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! 


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