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 27, 2016

In God's Timing

You ever find yourself going through life day after day wondering when your prayer would be answered. You pray and yet nothing seems to be happening.  

A great example of this is in the life of Joseph. We see in Genesis 40 how Joseph was falsely imprisoned and after interpreting a dream for the chief cupbearer, who was also imprisoned with Joseph, showed that the cupbearer would be restored to his position with the Pharaoh. Joseph asked the cupbearer to speak highly of him to help release him from prison. At the end of chapter 40 we see this interpretation come to fruition, then chapter 41 begins with the chief cupbearer speaking highly of Joseph, as he had asked, and he tells Pharaoh how he interpreted his dream. 

But notice in Genesis 41:1 the cupbearer did not remember Joseph immediately, it took two full years before he mentioned Joseph to the Pharaoh. What a difference the gap between chapter 40 and chapter 41 makes. Joseph had to wait two full years in prison for his prayer to be answered. 

My friends, we all have gaps between our prayers and answered prayers, don’t we? In these times we can get discouraged and bitter or we can trust God to know that He is in control. You see Joseph’s prayer to be delivered from prison took two full years before it was answered because God had a plan that would bolster Joseph to a higher authority as ruler of Egypt where he would be in a position to save the Israelites and his family. 

God had a greater plan for Joseph and was working behind the scenes in Joseph’s life to make it come to fruition. So when you get discouraged because of the gaps between your prayers and it seems as if your prayers are not being answered, remember it’s all about God’s timing not ours! God is working in your life just as he did with Joseph. He has a plan and a purpose for your life also. Jeremiah 29:11 'For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.' Trust in the Lord my friend even in the gaps of your life. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

God is Omnipotent

Whenever you look at nature you not only see God's beauty but you also see His power. 
For example, when you gaze at the ocean you see its beauty at various times of the day and seasons; sometimes the ocean is so calm it looks like a lake and other times it is rough with waves crashing against the rocks. You walk along the beach admiring the beauty - but watch out for those sleeper waves that can catch you off guard and sweep you out into the ocean. There is power and beauty all together.

When you look at a river, you see the beauty of the water flowing through the winding path as it cascades down through the rocks with the beautiful landscaping around it. Yet there is power in the flow of the water as the current gets stronger and stronger, there are areas that can pull you under before you know it.

Our all-powerful Creator cares for us, and He longs to exhibit His power in our lives. No matter what you might be facing my friend, God is with you and can help you. There is nothing to complicated for Him, no need too large or too small. God is Omnipotent - all powerful. We need to trust Him for the details of our lives. 

"O Sovereign Lord! You have made the heavens and earth by Your great power. Nothing is too hard for You!" (Jeremiah 32:17).

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Faith in Action

We have talked about God’s sovereign hand in every aspect of our lives; but we need to be cautious here that we don’t begin to think that God’s sovereignty negates any responsibility of ours to live responsible and prudent lives. 
 
Nehemiah reflects God's sovereign plan to rebuild Jerusalem, yet scripture repeatedly shows Nehemiah preparing strategically, positioning and arming the people. Look at Nehemiah 4:6-9. Notice verse 9: "Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night." - They prayed, recognizing God's sovereignty and posted a guard recognizing their responsibility. My friend, there is no contradiction between praying and God’s Sovereign control. We pray for protection and travel mercies right, but we also need to put on our seat belt and drive responsibly. We pray for healing and health concerns and yet we go to the doctor and receive medical treatments. God uses the circumstances in our lives to accomplish His will. God's sovereignty does not negate our responsibility to pray, but rather makes it possible to pray with confidence.

Prayer is the expression of confidence in the sovereignty of God. -Psalm 57:2 "I will cry out to God Most High, to God who performs all things for me." 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Glory to God

"You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created." Rev 4:11.  

When we glorify God in our lives, we are giving him full honor and praise, trusting Him in all of our circumstances - the good and the bad. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Lesson Learned

Remember the adversities and the lessons we have learned from them. My friend, It doesn't do us any good if we simply endure our trials, we must learn from them so that we can apply the lessons to our lives. 

God told the Israelites to remember the forty years in the desert in Deuteronomy 8:2-3 "And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD." 

My friend, by bringing the adversity in the form of hunger in their lives during those forty years and supplying food, they learned that God supplies their needs. In order to profit from this lesson, they had to remember it. We, too, if we are to profit from the lessons God teaches us, we must remember them, we must allow them to sink deeply into our hearts so that each time another adversity comes we will remember how God widdled away the imperfections of our life to make us more like Him.

Trusting you Lord through the adversities of life.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Growth through Adversity

Perhaps the most valuable way we profit from adversity is in the deepening of our relationship with God. 

Through adversity we learn to bow before His sovereignty, to trust His wisdom, and to experience the consolations of His love, until we come to the place where we can say with Job, "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You." Job 42:5 We begin to pass from knowing about God - head knowledge, to knowing God Himself in a personal and intimate way - heart knowledge.

In Philippians 3:10 we see an expression of the deepest heart cry - the desire to know Christ in an ever-increasing intimate, personal way. Philippians 3:10 "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,"

Repeatedly in the Bible, we see men and women of God drawn into a deeper relationship with God through adversity. You and I obviously do not seek out adversity just so we can develop a deeper relationship with God, rather God, through adversity seeks us out. It is God who draws us more and more into a deeper relationship with Him. 

It is no question that Adversity is difficult, and it usually hits where we are most vulnerable. But the one thing we know is that God is in control. He knows what is best for us and He will use adversities in our lives to shape us into the image of His Son.

My friend, We need to come to a place in our lives where we surrender our lives to the will of God.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Details of Life

We cannot go through life constantly worrying about “what if….” God does not want us to live that way. 

There is no room for 'What ifs' in our lives as they only bring us down. It is those 'what ifs' that satan uses to keep our focus on the circumstances rather than on God. We need to keep our focus on God and learn to trust God for the details of our lives. Remember that God is in control of the years, months, days, hours, minutes and seconds of our lives. Psalm 37:23 'The Steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and he delights in his way"

We must live daily with the realization that God knows what is best for us and has a plan and purpose for our lives. Yes, God may send a delay, a change in schedule, a sickness, or some other inconvenience in order to fulfill His plan and purpose for us in our lives; But when we really think about it, they really aren't inconveniences are they when you know it is all within God's ultimate goal. So the next time you are delayed in traffic or have a flat tire, think about what God just protected you from - who knows it may have just saved your life from a tragic accident. Keep your focus on God and not on your circumstances - Trust God for the Details of Life!