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, January 21, 2017

Trust through the storm

It is easy to trust God when things are going good and God does bless us on those beautiful days, but it is through the dark storms of your life that we grow the most. 
 
We see three important lessons to follow when we are in a storm from Matthew 14:27-33 where Peter and the disciples were in a storm on the sea and Christ appeared to them. 

1. We need to seek the safety of God's arms. Peter was willing to leave the safety of the boat as he knew he would be safer in the arms of Christ.

2. We need to listen to God. ~ Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Peter listened and stepped out of the boat where he walked on water as Christ said come.

3. We need to Lean on God. We cannot survive the storm on our own strength as we see with Peter. The minute Peter took his eyes off Christ he began to sink. Peter called out to Christ to save him and as verse 31 states, Christ immediately stretched out his hand to save him. 

My friend, have courage during the storms in your life that Christ is there with you just as he was with Peter. Peter may have slipped in the water just as we may slip at times, but Christ will be there to pick us up as He was with Peter. We must Seek God, Listen to God, and Lean on God to survive the storm!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Be Empowered

As Christians, our lives should be different than those in the world!  
  
Romans 12:2 tells us 'Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.' 

The believer is to live a transformed life; that is, he is to walk day by day renewing his mind more and more. Don't fill your mind with the garbage of this world, allow the Holy Spirit to focus your mind more and more upon God and spiritual things. As Christians, we are not only to love the Lord with all our heart, but with our mind! Choose to live a transformed life! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Trusting you Lord through life

What would you do if you were told to bow down to a false god or be burned to death?  
 
Three young Hebrew boys in the book of Daniel; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are true examples for us all as they faced this very question and came through it victoriously! King Nebuchadnezzar stated to the boys 'if you will not worship, you will immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?'. Daniel 3:16-18 states there answer ... They let him know that Their God will save them! But take a good look at verse 18 it says: 'But even if He does not, let it be known to you , O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up'! EVEN IF HE DOES NOT! Five amazing words! Their faith was not dependent on deliverance, but on the knowledge that God would care for them beyond the furnace. These three boys did not trust God to get their way, they trusted Him for a way through, and beyond any trial! They trusted in the fact that God was with them and trusted Him for the outcome! ~ Lloyd John Ogilvie

What are you facing today? Will you trust God for the outcome no matter what it is?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

God's Grace is Sufficient

God's love is unfailing, His grace is always sufficient, and he is with us in our troubles. 
 
Isaiah 43:2 'When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.' 

When you pass through the waters - remember Moses and the Israelites when Moses parted the sea for them to escape the Egyptians - God was with them wasn't he! (Exodus 14:21)

When you pass through the rivers - remember the Priests as they carried the Arch of the Covenant over the river - God was with them wasn't He! (Joshua 3:14-17)

When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned - remember the three Hebrew boys who did not burn in the furnace - God was with them wasn't He! (Daniel 3:22-28)

He will not spare us from the waters of sorrow and the fires of adversity, but He will go through them with us. God will never leave you nor forsake you as we see in Hebrews 13:5 - He promises that He will be with you!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Every Day is a Gift

You ever think about time.  The Lord has given each of us twenty-four hours in a day, no more no less. How we spend the time in that day is up to us.
 
Psalms 118:24 says 'This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.'  Every day is a gift given to you from God.  Notice it says 'This is the day', it isn't talking about yesterday or tomorrow, it says this is the day, and as Christians we are to live our lives for Christ, so how can we maximize our day for the Lord?

First, we should read our Bible every day.  You cannot combat the enemies of this world on your own.  As you read the Bible, you will be equipped to face each day.  Second, pray every day. We need to be in communication with our Lord every day, talking with Him, praising Him, thanking Him, and asking Him to help us through our day. Through God's word and through talking with Him in prayer we can maximize our day according to His will in our lives.  I have found in my life that when I make time for Christ in the beginning of my day, continually pray during the day, and end my day with Christ, all other things fall into place. 

My friend, we are given twenty-four hours in a day, don't waste it, each second counts.  If at the end of the day you cannot see one thing that was done for Christ, it is a wasted day.  What is driving your life?  Is it the temporal things of this world or eternity?  Colossians 3:2 'Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth'.

Face each day asking the Lord to lead you in the way He wants you to go. Today is the most important day of your life, don't waste it - live it for Christ.  Rejoice and be thankful for the day Christ has given you.  As Martin Luther King Jr. said 'The time is always right to do what's right'.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Jesus Cares For You

There is so much sorrow in the world right now!  It is so comforting to know that we are not alone, that we have a Savior who cares for us and is there for us to help relieve the pressures life throws at us.  Let us look at scripture... 1 Peter 5:7 'casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.'   
 
Let's break this verse down:  
The word 'care' in the original language means anxiety/worry.  My friend, when difficult times come our way, our natural response is to worry or be anxious, but listen to what the Apostle Peter is saying -  “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”  The word “cast” in the original language means “having deposited with”.  It refers here to a direct and once-for-all committal to God of all that would give us concern; the word “all” has the idea not of every worry that comes along, but the whole of their worries.  In other words we are to give the whole of our cares, our anxiety, our worry to God, don't just give part of it but every part of the worry/anxiety.  

The result will be that when those worries come up we will not worry but cast them over to God.  It all comes down to knowing that God is in control, He knows what we are going through and promises to see us through them.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Don't fall for Satan's lures

Is there something in your life that is pulling you away from God so that you do not grow in your Christian walk?  James 1:14 says 'But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.' 
 
Drawn away carries with it the idea of the baiting of a trap; and enticed in the original Greek means 'to bait a hook'.  The best illustration for this, when you think of bait and hook, is the analogy of a fisherman luring the fish using a hook with bait. The idea is to hide the trap of the hook with the bait. Temptation always carries with it some bait that appeals to our natural desires; remember Satan is the master deceiver. It is the bait that is the exciting thing but it keeps us from seeing the consequences of sin. 

The bait that Satan used with Eve in the Garden of Eden was the fact that the forbidden tree was good and pleasant, and that eating of it would make her wise. She saw the bait and forgot the Lord's warning in Genesis 2:17 'but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.' 

Eve disobeyed God's command of not eating from the tree of knowledge, she saw the bait set by Satan to drag her down and it looked good. As we see in Genesis 3:6 'So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.'  Notice that not only did she eat of the tree but she gave some to her husband Adam, and he ate. You see, when we are not in God's will we can bring those around us down too. This is why we need to be on our guard at all times. Satan is just waiting to lure us in; he is holding the fishing pole with the hook and bait waiting for us to take it and he will reel us in as fast as he can. We need to be in the Word of God every day communicating with God every day to help combat Satan and his lures. When you know the Bible, you can detect the bait and deal with it decisively.