Jesus Asks: “Do You Love Me?”

I feel like Jesus is asking us right now, “Do you love Me?” the same way He asked Peter. (John 17: 23, 24)

What is your answer to Him? Do you really love Him?

If you hear Him asking you this, examine your heart and find out if you really love Him or exactly how you feel about Him.

What is the nature of your relationship with Him?

Are you serving Him out of obligation, tradition, religion, fear or love?

It matters.

Christ Reigns! Cry Out to Him

David Wilkerson Today

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

CHRIST REIGNS!
by David Wilkerson

Often people write to us saying, “I have no one to talk to, no one to share
my burden with. Nobody has time to hear my cry. I need someone I can pour my
heart out to.”

King David was surrounded by people. He was married, with a large family, and
had many companions at his side. Yet we hear the same cry even from David:
“To whom shall I go?” It is in our very nature to want another human being,
with a face, eyes and ears to listen to us and advise us.

When Job became overwhelmed by his trials, he cried out with grief: “Oh that
one would hear me!” (Job 31:35). He uttered this cry while sitting before his
so-called friends. Yet those friends had no sympathy for Job’s troubles.
Instead, they were messengers of despair.

In his sorrow, Job turned only to the Lord: “Behold, my witness is in heaven,
and my record is on high… Mine eye poureth tears unto God” (Job 16:19-20).
In the Psalms, David urged God’s people to do likewise: “Trust in him at
all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us”
(Psalm 62:8). David also wrote in Psalm 142:

“I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make
my supplication. I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my
trouble. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, thou knewest my path. In the
way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me. I looked on my right
hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no
man cared for my soul. I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge
and my portion in the land of the living” (142:1-5).

I believe in my heart this message is an invitation to you from the Holy Spirit
to find a private place where you can frequently pour out your soul to the Lord.
David “poured out his complaint,” and so can you. You can speak to Jesus
about everything – your problems, your present trial, your finances, your
health – and tell him how overwhelmed you are, even how discouraged you are.
He will hear you with love and sympathy, and he will not despise your cry.

God answered David. He answered Job. And for centuries he has answered the
heart-cry of everyone who has trusted his promises. Likewise, he has promised
to hear you and guide you. Indeed, he has pledged by oath to be your strength.
Go to him, and you will come out renewed.

Read this devotion online: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/13456

Live in Power for Resurrection Life

May 31 – Live in Power

“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
(Romans 6:4)

As a believer, you actually have residing in you the same new life God gave Jesus when He raised Him from the dead. The old sinner you once were has died. You’ve become a new creation on the inside.

You are full of the resurrection life of God!

But sin, disobedience and living a selfish, carnal life will keep that resurrection life from flowing out. Sin will separate you from the power of God, even though you’re born again. Resurrection life will lay dormant in you if you walk in sin.

You can’t overcome sin by trying to stop sinning, however. You overcome it by walking after the new life God has put within you; by spending time in the Word and in prayer. As you do that, the Spirit of God will strengthen you and enable you to put that sin under your feet.

Remember, though, the Holy Spirit will not subdue those old fleshly habits of yours on His own. He’ll wait on you to take the initiative. Then He will strengthen you to follow through with your decision. He will teach you how to walk in the new life that is in you.

Take the first step today by asking for His help. Say, “Lord, I desire to experience the power to live by this new life every day. By a decision of my heart, I put down the dictates of sin. I declare myself dead to it. In Jesus’ Name, I will spend time in prayer and in the Word today. As I do, I believe I’ll receive a Holy Ghost refreshing in my life. I believe I’ll begin to live out the resurrection power that You’ve placed in me!”

Scripture Study: Romans 7:1-6

From Kenneth Copeland’s daily email devotional Faith to Faith