Welcome to Empowered Bible Study Ministries

Bible study is essential to our Christian walk. As we study God's Word, our personal relationship with God grows deeper and deeper. It empowers us to live for the Lord in every aspect of our lives. This is what has inspired me to do an online Bible study.

Many years ago my husband introduced me to a commentary on the book of Colossians and I was so blessed as the Scripture came to life before my very eyes. Since that day we have developed an extensive library and enjoy studying God's Word.

I have prepared some Bible studies that I would like to share with you. My prayer is that they will bless you as much as they have blessed me in preparing them. I pray your life is touched and that it would inspire you to live every moment of every day for Christ.

Please click on the link to the left under 'Empowered Bible Studies' for the Bible Study you would like to view.

Making Life Choices

Daily Devotions:

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Monday, July 27, 2015

The Lord my Shepherd

The realization that God has ordained our days, leads logically to the thought, 'What if I make a mistake and miss the way? Can I trust God to guide me in that path? '

David said in Psalm 23:2-3 'He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.' The imagery is that of the shepherd leading his sheep. The initiative is with the shepherd, he is the one who determines the watering places and guides the flock as he thinks best. As our shepherd, God sovereignly leads us in the ways He wants us to go. Does this mean that we will always make the right decisions in our lives when we reach the crossroads of life? No, but God's plan is sovereign and in His sovereignty he is faithfully guiding us through the right and wrong decisions to fulfill His plan and purpose in our lives. God doesn't play games with us, He doesn't look down from heaven at our struggles to know His will and say 'I hope you make the right decision'. He will in His time and in His sovereign will lead us to ultimately fulfill His plan and purpose in our lives. My friend, we need to be in God's word, walking closely with Him, praying, communicating with God on a daily basis so that we can hear our Savior as He leads us on the path we should go.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Strength for each day

We never know what a day may bring... Some days seem uneventful as we go through our daily routines then suddenly there is an event that rocks our world. My friend, We cannot face the days challenges without God's strength.

Philippians 4:13 says: 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' We can find comfort knowing God is always with us, as we see in Hebrews 13:5, through the good times and the bad times. I challenge you this week, that as you go through the daily routine of your week, be conscience of God in your life. The more you are conscience of His presence in your life, the more you will trust Him.

Thank you Lord for giving me the strength to face every day! Cling to Jesus, He will meet you where you are to bring comfort and guidance to your life.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Faithful no matter what

It's not how well you are doing, it is how well you are doing when you are not doing well that matters.

It is easy to praise the Lord during the good times when things are going smooth; however, what happens when things turn for the worst when suddenly you find yourself in the emergency room facing life-threatening circumstances, or you have been diagnosed with a fatal disease? What happens when your circumstances do not change, when the Doctor says there is no cure? Will we stay faithful no matter what happens?

Shall we say with Paul; For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain ~ Philippians 1:21 or Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:10

My friend, God has a plan and purpose for each of us and no matter what the circumstances are that come into our lives whether good or bad are all under God's control. We need to trust Him as He knows the future and knows the larger picture. Continually call upon the Lord, He is listening and will always be with you to give you strength.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13
I will never leave you nor forsake you. ~ Hebrews 13:5
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. ~ Joshua 24:15

Friday, July 24, 2015

Seeing life through God's eyes

Psalm 121:3 "He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber."

My friend, think about that, He will not allow your foot to be moved unless he wills it to be. You may be going through some tough times right now, your health may be failing or a loved one you know may be going through hard times, you may have someone who is constantly wearing you down, or have a friend that is suffering or being persecuted, but through scripture we can be encouraged that God is in control and that he has a plan and a purpose for our lives. What you are going through is in His sovereign will and he promises he will not give you more than you can bear.

My friend, No detail of your life is too insignificant for your heavenly Father's attention and no circumstance is so big that He cannot control it. If we are going to trust God, we need to walk by faith and not by sight as Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:7. We need to remember and know that God is in control and trust in him regardless of what we are going through.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

God watches over you

Joseph is another example we have seen in scripture of the Providence of God working in his life. His brothers threw him into a pit then sold him into slavery, a malicious act in and of itself, but in due time Joseph recognized that through his brothers' actions God was acting.

Joseph said in Genesis 45:8 "So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, the lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt."
Joseph recognized the hand of God in his life sovereignly directing all the events to bring about God's plan for him. God used even the malicious act of his brothers selling him into slavery to fulfill the plan and purpose he had for Joseph's life.

My friend, God has sovereign control of every aspect of our lives. He is in absolute control. He does not get frustrated or surprised by the events in our lives. He doesn’t sleep or look away only to come back and see we took a wrong turn in our lives or we fell into a pit somewhere. No, He is with us 24/7 watching us, carrying us through the tough times, leading us through our lives, working out the details to fulfill the plan and purpose He has for us.

What distinguishes the suffering of believers from unbelievers is the confidence that our suffering is under the control of an all-powerful and all-loving God; our suffering has meaning and purpose in God's eternal plan. The doctrine of God's providence clearly affirms that we can trust Him. God does care for us and He does constantly, not occasionally, govern all the affairs of our lives.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

God Sees, Knows, and Cares

Matthew 10:29-31 ―Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. “

~ God's providence: God sees, knows, cares and oversees all the events and happenings on earth
~ God's knowledge (omniscience): God knows every little happening and all that is, even to the most minute detail. He knows when a single sparrow falls to the ground. He knows every hair of a person's head, even the number of every hair.
~ it says we are more valuable than the sparrows – just as God has His eye on the sparrow, He has His watchful eye on us too.

It is crucial in learning to trust God that we acknowledge that He is in every aspect of our lives, the good and the bad, in adversity and in prosperity. He is in control and there is nothing that happens in our lives that doesn't go through Him first.

For instance you remember in our study of Ruth and Esther we saw how God worked out the events in these women's lives to orchestrate His purpose and His will. Ruth, a widowed Moabites became the great grandmother of King David and one of the four women listed in Matthew's record of the genealogy of our Lord Jesus Christ. Esther, also known as Hadassah, a young Jewish girl who was placed in a prominent position as the Queen of Persia to prevent the annihilation of her entire nation. In each of these women's lives we saw the hand of God directing their paths.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My Lord and Savior

Nehemiah 9:6 ―"You alone are the LORD; You have made heaven, The heaven of heavens, with all their host, The earth and everything on it, The seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You."

God did not create the universe, the world and everything in it to just walk away and have us fend for ourselves. He sustains us, meets our needs, and has a plan and a purpose for each and every one of us and He has the power to carry that plan out. The entire universe is under the control of God.

We know who holds the universe together don’t we. We know who keeps everything in its proper place. We know who is in Control. So why is it so hard to trust Him with the details of our lives? It God can keep the sun at just the right distance so that we all don’t burn up, why can’t we see His control in the details of our lives.