Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hurricane Harvey and The Osteen's

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What I am about to say in this blog is sure to get some negative backlash. Still, I feel the need to "come out of the closet" (so to speak) concerning the sad truth about American Christians today. It seems the church spends much more time fighting one another than they do fighting against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places. As I read articles on the Internet concerning Joel Osteen, I see no difference in the worlds opinions and the church's opinions. Sadly, the verbiage, name calling, finger pointing and disgust from these two groups differs very little.

While there have been many Christian preachers, speakers, evangelists, and authors who have either divorced, committed adultery, stolen money from the church or something much worse, it seems the greatest sin in the eyes of the church, today, is success. God's people seem to be willing to look past all other leadership faults for the sake of grace and forgiveness, but when it comes to optimism, faith, success and popularity, well, that is deemed the unpardonable sin.

Over and over in God's Word we read where God's chosen people were full of faith. They were men and women who believed God in the face of adversity - people who expected God's favor. In fact, they all were wealthy (either by definition of accumulating a lot of stuff or by definition of having every need met). 

The Bible is a book of faith. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to even please God. It goes on to say that anyone who comes to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 

The Bible is also a book of standards. As Christians, we are to hold up the standard of righteousness by loving one another, forgiving one another, praying for one another, covering one another, respecting one another and by cheering one another onto victory. When a brother or sister in Christ is successful in soul winning and discipling multitudes (as in mega church leaders), it's time to celebrate! Even so, when that brother or sister in Christ is rewarded from the Lord for earnestly seeking Him with unwaivering faith, we should be happy for them.

The Internet and news media can be so deceiving. You can read or watch something slanderous and instantly think that person is bad. When did Christians get permission to be critical, skeptical, judgmental, and even hateful to their brothers and sisters in Christ? This is not the working of the Holy Spirit!

Even Billy Graham and Franklin Graham have Internet haters because of their wealth. There are so-called Christian groups who spout their poisonous venom openly concerning any high profile man or woman of God who doesn't fit into their personal definition of how much net worth a Christian leader can have. Even though it is obvious that the Graham's have poured multiplied millions back into the ministry, envious naysayers won't allow themselves to applaud anyone who has found favor with God to be successful in both ministry and business.

There is a huge world out there that is literally dying to hear the good news of the gospel but they cannot receive it from the American Church that refuses to demonstrate the love of God within its own family. When Christians spew sarcasm, slurs, innuendos and even malicious blasphemy against God's anointed, the world rolls its eyes and laughs.

The church is to be the Body of Christ. This means that not everyone will function the same; not every pastor will preach the same. Even though each man or woman of God has their own niche, it does not exclude them from being important in The Body. If God gave any one person all of His wisdom, all of His anointing, all of His knowledge or all of His understanding, that person would be perfect and would surely become prideful. Instead, God places each leader in The Body as it pleases Him. He does this so that the people of God can mature and grow to become all that He created them to be.

So the dismal comments in the news media about Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church during such a catastrophic time in their home town due to Hurricane Harvey is absolutely out of line with Christian behavior. The response from Christians in other states and other cities should be one of concern, prayer, help and support. Not only is it wrong to cast disparagement toward these people of God, it is exactly what the world looks at when it decides it doesn't want anything to do with Christianity. Shame on us!

It's time that Christian leaders across America and around the world repent for their arrogant, self-righteous judgements against co-laborers who may not teach God's Word with the same vernacular, measure of faith, style or accent on certain scriptures. As long as Jesus Christ is being lifted up as The Way, The Truth and the Life and as long as souls are being born-again, the church needs to practice praising God for His Kingdom coming to earth through vessels of clay who have surrendered their life to the call of ministry.

If one of God's leaders commits certain sins that would warrant His judgement, God is more than able to handle it. And, if the Holy Spirit speaks to one of God's leaders to bring correction to another leader, the proper way to handle the situation is face-to-face and not on the Internet, social media, the news, the pulpit or some other public forum. 

No name calling allowed.

What would Jesus do?  

Mark 7:21- (AMP)

For from within, [that is] out the heart of men, come base and malevolent thoughts and schemes, acts of sexual immorality, thefts, murders, adulteries, acts of greed and covetousness, wickedness, deceit, unrestrained conduct, envy and jealousy, slander and profanity, arrogance and self-righteousness and foolishness (poor judgment).  All these evil things [schemes and desires] come from within and defile and dishonor the man.”

1 Peter 2:12 (AMP)

Keep your behavior excellent among the [unsaved] Gentiles [conduct yourself honorably, with graciousness and integrity], so that for whatever reason they may slander you as evildoers, yet by observing your good deeds they may [instead come to] glorify God in the day of visitation [when He looks upon them with mercy].

#namecalling #fingerpointing #hurricaneharvey #joelosteen #AmericanChristians #BillyGraham #FranklinGraham #BodyOfChrist #standard #Houston #Texas #LakewoodChurch





Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Jezebel Spirit

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The Jezebel Spirit only has power over us if we tolerate it.
  • It is rooted in rejection.
  • It is controlling because the person "fears" rejection.
  • This Spirit always wants to be next to the person in authority.
  • Jezebel creates exhaustion in leaders.
  • Jezebel brings confusion in the church.
  • Jezebel seeks to make leaders want to quit, die, hide, and withdraw.

Jezebel Is:



Seducing & Blinding

Self Appointing

Unrightfully Gains Authority

Refuses to Repent

Desires to rule Over Men

Turns Facts Around

False Testimonies

Turns People Against Each Other

Is a Religious Spirit

Desires to Openly and Publicly Accuse Someone

Seeks to Make Someone Feel Guilty

Hysterical When Exposed

Seeks to Persecute and Kill The Prophets





A Synonym for a Wicked Woman

Dictionary Meaning = Un-Husbanded

More About Jezebel:

A Jezebel Spirit can manifest in a man or a woman.

This spirit is not necessarily feminine, rather it is controlling and it is in rebellion toward the holiness of God, the authority of Christian leaders, hates protocol and can appear to be a humble Christian but there will always be a thread of disruption toward God's leaders.

A Jezebel Spirit hates rejection and so it will do anything to elevate itself, even if it means pulling someone else down.

Jezebel seeks to get next to Christian leaders as in an amour-bearer, assistant, co-leader, etc. for the purpose of gaining status and ultimately dethroning God's anointed.

Jezebel gains momentum controlling men but will also seek to control women.

Jezebel will loudly deny and run from exposure by first trying to flip the situation so that the innocent person looks guilty.

Jezebel hates authority.

Jezebel always has a better way.

Jezebel is mouthy.

Jezebel is controlling and manipulative.

Jezebel can be a nice person who has been deeply injured as a child and so as an adult they try to manipulate and control situations and people in an effort to not get hurt again.

The problem with a Jezebel Spirit is when they DO NOT REPENT.

Until they repent they can be dangerous; in that, they destroy innocent people who come across their path with their wrong motives.

THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE:  If anyone having a Jezebel Spirit recognizes their behavior, repents from wrong motives and wrong actions, and "wholeheartedly seeks deliverance," God will heal them! 
  • Jezebels should seek to be made whole while there is grace for repentance.
  • Jezebels who do not repent will be thrown from their high and haughty view and ultimately consumed by the dogs. 

More Reading:

1 Kings 16:31
1 Kings 18:4-19
1 Kings 19:1
1 Kings 19:2
1 Kings 21:5-25
2 Kings 9
Revelation 2:20

Monday, August 28, 2017

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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The Holy Spirit is NOT:

*Lacking in Compassion


So, if you ever feel yourself desiring to tell someone what you think or when you desire to cast a demon out of someone, be sure to sift your intentions through God's litmus test first.

Ask yourself some questions like this:

*Will my Word of Knowledge, Word of Wisdom, Prophecy, prayer, correction, comment, conversation or judgement bring healing or will it put negative thoughts into someone's mind that could damage their self-esteem?

*Is my "motive" for speaking into this person's life pure, loving, encouraging, and edifying?

*Has that person given me permission to speak into their life? 
(Some things that God may reveal to you cannot be told.)

*Am I approaching this person in LOVE without placing condemnation upon their head?

*Am I speaking in accordance with God's promises or am I speaking out of my own past failures?!?
(ALWAYS speak according to God's promises or say nothing at all!)

*Am I bringing correction with a wrong motive and calling it LOVE?
(If you have a Spirit of Jealousy operating in your life, you may seek to correct someone and call it love when your motive is not pure. This will only bring division.)

*Do I believe that God wants to heal them, lift them up, elevate them, promote them, grow them, inspire them, teach them, etc.?
(If not, ask God to help you love that person like Jesus loves them before ever offering correction.)

*When I am praying deliverance over someone or offering godly counsel, am I rebuking the Tormenting Spirit so that the person can get free or am I rebuking the person?

*Is my intention to set the captive free or to elevate myself?

*If I have been exhausted by someone's behavior, is it time for me to shake the dust from my feet and move on?

*If someone clearly has a demon, am I willing and able to help them get free even if it means that my reputation may be on the line?

*Am I clearly seeing demonic activity or am I over-reacting and calling all ungodly behavior a demon?

*Am I giving the devil too much credit or am I rightfully dividing situations so that God can show me the spirit realm for the sake of His Kingdom coming to earth?

*Do I fully believe that God loves ALL PEOPLE and wants ALL PEOPLE to be saved, spirit-filled, delivered, healed, prospering, etc.?
(If not, ask God to increase your faith FOR OTHERS before ministering with a Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Gifts of Healing or Prophecy.)

*Am I attaching my faith to theirs?
(Some people do not believe in healing, do not want to be healed, do not think God can, or will, heal them. Some people don't believe in deliverance, don't want to be delivered, don't think that God can, or will, deliver them. Some people don't believe in prosperity, don't want to prosper, and they don't believe that God wants them to prosper. Find out what they are praying and believing God for and then PRAY FOR THEM IN AGREEMENT. If they will allow you to speak into their life, gently teach them about healing, deliverance, prosperity, and so on before praying the prayer of faith. Always agree. The Bible says where 2 or more AGREE.)

*If a situation requires an open rebuke or stern correction, is this the right environment? Is this the right time? Is this God's heart? Is this to snatch them out of harms way or is this to condemn them? Is this solely for their benefit and not for my own peace of mind?


*If someone truly needs correcting because their activity is going to bring them death, divorce, separation, humiliation, harm to the church body, shame, injury, harm to someone else, etc., seek confirmation from the Lord before approaching them with harsh judgements. Ask the Holy Spirit how you can minister in a loving way.

"For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by LOVE serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt LOVE thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another."

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."

MATTHEW 18:15-17 (NLT) -
Correcting Another Believer Who Sins Against You
“If another believer SINS AGAINST YOU, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector." 

2017 - Deborah Ross

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipsed By Glory!

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“From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.

About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” ). 

When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!””

‭‭- Matthew‬ ‭27:45-54‬ ‭NIV‬‬

#Eclipse #Glory #Crucified #JesusDiedForYou

#Salvation #TimeStoodStill

Deborah Ross Ministries

Deborah G Ross


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Healing for the Wounded Soul

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Psalm‬ ‭30:11-12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever.”













Jesus wants to tell you how much you are loved.

He wants you to know that you are perfect in every way.

God has designed you to be UNIQUELY YOU so that you can make a difference in His Kingdom and for His glory.

You are not a mistake.

You are not cursed.

You are not the odd ball.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made!

You are the apple of God's eye!

Jesus is the healer of your wounded soul. 

If your mind, will and emotions are running wild today - give it to God. 

Ask Jesus to heal you. 

Ask the Holy Spirit to quiet your pain.

Ask God to take you up to the High Place so that you can see things from His perspective.

Ask God to help you forgive those that have wounded you.

Ask God to create a clean heart in you.

Press in.


Don't let up.

Don't give up.

Just keep believing...



Psalm 17:8-9 NKJV

Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,
From the wicked who oppress me,
From my deadly enemies who surround me.

Zechariah 2:8 NKJV

For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.