The Journey with Ron Moore

Do you know the God who walks with you down this storm-tossed road?  Is He an anchor when pounding waves threaten to batter you into submission? Well, who you think God is when troubles crash into your life, is critical to conquering the storm.

Today, Ron Moore uncovers the sure foothold that’s anchored in God’s character…in who he is. It will bring comfort to your trembling soul.

Devotion Text

Matthew 6:33-34

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Do you spend time—maybe a whole lot of time—maybe way too much time—focusing on what Jesus calls “these things” in today’s passage? The right friend group. The perfect career. The beautiful home. The most effective school for your children. The most enriching activities for them. The retirement plan. The luxurious car. The special vacation. “These things” are not bad things. In fact, Jesus says that he will give you all the things you need as long as you shift your focus from “these things” to this one thing: “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.

The kingdom order starts with preparing our hearts. Busyness with the secondary keeps us from focusing on the primary. Seeking after his kingdom and his righteousness allows all the other things in our lives to fall into their proper place and time.

Seeking God’s kingdom first prepares our hearts to run after the most important goal. It keeps us on the right path. It keeps us running hard after Christ. When we seek first things first, God promises to take care of the rest.

Talking to God

Father, as I seek you first today, give me the needed confirmation that you really will take care of the other things in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

God, Where Are You in My Shaken World?

Where is God when life’s tremors rattle the walls of your world? Does He care? Did He command the earthquake? Does your faith stand or falter? Those are the issues we all battle when pain fractures our hearts.

Ron Moore begins an answer to those questions with a blueprint for unshakable faith.

Devotion Text

Matthew 6:28-32

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

Today’s passage is from a sermon that Jesus preached while sitting on a beautiful mountainside. To illustrate the truth about worry, Jesus pointed out the flowers mixed in with the thick grass. Perhaps he picked one and held it as he drove home the spiritual principle.

Jesus noted that even Solomon—Israel’s wealthiest king—was not clothed with the natural beauty and brilliance of the flowers. God provides the flowers with everything they need. If God would do that for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, just think about how he will take care of you—the one for whom he sent his only Son.

Worry steals our joy and tries to confuse this simple yet profound truth:

God will give us everything we need to do what he is calling us to do.

Talking to God

Father, I don’t want to worry. I don’t want the anxiety. I don’t want chaos and despair to take over my heart. Remind me often of this powerful truth. You take care of the flowers; you will take care of me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Unshakable Faith

Devotion Text

Matthew 6:25-27

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

Worry: To be anxious. To be troubled in spirit. To live in fear. To be obsessed with an issue or issues. To experience stress.

Worry impacts our entire being. We burn energy at a higher rate causing fatigue. Our heart rate increases. Our blood pressure rises. Our body temperature climbs. Stress can cause insomnia, migraine headaches, hypertension, depression, ulcers, and lead to heart disease. Worrying cannot add a single hour to your life, but it can take a few hours away.

Worry’s greatest damage is not to our bodies but to our souls. It takes our minds off Christ and focuses on circumstances. Worry resurrects failure from our past and borrows uncertainty for our future. Worry is a lack of trust, a lack of faith, and an irregular beat of a heart not set on God. Worry is not a personality trait; it is a spiritual problem.

Talking to God

Father, my mind can be filled with many things besides you. I can worry about things from my past and things in my future. I can allow worry to paralyze me and render me spiritually useless. Lord, please override my worry with your peace. Keep my eyes focused on you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Unshakable Faith

Devotion Text

Matthew 6:24

No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

I cannot serve two masters.

Serve: Placing myself in submission to someone or something. Be subjected to. Be used by. An act of the will. A conscious decision to give up certain rights.

Master: The person or thing I serve. That which owns me. The person or thing that calls the shots in my life. The person or thing that sets the agenda for my life.

I cannot love two masters.

Masters call us toward different paths.

I cannot travel two paths at once.

The path I take demonstrates my loyalty.

Masters do not share allegiance.

As soon as you bow before one your back is turned to the other.

Masters do not share devotion.

As soon as I devote myself to one master, I treat the other with contempt.

God or money.

Which master do you serve?

 

Talking to God

Father, help me answer that question honestly. Based on my answer move me to the appropriate action. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Following with the Right Expectation

For many, the Christian faith is more about what they can get from following Christ, than where and who the Lord wants them to go and be. And that can make all the difference in the world.

Today, Ron Moore challenges us to live for a purpose larger than our wants and greater than ourselves.

Devotion Text

Matthew 6:22-23

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

A person can have 20/20 vision and still have bad eyesight. The eye is the lamp of the body filtering what enters our minds and hearts. If our spiritual eyes are healthy, our whole body—the instruments in which we live our lives—is filled with light. But if our spiritual eyes are coveting wealth and possessions, then our whole person is impacted. If what should be light is in reality, spiritual darkness, “how great is [that] darkness.”

So, the question is…what do you allow your eyes to see?

What do you view on your smartphone?

What do you access on your computer?

What print materials fill your mind?

What programs do you watch?

What grabs your attention when driving down a road?

Where do your eyes gravitate walking in a neighborhood?

The things that fill our thinking, the things that move our hearts, the things that form our words all enter through the gateway of the eyes. So…how is your eyesight…your spiritual eyesight?

Talking to God

Father, guard my eyes against things that bring spiritual disease to my mind, heart, and actions. Help me discipline my sight in order to see things from your perspective. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Following with the Right Connection

Those plump, juicy grapes delivered to your supermarket each week are the result of a healthy connection to proven vine branches. So it is in the fields of the Lord. A harvest of spiritual fruit provides a reunion with eternal life.

Today, Ron Moore assists with diagnosing that connection in your life.

Devotion Text

Matthew 6:16-18

And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Fasting is not a topic of many sermons or writings today. It is often misused and misunderstood. Today let me offer a definition of fasting, describe what it is not, and then describe what it is.

A Definition

Fasting means to do without human desires and needs in order to focus on prayer. Fasting is normally done when we have a particular request or are dealing with a particular circumstance.

Wrong Methods and Motives

Fasting is not to impress others with our “spirituality.” In fact, it is to be done in secret. Don’t tweet or post on Facebook that you are fasting. It is not used as a way to gain favor with God. Remember his love for us is already unconditional. Fasting is not to be done in a mechanical manner. Prayer and meditation are not formulaic. Fasting is not to be done with the expectation of immediate answers or results. And, of course, fasting is not to be done in a situation where it would be detrimental to your health.

Right Methods and Motives

Fasting is always to be done with prayer and meditation (Luke 2:37; Acts 13:2).  Doing without physical needs for a time produces humility (Ps. 35:13; 69:10). Sometimes fasting is done in conjunction with repentance (1 Kings 21:27; Neh. 1:4, 9:1). Sometimes it is done to prepare for ministry (Acts 13:2-3; 14:23). And sometimes it is done to prepare us during a period where we have a special request (Ezra 8:21-23; Esther 4).

Fasting is an opportunity to focus on God. It is not a methodical process to get what we want but an act of prayer and worship to better discern what we need.

Father, take me into times of doing without, in order to receive what I need. Help me to understand the process and importance of fasting. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Searching for Light

Tragedy, evil, and pain can blind us to God’s love and purpose.  But as we grope through the darkness there is One who pursues us.  One who wants to lift the veil and help us see.

In this half-hour, Ron Moore tells the story of a man who once was blind but who, right now, is gazing in love at his divine pursuer.  Perhaps in the telling, you’ll discover your eyes opened to that love as well.

Devotion Text

Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

C.S. Lewis said that forgiveness is a beautiful idea until you actually have to do it. It’s true, isn’t it? We delight in the forgiveness of God, but…forgiving others when they have hurt us…well, that’s hard. The words of Jesus are hard as well—forgive if you want to be forgiven.

Jesus once told a story about a servant who was not able to pay his hefty debt—ten thousand bags of gold! After the servant begged for patience, the master took pity on him and canceled his entire debt. Then the servant went out and found a man who owed him a few hundred silver coins. The servant refused to forgive his debtor and had the man thrown into prison. When the master learned what the servant had done, he reversed his decision and had the ungrateful servant thrown into prison as well.

The point of the story is hard to miss: If you are not willing to forgive others of their relatively small debt, God will not forgive you of the great debt you have accumulated.  As Lewis said—forgiveness is such a beautiful idea…. but it only comes to life when we are willing to forgive others.

Father, I pray for those who are having a hard time with forgiveness. Someone has hurt them and the pain is real. They are carrying resentment and anger. Please allow them to see the great debt you have canceled in their lives and give them the supernatural power to forgive that person who is right now on their minds. Give them the courage and strength to express their forgiveness and lay down the burden of bitterness. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Searching for Grace

Has looking at the ceiling for so long dulled your eyes and weakened your desire to take up your mat and walk?  Does guilt have your shoulders pinned and your heart discouraged?

Ron Moore asks a penetrating question…the answer to which can set you free to walk again in Christ’s unmerited favor.

Devotion Text

Matthew 6:13

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Every person is tempted. And each temptation comes from one of three sources:

  • The World: We live in Satan’s realm. He has created a culture that is in opposition to God (Think: religious extremism, sexual abuse, slavery, abuse of power, etc.). This is not the way it’s supposed to be.
  • The Flesh: Each of us has a weakness to sin, a propensity to be lured by a certain temptation (Think: pride, lust, gossip, materialism, sexual sin, etc.).
  • The Devil: Satan is not omniscient, but he is a student of our behavior and knows our weaknesses. Satan is not omnipotent, but he has the power to leverage the things that lure us.

This part of the Lord’s Prayer is asking for God to protect us from those things that tempt us. Our petition is that God keeps us from giving in to the world, the flesh, and the devil. The pull of sin is strong. On our own, we will succumb every time.

Temptation is not sin, but it leads us one step closer to giving in. We need God’s strength, power, and protection. We need him to deliver us.

Father, you and I know my weaknesses. You and I know my inclination to sin. You and I know that left to myself I will fall every time. Please protect me from temptation and from the evil one who lives to see me fall. I trust in you for strength and help. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Searching for Assurance

How’s your journey of discovery going? Have you found the meaning, joy, and assurance you’ve been searching for, or have detours left you lost and confused?

Ron Moore leads you onto the path that ends in transformation and joyful significance.

Devotion Text

Matthew 6:12

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

There are two important truths in today’s passage: I need to ask forgiveness for my sins, and I need to forgive others when they sin against me. The first is easier than the second.

As a believer, Jesus paid the penalty of my sin in full. He bore my sin in his body on the cross. Because of Jesus, the heavenly Father declared me, “Not guilty!” The penalty of sin is gone, however, the propensity to sin remains. I am still tempted and give in to sin. When I do fail, I need to confess my sins knowing that God is “faithful and just to forgive [my] sins and to cleanse [me] from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Owning up to my sin and confessing it is not always easy, but the second part of this truth is even harder. When I ask God to forgive me, I come as one who has, by his grace, forgiven others. I should forgive others just as God, through Jesus, has forgiven me (Eph. 4:32). Think of the contradiction: “God, I want you to forgive me for sinning against you, but I will not forgive the person who has sinned against me.” Forgiveness is a two-way street.

Father, it is so hard to forgive some people for the pain they have caused. I want to hold out on my pardon. I see the contradiction when I want your forgiveness, but I am unwilling to forgive others. I cannot do this on my own. Give me your strength, grace, and mercy to forgive those who have sinned against me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Searching for Jesus

Devotion Text

Matthew 6:11

Give us this day our daily bread.

Today’s passage is a personal request. It is an appeal for a particular day’s portion of food. There are three words that help me understand this petition.

Necessity. When Jesus instructs me to pray for bread, he is using a part of what I need—bread—to represent all that I need. Here is a request for the necessities of the day. I don’t even know exactly what I will need for the day. So, this prayer is asking God to give me all I need to do what he is calling me to do today—not for tomorrow or next week, but for today.

Dependence. As I come to ask God for the necessities of my day, I am reminded of my total dependence on him for everything—food, shelter, relationships, the air that I breathe. Praying for my daily bread reminds me that I am reliant on God for everything—from the biggest to smallest issues of my life.

Continual. Children grow into independence from their parents. But that’s not how it works with the heavenly Father. This prayer of dependence never ends. Spiritual growth produces more dependence. Tomorrow I’ll return to request the necessities for another day.

Let our prayer be patterned after Agur’s request in Proverbs 30:8-9:

Father, “remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Searching for Jesus

Devotion Text

Matthew 6:10b

…Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Let’s pray with Jesus for God’s will to be done in our lives.

You are God and I am not. Your will be done.

You know the beginning from the end. Your will be done.

I can rationalize just about anything. Your will be done.

I have great dreams. Your will be done.

I have great dreams for my children. Your will be done.

I do not like my current assignment from you. Your will be done.

I am unhappy with the direction of my life. Your will be done.

 

I am confused. Your will be done.

I am disappointed. Your will be done.

I am discouraged. Your will be done.

I am exhausted. Your will be done.

I dread tomorrow. Your will be done.

I fear the outcome. Your will be done.

I wonder if the treatment will work. Your will be done.

 

I need you. Your will be done.

I trust you. Your will be done.

I will worship you. Your will be done.

I will obey you. Your will be done.

I will follow you. Your will be done.

I will honor you. Your will be done.

I love you. Your will be done.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Living As A Leader

Whether you lead a nation, a company, or a family, how you measure up depends on your integrity.

On today’s program, Ron Moore offers a measuring rod from the wisdom of Solomon. Heed it its instruction and become the leader God wants you to be.

Devotion Text

Matthew 6:10a

…Your kingdom come….

I know that I am a child of God because of Jesus and I know that I can call God my Father. Through Christ, God has established his spiritual kingdom in my heart—I am a new creation! And God has prepared an eternal kingdom, called heaven, where I will live with him forever.

I also know that I am not in heaven yet. I live in this world influenced by Satan. I live in a body that is still under the curse of sin. My sinful nature, while redeemed, has not been removed. I am a child of God and an inhabitant of the world. I am caught in between my eternal future and my temporal present. For the time being, I struggle with temptation. And…I give into sin more than I would like to admit.

Knowing my state and my struggle, Jesus teaches me to pray for God’s kingdom to come. As I live in this world and am God’s child, my prayer is that I look and act more like a child of the kingdom of God than a child of this earthly kingdom. One of these days this temporal kingdom will be replaced. But for now, I need to pray that God helps me live more like a citizen of heaven than a citizen of earth.

Father, that is my prayer. Help me live with the mindset of heaven. Help me shun the influences of this earth. May obedience be the consistent pattern of my thoughts, words, and actions. By your grace and strength, help me show others a glimpse of heaven. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Living Diligently

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