Intercessors For A Righteous Nation
Ann Kramer, Founder and President
“Thus says the Lord, In an acceptable and favorable time I have heard and answered you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you: and I will preserve you and give you for a covenant to the people to raise up and establish the land [from its present state of ruin] and to apportion and cause them to inherit the desolate [moral wastes of heathenism, their] heritages, saying to those who are bound, Come forth, and to those who are in[spiritual] darkness, Show yourselves [come into the light of the SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS].”
Dear Intercessor:In every human relationship, marriage being the most intimate, there are three stages of love.The FIRST stage is SUPERFICIAL. When we are first getting to know someone, we usuallyonly relate on a very shallow level. Initially, we try to put our best foot forward, because we aretrying to win one another’s love and approval. However, as time progresses, we begin to let our guard down, revealing sides of ourselves that we would have been afraid to UNVEIL until wewere more secure in one another’s love. The longer our relationship is tested through life’scircumstances, the more it tends to bring out the best and the worst of who we REALLY are!This brings us to the SECOND stage of love, which is DISILLUSIONMENT. It doesn’t take ustoo long to realize that this is NOT the person that we THOUGHT we married! Actually, this isa very healthy and important stage of development. We cannot be
ILLUSIONED unless weFIRST have some ILLUSIONS. An illusion is simply a FALSE EXPECTATION—and falseexpectations ALWAYS bring DISAPPOINTMENT.Several years ago, I knew a man who was preparing to marry, and the closer the wedding daycame, the more he noticed things in his future wife that did not meet his expectations of the wayhe always DREAMED she would be. He had always DREAMED that she would have certain physical characteristics—and she did NOT! He had always DREAMED that falling in lovewould feel a certain way—and it did NOT! He had always DREAMED that she would respondto his love in a certain way—and she did NOT!One night, shortly before they were to marry, he had a DREAM. (Imagine that!). HeDREAMED that he was at the altar with his bride saying his vows. He could not see her face because the VEIL obscured his view. When they finished with the vows, the minister said, “Youmay kiss the bride.” When he lifted the VEIL, his “BRIDE” was a grotesque DEMON! Needless to say, he was startled out of a deep sleep. He asked the Lord why he had just seen ademon instead of his future bride! He said, “That is the Spirit of False Expectations. You have been married to her for quite some time in your DREAMS. You must first DIVORCE her beforeyou are free to marry the woman that I desire to give to you.” How many of us, when we havewalked down the aisle, have committed to the person we THINK our spouse is, instead of whothey REALLY are? That is why commitment wanes in so many marriages.