To the Called Out Ones of Jesus Christ,
To the Saved Ones of Jesus Christ (and to all those desiring the good life),
Over the last few years I have asked myself and those involved in Transform Yakima Together, what does transformation look like? How would we know if it were happening, if it was? And, what does the bible say about it? And, how is that related to the prayer we pray (The Lord’s Prayer), asking for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven?
These are still great questions because, if nothing else, I believe it leads us closer to the heart of God and His desires for His people and the world. I also believe that if we cannot “see it” (imagine it) in our own minds then how could we ever create it? (Of course we know that it is God that creates it but we are His agents.)
So, for today, I submit to you some verses from Isaiah to stimulate your thinking on this subject. Please read and seek God on what this means for Yakima (or wherever you live). I would also ask that you notice that in these verses, Isaiah refers to the pictures painted therein as God’s “Salvation.” So, specifically, what does that say to you about the nature of salvation and what it would mean to experience it here and now? Is that what Isaiah (and God) were intending? At a minimum, I would suggest that these verses reflect the heart of God, His desires for us as His people. And, since we are praying for His will to be done (His desires for us?) down here on earth, in Yakima, as it is in Heaven, then it seems to me that there ought to be something here that we are supposed to be expecting, if not pursuing.
So, again, please read, pray and “go for the glory.”
“See, a king will reign in righteousness
and rulers will rule with justice.
Each one will be like a shelter from the wind
and a refuge from the storm,
like streams of water in the desert
and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. ” Isaiah 32:1-2
“Your eyes will see the king in his beauty
and view a land that stretches afar.
In your thoughts you will ponder the former terror:
“Where is that chief officer?
Where is the one who took the revenue?
Where is the officer in charge of the towers?”
You will see those arrogant people no more,
people whose speech is obscure,
whose language is strange and incomprehensible.
Look on Zion, the city of our festivals;
your eyes will see Jerusalem,
a peaceful abode, a tent that will not be moved;
its stakes will never be pulled up,
nor any of its ropes broken.
There the Lord will be our Mighty One.
It will be like a place of broad rivers and streams.
No galley with oars will ride them,
no mighty ship will sail them.
For the Lord is our judge,
the Lord is our lawgiver,
the Lord is our king;
it is he who will save us.” Isaiah 33:17-22
“The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
the splendor of our God.
Strengthen the feeble hands,
steady the knees that give way;
say to those with fearful hearts,
“Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
he will come to save you.”
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then will the lame leap like a deer,
and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
and streams in the desert.
The burning sand will become a pool,
the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay,
grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.
And a highway will be there;
it will be called the Way of Holiness;
it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
wicked fools will not go about on it.
No lion will be there,
nor any ravenous beast;
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” Isaiah 35:1-10
For the sake of the world and the glory of God,
Saturdays At Camp Hope Winter Shelter – 8:30am
We are moving to the Camp Hope Winter Shelter Conference Room to meet every Saturday, 1702 Englewood Avenue, 98902 from 8:30 – 10:00am.
Please call or text Dennis Crane, 509.910.7772, if you have any questions.
Please invite others to come that share their desire for Transformation in the Yakima Valley.