Personal Matters

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

Because GOD has created us as unique individuals; knowing about prayer is not enough. He made us to have an intimate “distinct” relationship with Him. So, He will teach us to pray according to who He has made us to be.

Yes, there are principles of prayer that apply to everyone; for one, we must be praying in YESHUA’S name! But, GOD will lead you and I according to “who we are” and the season of life we happen to be in. GOD has a personalized plan just for you as an individual. It’s important to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit (who dwells within you as a believer) and follow His plan for your particular life. The Holy Spirit (our Helper) knows the will of GOD for you. He’ll never lead you astray!

Romans 8:27 “Now He who searches the heart knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God… ”

GOD delights in you and your uniqueness and wants you to be free to express your differences as you pray. He’s waiting to spend time with you just as He designed you to be; your unique self!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

God’s Way or My Way

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

Decisions – they are constantly before us! You probably have decisions presently on your plate – some may be minor & some major! Regardless of size, they will impact your life and also the lives of others.

When it comes to choices, we need to pray and ask GOD what He has to say about it. GOD clearly says in His Word (Ps. 25) that He desires to lead our life and always wants to help us make the best choices!

One thing you can be sure of, GOD will never direct you to make a choice that is contrary to His Word. The Bible is the ultimate “road atlas” ever printed! The choice He wants for you is one that will lead to life and will have His fingerprints of peace all over it!

Psalm 25:4-5 “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth & teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day… ”
Abba leads us gently; He never pushes or pressures us to do anything. His yoke is easy; His burden is light (Matt. 11:30).

Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Faith Factor

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

The apostle James challenges us to understand the connection between faith and obedience! He writes in James 2:17 that faith without works is dead. In other words, we cannot have unshakeable faith without obedience!

Developing steadfast trust takes time; yes, we are born again through simple, childlike faith but a growing knowledge of GOD and a deepening confidence in Him keeps us convicted. It strengthens our faith in times of testing (trials).

Hebrews Chapter 11, shows us that obedience is critical to steadfast faith, check it out! Noah never seeing rain, obeyed GOD and built the ark! Abraham left his home to go to a place not yet known, obeying GOD by faith! Hebrews11:6a  “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him… ”

Knowing and trusting GOD through His Son, experiencing His presence and living obediently are the two factors needed to develop an unshakeable faith! How unshakeable is your faith? Let’s pray for that kind of faith.

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

True Success

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

What causes some people to fail and others to achieve their goals? Society tells us the definition of successful achievement in life is fame, fortune or power! But GOD’S Word tells us something different.

In GOD’S eyes, true success means becoming what He wants us to be and reaching the goals He has set for our lives (Heb. 12:1).

We should seek encouragement from the lives of other believers who have seen MESSIAH’S faithfulness and followed His direction. We need to get rid of anything that holds us back from obeying GOD. And we need to persevere through difficult and discouraging times – always relying on YESHUA for guidance and strength so we can succeed in GOD’S plan for our lives.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.

FATHER GOD has a wonderful plan for blessing and fulfillment in your life and part of His plan is that you live with purpose and perseverance! Stay in the Word, pray for direction and if necessary seek godly counsel!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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