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
 

Micah 1:3-4

For behold, the Lord is coming out of his place, and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth. And the mountains will melt under him, and the valleys will split open, like wax before the fire, like waters poured down a steep place.

Deism is the viewpoint that the Creator is not directly involved with his creation. He is viewed as a divine clockmaker who wound up the “clock” of creation and then left it to run on its own. The god of deism is passive and impersonal. Thankfully, he is not the God of Scripture.

The prophet Micah had no doubt that God was involved in the lives of his people. The phrase “The Lord is coming” is an expression used in the Old Testament to describe God’s intervention in history. He does not stand idly by watching the clock run down. God works in history. He moves in the lives of world leaders to accomplish his will. And he works in our lives. He comforts, encourages, confronts, instructs, and disciplines his children. He speaks through his Word. He demonstrates his character through his work.

So, there are deists, and then there are practical deists: Those who say they believe in a personal God but don’t think, feel, or act like they do. How about you?

Talking Points

  • Ask God to show you areas of your life where you have experienced him at work.
  • Ask God to help you teach your children that God is intimately involved in our lives.

Father, thank you for being a personal God who intervenes in history and is active in my life. Help me not to live like a practical deist. Help me acknowledge and feel your presence in my life through my days. I love you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Battleplan: The Three Terrains

Devotion Text
 

Psalm 51:1-6

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

Psalm 51 is David’s prayer of repentance after he was confronted about his adultery with Bathsheba. Here we find ­­­­seven important steps to true repentance. Let’s start with these three.

  1. Repentance is based on the character of God.

True repentance begins with a plea for mercy based on God’s unfailing love and great compassion. We desire what we don’t deserve, and God promises to deliver.

  1. Repentance acknowledges that all sin is ultimately against God.

Focusing on people leads to rationalizing my sin. My spouse wasn’t “meeting my needs” so I had an affair. Someone “caused” me to sin. But true repentance understands that sin is primarily against the heavenly Father. We have to own our sin.

  1. Repentance accepts the consequences of sin.

The hard truth is that sin, even forgiven sin, has consequences. David professed that God’s verdict is right and his judgments are fair.

Talking Points

  • Confess your sin to God based on his great compassion and love for you.
  • Tell God that you own your sin and know that you have sinned against him.
  • Tell God that you will not question whatever consequences he brings.

Father, help us realize our sin is against you. Don’t let us blame our sin on others. We humbly ask that you give us what we don’t deserve. We base our prayer for forgiveness on your unfailing love and your great compassion. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

We will continue with the steps to true repentance tomorrow.

 

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Romans

Devotion Text
 

Psalm 5:1-7

Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. You destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you.

There is no right or wrong time to talk with God. In fact, we should always have him on our hearts and minds. But there is great wisdom in starting each day with prayer. David’s repetition of speaking with God “in the morning,” is a wise model.

David starts each day with his personal King and God. His desperation for God’s help causes him to cry out. David knows that much of what will happen during the day is out of his control, so he lays his requests before God in an act of dependence and surrender. Then he waits expectantly for divine leadership.

David’s confidence is built on God’s character. God detests arrogance, lying, murder, wickedness, deceit, and evil of any kind. David knows that God will always do what is right. And David knows that because of God’s mercy, he—a sinner—can approach the living God and worship him.

Talking Points

  • Thank God for always being available for you.
  • Let God know that you are desperate for his help today.

Father, like David, my confidence is in your character. You do all things right. I approach you today based on your great love. I am desperate for you. I wait on you to lead me throughout the day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Romans

Devotion Text
 

 God never makes a mistake. He never needs a mulligan. He never asks for a do-over. His instruction is impeccable. His plans are perfect. His future for you is flawless. David says it this way.

2 Samuel 22:31

This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

Our confidence is in knowing that God shields us as we run to him for refuge in times of trial. But challenging circumstances are not the only way our faith will be exercised and our confidence increased. George Mueller reminds us that the daily reading of God’s flawless Word is essential for learning and experiencing God’s character. Mueller writes:

There is the reading of the Scriptures, that we may by them acquaint ourselves with God as He has revealed Himself in His Word. 

Are you able to say, from the acquaintance you have made with God, that He is a lovely Being? If not, let me affectionately entreat you to ask God to bring you to this, that you may admire His gentleness and kindness, that you may be able to say how good He is, and what a delight it is to the heart of God to do good to His children.

Talking Points

  • Ask God to help you read his Word every day (or keep reading his Word every day).
  • Ask God to open your eyes as you read his Word to see his gentleness, kindness, and how good he is.

Father, give me the desire to read your flawless Word and learn that your way is perfect before I need to experience that truth in challenging times. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Unshakable

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.

When your faith is held up to the light what does it look like?  Does it compare favorably to the picture found in God’s Word, or is it lacking some vital element that would disqualify you as a believer?

