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

No Excuses

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Even though the Bible clearly states that every believer receives a spiritual gift, some nevertheless think they were overlooked. So they go through their lives refusing to serve. Others are so busy wishing they had a different ability that they do not use the one given to them by the Holy Spirit! Both of these attitudes are sinful!            

GOD has a specific purpose and ministry for every believer. Our spiritual gifts help us fulfill GOD’S master plan. He always has a purpose for handing out our spiritual gifts. We are to use our gifts for equipping, edifying and encouraging one another (Ephesians 4:11-13) and for bringing the lost into the Kingdom. Everyone profits when we do GOD’S work through the power of the Holy Spirit.

1 Peter 4:10
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of GOD.

Each one of us has important work to do for the kingdom (no excuses for bypassing GOD’S will)! Where He has gifted us, He will also provide strength and courage to exercise those gifts.

 

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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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

Times of Turbulence

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Life is continually changing. As one problem is settled, a new one always seems to pop up! Since we live in a fallen world, trouble is part of our reality!

But, thankfully, GOD guides believers through our times of turbulence (Psalm 23). He is truly our Good Shepherd who constantly abides with us (His weary lambs)! 

YESHUA promised to not leave us as orphans, and His promise was fulfilled in the person of the Holy Spirit (who was sent to indwell and to care for each one of us who are believers in MESSIAH ). 

The apostle Paul describes the Holy Spirit as a seal placed around believers until they are called to their heavenly home (Romans 8:35-39). 

YESHUA speaking: John 14:18 “I will not leave you as orphans , I will come to you…”

This protection or seal of the Holy Spirit is for GOD’S children (those who have received YESHUA as Savior)! Our lives can get rocky at times, but we as believers always have the assurance of a companion (the RUACH HAKODESH) in those tough times. We can be confident that GOD’S goodness and love will surround us always (Psalm 23:6).

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation