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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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Don’t be complacent

We have seen that if we are living godly lives we will be persecuted, Christ suffered persecution to the ultimate degree. 
So how do we handle and conquer persecution? Let us see what Peter tells us in 1 Peter 4:1 "Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin," It says "Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh", this is referring to what we studied in 1 Peter 3:18 that Christ suffered for our sins and paid the ultimate price - a painful death on the cross. When you think about that, that Christ suffered on the cross because of our sins, why would we want to take pleasure in that sin that Christ suffered for. Why would we want to continue in a sin that Christ painfully suffered for. The thought of that alone ought to make us want to strive to live godly lives. We need to examine our lives and ask God to reveal those areas in our lives that are not pleasing to Him. 
My friend, Sometimes as Christians we get complacent, We tolerate sin around us. For example TV, we now see a lot more stuff on TV than we did before. The TV moguls are getting their point of view across stronger and stronger, getting us used to seeing things and hearing things that we never would have allowed before. But slowly we start accepting it, saying it isn't that bad. 
So how do we guard against this? Peter goes on to say "arm yourselves also with the same mind". The Greek word translated "arm yourselves" was used of a Greek soldier putting on his armor and taking his weapons. The noun of the same root was used of a heavily-armed foot-soldier who carried a pike and a large shield as opposed to a soldier who was lightly armed.
The Christian needs the heaviest armor he can get, to withstand the attacks of the enemy of his soul. We need to be vigilant to make sure that our minds are focused on heavenly things, that we keep our minds pure. We all have busy lives, but we need to make sure that even though we are busy we need to make sure that God is number one in our lives, that we make time in our day for Him. When you examine your life in a 24hr time span, think about what you spend your time doing. At the end of the day, if we cannot think of one thing that would count for the glory of God, then that day was wasted. My friend, we need to make sure that our lives glorify God, that something in that 24hr period counts for eternity.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Salvation through Jesus Christ

When Peter wrote that Noah and his family were saved by water in 1 Peter 3:20, he was careful to explain as we see in 21-22 that this does not imply salvation comes through baptism. 
My friend, Only Christ's blood can save us. Remember the thief on the cross was not baptized but Christ told him “today you will be with me in paradise”. When we are baptized we identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; Water cannot remove the stains of sin only Christ's blood can do this, therefore, Baptism is evidence of our salvation. Or another way of saying it “Baptism is an outward manifestation of an inward working by Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit”. Think about when you are happy you smile, A smile is an outward manifestation of an inward working within us.
Peter uses Noah as an example in this passage. The Bible says in Genesis 6:9 that Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God." He wholeheartedly loved and obeyed God and displayed godly character. For most of his life he walked in faith as a living example to his generation. Like Noah, we live in a world that constantly pressures us to compromise our integrity. But as we stand against the world's pressures, we show other believers how to maintain godly character in an evil world. Noah is also mentioned with the Heroes of Faith in Hebrews 11:7. What an honor, we have to ask “would our names be listed with the Heroes of Faith”?

Friday, May 11, 2018

Christ paid for our sins

We see in 1 Peter 3:18 that Christ died once for our sins. Let's open our Bibles and look at the scripture: "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit". 
Jesus Christ paid once and for all the sins that we have committed and the ones we will commit; They have all been forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ. Christ's death never has to be repeated; His death upon the cross satisfies God completely and covers the sins and death of men forever.
My friend, because of Christ dying on the Cross paying the debt for our sins, as the scripture says "the Just paying for the unjust"; we are seen as acceptable in the sight of God. We can live for eternity with God. But not only can we live throughout eternity with God but we now have open access to God. The veil of the temple was torn which symbolizes the new and open way to God through Jesus Christ. We can be in God's presence 24/7. What an awesome privilege that we don’t have to go through man, we can go directly into God’s presence anytime of the day.
Peter comforts us that when we suffer for doing right that this kind of suffering is truly Christ-like. Jesus Christ's death was the ultimate injustice; He suffered for sins that were not His; He paid the price for our sins. But yet it was through His death that we are able to be in God's presence. From tragedy and injustice, God brought good. The point is when we do right and suffer for it, we can be sure that God intends to use our experience for good. 
My friend, Christ paid the penalty for us, live your life for Him; to bring him honor and glory.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Victory in Jesus

