The Journey with Ron Moore

Christian, you are sinful…and you are righteous. The question is: which of those identities define your daily behavior? Your answer will indicate your actual identity.

In this half-hour, Ron Moore warns of the difference so you can be sure you have true, saving faith.

Devotion Text
 

1 Thessalonians 4:3-7

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.

When I was young, I listened to the St. Louis Cardinal baseball games on my little transistor radio. The Yankees were my favorite team (Mickey Mantle and Bobby Mercer were both from Oklahoma), but there was no way I could pick up their games, so, I listened to the Cardinals…at least I tried to. Static and interference always presented a challenge. I usually lost the broadcast at the bottom of the ninth, two runners on, the score tied, and Orlando Cepeda at the plate. Then I had to wait until the next day to read the Perry Daily Journal, to see whether or not Cepeda delivered. Static can play havoc on a transistor radio broadcast…and static can play havoc in your life.

One of the things that can interfere with clearly hearing God’s voice is…sinful static. God lays before us a clear message of what He expects—His revealed will (It is God’s will that you should be sanctified—or set apart). But when we do not follow God’s revealed will, the “sinful static” keeps us from hearing His specific will for our lives. For instance, if a single person prays, “God, I really want to know what You want me to do with my life” but is sexually involved, there is “sinful static” that interrupts the reception. In essence, God says, “Why do you want to know My specific will when you are unwilling to follow My revealed will?”

Discovering God’s will is not just looking to the future; it is taking stock of the present. Do you need to get rid of some sinful static so you can clearly hear God’s voice?

Father, I desire to know exactly what You want me to do. I do not want to live my life outside of Your will. So show me my sinful static. Help me confess it and deal with it. Please rid the interference so I can hear You loud and clear. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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See His Glory

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

There are hidden aspects to sinful pride.  They lurk around the edges of our lives concealing the arrogance that we condemn in others.  Do you want to see what they look like?

Ron Moore and Men’s Pastor Tunch Ilkin turn on the light of God’s Word so that, in the seeing, we can expose the attitudes of darkness in our souls.

Can you trust the integrity of God’s Word? After all, it did pass through the hearts, minds, and hands of countless sinful men.

Ron Moore comes to offer convincing evidence that the Bible is true and worthy of your trust.

Christian, you are sinful…and you are righteous. The question is: which of those identities define your daily behavior? Your answer will indicate your actual identity.

In this half-hour, Ron Moore warns of the difference so you can be sure you have true, saving faith.

Devotion Text

Judges 6:24

So Gideon built an altar to the LORD there and called it The LORD is Peace.

Gideon was minding his own business or trying to. Israel’s enemy, the powerful and oppressive Midianites, had driven them into hiding. Gideon was threshing wheat in a hidden location. But God had bigger plans for Joash’s son.

When God called Gideon to lead the Israelites against their enemy, he didn’t jump at the opportunity. Gideon asked, “But Lord, how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” God, however, makes a habit of using little people to do big things. To confirm the calling, God gave Gideon a sign delivered by the angel of the Lord (the pre-incarnate Christ). When Gideon realized who it was, he exclaimed, “Ah, Sovereign Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!” But God reassured him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.” That’s when Gideon built the altar and named it “The Lord is Peace.”

No one, on his own, can see God and live. But there is One who intercedes for us. Jesus stands between the holy God and sinful man and by his death bridges the great separation. Paul writes, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). Only Jesus can deliver peace. Do you have that peace with God through Jesus?

Lord Jesus, thank you for giving us peace with God. Thank you for the price you paid in order to bring us to the Father. You are our peace! In your name we pray. Amen.

 

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Words: The Spiritual Barometer – Part 1

What do you offer someone who has committed great sin? What can you give them that is greater than their guilt?

In this broadcast, Ron Moore and special guest Brian Fisher talk about that as it relates to ending the sinful practice of abortion.

Devotion Text

Exodus 4:13

But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” 

Let’s do a little word association. Ready? What comes to your mind when you hear the name, Moses? How about the following: Courage – confronting Pharaoh was not for the weak of heart. Leader – leading Israel out of slavery and across the Red Sea. Ten Commandments – just God and Moses on the mountain. With all that, somehow Exodus 4:13 doesn’t fit into my picture of this great man.

“O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” That was Moses’ first response to God’s call. God said, “I want you to lead the Israelites out of slavery.” Moses said, “Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll pass. I’m happy where I am. I’d rather not be stretched. I like my schedule. I am content with the comfort of my life. What you’re asking me to do is a bit risky. If it’s all the same to you, Lord, let Charlton Heston play someone else in the movie.” This response did not make God happy (unless I am missing the meaning of the phrase “the Lord’s anger burned against Moses!”).

Is there anything God is calling you to do that you are resisting? Anything that you are ignoring or putting off? A life calling? A career change? A new focus? Dealing with a sinful pattern? Dealing with an emotional scar? Getting help with your brokenness? Getting involved in a ministry? Are you reluctant to follow the call? Why? Look at what God did with Moses’ reluctant heart. Think of what He could do with yours.

Father, forgive us for resisting Your call and ignoring Your instruction. Change our reluctant hearts to responsive ones. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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Sanctity of Life

Devotion Text

Matthew 27:27-31

Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

The humiliation started long before the cross. The mock trials with the Jewish leaders started the ordeal. Interrogations from Pilate to Herod and back to Pilate sealed the condemnation. Now the soldiers began painful pre-cross torture and humiliation.

The soldiers surrounded Jesus and stripped Him of His clothes. They put a scarlet robe on the Lord, mocking the claim that He was a king. A wreath with thorns up to an inch long was pushed onto His head. A staff was forced into the Creator’s hand. I AM was mocked, spit on, struck on His head over and over. Then they led the Messiah away to be crucified.

The Almighty took on flesh and made His dwelling among us. His existence was for this painful purpose. Sin had separated man from God. Death was sin’s penalty. Jesus, fully God and fully man, took on death for us. The Sinless One died for sinful man. The penalty of sin was paid for in full at the cross. He sacrificed Himself for you. Have you personally trusted in God’s work on the cross? If not, make the following prayer your own.

Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner and that there is nothing I can do to pay the penalty for my sin. I thank You for paying the penalty for me. Right now I trust in Your work and accept Your death as my payment. Thank You for Your work for me on the cross. In Your name. Amen.

 

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Seeing GeneroCITY

Devotion Text

John 16:7-11

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

The Holy Spirit should not be misunderstood. He is God, our Advocate who is with us and in us. He comes to prove the world wrong about man’s sinful nature, what it means to be right in God’s eyes, and the judgment that will come. He convicts our hearts, brings believers to God, and keeps us on track with the Father. He should not be misrepresented or forgotten.

The old English pastor, C. H. Spurgeon, says it well. Spurgeon writes,

Common, too common is the sin of forgetting the Holy Spirit. This is folly and ingratitude . . . Let us revere his person, adore him as God over all, blessed forever; let us own his power, and our need of him by waiting upon him in all our holy enterprises; let us hourly seek his aid, and never grieve him; and let us speak to his praise whenever occasion occurs. The church will never prosper until more reverently it believes in the Holy Ghost. He is so good and kind, that it is sad indeed that he should be grieved with slights and negligences.[1]

Father, please help me never forget Your Holy Spirit. Help me to revere Him, adore Him, and own His power. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  

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[1] C. H. Spurgeon, Mornings and Evenings with Spurgeon, (New Leaf Publishing Group, 2010)


 

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Fresh Faith

If you are alive, sooner or later, you will run into the buzz saw of conflict. Some people visit the land of conflict occasionally. Others seem to make the land of conflict their permanent residence.

Let’s begin with a biblical foundation. What does the Bible say about conflict?

  1. My sinful nature is the source of conflict.

I always want to blame others for the clashes I have at home or work. And certainly it takes two to battle. But James reminds me that I am the source of conflict in my life.

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

-James 4:1-3

Convicting, isn’t it? James says that whenever there is conflict I have skin in the game. Whenever there is conflict I have to own up to my part in it.

  1. I need to own up to my part in the conflict.

Remember Jesus’ “Plank in the Eye” story. He asked, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3). He pointed out the hypocrisy of focusing on the issues of others (their sawdust) while refusing to deal with our personal issues (our plank). It’s kind of like pointing out a bread crumb on your wife’s lip when you have a long string of cheese dangling on your chin from your French Onion soup (that’s why I don’t eat that stuff). Here is an important conflict principle to accept: it is never entirely the other person’s fault.

  1. A worshiper in conflict is a conflicted worshiper.

Remember Jesus’ “Conflicted Worshiper” story. He said if you are in a significant act of worship and remember that you are in conflict with a significant person in your life, then you should stop worshipping. Jesus said, “First go and be reconciled to your  [husband/wife/child/parent/friend]; then come and offer your gift [of worship]” (Matthew 5:24). How our lives and our worship would change if we actually obeyed this instruction!

 

Remember, conflict starts with you. Until you are willing to deal with you…you can’t begin effectively deal with others.

John 13:6-9

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well.”

When Jesus and His disciples met to celebrate the Passover, the servant in charge of feet washing did not show up. In a day when sandaled feet became dirty on the dusty roads and people reclined around a table to eat, this task was essential. As we saw in yesterday’s devotion, Jesus took on the lowly duty and washed the disciples’ feet.

One can only imagine the emotion of the disciples as Jesus made His way to each one, dipped the towel in a basin of water, and washed their feet. When Jesus came to Peter, this bold disciple wanted none of it. “No,” Peter said, “you shall never wash my feet.” Peter relented when Jesus explained, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

The same applies to us. Certainly it is humbling to allow Jesus to wash our sinful hearts. Pride often gets in the way of letting Jesus do for us what we can’t do for ourselves. However, unless we allow Jesus to cleanse us by His work on the cross we have no relationship with Him. Will you humble yourself and allow Jesus to cleanse you today?

Lord Jesus, I know that I cannot make myself clean. My heart is dirty and diseased by sin. My sin separates me from You, so right now I humble myself before You. Please wash my heart and make it clean. Turn my heart toward You. Allow me to follow You. I desire to have a relationship with You. In Your name. Amen.

 

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Redemption!

Sinful pride can be camouflaged by pious words and feigned modesty. But it often reveals itself when the battle for obedience is intense and our focus is diverted.

In this broadcast Ron Moore and men’s minister Tunch Ilkin help us identify prideful attitudes, before the attack, so that we can bring them under the command of Jesus Christ.

Can you trust the integrity of God’s Word? After all, it did pass through the hearts, minds and hands of countless sinful men.

Ron Moore comes to offer convincing evidence that the Bible is true and worthy of your trust.

Luke 5:5-7
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

Simon Peter and his business partners were exhausted from a long, unsuccessful night of fishing. You can almost hear their groans when Jesus asked them to put their boats out a little from the shore so He could teach the crowds. The inward groaning turned to outward complaining when Jesus asked them to go into deep water and let down their nets.

Fishing in the Sea of Galilee was best in shallow waters at night. Jesus wanted them to go into the middle of the lake during the day. Peter said, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.” Then he acquiesced, “But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Jesus miraculously provided a catch so large that the nets began to break and the boats began to sink. There in the boat Peter realized that Jesus was no mere man. He fell to his knees and, waist deep in fish, said to Jesus, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” From that point on, Peter and his partners followed Jesus.

The closer we get to Jesus the more we see our sinfulness. When we see who He is we fall to our knees and acknowledge Him as Lord. Sometimes we are waist deep in our successes, accomplishments focused on the wrong things, or achievements that seem significant. Sometimes we fall waist deep in the mess we have made of our lives. But on our knees is the best place to recognize who Jesus really is. From our knees is the best place to follow Him.

