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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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ultimate Joy in Christ

The believer is forever secure in the keeping power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, he walks rejoicing in the Lord: he rejoices no matter what confronts him. This is how the Apostle Paul felt as he sat in prison and wrote these words: 'Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!' ~ Philippians 4:4

Paul was full of joy because he knew that no matter what happened to him, Jesus Christ was with him. You see, ultimate joy comes from Christ living inside us!

When a person rejoices in the Lord, his mind is focused upon the Lord, upon what the Lord has done for him. And the mind cannot be in two places at once. If it is upon the Lord and His glorious salvation, then it cannot be upon the trials and false teachings of this world. The Christian life is a matter of attitude. I like how one commentator put it: Our inner attitudes do not have to reflect our outward circumstances.

No matter what confronts the believer, no matter how terrible the trial, we know that we are in the care of the Lord Jesus Christ! We know that there is nothing that will separate us from The Lord or His love.

Therefore, we can say with the Apostle Paul 'I Always Rejoice in the Lord'!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Saving Faith

"Can faith save him?" ~ James 2:14.

We need to clarify 'faith' here. If we take this out of context and we just read 'Can faith save him?' then we would have to say 'Yes'. A true heart-faith in the finished work of Christ on Calvary saves. Yes faith in Jesus Christ saves.

But this is not what James is saying. When we look at the scripture in context, James is saying, 'Can a profession of faith save him?' There is a big difference between 'Can faith save' and 'Can a profession of faith save'.

Anybody can profess to be a Christian, but if that profession of faith is just lip service, then it is a dead faith. It is not a saving faith. But if that profession of faith is truly a heart changing, life changing experience in the One True God, then and only then is it a true saving faith.

The Late Greek scholar Spiros Zodiahties said: 'Faith which implants God's nature in the heart of man is a saving faith, and the faith which does not is not saving faith.'

We need to stop living sinful lives, repent of our sins and fully give our lives to Jesus Christ. We need to fully trust God in every aspect of our lives and live accordingly.

Heavenly Treasures

No matter what age you are, at the end of the day there is one question we need to ask ourselves: 'Did anything in my day count for Jesus Christ?' If the answer is 'No' then that day was wasted.

Matthew 6:19-21 'Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.'

Where is your heart? What does your life show you treasure? To build heavenly treasures we need to examine our lives. Some earthly treasures are not bad in and of themselves, we just need to find a balance in life.

The time spent on earthly treasures could be spent investing in someone's life for the Lord, reading God's word, praying, sharing the gospel - these things will last in the end when we follow God's plan for our lives. Don't waste your life, store up heavenly treasures.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Forgiveness is Not Free

Forgiveness is a part of life that many struggle with ... There always seems to be someone we either need to forgive or ask forgiveness of. Sometimes it seems really hard to forgive depending on the circumstances; however, We need to forgive those around us just as God forgives us!

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. ~ Ephesians 4:32

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. ~ Colossians 3:13

We may even find ourselves asking the same question Peter did: Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

My friend, if there is someone you have be holding off forgiving, do it today!
C.S. Lewis said ~ To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. ~

Let us think about how God has forgiven us and use Him as our example. Yes God promises to forgive us as we see in 1 John 1:9; but, I want to make it clear that this promise is NOT a license to disobey God!

Remember what it cost God to forgive our sins. That's right ~ Forgiveness is Not Free! Christ died a painful death on the cross for our sins and paid the penalty for us! This should make us want to live godly lives that are pleasing to the Lord.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Experiencing God's Shelter

A good day for the believer who loves life is not one in which he is pampered and sheltered, but one in which he experiences God's help and blessing because of life's problems and trials. ~ It is a day in which he magnifies the Lord (Psalm 34:1-3) experiences answers to prayer (Psalm 34:4-7) tastes the goodness of God (Psalm 34:8) and senses the nearness of God (Psalm 34:18).

No person has life apart from God! 1 Peter 3:12 'For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.' Peter here is quoting Psalm 34.

As we see in 1 Peter, the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous - God sees all. Then it says His ears are open to their prayers. Not only are the Lord's eyes open and watching, but His ears are open to their prayer. The idea here is that He hears our cries in times of need and He meets our need according to His will. God cares and looks after us day by day never letting us suffer more than we can bear. Nothing happens to God's people that He has not allowed for some purpose. Whatever happens, we know that His promises of blessing, whether in this life or in the life to come are certain.

These words are of great comfort, but the verse goes on. Not only is the Lord watching and listening but also goes against those who do evil. Note that the very face of the Lord stands against those who do evil. The picture is that the Lord does not only see the evil person, but that those who do evil against us will stand face to face with the Lord as He deals with them.

Rest in The Lord today my friend and have a blessed day! The next time you think you are having a 'bad day', read Psalm 34 and you may discover you are really having a 'good day' to the glory of God.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Faith in Action

When there is faith, there is an action.

Joshua 3:7-8 “And the Lord said to Joshua, "This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, 'When you have come to the edge of the water of the Jordan, you shall stand in the Jordan."

The priests had the responsibility of bearing the Ark of the Covenant and going before the people as they marched. It was the priests who had to step into the Jordan River, which was at flood stage at this time, before God would open the waters. Have you ever seen a river at flood stage? Not only did the priest have to step in before God would part the waters, they had the responsibility of bearing the Ark of the Covenant – remember this symbolized God’s presence with them. It took a lot of faith to step into those flood waters. The priests would also have to stand in the middle of the riverbed until all the people had passed over. When the priests arrived on the other side, the waters would return to their original condition.

It took faith and courage for these priests to do their job, but they trusted God and relied on the faithfulness of His Word. This is faith in action.
Think about those raging waters that the priest had to step into, it was not easy but well worth the challenge.

What raging waters are you facing? What is it that you need to trust God for?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Spiritual Nourishment

What a wonderful picture we see in the book of Jeremiah of finding Joy and Delight in our hearts as we feed on God's word!

Jeremiah 15:16 'Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I have been called by Your name.' NASB

Bible Study is essential to our Christian Walk bringing spiritual nourishment to our souls! It empowers us to live for the Lord in every aspect of our lives. My friend as you delight in God's word, reflect on what it is saying. Don't just rush through the scripture, meditate on it. Before you start reading, ask God to reveal what He wants you to learn through it; and then obey what it says. The more we spend in God's word the more we will be equipped to handle any circumstance that comes our way and we won't fall apart. Be blessed my friend as you feast on God's word!