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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.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Re-Born

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.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Fearless

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.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

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.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Test

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.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Rest

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.

Devotion Text
 

Jeremiah 44:2-5

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: You have seen all the disaster that I brought upon Jerusalem and upon all the cities of Judah. Behold, this day they are a desolation, and no one dwells in them, because of the evil that they committed, provoking me to anger, in that they went to make offerings and serve other gods that they knew not, neither they, nor you, nor your fathers. Yet I persistently sent to you all my servants the prophets, saying, ‘Oh, do not do this abomination that I hate!’ But they did not listen or incline their ear, to turn from their evil and make no offerings to other gods.”

Some people conclude from passages like today’s that God is unloving. Bring disaster on his people? Leave their towns deserted? How could he? The answer is found in God’s love and mercy.

Like a father who genuinely loves his children, God disciplines us. What loving father would let his toddler play by a busy road? If a beloved child continues to waddle toward danger, discipline is applied. The discipline does not show a lack of compassion. Quite the opposite. The father loves his child too much to allow them to be hurt or killed by a car.

God loves us too much to allow us to play by the spiritual life’s equivalent of a busy highway. He loves us too much to allow us to continue to live in spiritual danger. When we ignore his instruction, he applies discipline. The writer to the Hebrews said it this way, “God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:10-11 NIV).

Talking to God

Father, none of us like the consequences of sin. No discipline seems pleasant at the time but thank you for loving us so much that you never give up on us. Thank you for applying the discipline that produces a harvest of righteousness and peace. Help us to see your love in your discipline. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

1st John

Devotion Text
 

Jeremiah 37:1-2

Zedekiah the son of Josiah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah, reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim. But neither he nor his servants nor the people of the land listened to the words of the Lord that he spoke through Jeremiah the prophet.

Josiah was a great ruler; Zedekiah, his son was not. Neither Zedekiah nor his leaders paid any attention to God. And the people followed their leaders.

Ignorance of God’s Word is one thing; ignoring God’s Word is something entirely different. Knowing God’s instruction and choosing to neglect it demonstrates a rebellious spirit and a disregard for the Author.

So, how are you doing with the Scripture you know? Are you obeying it or choosing to ignore it? Are you striving to follow the instruction or electing to pay no attention to it? Snubbing God’s Word never ends well.

Talking Points

  • Ask God to show you areas of your life where you are ignoring his instruction.
  • Ask God to give you a heart of repentance where you are missing the mark.

Father, may we not be simply hearers but also doers of your Word. We have no excuse for ignorance. We certainly have no excuse for not paying attention to Scripture. Forgive us for our ignorance and neglect. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

1st John

Devotion Text
 

Jeremiah 31:19

For after I had turned away, I relented, and after I was instructed, I struck my thigh; I was ashamed, and I was confounded, because I bore the disgrace of my youth.

When we trust in Jesus we are unplugged from our sinful nature and plugged into the power of the Holy Spirit. But the sinful nature is not deleted from our lives. The old master, that familiar and inviting voice, calls out to us. And there are times when we accept the invitation. The Apostle John wrote, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” But when “we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9 NIV).

So, what does confession look like? Our verse today gives us great insight into this important spiritual discipline.

  • After I had turned away, I relented. A flippant “I’m sorry,” or “I’m sorry I got caught” doesn’t cut it with God. Repentance involves an understanding that I am heading in the wrong direction and have a sincere desire to stop and turn around.
  • After I was instructed, I struck my thigh. To strike one’s thigh was a figurative expression of mourning and grief. True repentance involves sorrow for sinning against God. He does not take sin lightly; neither should we.
  • I was ashamed and confounded…. Repentance starts with conviction—the Holy Spirit confronts our sin. True repentance experiences the guilt of disobeying God and the desire for his forgiveness.

Talking Points

  • Ask God to show you any area of your life where you are living in disobedience.
  • Tell God that you are sorry for your sin and ask him to forgive you.
  • Ask God for his strength to resist sin in your life.

Father, help us turn from our sin, grieve our rebellion, and be ashamed of what we have done. May we be those who never glory in our sin, but glory only in the Savior who continues to deliver us from it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Sacrifice

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” He proceeded to the cross as proof of his great love for us.

In today’s broadcast, Ron Moore explores that evidence and encourages you to offer the same kind of proof for your friends and family.

Devotion Text
 

Jeremiah 29:11-13

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Think of it! God has great plans for our lives! He wants to prosper us, not to harm us. God is working to give us hope and a certain future. But do you know the context of this passage?

This promise was written to God’s people while in exile. Because of their sin, God had allowed Nebuchadnezzar to deport them from Jerusalem to Babylon. They were living in an unfamiliar land under the authority of a pagan king. The people of Israel were experiencing the results of rejecting God and following idols. They were living out the consequences of their sin. And yet, right in the middle of their exile, God gave this reminder that he wasn’t through with them. While banished from their country, the people would finally turn back to God. And when they did, God heard their prayers. When they sought him, they found him.

Maybe you are living with the results of your sins today. You are experiencing the self-inflicted wounds of rebellion. You feel alone and forgotten. You think that God is done with you. But he isn’t! Today’s passage teaches us that God never gives up on us. Right in the middle of sin’s consequences he has plans for us. His intent is never to harm, but to bring us back to the land of spiritual prosperity. He wants us to turn back to him. And he promises that when we seek him with a sincere heart, we will find him waiting for us with open arms. God is not finished with you!

Talking to God

Father, thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you for disciplines that turn my heart back to you. Thank you for hearing my cries. Thank you for open arms of forgiveness and restoration. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Righteous

Christian, you are sinful…and you are righteous. The question is: which of those identities define your daily behavior? Your answer will indicate your actual identity.

In this half-hour, Ron Moore warns of the difference so you can be sure you have true, saving faith.

Devotion Text
 

Jeremiah 23:23-24

Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.

The message of Israel’s false prophets was made-up and crafted to satisfy people rather than God. The false prophets assured peace, but they did not get this assurance from God. Phony teachers from every generation declare words their hearers desire, instead of a true word from God.

In today’s passage, God responds to the prophets by explaining two of his attributes. He is both omnipresent and omniscient. God’s omnipresence means that he is everywhere at the same time in his full being. God’s omniscience means that he knows everything there is to know about everything there is to know. His knowledge and presence fill the heaven and earth.

So how can we apply these truths? First, God’s omnipresence reminds us that we cannot hide from God. If you think you are doing something that God cannot see…think again. He is the One to whom we must give a final account. Second, God knows us inside and out. You can fool others…even those who are close to you…but you cannot fool God. The characteristics of God prevent us from playing games with him. Wherever we are, he is there. Whoever we are, he knows us fully. And…here’s the amazing part…knowing us fully, he still welcomes us with open arms. In him there is forgiveness and restoration. Don’t run from him. Run to him. He is waiting with open arms.

Talking Points:

  • Confess the sins of the life you “hide” from God.
  • Ask God to help you live transparently before him.

Father, remind the person trying to hide from you of the truths found in today’s passage. Help them to come clean and come home. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Sons and Daughters

This is the first day of the rest of your life and it’s critical you start it with the ending in mind. That focus will guide you, as a son or daughter of God, to your eternal new day.

Today, Ron Moore looks at that long view and the motivation it supplies.

Devotion Text
 

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.

Don’t place your faith in nouns. Sooner or later every person will disappoint, every place will lose its luster, and every thing will wear out. But there is One who will never disappoint. That’s why the person who puts their trust in God will be blessed. Today’s verse gives three benefits of trusting in the Lord.

  • Constant Nourishment. The person who trusts in the Lord is like a tree planted by a stream. The roots make their way to the fresh and steady flow. The tree will never lack for food. So, the believer whose confidence is in the Lord will have no lack of spiritual sustenance.
  • Constant Protection. The heat comes but the tree by the stream is appropriately shielded. There is enough sun to make it grow but not too much to burn its leaves. Likewise, the believer will experience heat through various circumstances and challenges. We need the heat to make us grow but God will always be there to protect us. He will not give us more than we can bear.
  • Constant Fruit. Dry times occur but the tree planted by the stream has everything it needs to bear fruit. As believers we will experience dry spiritual times…but connected to the Source of nourishment and protection we will continue to produce the good works that God prepared in advance for us to do (Eph. 2:10).

So…two questions: In whom or what do you trust? In whom or what do you place your confidence? The answer to those questions will determine whether you are receiving the nourishment, protection, and fruit that come from dependence on the heavenly Father.

Talking to God

Father, make us like trees planted by streams of water. Please nourish and protect us. Allow us to accomplish the good works you have prepared for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Anointed

Believer, you have been enabled, entrusted, and empowered to know the truth by the Holy Spirit who lives in you. You’re able to discern truth from error.

Today, Ron Moore examines that anointing so you can walk in the light.

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