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, January 15, 2018

God Cares For You

Isn't it wonderful that we have a Savior that cares for us! 1 Peter 5:7 'casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.' As Peter is writing this, the Christians were suffering severe persecution, so these words were of great encouragement. The word 'care' here means 'anxiety' or 'worry'. 

When difficult times come our way it is so easy to worry or be anxious isn't it. But listen to the words Peter is saying here. “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” We know that “care” means anxiety or worry but notice it says “all” your anxiety or worries. Now the word “all” in the Greek text has the idea, not of every worry that comes along, but the whole of their worries. In other words we are to give the whole of our cares our anxiety our worry to God. Think about having a cold; with a cold you may have a cough, a fever, congestion, sore throat, and running nose. When you give the “whole” of the cold you are giving everything – the cough, fever, congestion, sore throat, and running nose. You are not giving just the cough or just the congestion.

Peter is commanding us to give the “whole” worry. The result will be that when those worries come up we will not worry but cast them over to God. The word “cast” means “having deposited with”. It refers here to a direct and once-for-all committal to God of all that would give us concern. 

It all comes down to knowing that God is in control, He knows what we are going through and promises to see us through them. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Christ gives me Strength

One of my favorite verses is Philippians 4:13 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me'.  

The Apostle Paul knew this all too well.  In his life he suffered for Christ's sake, was beaten with rods, stoned, shipwrecked, placed in prisons, was hungry and cold yet his testimony was 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.'  This was not an expression of pride in his own abilities but a declaration of the strength provided by Christ.  The Greek word for strengthen in this verse is - ἐνδυναμόωWhich means to empower.  My friend Christ empowers us and gives us the ability to face whatever circumstance we are faced with.

The Amplified Bible translates it 'I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].   The Living Bible puts it this way 'for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.'  We are not alone, it is through Christ we are made strodng.  Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:10 '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.'

The power of Christ in Paul's life empowered him to live as unto the Lord.  And so it is for the life that lies ahead of you and me.  Paul accomplished great things for God even though he suffered much.  Fixing his eyes on Christ he said 'I can' and so can you and I.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thank you Lord

How many times have we taken God's blessings for granted? ... Luke 17:11-19 tells us about ten men who were lepers, when Christ came they cried out to be healed. We all cry out don't we for Christ to heal us to take away the adversities in our lives. Luke goes on to say in verse fourteen that Christ heard their cries and all ten men experienced Christ's healing power over their leprosy.

Then look what happens in verses fifteen and sixteen: Luke 17:15-16 'And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.' 
Did you see that; it says One of them - not all of them or even half of them! One of them glorified God as he fell on his face at the feet of Christ giving Him thanks for healing him. Doesn't that make you sad when you read that? Here God heard their cries and answered them with healing; and yet they didn't give God the honor or glory for what He did for them - they took the blessing for granted. How many blessings has God given us that we haven't thanked Him for? What have we taken for granted? 
What do you think Christ felt about their response - let's look at Luke 17:17-18 So Jesus answered and said, 'were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?' You can clearly see that this did not please Christ. He is saying where is the nine - not found returning to give glory to God. My friends, we do not want to be like these lepers! Their need had been met, they had all been healed and yet nine out of the ten didn't turn and give God the glory. We need to make sure we are aware of God's presence in our lives, and let Him know how much we appreciate Him and what He is doing in our lives

Friday, September 29, 2017

I am Saved

The Apostle Peter encourages us in our faith to be secure in our salvation knowing that He is there always to take care of us. 

Let's look at 1 Peter 1:2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied. (NKJV) What an expressive verse! All three members of the Trinity are mentioned here, and all three members of the Trinity work to bring about our salvation.

The Father chose us before we chose him. (Ephesians 1:4) “just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love” 

Jesus Christ, the Son, died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:6-10)

The Holy Spirit brings us the benefits of salvation and sets us apart (makes us holy, sanctifies us) for God’s service. (2 Thessalonians 2:13) “But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,” 

What an awesome God we have! Peter is encouraging us to stand firm, that our salvation and security rest in the free and merciful choice of almighty God; no trials or persecutions can take away the eternal life He gives to those who believe in Him. 

No matter how great the hardship, God will meet the need of the dear believer, the one whom He has elected to be His own.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Daily Commune with God

The key for believers to know and have a habitual, conscious communion with God is Faith; a living active faith, a faith that knows and follows God, communes and fellowships with God. It is utterly impossible to please God without faith. 

Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” My friend, Without a saving faith, a person stands alone to face the trials and tribulations of this world, but as believers, God is always there with us giving us strength and comfort to handle any circumstance that crosses our path.

Notice the second part of that verse says the person who comes to God must believe two things: He must believe in God – that God is – that God exists. The words “must believe” mean absolutely necessary and essential. He must believe that God rewards those who diligently seek Him. Note the word diligently, it means to seek out God; to diligently seek to find Him and to follow Him. God rewards those who diligently seek to know and follow Him. 

Let us daily commune with God.

Monday, September 25, 2017

God is with you

Autumn has arrived and Summer is gone - the weather is changing, the trees are losing their leaves and the sun is going down a little earlier each day. My friend, a new season in our lives has begun.
As we face each new day, Be kind to one another and show God's love as we don't know what another person is going through. John 15:12 'This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you'
If you are struggling and going through a tough time, know that you are not alone. It is through Christ that we can endure, it is through Christ that we get our strength. My friend as it says in Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
The seasons may change, but our Lord never does. He cares for you and is with you always through the good times and the bad - through every season of life.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Daily living in God's Presence

I couldn’t help but think about the song “I Surrender All” and how this is the very key to us having a deep personal relationship with God. The song says: All to Jesus, I surrender All to Him I freely give; I will ever love and trust Him, In His presence daily live.
Notice how the song starts off: “All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give.” We are to surrender everything to God, our possessions, our loved ones, and everything that consumes our life. We are to make sure that the “things” in our lives don’t replace God and that God is Lord of our life.
Then notice the song continues: “I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live.” Daily living in God’s presence! God wants an intimate relationship with us. He wants us to feel His presence in our lives. In order to have an intimate relationship with someone you have to get to know them personally. I am not talking about an acquaintance where you only know the shallow side of a person. I am talking about an intimate relationship, like one you would have with your husband or wife, where you tear down all the barriers in your life. There are no secrets. All the cards are out there on the table. If you have secrets from each other, or you have a part of you that you do not share, it builds barriers between you.
So when we talk about pursuing an intimate relationship with God, we are talking about tearing down all the barriers in our lives, having no secrets, fully surrendered to Him. He knows our hearts and so even though we think we are hiding something, we aren’t. He knows everything. And when we are not close to Him, he grieves. He wants to have that place in our hearts and in our lives where we enjoy His presence. When you are living a godly life pursuing a deep personal relationship with God you will feel His presence, you will experience His love wrapped around you like you have never felt before.
Psalms 86:11-12 (NKJV) “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And I will glorify Your name forevermore.”