VFNRadio Second Hour January 7, 2014

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         Secretary of State John Kerry; Pushing Israel into No Win Deal?
LISTEN NOW! John and Pat discuss Secretary of State John Kerry pushing Israel into a no win deal?  CBN News reports that “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel on Monday but is expected back next week.  His visits are part of a major U.S. effort to broker an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.    Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Danny Ayalon told CBN News he believes the agreement would base a future Palestinian state on the West Bank including Jerusalem.    

“I believe the deal that he offers is the ’67 borders on the basis of ’67 with swaps on a one-to-one ratio that would include Jerusalem as far as Kerry is concerned. This is what I believe. That would be for the Palestinians of Israel as a Jewish state,” he said.”  They continue to encourage us to stand with Israel and those ministries and organizations that support Israel as well.  They discuss how any agreement that requires Israel to give up any land especially a land agreement that includes 1967 borders and essentially makes Israel’s border indefensible.  They encourage us to keep our eyes on Israel.  We are soon approaching the beginning of the first of the four blood moons NASA is predicting to come the first arriving on April 15, 2014.  They always start with tears and end in joy. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. 

       Third Great Awakening is Coming: Question is- Will You be in it, Will You Be Touched by it when God comes to your Region?
John and Pat discuss how a third great awakening is coming; the question is will you be in it and will you be touched by it when it comes to your region?  They continued to discuss how Jesus was extremely popular even though that was not His goal or intention.  Great crowds came to Him to see Him and to receive of His ministry yet Jesus’ hometown rejected Jesus’ ministry.  Although they were amazed by His ministry they tried to discredit Him and took offense with Jesus.  Jesus was completely amazed by their lack of faith.  The Bible tells us the student is not above his master.  If they treated Jesus that way we shouldn’t be surprised when they treat you the same or worse.  The people in Jesus hometown had a perfect recipe and strategy for how not to welcome a move of God.  They were prideful, critical, and judgmental of Jesus.  They were even looking to discredit Jesus’ ministry.  They were more willing to defend what they thought they knew instead of being humble and open to the Lord.  What Jesus was doing did not fit there paradigm and their doctrine. They encourage us not to miss the move of God not to miss the Third Great Awakening because of having a pride in your heart and attempting to receive God in our heads and not in our spirit.  Many believers say they want a move of God but are they willing to do what they have to do to receive one?  God intended to touch Nazareth but Nazareth missed God.  There have been believers in past moves of God that have criticized what God was doing and missed it.  They encourage us to repent for any prideful and judgmental attitudes that would cause us to miss the heart of God.  Dear God forgive me. Have your way in my life and in my city and in my region in Jesus name.

     Saturate, Immerse, Soak – Called to Be People of His Presence
John and Pat discuss how the Church is called to be people of God’s presence.  They continue to discuss how they have walked in a dark room before and although they could not see anyone with their natural eyes they felt the presence of someone else in the room.  They continue to share how God’s presence is so much more than that.  They share how God’s presence is absolutely wonderful and full of life.  Regarding the presence of the Lord, Moses had to have it, at time priest couldn’t stand in it, in it there is fullness of joy, it’s the air angels breathe, it’s inviting, intoxicating and life transforming.  They continue to share that out of everything God created He created humans with the amazing ability to receive His love and for us to love Him back.  They share how Moses encountered God and His presence when he would meet with Him in Exodus 33.  They continued to share how vs.11 states “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.  Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.”  Moses spoke with God face to face.  God did not send his son to save us so that we can be “good” Christians but so that we can commune with God.  We are called to abide with the Lord and engage Him in prayer which involves not just speaking but listening as well.  They continued to share how we live in a time that has so many things competing for our attention; 24 hour news, the internet, TV, smart phones, tablets, social media and so much more yet God wants our attention.  They continued to discuss and challenge us to be immersed, saturated and soaked in God, His presence and His word.  A sponge is porous and by design made to soak up and contain the water it is dipped in.  They encourage us not just tip our toes in the things of God or even settle to splash ourselves with God but to jump right in and soak in God.  A dry sponge is useless but imagine what God can do with a sponge that has been soaking in Him.  He can actually ring you out.  Just like a cucumber goes through a pickling process that transforms it into a delicious pickle we too can experience such a transformation when we soak in God.  There is a time to rest in His presence and there is time to stand and minister in His presence as Rick Joyner says in his book the Torch and the Sword.   There is no intoxication like life itself, but remember that it is still intoxication. Many fall under even the slightest touch of His Spirit and can become drunk in the Spirit by just a taste of this.  However, the priest had to learn how to stand and minister even the presence of His Glory.  God’s people are called to be people of His presence.  
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