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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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.”

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Come Lord Jesus

Peter is exhorting us, in these end times, to be serious and watchful in our prayers: 1 Peter 4:7 
When we are serious we keep our self desires under control and keep our focus on God, living according to God's will and not our own. As the time draws nearer for Christ's return, not only are we to be serious, but we are to be watchful in our prayers. The word watch carries with it the idea of alertness. This admonition had special meaning to Peter because he went to sleep when he should have been “watching unto prayer” as we see in Mark 14:37-40 ~ Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words. And when He returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him.
My friend, when the Lord returns, will He find us sleeping or watching for His return? Take the Apostle Peter's exhortation to heart and be serious and watchful in prayer for these are the End Times! Let your life be glorifying to God and not man!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Live for Christ

Lord, help me to live for you, for you died for me! 
2 Corinthians 5:15 'He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf' This verse says it all! Do Not live for yourselves, Live for Christ with every breath you take!

Love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, mind, and soul! ~ Matthew 22:37

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Faithfully Committed to the Lord

Although we may not understand everything happening around us, we must trust in God's protection and retain our integrity by doing what we know is right.
Esther, who risked her life appearing before the king, became a hero. Mordecai, who was effectively condemned to death, rose to become the second highest ranking official in the nation. No matter how hopeless our condition, or how much we would like to give up, we need not despair. God is in control of our world.
Be Committed! Live a life that is Faithful to the Lord.
Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. ~ Psalm 25:4-5

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Trusting God through the tough times

Esther 9:20-32 introduces us to the Feast of Purim. ~ The great deliverance of the Jews was instituted as a permanent festival. The Festival of Purim is a celebration and reminder of how God delivered the Jews from annihilation.

Mordecai sent a letter to encourage faithfulness in the celebration of Purim and he encouraged Esther to write a letter also, putting her full authority as queen behind the festival. The Jews begin their celebration with a fast commemorating the date on which Haman’s evil decree was issued. They go to the synagogue and hear the Book of Esther publicly read; and whenever the name of Haman is mentioned, they cry out, “May he be accursed!” or “May his name perish!” Children bring a special Purim rattle called a “gregar” and use it to make a noise every time they hear Haman’s name read. Then the celebrants go home to a festive holiday meal with gifts and special foods, and the celebrating continues on the next day. They also send gifts to the poor and needy so that everybody can rejoice together.
Also note that in Esther 9:31-32 the institution of Purim as a permanent festival and the guidelines that were to control it were recorded in the official records. The most important items were written in the chronicles, like when Mordecai saved the King's life, all the previous decrees that were written, and the letters from Mordecai and Esther about Purim. Writing them in the book of chronicles showed both importance and permanence.
In the book of Esther, we clearly see God at work in the lives of individuals and in the affairs of a nation. Even when it looks as if the world is in the hands of evil people, God is still in control, protecting those who are his.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

God Answers Prayer

We saw in Esther 9 that the Jews won victoriously over their enemy. Their victory was a tribute to God's sustaining power and the faith of the Jews to know God was with them to defeat their enemy. God had answered their prayers and they celebrated their victory.

My friend, how many times do we stop and celebrate because God answered our prayer. How many times do we at least pray and thank God for answering our prayers. Once we get an answer do we just go on living our lives or do we appreciate what God has done?
God answers our prayers three ways:
1. Yes I Will
2. Yes, but My way
3. No, not the right path that I have chosen for you
My friend, No is an answer to prayer and we need to thank God even when he says “No” don't we because God sees the bigger picture and knows what is best for us.

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Lord is my Strength

One of the problems with our world today as we see in Psalm 36:1 is that "there is no fear of God". Like Pharaoh, in Exodus 5:2 people are saying "Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice?"
We see in Esther chapter nine that the Persians learned quickly as to whom the Lord was. Esther 9:5 shows that the Jews defeated all their enemies as God had fulfilled his promise.
My friend, when we face our enemy we also need to prepare. We can prepare and have a ready defense for the gospel. Unbelievers will seek to stop our witness, sometimes they will simply ridicule or mock us, but at other times they seek to persecute or even kill us.

So how do we prepare:
Every day we need to put on the armor of God: Ephesians 6:10-18
We must be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in us: 1 Peter 3:15
We must not hate our enemies but rather love them for the cause of Christ: Matthew 5:44
We must be in the Word of God daily and communicating with God daily living according to His will. In the end we should be able to say, as it says in 2 Timothy 4:7-8 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
It is only through the power of God that we will be able to defeat our enemies, just as the Jews found. The Jews were able to help save themselves from annihilation by preparing for the attacks of the enemy. If they had not prepared themselves, the Persian citizens who hated them would have tried to wipe them off the face of the earth. The Jews were prepared and because of it they won victoriously over their enemy.
God put Mordecai into his position as Prime Minister and he honored the Lord in his position and used his authority to do the will of God. We need to also make sure that we don’t take the positions God places us in for granted that we don't misuse our authority and that God is honored through our lives. When we live our lives according to the plan of God, those around us will see the power of God in our lives also.