The Journey with Ron Moore

Just as water is essential to life our thirsty souls require living water. It wells up into essential purpose and eternal life. And it’s often found in the most unexpected settings.

Today Ron Moore follows Jesus to a surprising meeting where living water flooded one thirsty heart…and overflowed to an entire town.

Devotion Text

Luke 19:5

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”

How many of you can’t hear the name “Zacchaeus” without breaking into song? “Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he.” Okay, I am forcing myself to stop. This is not a story of a wee little man but a story of a big God with a heart full of forgiveness.

Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector, had risen to the top of a despised profession. He was a Jew who worked for the Romans. That was bad enough, but tax collectors were notorious for charging inflated amounts and pocketing the surplus. Zacchaeus was wealthy, which means what he lacked in height, he made up in shrewdness. But on this day, Zacchaeus wanted to see the man named Jesus. Little did he know that day Jesus had an appointment with him. The Lord called Zacchaeus down from his vantage point and invited Himself for lunch, in spite of the muttering from the crowd that Jesus was going to eat with a “sinner.” Before the salads were served, Zacchaeus was already repenting. As a tangible sign of a changed heart, he promised to give half of his money to the poor and return four times the amount to anyone whom he had cheated. Then came the best news. Jesus said, “Today salvation has come to this house.”

Most of the people in the crowd that day had written Zacchaeus off when it came to anything spiritual. He was a crook and a cheat. Then he met Jesus. As I read this story, I wonder how many people I have written off. Why do I so often forget that Jesus “came to seek and to save what was lost?” Zacchaeus reminds me to turn my judgment to prayer.

Father, forgive me for my judgment on the “sinners” around me. Forgive me for forgetting where I was before You found me and or where I would be without Your grace. Remind me why You came to this earth. Give me a new commitment to share Your forgiveness with those You’ve placed in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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A Thousand Years

Devotion Text

Psalm 11:4

The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them.

When discouragement barges through the front door of your heart . . . The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne.

When you feel insignificant and alone . . . The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne.

When the stock market takes your financial future on a bungee cord jump . . . The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne.

When you feel like tomorrow’s meeting is “do or die” for your career . . . The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne.

When your child jettisons the faith . . . The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne.

When you feel like your spiritual journey is moving backward instead of forward . . . The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne.

When you are waiting for the test results . . . The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne.

When you are grieving the death of a loved one . . . The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne.

When you are grieving the death of a dream . . . The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne.

God is always on His heavenly throne . . . and He never takes His eyes off you!

Father, thank You for the reminder of Your sovereign power and Your intimate care. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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The Mystery Made Known

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.

 


 

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Giving God a Standing “O”

As when a maritime fog obscures a firm shore, taking your eyes off Jesus can result in a slow drift into dangerous waters.

Today, from the book of Hebrews, Ron Moore urges you to pay close attention to the anchor of your soul.

Luke 13:6-9

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”

Aren’t you glad that God is patient and gracious? His patience gives us the time we need to mature. His grace gives us the freedom to grow and allows for a few setbacks along the way. God is not finished with you. He graciously gives us time to bear fruit in our lives.

In today’s passage, Jesus tells a story about God’s patience and grace. The fig tree in the vineyard had ample time to bear fruit. It had been cultivated, nourished, and tended for three years. The owner of the vineyard was ready to give up on the tree. “Cut it down!” he said. “Why should it use up the soil?”  But the man who cared for the vineyard pleaded for more time. He wanted to give it one more year of care and fertilization.

This parable is a great reminder that God doesn’t want to write you off. Others may give up on you. God won’t. He desires for you to grow and bear spiritual fruit. He wants you to flourish! He is patient and gracious. And…we should never take advantage of His goodness.   

Father, thank You for Your patience and grace. Help me to be a tree in Your vineyard that bears fruit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


 

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Unselfie Home: Marriage

Just as water is essential to life our thirsty souls require living water. It wells up into essential purpose and eternal life. And it’s often found in the most unexpected settings.

Today Ron Moore follows Jesus to a surprising meeting where living water flooded one thirsty heart…and overflowed to an entire town.

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