Fiery Ordeals

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

A Very Blessed day to you from Pastor Bruce & Suzi!

Being a believer in Messiah Yeshua isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes we’ll experience trials that truly test our faith and ability to trust in GOD.   

In today’s Scripture, Peter refers to times of testing as “fiery ordeals”! He says we shouldn’t be surprised when hardships come our way.

It’s important to remember that GOD has a purpose for our trials and will see us through each step of the way.   Sometimes, our heavenly FATHER uses painful experiences to cleanse and purify us, His children.  

See, trials are to drive us closer to God, and we can begin to focus more on Him and start to see things from His perspective!  He also uses them to strengthen our faith and our devotion to Him.

1 Peter 4:12
eloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.

In the midst of adversity, we might feel overwhelmed and discouraged. But once the storm has passed, we can often look back and see that the LORD’S providential hand carried us through. 

Oh, indeed, yes! “PTL!” 

In Yeshua’s Name. Amen.  

With lots of prayers & love, shalom!

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Forever Changed

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

A blessed day to you from Pastor Bruce & Suzi!

Have you gone through a time of trial or even a blessing that you consider “life-changing”?   Many things can cause us to feel as though our lives are somehow different, but none are as powerful as what we experience when we become redeemed, born-again, saved believers IN MESSIAH YESHUA! 

From the moment that we accept YESHUA as our Savior and LORD of our lives, we are forever changed (transformed)! And, as believers, we gain even more than assurance of eternal salvation; we experience a complete life change!  We now walk in newness of life (Romans. 6:4), and we are new creatures IN MESSIAH YESHUA!  

From that moment on, we have the leading of the Holy Spirit, and MESSIAH in us is our Hope of Glory (Colossians 1:27); check it out!

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in MESSIAH , he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new.

As believers and new creatures, we are earthly ambassadors for the LORD, and we have a calling that is eternal.   Our great Almighty GOD desires all the glory and honor for this, His wonderful plan for our salvation  (sending His only begotten Son to take our place and pay our sin debt in full). 

Let’s exult His glorious Name, our soon coming King! Yes, “PTL!” 

In Yeshua’s Name. Amen.

With lots of prayers, love & hugs, Shalom!

Pastor Bruce & Suzi

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

God’s Strength Is Greater

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

A blessed day to you from Pastor Bruce & Suzi!

Most people don’t like to talk about their own actual weaknesses!   But, in today’s verse, we find Apostle Paul boasting in his weakness!

Why would Paul do that?  Because he knew that GOD’S strength was great in the midst of his infirmity!                          

We all have weak areas in our lives. We need to never rely on our own strength, but in prayer, ask ABBA to give us His strength in our weaknesses! When we cry out to Abba FATHER, He is more than willing to give us the strength we need. His grace (unmerited favor) is always more than sufficient to see us through.                                 

2 Corinthians 12:9
Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of MESSIAH can work through me.”

May GOD’S power be made perfect in your weakness today. Yes!

In Yeshua’s Name. Amen! With tons of prayers, hugs & love, shalom!

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Rebuilding Passion

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

A greatly blessed day to you from Pastor Bruce & Suzi!

As children of the Most High GOD, He would like us to be like a city on a hill, the light of the world, shining brightly in the darkness with the love of YESHUA and His message of redemption (Matt. 5:14-15).               

As we learned recently, it is possible for our fire to cool, which greatly affects our witness!  So, let’s be aware of where we are… 

Is our walk with YESHUA less dynamic than it used to be?   Think back on the zeal you had for YESHUA when you were first  saved.   If we have let our flame go out, let’s honestly acknowledge it and do something about it, such as get back in the Word, spend time in daily prayer and get to really know your heavenly FATHER. 

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you refocus your attention.

1 Timothy 4:15
Meditate on these things, give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.

Is your faith walk lacking true excitement and fervor? If so, start today to saturate your mind with the principles of GOD and let Him use your fire to draw others to Him andwatch His favor be upon you! Yes! 

In Yeshua’s Name. Amen With lots of prayers, hugs & love, shalom!

Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman!

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Habit of Trust

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Good day to you from Pastor Bruce & Suzi!

Do you find yourself asking GOD what He is doing in your life and in your walk with Him, not always understanding? Well, if we always understood we would have no need for trust.  You may find yourself asking questions like: “What does my future hold?” or “Will I ever see my breakthrough?”

We have to learn to trust our heavenly FATHER, especially when we don’t understand His ways and/or what might be happening in our lives!  We need to become comfortable with the unanswered questions.   We need to relax and get comfortable trusting and believing GOD (the One who does know!). 

Make it a habit of trusting. Even if you only see one step ahead of you, take that step, and then trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit to show you the next step!

Isaiah 55:8-9
For my thoughts are not your thoughts nor are your ways My ways, say the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways. My thoughts than your thoughts.    

If your answer is delayed, trust and know His timing IS Always perfect! GOD’S thoughts and ways are not ours, and His are higher and wiser, even when we don’t understand! Yes! 

In Yeshua’s Name. Amen. 

With lots of prayers, hugs & love, Shalom!

Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

The Narrow Path

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Do you know GOD made you special?

There is no one else on the earth like you with your unique mix of gifts, talents and traits! GOD, our FATHER, didn’t make you to be superior or inferior. He created you to be unique and to fulfill His specific 

A blessed day to you from Pastor Bruce & Suzi!

No matter what has happened to you in your lifetime (even if you have been abandoned by your spouse or abused as a or hurt by a loved one and friends), if you will stay on the path which GOD leads you on and be willing to leave your past behind, you will find peace, joy and fulfillment! As you walk through this process, you CAN find comfort in GOD’S promise from today’s Scripture to guide you.

YESHUA is the way, and He has shown us the way in which we are to walk. The LORD has given us His Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in the way we are to go, that narrow path that leads to life, turning from the broad way that leads to destruction (Matt. 7:14).

Isaiah 30:21

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, this is the way, walk in it, whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.

Get in the presence of almighty GOD and listen for His voice to lead you in the way you should go. Continue doing what is right as the Holy Spirit leads you and keep walking on the path that leads to life and blessings will flow!  Yes!, in Yeshua’s Name. Amen.  With lots of prayers and love, shalom! Pastor Bruce & Suzi!.

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation