Episode 29

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15th Sep 2021

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!

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About the Podcast

Devotional Christian Poetry
Spiritual Food
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.

About your host

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Lloyd Portman

From as far back as I can remember, I am always fascinated by what makes people tick. Searching behind what drives certain behaviors and finding practical reasons and solutions comes naturally from this fascination.

Having a personal experiential relationship with God was very important to me, rather than a theoretical religious one was my attraction to Him. These experiences started before my conversion and have continued to this day.

After my encounter with God, my poetry was born, and I use poetry to articulate the principles of scripture and the revelations I have experienced.

My podcasts will share these experiences I have had with God during my years of Pastoral ministry and life's school of hard knocks. I encourage you to glean any applicable nuggets and apply your faith to use them, as I used those I heard from other testimonies.

If you want to get in touch with me, please email me at
lloyd5707@gmail.com