We’ve heard people say many times that I was in the moment. I was in the moment of excitement, anger, bitterness, love and I just didn’t know what I was doing or I just wasn’t thinking clearly. We’ve heard statements like this leave people regretting, that (in the moment response or action) not thinking or considering the danger or disappoint that could come from that in the moment action.

We can clearly see this played out in scripture from the life of Esau. Esau was living in the moment when we decided to give up his birthright to his brother Jacob for some lentil stew.

Genesis 25:29-34
29 Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom. 31 Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” 32 Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” 33 Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

Esau was in total desperation because of hunger that he considered his birthright at that moment of no value to him. He didn’t realize the consequences that would come along with this (in the moment action) and he didn’t understand that this birthright that was his also came with blessings and that the two weren’t separate but was one. Esau would later suffer deeply from this decision. His blessings from his birthright would no longer go to him but to his brother. You can feel the hurt, sorry, pain and desperation in his words in the scriptures below.

Genesis 27:30-40
30 As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, when Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 He also prepared delicious food and brought it to his father. And he said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that you may bless me.” 32 His father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?” He answered, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.”

33 Then Isaac trembled very violently and said, “Who was it then that hunted game and brought it to me, and I ate it all before you came, and I have blessed him? Yes, and he shall be blessed.” 34 As soon as Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me, even me also, O my father!” 35 But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully, and he has taken away your blessing.”

36 Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has cheated me these two times. He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing.” Then he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?” 37 Isaac answered and said to Esau, “Behold, I have made him lord over you, and all his brothers I have given to him for servants, and with grain and wine I have sustained him. What then can I do for you, my son?”

38 Esau said to his father, “Have you but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father.” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.

39 Then Isaac his father answered and said to him:

“Behold, away from the fatness of the earth shall your dwelling be,
and away from the dew of heaven on high.
40 By your sword you shall live,
and you shall serve your brother;
but when you grow restless
you shall break his yoke from your neck.”

I believe if Esau knew what was ahead of him he never wouldn’ve made the decision to sale his birthright.

Like Esau we must be cautious of responding out of what we feel is desperation and respond with our actions, IN THE MOMENT, BECAUSE WE MAY END UP REGRETTING IT. JUST LIKE ESAU!!!


Patience vs Impatience

Patience vs Impatience…imagine you’re sitting amongst 5,000 people and you’re hungry and there’s no food in sight. You become anxious because you’re hungry so you decide to leave the area even though in your presence is a miracle worker and you know it but because the hunger is so overwhelming you go in search of food but once again non is in sight.

Now imagine you’re standing amongst 5,000 people in the same situation with the same hunger pains surrounded by a miracle worker but instead of allowing your anxious hunger cause you to leave out of the presence of the miracle worker you stay trusting in the fact you’ve seen or heard about the miracles he’s performed so you stay even as the pain intensifies. Then in a matter of minutes like you hoped and expected a miracle was performed and not only because of your trust and patience you were fed but had more than enough to satisfy you.

Then as you leave feeling full you come up on the one who left to soon. The one who out of impatience left searching for themselves trying to meet their own need only to find them on the side of the road tragically lifeless. Lifeless because they just couldn’t wait a little longer in the presence of the miracle worker who could sustain their needs.

Matthew 14:14-21

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

What does obedience look like?

What does obedience look like? It looks like Ezekiel. Ezekiel was faced with a difficult task but it didn’t keep him from obeying the commands of God. There are a couple things we pick up when we read about Ezekiel besides his obedience. We see that every mission he was given after his willingness to obey he was equipped with the power to complete the mission that was given to him by God. Not only was he equipped, he only went where God instructed him to go and everywhere he went God was there….Let that sink in.

Now just imagine this for a second. God tells Ezekiel to go to people that are one rebellious and stubborn who might not listen to what he has to say and even if they do listen their still rebellious people. That’s their character. Then in the midst of telling him about their character he informs him that he (God) is sending him (Ezekiel) where briers and thorns are all around him and that he will be living among scorpions. This is being told to him before he even goes.

Ezekiel 2:4-6
4 The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ 5 And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious people—they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6 And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.

Now we know when you’re walking through an area with briers which or sharp and prickly and thorns they hurt if you get stuck by them and they usually stick and cause you to get entangled in them. Then consider scorpions the fact that not only just like thorns they pierce with a sharp sting their deadly. But this is where God is sending him warning him not to take on the habit of rebellion like those around him but instead speak the words provided by God.

Ezekiel 2:7-8
7 You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. 8 But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious people; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”

Ezekiel was going into a situation where from the jump he would face opposition even though he was called by God to be his watchman and would be told he would be tied up physically and symbolically have to display in his life by his actions what the people of Israel would eventually experience and he was obedient in the midst of what he would have to endure because it was God’s will.

Ezekiel 3:22-27
22 The hand of the Lord was on me there, and he said to me, “Get up and go out to the plain, and there I will speak to you.” 23 So I got up and went out to the plain. And the glory of the Lord was standing there, like the glory I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell face down.

24 Then the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet. He spoke to me and said: “Go, shut yourself inside your house. 25 And you, son of man, they will tie with ropes; you will be bound so that you cannot go out among the people. 26 I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, for they are a rebellious people. 27 But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ Whoever will listen let them listen, and whoever will refuse let them refuse; for they are a rebellious people.

Sometimes God will call us to do difficult things but like Ezekiel he’ll be with us walking with us through those difficult times and like Ezekiel we’ll be rewarded one day for our obedience but it may not just be here!!!!


