The Journey with Ron Moore
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

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
 

Isaiah 17:7-8

In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel. He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, and he will not look on what his own fingers have made, either the Asherim or the altars of incense.

The phrase “in that day” refers to a time of God’s judgment on those who oppose him. In some passages this phrase refers to the end times; in others, it refers to the current situation. Here the phrase refers to a time when Israel, because of disobedience, would be invaded by the Assyrian army.

On the day of the invasion, God’s people finally turned to him for help and deliverance. The altars they had built to foreign gods would be of no assistance. Asherim were wooden symbols of the Canaanite fertility goddess and partner of Baal. The lifeless idols and altars offered no aid when the enemy swarmed down upon the people.

If you are trusting in anything but God, one day the circumstances of life will clearly show you the utter futility of your “gods.” The altars to self, career, and possessions will offer no relief. One day you will look to your Maker. Please don’t wait until “that day.” Turn your eyes to the Holy One today!

Talking to God

Father, open my eyes and my heart to see what I am depending on. Forgive me if it is anything or anyone but you. Give me strength to destroy any false gods. Help me look to you alone—my Maker and the Holy One. Help me teach my children (and grandchildren) the danger and futility of trusting in the things of this world. Help me show them how to keep focused on you alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

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Real Talk – 1st Corinthians

Devotion Text
 

Psalm 27:4-8

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord. Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”

My most dangerous times are unfocused times. Pursuits, activities, and responsibilities—all good in and of themselves—pull me in many different directions and cause me to lose focus. Spurgeon said it well: Divided aims tend to distraction, weakness, disappointment. I have experienced that to be true.

But King David, a man with much on his plate, focused his sights on “one thing.” This singular endeavor was his heart’s desire and active quest. David wanted a heart ignited with a burning passion to follow hard after God. He was not content to just read about God or think about God or talk about God. David desired to experience God’s presence every day of his life.

An ignited heart is not cloistered in a commune. The fire burns in the normal activities of life. This focused fire blazes with a passionate desire to follow God in the twists and turns, up the mountains, and down the valleys of life’s journey. Whether we are running at full speed or standing still to catch our breath; whether we are carefully positioning our feet for the climb or maneuvering the steep descent, we need this “one thing” desire. O God, let the fire burn!

Talking Points 

  • Distractions surround us. Ask God to give you a “one thing” focus.
  • Our children are bombarded by all kinds of stuff. Ask God to give them a “one thing” focus as well.

Father, that is our prayer and desire. By your Spirit, let your fire burn in our hearts. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Gift of Grace

Is the New Testament teaching of salvation by faith “new?” Did God have one way to save the Jewish people and another way to save the rest of us?  Or can we all find peace with God by doing good things and being good people?

Those are the issues Ron Moore is going to address in today’s broadcast.

Devotion Text
 

Sennacherib was the arrogant king of Assyria. As he planned his strategy to destroy Jerusalem, he sent this message to Judah’s king: “Tell Hezekiah: ‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: On what are you basing this confidence of yours? You say you have the counsel and the might for war—but you speak only empty words. On whom are you depending, that you rebel against me?”’ (2 Kings 18:19-20 NIV).

As soon as Hezekiah heard the message he began to pray. The living God answered his prayer. Through the prophet, Isaiah, God delivered this reply to Sennacherib:

2 Kings 19:22

Whom have you mocked and reviled? Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes to the heights? Against the Holy One of Israel!

Isaiah reminded the pompous king of Assyria that God was Qedosh Yisrael—the Holy One of Israel. How dare Sennacherib challenge Qedosh Yisrael and his people!

The name Qedosh Yisrael describes the uniqueness of God. He is holy—set apart from all things. Through Christ, God makes us holy (Hebrews 10:10). That is our position in Christ. It is also to be our practice. Peter reminded believers not to give in to evil desires. He said, “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15-16 NIV).

Talking Points

  • Thank God for his holiness—for being completely set apart. There is none like him.
  • Thank God for your position—through Jesus, he has made you holy.
  • Confess areas of sin and ask God to give you the strength to live in obedience.

Qedosh Yisrael,

There is no one like you. You are unique, set apart, and separated from evil. Thank you for making me holy through the work of Jesus. I know that you call me to not give in to my evil desires. I need your help, strength, and power. And I need your forgiveness for my failures. Help me live a holy life set apart for you.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

The Mission

Mankind’s salvation was planned from before the foundation of the world.  It was promised from the beginning and glimpsed down through the ages.  But we didn’t behold its glory until a stone feeding trough cradled the promised one.

It is the greatest story ever told.  And in this broadcast, Ron Moore begins its retelling with a look at the early years and eternal devotion of Jesus the Nazarene.

What’s the secret to holding fast to the one who holds on to you? How do you maintain a firm grip on faith when the road of life is pitching and heaving?

Today, Ron Moore offers guidance to that end. It’ll strengthen your devotion to the One who’ll never let you go, whatever road you’re on.

Devotion Text
 

2 Samuel 1:25-27

“How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan lies slain on your high places. I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant have you been to me; your love to me was extraordinary, surpassing the love of women. How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished!”

For ten years, David lived as a fugitive running from a jealous King Saul. Now the running was over. Saul and his son, Jonathan, had been killed in battle, but David was not in the mood for a celebration. David’s proclamation that Jonathan’s love for him was “extraordinary, surpassing the love of women” is not to be taken in a sexual way. David and Jonathan were kindred spirits. They had the same purpose in life and the same passion for God. More than once, Jonathan had saved David’s life. David was simply drawing attention to Jonathan’s great sacrifice and self-denying commitment. David wrote a lament and ordered that the men of Judah be taught the words.

The death of a loved one calls for a prayer of honor. When a person you know passes away, take time to honor them in a conversation with God. Send a note to a family member to document what that person meant to you, how they challenged you, and how they encouraged you. Life is a great gift from God that should be esteemed and celebrated.

Talking Points 

  • When a friend or loved one passes away, take the time to write down what that person meant to you. Death brings a needed perspective. Talk over your notes about the person with God.
  • Share those same notes with those close to the one who passed away. People appreciate an, “I am praying for you note” but a story of how that person impacted your life is powerful.

Father, help us develop friendships built on the same purpose for life and the same passion for God. Help us be friends that demonstrate the great sacrifice and self-denying commitment of Jonathan. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I wrote a book called Refuge: Devotionals for Finding Strength and Comfort for those going through challenging times. You can find it in The Bible Chapel bookstore, biblechapel.org/bookstore.

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Jesus Plus Nothing

In the unseen realm, and in the known universe, there is One who is supreme…and He wants to know you.

Today, Ron Moore shares the “Seven Excellencies” of Jesus Christ so that you can have confidence in his saving power.

Devotion Text
 

Numbers 32:23

But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out.

Our sins are pesky little things, aren’t they? We fondle them in secret; they unexpectedly show up decorated in bright flashing lights. We meet them in private; they return in public. We engage them in the dark; they emerge in the light. Paul reminded Timothy, “The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later” (1 Tim. 5:24). Whether the results of your sin are waiting to greet you or tracking you down like a heat-seeking missile, one thing is sure; “your sin will find you out.”

So—we get honest with God. We confess our secret sins. We express our sorrow and regret. We admit our foolishness in pretending to keep our sin secret from the One who sees all. We address our sin of putting God out of our minds to sin in private. We deal with our sin before our sin deals with us.

Talking Point

  • Confess your secret sins to God. Hold nothing back from the One who knows and sees all.

Father, please don’t allow me to think that my unconfessed secret sin will not eventually show up in public. Don’t let me fall into the trap of thinking that what I do in darkness is somehow hidden from you. Remind me often that you are watching and that I am finally accountable to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Strong and Courageous

God plus one is a majority. So, how do we form that winning coalition? And when will we know it’s time to move forward in its strength?

That’s Ron Moore’s focus in this half-hour.

Devotion Text
 

Exodus 31:12-13

And the LORD said to Moses, “You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the LORD, sanctify you.’”

Yahweh Makaddishkem—”the LORD who sanctifies.”  This is the name that God gives himself.  The word “sanctify” means to “make holy”–something only God can do. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden, sin entered the human race and separated us from a relationship with God (Isaiah 59:2). Furthermore, the penalty God placed on sin was death (Romans 3:23)—separation from God forever. Left to ourselves we are helpless and hopeless. So, God sent Jesus to pay the penalty of sin by his one-time-for-all-time perfect sacrifice. Through Jesus, God chooses us, cleanses us, and sets us apart for his own. It is God who fills us with His Spirit and allows us to grow and mature in our relationship with him. He alone is Yahweh Makaddishkem—the LORD who sanctifies you.

Have you come to the point in your life where you have trusted in Jesus alone as the only One who can bridge the great separation between you and God? Do you agree that only God can make you holy?

Talking Points

  • If you desire that personal relationship, I invite you to pray the following prayer.

Heavenly Father,

I desire to be cleansed. I desire to be forgiven. I desire to be set apart as your child. I acknowledge that I am separated from you. I know my best efforts on my best day cannot earn a relationship with you. So right now, I trust in Jesus as the One who paid the penalty for my sins on the cross. Through Jesus, I desire to know you as the Lord who sanctifies me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, email us at prayer@ronmoore.org. Let us help you get started on your journey.

  • If you have already trusted in Christ alone as your personal Savior, thank God for the circumstances and people he used to bring you to himself.
  • Pray for those among your family and friends who don’t know Jesus. Ask God to use you to bring them to himself.

And…keep praying throughout the day for those who don’t know Jesus.

 

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Moses: The Burning Bush

Devotion Text
 

Exodus 15:1-2

I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea. The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Israel’s march of freedom from slavery in Egypt came to a terrifying halt. Israel was trapped—the Red Sea before them and the Egyptian army in pursuit behind them. Then God intervened. He divided the sea allowing the Israelites to cross on dry ground. Once they were safely across, he closed the sea on the Egyptian army. The Israelites experienced an awesome miracle. Moses wrote a song to commemorate God’s power and goodness. Today’s passage is a portion of that song.

Do you ever feel like Israel did that day—trapped? Do you feel like your life is filled with obstacles that can’t be overcome? The name, God, is the English translation of the Hebrew word, El. It means “the Strong One.” He is not simply a strong one, he is the Strong One; he is your Strong One. God is all-powerful. There is nothing he cannot accomplish. You can trust him. Nothing is too hard for him.

Talking Points

  • Reflect on a time when God has removed obstacles in your life. Thank him for being God—the Strong One—working on your behalf.
  • Tell God the obstacles you face today—at work, at home, in a relationship. Remind him that nothing is too hard for him. Thank him—in advance—for the work he will do on your behalf.

And…keep thanking God throughout the day.

 

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Jacob

Devotion Text
 

Exodus 3:13-14

Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” 

Has God ever given you an assignment you didn’t want? That’s what happened to Moses when God chose him to deliver Israel from slavery in Egypt. After several excuses, Moses finally noted that at some point he’d have to tell the Israelites who sent him. God’s answer was direct and to the point, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

I AM is a translation of the Hebrew name, Yahweh. This name was first used in Genesis 2:4. Normally, Yahweh, is translated as “LORD” (with all caps). But here God actually gives the description of the word. Yahweh means, “to be.” God translates it with a statement of his Person: I AM. God is “the One who is.” This name describes his self-existence and his eternality. He has always been and will always be. This name also describes God’s immutability. He never changes. He is always faithful. His Word is always true. His promises will never fail.

