Episode 1

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11th Feb 2021

Come Now

Come Now . . .

Come to the table of My Heart, 

the table of reasoning. 

We can discuss 

issues tripping you up 

and work together on them.

I am the one 

who washes your scarlet 

transforming it to pure snow.

Please don't resist or hide.

The door to My Heart 

is always open. 

You can't do this alone!

The table of reasoning 

becomes the table 

of Friendship and Exchange. 

Rags for riches, 

Righteousness for unrighteousness!

It's free to exchange 

As you trade 

the rights to your life,

losing your life  . . .

To Gain It.

© 2019 Lloyd Portman - All Rights Reserved

Reflection 

God is amazing how He draws us with loving kindness to exchange our sin for His righteousness. Humanity needs this table of exchange regularly, as we journey through the areas which trip our lives up.

The ultimate exchange we ever make is when we wholeheartedly give our Heart over to Him. In so doing we give up our rights to our life and this is the process of washing the Scarlet.

Isaiah 1:18 AMP

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord. “ Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be like wool."

The interesting part of this verse is the invitation from God. "Come now and let us reason together." This is an amazing statement from God asking us to bring and state our case. The keyword here is Reason and in the Hebrew it means to bring your case ie a legal case to be vindicated or reasoned TOGETHER. 

This invitation to discuss points with Him really underscores God as one whom you can discuss things with and reason with. I get a picture here of God putting His arm around my shoulder and entreating me to state my case so we can discuss it. I don't feel condemned by Him. 

In Psalms 51:10 Passion Translation,  David cries out to God. Create a new, clean heart within me. Fill me with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please you. 

After God wins our heart, He then wants to establish a friendship with us. This is when we judge ourselves as being unworthy because of many of our own reasons that we can't, e.g. we are not perfected enough yet to be granted that privilege. God loves us unconditionally in spite of the traditions of society we have had instilled in us that everything in life is conditional. 

How could we not respond to an invitation to be one of God's friends? Abraham was called a friend of God and he had his issues and looking at David "a man after God's own heart" his track record is well documented. 

The wonderful revelation about "the Table" is the incremental work which happens within the friendship. This is where the transformation takes place as we give more of ourselves and our heart,  and die to ourselves. 

On one occasion when I was preparing a couple prior to their wedding, I had a revelation of them both standing at an altar. It wasn't a traditional ultar as one would imagine it was an altar of sacrifice. What I saw was each of them laying down their life for the other. It was a case of Self sacrifice, the ultimate of dying to self. God then showed me if they don't die to themself the marriage could eventually fail. 

The more I walk with God I realize how important this meeting table of developing friendship is.

Questions 

# - If you looked at your life as an orange cut in half, how many segments of it are still yours and unpeeled?

# - Have you ever "traded" any of these segments and in time found out you never really gave them over? This is part of dying to yourself and a process we all go through one step at a time.

# - Whatever God builds He tests, have you noticed any of these tests happening after you have been to the table of exchange? List them to encourage yourself and build your faith.

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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