Pursue Peace

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Do you have trouble getting along with people? Do you know that our relationship with our LORD, ourselves and other people are all interconnected; meaning they affect each other?

In our scripture today, Peter is telling us to strive to be at peace with GOD, with ourselves and others!

First, if we’re not at peace with ourselves, we can’t possibly be at peace with others. You can’t give away something you don’t have!

Second, you will never get along with other people if deep down inside you don’t get along with yourself! Many of us have strife inside ourselves which causes us to not be at peace. Instead we continually judge, analyze and criticize ourselves. Keeping a record of all our faults causes us to live under quilt and condemnation!

1 Peter 3:11
Let him turn away from wickedness and shun it and let him do right. Let him search for peace and seek it eagerly (Do not merely desire peaceful relationships with God, with your fellow man and with yourself, but pursue, go after them.}

We cannot just passively wait to feel peaceful. We must pursue GOD’S peace, and let’s refuse to live without it!

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Self Talk

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Without a doubt GOD loves us. His Word is His endless love letter to you and me and all through it He repeatedly proclaims His love for us. But, knowing GOD loves us in our head is not the same as knowing He loves us in our heart!

There are a number of things that keep us from having a heartfelt revelation of GOD’S love, but I believe one of the greatest things is the way we talk about ourselves, which is “self-talk!” Let’s admit it, we all talk to ourselves; we can do it externally or out loud and also internally within our thoughts.

Are you speaking negative words (self-criticism, judgement and condemnation) over yourself or positive words of GOD’S love and acceptance? Don’t let the truth of GOD’S love be drowned out by thoughts of negatively, fear and doubt!

Luke 6:45c

Out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks…

Realize that nobody’s words carry more weight or power in your life than yours! Why? Because next to GOD, you have the greatest amount of authority in and over your life. Words spoken out of your mouth will either produce death or life (Proverbs 18:21).

 

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Dare to be Bold

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Bold means to be daring, courageous and intrepid! GOD is calling us to be bold! He hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power and permission to fearlessly, confidently and boldly draw near the throne of grace!

This means we can go into the presence of almighty GOD anytime we choose (through MESSIAH YESHUA). We have an open  invitation day and night. Wow, GOD is saying to us, unreservedly, which means we don’t have to be careful, hesitate or wonder if we’ve worn out our welcome. Even if we made some mistakes or did things we shouldn’t have done, we can repent of our sins and be cleansed in the blood of YESHUA and go boldly back into His Throne room!

(Ephesians 3:12) In whom because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (to unreserved approach to GOD with freedom and without fear).

GOD is waiting on us to come into His Throne room and daringly ask Him  to meet our needs and the needs of others and to work through us to impact the world around us!

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

God’s Perspective

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

In today’s scripture, YESHUA is teaching us how to avoid being overly concerned with statue. He wants us to experience life at its very best.

We must have the right attitude; start by viewing ourselves and those around us from GOD’S perspective. We are all sinners who have been saved by His amazing grace at the ground level of the cross!

No one earns his way to heaven and no one is better than anyone else. We are all loved by our heavenly FATHER; everyone we meet is precious in His sight and in need of His mercy!

We need to humble ourselves before the LORD, asking Him to search our hearts and reveal areas of sin and pride and then agreeing that we have fallen short of His standards.

(Matthew 23:11-12) But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant, and whoever exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Let’s humble ourselves before the LORD starting today by being willing to love whomever He calls us to love, serve wherever He sends us and be all He has created us to be!

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Yeshua’s Way

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

As GOD’S adopted children, we have been given a new purpose – glorifying Him through righteous living. This means changing our plans to adjust to His will and purpose for our lives.             

One very important change is with our belief system; as BELIEVERS our thinking should match YESHUA’S way of thinking!

The influence of the world we live in is strong! The world tells us to push ahead of others, take all the credit for our accomplishments and keep material possessions for our own use.

But, the Word tells us the last shall be first (Mark 9:35). GOD is the One who desires our praise (Psalm 96:4) and we are to be generous people. In all our desires and what others may want us to do, the LORD should always take precedence!

{Matthew 16:24… Then YESHUA said to His disciples, if anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me… }               

Let’s take inventory, making sure our heavenly FATHER is taking first place in all we do. He wants and desires our full devotion!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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Approval of Others

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

In YESHUA’s day, many leaders who were believers in YESHUA would not confess their faith to others. They were hindered from a relationship with YESHUA because they cared too much about other people’s approval.

In our verse today we see Joshua was bold about his belief in FATHER GOD! Whether other people agreed or not; serving and following GOD is the only way to live a fulfilling and victorious MESSIANIC JEWISH life.

We need to realize that not everyone is going to like us and if we live our lives worrying about what other people think, we will never take risks and stretch our faith into new realms, beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes and dreams!

Joshua 24:15A Choose for yourself this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. 

Don’t let anyone steal from you what YESHUA died to give you—the freedom to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit for you as an individual! As you follow the RUACH HAKODESH leading, I guarantee that He will lead you into a rewarding life!

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation