The Richardsons

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

The flood in the Tortola, British Virgin Islands in November 2003 was the worst that many of us on this island has ever seen.  This was just a ‘a tropical system’, not even a named storm or a hurricane but it caused major flash-flooding in just a few days.  Hurricanes give warnings most of the times but earthquakes do not.  We must use wisdom and be physically prepared but more important we must be spiritually prepared.

Our land’s need healing; it is time for us to REPENT!!!  God and God alone is our answer and in Him lies our hope.  In Psalm 46 God promises to be our refuge and strength and our very present help in trouble.

We encourage you, that if you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour repent of your sins and accept Him into your heart and life TODAY.  Don’t wait until you see or hear of destruction coming your way to cry out to God because you may not have the chance to do so.  “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”  1 Thessalonians 5:3  Secure your soul in Jesus Christ.  We have seen from past natural disasters how just in a few minutes LIVES, POSSESSIONS AND FAMILIES COULD BE GONE.  But if our life is hid with Christ in God, we are safe in Jesus Christ  “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”  Matthew 16:26

Oh Caribbean, God is merciful to us and He loves us so much that He always sends warning before judgment.  Hurricanes are sometimes predicted but earthquakes give no warning and floods could be life threatening.  People of the Caribbean it is time for us to REPENT!!!  Escape the coming judgment by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and turning wholeheartedly to God.

Saints of God, God is calling us to pray like we have never prayed before.  First we must live holy lives and not be ashamed to encourage sinners to make Jesus Christ Lord of their lives.  Let us not compromise in our walk with the Lord or our stand for the Lord.

For those of you who have answered the call individually or as a body to pray and fast on behalf of your land continue in fervent prayer.  Continue to be watchmen on the wall.  Do not grow weary in your prayers.

Hear the words of Ezekiel 33:11-18 from the Message Bible – “Tell them, “As sure as I am the living God, I take no pleasure from the death of the wicked. I want the wicked to change their ways and live. Turn your life around! Reverse your evil ways! Why die, Israel (oh Caribbean)?’  “There’s more, son of man. Tell your people: “A good person’s good life won’t save him when he decides to rebel and a bad person’s bad life won’t prevent him from repenting of his rebellion. A good person who sins can’t expect to live when he chooses to sin. It’s true that I tell good people, “Live! Be alive!” But if they trust in their good deeds and turn to evil, that good life won’t amount to a hill of beans. They’ll die for their evil life.  On the other hand, if I tell a wicked person, “You’ll die for your wicked life,” and he repents of his sin and starts living a righteous and just life being generous to the down-and-out, restoring what he had stolen, cultivating life–nourishing ways that don’t hurt others–he’ll live. He won’t die. None of his sins will be kept on the books. He’s doing what’s right, living a good life. He’ll live.  Your people say, “The Master’s way isn’t fair.” But it’s the way they’re living that isn’t fair. When good people turn back from living good lives and plunge into sin, they’ll die for it.”