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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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Standing on the Promises of God

Sometimes in life it is so hard not to focus on the difficulties before us, but as we learn to keep our focus on God and His will for our lives, knowing that He has a plan and purpose for us, that His promises will be fulfilled, our faith will be strengthened. 
 
We see in Romans 8:28 'And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose'.

How many times have you looked back on a trial you went through and saw how God worked everything out according to His plan in your life. As Peter said in 1 Peter 5:7 'Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you'.

The Christian's faith is strengthened as he keeps the promises of God before him and considers, not the difficulties in the way of the things promised, but the character and resources of God Who has made the promise." ~ Paul Little

Stand firm, my friend, on God's promises! 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Spread Kindness

We need to be mindful of our actions as it says in Galatians 6:7 "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap." 
 
As we see in the book of Esther, Prime Minister Haman sowed anger against Mordecai, and he reaped anger from the king. Haman wanted to kill Mordecai and the Jews, and the king killed Haman on the very gallows that he built for Mordecai. The question is 'What are we sowing?'

We do reap what we sow, but we have to remember reaping and sowing are not just the bad things in life but it also applies to what is good. Galatians 6:8 "For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." 

My friend, No good deed done for the glory of Jesus Christ will ever be forgotten before God; No loving word spoken in Jesus' name will ever be wasted. Even a cup of cold water given in the name of Christ will have its just reward. It took five years before Mordecai saw his reward for saving the king's life, but he received it in God's timing. 

We will receive our rewards, if we don't see them in this life, we will see them when we stand before the Lord. My friend, we need to be mindful of our actions as we will reap what we sow. Sow in Christ's love not evil.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Trusting 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 life.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Walk by Faith

As Christians, we are never promised to live a trouble free life, but the one thing we see throughout scripture is that we are never alone in our troubles, God is always there with us (Hebrews 13:5). 
 
One of the great examples of faith under extreme testing is found in Daniel 3 ~ with the three boys Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah ~ you may better know them as Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego (Daniel 1:7). These three Hebrew boys stood firm in there faith and would not compromise even with the threat of burning in a fiery furnace. We see in verses 24-25 that eyewitnesses not only saw the three Hebrew boys in the furnace but they saw A fourth person walking with them. What a testimony of God walking through the trial with us! 

My friend, when we stand firm and trust God no matter what the outcome, it touches the lives of those around us and brings honor and glory to God. Notice Daniel 3:28 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God.' Wow - from throwing the boys into the fiery furnace to saying Blessed be their God! 

My friend, if you are facing a fiery trial today, take courage and know that God is with you! Find your strength through Christ (Phil 4:13). Walk by faith not by sight.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Embrace God's Best

When Trials come into our lives, as it says in James 1:2 'when' not 'if' trials come, we can do one of three things: Endure them; Escape them; or Embrace them.
 
If we only Endure our trials, then trials become our master, and we have a tendency to become hard and bitter.

If we try to Escape our trials, then we will probably miss the purposes God wants to achieve in our lives. 

But if we learn to Embrace our trials, they will become our servants instead of our masters and work for us; and God will work all things together for our good and His glory. 

The Apostle Paul embraced his trials. He said in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 'For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.' 

We cannot simply endure our trials or run from them, we need to embrace them. We need to claim the promises of God and obey the Word of God, in spite of what we see or how we feel or what may happen to us. We need to trust God in every circumstance of our lives.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Our Hope is in God

Our Happiness is not dictated by the circumstances around us, but by the presence of the Lord in our lives. As the Psalmist said in Psalm 43:5 'Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.' 
 
May you find a peace that only God can give you! 'And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.' ~ Philippians 4:7

Friday, February 3, 2017

Nourishment for your soul

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.'

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.