Episode 28

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8th Sep 2021

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?






















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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