One in Yeshua

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

The Bible says that GOD does not have favorites (Acts 10:34). By this we know He does not treat some people better than others and He is totally fair to everyone. He’s compassionate and merciful to the hurting and works to bring justice to their lives. 

The apostle James told the congregation not to pay special attention to people who wore fancy clothes and give them better seats in the synagogue. They were to treat all the people as worthy of respect no matter what they wore (James 2:1-4). 

YESHUA put an end to destination between people and said in Gal. 3:28, we are all one in Him! When we look around us, we need to see everyone as valuable, not looking at their color or race, what kind of car they drive or their professions or titles. We need to see all people as people whom YESHUA died for.

Rom. 2:11
“For there is no partiality with God…”

In our corner of the world, let’s treat people with infinite value as being loved and created by the GOD of this Universe because everyone of us are the apple of His eye!

 

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Speaking the Word

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

In our  verse today, YESHUA is encouraging us to speak to our mountain, not about our mountain! Yeshua is instructing His disciples to pray the will of GOD ( the Word) over their problems. Speaking the Word of GOD is powerful and absolutely necessary in conquering our mountains! But this has got to be accomplished by our obedience to GOD’S Word. Obedience is equally important.

If a person thinks he or she can live in disobedience yet speak GOD’S Word to their mountain and get results, YESHUA is telling us we will be sadly disappointed! For instance, there is no power in speaking to a mountain if our hearts are full of unforgiveness (Mark 11:25–26). Let’s see what YESHUA had to say!                                          

Mark 11:23
“For assuredly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”

We can not operate under one of GOD’S principles while completely ignoring another. Let’s ask for help from the Holy Spirit to understand the whole counsel of the Word so that we can be living a victorious life as believers!

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Lake Worth/ Lantana FL

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

Be Forgiving

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

 I am sure you are familiar with the parable of the unjust servant.  The servant in this story owes the king a lot of money, but when he begs the king for mercy and promises to pay it all back if he will just give him a little more time, the king forgives the debt.  

Then the servant sees another servant who owes him a little bit of money (nowhere near the amount he owed the king!), and he demands that the servant pay him back immediately. When the servant begs for more time, he refuses and has him put into prison until he can pay back the full amount.  

The other servants are horrified at his behavior and tell the king what has happened.  The king calls in the servant and has him turned over to the “tormentors” until he can pay back the full amount.  

Any offense against God is a major offense, and yet God has forgiven us, and forgives us over and over again.  We pray the model Prayer asking God to forgive us AS we forgive others.  I’m not sure we mean it.  

Is there someone we still can’t forgive?  I’m not saying anything about forgetting.  Have we asked God to help us forgive?  The problem here is that a lack of forgiveness does nothing for the person not forgiven, but it can keep us from moving on in life spiritually healthy.  In our families, it can keep brothers and sisters or  parents and children apart, causing problems for generations.  Let us be more like the King and less like the unworthy servant. 

 

PRAYER:

Loving and forgiving God, sometimes there are people in our lives who have hurt us deeply and whom we find it hard to forgive.  Please help us to forgive so that we may have peace in our hearts.  In Yeshua’s Name. Amen. 

With lots of prayers & love,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Finishing with Joy

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Beginning something is easy, but finishing takes courage. In the early stages of something new, we get all excited about it, so we have a lot of emotions to support us. But when the emotions wear off and all that’s left is a lot of hard work and the need for patience, that’s when we find out who really has what it takes to reach a goal and truly succeed.

In GOD’s eyes we aren’t successful if we abandon what He’s called us to do. He wants us to finish and do it with joy! If you have been tempted to give up—don’t!

If you don’t finish the thing you are currently involved in, you will face the same challenges with your next endeavor.

GOD doesn’t promise that finishing everything we start will be easy.   Don’t quit! Rely on GOD’S grace and keep moving toward the finish line until you cross it in victory!

Hebrews 6:11-12
And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

“That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”                

Is there any unfinished business in your life? Let’s encourage ourselves to set goals for finishing and be diligent to reach them! 

Yes! In Yeshua’s Name. Amen. 

Yom Tov –

Let’s begin this upcoming new year with these precious jewels!

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation