Fast French Dip Sandwiches

Bon Appetite with Spoons

 

Here’s another ‘recipe’ for cooks who cook without recipes.  (You know who you are.)

Fast French Dip Sandwiches

Warm thinly sliced roast beef.  Toast hoagie rolls.  Assemble.  Serve with a small bowl of Au Jus.  Bam!  Done!

 

Simple Au Jus

Boil about 2/3 cup water.  Stir in about 1 T beef paste.  Add fresh ground pepper, garlic powder and onion salt.  Add a little Worcestershire sauce.

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Pursuing Your Desires

images-188As January 2018 closes, how are you doing with your goals for this year?  What are your dreams and intentions?  Are you pursuing the things you desire most?

In December of every year, my Bible study shares what we are seeking and asking God for in the New Year.   As a refresher, I’ll summarize what I called my 6 B’s of 2017:  1. Be positive.  2. Be thankful.  3. Be calm.  4. Be a blessing.  5. Be strong in the Lord.  6. Be fruitful.

For this year, these are the desires of my heart, my 4 B’s for 2018, followed by some favorite Scriptures and quotes.

1. Be joyful.  (Psalm 118:24;  Romans 12:12;  Philippians 4:4;  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

It is important to understand that joy-stealers in our fallen world are legion.  Lurking around every corner there seems to be a joy-thief just waiting to rob us of “shalom” — the wholeness and peace that God wants us to have.  Some of these joy-thieves are nothing more than internal attitudes we have tolerated and lived with for much too long. Some of the joy-thieves are people with whom we really shouldn’t be associating.  Some of the joy-thieves are habits (such as too much TV, too many hours at work…or at play) that throw our lives out of balance.  The question now is will we do something about it?  Will we take the time to study the Word, review the principles, live the truths, and seek the Lord in such a way that our lives will be permanently characterized by joy?  — R. Scott Nelson

2. Be loving.  (John 13:34-35;  John 17:26;  1 John 4:19;  1 Corinthians 13:13)

My old life died in the grave.  Only one Life came out of the grave — Christ’s Life.  Christ is my Life.  Let Him express His life through me on planet earth.  The same life in the vine is in the branch.  Abide.  Meditate, set my mind on, think on — Christ’s life in me.  Jesus did not live a life of trying to get, get, get.  His life is living from having.  Out of abundance.  He gives, gives, gives.  Am I living to get love?  Am I trying everything I can to get love (as a child of God)?  Why?  I am already totally loved by God!  God wants me to live from love.  From the never ending well spring of love that’s already in me.   To others.  Express that life to others in the world.  Not passively.  But by faith, I let God take over, a living sacrifice to express his life through me to minister to others.   — Bill Gillham,  abridged quote

3. Be fearless.  (Isaiah 41:10;  Romans 8:15;  1 John 4:18;  2 Timothy 1:7)

We are not suited for fear, which began for mankind in the garden when Adam and Eve fell away from the presence of God.  Before that, they had been filled with confidence and assurance of the future, since they possessed a God.  Man was not created to be independent, and in that sense, fear is the result of not staying dependent on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.  Fear is the friend of sin, Satan, and the world, for it makes us buy insurance, new cars, and investments; constantly focus on money; refuse a risk; and stay at a job we hate. We were created for trust and calm, so fear in our mind, will, and emotions creates sickness in our bodies.

We must become free from fearing anything less than God, and that is simpler than it sounds.  We allowed fear in when we were taught it, and now we must invite it out.  Fear is not dealt with through endless examination; we can refuse it.  Look at fear and ask why we would allow it in our lives.  We need to recognize we have a God and then change our minds about letting fear dwell in us.  Some East Indians have an interesting way of physiologically dealing with thoughts they seem stuck with but do not wish to entertain: They bat their eyes!  They say they cannot continue with a thought while batting their eyes.  A change of activities might also help the mind get unstuck from the bad-habit rut of reviewing fearful thought patterns.  Invite the fear out verbally, and then go to a mirror, examine the face’s worry lines, and begin to laugh. — Michael Wells

