Almond Joy Baked Oats

Blameless & Almond Joy Oatmeal Bake

Romans 14:10 (cev)

Why do you criticize other followers of the Lord? Why do you look down on them? The day is coming when God will judge all of us.

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I’ll be really honest, even though I’m a Christian and I have the promise of Heaven to cling to, I’m still terrified of death. Sure, the unknown of death in and of itself is scary, but I think the thing that makes me the most uneasy is the idea of standing before God, completely alone.

It probably sounds silly, but I’ve never really been alone. I’m independent, and capable, and if I had to, I could make a pretty good run at figuring this life out on my own. But I’ve never had to. I went from living with my parents to living with my (now) husband. I’ve never faced something hard or scary alone.

And just the thought of standing in front of God, without my husband or my parents by my side makes me restless. When I ask myself why, it ultimately come back to one thing: I want someone to share the blame with.

If you look back to the very beginning of time, humans have stood before God and placed the blame on others. Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the snake. So, on that day of judgement, who will take the blame for me?

Jesus. Friends, the truth is that there’s no reason to fear our first face-to-face encounter with God, because we’re already seen as blameless. When we believed in and accepted Jesus, He took our blame. It was nailed to the Cross with Him. God’s Word gives us proof of that.

“In Christ, he chose us before the world was made. He chose us in love to be his holy people—people who could stand before him without any fault (Ephesians 1:4 ERV).”

And

“But now he has made you his friends again. He did this by the death Christ suffered while he was in his body. He did it so that he could present you to himself as people who are holy, blameless, and without anything that would make you guilty before him (Colossians 1:22 ERV).”

Galatians 5:1 tells us that we have freedom now, because Christ made us free. Freedom to live our lives boldly, because of what Jesus did for us. And freedom to share the incredible love of Christ that allows us to walk peacefully through our days without fear of the ultimate judgement day.

Write

Do you fear the judgment of God? What do these verses teach you about the blame that should have been placed on us?

Pray

Spend time today worshipping and thanking Jesus for taking your blame.

Almond Joy Oatmeal Bake

2 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

32 minTotal Time

Serves 4 • 1/4 Baked Oatmeal

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 tablespoon granulated sweetener

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a casserole dish or brownie pan with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Mash banana in a bowl using a fork
  4. Add all remaining ingredients and mix well
  5. Pour into baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
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Tips & Tools

As always, these oatmeal bakes are totally customizable for size, depending on how many you’re serving and if you’d like leftovers. You can cut the recipe into half or fourths really easily! If you’re making 1 or 2 servings, use 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, and anything more than 2 servings, use a full teaspoon.

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