Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Why Honor & Respect Leaders?

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I suppose one of the hardest lessons to learn in Christianity is learning to give honor and respect to someone in regards to their position.

Oftentimes, even in our church life, we will be intertwined with people in authority whom we don’t agree with, who don’t do things the way we want them to, perhaps we think of them as less educated or even as one who is not being sensitive to our needs or wants.

Never-the-less, God’s Word tells us to give respect and honor to them as being the ones in authority over us in that setting and/or for that season. He also promises us that as we do this, at the appointed time He will raise us up to be honored and respected in the same way that we have given such grace.

This makes me think of David. While David was anointed to be King as a youth, he was not appointed to be King until many, many years later. In fact, from David’s perspective, he probably (at times) wondered if he’d even live long enough to see that prophecy come to pass.

You see, Saul was the King at the time of David’s call from God to leadership and in Saul’s jealousy of David, as well as his unruly fits of rage, Saul made David’s life miserable. On numerous occasions, Saul even tried to kill David.

Yet, David continued to honor and respect King Saul. In fact, when given a clear opportunity of which David could’ve easily killed King Saul, David took the high road by not taking advantage of a moment that most would consider to be God’s open window of divine opportunity.

Even in his youth and early manhood, David understood God’s order. David had an innate sense of godly character that went far beyond the popular ideas of what was considered to be right or wrong.

David rose to the top in every situation that should have caused him to give up, retaliate or protest. Of course, today we know David as a man after God’s own heart; as a deliverer; as a hero of the faith. But, anyone who has ever lived a life compared to the struggles that David encountered on his way to the top understands that it’s not at all easy to give honor and respect to those in positions of leadership of which we disagree.

On another note, those who are in positions of leadership should always be mindful of their decisions - whether good or bad, weak or strong, emotional or factual. It’s certainly not easy to hold a position of leadership as every little decision carries with it consequences of success or struggles.

Oftentimes, the decisions of leaders can be misunderstood simply because the onlooker does not fully understand the vision, has not invested the energy, time and resources to see the vision come to pass, is not required to undergo the pressures of pulling it all together or maybe just because they view their own ideas as being more brilliant than the ideas of the one in the leadership position.

While being a leader may seem glamorous, important or even powerful, the fact of the matter is that being a leader is very difficult. I suppose that is one reason the Lord admonishes His people to be sure to give honor and respect to those in authority over us. He knows that if He didn’t set this high standard, there would be so much chaos and confusion that eventually no one would ever want to hold a leadership position.

So, what do we do?

All of us are under the authority of someone or something at all times. And, most importantly, all of us are under the authority of God.

Knowing this, we should all strive to hit the mark, the high calling of Christ Jesus by doing our part to be respectful to whomever is mentoring, leading, pastoring or governing us during the Now season of our life.

And, sometimes showing respect is simply in our tone, our grace, our attitude or our patience.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Life in the Womb

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Watch this episode of Choose Life TV with Deborah Ross as I interview “The Activist Mommy,” Elizabeth Johnston on the issue of abortion.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Strongholds of the Mind

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What is an ungodly stronghold?

Strongholds of the Mind are thoughts, ideas, beliefs, perceptions, attitudes and opinions... that are lies, yet we esteem them as truth.
An ungodly stronghold is a mental fortress of defense. We must allow God’s Word to demolish these strongholds in order to receive the full benefits of our Salvation.
Strongholds can develop from experiences that have hurt us, magnified us, disappointed us or failed us. They are also developed from LIES we’ve chosen to accept as truth from our culture, our family heritage or out of our own personal bends toward certain sins (iniquity).
An ungodly stronghold is a wrong cause or belief that is strongly defended or upheld - even when the truth has been revealed.
Strongholds must be torn down by a willingness to transform the mind according to God’s Word.
Watch this episode of Choose Life with Deborah Ross. Robin M Bertram is my guest as we discuss how to get rid of Strongholds of the Mind.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

New Year Blessing / 5779-2019

Releasing the Blessing...
This is from my Facebook Live on 12/18/18 on The Woman2Woman Ministry group page. I thought I'd share this with everyone as a blessing for the New Year to come. In this special video lesson, I am releasing the blessing of the Lord for the year 5779, also known as 2019. "Behold, God will REVEAL the POWER of His Name and the STRENGTH of His Word this year as He SURROUNDS YOUR LIFE with GOOD!" God will BIRTH something new in your life this year as you participate with Him though prayer, fasting, giving, and worship. You must BELIEVE HIM for the 100 fold blessing, creative miracle and/or promise coming to pass your life. He is a GOOD GOD and He wants to surround you with His goodness as you step into His presence each and everyday, expecting Him to reveal His power. You will receive in proportion to your faith. You will receive in proportion to your giving. You will receive in proportion to your worship. You will receive in proportion to your FIRE! Holiness is the state of being separated for the things of God. Your life needs to smell like a sweet fragrance to the world and your life must smell like a sweet aroma that reaches the nostrils of God. Get Ready! Give Ear! Listen! Walk in the 9 Gifts of the Spirit. If God calls these gifts GOOD, don’t argue with Him. Get rid of your fears and your preconceived ideas about these gifts. He wants you to walk in the supernatural POWER of His Name and His Word! Develop your fruit! Live in the 9 Fruit of the Spirit on a daily basis. These fruit are God’s GOOD blessings to others - through you. The Fruit of the Spirit must shine through your life as you walk in faith, expecting a visitation from the Lord. God gives GOOD GIFTS to His children as they give GOOD GIFTS to others. 5779 - 2019!

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Holy Land Tour 2019

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Merry Christmas! 

When your loved one opens this amazing gift on Christmas morning, they'll shout for joy!

This year for Christmas, get ready to go with us on the trip of a lifetime.

Our 2019 Holy Land Tour will make a fantastic Christmas present for your spouse or loved one! You can sign up now for only $500 per person and pay the balance 90 days before departure (end of June). The full pricing is listed below.

Email us your postal mailing address along with a copy of your receiptand we'll send you a full color brochure along with the complete itinerary once you have paid your deposit online. 

To make your presentation extra special, may I recommend wrapping your beautiful brochure and itinerary along with a Jewish mezuzah and/or a tallit? You can find these items on Amazon. 

A mezuzah comprises a piece of parchment called a klaf contained in a decorative case and inscribed with specific Hebrew verses from the Torah. Put this over the door of your home in the corner. These verses consist of the Jewish prayer Shema Yisrael, beginning with the phrase: "Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One". 

A tallit is a unique prayer shawl with attached fringes to the corners (Numbers15:38).
The Bible is specific as to the purpose of these fringes, stating that "it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye go not about after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go astray; that ye may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy unto your God". (Numbers 15:39-40)

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Travel with Jay and Deborah Ross on the trip of a lifetime 
... an extraordinary journey through the
Holy Land

Float in the Dead Sea!

This life-changing tour will bring the pages of the Bible to life like never before. 

Expect the sights, the smells, the tastes, the culture and the passion of God's heart to pierce your soul, as our tour guide unfolds the history of the landscape and the significance of each landmark in scripture. 

The Ross's, along with some of their special guests, will minister to you spiritually, teaching God's Word as you walk where Jesus walked. 

Your life, your faith, your love for The Lord and your Biblical perspective will be forever marked with a deeper understanding of God's love for all humanity. 

This trip concludes on the day of atonement - Yom Kippur. What a great way to to head back home after purging our hearts and minds of the sins that weigh us down on the holiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar. 

Come experience Jesus with us in 2019!

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

God: Is He Conservative or Liberal?

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Is God conservative or liberal?

Some would say, which God are you talking about? The God of the Christian, the God of the Jew, the God of the Muslim or the God that I choose to believe in?

For the sake of finding truth, let's say, "all of the above."

Most mainstream religions (and, quite frankly most people) believe in monotheism - the belief that there is only one God. Much to the surprise of the Jehovah Witnesses, as well as the Jewish and Muslim communities, Christians also believe in only One God.

Having said that, when I use the name Jesus in this article, please don't conclude that I am only talking about the Christian faith. While I am, personally, a Christian, I am writing this article to try and bring truth - truth from One God, the God of all creation - into view.

I have found that Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jews and Muslims all believe in Jesus as a prophet, they simply differ in their belief of His deity. This article is not a debate about Jesus. This article is a thought provoking post about the One True God of all humanity - no matter your religion - and His ultimate desire for this world and, especially, for human beings in particular.

As a human being on planet earth who believes that God loves all people and He wants the best for all people, I am writing this article to bring about "thought" in the minds of those who either don't practice any religion, at all; or perhaps, who do have faith in God but they have not considered the end result of God's ultimate purpose and plan - His desire for all mankind.

I hope that whether you are a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or of some other faith, you will think soberly about the content of this article before concluding your opinion of what you believe to be the remedy for the evils of society.

Here is my article...


Jesus (whether you believe in him as prophet or as deity) liberally loves all people but He conservatively hates sin and hypocrisy. His life on earth was a visual demonstration of God’s will.

Jesus never condemned the humble, nor turned His back on broken humanity. He did, however, openly condemn those whose “motives” were wrong. 

In fact, in Matthew 21, Jesus angrily overturned the tables of those who were selling doves to be used in sacrifices at the temple. In this same chapter He also spoke a curse onto a fig tree because it did not produce fruit for Him. Again, in Matthew 23, we see Jesus openly condemning hypocrisy and even going so far as calling the teachers of the law and the Pharisees (religious leaders) "snakes and a brood of vipers." 

Jesus would look straight through a person to expose the heart (the root) of the matter.

Everything that Jesus did was the will of God.

God is the same from Genesis to Revelation of the Holy Bible.

For the Christian, Jesus did not come to condemn the law but to fulfill the law. Nonetheless, the law is still God’s standard, because without the grace of God - (for the Christian, the blood of Jesus that only covers humble hearts of repentance) - the law remains in effect.

Satan, himself, tried to use the Word to tempt Jesus. But, because Jesus knew the meaning of the Word better than Satan, Jesus could not be led astray.

In fact, all faiths who believe in the account of the Garden of Eden should be able to easily see how the devil twisted God's Word against Eve when the serpent said, "Did God really say that you would surely die?" The deception was to create confusion, doubt, justification and rationalization in Eve's mind so that she would truly believe (at least for the moment) that it was okay for her to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, although God had clearly said earlier that it was forbidden. Eve probably had a sense of peace (although it was not true peace) when she made the decision to eat of the fruit.

The devil (you might think of him as an evil force) has been twisting God’s Word in the minds of all humanity since the Garden of Eden. Satan (the devil - the worker of evil) is a master deceiver and he is attempting to twist God's Holy Word, still today, in the minds of any human being who does not fully understand the character of God as both Loving and, yet, a Righteous Judge.

God loves people. His judgements are always for the purpose of turning sinful humanity back to Himself in truth and righteousness.

The wages (penalty) of all sin is death.

God does not want humanity to die mentally, emotionally, spiritually or physically - not individually, or as a family, place of worship, community, state or nation. (Hence, heaven is the ultimate escape from death. I call the way to heaven The Remedy for the wages of sin.)

Unfortunately, because all of humanity lives in a sinful world, we will all die (from this earth) one day - unless Jesus, Messiah comes back before that day comes.

For a moment, let's compare sin to cancer. Cancer secretly works, destroying good cells and overtaking body tissue with bad cells. Like cancer, you don’t always see sin or feel sin until it is too late.

Much like sin, oftentimes radical measures must be taken in order to eradicate cancer. Initially, these uncomfortable, painful, radical, cell-killing procedures can seem much worse than the cancer itself; but, the end result is intended to bring health and healing to the patient as well as the family members who have been traumatized by the secret mission of cancer.

In the same way, God will use seemingly radical measures, radical people and radical judgements to eradicate the sin that is ultimately killing humanity. His end result is righteousness, peace, joy, health, healing, prosperity and love.

In fact, God will even use people who have a form of godliness, people who are new converts, people of opposing faiths, and those who don't know or believe in Him, at all, to accomplish His divine plan for all of humanity.

Yes, the God of all creation will use circumstances, situations, governments and kings to accomplish His ultimate plan.

He is a loving, yet righteous, judge. He does not wink at rebellion, wrong motives, deceived hearts nor twisted scripture (those who twist His Holy Word to fit their own agenda).

With God - Who is the creator of the universe and the One who allows us to breathe the breath of life...

Right will always be right.

Wrong will always be wrong.

So when it comes to truth, it really doesn’t matter how we view God, it only matters Who He is.

He is.


Christian, would you honestly say that Jesus would confirm the sinful behavior of a people group as the standard for a community?

Those of any belief, would you honestly say that “your God” (whatever religion you practice) would want humanity to be broken, rebellious, confused, law breaking or manipulative for the sake of appeasing human weaknesses?

As a person with common sense, do you honestly believe that a band-aide can fix a broken bone?

Citizen, can you honestly say that skin color, gender, personality or political party is not a factor in your zeal for promoting your opinion of how government should rule?

We should all agree that God loves all people in every corner of the world because for us to judge God's love for any other race of people, we place ourselves on the throne and say that we are God.

