God’s Strength is Greater

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Most people don’t like to talk about their weaknesses! But in today’s verse, we find the apostle Paul boasting in his weakness. Why would Paul do that? Because he knew that GOD’S strength was great in the midst of his infirmity.    

We all have weak areas in our lives. We need to never rely on our own strength but in prayer ask ABBA to give us His strength in our weaknesses! When we cry out to Him, He is more than willing to give us the strength we need. His grace (unmerited favor) is always more than sufficient to see us through!

(2 Corinthians 12:9… And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities that the power of Messiah may rest upon me.)

May GOD’S power be made perfect in your weakness today! Praise His mighty Name! 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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It’s a Matter of Trust

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Do you find yourself asking GOD what He is doing in your life and in your walk with Him, not understanding? Well, if we always understood, we would have no need for trust!

You may find yourself asking questions like, “What does my future hold or will I ever see my breakthrough?”

We have to learn to trust our heavenly FATHER, especially when we don’t understand His ways or what might be happening in our lives! We need to become comfortable with the unanswered questions. We need to relax and get comfortable trusting and believing GOD (the One who does know).

Make it a habit of trusting! Even if you can see one step ahead of you; take that step with the guide of the Holy Spirit and then trust ABBA to show you the next one.  

{Isaiah 55:8-9… For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts… }           

If your answer is delayed, trust and know His timing is perfect. GOD’S thoughts and ways are not ours and His are higher and wiser, even when you don’t understand.

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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Lighting Our Path

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

We are to trust the Bible’s accuracy! It is meant to have a positive influence on our conversation, conduct, and character.

When on the earth, Yeshua, the son of GOD, affirmed the validity of the Old Testament by using it! After His resurrection, He explained what Moses and the prophets said about Him (Luke 24:27). Then He promised the disciples that the Ruach Hakodesh would enlighten their minds and jog their memories (John 14:26). This ensured the New Testament’s accuracy!

Like a well that never runs dry, the Bible offers a fresh taste of living water each time we open it. We could only skim its surface even by reading it in one’s lifetime! Over time, various leaders have tried in vain to destroy it or restrict access to it!   

(Psalm 119:105…Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path… )

The Scriptures are the LORD’S way of revealing Himself to humanity. Even though throughout history, there have been many that tried to destroy its meaning, it is still the most loved book in the world and keeps winning hearts to MESSIAH YESHUA! Is it lighting your path today?

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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Pressing Forward

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

We have an enemy, his name is Satan and he hates us because we are GOD’S children, created in GOD’S image and we have fellowship with Him!

Satan wants us to always be looking at how far we have fallen; rather than how far we have come in our walk with Yeshua!

Remember, Satan is a liar and there is no truth in him (John 8:44). He is the father of lies! He always wants our focus to be on our past instead of our future and how far we still have to go; rather than how far we have come!
He wants our mind filled with how many times we failed instead of how many times we have succeeded!

But, our heavenly FATHER wants us to focus on our strengths, not our weaknesses, our victories, not our failures and not our problems, but our blessing.

Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended, but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Messiah Yeshua… “

Let’s keep our eyes focused on Yeshua and don’t ever believe the lies of Satan!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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Believe the Impossible

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

In the natural, many things are impossible but in the supernatural realm with GOD, there is nothing impossible!
GOD wants us to believe for great things—make big plans—then expect Him to do things so great that you will be left with our mouth hanging open in awe! We need to be bold in our asking, nothing is too big for our sovereign GOD!

James 4:2 tells us we have not because we ask not. When our dreams seem overwhelmingly big and we do not see how to accomplish them, we need to keep in mind that even though we do not know the way, we do know the Way-Maker! His name is GOD, the Great I Am, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End!

(Ephesians 3:20… Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us… )

Let’s be encouraged today to stretch our faith beyond our highest prayers, dreams, hopes, and desires and then watch them unfold!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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Youthful Attitude

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

 As believers in MESSIAH, we need to always maintain a youthful attitude; no matter how old we are! Our usefulness to the kingdom never ends no matter what age we are!  Laughter is always a good thing in life. Some of us have been hurt deeply & have emotional baggage we are carrying with us. Don’t let laughter be buried under all that, clinging to past bitterness & feelings of rejection can age us quickly. We need to lay all that down at the cross of YESHUA by forgiving others & ourselves.
 
This is a new year, new beginnings & with the rising of the sun every morning there is a fresh start. Each new day is another chance for our ABBA FATHER to help us smile & even laugh!                                      
 
{Psalm 103:5…He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagles}…  
                            
As believers, we have the opportunity to take part in GOD’S work each & every day, being a blessing to those around us. Never give up on your dreams & working toward your goals! Remember, as soon as we settle for watching the world go by, we start to age!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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