Let us open our Bibles to 1 Peter 3:17-18 "For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit"
Notice how Peter connects verse 17 with verse 18. In Verse 17 Peter stated that it was better to suffer for doing good than for doing evil; then in verse 18 Peter shows us the ultimate example; Christ who suffered on the cross in order to make a way of salvation for sinful humanity. 
Peter also spoke of this in 1 Peter 2:21: "For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps"
Note the words "for sins" in 1 Peter 3:18. These words are the very words used in the Old Testament for the sin offering (Leviticus 5:7; Leviticus 6:30). The point is clear: Jesus Christ offered Himself for sin; He was the fulfillment of the sin-offering itself. Remember God is perfect and only perfect beings can live in God's presence; therefore, Christ the perfect sacrifice died to cover our sins so that we can be acceptable to God. My friend, We no longer have to stand before God guilty of sin because Jesus Christ has died for our sin. In Christ we stand acceptable to God. But we must always remember why - It is because Christ died for us: the just One died for the unjust. He sacrificed and substituted His life for us.
Please join me for our next post as we explore these verses further. Until then, have a blessed day.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Jesus is Lord of my life

As we continue from our last post, Notice in 1 Peter 3:16 that those who persecute believers will be put to shame by our good conduct and clear conscience. 
My friend, when Christ is Lord of our lives and we fear only God, we need not fear the threats, opinions, or actions of our enemies. Psalms 118:6 "The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" Peter does make it clear however that conscience alone is not the test of what is right or wrong. Conscience is a safe guide only when the Word of God is the teacher; Everything is filtered through the Word of God. There is always going to be those who oppose and persecute us and we may not be able to keep them from slandering us, but we can at least stop supplying them with ammunition. As long as we do what is right, their accusations will be empty and will only embarrass them. Living Godly lives; walking the talk is how you combat them.
Verse seventeen goes on to say "For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.". Now it is common sense that it is better to suffer for doing good rather than doing evil. God wants us to live righteous pure lives, and He wants us witnessing for Him even if we face persecution for it. This is the will of God. If you suffer for Christ's sake, you can rejoice in that; but if you are suffering because you have gotten into trouble and into sin, then that is a different story altogether.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Having a Good Conscience

In 1 Peter 3:16-17 Peter gives us the third and final instruction for us to follow if we are to experience the best in the worst of times which was to maintain a Good Conscience. 
Let's look at this scripture: "having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil." 
In order to give an effective witness, Peter said they needed a "good conscience" - The conscience is that internal judge that either approves our actions or not. I like how Dr Warren Wiersbe described it; He said: "Conscience may be compared to a window that lets in the light of God's truth. If we persist in disobeying, the window gets dirtier and dirtier, until the light cannot enter."—Bible Exposition Commentary
Conscience depends on knowledge - the "light" coming through the window. As a believer studies the Word of God, he better understands the will of God, and his conscience becomes more sensitive to right and wrong. If we do not grow in spiritual knowledge and obedience, we have a weak conscience. A good conscience also gives us peace in our hearts. A good conscience removes from us the fear of what other people may know about us; say against us, or do to us.
Will continue our study on this instruction in our next post, until then, have a blessed day.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

May Christ’s love shine through you

In our last post we looked at the fact that we are to be ready to give a defense for the hope that is within us; now let us look further into 1 Peter 3:15 and see how We are to give this defense. 
Peter says with meekness and fear or respect. We are not to go out and argue but in a loving manner present the gospel - allow them to see God's love through you. The purpose is not to win an argument but to win lost souls to Christ. It is not always easy to give a defense as some will persecute you for your beliefs; however, we ought to rejoice to suffer for God. 
My friend, If we are going to win lost souls to Christ, our walk needs to match our talk. We need to make Christ Lord of our lives. Live only to please Him and not men. Matthew 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
Romans 12:1-2 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of god."
When we seek first the kingdom of God as it says in Matthew 6:33 and we present our bodies as living sacrifices not conforming to this world as it says in Romans 12:1-2, we will not be satisfied with anything less than the will of God in our lives. Living totally for Christ.