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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Friday, August 28, 2015

I Trust you Lord

David chose to trust God in his life as we see throughout the book of Psalms.

For example let's look at Psalms 56:3-4 "Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. 4 In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?" My friend, Just because we are Christians, does not mean that we are not afraid, but the key here in verse three is that David said “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You”. David made a choice to trust God in the midst of his fear; He did not allow the fear to paralyze his mind but sought refuge in Christ.
We make choices every day, and in that day we can either choose to rely on our own abilities or we can choose to trust God and His sovereign plan in our lives.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Choose to Trust

As Christians we must choose to trust God in every aspect of our lives.

If we are to trust God, we must acknowledge our dependence upon God at all times - the good times as well as bad. Trusting God is a matter of Faith and only the Holy Spirit can make His Word come alive in our hearts and create faith. We can choose to look to Him to do that, or we can choose to be ruled by our feelings of anxiety; resentment or grief.

My friend, God is at work in us, and He will not fail to carry out His plan and purpose in our lives and bring it to completion that which He has begun as we see in Philippians 1:6 "being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ". So we can be confident knowing that God will complete what He has started. He will not leave us in our time of need as we have seen in Hebrews 13:5.

Living each day totally surrendered to God.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Growth through Adversity

Perhaps the most valuable way we profit from adversity is in the deepening of our relationship with God.

Through adversity we learn to bow before His sovereignty, to trust His wisdom, and to experience the consolations of His love, until we come to the place where we can say with Job, "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You." Job 42:5 We begin to pass from knowing about God - head knowledge, to knowing God Himself in a personal and intimate way - heart knowledge.

In Philippians 3:10 we see an expression of the deepest heart cry - the desire to know Christ in an ever-increasing intimate, personal way. Philippians 3:10 "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,"

Repeatedly in the Bible, we see men and women of God drawn into a deeper relationship with God through adversity. You and I obviously do not seek out adversity just so we can develop a deeper relationship with God, rather God, through adversity seeks us out. It is God who draws us more and more into a deeper relationship with Him.

It is no question that Adversity is difficult, and it usually hits where we are most vulnerable. But the one thing we know is that God is in control. He knows what is best for us and He will use adversities in our lives to shape us into the image of His Son.

My friend, We need to come to a place in our lives where we surrender our lives to the will of God.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Growing in Christ

In the natural realm the healthy vine requires both nourishment and pruning.

Through the Word of God we are nourished, but through adversity we are pruned. Christ said in John 15:1-2 ""I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit."

When you think of pruning, your mind automatically thinks of plants right, you prune your plants to help them grow and give them strength. By cutting away the unwanted and useless growth it forces the plant to use its life to produce fruit. In the same way that we prune our plants, God prunes us of any unwanted growth in our life; for example, when we start to get a bit prideful, God may need to prune out some of that unwanted pride with a bit of humility.

There are also times that we prune plants simply to shape them and to help them grow properly or into a certain shape. God uses adversity to prune away areas in our life simply to help us grow into stronger Christians, it may not be necessarily something bad in our lives, but simply to shape us into His image into what He wants us to be. The Christian life is about constantly growing, constantly being shaped into what God wants us to be.

Choose to be Joyful

These are such comforting words in James 1:2 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials”

Remember, James was writing to Persecuted Christian Jews. They were not living the easy life. Saul of Tarsus was going house to house pulling Christians from their homes and throwing them in prison. James compassionately exhorts them, knowing that at this time they are going through these trials, he says count it all joy.

This is a remarkable command—we are to choose to be joyful in situations where joy would naturally be our last response. Does this mean that we are to laugh through our trials? Absolutely Not! Trials come in all shapes and forms, from financial problems, health issues, moral issues, accidents, to the loss of loved ones and more. They can be small trials to huge life changing trials. James is encouraging us to have pure joy in the very face of trials, He is not asking us to pretend to be happy.

My friend, rejoicing goes beyond happiness it is an inner peace that only God can give us. Happiness centers on earthly circumstances and how well things are going here. Joy centers on God and his presence in our experience. It is possessing a spirit of joy, an attitude of joy and perseverance as we face the trials in our life. This joyful attitude comes from knowing as we see in James 1:3 that God is allowing this trial in our life for a reason and purpose. That you can see the trial through His eyes and know that He will see you through it and that there is a greater purpose beyond ourselves that we are going to embrace. For further info on how to turn trials into triumphs, click this link where you can watch a video, listen to audio version or read the notes : http://empoweredbiblestudy.sermon.tv/Book_of_James/2239549

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Feeling God's Presence

There are many Christians who would say that at a particular time in their life they felt God's presence in their lives more than other times.

You find David, in the book of Psalms, many times crying out to God because he didn't feel his presence. For example: Psalms 10:1 'Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?' ... Psalm 13:1 'How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?' ... Psalm 71:12 'Be not far from me, O God; come quickly, O my God, to help me.'

My friend, Just because you do not feel God's presence doesn't mean that God is not with you ~ as he promised in Hebrews 13:5 'I will never leave you nor forsake you'. One thing we need to remember is that the Christian faith is not based on feelings but on a relationship with Jesus Christ. The danger with basing our relationship on emotions is that you begin to seek those emotions instead of the presence of God.

The Christian life is a continual process whereas we grow each day in our Christian walk. In order to transform and strengthen our faith, we need to be in God's word daily. Romans 10:17 tells us 'So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ'. We need to be in God's word, studying it and asking God to reveal what He wants us to learn. Draw near to God my friend and He will draw near to you! ~ James 4:8

Friday, August 21, 2015

Lesson Learned

Remember the adversities and the lessons we have learned from them. My friend, It doesn't do us any good if we simply endure our trials, we must learn from them so that we can apply the lessons to our lives.

God told the Israelites to remember the forty years in the desert in Deuteronomy 8:2-3 "And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD."

My friend, by bringing the adversity in the form of hunger in their lives during those forty years and supplying food, they learned that God supplies their needs. In order to profit from this lesson, they had to remember it. We, too, if we are to profit from the lessons God teaches us, we must remember them, we must allow them to sink deeply into our hearts so that each time another adversity comes we will remember how God widdled away the imperfections of our life to make us more like Him.

Trusting you Lord through the adversities of life.