Talking Points

  • Thank God for being I AM. Thank him that no power can overthrow him, no force can change his course, no work of Satan can stop him. Thank the great I AM for the privilege of calling him your Father.
  • Unpack your burdens in front of I AM. Tell him about your temptations that dog you, your fears that paralyze you, the uncertainty that leads to anxiety. Ask God to strengthen your heart with his faithfulness and presence.

And…keep bringing your burdens before him throughout the day.

 

 

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

God Speaks

The One who created the world with just a word entered that world through a humble birth, to humble parents, as a humble baby.  Was it a weakness in the face of his rebellious creatures that determined this meek arrival?  Or was it a power greater than creation?

That’s Ron Moore’s focus in this half-hour.  Listen and discover what it means for your life.

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Devotion Text

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Our God is the “Father of compassion.” He knows who you are and where you are. He understands what you are going through. He sympathizes with you. He loves you deeply. And He is the “God of all comfort.” He comes to us with strength. He brings peace to our pain and calm to our chaos. As the psalmist declares, “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy” (Psalm 94:19).

Now take another look at today’s passage. He comforts us so that we can comfort others. Having experienced God’s work in our lives, we have the privilege and responsibility to share that needed help with others. We are to take the comfort that we have received and use it to help those God places in our lives.

Have you ever lost a job? Find a person going through that experience now. Have you faced divorce? Who is more equipped than you to minister to a person going through a divorce today? Have you lost a loved one? There is no shortage of grieving people. Did God deliver you from addiction? All around you are people stumbling and struggling. God’s work in our lives serves a twofold purpose. God powerfully worked in your life; now, it’s time to share His power with someone else.

Father, today, lead me to a person who is going through what I have gone through. Just as You have comforted me, help me minister that same comfort to them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Light of the World

Devotion Text

Acts 14:11-13

When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them.

It was impressive. Paul looked directly at a man crippled from birth and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” The man who had never taken a step “jumped up and began to walk.” When the people saw this they shouted, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Pretty heady stuff for Paul and Barnabas.

When I read this passage, I think of the Christian celebrity market. From conferences to cruises; from book signings to blockbuster seminars; from the pulpit to podcasts; from twitter to YouTube; from church attendance to church budgets . . . Christian leaders, in their desire to minister, can get some unhealthy attention. But listen to the apostles’ response when the people were getting ready to offer sacrifices to them:

Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them. (Acts 14:15).

There is no biblical market for Christian celebrities. Don’t place leaders on pedestals. The higher you place them, the farther they will eventually fall. Each one is human . . . disgustingly so. Together let’s work to turn people from worthless things to the living God. Together let’s direct people to the One “who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.” There is only One name above every name. There is only One to whom we all bow.

Father, keep us from worshiping people. Keep us from a celebrity mindset. Help us never desire a pedestal, and help us never place others there. Our allegiance is to You and You only. Make that more than a statement. Make that the reality of our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Fear of Surrender

Peace on Earth, in your lifetime, is possible, but only if you’re under the reign of the One who is peace.

Today, Ron Moore explores that reign and the astounding global changes surrounding it.

In western culture, they’ve been portrayed as larger than life…and a myth. But while they’ll be all too real, they’re certainly no match for the One who is Life Himself.

Today, Ron Moore introduces us to the Man of Sin and his religious assistant.

What Will Heaven Be Like?

When you think of heaven, what comes to mind? Sitting on clouds, whiling away the endless hours, playing slow songs on golden harps? Well, there will be glorious music played on harps and other instruments, but there is so much more to experience in God’s kingdom.

Ron describes that infinite world in his booklet, “What will Heaven be Like?” There he takes us on a scriptural tour of our forever home. You’ll witness joyful reunions and the spine-tingling beauty and vastness of heaven. You’ll stroll past the twelve immense gates to the capital city, each guarded by a majestic angel. You’ll discover that there’s infinite work to enjoy performing and perfecting. You’ll learn and create and become the person you’ve only started to be.

If today’s world has you worried and fearful, you’ll be comforted by “What will Heaven be Like?” We’ll send it to you for a gift of any amount.

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