God’s Providential Control

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Ever wonder if God is really in control or if life “just happens?”

I assure you, even in the midst of what seems to be swirling chaos, everything IS in “God’s providential control.” He knows every hair on your head!

And, He knows us better than we know ourselves.  Charles Spurgeon calls Gen. 37-50 a “chain of circumstances” that HAD to HAPPEN to Joseph in a specific way and timing for God’s plan to unfold exactly as He planned. Spurgeon offers us these questions:

  • Why did Jacob want to send Joseph?
  • Why were Joseph’s brothers on this particular day in a different location?
  • Why did the Ishmaelites come along at that moment?
  • Why were they in the mood to purchase a slave?
  • Why were they going to Egypt and not some other destination?
  • Why did Potiphar purchase Joseph?
  • Why did his wife have designs on Joseph?
  • Why were the baker and the cupbearer in the prison when Joseph was there?
  • Why couldn’t Pharoah understand his dream?
  • Why did the cupbearer first forget Joseph and later remember him?

Spurgeon points out that every one of these events HAD to happen in the exact way at the exact time they occurred for Joseph to be where he had to be, when he had to be, which resulted in his family going to Egypt to be preserved during the famine in Canaan.  Spurgeon goes on to say, “God is to be seen in little things”, and he says all the foregoing seemingly random details are, “minutiae of Providence.”

God cares about you more than He does about sparrows! God cares about every tiny detail of your life, He made, knows and loves every subatomic particle of you, and He shed His sin-free blood to ransom you! Oh, yes! “PTL!”

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Come as You Are

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

The Bible tells us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Matt. 22:39). However,  if we don’t love ourselves, how can we love anyone else?

You and I have to like ourselves and believe that GOD didn’t create a bunch of junk but that He made us special! Yes, He had something special in mind when He created us. 

Of course, we are not perfect, but on the other hand, GOD didn’t make us imperfect. Sin and its effect on us is the reason for imperfection!  

YESHUA came for imperfect people who have lots of problems and many needs. But the Word tells us we are to come to YESHUA as we are, and He will make us what we need to be.

Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.

You don’t have to clean up your act first; just be willing to come as you are. And through the power of the Holy Spirit, our heavenly FATHER will make you what you ought to be! YESHUA, our Prince of Peace pays the price for us all. Jjust believe in your heart!

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

A Special Purpose

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Do you know how valuable you are in GOD’S eyes? 

He has made us a special people so that we may fulfill a special purpose. 

GOD created us to praise Him! He wants us to proclaim His greatness! This is an integral part of worshipping the LORD. 

When we worship and praise our FATHER GOD we are applauding Him for who He is and what He has done. When we are praising the LORD, it releases our emotions, which frees us to express unrestrained adoration of the LORD. 

Praising GOD is always good for us. Praise lifts our eyes to the MESSIAH and fills our hearts with the contentment that eludes us when we focus exclusively on our own needs and problems.

Isaiah 43:21
This people I formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise.                  

If your praise lacks vitality, ask the LORD to show you how to extol Him with your whole heart! Look everyday for evidence of how much GOD cares for you, and then tell Him how great He is! 

Praise and honor Him just for who He is: the Creator and Sustainer of the universe!

 

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

God’s Viewpoint

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Our culture is not one that teaches patience! Just watch the frustration of drivers behind a car that doesn’t start moving the instant the traffic light turns green. Because of a two-second delay tempers flare and horns honk! 

Have you ever gotten frustrated with the LORD when He hadn’t answered a prayer according to your time table? 

Have you ever tried to manipulate a situation and present GOD with the solution and then ask for His blessings? 

GOD’S delayed timing from our perspective is perfect timing from His viewpoint! Our omniscient GOD who is the Creator and Ruler of time can never be late! 

Waiting on the LORD will require faith!

Psalm 33:20
Our soul waits for the Lord, He is our help and our shield.

The solution to whatever problem you are facing is in GOD’S hands. By steadfastly clinging to the truth of His love for you, His knowledge of all things and His power over every obstacle, you can put your trust in Him, walking by faith and not by sight. 

When the timing is right, you will see proof of His faithfulness!

 

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Encourage Yourself

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Do you ever encourage yourself in the LORD? Sometimes, if we don’t encourage ourselves, we don’t receive any encouragement at all. And we all need to be encouraged! We need to be our own encourager through MESSIAH YESHUA.

In our Scripture today, David and his men found themselves in seemingly hopeless circumstances. But David didn’t wait for a pat on the back; he encouraged and strengthened himself in the LORD. 

The key to being able to encourage yourself in the LORD is having confidence in His love, His ways and His Word—you can decide to believe it or not! 

If you do believe, you will have the confidence in GOD, and you can then begin to encourage yourself in and through MESSIAH YESHUA!     

1 Sam. 30:6
Now David was greatly distressed for the people spoke of stoning him, because the souls for all the people were grieved, every man for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his GOD.                     

 In what specific ways can you encourage yourself in the LORD today?

 

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Choose to Forgive

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Did you know there are hindrances to answered prayer? But I truly believe that the number one hindrance is “unforgiveness.”

The Bible contains many Scriptures on the importance of forgiveness. We are to forgive as GOD in MESSIAH forgave us.

Ephesians 4:32
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” 

We live in a fallen world full of imperfect people, and we can’t avoid getting hurt or offended! We will always have a reason to be angry, but unresolved anger will turn to bitterness and unforgiveness, which will hinder our prayers. 

If we want GOD to answer our prayers, let’s go to Him with a pure heart, empty of any anger, resentment or unforgiveness! 

YESHUA made it very clear in our Scripture today; let’s read!

Mark 11:25
And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in Heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

PLEASE try not to wait till you feel like forgiving; make it an intentional choice to forgive. And remember, forgiveness will set a prisoner free, and that prisoner is you!

 

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation