‘Forward’ should be our watch word and motto to succeed in our life, career and ministry in this New Year 2018. It is high time to move forward in faith and march forward in victory. Let us be women of action, pressing forward. March forward triumphantly!


   When we decide to march forward, there will be lot of obstacles that hinder our progress. We may have to face many hardships, risks and discouragements. But still we have to endure in order to be blessed by the Lord. Never lose the focus! If we remain stagnant in our life, then we will become impoverished. Ruth 1:16 “And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go: and whither thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.” When Naomi wanted to return to Bethlehem-Judah, Orpah and Ruth followed her. When Naomi prevented them, Orpha retraced her steps to Moab. But Ruth went forward in spite of Naomi’s discouraging words. She faced many hindrances even in Bethlehem Judah. Her endurance and obedience was remarkable. Oh! What a joy and jubilation she had, when she married Boaz. So, march forward, enduring all the trials in the earthly pilgrim’s journey so that we can attain Jesus as our Heavenly Bridegroom.


     We need to march forward with confidence to enjoy all that God has in store for us. Let us enjoy the inheritance by pressing forward with confidence. Exodus 14:15 “And the Lord said unto Moses, wherefore criest thou unto Me? speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward.” The people of Israel were commanded by the Lord through Moses to go forward towards the Red Sea. When they pressed forward, the Red Sea parted into two. They crossed the Red Sea to possess Canaan. When you stand before a sea-like problem, move forward boldly. Then the Lord will make a way even in the midst of the Sea. Go forward with boldness to cross over in order to possess. Fear not! God is leading you towards your inheritance.


   We are called to march forward with persistence for restoration of lost blessings. 2Kings 4:24 “Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee.” Note the phrase, ‘Drive, go forward.’ These were the words of the Shunamite woman to her servant, to go forward to meet the man of God when her son died. Oh! What a persisting step of faith to press forward in spite of her son’s death. She did not make arrangements for the funeral service. Her persistence gave her the restoration. When the prophet laid himself upon the dead son, he was restored. When the dead came in contact with the living, restoration took place. The lost son was revived and restored. What is the dead situation in your life? Press on with perseverance to receive miracles of restoration. Let us mount upward and march forward with endurance, confidence and perseverance!