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.

Daily Devotions:

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

God's Will not ours

In John 15:7, it says: "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you". The words, "ye shall ask," are in the 'imperative' mood in the original Greek language that they were written in. So what does this mean to us? 
These words are a command and are to be taken in the sense of "I command you to ask." The word "abiding" means having fellowship with the Lord and total dependence upon Him. Here is what is so wonderful about this, for all of us that abide or to have continual fellowship with Him, God issues the wonderful command, "ask whatever you desire.". God here is not just commanding us but He is actually challenging us.

In the Greek we see how God is saying to us, "You meet the conditions, and I challenge you to ask, and then see how faithful and able I am to answer your prayer." Here is the important thing to remember, the word "desire" implies not our own selfish wants and desires but should reflect what God wants for us. By being in a close relationship with Jesus, our desires and inclinations are His desires and His inclinations. 

The word "ask" is in the 'middle voice' which speaks of the subject of the verb acting in its own interest. So in the Greek it would read, "ask for yourselves." Here is what we learn: By living in a close 'relationship' with Jesus, those things that we ask for will not be for our own selfish pleasure but to glorify God. Prayers such as these, will be answered. Asking according to God's Will not ours. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Find Peace

With everything happening in the world today, it is so easy to find ourselves anxious. But my friend, as Christians we can find peace for our soul.  
Let's look at  Philippians 4:6-7 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

In the Greek it is saying that we are commanded to "Be anxious for not one thing". When we truly accept the idea that God is in control over every aspect of our lives and we know His sovereign hand is in every event and circumstance whether good or bad then we need not be anxious. We Can TRUST GOD in everything!

But notice the verse goes on to say "but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."  My friend, we have a responsibility to Trust God and that means praying in every situation for God's protection, His guidance, and His will to be done.

The result - "and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."  

My friend, take comfort in these words. Our Lord is in control, trust Him for the details of life.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Thank you Lord

'Giving Thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ' Ephesians 5:20
Keep in mind that Paul was a prisoner when he wrote those words, and yet he said to be thankful always for all things. In the original Greek language 'Giving thanks' is in the present active participle - meaning it is to be a repeated action. Paul is telling us to continually give thanks for all things.

On our own it is hard to be thankful for all things, but Paul understood the hardships of life. It is not on our own strength that we can continually give thanks, it is only through the help of God living in you that you can give thanks for all things! Remember that God has a plan and a purpose for your life and that He is in control. Giving thanks helps us to experience the fulness of God and deepens our relationship with Him.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says 'in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you'. We all have a choice to make; you can either be bitter of your circumstances or be in the will of God and be thankful in everything. Live every day for Christ!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Christ lives in me

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. ~ Galatians 2:20
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. ~ Philippians 1:21

Friday, October 14, 2016

Lead my heart

It is so comforting to know that in those times where we are struggling to find the right words to pray, the Spirit of God which dwells in us, by whom we are led, is interceding on our behalf. 
Listen to what the Apostle Paul says in Romans 8:26-27 'In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.'

The Holy Spirit writes our prayers for us, not in a book, but in our hearts; he shows us our need, what our wants are; he stirs our heart to pray, he puts words into our mouths, enlarges our hearts and gives strength of faith in prayer. Let us listen to the Holy Spirit as he leads our life according to God's will.

Living in God's Presence

Oh dear friends, there is so much unrest in the world today.  It is through Christ's strength that I am able to face the challenges set before me each day! ~ Philippians 4:13
We often run to God when we experience difficulties as we seek God's deliverance and protection. David said in Psalm 27:5 'For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.'.  

My friend, David was able to say this because he not only sought God in the time of difficulties, but sought His guiding presence every day! 
We find strength in the Word of God! We need to claim the promises of God and obey the Word of God in spite of what we see or how we feel or what may happen to us. We need to Fully Rely on God in every circumstance of our lives. Sometimes we want to take the easy way out but the easy way out is not always the right choice. In difficult times we need to die to self and put God’s will first. God will either take us out of the trial or see us through it, either way we are in His hands and He is in control. Embrace life's challenges as you Fully Rely on God to lead you in the right path. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6

Heavenly Father, there is nothing that is going to happen to me today that you and I can't handle together! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

My Rock and my Redeemer

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer. 
~ Psalm 19:14