Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him. Psalm 105:19.
There is an unction upon every word of God for man to live by and receive empowerment from for victorious living.
And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Luke 4:4, Deut. 8:3.
To access this divine power, we first enter into a relationship with the “author of life” by faith.
What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. Romans 9:30-32.
Once we receive the word in the spirit of truth, we have access by acts of obedience.
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. James 2:18.
We see this as a clear example in the life of John the Baptist. His anointing flowed directly from Isaiah 40:3; “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness.” The Lord described him as the greatest of prophets. And yet, when he came out of the wilderness and went to Jerusalem and condemned a king’s behavior, he found himself in prison. From there he sent word to the Lord, “are you the one who was to come, or should we expect another.” This crisis of faith came upon one who had declared “behold the Lamb of God” and bore witness to Him receiving the Spirit from heaven. Jesus replied to him: “blessed is whoever is not offended in me.” Please read the John the Baptist trilogy in this blog for more on this narrative.
Whenever I engage in a study of the word of God, I keep my faith centered on the words of Christ found in Matthew 13:
Then said He unto them, Therefore every scribe instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like a man that is a householder, which brings forth out of his treasure things new and old. Matthew 13:52.
When I am struggling, I find inspiration from this proverb:
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2.
Whenever we minister to one another, we must always rely on the gifts of the spirit, even more so interacting with the world. I could never have survived managing the intake at a rescue mission without the gift of discerning of spirits. 1 Co 12:10.
To engage in any type of outreach or street ministry without an anointing is a formula for failure, if not disaster. God has not called us to do anything that He has not empowered and equipped us for in Christ. Until your word has come, expect to be tried by the word of the Lord.
Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him. James 1:12.