Day of Reckoning

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Every person without exception will one day stand before GOD and give an account of their life. I encourage you today not to live like there is no tomorrow because tomorrow always comes.

Yeshua will come for us when we least expect it and then it will be too late to do all the things we intended to do but never got around to! One of the spiritual laws we see throughout the Bible is that we always reap what we sow. Everything that is now done behind closed doors will one day be brought out in the open! We should be sure that we realize nothing is really eternally hidden!

Revelation 22:12 And behold, I am coming quickly and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work.

Our salvation is a free gift from GOD; it is given by His amazing grace through MESSIAH and is to be received by faith. We do not get into Heaven because of our good works, but as our verse today teaches us, even so our works will be judged and rewarded according to what we have merited. That “Day of Reckoning” will one day be upon us; let’s be ready.

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

“Religious Fluff”

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

How important is the Word of God to you? If you don’t really care enough about the Word to abide in it, you are going to be in trouble in these last days in which we live. 

“Religious fluff” is not going to be enough to get you through; we have to be deeply serious about meditating on the Word while the Holy Spirit leads us.

When we know the Word, ABBA will protect us and keep us from being sucked into deception! Simply stated: deception happens when we believe the lies of our enemy, Satan! He knows our weaknesses and He lies to us every chance He gets! Without thorough knowledge of GOD’S Word, we won’t even recognize His lies!       

John 8:31-32
Then Yeshua said to those who believed Him, “If you abide in my word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.


A deceived heart will not do for anyone who intends to be victorious in their Messianic Jewish faith walk! We need to be diligent to root out any areas of our lives where we are susceptible to deception (Satan lies). We need to live openly, honestly, abiding in the light of GOD’S truth as He reveals in His Word!

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Valleys and Mountaintops

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

GOD allowed the Israelites to wander in the wilderness so long to teach them that man does not live by bread alone (worldly things) but by His promises!

See, GOD met their basic needs (manna), but they were a long way from having their desires fulfilled!

GOD wants to teach us like the Israelites that our true life is in Him and not in worldly things. 

He allows us to go through trials so we can learn that doing things His way is the best way! 

If we do not serve and worship Him in hard times (valleys), we won’t in good times (mountaintops)! 

He wants to bless us with our desires, but He demands first place in our lives at all times!

Deut. 8:3

So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.

Whether you are in a valley or on a mountaintop, in want or all your needs are met, worship the Lord! 

Keep GOD first in your life, and you will be amazed at what He will do for you.

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

No Idols Please

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

We were created to love the LORD and be loved by Him, and anything that competes for our devotion simply does not fit our life’s purpose!

We need to keep in our spirit that the most important mission of our life here on this earth is to love our GOD with all our heart, soul, strength and mind. 

Without complete devotion to Him, we would pursue our own interests and neglect godly principles and godly goals. 

No idol, whether it is an individual dream or an item, is not worthy of our worship! 

GOD hates idols of every kind because He knows anything that draws our attention away from Him is dangerous. 

It is a sure way to stumble in this life and end up ensnared in sin and then lose our blessings!

Matt. 22:37

YESHUA said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind”

We serve a holy and just GOD whose deep love for mankind moved Him to send His only begotten Son YESHUA to die in our place.

He deserves and demands our total loyalty and surrender.

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

You Are Uniquely Made for a Specific Purpose

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 purpose for your life here!

We should never look at others condescendingly with an attitude of superiority or look down on ourselves thinking to be inferior to our brothers and sisters in MESSIAH.

We should never compare apples to oranges! We shouldn’t be judging others or ourselves by a standard that is not GOD’S will for us as individuals.

(Romans 12:3) For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

Ask GOD to reveal your gifts to you and teach you how you can make your unique contribution as a member of the body of MESSIAH!

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

I’m a Citizen of Heaven!

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Earth isn’t our everlasting home. Our citizenship is in heaven. Together we eagerly wait for YESHUA to come and take us to live with Him forever. In the meantime, we have direct access to God through the Holy SPIRIT. When days are long and nights are painful, we can remember where our real home is. This life of ups and downs are only temporary. In the loving arms of YESHUA, we can find grace and mercy in time of need.

We are united with our Savior. I am one in spirit with Him, and so are you! YESHUA doesn’t call us His servants; as a matter of fact, he calls us His friends. He tells us that servants do not know what the Master’s business is. “I have called you friend, for everything that I learned from my Father, I have made known to you” (John 15:15).

YESHUA is with us while we wait for His return. It’s important that we spend time in His Word and learn who He says we are. We are His children, and for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in HIM shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

This world is not our home and for many MESSIANIC JEWISH BELIEVERS, we feel like we don’t belong. The hard truth is that we don’t belong here. We belong with MESSIAH in the heavenly places. The good news is that we can have heavenly moments with MESSIAH now! It’s in these times we find His strength to help us carry on.

Inspired by author—Lisa Brown

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation