I was refilling my clear kitchen canisters when I absent-mindedly dumped a full bag of sugar into a half filled container of flour.
There was a barely discernable line between the 2 ingredients. I decided to try to rescue what I could of the sugar since it was on top. It was evident a few scoops into the process that I just could not trust the purity of the sugar or the flour as both were white.
I was reminded that as beings created by God, I cannot tell who belongs to the Savior by looking on the outward appearance. There ARE some good people who do good things, and Christians who do bad things.
A former pastor of mine once said, “Christians are capable of the vilest of offenses.”
This resonated with me because I had yet to experience just what a believer giving themselves up to a carnal lifestyle is capable of justifying. The bible does tell us in Proverbs 16:2 “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes, but the Lord weigheth the spirits.”
Jesus said he would one day separate the wheat from the chaff. It was His word picture reminding us He knows who belongs to Him & who does not. He died for the sins of all, but not all will accept that Jesus is the only way to the Father.
The bible does say we will know His children by the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Do others see those fruits in you & me-love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control? No one gets all these things right all the time, but it is a consistent life of faith where the fruits become evident.
I’m sharing today my recipe for Whole Wheat Banana Bread & with a Cream Cheese spread. It’s a recipe that includes both wheat, sugar, & fruit…all those things I mentioned today.
Do you belong to the Savior? That is between you & Jesus.
Whole Wheat Banana Bread
2 cups wheat flour
1 cup brown sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup mashed bananas
1 cup buttermilk
Preheat your oven at 350 degrees. Grease a large loaf pan and keep aside.
Mix all the dry ingredients together with a whisk until well combined. Now add all the wet ingredients and mix well till fully wet. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread to level on the top.
Bake in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then flip onto a cooling rack to cool completely before slicing and serving
The bread was very mild in sweetness, as neither the bananas, nor the brown sugar contributed to make it really sweet. I served this with cream cheese spread.
Cream Cheese Spread
1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 butter, softened
1 lbs. Confectioner’s sugar
Beat cream cheese until softened and no lumps. Add softened butter. Gradually mix in Confectioner’s sugar and vanilla.