An Act of Love

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Forgiving those who have wronged us is a tough command to follow. Our human nature finds it easier and more satisfying to hold onto our anger. But as followers of Messiah, we are to be vessels of GOD’S love and no longer living according to the impulses of our flesh!

When someone mistreats us, the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, leads us not only to forgive but also to show love to that person. 

As we read our scripture today, it is a mandate from YESHUA that we are to love our enemies! He is our greatest example. He had to face religious leaders who deliberately provoked Him, yet at the cross He sought ABBA’S forgiveness for them.

Matthew 5:44
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.

Yes, people will wrong us, however, if we have the love of the FATHER living in us, then we will refuse to be provoked and will let go of all bitterness and forgive them with love!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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Encouraging Others

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

One of the easiest ways to express love to others is to help them feel valuable. Stop to think, most people we know do not have a sense of their infinite value as a child of GOD! The thought that GOD loves them and sees them as precious has never entered their minds.

Satan works overtime making people feel devalued and worthless, but we can help remove those lies by building people up and encouraging them! 

One way to do this is with a sincere compliment. Nothing major, just a little remark like: I value our friendship or you look so pretty today or I love your smile! 

How meaningful that can be to someone. A little bit of love and care goes a long way! 

Rom. 14:19 
Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.        

This act of edification isn’t time consuming or costly but is so valuable to the building up of GOD’S creation ( you & me)! 

Reach out today and spread the love of YESHUA; encourage someone. It only takes a minute!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Remedy for Fear

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

We all need a heart revelation of GOD’S true love for us! We can’t just know in our head that GOD loves us, it must become a life-changing heart revelation.

Through this revelation we can have freedom from fear. When our circumstances are good, it’s not hard to believe that GOD loves us, but when things turn for the worst, we are tempted to think He doesn’t care! Then fear comes against our mind and attempts to rob us of our faith. 

Satan will do his best to assure us that GOD’S love isn’t there for us. He’ll plant lies in our minds like: “You must have done something wrong or GOD’S mad at you now!” 

When we have a heart revelation of GOD’S perfect love, there is nothing in the world that can make us afraid.                                      

1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But, he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

It is impossible to fear failure, rejection, lack or anything else if you really know GOD loves you. His love covers everything!

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Priority of Prayer

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Without daily fellowship with our ABBA FATHER through MESSIAH YESHUA, He may seem like a stranger. You can’t ever really know someone without communication! Prayer is our avenue to that! GOD (the creator of this universe) knows you inside and out, but unless you make prayer a priority, you will never know Him! To miss out on knowing your Creator intimately is a great tragedy!

The  life of a MESSIAH FOLLOWER in YESHUA isn’t merely about how much you serve, how generously you give or how faithfully you attend a congregation! All these things should result from a close relationship with ABBA! We need to prioritize our time to be alone with Him in prayer and meditation of His Word to experience His awesome presence!

Mark 1:35

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, Yeshua went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

Just as the Scripture said, even though YESHUA was the sinless Son of GOD and Deity Himself, He made prayer a priority! He is our greatest example! Prayer is the lifeblood of our existence as a Messianic Believer!

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