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I was once a Pastor in a Church that owned a Christian bookstore. One Christmas while I was selecting appropriate gifts for our 5 voluntary staff members, I experienced an encounter with God.
After I selected the gifts God said to me, "put the gifts back and take some blank cards home and give them something from the Pastor's desk!" I was excited about this, as I knew God wanted to speak to each one of them.

What He did then astounded me. After I had finished writing, I realized I had written a prophetic message for each of these loyal volunteers written as a poem! That was the day I realized my gift to write poetry, and since then I haven't stopped writing. The wonderful thing about poetry is, it engages with the reader's emotions and touches the heart.

On this podcast show, you will hear me read one of my poems, inspired and written from a revelation I have received from scripture. A reflection about the poem with 3 questions will follow this to engage and inspire you to take action on all the content. I also reference the scripture I have used, and sometimes I will offer some additional comments.

In Psalms are many examples of poetry that color the truth and enhance our experiences as we read them. In Eph 2:20 the Greek word for workmanship is translated from the root word Poema meaning poem. Quoting from the Passion Translation, we have this root word translated poetry. God calls us his poetry (workmanship) in this version, "We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One".

This beautiful Translation captures so much more of the emotional truth about us. God is not intimidated about using emotional words to capture who we are.

Embracing the language and subtle nuances God uses in His word have always been my delight and inspiration. Poetry brings a fullness to life which often eludes men especially. Men more so because they connect cognitively more than emotionally. Women connect differently as they feel the inferences of the words, whereas men think about the inferences and question them. Both connections are acceptable to God.

For you, as the listening audience to receive the comfort and revelation wrapped in the words of this poetry, I encourage you to adopt a different mindset and feel the words. Let them speak to your heart. Imagine reading the scripture as you would read a love letter from your adoring spouse! Knowing it was a love letter, how would you approach opening that letter?

I have a revelation to share with you about being washed by scripture. Some years ago while meditating on different scripture I realized when I read the passages I don’t read them, the scripture reads Me! It reads my heart, my soul, my principles, and values and becomes my litmus test to my responses and reactions. It tests me to the core!

As an example here in 2 corr 5:17 states the truth; Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. I have italicized the question this scripture asks me. Am I IN Christ? This is about my daily life not just attending a Sunday service. This is not a question to condemn me, it's questioning my focus. Because I am IN CHRIST, my life changes as I am washed by the water of His Word and He is continually being formed within me.

Every one of us is unique and has our own testimonies of our experiences with God. These stories define and speak about our revelations and encounters with Him. My encounter with God was very significant and taught me how to write poetry.

My desire is that my inspired words of poetry wash over you and connect emotionally with you so you receive the benefits of their truths.

This content can be used in study groups and for devotional material.
For more information, please go to my website www.devotionalchristianpoetry.com where there is a free ebook for you to access and my contact links.

Devotional Christian Poetry Lloyd Portman

    • Religion & Spirituality

I was once a Pastor in a Church that owned a Christian bookstore. One Christmas while I was selecting appropriate gifts for our 5 voluntary staff members, I experienced an encounter with God.
After I selected the gifts God said to me, "put the gifts back and take some blank cards home and give them something from the Pastor's desk!" I was excited about this, as I knew God wanted to speak to each one of them.

What He did then astounded me. After I had finished writing, I realized I had written a prophetic message for each of these loyal volunteers written as a poem! That was the day I realized my gift to write poetry, and since then I haven't stopped writing. The wonderful thing about poetry is, it engages with the reader's emotions and touches the heart.

On this podcast show, you will hear me read one of my poems, inspired and written from a revelation I have received from scripture. A reflection about the poem with 3 questions will follow this to engage and inspire you to take action on all the content. I also reference the scripture I have used, and sometimes I will offer some additional comments.

In Psalms are many examples of poetry that color the truth and enhance our experiences as we read them. In Eph 2:20 the Greek word for workmanship is translated from the root word Poema meaning poem. Quoting from the Passion Translation, we have this root word translated poetry. God calls us his poetry (workmanship) in this version, "We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One".

This beautiful Translation captures so much more of the emotional truth about us. God is not intimidated about using emotional words to capture who we are.

Embracing the language and subtle nuances God uses in His word have always been my delight and inspiration. Poetry brings a fullness to life which often eludes men especially. Men more so because they connect cognitively more than emotionally. Women connect differently as they feel the inferences of the words, whereas men think about the inferences and question them. Both connections are acceptable to God.

For you, as the listening audience to receive the comfort and revelation wrapped in the words of this poetry, I encourage you to adopt a different mindset and feel the words. Let them speak to your heart. Imagine reading the scripture as you would read a love letter from your adoring spouse! Knowing it was a love letter, how would you approach opening that letter?

I have a revelation to share with you about being washed by scripture. Some years ago while meditating on different scripture I realized when I read the passages I don’t read them, the scripture reads Me! It reads my heart, my soul, my principles, and values and becomes my litmus test to my responses and reactions. It tests me to the core!

As an example here in 2 corr 5:17 states the truth; Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. I have italicized the question this scripture asks me. Am I IN Christ? This is about my daily life not just attending a Sunday service. This is not a question to condemn me, it's questioning my focus. Because I am IN CHRIST, my life changes as I am washed by the water of His Word and He is continually being formed within me.

Every one of us is unique and has our own testimonies of our experiences with God. These stories define and speak about our revelations and encounters with Him. My encounter with God was very significant and taught me how to write poetry.

My desire is that my inspired words of poetry wash over you and connect emotionally with you so you receive the benefits of their truths.

This content can be used in study groups and for devotional material.
For more information, please go to my website www.devotionalchristianpoetry.com where there is a free ebook for you to access and my contact links.

    A Part or Apart . . .

    A Part or Apart . . .

    A Part or Apart . . .
    A part of a body and
    uniquely yourself.
    The singular corporate self.
    We are BOTH . . .
    that's the truth!
    A part of something bigger
    with our special contribution
    making up the whole!
    We can't go it alone
    even if we want to jump ship.
    Going for a ride in a Whale
    is not the way forward.
    We NEED EACH OTHER.
    What can I give or say,
    who will listen,
    where do I fit?
    Being part of a whole,
    though both are fractured,
    is learning how
    to join the dots . . .
    Of Humility!
    Reflection
    This poem is a deliberate play on words that contrast a truth about or relationship WITH aspects of life and people. I talk about relationships WITH because we are one body of Christ as scripture teaches us.
    Have you ever considered yourself as being part of a movement?
    One of the biggest challenges we face is being accepted and received in the circles we mix in. This also includes acceptance in the families we marry into and the Churches we flow in. It doesn't take too many knockbacks from any individual or group before we start to see ourselves as misfits.
    When this comes to our relationship with God, often we struggle with the issues of our life we are working through that stops us from receiving or accepting God's love for us. We feel unworthy and put all kinds of barriers of yes buts between us and God.
    The following verse reveals the heart of God towards every one of us. We are adopted and as the NKJV states, we are accepted IN THE BELOVED!
    Ephesians 1:5‭-‬6 TPT
    For it was always in his perfect plan to adopt us as his delightful children, through our union with Jesus, the Anointed One, so that his tremendous love that cascades over us would glorify his grace —for the same love he has for the Beloved, Jesus, he has for us. And this unfolding plan brings him great pleasure!
    Ultimately we need to develop an honest opinion and an inner security about ourselves. I believe the knockbacks drive us into the heart of God to find our security in Him. The sooner we develop this security and find our identity IN CHRIST the better we are for it.
    Something I want to highlight to you is the wonderful English language we use. The word part of means, that which involves a person in a particular role or situation, probably we could use the word included here. When I use the word apart this as an adjective means separation from. We are part of the whole body of Christ and scripture uses very descriptive words and examples to highlight and demonstrate this. In Romans 11:19 + 23 the horticultural term grafted in is used.
    If the words, apart are used, we could substitute the words not included. I know that this could be viewed as being pedantic but I wanted to make the distinction.
    Questions
    # - Do you know in your heart that you are accepted in the Beloved or is this just information?
    # - Have you experienced being apart from your group because of a difference in doctrine or experience with your faith? How do you handle this emotionally?
    # - When meeting someone who has different revelations about the faith you share, how readily do you accept their differences? Do you become accepting, opinionated or judgemental about this and possibly place them in the "apart" box?
    When it comes to marriage we marry our wife or husband and inherit the relatives. Unfortunately, we may not be accepted as an acceptable suit in other family members' eyes. This can lead to a future of conflict and constant distracting discussions.
    Rather than it becoming a point of division, prove to all the family your love and commitment to each other regardless of their opinions.

