Being in Awe

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Being passionate about our life and our purpose begins and continues with being passionate about GOD our FATHER! We should always live in amazement about Him and His ways. Everything that once thrilled us about GOD’S character should continue day by day, filling us with awe of Him and who He is.

So what can we do if the wonder and excellence of who GOD is and what He’s done for us begins to fade? 

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The answer is found in our Scripture today. 

2 Timothy 1:6

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  

The apostle Paul is giving instructions to Timothy when he started battling with fear. Paul told him to stir up (rekindle the embers of & keep burning) the gift of GOD (the inner fire) that was in him. It was the gift of faith Paul was talking about.

We have the ability, and it is our responsibility to fan the flames of our faith!! Don’t delay; start today, stir up the fire of passion in your heart for the things of GOD and the awesomeness of who He is: “THE GREAT I AM”!

 

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

God’s Best

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

As followers of YESHUA, we are to pray to ABBA when we desire or need something (Philippians 4:6). But sad to say, many of GOD’s children fail to do so. 

Why?

Some are “too busy” to take time to pray; others talk to the LORD in a general or mechanical way (memorized prayer) without the genuine heartfelt communication ABBA desires.

MESSIANIC BELIEVERS should come humbly before GOD’s throne bringing requests with a submissive spirit—meaning we are to seek GOD’s will above all else, even above what we think is best because He could have something better in mind! 

The Scriptures tells us to approach the throne room with confidence and faith (Hebrews 4:16). 

When we pray and seek God’s will (not ours), we should anticipate that He will answer us!

Psalm 145:18

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.

ABBA FATHER desires to pour blessings into the lives of His children. Don’t allow lack of prayer to prevent His best! Go to Him with your needs and wants with confidence and giving Him all praise! Then submit your will to His and see His faithfulness unfold!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Confirming Our Reservation

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Our faith is set apart from every other religion (because ours is relationship, not religion) in the world!

Our verse today is the key (Revelation 3:20) to that. In this verse, a beautiful picture is painted for us of Messiah YESHUA , the Savior of mankind, patiently knocking on the door of our hearts!

In other beliefs, this picture is different; it would be you andI knocking on the door of heaven, trying to get in by our good works! 

But in today’s verse, YESHUA is the one who pursues. He stands there knocking, and He keeps on standing there knocking until we come to Him and receive His sacrifice (cross) as an atonement for our sins (past, present, and future). He is the only confirmation for our ticket that we need to our destination (heaven)! We can’t get in without it!

Revelation 3:20

Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him and he with Me.

Is YESHUA standing at the door of your heart right now? Remember the door knob is on your side! YESHUA is a gentleman; He will not force His way into our lives. We must welcome Him; He’s patiently waiting for your invitation. Won’t you let Him in?

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Judgment Day

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Hello, dear one(s), from Pastor Bruce & Suzi! 🤗🙏

The last few days we have seen the wonders of heaven in our devotionals (spending eternity with our heavenly FATHER)! Accepting YESHUA as your Savior is our blessed assurance we will make it into heaven! That’s justification!!!👍YESHUA said He is THE ONLY way to the FATHER!

But salvation through MESSIAH is about more than getting into heaven; it’s also about the process of becoming MESSIAH-like while living here on this earth. That’s sanctification. 

In fact, on Judgement Day, we all will be asked to give an account for the ways we used our opportunities, abilities and resources! GOD gives us, His children, different types and amounts of His blessings: gifts, strengths, wealth, etc. What matters to GOD, is the way we make use of them. 

Are you selfish with them, using them for your own good? Or are you generously using those gifts to serve MESSIAH YESHUA and further His kingdom?!?  We will all be held accountable and will be rewarded for the ways we invested our lives while here on earth!

Oh, heaven will still be our GLORIOUS home! That issue was settled when we came to faith in YESHUA as our LORD & Savior! 

2 Corinthians 5:10

For we must all stand before MESSIAH to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.

This is a very good time to think about all of your blessings and how you are utilizing them for GOD’S praise and glory!  It’s our responsibility to be faithful servants in whatever He calls us to do. Yes!, 

In Yeshua’s Name. Amen. 

 

With lots of prayers, love & hugs, 

Shalom,

Pastor Bruce & Suzi!

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

The Power of Love

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Believers are vessels 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 of the day!

1 Corinthians 13:4
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud…”

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

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

Love is not jealous or envious. 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.” We understand our value in GOD’S eyes, and there is no need to be arrogant!

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 and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

An Act of Love

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Forgiving those who have wronged us is a tough command to follow. Our human nature finds it easier and more satisfying to hold onto our anger. But as followers of Messiah, we are to be vessels of GOD’S love and no longer living according to the impulses of our flesh!

When someone mistreats us, the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, leads us not only to forgive but also to show love to that person. 

As we read our scripture today, it is a mandate from YESHUA that we are to love our enemies! He is our greatest example. He had to face religious leaders who deliberately provoked Him, yet at the cross He sought ABBA’S forgiveness for them.

Matthew 5:44
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.

Yes, people will wrong us, however, if we have the love of the FATHER living in us, then we will refuse to be provoked and will let go of all bitterness and forgive them with love!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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