Spiritual Combat

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

Spiritual combat is going on all the time. It’s important for believers to be aware of this conflict in order to battle sin effectively and so live in a manner pleasing to the LORD!

The struggle exists in many areas; first, because of the fall in the Garden of Eden, we are born with a heart that doesn’t naturally seek after GOD – it’s His Spirit that draws our thoughts toward Him.

Even after salvation (receiving Yeshua as Savior) we have the capacity to do wrong as long as we live in these carnal bodies! We have a very real enemy (Satan); his desire is for us to dishonor GOD as he tries to gain victory over the LORD’S Kingdom! We know from the book of Revelation that this will not happen, but this conflict will continue until the final days!

Galatians 5:17a “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh and these are contrary to one another… ”

We always need to be aware of our enemy and that this spiritual battle is real! Stand firm in Messiah Yeshua, arming ourselves with the Word of GOD while seeking His protection and wisdom!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

IN THE LIGHT

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

We see in our scripture of the day that GOD is light and in Him is no darkness. GOD is pure and a perfect light and He shines through obedient people! However, when we invite darkness (sin) into our life, there is immediate conflict! Darkness & light cannot mix.

The way to keep a pure Spirit in this upside down world we live in is to confess our sin. Confession breaks the stronghold it can take in our lives. When we agree with GOD that our actions, thoughts or words are in violation of His will and are specific about our wrongs then our wrongdoing is forgiven and doesn’t interfere with our fellowship with Him.

1 John 1:5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all…

Nothing can change a redeemed believer’s identity as a child of GOD; that work was done on the cross, but to stay in a right relationship with Him we must honestly acknowledge our sin and take responsibility for it! That will keep us fully in the light of GOD’S love!

Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

DESIRE OR NECESSITY

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

Sometimes people perceive a desire as a necessity. The heart can become so consumed with a craving that fulfilling it feels critical to our well-being! Then when GOD doesn’t meet the “need”, anger & frustration come about!

If your “need” wasn’t met by GOD, ask yourself, “Is my petition essential to accomplishing GOD’S purpose or is it only for my enjoyment?” If it is essential for GOD’S purpose in your life then He will answer when you pray for Him to fulfill it (Phil. 4:18).

Almighty GOD is always pleased to satisfy desires that fit within the confines of His purpose and will for your life (Ps. 37:4).

Remember Hashem isn’t obligated to grant wishes or fulfill any plans except His own.

Ps. 34;9-10 Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger, but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.

ABBA wants to be the One in whom fulfillment and satisfaction are found! When we are truly seeking the LORD, then we won’t require a lot of stuff, entertainment or people in order to be happy and content! Our joy is found in the LORD!

Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Alarm System

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

When facing hard decisions, do you pay attention to your conscience? Is it wise to trust this inner voice?
GOD gave every one of us “internal moral compass!” Our conscience is a divine alarm system that warns us of oncoming danger. Its primary purpose is godly protection and guidance. But because of sin, we can be led astray. That’s why it’s important to understand the difference between following your heart and allowing a clear conscience to help with decisions.

If you have allowed GOD’S Word to permeate and transform your thinking instead of the world’s way of thinking, then that inner voice is likely trustworthy! (Rom. 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God… )

What has been the greatest impact on your belief system – truth of scripture or the world’s standard of right and& wrong?

Our ABBA FATHER knows what is best for us! He gave us a conscience to aid us in making wise decisions in life. Praise His mighty Name!

Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

In the World

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

You may have heard that believers are to be “in the world but are not of the world.” Have you ever wondered what the difference is? Messianic Believers have to participate in their culture’s systems (John 17:11-16). We live here in a world filled with politics, laws, religions, art, education and science! As a believer, we have homes, belong to a CONGREGATION, make and spend money, etc. But no matter how fulfilling those involvements are, we as GOD’S children are to value ABBA above all earthly pursuits! This is not to say that our everyday activities are not void of spiritual purposes! When we interact with non-believers we are representatives for MESSIAH YESHUA shining His light on them!
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness & all these things shall be added to you… “

Until MESSIAH comes back to establish a new heaven and a new earth, believers must take part in this world which is corrupted by ha satan! Earthly success or pleasures can never equal the soul-satisfying Kingdom that awaits us. Let’s always bare that thought in our hearts and let our lights so shine!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Steps of Obedience

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

No man or woman is absolutely free; our verse today says we are the slaves of the one whom we obey (either to sin or to our obedience to MESSIAH). Because we are all born with a fallen nature (because of Adam & Eve) being the master of our own lives is the same as being enslaved to sin!

Our heavenly FATHER has an answer to this unhealthy situation – being submissive to Him! You might be thinking right now, “If I give the LORD control, then I lose control and that thought is scary, He could lead me somewhere I don’t want to go!”

But, we need to stop and consider our LORD’S character and motive. He is Holy and sinless, He has infinite wisdom, perfect knowledge, and an external perspective and He loves you. And remember, He has the power to work all things out for your good (Romans 8:28).

Romans 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness…

We can’t attain sinless perfection while on this earth, but as we are in submission to Messiah Yeshua with each step of obedience – sin’s hold on us will definitely lessen!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation