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Abide In God's Healing Word - Do We Respect God?

John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.


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Abide In The Healing Word

(Dedicated to those striving to reflect His image)


John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.


Do We Respect God?


Hello Beloved, for those of you who follow me, and for those who are new, this time of year I usually write about doing a heart check and whether or not we accomplished all that we set out to do for the year. Did we do all that our hearts meant to for the Lord, our families, ourselves? Or did we miss it in some areas, and why?


This year, however, I would like to look at it differently, through the eyes and heart of the Father. I believe that many are confused about what “Godly and Reverential Fear” is.  It means “respect” in its highest form.


Now that’s not complicated is it? We are the ones who seem to always complicate things and make things difficult. Yet God, makes things so very simple and clear for us to understand, so that even a child would be able to comprehend the Truth of His Word.


It is so easy today to look around us and see the disintegration of marriages, homes that have and are falling apart at the seams, families that are torn apart in many different directions, relationships that are unhealthy and abusive, morals that no longer exist, and a nation of people who condone evil of all kind and consider it normal.


Do you wonder why godly life, its principles, honor, restraint, goodness, grace, and love for one another are fading more and more, and becoming less and less evident in the lives of those around you and in the foundation for our nation?


Why has everything become so difficult? When did work, school, being married, being a wife or husband become such a chore and filled with such dread, instead of it being one of wonder and excitement and joy? When did living together become easier and the normal way to do things than marriage? Why is committing to things, obligations, and people, now so unconventional and unheard of? Why are we seeing more and more people addicted to prescription drugs and antidepressants and giving up on life, rather than trying to find a way out and being determined to have a life that is better and full of joy?


When did we become a nation who does not think twice about taking another’s life, all because it would be an inconvenience, and once done, never thinking twice about it, never thinking about the little one, the baby, who did not make the choice to be here or to die?

When did we become desensitized to death? When did it become ok to murder and not think twice about it?  Why are we so tolerant to what others do and afraid to speak up for what is right? Why are we so afraid to speak up for our God? Why are we so willing to let unrestrained desires and selfish ambition rule and have its way, instead of letting God have His way and be in control?


The Bible warned us that this would happen in the last days. And I believe with all my heart that we are truly living in the last days. See for yourself from what is written in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 in the Amplified Bible and tell me if this does not honestly resemble what we are seeing in our nation today?


¹But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].

2 For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane.

3 [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good.

4 [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God.

5 For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].


Why my beloved, are we not afraid of God?  


I believe it is because we have lost our fear of God. We have lost our respect for God. Because we have allowed Him to be taken out of our schools, our homes, and even not allowed Him control in some of our churches, we no longer have a fear of or for Him. We do not RESPECT Him. We want Him only on our terms and not on His. We want Him to be our sugar-daddy, and give us the good things, but don’t chastise us or tell us what to do or not to do because that’s just not nice, and not acceptable.


I know that may seem harsh and make a few of you cringe, but it is honest truth, beloved, and it is time we started walking in truth and started living up to the call of God on our lives. We were called for a higher purpose, and because of that, it means we are called to live lives worthy of the call. We are not called to compromise. We are called to stand out with the glory of God. Can we honestly say that we are doing that if we are living a life of tolerance and accepting what is wrong, as right?


And just because we don’t participate, does not mean that we are exempt, if we are not leading by example. We can’t just sit on the sidelines watching and think that is ok, because it’s not.


We find it so easy to hurt one another without thinking twice about it. Gossiping about someone else’s business, talking about somebody behind their back, being quick to say hurtful words, without the thought that these words wound deeply and once spoken can not be taken back. They will forever be ingrained on that person’s mind and heart. And do we ever think about saying we are sorry when we have done something wrong, 100% of the time?

We cut each other off in traffic, we hurry to get in front of someone in the check out line at the grocery store, we won’t even put someone else in front of ourselves in the simplest of things.


Even the little things we do in secret knowing ONLY God knows about them, so no one else will ever know (or so we think and reason with ourselves) and these are the ones we should be fearful about the most because it is GOD who is seeing them! Yet we don’t fear.

We have so brought God down to a human’s level that we don’t worry about what will happen. We are not concerned at all. Not about today, or tomorrow, or next week. If we were walking in the “Fear and Respect of Almighty God”, we would be quick to repent, and watchful about everything we do, whether it is in secret or not.  Look at what Romans 12:9 in the Amplified Bible says:


9 [Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good.


Look at how we are supposed to respond to evil?! Yet are we doing that beloved?

We should walk in love with one another because it is what God commanded, not because it is a choice and that love should be sincere: John 15:12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”


What does the Bible say and how does it describe what happens when people lose their reverential fear and respect for God? Lets look and see.


Romans 3:11-18 New Living Translation

11 No one is truly wise;

no one is seeking God.

12 All have turned away;

all have become useless.

No one does good,

not a single one.”

13 “Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.

Their tongues are filled with lies.”

“Snake venom drips from their lips.”

14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”

15 “They rush to commit murder.

16 Destruction and misery always follow them.

17 They don’t know where to find peace.”

18 “They have no fear of God at all.”


