hurt. Nehemiah’s

In our culture, the phrase “show me” is understood in several ways – show me the money, show me a picture, show me love, show me the way. I’d like to ask the question – what might we ask God to show us? Start here: “Show me the wonders of your great love” (Psalm 17:7). A recent question we asked in our Sunday Breakout Groups: “What is an attribute or characteristic of God you especially like or value?” Some responded by emphasizing God’s

The prayer “Lord, save me” is easy to identify with. We need to be: • Saved from desperate circumstances – “Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck” (Psalm 69:1). • Saved from difficult people – “Deliver me from evildoers and save me from those who are after my blood” (Psalm 59:2). • Saved from death eternal – “Then I called on the name of the LORD: ‘LORD, save me!’” (Psalm 116:4). • Saved from our destructive selves –

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