The Journey with Ron Moore
Devotion Text

John 21:15

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

Still regretting his three denials, Peter went back to what he knew best. He was out fishing and that’s where Jesus found him. The resurrected Lord called to the fisherman from the shore and provided for a miraculous catch of fish. When Peter realized that it was Jesus on the shore, he jumped in the water and ran to Him.

In an intimate conversation, Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Perhaps each question provided Peter an opportunity to counter each previous denial. With Peter reaffirming his love, Jesus reinstated the apostle and gave him a second invitation to follow.

Jesus always provides another chance. God has not written you off. He has not cast you aside. Your failure is not final. While you must acknowledge and repent of your sin, Jesus waits with open arms to welcome you back, reinstate you, and use you. Your past cannot define you. You are defined by whose you are. In Jesus you are significant, secure, accepted, forgiven, and empowered. Jesus forgives and unlocks the prison of past regret. It’s time to move forward and serve Him in freedom.

Lord Jesus, some reading this today are struggling with past sins, thinking this has disqualified them for future impact. Please speak to their hearts and remind them of Peter, who was forgiven, reinstated, and restored. May today be the day when Your forgiveness is accepted and freedom is experienced. In Your name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Giving God a Standing “O”

Matthew 12:11-12
He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

After the interaction with the religious leaders about picking grain on the Sabbath, Jesus went to the synagogue and found a man with a withered hand. The religious leaders confronted Jesus again, asking, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

Jesus reminded the leaders that if any of them had a sheep that fell into a pit on the Sabbath they would lift the animal from the pit. Then Jesus drove home the point: “How much more valuable is a person than a sheep!” Jesus told the man to stretch out his hand, so the man did and his hand “was completely restored, just as sound as the other.”

Jesus again demonstrated that He was Lord of the Sabbath. He loved people more than man-made laws. He was willing to restore what was withered. Is there anything withered in your life? A relationship? Spiritual fervor? Desire to grow as a follower of Jesus?  He can restore the things in your life that have waned. Give Him the chance to do His work.

Lord Jesus, please heal the withered parts of my life. Bring freshness and strength to those areas that have become stale and weak. Restore my desire to follow You. In Your name. Amen.

 


Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Igniting a Heart for God

Do-overs, thankfully, are a common theme in scripture. We stumble into the mire only to look up and find the hand of Jesus ready to lift us out.

In this program Ron Moore encourages you to look up and find your do-over through the example of one of the Lord’s closest friends.

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