Touching the Heart of God

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

Prayer is simple conversation with GOD and He always wants us to take all of our needs and concerns to Him! Expressing our concerns is certainly appropriate, but the most important part of prayer is focusing on GOD Himself—loving & worshipping Him!               

There are three things about ABBA that we are to ponder in our prayer time; His name, His Kingdom and His will.

YESHUA taught us the “LORD’S Prayer” which begins with “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name” – which brings us humbly into GOD’S presence with praise and thanksgiving! Then the prayer continues, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done”; This is when we are declaring our faith in the coming Kingdom of GOD and asking that the rule of MESSIAH be over our lives.    

(Matthew 6:9-10A “In this manner, Therefore pray; Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done… “) When we pray like this, let’s have a willing spirit! Let the words we pray be meaningful which will touch the heart of GOD every time! 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Spiritual Static

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

Sometimes when listening to the radio, we can experience static. Then we try to adjust the dial to get a clearer reception. Well, our Messianic life works in a similar way. We can make a decision & then might experience a nagging sense in our spirit that it’s not the right one to choose.

We can call this “spiritual static,” which occurs when a believer is lacking godly discernment! Through the power of the Ruach Hakodesh, who dwells in every believer,  we are equipped to choose what is the best way to go!

Prayerful, scripturally grounded believers will be aware of the Holy Spirit’s warning (spiritual static) when moving forward in their lives!                              
{Col. 1:9…For this reason, we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding}…                           

Let’s pray & trust the LORD to rid our hearts of spiritual static so we are clearly receiving His assurance to move ahead!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Light of the World

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

Do you realize that everyone’s life makes a statement? Perhaps you’ve never looked at your daily routine as anything more than merely traveling back & forth to work & accomplishing daily tasks. If so, you might wonder what message this could possibly broadcast to the people around us.

The truth is that every one of us communicates to others through our character, actions & words. The believer’s life should be an expression of glory to GOD while conveying to onlookers the vital importance of divine truth!

As we approach this glorious season of Chanukah, wherever we are, YESHUA’S light should shine brightly through us, so that He is evident in this dark world!                      

(John 13:34&35…A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this, all will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another… )                                    

We are ambassadors for YESHUA, let our life be an opportunity to those around us to see MESSIAH in action; as we serve others & reveal peace & trust in ABBA even as we go through difficult times.

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Total Surrender

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

As believers, following the example of Yeshua, we should persevere in adversity & having confidence in GOD’S promises (His Word) & surrender it all to Him.

If you are a take charge kind of person, you may find it hard to submit to the LORD! This has been man’s problem since the beginning. Adam & Eve decided to ignore GOD’S warning & did it their way & look what happened, “DISASTER”!

Nothing has changed with us humans; we tend to ignore GOD’S wisdom & knowledge (Bible). Selfishness & pride can make us reluctant to let GOD take charge over our lives! We want to cling to our ideas & dreams, but if we yield to GOD’S control, we position ourselves to live the abundant spiritual life YESHUA died to give us!

Here’s what YESHUA said…
{Luke 11:28… But He said, more than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it… }

Obedience to GOD’S will & ways always brings glory to GOD, as well as blessings to us. Surrender is the way to abundance! Won’t you humble yourself before GOD & relinquish all to Him!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Our Loving Friend

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

Human love pales in comparison to YESHUA’S divine love, which He demonstrated by dying on the cross to pay our penalty for sin! YESHUA lived a perfect live—one which was sinless & fully pleasing to GOD. He had no unrighteousness for which He owned payment. But we do! Until the Savior of the world, our destiny was fixed; we were headed for eternal separation from GOD!

YESHUA cared so much that He willingly set aside His divinity & became man to live among us (while our hearts were far from GOD). He even came to die on behalf of a world that rejected Him. On Calvary’s hill, GOD’S wrath was poured out on MESSIAH for the sins of all people. He died so that you & I might enter GOD’S family & live in paradise forever & ever with Him!

{Romans 3:23…for all have sinned & fall short of the glory of GOD… }

Because of YESHUA’S sacrifice, our status has been changed from outsider to Children of GOD, from enemy to beloved & from stranger to friend! Who could care more deeply; YESHUA is truly our loving friend! Have you asked Him into your heart to be your Lord and Savior!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

The Power of Love

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

Believers are channels for GOD’S love. His love flowing through us is a powerful force that enables us to do more than the unbeliever who relies upon himself. The love that dwells in us is described perfectly in our verse today!

First, “love is patient” ; with GOD’S Spirit living within, we are empowered to wait upon His timing and purpose! We can then be patient with others, knowing GOD is working in their behalf.

Second, “love is kind”, and with GOD’S love, we have the capacity to be genuinely kind, regardless of how others may treat us.

Third, “love is not jealous”; jealousy is a fear of losing someone! GOD’S love gives us the security to hold relationships more loosely.

Love does not brag, is not arrogant, and because we understand our value in GOD’S eyes we don’t need to be arrogant.

1 Corinthians 13:4… “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up… ”

GOD’S Love is powerful! When we allow  His caring Spirit to flow through us, we can have a profound effect upon our world!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation