I recently was asked to play the role of the Prophetess Anna from Luke 2:36-38 at my new church home – and I learned so much! Isn’t it wonderful when the Lord uses you to minister to others and in the process, you gain so much learning, yourself? How true it is that the Word of God is the LIVING Word! Or as it says in the Bible:
“For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
“Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (John 7:38)
How TRUE that is? “God’s Word is the same today, as it was yesterday as it WILL BE tomorrow! “(Hebrews 13:8)
Everything that you need, everything that you have gone through OR will go through can be addressed by the Word of God! It’s true! I have been a Christian for over 31 years now – and it astonishes me how I continue to grow and learn in the Lord. I think that as long as we have breath in our bodies (as long as we are open to it) we will grow and mature and change until He calls us home to be with Him! This is something that I cannot adequately find the words to convey – I simply have to refer to another verse that sums it up completely – “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” (Psalm 34:8)
We live, Remnant in a day where we need constant infusions of the Word of God. The Holy Spirit is faithful to help us “hide” the Word deep within our heart when we are faithful to read it so that when the moment comes that we need to call upon a certain word – He brings it front and center! Honestly, I can say that there are times when scripture bubbles forth from deep inside me – from my heart to the forefront of my mind and feeds me with the spiritual exact portion of food that I need to get through certain situations. I believe that is the reason why Jesus tells us:
“Man cannot live by bread alone but by every Word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
This is true not only of the Words written in the New Testament (- the fulfillment of the promises given in the Old Testament!) But also of the Old Testament. I experienced the truth of this as in preparation for my role of the Prophetess of Anna, I began to study her and oh what a woman of God she was!
The words of the soliloquy given to me to perform by a Sister I had just met, but felt a deep sisterly connection to the moment we met at a women’s fellowship recently held at my new church home – I hope will make you want to learn more about Anna on your own and let the power of the Holy Spirit minister to YOU in a way that ONLY He can. Sister Amy was uncertain as to who at our church had written the dialogue – I did not. But the power of the Holy Spirit (in reading it and then seeing it performed) I hope will inspire YOU to have the same love for God and Spirit that Anna did! Because her love and hunger and passion for the will of God is apparent by her faith. I pray YOU will have that same spirit and boldness and fierce love of God that Anna did. God is the same today as He was yesterday as He will be tomorrow and if you ask Him – He will use YOU in the lives of those around you as He used Anna. You JUST have to ask and be open to it! I pray you will. Here are the words (and writer – whoever you are – God blessed you with insight and a very apparent touch of the Holy Spirit! I hope I get to know your identity and I pray it meets your approval to post your words… Thank you!)
“Welcome! Welcome! You must be visitors! I have not seen you hear before, and I should know! I’m ALWAYS here! My name is Anna, and I have been coming to the temple to fast and pray for longer than MANY of you have been alive! For over 60 years! Ever since my husband died… we had even years together, but when He died I came here…. And here I have been ever since…”
“My family and my friends, still do NOT understand why I spend all my life here in the temple fasting and praying… I asked them once – What is out there (pointing outside of the temple) that is NOT in here? They had no answer…
One day, I was walking through the temple and I saw Simeon praying with a young couple… Now, that is not unusual, but I looked again… ‘Who IS that with Simeon? ‘ I did not recognize the man or the woman, SOMETHING was happening! What I DID recognize was the stirring of the Spirit of the Lord… I moved a bit closer… The Spirit of the Lord came upon me and I knew! I KNEW!” (pointing to the woman) “There in the arms of that young mother, was the future of Israel!
I could hear SOME of what Simeon was saying… ‘The rise and fall of many in Israel… A sign to be spoken against… Many hearts will be judged…’ As Simeon finished speaking I became overwhelmed with emotion and the Spirit of God came upon me and my lips gave way to power of God and I began to prophesy about this child and about our people BUT in my heart I could only hear the Words of Isaiah…
‘Here is my servant of whom I uphold!
My Chosen One of whom I delight!
I will pour my spirit out upon Him and He will bring justice amongst the nations!
He will not shout or cry out! Or raise His voice in the streets!
A bruised reed He will not break!
A smoldering wick He will not snuff out!
In faithfulness He will bring forth Justice!
He will not falter or become discouraged.
‘Til He establishes justice upon the earth!”
(Anna gasps and points at the couple) “Did they hear? Did they understand? Did I understand? No NO! Who can grasp the full plans of the Almighty? Overcome with the impact of the revelation I ran out to those praying – “Rise to your feet! Lift up your head! The answer is HERE! The answer is JESUS!
A man looked at me and said, “Silly woman, you do not know what I was asking, how could the answer be here?!”
I responded to him, ‘It doesn’t matter WHAT you were asking. The answer is here! There is a child! Pay attention to the child! His name is Jesus and He will ALWAYS be the answer!’
I ran back to the family – but they were gone! I looked for them among the crowd… How could this be?! I wanted to run out from the temple, but even if I did, I would not be able to catch up to them… I am old!” (Anna hangs her head)
I KNOW that I belong here at the temple… I still fast and pray… But now, I listen… I listen for news of this Child…. Surely such an anointing will not go unnoticed… How will He show Himself to our people? How will He overthrow our enemies? How will He take up His throne???”
And now, I tell those who come here to the temple – Just as I tell you… GOD HAS SENT US OUR DELIVERER!!!!
Our Deliverer has come!
Our Deliverer has come!
BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!”