Jesus is close and near to us and he’s closer than sometimes we think. We may not feel his presence because we’re so wrapped up in what we may be going through we fail to realize it. As we go through Jesus is watching us just like he was watching his disciples as they were struggling with the boat oars as they sat in the middle of the lake because of the force of the wind. As Jesus watched them struggle he was going to pass them by which is interesting.

Could it be because even though there was some struggle even in the midst of it they hadn’t panicked? Well out of fear they panicked and cried out and when they did Jesus responded. He responded by getting in the storm right along with them seeing them through their moment of fear, confusion, helplessness, and hopelessness and even though they panicked Jesus never did.

As we go through the many challenges in life sometimes we panic. We panic because what’s right before our eyes may be something we can’t see through or see the outcome. But even when we panic Jesus never does.

Mark 6:47-51(NIV)

47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land.

48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them,

49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified.Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed




Its one thing to be concerned about someone’s need and it’s another thing to do something about it. In the Gospel of Mark the disciples were concerned about the physical need in regards to food of those who had been following Jesus.

But it was Jesus who decided to do something about it. What’s cool about that though is that even though Jesus took care of the need he allowed them to be a part of it. After breaking the bread Jesus gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people.

Mark 6: 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. (Jesus provides/they participate in providing the physical need).

Not only did Jesus allow them to be a part of this physical need at this present time. He paralleled that right before his ascension but this time he allowed them to participate in something more important.

Jesus knowing we needed a savior (provided a spiritual need by dying on the cross) left his Holy Spirit to us after his death while leaving his words with his disciples allowing them to participate (by preaching the gospel he taught them) in the spiritual need of God’s people.

Matthew 28:18-20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”




Proverbs 29:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

There’s something to be said about a vision. In the scripture the word vision represents several things.

1. It represents a direct connection and revelation from God. (His vision)

Genesis 15:1
15 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward

2. It represents what’s in our hearts in essence our ( own vision).

Ezekiel 13:7
7 Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, “The Lord declares,” though I have not spoken?

3. Visions doesn’t always start easy and may come with struggles, pain, correction and discipline and even require us to step out of our comfort zone before we see the reward.

Acts 9:10-15
10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.
12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.

4. Some visions are only to be proclaimed at a certain time. Meaning there’s a time a place and an order in which they are to be revealed.

Daniel 8:26
26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.”

Matthew 17:9
9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

You have a vision but whose is it?
In the end without God’s guidance and direction through prayer for his vision(not our own) the people will perish.


As we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King today and what he stood for there couldn’t be a better song that symbolize what he stood for. In our current state of racial tension and divide and as we embark on a new journey with the inauguration let us remember that Martin Luther King might not have agreed on certain points with the President Elect but one thing we know based off his legacy despite how he may have felt he still would have consider the President Elect a brother and a son of the living God. #takealisten


How we respond when someone insults us not only shows us who they are but more importantly show us who we really are and where our hearts truly stand. In the midst of being insulted Jesus did a couple of things that can only be done in the spirit but in our flesh we want to do the opposite. This is what he did.

1. He didn’t retaliate.
2. When he suffered he didn’t make threats.

The reason he didn’t make threats was because he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He totally trusted in God and not himself understanding that what he was going through was purposeful.

1 Peter 2:23 (NIV)
23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

When we are insulted we want to retaliate and when we suffer we want to make threats instead and put our situations and trust into our own hands instead of putting them in the masters hand. We can truly trust that he has a purpose and plan far greater than our own and know that just like Jesus in difficult times we too can tap into the Holy Spirit allowing it to lead us.




Forgiveness can really change someone’s life and draw them closer to Christ.

With that I’ve watched Les Miserables twice when it first came out after getting the DVD for my wife because she enjoyed it and I fell a sleep on it both times we watched it. I remember the first time watching it I asked my wife five minutes in will they be singing like this the whole time because I hope not it’s making my head hurt. She said yes and I was like oh no lol and I fell a sleep after 15 minutes in.

Well yesterday I actually watched it seriously with my bride without falling a sleep and just couldn’t stop thinking about the love of Christ and just how one-act of forgiveness can change the world and the story to someone’s life. When Jean Valjean was homeless needing someone to take him in it was the Bishop who took on that burden to cloth, house and feed him. Valjean out desperation took items of value from the Bishop and fled which would cause trust issues, bitterness and unforgiveness. But when Valjean was caught and brought back to the bishop by the police the bishop denied him taking the items even given him more than he had taken.

That one-act of forgiveness changed the course of Valjeans life drawing him closer to Christ and it changed the life of Fantine, Javert and Cosette to include the people Valjean was the Mayor of during his time and it all started with the Bishop displaying the love of Christ through his forgiveness.. I could write more about the love of a mother willing to do anything for their child displayed in Fantine. I could write more about the duty Javert felt like he had to do believing he was doing truly the right thing reminding me of Saul before he became Paul and I could write more about Cosette a girl in desperate need to be loved after losing her mother. I could write more about a group of people wanting and desiring fairness and a better way of life from those who oppressed them. I could write more about a group of wealthy young men who were willing to stand against oppression against the will of their wealthy family. But what speaks to me the most from a story with several stories. Is the Christ like act of forgiveness. Reminding me just how impact full forgiveness can be.

#Lesmiserablesstorieswithinstories #forgivenesstrulycanbelifechangingfortheforgiverandforgiven



Only God can give the type of favor that would cause you to get promoted after refusing to bow down to a King even if it would’ve cost you your life.

Daniel 3:28 (NIV)
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.

Daniel 3:30 (NIV)
30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.

Abraham in total trust put Issac on the alter and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in total trust went into the fire and God delivered them from death to life…