The Journey with Ron Moore
Devotion Text

Mark 10:42-45

And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

James and John had a bold request: Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory. The other disciples were outraged. Can’t blame them. But Jesus used the entreaty for a teaching moment.

The ways of the world are built around power and control—people lording it over others. The golden rule of the world is—the one who has the gold rules. Power is used to make others stoop. Jesus, however, lived and taught counter to culture. For those who follow him, true greatness is measured by service. If you want to be first in line, you must go to the back of the line. Jesus, himself, showed us how that works. He did not come to earth to sit on a throne. He left his throne in heaven to hang on a cross. He did not come to be served but to serve and give his life a ransom for many. In his death, he demonstrated the ultimate act of service.

Following hard after Jesus is not about positions of honor or power. Following hard after Jesus is more “backstage” than “front stage.” The rewards are given to those willing to serve wherever and whenever they are needed. Many times that may mean that no one ever sees—no one, that is, except Jesus. He looks deep into the heart and sees our motives and intentions.

Talking Points

  • Ask God to help you be willing to serve in a way that no one, except him, sees.
  • Ask God to help you teach your children the importance of going to the back of the line.

Lord Jesus, thank you for teaching us about service and for showing us how to serve. May we follow hard after you as our Savior and follow your example of true service. In your name we pray. Amen.

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Job

Devotion Text

Mark 4:40

He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”

The winds were so strong and the waves so furious that the seasoned fishermen were sure the boat was going down. And as the water pounded the boat, Jesus slept. The disciples were not humored. Finally, they woke him up and asked, “Don’t you care if we drown?”

“Jesus, don’t you care?” That’s often our “storm” question as well.  “Don’t you care that I just lost my job?” “Don’t you care that my marriage is on the rocks?” “Don’t you care that I’m single?” “Don’t you care that I’m sick?” “Why did they have to die so young? Don’t you care?” But Jesus cuts to the chase and answers our questions with a question, “Why are you so afraid? Don’t you trust me?” Jesus knows that a heart absent of faith is full of fear.

In the midst of every storm, we have two options. We can fill our hearts with fear, convincing ourselves that Jesus doesn’t care. Or we can trust him—to calm the storm or calm us. I know it’s easier said than done but those are our choices—fear or faith. It’s an easy answer; it’s a hard application. Let’s pray for his help.

 Talking to God

Lord Jesus, storms are frightening. Like the disciples, I panic and question your care. I am weak and in constant need of your help. It’s easy to talk about faith but live with fear. So, please speak calmness to my heart just like you did to the wind and the waves. Lord, I know my children are watching. They note how I handle storms. Help me pass on the faith and trust that comes from you. Thank you for the promise that you will always be with me. In your name I pray. Amen. 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Can You Hear Me Now? Living the Bible

Successful spiritual living isn’t a matter of happenstance.  It takes training in the truth. Training that only comes when we hold to the fundamentals of the faith.

Today, Ron Moore continues that instruction from an ancient document.

Devotion Text

Matthew 7:28-29

And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

Today’s passage concludes the Sermon on the Mount. In this sermon, Jesus addressed everything from lust to love, from murder to money, from judging others to being judged by God. It is indeed the greatest sermon ever preached by the greatest preacher who ever lived.

The people of Jesus’ day had heard many sermons. The religious leaders waxed eloquently about the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of the law. They heaped guilt on their listeners, tearing others down by building themselves up. But the crowds were amazed at the teaching of Jesus. His words were delivered with authority, from the heart of God to the heart of man.

Hearing God’s Word is not reserved for first-century listeners gathered on the side of a mountain. God’s living Word is available every day for us to read, contemplate, and apply. The Word of God carries with it the authority of God. It never ceases to amaze those who take the time to read it.

Talking to God

Father, thank you for your powerful, living, and authoritative Word. May we be hearers and doers of it. Amaze us each day with your powerful words of life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Can You Hear Me Now? Believing the Bible

The surest evidence you’ve spent time in the Bible is not how long you’ve been at it, it’s how far God’s Word has taken you down the road to maturity.

In the minutes ahead, Ron Moore puts you on that road and encourages you to truly believe the essentials of the scriptures.

Devotion Text

Matthew 7:24-27

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.

A person decided to build a house. They worked hard and had it up in record time. Sure, they took a few shortcuts, but the house looked fantastic. They moved in and had cookouts for family and friends. Everyone enjoyed their generous hospitality. Then one night a storm rolled into town. The sun rose to show the house was demolished by the rain and wind.

A person decided to build a house. They worked hard and took their time. They focused first on the foundation and dug down deep until they hit bedrock. With the footing solid they began to build. The house looked fantastic. Family and friends enjoyed their generous hospitality. Then one night a storm rolled into town. The sun rose to show the house standing strong “because it had been founded on the rock.”

Jesus was a carpenter, but this story was not a lesson in building a house. Rather it was instruction for building a life. The solid foundation belongs to those who hear the words of Scripture and put them into practice. So, here’s the question. What kind of house are you building? Be honest. Are you a wise or foolish builder?

Talking to God

Father, I know that storms will come. Help me to be a wise builder who hears your Word and does what it says. Help me build on a solid foundation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

The Bible’s Translation and Distribution

Can you trust the integrity of God’s Word? After all, it did pass through the hearts, minds, and hands of countless sinful men.

Ron Moore comes to offer convincing evidence that the Bible is true and worthy of your trust.

Devotion Text

Matthew 7:21-23

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

On the final day, there will be some solemn surprises. Jesus said on that day people would call him, “Lord, Lord,” but they are not fit for the kingdom of heaven. Can you think of anything more tragic?

Some will proclaim their great work for God. But works will never secure our place in heaven. Eternal life is a free gift of grace through faith in Jesus alone.

Do you know for sure that you will not be turned away from heaven? Words cannot describe the heartrending emotion of thinking you were in only to hear the words, “I never knew you.” Please don’t let that happen to you. Use the following prayer as a personal guide to tell Jesus your desire to hear, “Welcome home good and faithful servant.”

Talking to God

Lord Jesus, I know that there is absolutely nothing I can do to earn a place in heaven. My best works on my best day fall short of your perfect standard. I am broken and cannot fix myself. I am a sinner and cannot earn forgiveness. I am lost and cannot save myself. I need you. Right now I trust in you as the only way to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” I trust in you as the only way to have eternal life. I trust in you as the only way to have meaning and purpose during my years on earth. I know that I am saved only by your free gift of grace. I trust in you as the One who paid the penalty for my sin and places me in a personal relationship with the living God. In your name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

The Bible’s Context

Where does the Bible fit in the context of truth and life? Does it really matter and is it truly reliable?

Today, Ron Moore will offer that context so that you can discover the importance of God’s Word for every circumstance and every need.

Devotion Text

Matthew 7:15-20

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

Through your computer, tablet, or smartphone you have at your fingertips the opportunity to hear thousands of teachings from hundreds of teachers. The Internet provides incredible choices…and tremendous danger. From the varying messages of media, you can stay in the main lane or be lured into a perilous detour.

Today’s passage provides a much-needed warning. There are many appealing messages and messengers, but some present teaching outside the body of truth found in Scripture. Watch out for deceiving and dangerous teachers who are, what Jesus calls, ravenous wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing.

How do you spot a misleading teacher? Consider their words, actions, and attitudes. Hold what they say up to Scripture—God’s inerrant Word. Consider their lifestyle. Evaluate their decisions. Sooner or later, what is happening on the inside will be revealed on the outside. The inner seed will produce outward fruit. When you see the fruit then you can discern the seed.

Talking to God

Father, give me biblical discernment. Help me study your Word so I can spot teaching that is outside your truth. Guard me against false teachers—even when their words and presentations are attractive. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

God, Are You Listening to My Prayers?

Submission to God in prayer is more than surrender.  To lie face down in the dust is only a start.  It is a yielding of not only your fate but also your will, your expectations, your fervent requests. And, it is one thing more.

Ron Moore deals with that kind of prayer and that one thing in today’s broadcast. During our time together you’ll discover a model for surviving a shaken world.

Devotion Text

Matthew 7:13-14

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Two Entrances

There are two entrances to the spiritual journey. One entrance is high, wide, and packed. You can bring all your beliefs and philosophies, along with your possessions and pride. Just follow the crowd. The other entrance is small. Only the Gatekeeper permits access. To enter you must set aside your pride and stoop down.

Two Paths

The wide gate leads to the wide road. It is filled with luring attractions. But what looks inviting from the outside is empty on the inside. Even in the large crowd, you feel so alone. The small entrance leads to a narrow road. This road is built with grace and forgiveness. When you stumble, others help you up and keep you heading in the right direction.

Two Destinations

While the wide gate makes for an easy entrance and the path is appealing, the end is tragic. The empty promises lead to an empty life and eternity. The end is destruction, hell—eternal separation from God. The small entrance and the narrow road provide a different ending. The Gatekeeper has paved the way to heaven—eternal fellowship with God. This is the only road that leads to life.

Two entrances, two paths, two destinations. Which will you choose?

If you would like to choose the path of life, make this prayer your own.

Heavenly Father, I have tried the wide gate and the broad road. This path has left me empty, without meaning and purpose; broken, bruised and alone. I know that I am on the wrong road. Today, with your strength, I want to start a new journey. I trust in the Gatekeeper, Jesus Christ, as the only One who can grant access. By his death, he purchased my admission. I accept the invitation. I humbly bow and enter the road that leads to life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

If you have prayed that prayer, please let us know. Email us at prayer@ronmoore.org. We would love to send you some free resources to help you on your new journey.

 


 

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The Greatest Text Message

Devotion Text

Matthew 7:12

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

I like executive summaries. The bottom line. The main point. Cut to the chase. Give me a few bullet points and I’m happy. That’s why I love today’s passage. It is the executive summary of the entire Old Testament!

Jesus said there is this one thing that “sums up the Law and the Prophets.”(NIV) It’s this one instruction that demonstrates who you trust and who you serve. It’s the one command that puts all other commands in perspective. It’s called the Golden Rule: “Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.”

If truly applied, this one command would change everything. Armies would put down their weapons. Husbands and wives would call a ceasefire. Siblings would embrace. Friends would reconcile. Forgiveness would flow. Grace would govern. Bitterness would be banished. The greedy would turn generous. This one command would change the world.

Talking to God

Father, help me obey the words of Jesus found in today’s verse. Please help me treat others exactly the way I want them to treat me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

The Greatest Text Message

Devotion Text

Matthew 7:9-11

Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! 

Godly parents love their children. They always want the best for them. They would never hurt or deceive them. A rock given to a hungry child instead of bread? Unthinkable! A snake given to a child expecting a fish? Absurd!

The heavenly Father loves his children and always gives them good gifts. He offers eternity to us free of charge. He loves us so much that he sent his Son to die for our sins on the cross. Since he did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, “how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).

Prayer is talking to God and asking for what we need. He loves to hear the requests of his children. He will never trick us, deceive us, or give us something harmful. He will give you what is good…when you ask.

Talking to God

Father, I am asking that you provide me with your good gifts. Thank you for the promise that when I ask, you will give me exactly what I need to do what you are calling me to do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Do all things really work out for good?

Perhaps you’ve been to the place where dark clouds of trouble have obscured the Sun and their thunderclaps have rattled your world. Perhaps you’re there now. There at the place where life has turned a pale gray and you wonder if it’s still worth the time and effort.

Today Ron Moore assures you that it is. He’ll take you to another place where the light never dims and clouds never gather. And from that perspective, you’ll discover a way to redeem your time in this dark and shaken world.

Devotion Text

Matthew 7:7-8

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

Do you desire to have all that God has for you? Do you desire to develop as a follower of Jesus? Do you desire to follow hard after Christ? Do you desire God’s rich spiritual blessings? Let’s talk to him about Jesus’ words in this passage.

  • Ask God to give you not what you want, but what you need. Tell him all that is on your heart. Ask him to temper, redirect, or embolden your dreams.
  • Ask God to help you seek the things that elevate him, not you. Ask for guidance to run after eternal things that will impact the kingdom. Find what impassions and ignites your heart for him.
  • Ask God to help you knock on the right door—the door that opens to God’s path for you. Allow him to open up opportunities for career and training. Start pursuing the plans he has for you.

James says that we don’t have what we need because we don’t ask for it. Sometimes we ask with the wrong motives (James 4:2-3). So, ask God to keep your heart pure. Seek those things that honor him. Stay on the path of obedience, then you will receive the great blessings God has for you.

Talking to God

Father, help me to ask, seek, and knock with pure motives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

God, What Are You Trying to Teach Me? – Part 2

Standing at the edge of your life, gazing at a landscape leveled by an earthquake, what do you see? Disaster? Opportunity? Disappointment? Hope? If you said “all of the above” then you see the truth. But there is one truth that informs them all. One truth that once seen, offers promise for the future.

In the next half-hour, Ron Moore examines that truth, and its promise, from the story of Job.

Devotion Text

Matthew 7:6

Do not give dogs what is holy, do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

Is there ever a time when we shouldn’t share the gospel? Is there ever a time when we should stop sharing the gospel? Are there times when we need to back off from sharing Jesus?

In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus was teaching about the danger of judging other people. He used the example of pointing out a speck of sawdust in another person’s eye while you have the whole plank in your own eye. Now he uses some words that seem shocking. He gets our attention in order to drive home a point about discernment.

In Jesus’ day, dogs were not pets but scavengers, half-wild animals. Pigs, in the Jewish mind, were unclean. “Sacred” in this verse refers to the gospel. Jesus reminds us that we must be prudent and discerning when it comes to sharing the good news. There will be times when blinded eyes, hardened hearts, agnostic attitudes, and unbelieving minds must be left alone (See Acts 13:44-48; 18:5-6). The gospel is an eternally valuable gift. God must prepare the heart before we can present the message.

Talking to God

Father, please don’t allow me to use this passage as an excuse to back off on sharing your truth. As I look for opportunities to share, give me discernment. Help me plant in fields that you have prepared. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

God, What Are You Trying to Teach Me? – Part 1

When life collapses around you…when you lie prostrate, beneath the weight of shattered dreams, a broken family, or sagging finances, there is one lesson that will ultimately free you. One truth that will light the darkness so you can see.

That lesson—that truth is Ron Moore’s focus in this half-hour.

Devotion Text

Matthew 7:3-5

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Blind spots. We all have them. Maybe it’s a particular character flaw obvious to others, oblivious to you. Maybe it’s an unhealthy attitude toward someone or something. Others see it as clearly as the nose on your face. You look in the mirror each day and miss it. Maybe your blind spot is the neglect of a particular spiritual discipline.

Blind spots. They are as dangerous as that area in our car mirror where we can’t see the vehicle in the next lane. Blinds spots keep us seconds away from disaster. Funny how we can see the speck of sawdust in our neighbor’s eye from a mile away but miss the two-by-four sticking out of our eyes even as they clang against everything in front of us.

In The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions, there is a great prayer about blinds spots. As you pray, ask God to show you the plank sticking out of your eye. It has caused enough damage already.

Talking to God

Lord Jesus, I am blind, be thou my light, ignorant, be thou my wisdom, self-willed, be thou my mind. In your name I pray. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

God, Who Are You in My Shaken World?

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