4. Be relaxed and rested.  (Matthew 6:34;  Philippians 4:6-7;  John 16:33;  Proverbs 3:24)

As believers we need to remember that if Christ be in us (and He is) then there will be no demands placed upon our life that is not placed upon Christ who lives within us.  So, whatever knocks on the door of your life, don’t answer it; ask the indwelling Jesus to answer it and rest in the Life that is Christ’s!  As believers we are no longer victims as we have become ‘more than conquerors’ in Christ Jesus.  We don’t have to blame others, complain or gripe; we can simply accept our position in Christ, appropriate our true identity and — with Christ’s maturity — we can respond to life from God’s point of view!  This is victory … This is peace … This is our rest!  Praise God, we are free indeed! — Stoney Shaw

As you lay your head on your pillow tonight, give it all to God, and go to sleep.  Then tomorrow, and the day after that, believe that your are a deeply loved and accepted child of God.  And, as Bill Gillham has often said, “Be patient with yourself.   Experiencing this life in Christ is the way life was meant to be lived.  You’ve got life!  You have just won the spiritual lottery!  Now go spend it hilariously!”

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Celebrate 2017

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In 2017… 

What was the most important lesson you learned? 

Who had the greatest impact on your life? 

How did you push the boundaries of your comfort zone? 

How have you grown personally or professionally? 

What was your greatest accomplishment?

 

Now, get out there and have another great year!

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Are You a ‘Want To’ Woman? Real Motivators for Real Women

images-113I was the featured speaker at a professional women’s retreat recently.  I was asked to speak on my experience in the field of conducting health behavior research with women.  Now, I could have shared a slew of statistics but I chose to share my personal experience of what I learned as the lead dietitian and researcher for a women’s-only national clinical trial.  I thought long and hard about what motivated these hundreds of women I personally worked with to take part in this gigantic research study, of over 68,000 women nationally, and stay with it for over a decade.  I mulled over what I had learned as their group leader and their nutrition counselor.  What are those key elements of motivation?  What influences involvement, commitment, and follow through?  How was this maintained?  And what was the leader’s part? 

Before I give you my list of motivators, one thing you need to understand in doing research with volunteer participants is that, once that person joins that study, the statistical power of that study is maintained only if you retain those participants.  Although dropping out of a clinical trial is the participant’s right, my personal goal was to create such a wonderful research environment that they would not want to quit.  Ever.

On that note, I’d also like to share this warm and fuzzy tidbit: although the meetings for this study officially ended more than a decade ago some of the women in my groups continue to meet regularly, on their own, just for the fun of it.  Sometimes I still join them!

 What follows is a list of 10 key elements of motivation I have found to be significant when working with women.   These are our ‘want to’s’, so to speak.

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Are You a “WANT TO” Woman?  Real Motivators for Real Women

We want …

  1.  to make a difference

  2. to use our strengths

  3. to learn something new

  4. to have fun

  5. to connect

  6. relevance to our generation

  7. to know our successes

  8. to know we are irreplaceable

  9. outstanding leadership recognized

  10. organization within our projects

As a follow up piece, for those interested in a bit more of what these key elements look like, I’ll expound on this 10 point list in my next post.

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God is Able

images-187Honestly!  Life has a severe case of the crazies right now!  So, for your reading pleasure I’m posting another favorite article.  This one has been very cathartic for me when my soul is down.  I pray it lifts your soul, too!

This is adapted from chapter 3 of Thoughts on Christian Sanctity, London Seeley & Co, 1888.  H. C. G. Moule was Principal of Ridley Hall, and late Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.  He was one of the theological voices in England’s Keswick Convention.

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God is Able   by H.C.G. Moule

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.” Psalm 42:5

[As you go deeper with God, you may be thinking…] But, am I not where I was before, only more aware of it? Are you not asking me to do precisely what is impossible, that I may enter upon a life of peace and spiritual power; to step on to this rock of strength, this lap of rest, across a gulf I cannot leap, and while I have no wings ? Can self deny self? Can the centre of my acts and thoughts dislodge itself? Can I will that for which I am unwilling? Can I spring away, once and for all, from my own shadow ?

In reply to such heart-questionings we will be perfectly practical. The heart, rather than the pure reason, is the questioner in this matter; and words which God has spoken in Scripture to the heart will be the best reply.

Do you remember the instructive progress of the Psalmist’s thought, Psalm 42:4,5,6? He is in sore perplexity, and he is athirst for God. At first, he “pours out his soul in him,”… throws and leans his distress upon himself, in weary introspection. Then, he reasons with that “soul”; conjures it not to “fret upon him”; entreats it to look up and off to God. Then, better still, he leaves this internal analysis and debate, and speaks direct to God, to his God; “O my God, my soul is cast down within me; therefore Will I REMEMBER THEE.” This saint of old shall be our guide.

We will “REMEMBER HlM.” We will leave the anxious metaphysics of the inner man, and we will go out and up, in some quiet, steady, recollections of fact. “O my God, I will remember Thee.”

Think then of this great, pervading, phenomenon of Scripture–its presentation of the LORD Himself, in His infinite but personal Being, outside mine, though the source and base of mine still, as able to deal with me, to work in me, to work through me. Gather together such utterances as these, and believe them as you read them:

“He is able to do exceeding abundantly, above what we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us”;

“My grace is sufficient for thee; MY strength is made perfect in weakness”;

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on THEE”;

“They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength”;

“With Thee is the fountain of life”;

“I am come that they might have life;

“I give eternal life”;

“He is able to save to the uttermost them that come unto God by Him”;

“He is able to keep what have committed unto Him”;

“He is able to make all grace abound towards you”;

“He is able to keep you from falling”;

“He is faithful”;

“He worketh in you, to will and to do”;

“The life I live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God”;

“Not I, but Christ liveth in me”;

“Not I, but the grace of God with me”;

“Much more, being reconciled by the death of the Son of God, we shall be saved in His life”;

“The very God of peace sanctify you throughout”;

“The God of peace, who brought again the great Shepherd, make you perfect,” equip, or adjust, you perfectly, “to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight.” (See Eph. 3:20; 2 Cor. 12;9; Isaiah 26:3; Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 36:9; John 10:10,28; Heb. 7:25; 2 Tim. 1:12; 2 Cor. 9:8; Jude 24; Heb. 10:23; Phil 2:13; Gal. 2:20; 1 Cor. 15:10; Rom. 5:10; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 13;20,21).

Now, mark, these are but some great clusters from the valleys of the Scripture Canaan. But are not these enough to show that “with God all things” all things proposed to faith, “are possible,” however impossible in themselves?

Looking at these words of the living God, will you not take in, and ever more take in, the divine certainty that “HE is ABLE,” and write it across every practical problem of the first step, and the next step, of your walk with God by faith?

Yes, clasp this [divine] side, the not-self side, of the Scripture promises. Fear not lest the legitimate action of self, of you, should be unduly eliminated. With the heart that asks the questions we have supposed, that is the last risk, and the least. What you need is to look away to this eternal Person undertaking for you, even before you ask in any detail what He says about His mode of action.

Read again, all through your Bible, your infallible Bible, the places that give you this [loving, powerful] view of Him. Are they trite to you, are they passe? In honesty with yourself, have you to own that “the glory is departed from them” which once, perhaps, shone so richly from them? Believe me, if heart answereth to heart, I know the reason. It is because you have ceased to expect them to act. It is because you have been willing to put your own conventional gloss upon them. It is because you have assumed words to refer wholly to an indefinite future, and another order of things, which are meant to be “words of eternal life” for the experience of today. What is meant to be your [floating] plank at this moment in the deep flood, you have taken to be only the distant shore to which, practically unaided, you are to swim, half-drowned.

O my God, I will remember THEE. Thou art not myself. Thou knowest me far better than I know myself. I cannot deal with that self; but Thou art able. I cannot manipulate the springs of thought and will; but Thou art able. Though I can indeed, with the powers Thou hast given me as man, do certain things in modification of action, yet I cannot, no, I cannot, break habits decisively and at their root. But Thou art able . Thou knowest all that besets me; Thou knowest my circumstances; Thou ‘knowest where I dwell’; Thou art acquainted with every element in my character, my temperament, that responds to the besetments of my position (Rev. 2:13). And Thou, infinitely real and truly personal, art able to handle me throughout, in some wonderful way of Thine own, with a divine personal influence, to which it must indeed be blessed to submit. Take Thou me in hand. I am indeed a difficult problem, insoluble to myself, but not to Thee. The more baffling the moral difficulty, the more inveterate the habit, the more will be shown Thy skill in dealing with it. Be THOU magnified in my body, and in my spirit, which are Thine. I yield myself to Thee.

Yes, our deepest need, when the heart is alive with desire, and conscious of impotence [weakness], is first to realize, and then to submit to, Him of whom “it is witnessed that He liveth” (Heb. 7:8).

“He that sitteth upon the throne saith, ‘Behold, I make all things new'” (Rev. 21:5).

That is true not for the Universe only, nor for the Church only, but for the individual, for thee; and not for the eternal future only, but for the present; for the disorder of the soul, of thy soul, today. It is the KING who speaks, sitting on the throne. See Him as such, come to Him as such and expect to find, in the depths of being, and even now, that God is true, and God is able.


Source:
Grace Fellowship International
Grace Notes editor/brackets added: Dr. John Woodward
Founder: Dr. Charles Solomon
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Totally Accepted

images-195I have read and re-read this article many, many times.  It’s your turn to bask in this blessed truth.

This message assures us that God not only deeply loves us but He totally accepts us.  Sometimes, I think we say, yah, I know God loves me, but I wonder if knowing that He also accepts you drives that truth to a deeper level.  In a world filled with rejection –  which I imagine you’ve had at least some experience with – being totally accepted is awe inspiring.  What an amazing God we have!

 

ACCEPTANCE by Miles Stanford

The Importance of Acceptance

There are two questions that every believer must settle as soon as possible. The one is, Does God fully accept me? and, If so, upon what basis does He do so? This is crucial. What devastation often permeates the life of one, young or old, rich or poor, saved or unsaved, who is not sure of being accepted, even on the human level.

Yet so many believers, whether “strugglers” or “vegetators,” move through life without this precious fact to rest and build upon: “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1:5-6).

Every believer is accepted by the Father, in Christ. “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). The peace is God’s toward us, through His Beloved Son — upon this, our peace is to be based. God is able to be at peace with us through our Lord Jesus Christ, “having made peace by the blood of his cross” (Colossians 1:20). And we must never forget that His peace is founded solely on the work of the cross, totally apart from anything whatsoever in or from us, since “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Our faith becomes a fixed attitude, once it begins to rest in this wonderful fact. Then it can be, if necessary, “rejected indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious” (1 Peter 2:4 ASV). This is the steadying influence most believers are in need of today. A century ago, J.B.Stoney wrote:

“The blessed God never alters nor diverges from the acceptance in which He has received us because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Alas! we diverge from the state in which God can ever be toward us as recorded in Romans 5:1-11. Many suppose that because they are conscious of sins, that hence they must renew their acceptance with God.

“The truth is that God has not altered. His eye rests on the work accomplished by Christ for the believer. When you are not walking in the Spirit you are in the flesh… You have to be restored to fellowship [intimacy], and when you are, you find your acceptance with God unchanged and unchangeable [1 Pet. 3:7; 1 John 1:9]. When sins are introduced there is a fear that God has changed. He has not changed, but you have. You are not walking in the Spirit but in the flesh [Rom. 8:5,6]. You have to judge yourself in order to be restored. ‘For this is my blood of the new testament which is shed for many for the remission of sins’ (Matthew 26:28). But if your sins are not met there, where can they be met? ‘Now where remission of sin is, there is no more offering for sin’ (Hebrews 10:18). God has effected the reconciliation; He always remains true to it. Alas! we diverge from it; and the tendency is to suppose that the blessed God has altered toward us. He certainly will judge the flesh if we do not [1 Cor. 11:31], but He never departs from the love which He has expressed to the prodigal, and we find that when the cloud (which walking in the flesh produced) has passed away, His love–blessed be His Name–had never changed.”