We should all agree that doing things the right way ultimately gives God glory and brings all of humanity from all parts of the world into truth and righteousness which ultimately brings peace, joy, health, healing, stability, harmony, prosperity and well-being to everyone.

In conclusion, would you honestly say that God is a conservative or a liberal?


PS - The religions that I listed all agree on the fundamental definition of SIN. So, let's not use that as a crutch for justifying the twisted truth that the enemy of humanity has whispered into our ears.

We can choose to label sin as sickness, how God made me, disease or even our personal belief system; but, the fact still remains that God is the final judge of all creation and we will all die one day to face Him.

Even if you choose to believe that God does not exist, you have an inner knowing of right and wrong. And friend, if any of the religions in the world who believe that there is a God are right about His existence and His standard, you will not have a choice once you die. It will be too late to change your mind.

What we choose to believe carries no weight in the quest for TRUTH.

Truth is God. 

God is truth.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Stand Firm to the End

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Verse 7-8 says, If you hear God's voice, do not harden your hearts in rebellion as the children of Israel did at Meribah in their day of testing in the wilderness. (Deborah's paraphrase)

In reading Numbers 20:1-5 and 10-13, we find that God allowed the Israelites to be tested in the wilderness. This testing was not because God needed to know how the Israelites would respond to adverse circumstances, but rather, so that the Israelites would know what was in their own hearts. 

Our sinful nature is always revealed at our point of crisis, and so, God uses these adverse situations to grow our faith. These times of testing will ultimately lead us to be progressively changed for the better, or lead us to turning our back on God - depending on our character and the truth about our faith in God's Word. 

The Lord already knows our commitment level, but He wants us to see for ourselves just how much we really trust Him. God's Word will always be tested in our hearts so that "we" will know and understand the validity and power of God love. God always proves Himself in times of testing if we will just trust Him and believe!

So, once again, the Israelites were complaining to Moses and Aaron. Yes, they needed water, but they were also bent on having an attitude of rebellion against God - always complaining and quarreling about the way their deliverance came. They didn't like the way that God was providing for them and they didn't respect the leadership of Moses (God's minister) in their moment of crisis.

So God told Moses to "speak" to a rock. God said He would make water flow from this rock in order to prove His power by providing for the Israelites in a miraculous way. Unfortunately, Moses, in his frustration, hit the rock instead of speaking to it. Amazingly, God's mercy still allowed the water to flow and quench their thirst, but He also told them that they would not enter the promised land because of their unbelief

In this story, God's mercy was accompanied by God's judgement! Even though God had proven Himself over and over for forty years in the wilderness, the Israelites continuously whined and complained, and now, even their leader, Moses, had become frustrated. So, because Moses did not honor God in their sight by fully obeying, God said none of them would enter into the promised land. These were the waters of Meribah where the Israelites quarreled with the Lord and where the Lord was proved Holy among them.

When testing comes, remember, God is testing us so that we will know what is in our own hearts. God already knows.

Even when a temptation comes from a seemingly Christian source, don't be fooled. Remember, it is a test! It is a test for us to see our own wrong thinking - our own sinful heart. - Deuteronomy 13:1-3

Hebrews 3:8-9 tells us, don't be like your ancestors who tested God in the wilderness for forty years. They saw God prove Himself over and over again, and yet, they hardened their hearts in rebellion because things were not as pleasant as they expected. They were mad because God didn't do things their way and in their timing.
God is Holy. He is God. It really doesn't matter how we seek to manipulate, justify or even approve of our sin, God's Word is the ultimate standard by which all sin is judged. If we are not Christians, God has given us a conscious to show us wrong from right. But, for those of us who are Christians, the voice of the Holy Spirit is our constant guide. So, ultimately, we are without excuse.

The fullness of God's blessings will never be manifest in the lives of those who insist on being in rebellion. 1 Samuel 15:23 says, "rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft." In fact, let's look at this verse in the Amplified version..."For rebellion is as [serious as] the sin of divination (fortune-telling), And disobedience is as [serious as] false religion and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LordHe also has rejected you as king." This is where God changed His mind about Saul being the King!

God's anger is released when His people continually go astray in their hearts - when they do not grow to know His ways. The Lord wants us to be progressively changed to become more like Christ. If we continually refuse to do so, there will come a time where God's mercy gives way to judgement. This is where the consequences for our sin becomes our fate. Read Hebrews 3:10-11 in the Amplified to see the example God has given to us through the Israelites journey from Egypt to the promised land. 

Mark 4:17 says, "... when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately they [are offended and displeased at being associated with Me and] stumble and fall away." - (AMP)

John 5:38 says, "You do not have His word (Scripture) abiding in you [actually living in your hearts and minds], because you do not believe in Him whom He has sent." - (AMP) 
The Lord wants us to believe Him! He wants us to trust Him! He wants us to take His Word at face value and never harden our hearts to Him. And... it's easy to believe God when things are going good, but it's hard to believe Him when our lives are a mess. So, God uses these times of testing to show us just how much we really believe Him. One of my favorite scripture verses is Hebrews 11:6 which says, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he isand  that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." - KJV

So our conclusion for this lesson leads us to Jude 1. Here we see that while God is able to keep us from stumbling or falling into sin, He is also warning us to not be fooled into thinking that just because He has saved us from eternal hell, He will not also destroy us if we choose continual rebellion. 

Jude reminds us of how the Lord saved the Israelites out of the bondage of Egypt, but later destroyed them because of their refusal to trust Him in the wilderness. We are also reminded that even the angels who rebelled against God were not able to keep their place of power in heaven but are now chained in darkness until the day of judgement.

We should build ourselves up (daily) by praying in the Holy Spirit if we expect to escape the snares of this world. Do not allow grumblers, complainers and those who are bent on being lustful and sensual to lure you into wavering in your obedience to the Holy Spirit and the Word of the Living God.

As Christians, we should hate sin so much that we are constantly telling the world about the wonder of God (by our actions even more so than by our mouth) and we need to understand that most people can be won to the Lord through love; but, there are some who will need to be "snatched" out of the grips of hell through the fear of God. 

God is Holy. He is God!

If we are truly His, we should be progressively changed for the better. We should grow to agree with all of His precepts and all of His judgements and all of His promises. We should grow to become more like Jesus.

If we are not being progressively changed for the better (as shown by our obedience), the question remains, are we really His? The Lord says "examine yourselves" to see if you are really one of His. - 2 Corinthians 13:5

The born-again experience is a beautiful moment in time where the seed of God comes to live inside of a person. It is a moment in time where a human is recreated into the likeness of God - as God intended from the book of Genesis. True born-again humans will inherit eternal salvation with God. True born-again humans will hunger and thirst for righteousness. Their attitude toward sin is progressively changed.

Life's trials and testings will give us opportunities to to be progressively changed for the better or will to expose us as being a tare (someone who wants to be in the Kingdom but who has no depth in their knowledge or their fear of God). From life's trials, God gives us the opportunity to see for ourselves the true condition of our heart, the true condition of our faith and the true condition of our character. 

God's testings will prove God's Spirit in us... prove God's love toward us... and, prove God's Word (promises) for us. 

The Holy Spirit of God will empower us to STAND FIRM TO THE END.

Even so, we should never grow cold to the Holiness of God. God's standard never changes. Sin hurts. Sin thwarts. Sin perverts. Sin kills.
God is Holy. He is God. It really doesn't matter how we seek to manipulate, justify or even approve of our sin, God's Word is the ultimate standard by which all sin is judged. 

  1. Partial obedience is not obedience at all.
  2. Trials and testings will expose our true beliefs about God.
  3. Our character is more important than our comfort.
  4. God wants us to believe Him in all things.
  5. We need to examine ourselves to make sure that we are truly a born-again believer and not just someone who wants to go to heaven, who likes to hear of the goodness of God or someone who believes "in" God but doesn't really believe God. 
  6. Don't be discouraged when testing comes from a seemingly Christian source. God will expose our wrong thinking and our sinful heart during these times. 
  7. Eternity is forever. We should not play around with how we handle God's Word.
  8. We should not put banners of salvation on people we love when God is allowing them to be tested. He wants us all to know who He is, and who we are in Him. Every human being must work out their own salvation with God as their life is progressively changed for the better  or as they are exposed when they turn their back from ever really knowing Him. Children cannot go to heaven on their parents faith. Husbands cannot enter heaven on their wife's faith. Wives will not see heaven just because their husband is a Christian. We must, each, stand naked and alone before God.
  9. True believers will repent and cry out to God when they see their own wickedness and unbelief in times of testing.
  10. True believers who are bent on rebellion against God risk falling into the judgement of God in this life.
  11. True believers will be desperate to STAY FIRM TO THE END. 
  12. God loves us so much that He wants to prove Himself. He will always prove Himself in times of testing if we will just believe and trust Him.