Episode 7

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Published on:

14th Apr 2021

Celebrate

Celebrate  . . .

You have much to celebrate!

The contrast between . . . 

what's perceived or experienced, 

and the truths 

you struggle to accept. 

You are rejoiced over 

in your present state!

Unconditionally. 

So hard to get 

your head around?.

It's not about your head, 

it's about your heart. 

Assurance is your peace 

as you contemplate 

the songs sung over you. 

YOU are . . .

rejoiced over with gladness 

while resting 

in the FACTS 

of your Salvation! 

Meditate  . . .

Deeply On This.

Reflection 

The amazing journey when walking with God is the ongoing relationship and revelation we have with Him. Our relationship with Him predicates the revelations and experiences of His truths.

There are many examples in scripture of normal simple people who walked with God and experienced the promises they were given. These examples are there for us to take courage in and also to encourage us into the experiences which are there for us as well. 

The key is to personalize the promises and experiences, even if you are not actually experiencing these yourself. 

The above poem was written from a scriptural base that incorporates all the promises and facts about how God sees us as His children. He celebrates us and sings over us with joy. 

Can you imagine God rejoicing over you with gladness in songs? There are many times when I meditate and celebrate this scripture in Zephaniah 3:17 and then there are those other times. These are the times when I am struggling with myself and question why He would rejoice over me!

God's ways are not our ways and without renewing the spirit of our mind we will struggle to receive the truth of His words. Celebrate and accept all His promises over your life as you come across these revelations. 

Questions 

# - God is Love, the scripture declares, accepting His love personally can be a problem as we live in this conditional world. Do you have any personal conditions which prevent you from receiving His love, if so list them and work WITH GOD on them.

# - If you have your own children do you sing over them with joyful songs? If not, why not?

# - Can you celebrate yourself as God does, without focusing on all the conditions, mistakes and issues you may have? Do you Love yourself?

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.”



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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