The Journey with Ron Moore

As we stumble through the tangled vines and hidden snares of life it’s essential to have a leader who’s been down this trail before us.  One who was undeterred by the difficult and uneven path he traveled.

Today Ron Moore points to such a one and shows us how to closely follow him.

Conquering your fears doesn’t always require power and resolve. Sometimes the only remedy is a gentle touch, and kind command, from God.

In this half-hour, Ron Moore explores that transforming experience in the lives of three cowering disciples.

Devotion Text

Proverbs 24:10

If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength! 

The test of strength is in adversity. When things get tough, you quickly find out how strong you really are. Anybody can guide a boat over smooth waters. But when the storm hits and the winds blow and the boat is rocked, only the strong can maneuver through the waves. The weak and fearful bailout. They take their empty professions of faith and go home. But the strong move forward with resolve.

The test of adversity is preparation. The reality is that you are either getting ready to go through a time of trouble; you are in a time of trouble, or you are just coming out of a time of trouble. We have to be prepared. We have to be in the Word gaining strength and wisdom. We have to be in worship – preparing our hearts. We have to be connected with other believers – no one is strong enough to go it alone. We have to be using our gifts – a lot of food and no exercise make for a flabby Christian. We have to be telling others about Jesus. Adversity is the training camp of the soul. 

The test of preparation is discipline. Becoming a Christian is a free gift. Growing as a Christian is hard work. It calls for sacrifice. Your time, talents, and treasures belong to God, not you. It calls for engaged minds and ignited hearts. It calls for rekindling the fire in your soul. Spiritual discipline is not self-sufficiency. It is the wisdom to latch on to the Source, be filled with His strength, and be controlled by His Spirit.

Father, don’t let us falter in times of trouble. Hold us up and carry us through the hard times. Keep us strong. Help us to be prepared. Keep us disciplined. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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As we stumble through the tangled vines and hidden snares of life it’s essential to have a leader who’s been down this trail before us.  One who was undeterred by the difficult and uneven path he traveled.

Today Ron Moore points to such a one and shows us how to closely follow him.

Conquering your fears doesn’t always require power and resolve. Sometimes the only remedy is a gentle touch, and kind command, from God.

In this half-hour Ron Moore explores that transforming experience in the lives of three cowering disciples.

Psalm 51:7-12  

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 

David’s sin of adultery led to his great prayer for repentance. Yesterday we noted where true repentance begins. Here are three more important steps. 

  1. Repentance desires cleansing.

Sin stains the soul. Only God can cleanse the heart and wash us clean. Only God can blot out our sin. 

  1. Repentance desires renewed joy.

Sin burdens the soul. David feels that his bones have been crushed. He desires that God restore the joy and gladness he once knew. 

  1. Repentance desires the resolve to obey.

David asks that God re-create his heart. His “old” heart got him into trouble. He prays for an unwavering obedience. He prays that God gives him the power to continue to walk in obedience. He does not want to return to his sin. 

Father, David’s prayer is mine. Please take away the stain. Lift the burden. Let me be joyful again in Your presence. Don’t let me return to my sin. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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