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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.

Devotion Text
 

Jeremiah 14:22

Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are you not he, O Lord our God? We set our hope on you, for you do all these things.

Let’s be honest, idols are inviting and attractive until we need something from them. They are the things we spend our time and energy thinking about and working for. They can be categorized under one of the three “p’s”; possessions, position, and power.

We love possessions…love to drive them, live in them, and play with them. We love position…love to have the right job with the right title and the right salary. We love power…love to be in control and call the shots. But…have you ever seen a father praying to the god of “job” when his child is sick? Have you ever seen a mother bowing in the front yard before the god of “house” when her marriage started to crumble? We love our idols…until we need something from them.

The Israelites learned that lesson the hard way. They had turned from God and turned to idols. But when drought and famine hit their lives, they found their idols unable to provide the needed rain. They found out that the idols were not so great after all. They finally realized that God was the only One who could provide what was needed, so they put their hope in him. Here’s the question: Where do you place your hope? Really? Your idols may be enticing for now; but wait until you need something from them.

Talking Points:

  • Ask God to show you what you truly bow before.
  • Ask God to help you get rid of all false idols.

Father, show us the worthless idols in our lives. Help us identify them and destroy them. Help us place our hope in you and you alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Abiding Forever

The eternal investment strategy is this: “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Ron Moore identifies those treasures and reveals the dividend they pay.

Devotion Text
 

Jeremiah 9:23-24

Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”

Pride comes in a variety of packages. An elite college you attended. A prized job you landed. The car you drive or the house where you park it. Maybe your pride is generated by important relationships or the success of your children (“Best T-ball player on the team!”).

Pride comes in a variety of deliverables. Some people are open boasters. Two minutes into a conversation they are expelling the hot air that puffs them up. Others are more private in their pride. The “aw-shucks” demeanor masks their egotism, but it secretly drives them and provides a sense of worth. It is amazing how we can, at the same time, deflect a compliment and absorb the self-centeredness it produces.

Our passage today gives us clear instruction regarding pride. Surely God gives some people great intelligence. Others he blesses with wealth. Some get the triple dip waffle cone of wisdom. But our boasting is not to be generated from what we have. The only basis for our boasting is to know the living God. What a difference it would make in our lives and the lives of those around us if we stopped boasting about ourselves and started boasting about our Savior!

Talking Points:

  • Ask God to bring to your mind areas of pride in your life.
  • Ask God to help you put down your pride and focus on him.

Lord, when we boast—openly or secretly—point it out to us. Remind us that all the things that produce pride come from your hand. May our only boasting be in you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

1st John

Devotion Text
 

Jeremiah 6:16

Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”

Sooner or later every person stands at a crossroad. It may be a mental crossroad and you will have to determine which direction to let your mind go. It may be an emotional crossroad and you’ll have to determine where your heart will travel.

At each crossroad there is a decision between two paths. One path appears most inviting. It offers quick fixes, instant gratification, and downhill terrain. It also offers much fellowship along the way. But around the bend, out of sight from the point of the crossroad, there is disaster. The inviting path is strewn with brokenness—broken lives, broken families, and broken hearts.

The other path, the right path, is often the hardest. It involves a disciplined journey with adventuresome challenges. There are swift rivers to cross and hills to climb. There are some dark clouds and powerful storms. But all along there is One who walks with you. He lightens the load and gives a constant helping hand. He assures you that you’ll reach the destination even when you feel like calling it quits. And when you are out of strength, he’ll carry you. This path is the good way. Walk in it and find rest for your soul.

Talking Points

  • Ask God to help you make the right choice at every crossroad. Maybe you stand at one now.
  • Your children will face many crossroads in their lives. Name their names and pray that God will give them the courage and wisdom to make right decisions.

Father, for all those standing at a crossroad today, open their minds to think clearly, their eyes to see far, and their hearts to make the right decision. Help them walk in the good way and find the rest that only comes from you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

1st John

Devotion Text
 

Jeremiah 1:4-5

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

God’s selection of Jeremiah was made before the prophet was even formed. The word “knew” means more than intellectual knowledge. It describes a personal relationship. God knows those he calls. God “appointed” Jeremiah as “a prophet to the nations.”

