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.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Actions have Consequences

We left off in chapter seven with Esther revealing Haman's plot to kill her and her people as king Ahasuerus grew angry and ordered Haman to be hung on the very gallows he built to hang Mordecai.
But this was not the end, just because Haman was dead did not mean the Jewish people were safe from annihilation. The Decree written by Haman to annihilate the Jews was still in effect and according to Persian law even the king could not change it.
My friend, this shows us that the consequences of our actions live on long after we are gone. So the question we should be asking is, what legacy are we leaving behind? Are the consequences of our actions good or bad? We need to think before we act; Think about the consequences that will result from our actions. Will they bring glory to God or will it bring dishonor. What is the purpose behind our actions? Is it for our own selfish gain or for the gain of others?
Let us stop and think of the consequences before we act and make sure our motives are pure. Let us live our lives to glorify our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Deception doesn't pay

As we continue our study on the book of Esther we see in chapter 7 that deception doesn't pay. Esther had just exposed Haman's deception in leading king Ahasuerus to issue the Decree of Annihilation which angered the king. In Esther 7:9 one of the eunuchs, Harbonah, tells the king about the gallows which Haman had made for Mordecai.

Matthew 7:2 "For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measure back to you." We see in Esther 7:10 Haman was hung on the very gallows he built for Mordecai.

Proverbs 11:8 "The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead.

Haman meant harm to the Jews but God would not allow this annihilation to happen. God said I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. Haman sinned against God - and he didn't heed His warning. Haman's execution is a clear picture of the surety of judgment. No matter who the person is, even if he is the prime minister of a nation, he will face the judgment of God for the deeds he has done.

Galatians 6:7 "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap."

My friend, you cannot hide from God. "For His eyes are on the ways of man, and He sees all his steps." ~ Job 34:21



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Turn away from evil

Esther chapter 7 The Mask comes off and Queen Esther reveals her petition at the banquet to the king; not only is king Ahasuerus listening to the Queen's request, but Haman the Prime Minister also.

In Esther 7:3-4 Esther is pleading for her life and the life of the Jews. Esther knows she must word her petition and request very carefully, she said "For we have been sold" - remember Haman paid the King 10,000 talents of silver to write the Decree. (Esther 3:9) Then notice Esther uses the very words that are used in the Decree "destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated" (Esther 3:13). In hearing these words, the king would have to remember the decree and realize what Esther meant by sparing her life. You could just imagine Haman at this point; His heart is probably racing as the words of his wife and friends come to his mind: (Esther 6:13). Then here he finds out that the Queen is Jewish, you know he was in fear for his life as he sees the King's anger well up. The King stunned and outraged asks the Queen who would dare presume in his heart to do such a thing?" Esther 7:5 and Esther told him Haman.
Haman hearing his name come out of the queen's mouth as the one to who decreed to kill her was now terrified as we see in verse six. He was utterly helpless and hopeless before the king. So many times we try to hide our sin as if nobody knows. Haman probably never thought his evil revengeful ways would come back to bring he and his family harm. But Rest assure, just as Haman's evil was exposed, so all sin will be exposed by God. My friend, if we face up to our sin and just repent instead of trying to cover it up we will feel the forgiveness of our Lord instead of His wrath. If we just give our enemies to the Lord and allow Him to deal with them rather than taking revenge, we will feel the love of our Lord rather that His wrath. Esther and Mordecai put their enemy, Haman in the hands of the Lord ~ You remember they fasted and prayed asking for the Lord's guidance, protection and strength before going before the king to expose Haman's plan.
The king learned a great lesson here. He realized that he gave way to much authority to Haman - a wicked man. That he should have at least read the decree before putting his seal on it. Now his own wife the queen was at risk. Please join me as we continue to see what happens next.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

God's Providential Care

The tables are turned as God thwarts Haman's plans ~ After an evening of celebration and plotting, Haman approaches the kings court anxious to submit his petition to hang Mordecai on the gallows, but before he had a chance to say anything to the king, the king asks him a question.

Let's look at Esther 6:6 "So Haman came in, and the king asked him, "What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?" Now Haman thought in his heart, "Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?" 

My friend, little did Haman know the King, full of enlightenment from God after a sleepless night, was talking about rewarding Mordecai for saving his life five years ago. Wow! What a blow to Haman! God used the king to give the shocking order that reversed the fate, the destiny of Haman and Mordecai. Haman would have never expected Mordecai to be the man the king wished to honor. The king commands Haman that he is not to leave anything out that he had recommended in verses 7-9. Haman was humiliated before the public while Mordecai was honored. His experience clearly shows how God humbles the prideful of the world and exalts the humble. Haman's pride was crushed by the command of the king, for he was forced to exalt Mordecai the man he had personally despised and plotted to execute. Haman was to suffer the most embarrassing, disgraceful act of his life.
Proverbs 11:8 "The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead."
Psalms 7:15-16 "He made a pit and dug it out, and has fallen into the ditch which he made. His trouble shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown."

Friday, July 7, 2017

Facing the crossroads of Life

As we walk in our Christian lives we are going to face crossroads in our life where we are put into a position where we have to make a decision of which way to go. You can choose to go right or left but the right path is not always clear and we are not sure which way to go, other times it is clear as we need to stay on a certain path.

As we read in Genesis 39:7-20 Joseph was put in a position where Potiphar's wife tried to seduced Joseph, and Joseph had a choice to make - he could either give in to her temptations or flee knowing it was wrong. Joseph chose to flee which was the obvious right choice. God used this injustice; however, to fulfill His purpose in Joseph's life. Yes, he was imprisoned wrongly; he was also maliciously sold earlier in his life into slavery which brought him to Potiphar’s house to begin with, but as we all know it was through these events that God fulfilled His plan.

When you are mistreated, when you are maliciously attacked, when you are unjustly accused, remember Joseph and know that God sees the whole picture and has a plan and a purpose in our lives. We need to Trust God and continually walk in the spirit and flee from ungodly choices and temptations as Joseph did. Remember that God will not allow the acts of someone else to thwart His plan.

The one thing that helps keep us on the right path, that helps us make the right choices in life is to be walking with the Lord. We need to be in His word, communicating with Him daily. We need to be conscious of God's presence in our lives moment by moment every second of a day.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Sing Praises to you Lord

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD. Psalm 104:33
 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Find Comfort in the Lord

Abba Father thank you for your tender mercies and for the comfort that you bestow upon us! 
 
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 'Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.' 

Notice that the word mercies is plural. God does not show mercy just once, nor just here and there. God showers His mercies upon us continuously.  We thank you Father for the mercy and compassion that you shower upon us and ask that you direct our paths to show mercy and compassion on those around us.  

We ask Lord for your healing hand on those who sick, for those who are suffering, victims of disasters and going through financial troubles. Father God, open our eyes to those who are in need that we may show mercy and compassion upon them as you have shown us. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.