The Riches of His Grace

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Scripture says that YESHUA chose to become poor—leaving Heaven and everything that belonged to Him as GOD’S Son so that we might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). We read in Ephesians chapter 1 about the riches of His grace, check it out! 

We were chosen by GOD Himself; we belong to Him. He gives us a purpose for life, and we are, at the same time, eternally secure (as believers)! We have been given permanent citizenship in GOD’S Kingdom (Heaven), an inheritance that won’t perish (1 Peter 1:4).

Because of our redemption in YESHUA, His death on the stake, satisfying divine justice, our sin debt is marked “paid in full” in GOD’S eyes. And because of our salvation through MESSIAH, we enter into a personal relationship with our heavenly FATHER, and then we become His adopted children.

Ephesians 1:7
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the richest of His grace.

Many of us don’t realize how rich we are. We think in earthy terms (like bank accounts or material possessions) instead of spiritual ones! Our real wealth is found in the spiritual blessings we have been given through MESSIAH YESHUA. We are rich in His grace!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Heaven Bound Express

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

YESHUA told us in the Word that we can choose the wide path or the narrow one to journey through this life! Placing our trust in YESHUA makes us members of GOD’S family and takes us immediately onto the narrow road!

As we travel on this heaven-bound express, the Holy Spirit becomes our guide, helping us move ahead. Through Him, we receive spiritual eyes to catch glimpses of His majesty and the love He has for us. He will equip us to be ambassadors for MESSIAH. Through GOD’S precious Word, the RUACH HAKODESH will speak to us and comfort us whenever the road gets bumpy. 

Now, on the wide road, none of these things are possible! On this road we may have lots of material things and satisfaction of self-desires, but it’s only temporary!

Matthew 16:26
And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?       

Eternity is forever; let’s plan ahead and make sure we are traveling on the right highway that leads to our divine destination—Heaven!

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Dangerous Idols

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Jealousy is typically a negative emotion. Our verse today says our GOD is a jealous GOD! This describes GOD’S vigilance in guarding our love for Him. Since we were created to love the LORD and be loved by Him, anything that competes for our devotion simply does not fit our life’s purpose.       

The most important mission of life is to love GOD with all our heart, soul, strength and mind (Luke 10:27). Without complete devotion to Him, we would pursue our own interests and neglect godly principles and goals. 

No idol whether it is a person, dream or an item is worthy of worship! But a holy and just GOD—whose love for mankind moved Him to send YESHUA, His Son, to die in our place—deserves our total loyalty and surrender.               

Deuteronomy 5:9A
You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.                              

GOD hates idols because He knows they are dangerous for us. They are a sure way of causing us to stumble and become ensnared in sin and forfeit our blessings! For our protection and His glory, let’s be true to our surrender and loyalty to our GOD!

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

 

Judgment Day

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Hello, dear one(s), from Pastor Bruce & Suzi! 🤗🙏

The last few days we have seen the wonders of heaven in our devotionals (spending eternity with our heavenly FATHER)! Accepting YESHUA as your Savior is our blessed assurance we will make it into heaven! That’s justification!!!👍YESHUA said He is THE ONLY way to the FATHER!

But salvation through MESSIAH is about more than getting into heaven; it’s also about the process of becoming MESSIAH-like while living here on this earth. That’s sanctification. 

In fact, on Judgement Day, we all will be asked to give an account for the ways we used our opportunities, abilities and resources! GOD gives us, His children, different types and amounts of His blessings: gifts, strengths, wealth, etc. What matters to GOD, is the way we make use of them. 

Are you selfish with them, using them for your own good? Or are you generously using those gifts to serve MESSIAH YESHUA and further His kingdom?!?  We will all be held accountable and will be rewarded for the ways we invested our lives while here on earth!

Oh, heaven will still be our GLORIOUS home! That issue was settled when we came to faith in YESHUA as our LORD & Savior! 

2 Corinthians 5:10

For we must all stand before MESSIAH to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.

This is a very good time to think about all of your blessings and how you are utilizing them for GOD’S praise and glory!  It’s our responsibility to be faithful servants in whatever He calls us to do. Yes!, 

In Yeshua’s Name. Amen. 

 

With lots of prayers, love & hugs, 

Shalom,

Pastor Bruce & Suzi!

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation