Battling Faith

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Sometimes we may feel like our  life swings back and forth like a pendulum between faith and doubt! This is a common problem when trying situations come our way. Even though we know what GOD’s Word says, our feelings (the flesh) often tell us something totally different!

The question is not if we will experience this but rather how long we will remain on one side or the other. Three factors determine whether we lean toward faith or doubt: 

(1) Strength of our faith at the time of our trial. 

(2) Our knowledge and understanding of GOD and His Word.

(3) Our experience with failure or success in past trials! 

To grow in faith, it’s really necessary to change not only our focus but also our thinking and listening practices. 

We need to set our mind on GOD’s promises, not our feelings! 

Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit—not Satan’s lies.

And remember GOD’s past faithfulness in trials!

James 1:6
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”

By choosing to walk by faith, it will be possible to bring feelings of doubt, anxiety, fear and anger into true full submission to what we know is true—GOD’s faithfulness will see us through! 

Yes! “PTL!” 

With lots of prayers, love and blessings,

Pastor 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

Being in Awe

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Being passionate about our life and our purpose begins and continues with being passionate about GOD our FATHER! We should always live in amazement about Him and His ways. Everything that once thrilled us about GOD’S character should continue day by day, filling us with awe of Him and who He is.

So what can we do if the wonder and excellence of who GOD is and what He’s done for us begins to fade? 


The answer is found in our Scripture today. 

2 Timothy 1:6

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  

The apostle Paul is giving instructions to Timothy when he started battling with fear. Paul told him to stir up (rekindle the embers of & keep burning) the gift of GOD (the inner fire) that was in him. It was the gift of faith Paul was talking about.

We have the ability, and it is our responsibility to fan the flames of our faith!! Don’t delay; start today, stir up the fire of passion in your heart for the things of GOD and the awesomeness of who He is: “THE GREAT I AM”!


Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

God’s Best

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

As followers of YESHUA, we are to pray to ABBA when we desire or need something (Philippians 4:6). But sad to say, many of GOD’s children fail to do so. 


Some are “too busy” to take time to pray; others talk to the LORD in a general or mechanical way (memorized prayer) without the genuine heartfelt communication ABBA desires.

MESSIANIC BELIEVERS should come humbly before GOD’s throne bringing requests with a submissive spirit—meaning we are to seek GOD’s will above all else, even above what we think is best because He could have something better in mind! 

The Scriptures tells us to approach the throne room with confidence and faith (Hebrews 4:16). 

When we pray and seek God’s will (not ours), we should anticipate that He will answer us!

Psalm 145:18

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.

ABBA FATHER desires to pour blessings into the lives of His children. Don’t allow lack of prayer to prevent His best! Go to Him with your needs and wants with confidence and giving Him all praise! Then submit your will to His and see His faithfulness unfold!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Confirming Our Reservation

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Our faith is set apart from every other religion (because ours is relationship, not religion) in the world!

Our verse today is the key (Revelation 3:20) to that. In this verse, a beautiful picture is painted for us of Messiah YESHUA , the Savior of mankind, patiently knocking on the door of our hearts!

In other beliefs, this picture is different; it would be you andI knocking on the door of heaven, trying to get in by our good works! 

But in today’s verse, YESHUA is the one who pursues. He stands there knocking, and He keeps on standing there knocking until we come to Him and receive His sacrifice (cross) as an atonement for our sins (past, present, and future). He is the only confirmation for our ticket that we need to our destination (heaven)! We can’t get in without it!

Revelation 3:20

Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him and he with Me.

Is YESHUA standing at the door of your heart right now? Remember the door knob is on your side! YESHUA is a gentleman; He will not force His way into our lives. We must welcome Him; He’s patiently waiting for your invitation. Won’t you let Him in?

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation