Great Attitude

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

In our verse of the day, Timothy tells us that  a godly person who is content is in the very best place he or she can ever possibly be in! Joy doesn’t come from having your circumstances in order and under control. It comes from what’s in your heart!

The world is full of people who have what they think they want and they are still not happy nor content. Actually, some of the most unhappy people in the world are people who “have it all!”

Contentment is not about how much money you have, your position or title at work, your possessions or what social circle you belong to! True contentment comes from the heart and is worth more than all material things you could possibly accumulate in a lifetime!

1 Tim. 6:6
Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
                     

Being content and satisfied is a choice!

There is no one happier than a truly thankful and content person who abides in GOD’S love! That’s the secret to really finding peace and happiness in life. Are you abiding in God’s ️ love?

With tons of prayers, love & hugs, 

Shalom! 

Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Life’s Motivation

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Freedom is one of humanity’s most prized possessions! Yet many people are in captivity. You see, we aren’t just physical beings, we are also spiritual, and we can be enslaved spiritually as well as physically.                 

YESHUA said that anyone who commits sin is in bondage to it (referring to continuous wrongs that become a lifestyle, even for His believers)!   

Almost anything, including the pursuit of power, money or relationships, can develop into a pattern of sinful living.   Usually ungodly habits begin in a way that seems innocent and fulfills a desire or need.  Over time, we can easily become desensitized to any guilt that we might have felt in the beginning. As we sense less conviction by the Holy Spirit, our habit can become comfortable and eventually controls us!

John 8:34
YESHUA answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.

Let’s not be deceived by satan. Take an honest look at your life’s motivations! Are there some habits, emotions or dreams that own you?

There is only One who can set you free. His name is “YESHUA.” Cry out to Him today!

 

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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Expressing Gratitude

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

What motivates us to express gratitude to ABBA THE FATHER? We often  remember to thank Him when something positive happens in our life, but our verse of the day tells us to give thanks in all things, which would include difficult times as well as happier circumstances. That may seem illogical to some of us, but it is not!                                           

Even though life may be difficult, our hope and joy remain because we serve the eternal omniscient, omnipotent GOD of love! We need to remember that our gratitude magnifies the LORD.   He is pleased when we obediently thank Him, even in very difficult times, such as what we have to endure now in this upside down world. 

Our thankfulness also reinforces our faith! Recalling His faithfulness in the past equips us to face our future!

1 Thessalonians 5:18
In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in MESSIAH YESHUA for you.

It’s easy to be grateful when we receive something we have desired for a long time. But, GOD wants us to express thanksgiving in everything! Meditate on His goodness, love and care, faithfulness, sovereignty and pure promises, always offering Him thanks in all! 

Yes! “PTL!” 

In Yeshua’s Name. Amen. 

With lots of prayers, love & hugs,

Shalom! 

Pastor Bruce & Suzi

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Our Unique Role

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

I don’t know how some in today’s congregations got the false idea that the preacher is a servant and we in the pews are just members! No one is to be a bystander in GOD’s kingdom! All believers are in partnership with the LORD (2 Corinthians 6:1). He chose to work through us to accomplish the Gospel mission on the earth. We are the workers harvesting His fields (Matthew 9:37-38).

GOD gives each believer one or more spiritual gifts to aid in the work for His Kingdom. We are each wired by GOD Himself with the ability to carry out our unique role in His Master Plan. He actually knits those spiritual gifts into our personality and in-born talents to create a useful and effective servant for Kingdom work!  Just to be clear, there is no such thing as an ungifted believer!

1 Corinthians 12:4-6
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Holy Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service. But we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.                     

The RUAH HAKODESH has equipped us with GOD’s awesome power to obey Him in whatever He calls us to do. Especially now in this troubled world, the fields are ripe for harvest, and people are looking for hope. That hope is YESHUA (our Hope of Glory); let’s get busy! Yes! “PTL!” 

In Yeshua’s Name.  Amen.  

With lots of prayers & love,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

True Happiness

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Ecclesiastes 5:10
He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance with increase. This is also vanity. 

Happiness—just about every human being wants it! But for most people the happiness they actually experience is fleeting, like the shifting of the wind. Changing circumstances always seem to prevent true happiness from finding a home in their hearts. 

So what’s the key to experiencing a life of true happiness? It may not be what you would expect. Is it really having a mountain of material possessions, a nice home or tons of money in the bank?!? As our Scripture of the day tells us, all that is vanity (meaningless)!

True happiness can only be found in humility—living life as a servant of GOD and others. 

So what is humility? It is freedom from pride and arrogance, true humbleness of mind, modest estimation of one’s self-worth and a submission to GOD’s divine will!

Let’s look to YESHUA, the greatest example of a servant, always clothing ourselves with humility, getting our minds off of ourselves! GOD will exalt us in due time. Yes!, He will! “PTL!”

In Yeshua’s Name. Amen. 

With lots of prayers, love & shalom,

Pastor Bruce & Suzi

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation