The Journey with Ron Moore

Satan’s grand strategy is worked out on the field of battle. It’s his tactics in the ordinary course of every man’s day that can wound every man’s life.

In this broadcast, Ron Moore and men’s minister Tunch Ilkin identify those tactics so that you can be victorious in the spiritual war.

Satan’s strategy is simple and efficient…he wants to remake us in his image. He wants us to want what he wants…and he wants us to believe it’s the right thing to do.

Today Ron Moore and men’s minister Tunch Ilkin reveal those wants and temptations so that we can see them in the light of God’s Word.

It has been said: “the best defense is a good offense.” That’s certainly true in spiritual warfare.

In this message, Ron Moore and men’s minister Tunch Ilkin talk about our offensive weapons and how we should use them to defend against Satan’s attacks.

Satan is no mere strategist. He marshals his demonic forces and takes decisive action. He’s formidable but he’s not invincible.

In this broadcast, Ron Moore and men’s minister Tunch Ilkin brief us on the enemy’s strategies and troop movements so that we can effectively counter them in God’s strength.

It’s a truism in war that one must know his or her adversary. Failing that means losing the war.

Today Ron Moore and men’s minister Tunch Ilkin begin an examination of Satan so that we can identify him, his strategies, and his tactics. Knowing that can equip us for the ancient war in which we fight.

Sometimes the good becomes the enemy of the Godly. What God intended as beautiful Satan often uses in an ugly, and ultimately destructive, way.

Today Ron Moore welcomes a special guest to talk about the holy and the harmful in the sexual realm. Listen and learn how to redeem God’s good and original design.

Devotion Text
 

David had been living a life of lies and cover-up for sixteen months! Then tragedy hit. When David and his men were away from home, the Amalekites burned their houses to the ground and captured their wives and children. This attack woke David up from his spiritual rebellion. He had been doing things his way. Now it was time to turn back to God.

 1 Samuel 30:8

And David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I pursue after this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue.”

When I read this story, I can only think of God’s great grace. David had been running from God for sixteen months, but when tragedy hit, God was waiting to strengthen David and help him rescue his family. Never assume you are too far from God. He is waiting, with open arms, for you to come back home.

Talking Points

  • Father, today I pray for the person who has wandered from you. I pray you grab their attention. Wake them up from their rebellion so they will return to you.
  • I pray for the person who feels they can’t come back home. Their sin and pride have them feeling that you won’t accept them. Don’t let the lies of Satan continue. May they experience your great grace.

I wrote a book on the subject of spiritual fatigue titled Worn Out by Obedience. Click here to get your copy. 

Excerpt from Worn Out by Obedience:

For David, God’s gift of crisis was painful. He stood alone grieving the loss of his own family and feeling the weight of letting down his men. He knew that they were seriously discussing dragging him to a rocky area and stoning him. At the moment David’s circumstances didn’t seem much like a gift. But God used the crisis to turn David’s heart back home. He does the same for us.

-Ron Moore, Worn Out by Obedience, 136

 

 


 

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Redemption!

Devotion Text
 

James 1:13-14

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.

James was clear that temptation does not come from God. God “cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.” So, what is the source of temptation that shows itself so strong in our lives?

  1. World. The world around us is at odds with God. It presents a culture that puts man in charge and God at the back of the line. It hits us with wanting what we don’t have and having what we don’t need.
  2. Flesh. Often we blame temptation on the tempter or on someone else. But sometimes the mirror reflects the source. As believers, the penalty of our sin is gone, but the propensity to sin will remain until the day we die. We are tempted by our “own evil desire.” When we give in, we are “dragged away…and enticed.”
  3. Satan. Finding Jesus in a weakened physical state, the “tempter” showed up to test Jesus in the desert. The same tempter comes roaring after us, like a hungry lion seeking to devour us. He works to drive a wedge of disobedience between us and the Father. Satan desires to destroy our witness before others.

Here’s the hard truth. Whether the source is the world, the flesh, or the devil, at the end of the day we own our disobedience. God will always provide a way out of temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). Here’s the hard question. Are you willing to take the escape routes?

Father, by Your grace and Your strength, may the answer to that question always be “Yes!” In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Zechariah’s Song

Sometimes temptation seduces you. Its attractive exterior appears to be the thing you’re looking for. It may even seem the way to a Godly goal. And once you’ve seen it you struggle to pass it up.

Ron Moore tells the story of Satan’s subtle temptations of Christ. He finds there, a way to resist their seduction, and a holy companion who knows the struggle we face.

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.

An angel of light, a great red-dragon, handsome and loathsome, cunning and foolish. Satan is all these things…and he wants to be your god.

But as Ron Moore is about to share, this mighty pretender to Heaven’s throne is no match for the King of Kings. Today you’ll see that his defeat is written and certain.

Devotion Text

Zechariah 3:3-4

Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.”

Zechariah paints quite a picture. Joshua, the high priest, was standing before the angel of the LORD. At Joshua’s right side, Satan stood to accuse him. But God was having none of Satan’s allegations. “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you!” And Satan was sent on his way.

Joshua now stood only before the angel of the LORD. As he stood next to the angel, Joshua’s clothes, representing the sin in his life, were dirty. The angel gave the instruction to take off the soiled garments. Joshua’s sin was taken away, and he was clothed with clean expensive clothes. What a picture of salvation and restoration! Joshua’s image looks a lot like ours.

Scripture says that Satan stands before God day and night accusing us (Revelation 12:10). And his accusations are on target. Helpless, hopeless, and spiritually bankrupt, we were dressed in the filthy tattered garments of a beggar. Then we met Jesus. He took away the soiled clothing and dressed us in the fine garments of His salvation. Because of Jesus, we stand before God forgiven and restored. And Satan, the accuser, is sent on his way.

Lord Jesus, thank You for removing our dirty garments of sin and clothing us with the rich robe of Your righteousness! Thank You for transforming sinful beggars to those with an eternal inheritance. In Your name. Amen.

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ

Devotion Text

Psalm 11:1-2

In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain. For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.”

I am sure you have seen the cartoon with two deer talking to each other. One deer has what looks like a big target with a bulls-eye in the middle positioned over his heart. The other deer says, “Bummer of a birthmark, Ralph.”

If you are a believer, you have a “birthmark” in the shape of a cross right on your heart. It is a constant reminder that Jesus came and died an awful death so that you can have an abundant life . . . today and forever. However, be sure of this, that “birthmark” makes you a target of the enemy. Satan prowls around like a lion looking for an opportunity to spring out from the shadows.

We are no match for Satan and his sinister schemes. But remember your “birthmark!” You belong to the One who has already defeated the enemy and his most potent weapon . . . death. You can say confidently with the psalmist, “In the Lord I take refuge.” That’s the beauty of our “birthmark.”

Father, today, in the midst of the enemy’s attack, I take refuge in You and You alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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United!

A powerful foe is stalking you…calculating your weaknesses and your next moves. Perhaps he’s already wounded you and you feel it’s only a matter of time before he closes for the kill.

Today Ron Moore offers spiritual encouragement to overcome Satan’s attacks and to resist his temptations. Listen and discover untapped strength for the fight.

Devotion Text

Genesis 3:6

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Adam and Eve had everything they could have ever dreamed of – an open relationship with God, living in a literal paradise and no in-laws (just a little humor). Life could not get any better! But then Satan came to convince them there was something they wanted but couldn’t have.

Satan is the master of twisting God’s Word and intentions. He convinced Eve that the prohibited fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden would not bring death, as God had said, but rather God-likeness. Eve took the fruit, ate it and gave it to Adam. At that moment, sin entered into the world and along with it disease, abuse, murder, war . . . and death.

Just as poison at the beginning of a stream contaminates the entire stream, so sin at the beginning of the human race contaminates us all. “All have sinned,” and that sin separates us from God. Actually God did for us what we could not do for ourselves. He sent his Son to pay sin’s penalty by his death on the cross. By God’s grace, what was destroyed in Genesis 3 was repaired forever at the cross.

Father, thank you for sending Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. He who knew no sin became sin for us so that we might stand before you, righteous and whole. Our desire is to show our deep love and gratitude by letting our light so shine before men that they will see our actions and give praise to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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Living My Influence

Devotion Text

Matthew 27:59-60

Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

This was not what they had bargained for. The One who promised them life was dead. The One who spoke of saving others could not even save Himself. How was He going to prepare those heavenly mansions He had promised when His body lay in a cold damp tomb? Was the burial place the destination He meant when He said, “I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”? The grave was one location they would not need His help to find. Jesus was silent, in the grave.

The early days with Jesus were full of promise. “Follow me” was enough for them to drop their nets, shut down their shops, and traverse the countryside with a man they hardly knew. His call was gripping, and watching Him at work—witnessing the healings and hearing His teachings—filled their hearts with a sense of awe and wonder. When there were questions, every day brought more proof that He was for real. Until now. Jesus was silent, in the grave.

Why would a man who claimed to be God’s Son remain silent before human authorities? How could one who resisted the temptations of Satan submit to the torment of soldiers? How could a man speak with such power and now refuse to register a defense? Why would a man who walked on water march to His death without a fight? How could a man who raised the dead…die? Confusion filled their hearts. Jesus was silent, in the grave.

Lord Jesus, turn my heart to You in my silent time of questions and doubts. In Your name. Amen.  

 

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Community: Why Doesn’t It Work?

Mark 14:17-21

When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.” They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?” “It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

While the disciples were reclining at the table on the night of the Passover meal, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” Then He added that the betrayer would be “one who is eating with me.” This addition alluded to Psalm 41:9, where David lamented that his trusted friend Ahithophel, who shared meals with him, had turned against him. In Jesus’ day, to eat with a person and then betray him was the height of treachery.

The disciples sought to clear themselves. One by one they said, “Surely you don’t mean me?” But Jesus would not name the offender. He simply reinforced that it would be one of the Twelve by saying, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me.”

Now we know that this disciple was Judas, a name synonymous with betrayal. Judas acted as Satan’s instrument and was held accountable. But Jesus made it clear that His death was not simply because of a betrayer. He said, “The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him.” One of the Old Testament passages describing the Suffering Servant is Isaiah 53, written seven hundred years before Jesus’ birth. Satan used his agent, but Jesus went to the cross voluntarily in accordance with God’s plan. He did not die on a whim but by the perfect and gracious will of God.

Lord Jesus, thank You for voluntarily dying on the cross for my sins. Thank You for doing for me what I could not do for myself. In Your name. Amen.

 

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Jesus Plus Nothing

John 8:44

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Surrounding our passage today is a dialogue between Jesus and those who refused to believe in Him as the Son of God. These people not only rejected Jesus, they claimed that He was demon-possessed. Jesus used this opportunity to give a striking description of Satan.

Jesus explained that Satan’s purpose is to bring ruin. He has always been a murderer. His aim is to destroy. He is a liar and the evil one behind all lies. There is no truth in him. Deception characterizes his actions. Dishonesty is his native language.

Satan deceives the world into thinking that right is wrong and wrong is right. He chips away at the underpinnings of society by infecting thoughts and actions. “Your enemy the devil,” the Apostle Peter says, “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith…” (1 Peter 5:8-9)

Father, I am no match for Satan. Protect me from him. Help me stay alert. Help me resist him. Help me to always stand firm in the faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

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The God We Worship – Part 1

Satan’s grand strategy is worked out on the field of battle.  It’s his tactics in the ordinary course of every man’s day that can wound every man’s life.

In this broadcast Ron Moore and men’s minister Tunch Ilkin identify those tactics so that you can be victorious in the spiritual war.

Satan’s strategy is simple and efficient…he wants to remake us in his image. He wants us to want what he wants…and he wants us to believe it’s the right thing to do.

Today Ron Moore and men’s minister Tunch Ilkin reveal those wants and temptations so that we can see them in the light of God’s Word.

Strong and Courageous

In a day of doubts and fears, of challenges and opportunities, you need the assurance of God’s power and guidance.

The Children of Israel faced just such days as they entered the Promised Land. How they won the day, with God’s direction and strength, is told in the Book of Joshua.

Now, Ron Moore surveys that heroic story in his encouraging devotional, Strong and Courageous. In its reflections Ron shares thought provoking insights that will equip you to spiritually imitate Israel’s ultimate victories.

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