Episode 33

Published on:

13th Oct 2021

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.


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! 


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. 


# - 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. 

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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