The Journey with Ron Moore
Devotion Text

Daniel 3:16-18

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is one of the most amazing in all of Scripture. Faced with death for not bowing before the king’s gods, they felt no compulsion to defend themselves. They knew that God could save them if he chose. But even if he didn’t, they wanted the king to know, “that we will not serve your gods….”

The furious king ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual. The soldiers who threw the three Hebrew boys into the fire were killed by the heat. But King Nebuchadnezzar was amazed as he saw not three but four men “walking in the midst of the fire…not hurt” The fourth man, Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “is like a son of the gods.” God had sent an angel to deliver the young men.

For me, the deliverance, while crazy amazing, is not the coolest part of this story. I am struck by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s undeterred commitment to obedience. They knew that God was more than powerful enough to save them, but they didn’t know if it was his will. Whether he saved them or not, they would not bow to anyone or anything other than God. That’s the life of obedience God calls us to.

Talking to God

Father, prepare me today for tough decisions tomorrow. Help me not to only choose obedience when it is in my best interest. Help me be willing to obey you even if you choose not to deliver me from the fire. In Jesus’ name. Amen.



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Igniting a Heart for God

The flames of victorious faith are not found in cool comfort. They are kindled in the difficult, dirty, and disappointing lessons of life.

But, as Ron Moore is about to share, once fanned those flames will ignite your heart and your world.

Devotion Text

Ezekiel 48:35

And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The Lord Is There.

Delivered from exile. The temple restored. Worship resumed. The glory of the Lord reappeared. The city renamed—THE LORD IS THERE!  What a great day that was for the nation of Israel. God resurrected them from the spiritual grave. Now a thankful people bowed before their powerful and personal God—THE LORD IS THERE!

But the temple was destroyed again…after the time of Ezekiel. This time, however, it served as a physical reminder that God did not set up shop within carefully measured walls or holy rooms. Now, because of Immanuel, God is with us and will always be with us. The inscription written on our hearts is—THE LORD IS THERE.

Think of it. Through the Holy Spirit, God lives within us! He resides in our hearts. He never leaves us. His presence is 24/7. God writes the words—THE LORD IS THERE—on a sign and hangs it on our hearts. Display that sign through your words and actions. May all who look for God find him…living in you.

Talking to God

Father, you live within me. Help me never forget or get over that awesome truth. Help me demonstrate your presence in my life. Help me show others how you love me unconditionally and forgive me when I fall.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.



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You’ve surrendered your soul and its salvation to God. You’re eternally committed to him and to his Christ. But that’s not the highest commitment there is.

Today, Ron Moore examines the supreme commitment. One that impacts your eternal life and living in the present as well.

Devotion Text

Ezekiel 39:22

The house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God, from that day forward.

Israel was not left to wonder. God said they, “shall know that I am the Lord their God.” In plenty and want, in the storms and clears skies, in the times of great blessings or weighed down with heavy burdens, through it all they would know that the Lord was their God.

Some days we just aren’t feeling it.

We feel forsaken, forgotten, and alone. We live under discouragement, even depression. We feel like we have to figure things out on our own. But we can’t…and we don’t have to. Our God loves us with an unconditional love and forgives us when we fail. His truth transcends our feelings. Regardless of our emotions we know that he is our God. We can always celebrate his work in our lives.

Talking to God

Father, remind me throughout my distracted day that you are the Lord my God. Your activity in me and around me never ceases. Help me to acknowledge you and celebrate life with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.



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What do you know? Are you confident in your walk with Jesus or uncertain where you stand with him? Your answer to those questions will indicate the condition of your faith.

Today, Ron Moore shares encouraging instruction so you can confidently proclaim, “I know, that I know.”

Devotion Text

Ezekiel 33:31-32

And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain. And behold, you are to them like one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument, for they hear what you say, but they will not do it.

Some people collect knowledge like others collect coins. They are addicted to new tidbits of information. They are seminar junkies. They cannot turn down a new study Bible or Bible study. But like too much food and too little exercise does damage to the waistline, unapplied knowledge damages the soul.

In today’s passage God told Ezekiel that the people loved to hear him teach. He likened Ezekiel’s messages to “one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument.” But after listening to the message, “with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain.” They were hearers but not doers.

How about you? Are you eating too much and exercising too little, spiritually speaking? Do you appreciate the beautiful voices and well-played instruments of a worship service but neglect practicing the truth of the songs? Do you enjoy a good sermon like a good steak but never use the spiritual food for spiritual exercise? Do you speak love with your mouth but continue greed in your heart? Convicting, isn’t it? Today is the day to put knowledge into practice.