The Basis of Acceptance

God’s basis must be our basis for acceptance. There is none other. We are “accepted in the Beloved.” Our Father is fully satisfied with His Beloved Son on our behalf, and there is no reason for us not to be. Our satisfaction can only spring from and rest in His satisfaction. It is from God to us, not from us to God. J. N. Darby was very clear on this:

“When the Holy Spirit reasons with man, He does not reason from what man is for God, but from what God is to man. Souls reason from what they are in themselves as to whether God can accept them. He cannot accept you thus; you are looking for righteousness in yourself as a ground of acceptance with Him. You cannot get peace whilst reasoning in that way.

“The Holy Spirit always reasons down from what God is, and this produces a total change in my soul. It is not that I abhor my sins; indeed I may have been walking very well; but it is ‘I abhor myself [apart from Christ].’ . . Until the soul comes to that point He does not give it peace — He could not; it would be healing the wound slightly [Jer. 6:14;8:11]. The soul has to go on until it finds there is nothing to rest on but the abstract goodness of God; and then, ‘If God be for us, who can be against us?’ (Romans 8:31b).?”

Sad today, most believers actually reason just the opposite — from themselves to God. When all is going well, and God seems to be blessing, then it is that they feel He loves and accepts them. But when they are stumbling, and everything seems dry and hard, then they feel that He does not love and accept them. How can this be? There is nothing about us to commend us to God, our acceptance being in Christ, plus the fact that most of our true spiritual development comes through the dry and hard times. Thank God, He has accepted us in His Son, and upon this fact we must rest our faith. As in justification, our acceptance is by grace alone.

In his classic, Romans Verse by Verse, William. R. Newell presents some penetrating thoughts regarding this grace:

“There being no cause in the creature why grace should be shown, the creature must be brought off from trying to give cause to God for His care.”

“He [the believer] has been accepted in Christ, who is his standing!”

“He is not on probation.”

“As to his life past, it does not exist before God: he died at the cross, and Christ is his Life.”

“Grace, once bestowed, is not withdrawn: for God knew all the human exigencies beforehand: His action was independent of them, not dependent upon them.”

“To believe, and to consent to be loved while unworthy, is the great secret.”

“Rely on God’s chastening (child training) hand as a mark of His kindness.”

“To ‘hope to be better’ (hence acceptable) is to fail to see yourself in Christ only.”

“To be disappointed with yourself is to have believed in yourself.”

“To be discouraged is unbelief — as to God’s purpose and plan of blessing for you.”

“To be proud, is to be blind! For we have no standing before God, in ourselves.”

“The lack of Divine blessing, therefore, comes from unbelief, and not from failure of devotion.”

“To preach devotion first, and blessing second, is to reverse God’s order, and preach law, not grace. The Law made man’s blessing depend on devotion; Grace confers undeserved, unconditional blessing: our devotion may follow, but does not always do so — in proper measure.”

Have we been afraid to really believe God? Have some even been afraid to allow others to really believe Him? We must never forget that

“God’s ways are not always man’s ways. To some men constant peril is the only spur to action, and many religions and psychologies are dependent on fear to keep their disciples in line. Fear, too, has a place in Christianity, but God has higher and more effective motivations than fear, and one of these is love. Often fear after a while produces only numbness, but love thrives on love. To promise a man the certainty of his destiny may seem, on the human level, like playing with fire; but this leaves God out of the picture. Those who have the deepest appreciation of grace do not continue in sin. Moreover, fear produces the obedience of slaves; love engenders the obedience of sons.” [1]

… “Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).

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Grace Fellowship International news – July, 2017
Edited with brackets and subtitles added – J.B.Woodward
This article is from a chapter of Miles Stanford’s book, The Complete Green Letters.
[1] J. W. Sanderson, Jr.
“Miles J. Stanford (1914 – 1999) was a Christian author best known for his classic collection on spirituality, The Green Letters, published in 1964.” (Wikipedia).
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Grill-It-2-Skillet

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Want to grill something one night and make a quick skillet dinner with the extras the next?  That’s what I call Grill-It-2-Skillet cooking.