This passage shows us clearly how dramatic the changes are when a person does not have God in their lives. This year has been a hard year in many ways for this nation, and the people of this nation. We can’t keep expecting that God is going to turn His head and look the other way, while we live like Sodom and Gomorah. He did not do that in the Bible and He surely is not going to do that here. There will be a day when God calls us to judgment.


Now I know that there are those of you who will say, “Oh here she goes, talking about that judgment stuff.” But the fact is, we will all be held accountable for our actions. As a people and individually. We need to pray for this nation, and repent for our nation’s sins. The Prophet Daniel did that for his people, he took on his people’s sins as his own and prayed out to God for mercy. Please see Daniel 9:1-19.


We need to be the voice of one crying in the wilderness “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.” (Matthew 3:3)


When we respect God, He shows us mercy, (Deut. 17:6; Psalm 103:13; Joel 2:12-13; Hab. 2:9).


God helps those who fear and respect Him, (2 Sam. 4:1; Palm 34:9; Psalm 124:8).


God delivers those who fear and respect Him, (Psalm 33:18; Psalm 34:7; Ezek. 2:9; Amos 1:2; Hab. 1:2).


God blesses those who fear and respect Him, (Psalm 115:13; Psalm 128:3).


Beloved, true freedom comes from “abiding in God’s truth” (John 8:31-32; Gal. 5:13-15).


Another truth is that we have all been called to speak His Word, beloved. We are to tell others what His Word says, and the hour we are living in is late. In Romans 10:14 it says,: “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”


Beloved, we are all called to speak the Word of God. If this is an area where you have been struggling, please cry out to God and ask Him to help you, and I promise you He will. It is time for us to get off the sidelines, and to be active for God. It is time for us to stop blending in, and to start standing out for God. I am willing, are you? It is time that the world is able to tell that there is a real difference between us and them.


We don’t know how much time we have left. I am reminded by this more than ever this week as I have lost a true friend and a great man of God. I have never known someone who walked in such humility and who truly walked in love with his brother and sisters and complete strangers, and more than anything who exemplified what it meant to love the Lord God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind, than my friend Richard did. He made you a better person because of his walk with God. Seeing him suffer so much, yet seeing the love that poured forth from him was so amazing. He made you crave that kind of relationship with God. And he had the same kind of relationship with his family. His wife and he were such an amazing example of what God created marriage to be. Their love for each other was so pure and they adored each other in the way God created marriage to be. It made others want what they had for their marriage. We were all in such awe, seeing God’s holy hand upon them. It also was a true testimony to living a submitted life to God, as it was seen in both their lives. And Richard just poured forth love and everyone around him, whether family or stranger, we all were just so much better for having known him. He touched many lives while he was here and his life had a great impact for God. I know that he heard the words we all long to hear, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.” I rejoice in knowing that I will see him again one day. However I pray that I will not take lightly each day that I am granted here on earth. May I be even a part of the woman of God that he was the man of God.


Will you “Abide in His Healing Word” today? Will you “Abide in His Healing Word” in 2013 and let it take root and live in you, and become what you’ve heard? HE is soon coming Church, and we need to be ready. Will you seek His heart like never before? Will you stand out for God? Will you choose Him over everyone else? Will you determine in your heart that in 2013 you will truly live your lives for Him? I pray that you will. I pray that we all will honor, and respect God the way HE so greatly deserves it. He does so much for us, and HE deserves so much more.


I leave you with this poem that came from my heart. I pray that it will bless and minister to your heart. This is who I will always be. May it be who we all are, beloved.



Seeker of His heart

is who I'll always be.

Seeker of the One who died

yet lives now inside of me.


Seeker of His heart

the One Who paid the price.

The One Who laid down His life

so I could be the Bride of Christ.


Seeker of His heart

He needs soothing too.

To hold Him close to my heart

and to love upon Him too.


Seeker of His heart

sitting daily at His feet.

Listening to the Words HE speaks

as He looks lovingly at me.


Seeker of His heart

desiring to fulfill His call.

Leaving it all behind

in order to give Him my all.


Seeker of His heart

is who I was born to be.

Living just for Him

fulfilling His every need.


Seeker of His heart

is who I'll always be.

He Alone has my heart.

This is my destiny.


copyright Naomi Krstinic 2012


I leave you with one last thought Beloved. As we look forward to the upcoming holidays, please remember those who are suffering, those who are homeless, and those who are less fortunate. We are such a blessed nation and yet we have been so selfish. May we take time this holiday season, to put someone else above ourselves and to give from a grateful heart to those who have little to nothing. It takes so little to reach out to touch someone with the love of Christ. Think if it were you in need, if it were your child who were going without this holiday season, if it were you or your family sleeping on the cold winter streets with nothing soft or warm to lay upon and no food to eat. What would you want someone in that situation to do for you? Then do it unto them my Beloved, because in so doing, you have also done so to God. How blessed and honored He would be.


Until next time Beloved, know that you are loved, valued, and appreciated, by God and by me. I mean that with all my heart.

Pastor Naomi