Talking to God

Father, convict us if we are all knowledge and no heart. Point out where we are enjoying the love songs but not sharing the love. Forgive us for speaking truth with our mouths but not living out the truth we proclaim. Show us where our words and actions don’t match up. Give us the desire and courage to change. In Jesus’ name. Amen.



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How do you establish the truth of a matter? What part does repetition play in confirming your faith?

Today, Ron Moore offers foundational propositions that make Christian faith certain.

Devotion Text

Ezekiel 31:10-11

Therefore thus says the Lord God: Because it towered high and set its top among the clouds, and its heart was proud of its height, I will give it into the hand of a mighty one of the nations. He shall surely deal with it as its wickedness deserves. I have cast it out.

Through the prophet Ezekiel, God let the nations know that he was in charge. Their vast armies were no match for his power. Their economies could not out resource his riches. He used countries for his sovereign purposes. But he never let them get by with their wickedness.

The great empire of Egypt “towered over” other nations…for a time. They were proud of their attainments and accomplishments. They felt indestructible. They boasted of their great height. However, when God had enough of their conceit, he cast them aside.

We need to remember that “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). The things that puff us up will eventually drag us down. When we become proud of our “height” God will apply his pruning shears. He will not leave his children, but he will humble us. Living in the highlands of pride gives us a tendency to look down on God. He will keep us in a place where we must look up to him. Spiritual service does not include spiritual swagger.

Talking Points

  • Ask God to show you where you are thinking too highly of yourself.
  • Ask him to help you deal with these areas of pride.

Father, help me not think too highly of myself. May my confidence come from you alone. Help me to deal honestly with my pride. In Jesus’ name. Amen.



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1st John

Devotion Text

Ezekiel 22:30

And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.

Israel was far from God. The leaders had abused their power. The people turned their backs on God. God looked for someone who would stand up for him and found no one.

Today God is looking for people who will stand in the breach. He is looking for parents more concerned about their daughter’s walk with God than her circle of popular friends. He is looking for parents more concerned about their son’s heart than his batting average. He is looking for leaders unwilling to compromise regardless of the pressure. He is looking for men and women to stand strong in the face of culture. He is looking for people who will demonstrate to their families and friends what it looks like to follow hard after God.

So, here’s the question. God is looking for that person. Will he find you?

Talking to God

Father, here I am. Help me stand in the breach. Give me strong spiritual hands to build strong spiritual walls. Give me strong feet to stand in the gap. Let me be the person you find to stand strong. In Jesus’ name. Amen.



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1st John

Devotion Text

Ezekiel 14:6

Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: Repent and turn away from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

Even after being disciplined for their rebellion, Israel continued to worship idols. So, God addressed the issue. He always does. God called for repentance—a turning away from their idols and their sin.

When we bow before anything other than God, we set up idols in our hearts (Eze.14:3). The heart, the center of the mind, emotion, and will, becomes divided. We internalize our idols, and they become our focus. Our hearts turn from God and turn to lust, greed, avarice, pride, self-absorption, self-promotion, jealousy, appearance.

Here’s today’s question: Do you bow before anyone or anything other than God? If so, it’s time to turn away from idols and turn toward the living God.

Talking Points

  • Ask God to reveal any idols in your life.
  • Ask him to help you turn away from them and turn toward him.

Father, examine our hearts. Show us what is inside. Give us a good look at our sin. Then, give us the strength and commitment to turn from those things that keep us from you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.



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What is this faith that overcomes the world? What does it look like and how is it expressed?

Just ahead, Ron Moore gives us definitions and direction.

Devotion Text

Ezekiel 11:19-20

And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

This passage appears on the pages of Ezekiel like an oasis in the desert. This section of the book describes God’s judgment brought on by the people’s idolatry and rebellion. They had forsaken the Lord. But here God reminds them that he is far from being finished with them.

God will bring his people back home. He will take their divided hearts and give them ones focused solely on him. He will give them spiritual heart transplants, removing their old hearts bent on sin and inserting new ones that are pumping spiritual nourishment throughout their bodies.

God wants to take your heart and make it fully his. He will remove the heart calloused from years of sin and give you one that beats for him. Do you want this kind of change? The following prayer will help you get started.

Talking to God

Father, I am tired of running and tired of this life separated from you. I have been doing my thing, living my own way, and it has worn me out. I want to be changed by you. Give me a new spirit, a new heart, and a new passion to follow hard after you. I don’t want to share my loyalties. Give me an undivided focus to obey your word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.



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With apologies to Jackie Deshannon, “What the world needs now is perfect love sweet love.” It’s the only thing that can banish the fear permeating the world.

