Showing God’s Love

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

In John 13, we see the premier example of servanthood as YESHUA washed the disciples’ feet! Remember, back then everyone wore sandals and the roads were not paved (just dirt), so by the end of the day everyone’s feet were really dirty.

YESHUA offered to wash their feet to teach them a great lesson (John 13:8). YESHUA clearly explains in verses 13 to 17 that we must do things for each other, otherwise, we are really not part of one another. The things we do to serve one another are the things that bind us together. YESHUA was able to wash their feet because He was free; only a person who is truly free (not insecure) can do menial tasks and not feel insignificant as a result. Serving others is not typically viewed as a high position, yet YESHUA said it is the highest of all.

John 13:5
After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the servant’s towel with which He was girded.

The purpose behind being a servant is to show others the love of GOD that He has shown us! How can you serve someone today (showing the love of the FATHER)?

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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Burden Bearing

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

)If you are looking for a way to carry out YESHUA’S command to love your neighbor, the Apostle Paul has a suggestion in today’s verse, “bear their burdens!”

There are times when everyone struggles under the weight of a heavy burden, and now more than ever, there are lots of people struggling just to survive! As believers we have an obligation to help lift that burden for our fellow brothers and sisters in the LORD! We need to look at YESHUA as our example. He calls to Himself all who are heavy laden and gives them rest. (Matthew 11:28-29) 

Because GOD has conformed us to MESSIAH’S likeness, we should imitate His care and concern for those that are in need. Even though we have our own needs, YESHUA tells us in the Word that we can do all things through His strength, including sharing someone else’s adversity!

 I can do all things through Messiah who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Share each other’s burdens and in this way obey the law of MESSIAH. Galatians 6:2

When we’re willing to step out to help another in their time of need, two things happen! 

First, the person in need is receiving GOD’S blessings, support and love through you! 

Second; we are fulfilling the LORD’S command to love our neighbor. 

Let’s do it on purpose, be a blessing today!

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

First Things First

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Some people become so involved in ministry that they overlook their own family members and friends! In today’s verse we see the LORD makes it very clear that we are not to neglect one in order to attend to the other!

GOD is saying that we are not to only meet the needs of those around us in the world (the poor, needy and disadvantaged), but that we are also to meet the needs of our immediate family!

The Word of GOD tells us not only to feed the hungry and clothe the naked, but that we must also not hide ourselves from the needs of our own flesh and blood!

Isaiah 58:7
“It is not to share bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh.”

If you read on to the next verse, Isaiah 58:8, GOD is telling us to do things in His order, and if we do, then blessings and prosperity will follow! 

PTL!

With lots of prayers & love, shalom!

Pastor Bruce & Suzi

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Lake Worth/Lantana Florida

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