The Journey with Ron Moore
Devotion Text
 

Isaiah 64:4

From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.

God acts on our behalf. He saves, delivers, and rescues. His arm is not too short to reach down to help us. He is never stingy with forgiveness. His grace is a constant flow. His mercy never ceases. There is no end to his love. He acts on our behalf. And notice that he acts on behalf of those who “wait for him.”

I am convinced that many people never see God act on their behalf because they are too busy acting on their own behalf. Why wait on God when you can get it done yourself? They barge ahead on their own. They make their deals, cut their path, and build their stuff. And then when their deals fall through, their path leads to the edge of a cliff, and their buildings crumble, they wonder why God didn’t act.

So…slow down and wait on God. He is seldom early but he is never late. His right-on-time presence will provide all we need to do what he has called us to do. He is not silent or ignoring your need. He is waiting for his perfect time. Waiting on God is always worth the wait.

Talking Points

  • Tell God where you are impatient…things that you want to happen now.
  • Ask God to give you the patience and the trust to wait on him.

Father, we are in a hurry…slow us down. We are impatient…help us to wait on you. Thank you for being a God who acts on our behalf. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

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Our Advocate

Devotion Text
 

Isaiah 26:3-4

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.

Fear shows up at the most inconvenient times. Like the winds of a tornado, it swirls through our hearts destroying the places where calm lived. Fear usually comes with a partner—a call from the doctor with a report of dreaded results, an appointment with our supervisor who may be delivering bad news, the upheaval of the stock market playing havoc with what we thought would be our retirement, a child out late who was supposed to have been home an hour ago.

But our passage today reminds us that fear can be dulled, even driven away, when we keep our mind on the Lord rather than our circumstances. This focus results in “perfect peace,” a deep settled calmness. Why? Because the mind stayed on God trusts him. Life still happens but in the midst of our storms, he is the immovable anchor. And we can trust in him forever. He is the “everlasting rock.”

I don’t know what you are going through today but God does. If you are reading this with a fearful heart, he is inviting you to trust him even as the winds of fear howl around you. He is inviting you to a place of rest and peace. The following prayer is for you. Use it as a guide, make it your own, and trust in the everlasting rock.

Talking to God

Dear Father, I am fearful. (Name the circumstance) is causing anxiety to fill my heart. I am scared of what may happen or what may not happen. Please help me let go of the fear and turn it over to you. Please fill my heart with the perfect peace that you promise. Help me to keep my mind stayed on you. You are the everlasting rock. I cling to you as the anchor for my fearful soul. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

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Real Marriage – Nourished

Devotion Text
 

Job 37:16

Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge….

God’s knowledge is universal. He knows everything there is to know about everything there is to know. God’s knowledge of all things is complete. He doesn’t need to study; there is nothing for him to learn. He knows what will happen tomorrow and one hundred years from tomorrow.

God’s knowledge is personal. God knows everything there is to know about you. He knows how much you love him and how you desire to please him. He knows your weaknesses and the sins that trip you up. He knows the secret sins you thought were hidden deep in your heart. He knows your worst thoughts and your greatest fears and still loves you.

God’s knowledge is unconditional. Think of it! He knows everything about you and loves you anyway. He sent his Son to make you his child. God’s knowledge about you doesn’t cause him to turn away and reject you. He promises that nothing can separate you from his love. God knows you intimately and loves you deeply. There is no need to hide what’s on your heart.

Talking Points

  • Ask God the biggest three questions you have right now in your life.
  • Tell him that you trust him with the answers—whatever they may be.

Father, it’s an amazing truth that you know all of my desires, thoughts, and fears, and still love me. Thank you for your amazing love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 


 

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Romans

The Son of God entered the world as a baby who was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. Immanuel. God with us. But his purpose was much greater than the incarnation. Much greater than his perfect example. Greater than his miracles and teaching.

Today Ron Moore explains that eternal purpose, which was set in motion before the foundation of the world. In its explanation you can find your eternal purpose.

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.

 

 

 


 

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Unshakable

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

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

Devotion Text
 

It was so hard for her to grasp, much less believe. Although Manoah’s wife had not been able to have children, the angel of the LORD appeared and promised that she would have a son. When she told her husband, he prayed for another visit from the heavenly messenger. When the angel appeared, Manoah wanted some proof of identity.

 And Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, “What is your name, so that, when your words come true, we may honor you?” And the angel of the LORD said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?”

-Judges 13:17-18

 The word translated “wonderful” is the Hebrew word, peli. It describes something that is extraordinary, marvelous, miraculous, incomprehensible. God said through the prophet Isaiah, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9). After describing God’s sovereignty in Romans 9-11, Paul broke into wonder and praise, “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:33 NIV).

We cannot fit God into our human minds. While he provides us everything we need to know about him, it is impossible for us to grasp the thoughts and actions of the all-knowing, all-powerful, omnipresent, eternal Creator. Humbly accepting that God is incomprehensible is the first step of faith.

Talking Points

  • Thank God for his incomprehensibility. Thank him for his perfect ways even when they are beyond our human understanding.
  • Pray for the person you know who says they will trust God when they can understand God (a statement of pride). Ask God to humble their heart so they can acknowledge their need for him.

Heavenly Father,

I acknowledge that you are beyond understanding. Your thoughts are not my thoughts and your ways are not always according to my plans. Your judgments are unsearchable. Your paths for me are outside the box. So, I humbly confess that you are God, and I am not. Help me trust you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 


 

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Hebrews

There you are, minding your own business… walking through your perfect world.  Life is good.  Until something that looks better appears before you.  Something you can refuse but you don’t want to. You want it.  That is…until you discover its true cost.

In this half-hour, Ron Moore holds up that price tag for all to see. And in the seeing, you’ll behold a costly word to the wise.

Devotion Text
 

1 John 5:11-12

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

In my office at church, bookshelves—from floor to ceiling—line one entire wall. Another large floor-to-ceiling case takes up space on an adjacent wall. Many more books are in my office at home, not to mention all the theological information stored digitally on my Bible study software. More information is only one Google search away. I can access a virtual ocean of information about God. But all of the content in the volumes on my bookshelves and stored on my computer can be summed up in today’s passage!

Dr. Karl Barth was a brilliant, if not sometimes controversial, theologian. Among his writings is a twelve-volume work on life and doctrine. A reporter once asked Dr. Barth if he could summarize the message of the Bible. Dr. Barth thought for a moment and then said, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”

We are sinners and our sin separates us from God. The penalty for our sin is death. But driven by perfect love, the just God became the Justifier. Being fully God, Jesus was the only One who could provide a sinless sacrifice. Being fully man, Jesus was the only One who could die on our behalf. Life—now and forever—is found in Jesus alone.

Father, thank You for keeping the questions of life and eternity simple. Confirm in our hearts that we have Jesus. Give us the courage to tell others. And help us keep the message clear with our lips and lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Preparing Our Hearts

Devotion Text

Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Recently while on a plane headed overseas, the pilot announced that there were some serious storms ahead, so he altered our course to fly around them. The flight had been bumpy enough. Thankfully, the pilot chose not to conform to the original flight pattern. He adjusted our path in order to avoid the danger.

The flight pattern of the world takes us directly into danger. The world stands in opposition to the things of God. Living together before marriage is becoming the majority option. Commitment after marriage is becoming practically optional. And same-sex marriage is not just optional but acknowledged and celebrated. The world tells me what I need to buy to make me happy and feel significant. I am told that friends and good times always come when I am partying at the bar or the beach.

That’s why Paul tells us to change our course. For the believer, this transformation takes place when we renew our minds by spending meaningful time in Scripture. It is God’s Word that instructs and warns of sin and shows us how to avoid the turbulence. It is God’s Word that strips away the lies of the world. With renewed minds, we can evaluate what God’s “good, pleasing, and perfect will” is for us. Read God’s Word and avoid the sinful storms!

Father, please give me the desire to read Your Word each day. And may I not be simply a reader but also a doer of Your instruction. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Anointed

Devotion Text

Acts 12:7

Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.

King Herod enjoyed pleasing people. Nothing pleased his people more than watching Christians lose their heads. As a result, the king had Peter arrested. The night before his trial, Peter slept between two soldiers with his hands and feet in chains. Suddenly an angel appeared, the chains fell off and Peter was freed from the prison. He headed for a home where he knew believers had gathered to pray for him. There was, no doubt, a great celebration when Peter walked through the door.

But Peter was not the only disciple arrested. Days prior, Herod arrested James and had him beheaded. Wait a second! How did that happen? Did the church forget to pray for James? Did they not pray long enough or hard enough?

Why did Peter lose his chains and James lost his head? Why do some people “just miss” a tragic car accident and others are killed in a crash? Why does disease ravage one person’s body while another goes into remission? We don’t know. We may never know. But this we do know. God is perfect and all His ways are perfect. He doesn’t make mistakes. He never acts arbitrarily but uses all things for His eternal purposes. Somehow, He works all things out for good for those who love Him. Sometimes the only thing we can do is trust God even when we don’t understand His ways. Can you do that? Can you trust Him . . . even standing in the whirlwind of your questions?

Father, I admit that I don’t understand Your ways. I don’t understand why (mention something that has happened or not happened that you are questioning in your life). But today I proclaim – I trust You! Even as I stand in the middle of my pain and questions – I trust You! Even though my finite mind does not allow me to understand, I know that You are working all things for my good. I trust You . . . I trust You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Fear of Inadequacy

Devotion Text

Isaiah 64:4

Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.

God acts on our behalf. He saves, delivers, and rescues. His arm is not too short to reach down to help us. He is never stingy with His forgiveness. His grace is a constant flow. His mercy never ceases. There is no end to His love. He acts on our behalf. And notice that He acts on behalf of those who “wait for him.”

I am convinced that many people never see God act on their behalf because they are too busy acting on their own behalf. Why wait on God when you can get it done yourself? They barge ahead on their own. They make their deals, cut their path, and build their stuff. And then when their deals fall through, their path leads to the edge of a cliff and their buildings crumble, they wonder why God didn’t act.

Slow down and wait on God. He is seldom early, but He is never late. His right-on-time presence will provide all we need, to do what He has called us to do at just the right moment. He is not silent or ignoring your need. He is waiting for His perfect time. Waiting on God is always worth the wait.

Father, we are in a hurry . . . slow us down. We are impatient . . . help us wait on You. Thank You for being a God who acts on our behalf. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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A Man and His Temptations – Lust

With apologies to Jackie Deshannon, “What the world needs now is perfect love sweet love.” It’s the only thing that can banish the fear that permeates the world.

Ron Moore tells us where that love is found and how you can share it with your world.

Devotion Text

Esther 2:17-18

Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. And the king gave a great banquet, Esther’s banquet, for all his nobles and officials. He proclaimed a holiday throughout the provinces and distributed gifts with royal liberality.

Xerxes knew how to throw a party! In the third year of his reign, he gave a bash for his nobles, officials, princes and military leaders that lasted for 180 days! Then a mere week-long banquet was held for all the people from the least to the greatest. On day seven, after he had a little too much to drink, Xerxes sent for Queen Vashti to come and “display her beauty . . . for she was lovely to look at.” (Esther 1:11) When Vashti refused to entertain the drunken nobles, she was banished from the king’s presence, and the search began for a new queen.

That’s the setting for the book of Esther, the only book of the Bible where God’s name is not mentioned, but His sovereign hand is evident in every paragraph on every page. Esther, a Jewess, eventually became the new queen and saved her people from annihilation. And in a divine twist of events, the man who devised the annihilation plan was hung from the gallows that he built to hang Esther’s uncle who had refused to bow before anyone but God.

In this amazing book, we see that God is at work in all the events of life. He is the One who weaves the details of our days together to display His perfect plan. You might think that hearing a certain story, or sleep-depriving indigestion or your position in life are all mere coincidences. But in the book of Esther, what seems trivial today is paramount tomorrow. We know that the same God who guided the events of this book is guiding the events of our lives today.

Father, You never waste our time. Thank You for working all things together for good. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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1st John: Righteous

Devotion Text

Ezra 1:1

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing….

God rules over all. The teaching of His sovereignty throughout Scripture is clear. The hearts of the kings of the world are like “channels of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he wishes” (Proverbs 21:1).

God built a great nation under King David and King Solomon, but after their reign the kingdom became divided. Due to the ongoing sins of the nation, God’s people were overthrown by the Assyrians and Babylonians. The walls of Jerusalem were torn down and the temple destroyed. In His perfect timing, God “moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia” to allow the Israelites to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple.

We will not always understand God’s timing and ways, but we can be sure of this . . . God is sovereign over all. Nothing takes Him by surprise. His perfect plan for nations will be carried out.  And His perfect plan for your life will be carried out.

Father, we acknowledge You as the God who is in complete control. We trust You, Your ways, and Your timing to carry out Your perfect will in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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1st John: Cleansed

Devotion Text

2 Samuel 22:31-32

As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?

David’s life was not a bed of roses. His twenties were spent running from the jealous King Saul. His thirties were spent uniting a divided kingdom. In his fifth decade, there was that little problem with Bathsheba. After that, consequences to his sin sprouted like unwelcome weeds. But in the midst of all his challenges, even the self-inflicted ones, this man after God’s own heart never wandered far from God. The following are some of the truths that David took to the grave:

  • The holy God is perfect. Following the holy God will always have you walking on the right path.
  • The Lord’s word is flawless. Everything God says is right. His promises are always true.
  • God is a shield. He is our protector in the midst of every storm and attack.
  • God is our Rock. He is immovable and unchangeable, the firm foundation.