On today’s broadcast, Ron Moore tells us where that love is found and how you can share it with your world.

Devotion Text

Lamentations 3:22-26

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Absolute fear and horror. That’s what the people felt when Babylon’s brutal soldiers marched into Jerusalem to destroy the city. Jeremiah knew that Babylon was an instrument of God’s judgment for Israel’s sin. And through his laments he wrestles with God. Surrounded by destruction, Jeremiah stopped for a moment to focus on the goodness of God.

These are the things that Jeremiah calls to mind which gives him hope.

  • God’s great love. Jeremiah reminds himself and his readers that they are alive only because of God’s steadfast love. Even in the most desperate times God’s great compassion never fails. You may be in a difficult situation today. Remember how much God loves you.
  • God’s great faithfulness. Even when we are faithless, God is faithful. We can always depend on him to bring a fresh pouring out of his love and compassion every morning. God will give us everything we need…one day at a time.
  • God’s great salvation. Deliverance for Israel would not come the next day or the day after that. But they knew that God was their “portion” (their only hope) and they chose to wait on him. Can you “wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord”? He will come…in his way and in his timing.

Talking Points

  • Cry out to God in the middle of your mess. You don’t have to clean up before asking for his help. You can only clean up by his help.
  • In the middle of your confusion and pain, thank God for his love and faithfulness. Be still and wait for his deliverance in his timing.

Father, thank you for your great love, faithfulness, and salvation that comes even in the most difficult times. Help me to wait on you…even when waiting and trusting is really hard. In Jesus’ name. Amen.



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Love Perfected

Would you like everyone to know you’re a disciple of Jesus? According to him, that realization doesn’t start in your interactions with unbelievers. It starts with other disciples.

In this half-hour, Ron Moore shares the perfect sign of your devotion to Christ. Display it and the world will know the One you follow.

Devotion Text

Jeremiah 50:20

In those days and in that time, declares the Lord, iniquity shall be sought in Israel, and there shall be none, and sin in Judah, and none shall be found, for I will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant.

Israel rejected God and served lifeless idols. They ignored God’s warnings sent through the prophet, Jeremiah. God graciously moved to soften their hardened hearts through discipline. But God’s discipline is always for the purpose of repentance and restoration.

God provided complete and clear forgiveness. A search for Israel’s past guilt would be fruitless. None of Israel’s sins could be found. God said, “I will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant.”

Maybe today the scars of your life show that you have lived far from God. You know the consequences of walking away. You know the regret. But please hear this—there is no sin that God cannot and will not forgive. When you come in true repentance, he forgives and forgets. You can make a search for your guilt, but it will not be found. It’s time to come home and experience God’s great forgiveness and grace.

A Prayer of Return

Father, I have wandered far from you and have the scars to prove it. I am sorry for my sin against you and for the pain I have caused those I love. I want to return to you. I want to be forgiven and restored. I trust in your Word that tells me if I confess my sins, you are faithful and just to forgive me. Thank you for the promise of your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.



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Shiny new things will always capture our attention. And, if we let them, they’ll blind us to the truth that was settled long ago.

In view of that hard reality, today Ron Moore offers instruction from the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” It’s divine guidance to help ensure you aren’t blinded by false light.

Devotion Text

They inspired terror. They thought their strategic strongholds were impenetrable. They seemed to be in complete control. They had taken God’s people into captivity. But their pride deceived them. God said,

The horror you inspire has deceived you, and the pride of your heart, you who live in the clefts of the rock, who hold the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as the eagle’s, I will bring you down from there, declares the Lord.

-Jeremiah 49:16

Like these godless nations, we are tempted to build strongholds. We invest to make sure that our money is making money. We structure our lives so that we are secure in retirement. We build our nests as high as the eagles’. But the pride of our hearts deceives us. We learn, sometimes tragically, that we are not in control after all.

Jesus once told a story about a man whose ground produced a good crop. The man was already wealthy; his barns were full. But in his greed, he tore down his barns and built bigger ones. God’s message to him was stark, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you” (Luke 12:20 NIV).  At the end of the day security is found in God alone.

Talking Points

  • Ask God to reveal what you are relying on for security.
  • If it is bigger barns, take action to anchor your life in eternal things.

Father, help me not to put my security in possessions, power, or position. Help me to not be deceived by the world’s offering of confidence. May my trust be in you alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.



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Uncertainty and doubt stall your Christian growth. It keeps you bound at the beginning of your walk with Jesus. At your second birth.

Ron Moore outlines certain things that will release the chains and give rest to your uncertain soul.


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