Interrupted Lives

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Have you ever noticed the men and women we consider great in the Bible were all people who allowed GOD to interrupt their lives! They were willing to make tremendous sacrifices for Him.

Joseph saved a nation from starvation but not before GOD dramatically removed him from his comfortable home and allowed him to be imprisoned for years. GOD positioned him to be in the right place at the right time through circumstance! 

Esther was a young maiden who undoubtedly had plans for her future when suddenly she was asked to enter the King’s harem and then gained favor with him so she could reveal the plan of the wicked Haman who intended to slaughter all the Jews at that time! 

Joseph and Esther both had plans, but they let GOD interrupt their lives and then followed Him instead!

Esther 4:14C
Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.

Are we willing to let GOD interrupt our lives to fit into His plan for kingdom work while here on earth? If so, let’s pray, “ABBA, use me in any way you see fit, not my will but YOURS!”

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Off Course

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Do you ever feel as if your whole life has gone a little off course? All of a sudden you aren’t sure which way to turn. We all can get to the point when our spiritual sense of direction seems unclear. Our scripture today lays out a clear plan for getting back on track after stepping in wrong directions!

We’re to lay aside every encumbrance. Encumbrance here means “weight.” We should remove anything from our life that is weighing us down. Stress, guilt, fear, shame and regret are just a few of the burdens that can break our back as we strive to move forward in our FAITH walk in the LORD. We will simply never go far in our spiritual growth when we’re dragging around so much baggage!

Hebrews 12:1
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every encumbrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

Even when we feel lost, GOD knows where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going! The course has been laid before us and YESHUA stands waiting at the finish line!

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Container for Power

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Everyday we have to choose to speak forth good words—the responsibility to control our tongue. Words carry with them power to bless or to curse (James 3:9-12), to build up or to tear down! We can give words of encouragement or crush relationships with insults and criticism.

Sometimes in the heat of an argument we say things we never intended and hurt the very people we love the most! GOD knows the trouble we can get into because of our emotions; so He calls us to be people who control our speech! Callous words doesn’t just damage relationships but hinder our effectiveness as Messianic believers.

Proverbs 5:2
The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pour forth foolishness.

What type of words fill your mouth each day? Our words are containers for power and they carry either positive or negative power! Let’s strive to think before we speak and ask FATHER GOD to help us tame our tongues!

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Inner Rest

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

The apostle Paul said that we are seated in heavenly places with Messiah YESHUA as a child of GOD! So what does that mean? What do we do when we sit? We rest, right! So to be seated in heavenly places with YESHUA is to enter an inner rest!

When we get nervous or upset about our problems and worry overtakes us, we need to tell ourselves “to sit down!” And we’re not just talking about our physical body but also our soul (mind, will and emotions)! It’s important to let our entire being rest and just wait on GOD. 

We need to wait expectantly for GOD to do what we cannot do! Give Him the steering wheel!

Ephesians 2:4-6

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loves us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with MESSIAH and raised us up together and made us sit together in the heavenly places in MESSIAH YESHUA.

The promises of GOD’S peace is not made to those who work, struggle or strive in their own strength but to those who enter GOD’S rest waiting on Him!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Messiah-Like

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Is repentance necessary in the life of the believer? Yes! 

We see the critical truth in 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, GOD is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Remember, “to repent” means to change our minds! For unbelievers, this refers to a decision about where to find security! But for us (children of GOD), it involves a change of heart with regard to behavior or attitude.

Repentance is an ongoing decision to lead an obedient, MESSIAH-LIKE life. GOD absolutely hates sin! So if we agree with Him about sin, then we are changing our mind about disobedience in our lives. 

Thoughts, attitudes and actions that once seemed perfectly natural will no longer fit who we are in MESSIAH YESHUA!

Proverbs 28:13

He who covers his sins will not prosper; but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

Is there sin in your life that has become too uncomfortable to bear? Confess the matter to ABBA FATHER, and allow Him to change your mind about it and to turn away from it today, and you will receive His mercy!

Love & Blessings, Bruce & Suzi Elman L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

God’s Tool

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

If you want GOD’S best for your life and desire to be used by Him, at some point you’ll have to travel the road of adversity. This means His purpose for difficulty cannot be bad, yet many Messianic Jewish Believers  consider it a setback or defeat!

GOD has designed hardship to become a turning point from which we take our greatest leaps forward in spiritual growth. He allows adversity to remain in our lives only until it has enabled Him to accomplish His purpose in us. He will not let it linger one second longer than necessary. Difficulties show us where we stand in our faith! Of course we don’t actually know how much diversity we are able to endure, but GOD does! He does set a limit on our storms—establishing our threshold!

Psalm 103:13-14

As a father pities  his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame, He remembers that we are dust.

Next time adversity comes our way, remember this is GOD’S tool for building godly character in us. As we experience these storms of life, we are being conformed to the likeness of MESSIAH YESHUA! Count it all joy!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation