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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Monday, May 23, 2016

God will provide a way

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. ~1 Corinthians 10:13

What an encouraging verse! Think about it, there is no temptation that is unique - it says they are common to man. This means that there are other believers that have already gone through the very same temptation and have come through it victoriously - meaning we can too! 

Sometimes we feel as if we are drowning in the temptation, but God knows what we can bear and how much we can bear. Notice it says you will not be tempted beyond your ability; therefore, He limits every single temptation within our limits to overcome it. God is faithful.

God provides a way to escape. He always makes an escape route, a way out of the temptation. He always gives us the strength and energy to walk through or over the temptation or else to turn and flee from it.

Thank you Lord for Always providing a way of escape from the temptations that we face! We simply need to trust God and seek Him in our everyday life choices! We need to stand firm in our faith and flee temptations! 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Trusting through the hard times

We may not be able to understand the specific reasons for God allowing certain experiences to crush us or wear us down, but we can be confident that his plan is for our good. My friend, there are going to be times in our trials where we can see what God is doing and the purpose for our adversity; but there are also going to be times that we don't understand why God has allowed that trial into our lives. We don't understand why we are going through such pain or having to watch a loved one or a friend go through pain. It is in these times that we need to respond with humble faith, trusting God to work in our lives according to His plan and purpose. Proverbs 3:5-6 
It is all about our attitude! When trials come, do you cry out and say 'Why God, why me!' and simply give up and turn your back on God? Or do you trust that God is in control of every aspect of your life and seek wisdom and guidance through the trial. Do you groan and complain or do you say 'Lord, I know you have a plan and a purpose for my life, teach me what you want me to learn through this, give me your eyes that I may see what you want me to see through this trial.' 

When our attitude is right, where we are seeking what God wants to show us and not dwelling on the circumstances themselves, then this is where we will grow spiritually, we will mature in our Christian walk. If we are able to look beyond the present trial and see the product God intends to produce through our suffering, we will experience an inner peace that only God can supply. 

Philippians 4:7 'And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.' The path of life is not always an easy path to walk, but one thing we do know as it says in Philippians 4:13: 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me'. 

It is not through our own strength but through Christ who strengthens us. And that is what this is about. Learning to Trust God to sustain us and help us in our Christian Walk - total surrender of our life to Him.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Seek God First

You ever hear people say 'Sometimes life just happens'. A lot of times they say that when they need an excuse for not doing something they were suppose to do. I totally understand how there simply doesn't seem to be enough time in a day to get everything done that needs to be done plus fit time in to study the Word of God - and don't think that isn't exactly what Satan continually whispers in our ear. But, listen to this scripture:

Matthew 6:33 'But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.' ~ The verb 'seek' here is best interpreted 'seek continually'. 

How many times is God waiting for us to seek Him? How many times is God taking second place in our lives?

The Scripture tells us to continually seek first the kingdom of God. We need to prioritize our time and make sure that we set aside time each day to be in the Word of God, cultivating our relationship with Him.  

We need to give God our undivided attention! I know how it is, we sit down to study but have fifty million things running through our mind where we can't concentrate on what God's word is telling us or We try to do other things while we are spending time with Him where He doesn't have our full attention.

If we put God's will and God's righteousness first in our lives, He will take care of everything else. Continually make God First in your life - Live everyday as unto the Lord seeking His will.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Peace guards our heart

In Christ we have an overwhelming peace through the storms in our life! 'Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.' ~ John 14:27

To the world, peace has a negative side; they only enjoy peace when there is an absence of trouble, how often is that, right! As Christians, we enjoy peace in spite of the trials because of Christ's presence in our lives! It is a peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7)

To the world, peace is something you hope for or work for; but to the Christian, peace is God's wonderful gift, received by faith. 
People in the world walk by sight and depend on the externals, but Christians walk by faith and depend on the eternals. Peace involves the heart and mind. 'Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.' ~Isaiah 26:3

Wrong thinking leads to wrong feeling, and before long the heart and mind are pulled apart and we are strangled by worry. As Paul said 'and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.' ~ Philippians 4:7. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Trust God in Everything

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

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." 

Trust The Lord for the details of your life. He is in sovereign control of every aspect of your life.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My Soul Thirsts for God

My friend, we need to have a thirst for God! Salvation is not a means to an end, it is only the beginning to a glorious pursuit of knowing and loving God. Sadly, some have said “I have accepted Jesus Christ into my life and that is enough, I am content knowing I am a child of God”.   Is that “enough” for you? Or do you want to say as David said, "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirst for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? Psalm 42:1-2 

David wrote Psalm 63 when he was in the wilderness of Judah. Verse One says: 'O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.'  

It says in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”  

Thirst for God my friend, get to know Him and fully give your lives to Him. Quench your thirst by being in God's word daily, pursuing a deeper relationship with God!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lord, hear my Prayer

We not only believe in God's commission and command to pray but we have also seen the power of answered prayers!
Psalms 17:6 'I have called upon You, for You will answer me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech.' (NASB)

What an encouraging scripture! David knew that when he prayed, God would hear him. And what a beautiful picture of God inclining His ear down as David prayed. 

My friend, God inclines his ear down to listen to our prayers also! Let us join together as we pray to the King of kings and Lord of lords! Matthew 8:20 "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst."

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and know that He cares for you as He inclines His ear to hear our prayers. Thank you all for joining us in Prayer today! Blessings to you.