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

Delight in the Lord

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

What is your response if GOD doesn’t fulfill a burning desire? For some people, an unmet longing feels like the worst thing that could happen; it makes their entire life seem disappointing and incomplete! So they pursue their dreams themselves in opposition to GOD’S will  and end up truly disappointed, even if they got what they think they wanted!

Deep down inside of us is a desire, a hunger for something we can not see and do not fully know. That desire is for “GOD-Himself!”

Of course we can never fully know and understand GOD; there is always more to uncover about Him. But He promises to reveal to us more about His ways as we grow closer in fellowship with Him daily (through our personal prayer time and Bible reading time).

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Amazingly, as we pursue our desire for GOD, He fulfills the other desires He has given us. And so we learn that while acquiring anything outside of His will, will eventually turn to ashes, leaving dust in our mouth! He longs to fill us with “pleasures forever more.”

Psalm 16:11

You will show me the path of life;

In Your presence is fullness of joy;

At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Perfect Peace

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Are you at peace today? Nothing is worth anything if you don’t have peace! Even having great wealth is no good without peace! You cannot put a price on the value of peace.You can spend your whole life trying to climb the ladder of success and it could consume you with pressure, stress and rob you of your peace, joy and time that should be spent with your family.

We are never truly successful unless we have peace. Peace comes from knowing who we are in MESSIAH YESHUA (the Prince of Peace) and having the peace of GOD, which surpasses all understanding

Philippians 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.                                    

Romans 14:17
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

GOD wants to see us (His children) having our needs met & blessed in abundance & being in a position to bless others! But ABBA  never wants it to be a cost of exchanging our peace for it. Seek the prefect peace of GOD in all you do & always refuse to live without it!

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Spiritual Growth

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

We know that our relationship with ABBA FATHER is growing when we can see our true nature clearly. As the Holy Spirit gains greater control of our life, we become increasingly aware of our own sinfulness and weakness. We realize we cannot live the Messianic Jewish life on our own.

We know we’re growing when our response to sin is quick (conviction brings about immediate and genuine repentance)! Ignoring our sin is rebellion against GOD and disobedience stops spiritual growth!

We know intimacy with FATHER GOD is deepening when we guard our prayer time! Time spent in prayer and scriptural meditation is a must for a maturing believer.

Philippians 2:15 …that you may become blameless and harmless children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.

Seeing spiritual growth within ourselves should give us joy! Why? Because our spirit is looking more and more like that of our perfect Savior, MESSIAH YESHUA (our soon coming King)!

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Fear Not

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Fear has been a part of man’s emotional makeup since the fall! When Adam and Eve rebelled against the LORD, they hid themselves from Him and were afraid (Genesis 3:10). Things haven’t changed much. Anxiety often affects our thinking and controls our actions. It can keep us boxed in!

Let’s look at some truths written in the Word of GOD to help us defeat fear.

GOD is almighty; through our Savior’s perfect life and sacrifice on the cross, our two greatest enemies have been defeated (Satan & death)! 

Next, GOD is always with us; because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit at our time of salvation, we have GOD not only near us but also in us. Nothing can separate us from Him (not past mistakes, present circumstances or difficult people).

Romans 8:38-39
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Almighty GOD “Himself” is the reason we should not be afraid! Next time fear overwhelms you, grasp hold of the truth of His awesome power, presence and total involvement in your life. He has you in the palm of His hand!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation