As a young girl, I occasionally went on pastoral visits with my father, a church minister in Waco, Texas. I have mental images of him sitting on a congregant’s sofa, and while holding his Bible, directing them to the Source of all wisdom. He counseled and prayed with compassion. I admired him and his ability to help others and determined that someday I, too, would sit with my Bible in hand and help hurting people find freedom and healing.

For years I have studied Scripture, human behavior, counseling techniques, and books on ministering to the human soul. I’ve attended excellent seminars and conferences on healing. Upon completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology, I followed the Lord’s leading to South Africa where I served as a youth pastor and counselor before marrying Reuven Ross and moving to Israel in 1988. Biblical counseling has continued to be a major part of my life and ministry to others.

As the Lord led me to write on the subject of freedom and healing from a biblical and prayer perspective, I asked Him and myself, “Why write another book on counseling? Aren’t there enough materials on that subject already?” In spite of these questions, I kept returning to the awareness that God has called Reuven and me (among many others) to prepare the Bride of Messiah (Christ) for the return of her Bridegroom, Yeshua (Jesus), and to the truth that if we are to walk in holiness externally, we must be relatively whole internally.

To disciple others in the faith is to intentionally impart the Word of God to them, instructing them in righteousness. It is to teach what God expects of His people: how we are to think, believe, behave, and relate to others. Although believers may strongly desire to walk in God’s ways, often they (and we) fail. We all want to walk forward with the Master, but we tend to trip over the events and experiences of our past. We need healing in our souls so that our past is not prophetic of our future. Besides investing the Word of God into their lives, we who disciple others should know how to pray with them for freedom from bondages, crippling inner pain, and demonic oppression.

I trust the Lord will use this material to bring further healing and freedom into your life, and that it will help equip you to minister effectively to those He brings into your sphere of influence. God has fashioned each of us for glory; let’s reach our destiny in Him! And let’s assertively and compassionately assist others as they journey toward their God-given destiny. Jesus is returning for “a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:27).

May we be found ready for Him upon His return!

With love for the Bridegroom and His Bride,
Yanit Ross

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations” (Isa. 61:1-4).