Today Ron Moore continues his look at the character of living faith, through the lens of scripture.  Live its truth and let your light shine before men that they may glorify your Father in Heaven.

Is there a quiet earthquake undermining the integrity of your foundation…  a shaking so subtle that no one else feels it? Perhaps you aren’t aware of it either, even though you are its cause.

On today’s broadcast, Ron Moore takes you below the surface of your life to expose the thoughts and actions that can topple your character and reputation.  During that inspection you’ll also learn how to protect and shore-up your spiritual foundation.

Devotion Text

Exodus 34:5-6

Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness…”

In Exodus 34, God invited Moses to bring two stone tablets up on Mt. Sinai for the giving of the law. This was the second trip up the mountain for Moses. The first time he returned to find the Israelites dancing around a golden calf. In his anger, he threw the tablets to the ground “breaking them into pieces.” God graciously invited him again and promised to write “the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.”

Early in the morning, Moses made his way up the mountain. The Lord came down in a cloud, stood with Moses and proclaimed his name and his character. He introduced himself as the “LORD” (“Yahweh” in Hebrew), which explains that God depends on no one or no thing for his existence. Then God described his character. He is compassionate, gracious, patient, loving and faithful. Those were words Moses needed to hear . . . and words we need to hear.

Today, thank God for his compassion – his affection that leads to action. Thank God for his grace – acceptance without condition. Thank God for his patience – his slowness to become angry. Thank God for his love – the love that sent Jesus to the cross to pay the penalty for your sin. Thank God for his faithfulness – He will always keep his promises. Thank God that through his Holy Spirit, he is standing with you right now.

Father, thank you for who you are and what you do for us. Thank you for your attributes described in today’s passage. May we live a life that demonstrates our gratefulness for your great generosity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Overflowing: Fully Convinced

What frames your internal world? Are the thoughts and intents of your heart a cluttered structure of wood, hay, and stubble, or does precious metal and costly stone form the building blocks of your life?

Ron Moore is here to offer construction tips from the Word of God.  It’s advice that will ensure your character and legacy stand strong against the tests of time.

Who was the king of righteousness and peace? And what does he have to do with your salvation?

Ron Moore looks at this mysterious character from the Old Testament to help you discover the Great High Priest.

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.

Encouragement during the battle comes in many forms; a touch, a well-timed word, and here today, a prayer.

Ron Moore is coming to share the hope found in the character of God, as expressed in a heartfelt petition, by the great biblical leader, Nehemiah.

Leadership is not some monolithic gift.  It’s built, brick by passionate brick, virtue upon integrity.

Today Ron Moore helps you begin stacking those character traits in your life, so that you can be a leader in your home, church, community and world.

The weight of “having it all” can bend and break us.  Too often our heart’s desire can leave us disillusioned, defeated, and despairing.  It’s a conflict every man wages and can only be won through one battle-tested principle from God’s Word.

On today’s program Ron Moore and men’s minister Tunch Ilkin share that principle.  It’s a truth that was vividly demonstrated in the life and words of one Biblical character.

Mark 7:20-23

He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Character produces conduct.

Being determines doing.

My actions follow my heart.

 

Character produces conduct.

What comes out shows my true colors.

My heart is the mover of my hands.

 

Character produces conduct.

Damage does not come from the outside.

Defilement comes from within.

 

Character produces conduct.

All evils come from inside and corrupt a person.

Who I am determines what I do.

 

Character produces conduct.

Give God all of your heart.

Then godly actions will flow through your life.

 

Father, I pray with the psalmist: create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Engaging in the Battle

The times require a special kind of dad…one who wants to make a significant difference in his children’s lives…one who embodies three critical character traits.

Those three traits are Ron Moore’s focus on today’s program.

Matthew 7:3-5

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from 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 mirrors where we can’t see the vehicle in the next lane. Blind 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 it clangs 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.

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

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

He’s Alive!

Too often we make “audition room” judgments of ourselves and others. We ask whether we have the right “look”…the “X factor” appearance that marks our culture’s ideal of successful people.

But, as Ron Moore is about to share, when we evaluate character on that basis we overlook the very thing that God values most.

Remove the bridle from a spirited horse and you’ll be in for a dangerous ride. So it is with the impulsive person. Without character to steer him or her, only tragedy awaits along the path of real life.

Today, Ron Moore takes us down that path to witness the results of such a story. One you can avoid if you’ll heed the warnings God offers there.

God In Real Life

From the humble plea of a barren woman’s heart to the very heart of God, from the plains of battle to the court of a troubled king, Ron Moore paints a scriptural picture of the Lord of majesty and mercy…the God who is, and who is working in your life.

You’ll see in its pages the three primary attributes of God that color every event we experience.  And in the seeing you’ll discover His transforming features in places where you least expect them. The broken, the sinful and the victorious places.

“God in Real Life” is yours for a gift of any amount.

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