    • 6 min
    I've Got This . . .

    I've Got This . . .

    I've Got This . . .
    It's not for you
    to make it happen!
    Yours is to dream Big
    and Believe.
    Think about this . . .
    You can do nothing
    without Me.
    We each have our part to play
    and it's your turn first!
    How audacious are you?
    Have your mindsets
    tripped you up
    when it matters most?
    If you pray believing . . .
    The battle is Mine!
    You do your part
    then leave the rest to Me.
    I've Got This!
    Reflection
    Audacity is either the product developed from experience or is the result of a heart which is prepared to dare and believe. Both are acceptable and the example I will use is David when he was a shepherd out in the desert.
    He had to protect his father's sheep from the wild animals and learned all about how God would protect and deliver him from any danger. From these experiences during his education with God out in the wilderness, he learned all about God and his own ability to work with God. Once he learned these precious lessons he knew implicitly that God would protect him in every situation. When he went on an errand for his father to deliver food to his brothers on the battlefields and experienced the challenge made to the Israeli army by Goliath, all that experience kicked in!
    This whole story is summarised in 1 Sam chapter 17. There are some very significant pieces in this story that relate to the confident audacity David had.
    My prompting and insight for this poem was inspired by a verse I read this morning.
    Ephesians 3:20 AMP
    Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us.
    There are some significant keywords in this verse and therein is the invitation to every one of us. These words, dare ask, beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams, are amazing. WOW, imagine receiving such words in a personal invitation!
    I'm sure when you were a child your friends challenged and dared you to do something scary, weren't you? So now I dare you to ask God and believe for what you are asking Him.
    Years ago, when I was a very young Christian and was milking cows, I read a testimony about a minister stopping the rain falling on his outdoor meeting.
    I believed if he could do that, God could give me some rain, so I could have lots of grass to feed my cows over the impending dry summer. So, in faith, I "ordered 6 inches of rain" on a certain date. The day was 10 days away so I could prepare the farm to receive it. I had to top some of the paddocks so the grass would come away fresh. I also had to block our main drain so the pump wouldn't drain the farm.
    On the big day, I was getting the cows for milking and there was not a cloud in the sky! I looked up to heaven and asked the question, "Hasn't anyone heard me? Today's the day when I get my 6 inches of rain I Have Ordered!" I continued throughout the day giving thanks for the rain. The rain started falling late in the afternoon and rained all night. The next morning before getting the cows, I checked the rain gauge and exactly 6 inches had fallen! I did a very thankful and happy dance.
    I believe I was filled with faith by reading someone's testimony and applied that faith when I ordered the rain. From that day onwards, I continued to pray for rain when the farm needed it. When we moved on to another farm, our pastor told the congregation that he couldn't wait for us to leave the district because the weather will improve once we go!
    What would you DARE ASK OF GOD?
    Ephesians 3:20 NKJV
    Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
    As a young Christian, I didn't even know that verse existed, but went with the faith I had in the testimony. I encourage you to read and meditate on the above verse and let it sink down into your spirit so it's permanently there for you. Read it in as many...

    • 8 min
    Writing A Poem For You . . .

    Writing A Poem For You . . .

    Writing A POEM FOR YOU
    Hi everybody, today, there is something different for you. I have been writing poetry for at least 35 years and today I am launching my new service where I write a poem for you.
    This service has been born out of many suggestions from thankful recipients who I have tested this service on. I write poetry on a vast range of subjects, from Inspirational, Romantic, Birthdays, Prophetic, Encouragement and Revelational poetry. The feedback I have received has been quite astounding as you can read on the testimonials.
    There is something about the written words on a page which are always more permanent than spoken words as they can always be referred to. These poems are emailed to you and can be printed out, and or kept on your digital paper.
    I will put the link to my page in the show notes.
    https://wordsaboutyou.com/words/ (Here it is)

    • 4 min
    You Wait . . .