Father, help me see Jesus for who He really is — my Savior and my Lord. Help me respond in worship to His person. Help me follow hard after Him. In His name. Amen.

 

At what point in the Christian life should you anticipate taming the sinful nature? How long should you expect to struggle with doing what’s right in God’s eyes?

On today’s program, Ron Moore looks at that issue and offers an expiration-date for the “old-man’s” power in your life.

Matthew 4:5-7  
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Picture Satan’s offer.  A crowd would gather below as Jesus stood on the highest point of the temple. Hear the collective gasp as Jesus jumped to His certain death. Listen to the “oohs” and “aahs” as Jesus’ body slowed just before impact and He landed gently on His feet. Everyone would say, “He’s the Messiah! He’s the one God told us about in Psalm 91. The angels did not let Him die!” The people would accept Jesus . . . according to Satan’s plan, not God’s plan.

Jesus responded to Satan’s scheme by quoting Deuteronomy 6:16. These words of Moses referred to a time when the Israelites wondered whether God was really on their side. In assuring them that God was always with them, Moses exhorted the people to never doubt God’s promises, never put Him to the test.  

Jesus came to provide sinful people a relationship with the Holy God. Jesus said, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself” (John 12:32). Jesus knew that the Father’s plan did not include an angelic rescue. Rather, it meant being lifted up on a cross, forsaken and alone, paying the penalty for sin. Jesus was willing to trust the Father, even in His weakest moments, even when He knew following God’s plan would lead to His death. 

Father, sometimes I like my plan better than Yours. It is often the easier, quicker path and that’s what tempts me. Help me follow Your plan even when it calls for pain and suffering. Help me learn from Jesus’ response to this temptation. Help me be like Him. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


This Week on The Journey:
1 and 2 Samuel

Psalm 132:1-5
A song of ascents.

LORD, remember David and all his self-denial. He swore an oath to the LORD, he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: “I will not enter my house or go to my bed, I will allow no sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, till I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.

Self-denial. Without context the word sounds old, even legalistic. Self-fulfillment, self-satisfaction, self-esteem…now those are positive and encouraging words. Many want to do with more, not do without.

The psalmist calls the reader to “remember David and all his self-denial.” The king longed to have a place for the Ark of the Covenant. While he was not the one who eventually built that structure, he desired it for God. David was willing to do without to make God’s name famous in his day.

Self-denial is an essential part of life. I can’t eat everything I want to eat anytime I want to eat it and remain healthy. I can’t focus so much on comfort that I refuse to exercise my body. I can’t feed my sinful desires and develop as a follower of Jesus Christ. Are you willing to deny yourself what you want in order to get what you need?

Father, the world is full of unhealthy, out-of-shape, spiritually soft people who want more from You instead of more of You. May I be willing to deny myself what I want in order to get what I need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 120
A song of ascents.

I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me. Save me, LORD, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues. What will he do to you, and what more besides, you deceitful tongue? He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush. Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek, that I live among the tents of Kedar! Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.

Technology is a tremendous tool. I can use text messages to set up a meeting, share a passage of Scripture, or tell my children how proud I am of them. Facebook can be used for ministry and communicating with friends. The same can be said about Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. These are great tools…and potential weapons. Words and pictures can be used to tear down a person and their reputation.

However, slander existed long before cyberspace. The desire to tear another person down started with Cain and Abel, and still exists today. As Old Testament believers made the climb to Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts, they prayed, “Save me, Lord from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.”

Today’s prayer is very instructive. We need to pray daily for God’s protection from those who desire to destroy us by lies and deceit. We should also pray that God will protect us from sinful actions and foolish decisions that provide ammunition (like inappropriate social media postings). Jesus Christ is the message and we are the messengers. Let’s pray that God will protect His messengers so that the Message is never confused.

Father, we live in a day of great advantages and great dangers. Give us discernment. May our words and actions always be pure and above reproach. Help us to be messengers that are untainted so the message of Your Son is never confusing. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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