Is this verse just for Jeremiah? I don’t think so. Speaking to believers, Paul wrote, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight” (Eph 1:4 NIV). Think of that amazing truth! Before time began God chose you to be holy and blameless in his sight. Like Jeremiah, God knew you intimately before you took your first breath.

And like Jeremiah, God set you apart. He has something very definite in mind for you to do. He has appointed you to a specific assignment. He has placed a significant calling on your life. We cannot waste what God has graciously given us. Such love on the part of God demands love, worship, and action on the part of man. Determine what God has called you to do; then, go about getting it done.

Talking Points

  • Thank God for placing a significant call on your life. Ask him for the wisdom and courage to get it done.
  • Ask God to help your children hear his voice in their lives. Ask him to help them understand their calling early on and follow hard after Jesus.

Father, give us the wisdom to know what you have called us to do. Give us the courage to do it. And give us the perseverance to get it done. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

True Light

In a sin-darkened world, how can believers shine a light on their savior? A light so true and bright that the world can only respond with glory to God.

In a moment Ron Moore is coming to show us that heavenly radiance and tell us how to turn it on.

Devotion Text
 

Isaiah 64:4

From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.

God acts on our behalf. He saves, delivers, and rescues. His arm is not too short to reach down to help us. He is never stingy with forgiveness. His grace is a constant flow. His mercy never ceases. There is no end to his love. He acts on our behalf. And notice that he acts on behalf of those who “wait for him.”

I am convinced that many people never see God act on their behalf because they are too busy acting on their own behalf. Why wait on God when you can get it done yourself? They barge ahead on their own. They make their deals, cut their path, and build their stuff. And then when their deals fall through, their path leads to the edge of a cliff, and their buildings crumble, they wonder why God didn’t act.

So…slow down and wait on God. He is seldom early but he is never late. His right-on-time presence will provide all we need to do what he has called us to do. He is not silent or ignoring your need. He is waiting for his perfect time. Waiting on God is always worth the wait.

Talking Points

  • Tell God where you are impatient…things that you want to happen now.
  • Ask God to give you the patience and the trust to wait on him.

Father, we are in a hurry…slow us down. We are impatient…help us to wait on you. Thank you for being a God who acts on our behalf. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Our Advocate

Finding a good lawyer is vital when the indictment against you carries an eternal penalty.

Ron Moore shares the only attorney who can secure an acquittal in that supreme court. The only one who can get your misdemeanors and felonies expunged from the heavenly record.

Devotion Text
 

Isaiah 61:10

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness….

The good news begins with bad news: I am separated from God and can do nothing about it. My best effort on my best day cannot bridge that great divide. My only option is to turn to Christ and trust in him as the One who paid the penalty of my sin by dying on the cross. When I stand before the Judge, having trusted in Christ, two things happen:

  • God clothes me with the garments of salvation. Not on the basis of what I have done, but fully on the merits of Christ’s work on the cross, God rescues me from an eternity separated from him. He declares me, “Not guilty” (justification). He takes off my old worn-out clothes and gives me a beautiful clean wardrobe—garments of salvation.
  • God gives me a robe of his righteousness. Not only does God declare me, “Not guilty,” He declares me, “Righteous.” When he looks on me, dressed in the garments of salvation and the robe of his righteousness, he views me as blameless because of the work of Jesus on the cross.

The good news begins with bad news. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. And our sin deserves death (physical, emotional, and spiritual). But the good news is that Jesus came and did for us what we could not do for ourselves. When we trust in Jesus as the only way to know God, we are set free from our old clothes and our old ways, and finally can enjoy the fellowship of the living God. That, by the way, is what we have wanted all along.

Talking Point

  • Ask God to give you the courage to share his good news with someone he has placed in your life.

Lord Jesus, thank you for your work on the cross to make my salvation possible. Thank you for a new set of clothes and a beautiful robe of righteousness. In your name I pray. Amen.

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Cleansed

Walking through this sin-stained world you’re going to get dirty. So, how do you keep those stains from setting deep into your soul?

Ron Moore offers dirt-busting instructions for having a “white-as-wool” heart.

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