    You Wait . . .

    You Wait . . .
    You know us through
    and through,
    every hair we have,
    accounted for.
    Created in your image.
    Oh the potential . . .
    Freewill is given
    to do or not to do.
    We wait, You wait
    without judgment
    You watch.
    Musing . . .
    you celebrate us
    as we fulfill our
    desires and destinies.
    You are . . .
    Watching over our
    culminating experiences.
    Meeting us . . .
    At the doorway
    Of Our Faith!
    Reflection
    Over many years of listening to sermons and reading scripture, I muse over the interpretations we develop about God. During the exciting times of sharing the revelations we receive, these are being recorded and written as we share them, Mal 3:16.
    Our ongoing understanding of God is continuously being unveiled to us as we experience Him. The richness of His word and these experiences undergird our belief. Reading David's life through the Psalms and books of Samuel, we witness a man who struggles with the same issues we have while relating with God. This enthralling relationship unfolds and highlights all the emotions David experiences.
    God is very patient with David. He listens to his complaints, arguments, and praises and we get the sense that God enjoys David's journey.
    Have you ever realized God celebrates you and enjoys the outworking of your life? Here's a scripture that helps us to understand that He does this.
    Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV
    The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
    I was reading this verse recently and one line was highlighted and popped out at me; He will quiet you with His love! This one line is a beautiful reassurance of the security we grow into as we individually experience Him. Can you visualize God rejoicing over you with singing when we are taught that we are to rejoice over Him with praise and worship?
    I believe our concepts of God change markedly the more we experience Him. Imagine how David must have felt asking the priest for the Showbread to feed his hungry men?
    So the priest gave him holy bread; for there was no bread there but the showbread which had been taken from before the Lord, in order to put hot bread in its place on the day when it was taken away.
    I Samuel 21:6 NKJV
    Jesus even mentioned it.
    But He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him: how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest and ate the showbread, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?”
    Mark 2:25‭-‬26 NKJV
    David did something that was unlawful but was approved by God for doing it. He broke the rules and had the right heart.
    Here's another example of the rules being broken. This criminal joined Jesus in paradise because his heart was changed.
    Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
    Luke 23:39‭-‬43 NKJV
    God’s ways are not our ways
    “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
    Isaiah 55:8 NKJV
    Here's a tip for you; Often we try to get our head around God to understand Him when we really just need to get our heart around Him and relish your fellowship with Him.
    Questions
    # - How often do you share your revelations with your friends and get excited?
    # - Are you reassured by your ongoing experiences with God rather than just gathering more information about Him? Explain what effect this has on your faith.
    # - When you

    • 7 min
    A Blessing . . .

    A Blessing . . .

    A Blessing . . .
    I bless you
    as a priest would
    with vibrant spiritual life.
    To be aware and awake
    to the spiritual realm.
    Seeing it's reality
    above the natural realm.
    Relating to its fullness.
    Being naturally spiritual
    and spiritually natural.
    Understanding . . .
    the relationship of both
    how they flow as one.
    Having open hearing ears
    to His whispers . . .
    In The Silence.
    Reflection
    We can all be guilty of wanting to be constantly blessed by God's hand, with Him providing for our needs. There is a far bigger blessing waiting for us as we grow into our relationship with Him. In our earthly relationships with people, we grow in our understanding of them and become delightfully surprised as we discover more.
    God is unable to be understood so please don't waste your time trying to. He can reveal Himself to us in stages as we grow in Him and these are such exciting times! Scripture gives us clues and promises which are like God wooing us with His love and at the same time drawing into His heart. Verses like 1Cor 2:9 are one of my favorites.
    A quote from Isaiah 64: But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
    I Corinthians 2:9 NKJV
    I bless you with this Blessing that God will grant you what your eye has not seen nor your ears heard, nor has it entered your heart ALL the things which God has prepared and has in store for you because you LOVE HIM!
    In blessing you with God revealing Himself to you, I am confident that God knows the exact timing and the special something He has prepared for you at this time. I can't think of any higher blessing I can bless you with than with God Himself!
    God has so much in store for us to discover about Himself and everything around us. I once heard an excited preacher say this, and I'm sure it wasn't in his notes "this will take the yawn out of your Christianity!" Doing life with God is more than exciting and exhilarating, there's no single word to describe it in our English language!!
    Have you seen this verse in the scripture and mused on what would be written down and recorded when you next discussed the latest revelations you have had from God with your friends?
    Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, And the Lord listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the Lord And who meditate on His name.
    Malachi 3:16 NKJV
    These beautiful scriptures are the nuggets of gold He writes between the lines of our relationship that we have as individuals. Talk about exciting!!
    Questions
    # How would you describe your developing experience and relationship with God in 2 sentences?
    # Are you excited about having a continuing revelation of all that He has in store for you and the things He is waiting to share? I dare you to write a short letter to God about this!
    # Have you received the blessing that I have blessed you with from the scripture? Here it is again for you.
    Addendum
    One more time
    I bless you with this Blessing that God will grant you what your eye has not seen nor your ears heard, nor has it entered your heart ALL the things which God has prepared and has in store for you because you LOVE HIM!
    I Bless you with this Blessing in the name of Jesus. Amen!

    • 6 min
    Anchors . . .

    Anchors . . .

    Anchors . . .
    Emotional mood swings
    continuously assault me
    causing introspection,
    the what if's and why's.
    The what I am's and not's,
    asking healthy questions.
    What is my rock
    a relationship or a belief?
    What communion do I have
    with either of them?
    Relationships have seasons
    and life.
    Beliefs are dictatorial
    having little heart.
    Rules versus heart . . .
    We get to choose
    Which Will Be Our Anchor?
    Reflection
    During our times of the different emotional turmoils we experience, our life anchors are often challenged. These challenges disrupt our moods and cause much introspection which can be very positive.
    I say this because these times ask questions. Questions about our core beliefs and the practical outworking of our faith. I remember like it was yesterday, a time 40 yrs ago when as a new believer, God speaking to me. He made one of those statements which had an inbuilt question attached!
    He said "Now you can choose to either walk with Me or walk with the Church". Because I was a new believer and didn't know how the system worked, I asked what He meant? He said "If you walk with the Church you will have trouble with Me and if you walk with Me you will have trouble with the Church!"
    I have never forgotten that encounter. When that statement is analyzed it questions us about our Anchors. What or who is your Anchor? Is it your direct relationship with God or your relationship with a church system or doctrinal belief? During these uncertain times do you have your peace or are you in pieces?
    I'm not saying this to upset you in any way, rather I am asking the question to find out how honest you are with yourself. 40 yrs ago God gave me that choice to make about who I will walk with, and to be totally honest with you I did both. I had some issues of my own insecurity and wanted to be accepted by my fellow believers. I didn't want to be one who was a rebel or questioning sheep.
    What God spoke to me 40 yrs ago still stands today. There is a very powerful passage in Psalm 91:7
    A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. I have heard psalm 91 called "the little Red Hen Psalm" because it reveals God's protection over us. The revelation of this fact of God being our protection and protector gives us security and our place of peace during turbulent times.
    If we ask ourselves good grounding questions inspired by scriptural truths, they ground our faith and keep us focused.
    Questions
    # What sort of questions do you ask yourself and what are the reasons you ask them? Discuss this with your spouse or close friend.
    # How open and teachable are you to be really challenged about your anchors?
    # What would be your response to God's statement question which He asked me above?
    Addendum
    It takes real courage and strength to walk against the flow of a river. When you stand against all logic and reasoned persuasion because you know God said something different to you, and you really knew it was God, you will need to protect yourself.
    Scriptures like, Love never fails from 1 Cor 13 and this beautifully translated verse from Pro 15:1 will equip you and keep you on track.
    Proverbs 15:1 Passion Translation
    Respond gently when you are confronted and you’ll defuse the rage of another. Responding with sharp, cutting words will only make it worse. Don’t you know that being angry can ruin the testimony of even the wisest of men?

    • 6 min

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