Act of Love

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

We are in a war and the Bible teaches us that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (natural) but are mighty through GOD for pulling down of strongholds: our Scripture today…

2 Corinthians 10:4

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…”

We need to get rid of wrong thinking: selfish, self-centered thinking! We need to forget about ourselves, our problems and start doing for others, even while we are going through our own trials! This is how we overcome evil! YESHUA, being our example, while on the cross in intense suffering took time to comfort the thief hanging beside Him (Luke 23:42-43). When Paul and Silas were in prison after GOD sent the earthquake to break their chains and open the prison doors, they remained to minister to their captors. They could have thought of themselves and run, but because of this act of love toward their fellowman (the captor and his family), all were born again, becoming believers in MESSIAH YESHUA! 

What battles in your life today need to be fought with an act of love?

 

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Bring Me All Your Feelings

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

BRING ME ALL YOUR FEELINGS, even the ones you wish you didn’t have. Fear and anxiety still plague you. Feelings, per se, are not sinful, but they can be temptations to sin. Blazing missiles of fear fly at you day and night; these attacks from the evil one come at you relentlessly. Use your Shield of Faith to extinguish those flaming arrows  Affirm your trust in Me, regardless of how you feel. If you persist, your feelings will eventually fall in line with your faith.

Do not hide from your fear or pretend it isn’t there. Anxiety that you hide in the recesses of your heart will give birth to fear of fear: a monstrous stepchild.

Bring your anxieties out into the Light of My Presence, where we can deal with them together. Concentrate on trusting Me, and fearfulness will gradually lose its foothold within you.

Ephesians 6:16 
1 John 1:5-7
Isaiah 12:2

From the devotional: Jesus Calling for July 19th

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Lack of Confidence

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Because we consider certain emotions and behaviors harmless, we don’t pay much attention to them. In fact we regard some attitudes as “normal!” We just assume everyone feels them from time to time. One good example is discouragement. Some people view discouragement and disappointment as the same thing, but this is a misconception!

Since we cannot have success every time we try something, there is no way to avoid all disappointments in life. But we can avoid all disappointment; it’s a choice we make when we decide whether or not we will allow our times of disappointment to destroy our confidence. That’s exactly what discouragement is—a complete lack of confidence, a feeling of dismay!

Joshua 1:7
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.”

This verse tells us to be strong and courageous. If you are without courage, ask GOD to wipe away your fears and remind you of His mighty power.

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation
Lake Worth, Florida

 

Times of Turbulence

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Life is continually changing. As one problem is settled, a new one always seems to pop up! Since we live in a fallen world, trouble is part of our reality!

But, thankfully, GOD guides believers through our times of turbulence (Psalm 23). He is truly our Good Shepherd who constantly abides with us (His weary lambs)! 

YESHUA promised to not leave us as orphans, and His promise was fulfilled in the person of the Holy Spirit (who was sent to indwell and to care for each one of us who are believers in MESSIAH ). 

The apostle Paul describes the Holy Spirit as a seal placed around believers until they are called to their heavenly home (Romans 8:35-39). 

YESHUA speaking: John 14:18 “I will not leave you as orphans , I will come to you…”

This protection or seal of the Holy Spirit is for GOD’S children (those who have received YESHUA as Savior)! Our lives can get rocky at times, but we as believers always have the assurance of a companion (the RUACH HAKODESH) in those tough times. We can be confident that GOD’S goodness and love will surround us always (Psalm 23:6).

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Being in Awe

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Being passionate about our life and our purpose begins and continues with being passionate about GOD our FATHER! We should always live in amazement about Him and His ways. Everything that once thrilled us about GOD’S character should continue day by day, filling us with awe of Him and who He is.

So what can we do if the wonder and excellence of who GOD is and what He’s done for us begins to fade? 

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The answer is found in our Scripture today. 

2 Timothy 1:6

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  

The apostle Paul is giving instructions to Timothy when he started battling with fear. Paul told him to stir up (rekindle the embers of & keep burning) the gift of GOD (the inner fire) that was in him. It was the gift of faith Paul was talking about.

We have the ability, and it is our responsibility to fan the flames of our faith!! Don’t delay; start today, stir up the fire of passion in your heart for the things of GOD and the awesomeness of who He is: “THE GREAT I AM”!

 

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

God’s Best

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

As followers of YESHUA, we are to pray to ABBA when we desire or need something (Philippians 4:6). But sad to say, many of GOD’s children fail to do so. 

Why?

Some are “too busy” to take time to pray; others talk to the LORD in a general or mechanical way (memorized prayer) without the genuine heartfelt communication ABBA desires.

MESSIANIC BELIEVERS should come humbly before GOD’s throne bringing requests with a submissive spirit—meaning we are to seek GOD’s will above all else, even above what we think is best because He could have something better in mind! 

The Scriptures tells us to approach the throne room with confidence and faith (Hebrews 4:16). 

When we pray and seek God’s will (not ours), we should anticipate that He will answer us!

Psalm 145:18

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.

ABBA FATHER desires to pour blessings into the lives of His children. Don’t allow lack of prayer to prevent His best! Go to Him with your needs and wants with confidence and giving Him all praise! Then submit your will to His and see His faithfulness unfold!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation