This is our anniversary post. Three years ago, we published Flee to the Mountains, Sanctuary Ranch (book 1) and launched Flee to the Mountains blog. Our blog has a readership of over 4450 and growing. We can’t tell you how humbling that is. God is good and this is His work, we are just his vessels.
This month we will post 5 of our favorite blogs since we began. Many new readers may not have seen them unless you went back to the older posts.
We truly hope Flee to the Mountains Blog is inspiring you to prepare your heart, mind, and home for the evil we face. We want to be the light in the dark days ahead.
Blessings, Bob & Donna
I want to be different Jesus just like you, I want to be tender with mercy guiding all I do, so when people talk about me it will be because I am different and the difference is love.” These are the words to one of my favorite songs, “Different.” And I really mean them. I want people to see a difference in me…how I act in love toward others. It’s my desire others see God’s love flowing through me. I have long way to go, but I am working hard at being different each day. Are you?
In our world, people take notice of people who are different. Folk with strangely colored hair, tattoos, rings in their noses, tongues, or ears. The flashy who wear clothes that will draw attention; hot pants, short skirts or dresses, baggy pants; as well as the religious who dress with caps on their heads, plain clothes, beards, etc. All of these state…I am different. Yet all of this is an outward difference we can see but does not affect the heart. We do not know the motive behind the way a person dresses: attention, rebellion, modesty?
Outward looks are immaterial because the difference we should want is an inward difference of the heart. I want to be so much like Jesus, “I am different.” Because I reflect His love and actions. The hope is to be so yielded to Jesus that His will becomes my will, His ways become my ways, His attitudes are my attitudes, and His love for others becomes my love for others.
This change does not happen the minute we are saved. When you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes immediately, removes our stony dead heart, and replaces it with new a heart (a new nature). This is not a change in feelings, again it is a change of heart. We must remember we have a lifetime of accepting ungodly thoughts and ideas as our own…old habits and behaviors that need to be unlearned and replaced with the new life Jesus has for us. In addition, we live in an ungodly world doing things our own way, following our own path, and listening to ungodly voices. We have yielded to the gods of this world who worship at the altar of self instead of the altar of Jesus the righteous and holy one; the true savior of our souls.
Conforming to a life like Jesus’ takes daily sacrifice and yielding of self. This allows the Holy Spirit to mold your heart into a heart alive with the love of Jesus. All of this takes time but the goal is to renew our hearts putting others before self; learning to love unconditionally, and forgiving completely and unconditionally any and all transgressions. It includes learning to depend only on God, not-self, the government, the church, friends, or family. Our church, friends, and family can support and encourage us, but they are never to take the place of God in our life. This is a complete change in thinking and action from what we have known and has been taught in many of our churches. This is why this change only takes a short time for some, where others struggle for years to finally give up self and yield/surrender to God.
Jesus is our example of a life and heart completely yielded to Father God in all things. He gave up everything including his life on this earth for me and you. He humbled himself before the entire world to take my place on the cross. He was not self-centered. His thoughts were focused on me and all others who would call Him Savior, Lord, and Friend. He is totally others centered and Love is His key.
Love is my key also. His Love is what will make me different. Jesus and His love shed abroad in my heart will change my life when I yield myself to Him and His will. His love will overflow in my heart pushing out selfishness and self-centered pursuits. I will be completely dependent on God for everything in my life. When I truly allow this to happen I will be different.
When the transformation into Christ’s image is complete, we will be patient and kind, not jealous, envious or boastful. Never be arrogant or rude, not insisting on our way and will not need praise for doing what is right or needed. We will be helpful, considerate, concerned, and compassionate, not easily offended. Forgiveness will come naturally (70×7 times). We’ll be just, yet not condemning. We’ll be able to bear all things, believe all things, hope for all things, and endure all things. Never giving up on someone else, sharing their burden and their joy in all things. At this point, we will be completely dependent on Jesus for my health/healing, prosperity, home, relationships, and wants and needs.
I am not there yet. The fact is I still struggle with old habits, attitudes and selfishness (even after walking with Jesus for years). It grieves my heart when this happens, usually a spur of the moment reaction. However, each day a little more of Jesus’ love fills my heart and as it does it pushes the old things away.
Someday love will prevail in all we do. On that day, our new nature of love, charity, compassion, and consideration will flow and we will truly be the hands and feet of Jesus.
But in the meantime
as these changes takes place, we will do what we can to show this lost world the love of Jesus, as we become a little more “different” each and every day.