Ministers Wilbert and Jacqueline Richardson

“…but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14.

God has blessed us to see the year 2011.  To Him we give thanks and praise.  We thank God for our pastor, church family, family and friends.

To all our readers, especially those who encourage us and pray for us as we continue to share the Word of God we pray that God will specially bless all of you.  We thank God for the Management and Staff of Dominica News Online who boldly allow us to share the Word via this media and refuse to put us on a hidden back page.  The Gospel is Good News and in the midst of all that is happening our God needs equal time.

Alive Word is now in its 11th year of spreading the Word of God around the world via the internet and we continue to declare that God’s Word will not return to Him void but will accomplish all that it is sent to do.  To God we give all the glory.

Our encouragement to you as we begin the New Year is to keep looking forward and moving forward.  For many, 2010 was a very rough and challenging year – a year where if they were to look back they would have to admit that it is only the grace and mercy of God that brought them through.  God does not want any of us to keep looking back into 2010.  The year 2010 is gone.  It is over and as we embrace the New Year we must set our heads like a flint and move forward in the Lord.

We will never accomplish what God wants us to accomplish if we keep looking backward and complaining about the should have been, could have been, or would have been.  Let it go!  Thank God for bringing you through.  “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.”  Lamentations 3:22

For those who are traditional, they have mentally made a long list of resolutions.  The resolutions are from daily exercising, to not eating certain foods, to definitely leaving the adulterous woman/man, to not cursing, to going to church every Sunday/Saturday or getting closer to God.

The best decision any of us can make as we move forward is to seek a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and be determined to live His Word and walk in His ways as we are guided by the Holy Spirit.

Eleven is the number of disorder but we are not to focus on that.  God has great things in store for His sons and daughters who take His directions and walk in obedience to Him.  Following the leading of the Lord will cause us even in the midst of disorder to experience restoration, divine order and do great exploits for the Lord.  God is faithful, even more so, God is more than able.  Thank you Jesus!

We will be faced with challenges but we have to keep fighting the good fight of faith and hold fast to the promises of God.  We have to press forward; for many things will come in our path to distract us and cause us lose focus.  We are in a race and we have to run it with patience; not depending on people nor our own selves but depending on Jesus Christ.  “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2  We must be confident in God, knowing that no matter what comes our way as Christians, it must first pass through His hands.  In the midst of life, always remember that God never gives us more than we can bear and He is always with us and has our best interest at heart.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Take this year one moment at a time.  Seek God’s guidance and directions for each day, regardless of how small the matter. Do not trust in your own wisdom or understanding.  Even when things do not seem to make sense, trust God.  Say like the Psalmist David in Psalm 121:1-2 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”

May God grant you the strength to keep looking unto Him, no matter what and walking in the path that will lead you to your divine destiny.  Have a glorious, Holy Spirit filled and led 2011; blessings always.