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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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sing to The Lord

In the midst of all the turmoil and sorrow of this world, as Christians we can have joy within our soul. My friend, Is your soul singing praises to the Lord?

The Psalmist said: 'That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever'. (Psalm 30:12) 'I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.' (Psalm 104:33)

No matter how hard times get, my soul will not be silent! I will trust You Lord and know that You are in control. My soul will sing praises to you Lord, my rock and my redeemer!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

God is with us

My friend, we are not alone through life. God is always there no matter what the circumstances are from the happy times to the gut wrenching times.

Christ said he would never leave us...as we see in Hebrews 13:5 "For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
It is so reassuring to know that God Himself said He would never leave you nor forsake you, but when you look at the Greek text, the meaning becomes even stronger.

I love how Kenneth Wuest breaks the Greek text down here. He says "The word 'leave' is preceded by two negatives in the Greek text which serves to strengthen the negation. It is "I will not, I will not cease to sustain and uphold thee." The word "forsake" is a compound of three Greek words, egkataleipo, eg meaning "in," kata meaning "down," and Leipo meaning "to leave." Leipo has the idea of forsaking one, kata suggests rejection, defeat, helplessness, and eg refers to some place or circumstance in which a person may find himself helpless, forsaken. The meaning of the word is that of forsaking someone in a state of defeat or helplessness in the midst of hostile circumstances. The word in its totality means "to abandon, desert, leave in straits, leave helpless, leave destitute, leave in the lurch, let one down." There are three negatives before this word, making the promise one of triple assurance. It is, "I will not, I will not, I will not let thee down, leave thee in the lurch, leave thee destitute, leave thee in straits and helpless, abandon thee." All of which means that our God will come to our rescue when we find ourselves in difficult circumstances.—Wuest's Word Studies

God will always be with you as He Himself has promised! Remember Him in the good times as well as the bad times. Praise Him and Thank Him for all He has done for you - Past, Present, and Future! Live your life for Jesus every second of the day; Don't waste a single moment!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Armed with God's Word

'Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.' ~ 1 Peter 4:1

The Greek word translated "arm yourselves" was used of a Greek soldier putting on his armor and taking his weapons. The noun of the same root was used of a heavily-armed foot-soldier who carried a pike and a large shield as opposed to a soldier who was lightly armed. The Christian needs the heaviest armor he can get, to withstand the attacks of the enemy of his soul. Ephesians 6:10-18 'Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes...'

My friend, we need to be vigilant to make sure that our minds are focused on heavenly things, that we keep our minds pure. You've heard the phrase: Garbage in Garbage out.

Philippians 4:8 'Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.'

My friend, we need to make sure that our lives glorify God, that something in the 24hr period counts for eternity. - Only one life twill soon be past; only what's done for Christ will last

To arm ourselves with the word of God, we need to be in the word of God daily.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Christ lives in me

Our lives need to be about Christ not about us! It is not about how far we get in the corporate world but about what we do with the opportunities God gives us.

Paul said in Galatians 2:20 'I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me'. We must decrease and Christ must increase in our lives. Paul kept his eye on the prize and he continually pressed toward the finish line. Philippians 3:12-14 'Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus'. We need to reach forward to those things which are ahead as the Apostle Paul did. Over the next few posts we will see how this equates to our daily lives.

Remember my friend, we cannot live godly lives in this world without Christ's strength. Philippians 4:13 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me'

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I will seek you Lord

Seeking the Lord in everything I do is my ultimate goal!

As the Psalmist said in Psalm 27:8 'My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, LORD, I will seek.' We also see in 1 Chronicles 16:11 'Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually'. The phrase 'seek the Lord' indicates an earnest desire to know Him and to obtain His favor. As Barnes notes stated, it also denotes a sense of dependence on God.

Let us seek the Lord continually! Let us desire the Lord's favor, to be in His presence continually as we seek His guidance in our lives! Let us say as the Psalmist said 'Your face, Lord, I will seek'!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Christ our Anchor

As believers, we have a "living hope" because we trust a living Christ
1 Peter 1:3 ―Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

This hope enables us to keep our minds under control and "hope to the end" when Jesus shall return.
1 Peter 1:13 ―Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ

We must not be ashamed of our hope but be ready to explain and defend it
1 Peter 3:15 ―But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear

This confident hope gives us the encouragement and enablement we need for daily living. It does not put us in a rocking chair where we complacently await the return of Jesus Christ. Instead, it puts us in the marketplace and on the battlefield where we keep on going when the burdens are heavy and the battles are hard. Like an anchor, our hope in Christ stabilizes us in the storms of life.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bloom where God plants you

How do we view the circumstances in our life?

Many times when our circumstances are painful or take us out of our comfort zone, we find ourselves praying asking God to change our circumstances thinking we know what is best. Sometimes we think our life should be heading in a certain direction when in reality, God wants us to go in another direction.

My friend, we need to learn to trust God in the circumstances of life because God knows what is best for us and is using them to shape us into His image - according to his plan and purpose for our lives. We see in James 1:2-3 'Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.'

Romans 8:28 'And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.'

Seek God's will in your life and live according to His plan NOT ours! Bloom where God plants you.