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, January 28, 2015

The Frailty of Life

As we continue in 1 Peter 1:23 Peter reiterates, as we saw in verse 18-19, that we are born again by the incorruptible seed; the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

The point is this, as born again believers; God has put His incorruptible Word into our hearts, and the very first word or commandment to believers is to love one another. Therefore, we must love one another fervently with a pure heart - we must obey God. I John 3:23 "And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love (agape) one another, as He gave us commandment.

Then in verses 24-25, Peter contrasted the frailty of human nature with the enduring character of God's Word by referring to Isaiah 40:8: "The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever." The length of human life on earth is brief compared to eternity.
Psalm 103:15-16 "As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more."

But in contrast to a very temporary existence, the living, holy Word of God will endure forever.
Psalm 119:89 "Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven." Life here is fraught with continual anxiety and uncertainty, but with the Almighty God, there is no change and no death, only eternal life and calm assurance.

1 Peter 1:23-25 ...having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because "All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, But the word of the LORD endures forever." Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you."

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sincerely Love One Another

Let's open our Bibles to 1 Peter 1:22 'Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart'.

Believers are to love one another because they have purified their souls; This means that the soul of a true believer is cleansed of sin. You remember in our previous posts that we showed how your sins past, present, and future have been forgiven at the cross that Christ paid the price once and for all with His precious blood that we would be holy acceptable to God. As it shows in Romans 5:5 God purified our souls and poured His love (agape) into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. - It is a constant power within our lives. Here in verse 22, Peter used two different words for love: philadelphia - which is brotherly love and agape - which is godlike sacrificial love.

Not only is this love a spiritual love, but the scripture shows us that it is also a sincere love - meaning it is genuine, without pretension, hypocrisy, or play-acting. We are not to pretend, play, and act like we love one another; we are to love one another genuinely and sincerely.

Lastly we see in verse 22 that this love is fervent. "love one another fervently with a pure heart" - love here is the agape love and is used in the Aorist Imperative mode - meaning that it is a command to be done at that very moment. Fervent is an athletic term that means "striving with all of one's energy." So we are commanded to strive with all of our energy to love one another. It takes work, it is not a matter of feeling - it is a matter of will. We should love as God loves us. God forgives us - we forgive others; God is kind to us - we are kind to others.

The Spirit of God produces the "fruit of the Spirit" in our lives, and the first of these is love (Galatians 5:22-23). If we are filled with the Word of God (Colossians 3:16) and the Spirit of God (Ephesians 5:18), we will manifest the love of God in our daily experiences.

Studying God's Word

Thank you for joining me in our Bible study:

Over the next few posts we will be covering 1 Peter 1:22 - 2:10. Peter continues to show us how to live holy lives - in verses twenty two through the second verse in chapter two we will see in that holy living demands purification; then Peter will exhort us to practice holy living in verses four through ten of chapter two.

I look forward to studying God's word with you and encourage you to open your Bible with me as we continue feasting on God's word.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Illustration of God's Protection

There is a wonderful picture of how God protects and guards his children; let me chart this out for you:

First draw a circle and then place a dot with in that circle. You are that dot if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your savior and God is the circle around you. As the circle is around the dot, so God is around each one of His saints; We belong to Him, totally surrounded by Him, protected by Him.

Now place another dot outside of the circle and draw an arrow from that dot to the dot inside the circle. Label that dot: Temptation. Draw another dot outside of the circle and draw an arrow from that dot to the dot inside the circle. Label that dot: Trials and Testing times. Notice that the arrows cannot reach the dot except it goes through the circle, so no temptation, not trial or testing time can reach us except it goes through the permissive will of God first.

As we walk in the center of God’s will, He will not permit Satan to confront us with a temptation too great for us, He will not allow us to go through any trial or testing time that we can’t handle.
How encouraging to know that God sees everything, He is fully surrounding you and will provide us with the necessary faith and spiritual strength to overcome any temptation, and the grace needed to bear that trial. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says: ―No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

I want you to think about the five spiritual incentives that we have gone through over the last few posts. Which of these incentives motivate you the most to walk in holiness? I challenge you this week to take the lessons learned and think about what practical steps you can take to walk in holiness.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

God's Amazing Love

Nothing can separate us from the amazing love of God.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Safe in my Father's Hands

Because God loves you so much, He protects you. You have been redeemed by the precious blood of His own Son. Therefore, you are of great value to Almighty God.

John 10:28-30 'And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand. I and My Father are one.' Notice this verse shows you are in God's hand. You are safe and secure in His hand and no one, not anyone can take you from His hand. My friend, you were safe in His hands the minute you became born again. Jesus spoke in John 3 to Nicodemus that you must be born again; This is speaking of a spiritual birth. Your spiritual birth made you a child of God and forever settled your position with God. Once you accepted Jesus Christ into your heart, accepted His Death burial and resurrection you are a part of God’s family; He is your Father; Nothing can separate you from the love of God. Your spiritual kinship was permanently settled by the blood of Jesus the moment you believed.

Sin can break your fellowship, but not your relationship with God. There are sins of commission and sins of omission. Sins we know about and there are sins we do that we don’t know about. Psalms 19:11-13 David is asking for forgiveness of his secret faults the sins that he is not aware of. 1 John 1:7 shows how while we are having this fellowship with Him, the blood of Jesus, His Son, keeps constantly cleansing us from sins. Yes, 1 John 1:9 does state that we are to confess our sins, but this is not to keep us saved. It is to restore our fellowship with God. When we sin our fellowship is broken not our relationship. You cannot be unborn again; therefore, your spiritual birth secures your position with God. God keeps you in His heart, in His hand, and in His household.

Continually grow in your relationship with our Lord my friend!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sacrificial Lamb

As we continue our fifth spiritual incentive - The Love of God (1 Peter 1:18-21) we will concentrate on verses 19-20: ... 'but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you'

In calling Christ a Lamb, Peter was reminding his readers of an Old Testament teaching that was important in the early church, and that ought to be important to us today. It is the doctrine of substitution: an innocent victim giving his life for the guilty. It was not an accident, it was not by chance, it was foreordained before the foundation of the world. Peter made it clear that Christ's death was an appointment, not an accident; for it was ordained by God before the foundation of the world (Acts 2:23).

From the human perspective, our Lord was cruelly murdered; but from the divine perspective, He laid down His life for sinners (John 10:17-18). But He was raised from the dead! Now, anyone who trusts Him will be saved for eternity. Don't waste another minute my friend. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ into your life, I invite you to,do it today. Here is a sample prayer: "Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins. I now invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my personal Lord and Savior. In Jesus' name. Amen." ~

If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9