These are some of my favorites:

 

Grilled Dinner Day 1                                                                    Skillet Dinner Day 2

Grilled Beef Steak (such as Sirloin or Tri-Tip)                            Steak Gyros

Grilled Chicken (boneless, skinless breasts or thighs)              Chicken Fajitas

Grilled Salmon (fillets or patties)                                                 Salmon Fettuccini Alfredo

Grilled Fish (such as Mahi Mahi or Cod)                                     Fish Tacos

Grilled Sausages                                                                             Sausage Jambalaya

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Greek Chicken with Red Peppers and Asparagus

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This is a very flavorful way to make a healthy chicken and vegetable dish.  I made this for a work potluck many moons ago and a friend asked me for the recipe.  But, as usual, I had never written it down.  So, in an attempt to give her the recipe, this is the version I came up with.  Enjoy.

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4-5 large chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
1 T lemon juice
1 t oregano, dried
1 t basil, dried
2 t garlic, crushed
1/2 t lemon pepper
1/2-1 t salt (to taste)
3 T extra virgin olive oil plus 1 T for coating the casserole
1 red pepper, sliced
8 or so asparagus spears, cut in half
1 can tomatoes, diced in rich juice
2-3 oz feta cheese, crumbled

Cut chicken in half lengthwise.  Lightly coat bottom of a large casserole dish with 1 T extra virgin olive oil.  (I use 2  medium sized dishes so the chicken has more space for vegetables.)  Lay chicken breast pieces in the bottom of casserole.  Leave a little space between chicken pieces.  Sprinkle chicken with the next 7 ingredients.  Fill the spaces between the chicken with the red pepper slices and asparagus spears.  Spoon tomatoes over chicken and sprinkle with feta cheese.

Cover.  Bake at 350º for about 40 to 50 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Serve with brown rice, whole grain bread or roasted red potatoes.  And, of course, a few Greek olives on the side.

Signature Recipe by Luanna Diller, RD

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Your Muchness

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Do you ever feel like you’ve lost your muchness? 

Do you ever question your value?  Your personal worth?  I think most of us would say, yes, at times we do.

It’s no wonder we struggle emotionally.  As Earl Jabay, a mental hospital Chaplain has said, “No small part of the problems of those who receive treatment for emotional problems is that they have lost their sense of identity.  As one put it, ‘I am looking for a feeling of somebodyness’.”  

Muchness.  Somebodyness.  Identity.  Worth.  Value.

images-185What is your value?  You are worth the very blood of Jesus!  God looked at you in your need and He offered Jesus, His only Son.  There is no greater value He could place on you but the value of His Son.  God’s value of you is never in question so a low sense of value must always and only be from Satan.  You have the choice to refuse that lie and to believe what God says about you.

You were no people but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy.  1 Peter 2:10

The answer to human problems is a Person, the Person, Jesus Christ.  His identity (in exchange for our old identity) makes us somebody.  A new identity has been given to us.  We are God’s own people.  Christ’s kind of people.  We belong to God.

In Christ, our muchness is secure.  We are somebodies.

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Lean On

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

I’d driven by this same sign on the side of the highway a dozen times.  A simple white sign with black letters, quoting Acts 16:31.  And every time it stirred something in me.  Not the part about being saved, that I was already sure of, but the part about believing on.  It was that word on.  Why on?  Why not in?

Apparently, there is a word epi in Greek that can be translated in various New Testament passages as on and upon.  The same word is used in 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon Him.”  In each instance, it means “to lean your weight upon.”  When I’m worried or concerned or feeling anxious and I imagine leaning all my weight on Jesus, instead of carrying all those concerns myself, there’s a certain sense of calm and peace.

This picture of “leaning your weight upon” is the same image we have of John “lying on Jesus’ breast” in John 13:25.  And in Mark 4:38 when Jesus is in the boat, “asleep on a pillow.”  These images of reclining and resting are of leaning one’s weight on something or Someone.

Remember that trust exercise that was popular quite a while back?  The one where you stood and leaned backward, falling into the arms of someone who would catch you and stop you from crashing to the floor?  (And I’m sure you also saw some of the spoofs where someone does crash to the floor!)

images-9Well, Jesus never, ever lets you fall.  He is always there.  He never leaves you.  Which means, He is always there to lean your weight upon.

He invites us to rest our weight on Him, as much and as often as necessary.  In some circumstances it my be a moment by moment leaning.  Some days it may be an attitude of faith we commit to, to just lean ourselves upon Him this day.

Whenever I lean my weight on Him I find that it’s comfortable there.

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:10-13, KJV

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