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Come Undone
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Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Pete Garcia

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

To be perfectly honest, I have dreaded writing this for a long time now.  I’m not all that comfortable talking about myself, especially when it is on this subject.  For me, it is easy to write about current geo-political events or the prophetic signposts we see flying by us at 80 mph.  But at the end of the day, I lay my head down on my pillow and come clean with God. 

What have I done today in the service of my King?  What opportunities did I squander in sharing the Gospel or what kind word or deed did I withhold from someone in whom God put in my path?

And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.

A while back I shared with some on the forums of how God got ahold of my life.  I was already a Christian, but one who had drifted far from God.  I was a ‘Jonah’ on my way to Tarshish.  And then one night, a friend of mine decided to end his own life.  When I found out, it was as if a 500 lb. gorilla punched me dead in the chest.  It shook me to the core.  Based on the evidence that I knew of my friend’s life, I seriously doubt he knew Jesus Christ and I shudder to think of where he is right at this moment, and where he will spend all of eternity.

So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! 
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
 And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”

I earnestly believe, that we are seeing an increasing number of judgments upon this world as God, in His mercy, tries to wake mankind up.  As God already knows how this will transpire, these increased natural and man-made catastrophes are for our benefit, not His. 

Again, I think back to the tragedy of my friend, and if he hadn’t done what he did, would I be where I am today? I shudder to think of what God would have had to do beyond that to get my attention.

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.”

When tragedy strikes, people are removed suddenly from their comfort zones.  And whether it is a tornado, earthquake, flood, fire, suicide, murder, or illness…an infinite and omniscient God uses all these, to work for not only His glory, but for our good.  We can question that, or try to insert our human reasoning into the "whys” and “what ifs”, but the truth is, God has already seen how this plays out.  And if He allows this to happen in our lives, and we survive it, we had better recognize that it could have been us, and act upon that knowledge rather than shrugging it off and retreating back to our zones of comfort.

"Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, 
And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

When I look back on my life, I am according to the world’s standards, living a fairly normal life.  I went to public school growing up, I went to church, and I joined the military at a young age.  Eventually, I went back to college and got a degree, because the world says that is what you have to do to succeed these days.  And if the world were judging me based on my résumé, I’d probably be considered a good person with a great track record.  But I KNOW better.  I know me.  I know the people I’ve hurt and used over the years.  I know all the mean things I’ve said and done, EVEN as a Christian.  I know that at my core, were it not for God’s providential rescue of myself, I may have been used as an example to someone else.  And God used the loss of my dear friend’s life, as utterly tragic and preventable as it was, for something good.

And He said, “Go, and tell this people:‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ “Make the heart of this people dull,
And their ears heavy,
And shut their eyes;
Lest they see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart,
And return and be healed.” (Isaiah 6:1-10 NKJV) 

I don’t think God allowed my friend to end his life solely to bring me back into the fold.  I think God allowed the circumstances to be as such, so that when it happened, that one facet of this tragedy would be used to bring me back into fellowship with Him.  I would have never been part of Omega Letter had those events in my life not transpired the way they did, because I don’t think I would have been even interested in getting my life back in step with God.  Looking back, I know that I had become very desensitized to the things of God, and it would take the loss of someone close to me, of that magnitude, to wake me up.

So as much as I have been able to, I have sought after God these last 4 ½ years with a passion and a zeal, that most of my old friends probably think I’ve went off the deep end.  I’m a “Jesus-Freak” or a “fanatic”, and I’ve probably turned away some people by my insistence on sharing the Good News with them. 

Maybe some see me as a hypocrite, because they knew how I used to be.  Honestly, I don’t even worry about such things anymore.  God has called me to do my part in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ before time runs out, and that’s exactly what I will do.

And such is men like the Prophets of old, who were called.  Each of us who have come into the Body of Christ, likewise are called.  We have a task and a purpose that we specifically were chosen for.  We were chosen to live in these last days to continue to be a beacon of hope for a hopeless world.  When we lay aside that calling to enjoy the pleasures of this oh so brief life, our surroundings start to crumble.

Compared to eternity, this life is but a whisper…a speck on the timeline that stretches forever in both directions. 100 million years from now, we will still be in the glorious presence of God, with an everlasting eternity still stretched out before us. 

Let us put in proper perspective the priorities between this life, and the one to come.  If you live for eternity, your current situation, whatever it may be, will fall exactly in the place God had intended before the world was even created.

Remove the thought from your mind of expecting God to come to force you or to plead with you. When our Lord called His disciples, He did it without irresistible pressure from the outside. The quiet, yet passionate, insistence of His “Follow Me” was spoken to men whose every sense was receptive (Matthew 4:19). If we will allow the Holy Spirit to bring us face to face with God, we too will hear what Isaiah heard—”the voice of the Lord.” In perfect freedom we too will say, “Here am I! Send me.” Oswald Chambers

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