No one sails on calm waters all the way home. Our ship will get rocked! But today’s passage gives us great truths to nail down. And as we sail for home, we can say with David, “Who is God besides the Lord?”

Father, thank You for Your perfect way, Your flawless word, and Your constant protection. You are our solid foundation. There is no God besides You. Thank You in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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God, Who Are You in My Shaken World?

Devotion Text

Leviticus 10:1

Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his command.

The keywords in today’s passage are the following: “contrary to his command.” The new office of the Old Testament priest had just been established. Moses had explained God’s instructions with great care and detail. But when it came time for Nadab and Abihu to perform their priestly duties, they thought they knew better than God and “offered unauthorized fire before the Lord”. They paid dearly for their sin (Leviticus 10:1-2).

Do you think you know better? When it comes to running your business? When it comes to leading your family?  When it comes to your marriage? When it comes to personal and spiritual disciplines? Anytime we act contrary to God’s instructions we are living as if we know better.  I must admit that I know God knows best, but sometimes I act like I know better.

God’s commands are based on His omniscience and His perfect will. There are always consequences when we refuse to follow his instructions. True worship and submission to God begin with an attitude of “Lord, you know best. Please give me the strength and determination to follow your instruction.”

Father, that’s my prayer. You know best. Please help me live like I truly believe that today. Help me to submit and follow your instructions in all the areas of my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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Overflowing: Fully Free – Part 2

Devotion Text

Matthew 26:65-68

Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” “He is worthy of death,” they answered. Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”

In the court of the high priest, God was humiliated. The Creator was accused of irreverence. The Almighty was accused of blasphemy. The Way, the Truth, and the Life was proclaimed to be a deceiver and liar deserving death.

God was humiliated. Mark reports that the leaders blindfolded Jesus. Some gathered around Him and spit in His face as an ultimate sign of shame.  Others released their anger by striking Him with their fists. Still, others slapped Jesus with their open hands. They mocked Jesus by taunting Him to prophesy who had hit Him.

God was humiliated. With the angels poised at the edge of heaven to charge, the Word remained silent. He prepared to be delivered as the perfect sacrifice for sin. He did it all for us.

Lord Jesus, there are no words to thank You for Your work on the cross that paid the penalty of my sin. Help me thank You with my life. In Your name. Amen.

 

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The Generous Gift of the Holy Spirit

Devotion Text

Matthew 26:36-39

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

There are some who approach prayer with a list of impersonal imperatives. “God, I want You to do this. When You get that done, here’s another thing. Sorry for the reminder, but don’t forget the things I asked for two days ago. I needed it…yesterday! In Jesus’ name. Amen.” Some even teach that “praying in faith” is telling God what you want and when you want it. You let God know that you won’t take “no” for an answer.

Is praying “Your will be done” a copout? Today’s passage records the most intense prayer of Jesus’ life. Matthew quotes Jesus as saying, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” Luke tells us that Jesus’ sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. Take note that Jesus concluded His prayer with these words: “Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Prayer is a personal conversation with God. It is not a laundry list of commands or must-haves. In the conversation with my heavenly Father, I can and should express my personal desires just like Jesus did. And, just like Jesus did, I should hand over my desires to the perfect will of God. That’s not a lack of faith. It’s called humble obedience.

Father, thank You for allowing me to bring my desires before You. Thank You for allowing me to share my heart openly and honestly. But Father, I always want Your will to be done in my life—Your good, pleasing, and perfect will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


 

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David – Part 2

Devotion Text
John 14:23-24

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”

Love is an action word. It is not hidden or hinted at. When you love someone you don’t want that person to be unsure of your emotions. When you love someone you say it and show it. Love is expressed in tangible ways.

Today’s passage clearly conveys this idea. Jesus said, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching,” and “Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching.” Obedience does not produce love; obedience flows from love. Genuine love is demonstrated by action. When you love Jesus you show it by obeying His teaching.

Not one of us is perfect. There will be times of disobedience. But for the believer disobedience is not the habitual norm of life. We have been transformed from within. The Holy Spirit lives in us. When we inevitably disobey, we feel the Spirit’s conviction and confess our sin. We consistently read God’s Word to learn more about Jesus’ teaching. Each day of our lives He calls us to demonstrate our love. He calls us to a fresh commitment to obedience.

Father, don’t let me be all talk and no action. May my love for You be demonstrated as loudly when no one is watching as it is when I lift my voice in praise at a weekend worship service. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


 

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