Hope of Glory

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

As we go through difficult times—like a ship in a storm—we need help to remain steady, just as our scripture for today that says “…the anchor of our soul is hope…”

Hebrews 6:19 “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil…”

When we base our hope firmly on GOD and His Word, we may feel the wind and waves, but in the end we will not be moved. During the storms of life, hope gives us the ability to look at things as they are and still be confident that something better is coming! That makes hope a very powerful and important quality for you and me to have—especially in times of troubles!

May hope, the foundation that our faith is built upon, be your anchor today through MESSIAH YESHUA, who is our “Hope of Glory.”

Colossians 1:27 “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Messiah in you, the hope of glory.”

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

God’s Appointment Time

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Our mind plans based on what we know and think, but GOD often leads us in an entirely different direction. We only know a little and we base our plans on what we know, but GOD knows everything; He is sovereign, all powerful and all knowing. He knows the end from the beginning; He is the Alpha and the Omega! He will always direct our steps in what will ultimately work out for our best if we will cooperate with Him, walking in trust!

GOD’s ways may not always be quick or according to our desires, but He does have an appointed time and it will always be the right time (Proverbs 16:25).

In other words, GOD has an appointment with your circumstances, with your breakthrough and your answers  to your prayers!

Proverbs 16:9 A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.

Only GOD knows the opportune time for everything and if we truly believe He loves us then why can’t we trust Him with His timing? Let’s appreciate our lives and wait peacefully on the LORD!

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Attitude of Greatness          

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

 I believe there are three keys that contribute to the making of great men and women: humility, obedience and integrity.

Developing an attitude of humility is the foundation for greatness! Even YESHUA, who was the Son of GOD, walked in humility, being equal with GOD, He became a servant (Philippians 2:6-7)Then YESHUA walked in obedience by doing whatever ABBA told Him, no matter the cost (even to the point of death on Calvary’s hill. Philippians 2:8)!

Now, integrity is vital if we are going to be a servant GOD can trust. So, if we humble ourselves before GOD, develop a habit of obedience and choose to walk in integrity in every area of life, we will be on our way to showing the world around us what really makes a great man or woman.

Matthew 20:26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you let him be your servant.

The world’s way of measuring greatest is how many people serve you, but GOD measures greatness by how many people you serve!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

What are you Seeking?

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

If you could ask for only one thing, what would it be? Maybe a new car or a brand new house, or perhaps a new relationship, etc.?

Yet, the very one thing that we all really need is to seek and find YESHUA and to really get to know our almighty GOD!

Each one of us has a God-shaped hole on the inside and nothing can fill it except GOD Himself! No matter what else we try to fill it with, we will remain empty and frustrated. King David (a man after God’s own heart) tells us that more than anything else he wanted to know GOD and to seek Him and dwell in His presence! Let’s read together what King David said.

Psalm 27:4 “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple…”

Investing our life in GOD is the very best thing we could ever do! Ask yourself this question today: “Do you really know your heavenly FATHER or just know of Him?

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Life of Freedom

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

GOD’S goal is for us to grow up in Him. He doesn’t want us to stay a baby Believer!

He wants us to become a mature overcomer and being an overcomer means learning how to walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh!

As long as we’re letting our flesh rule us, we’re not free and if we’re not free, we’re not enjoying a life of freedom!

We must realize that we all have to deal with our flesh for as long as we live and we’re going to have a choice to sow to the flesh or sow to the Spirit! We’re never going to become so spiritual that our flesh never gives us trouble. The flesh will always want control.

However, if we submit ourselves to GOD daily, He will break the power of our flesh and change us.

Romans 13:14 “But put on the Lord YESHUA MESSIAH and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts…”  

We cannot defeat the flesh with the power of the flesh, but by yielding to the power of GOD’S Spirit, we can live dead to sin and alive in  MESSIAH and then enjoy the life of freedom that YESHUA died to give us!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Second Opportunities

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Our living FATHER is the GOD of second OPPORTUNITIES! His grace is so extensive that He offers countless opportunities to hear the gospel and receive His Son, YESHUA, as your Savior and Lord.

On our own, no matter how much we try to be good, we slip and fall back into sin. Thankfully, GOD’S grace is immeasurably greater than our sin. Our LORD considers grace an action word. Because He is a holy God (righteous judge), He cannot ignore our transgressions.

So He implemented a simple plan for each person: whoever believes in His Son, YESHUA, as Savior is forgiven! We are then justified by faith and at peace with GOD. Our sins are washed away to be remembered no more!

(Romans 5:1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord (YESHUA).

Yeshua is our second chance! Apart from Him, there is no salvation, no justification and no grace. We cannot clean up our own hearts. Each man and woman must take advantage of the purity of MESSIAH purchased for us with His sacrifice on the Roman torture Stake!!

If you have never asked YESHUA into your heart, don’t delay, do it today and your life will never be the same! He’s waiting for you!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation