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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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blessings to you

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. ~ 2 Corinthians 13:14

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Be Patient Trust God

Are you going through a trial and asking God to relieve you from the pain and anguish? The Apostle Paul knows how you feel.

We see in 2 Corinthians 12:8 that Paul asked Three times for the thorn in his flesh to be removed. In the original language, we see that Paul didn't just ask three times all at once, but he pleaded with God three separate times, so you could just imagine that this thorn must have brought a lot of pain and anguish. In the previous verses we see why Paul was given this thorn; 2 Corinthians 12:7 'So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.'

Though God accepts the prayer of faith, he does not always give what is asked for: God does not always take away our troubles because He knows what is best for us, yet, He gives grace enough for us to handle the trial. Notice in verse nine Christ says "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Just remember as you are going through this trial that The Lord does hear your prayers and He will answer according to His will for you and in His timing. His answer may not always be what we want or expect, but we are guaranteed that His answer will be for our good and God will be glorified through it as we relinquish control to Him and trust Him in the midst of the trial. We are assured of a sufficiency of grace to support us under the trial, so long as it should last. Be patient and Trust God for the outcome.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Lord, Hear my Prayer

'I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray.' ~ Psalms 17:6

What an encouraging scripture! David knew that when he prayed God would hear him. And what a beautiful picture of God Bending down His ear to hear David's prayer. My friend, we can have this same confidence! We too can know that God will answer our prayers according to His plan and purpose for our lives and that He is Bending down listening to Every Word we say! Trust in the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind knowing that He is there with you every step of the way.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book of Remembrance

My friend, God is not out in the distance watching from afar, if you are a Christian, He lives in your heart! He knows your name, your every thought, he knows how many hairs are on your head, and did you know that He even knows how often you speak His name!

Malachi 3:16 'Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who feared the Lord and who meditate on His name.' NKJV

Think about that! Every time you talk about Christ it is written in the Book of Remembrance! How awesome is that! How many times is your name written in the Book of Remembrance?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Heart, Soul and Mind

Scripture tells us in Matthew 22:37 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." So what does loving God look like in our everyday lives:

~ Spending quality time with the Lord: having daily devotions and prayer time (When you love someone, you want to spend time with them.) 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.

~ In our conversation: Talk about God (learn to make God a part of your everyday conversation; remember as it says in Malachi 3:16 that when we talk about God He writes it in the Book of Remembrance)

~ Through our calendar: Not just on Sunday but everyday we should make time for God! (Be aware of God's presence in your daily routine). James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

~ With your character: Our love for God should flow through our character. It tells us in 1 John 5:3 'For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.'

Bottom line is that we surrender to the Lord in every aspect of our lives. It is about developing our relationship with God as we grow deeper and deeper in our Christian walk. Remember the Greatest Commandment: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Joy through Trials

So many times people think that when they accept Jesus Christ into their heart and become a Christian, all their troubles and trials will disappear only to find out that that is not true and they find themselves unprepared and discouraged.

Scripture tells us in 1 Peter 4:12 “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you”.

You see, scripture is telling us that we will go through trials; the question is my friend, how will we go through them—as victims or victors. All too often we approach trials as being difficult prompting groaning and complaints because we don't understand the purpose for them. Trials come in many forms, they are a part of life and we need to be prepared now for when they come.

James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of our faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

James compassionately identifies with them and says ‟my brethren‟. Meaning my brothers and sisters in Christ, he knows what they are going through; he too is going through various trials and persecution. Then he 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! James is encouraging us to have pure joy in the very face of trials. He is not asking us to pretend to be happy. 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.

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!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Search me O God

As we grow in our Christian walk, our desire to live as unto the Lord and turn from our sin nature becomes stronger and stronger.

We see in scripture David's heart's desire in this prayer: Psalm 139:23-24 'Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.'

David knew that God could see through all disguises. He desired to discover the wrong in his life in order that the Lord would help correct anything that was wrong in his conduct. He asked the Lord to not only search his heart, but his thoughts too.

C.H. Spurgeon said 'The heart and its thoughts must be made right, before the actions of the life can be set right.'

David was a man of courage. When he slew a lion in the way, when he successfully encountered a bear, when he went out to meet the giant Goliath, he gave undoubted proofs of courage; but never did he display such courage as when he determined to look into his own heart.

My friend, Let us pray as David did, and let us have courage to look at our heart and thoughts knowing we cannot hide our sin from God. As God reveals the areas in our lives that we need to clean up, we will be on the right path of repentance and living our lives as unto the Lord.