Episode 14

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2nd Jun 2021

Comparisons

Comparisons  . . .

Where is the source 

of the light,

you stand-in?

From within or borrowed?

Will your light reach into 

other's hearts  

warming their soul?

Consider the Moon  . . .

reflecting the light of the Sun,

lighting our path in darkness.

The Sun . . .

has no darkness, and 

can't shine at night!

You will shine 

in your spheres, 

day and night.

How 'oft you shine, 

lighting another's darkness 

at appointed times . . .

Of Their Night.

Reflection

The question of what or who you reflect is a real one. Everyone reflects themselves in some unique way and unfortunately, we compare ourselves with others. This usually promotes competition and doesn't actually reflect the whole truth. 

Humanity loves to compete rather than serve each other, and this is often from the root of insecurity that drives it. The poem asks about the light we stand in, whether it is borrowed or from within.

Once secure in ourselves, we stand in our own light and have the confidence to shine and light the path of another. This is an important moment when we understand our role and perform it humbly.

Here's one of the important facets of life which is often overlooked. We are all gifted with various gifts and abilities, which we perform naturally without thinking. I believe God has created us all to serve one another with these abilities. Rather than having an attitude of yourself as being the gift or ministry of that gift, try seeing yourself as one who serves humanity with your abilities. 

When your service is rendered with humility, this will stop any competition or comparisons between any other parties. Your personal satisfaction comes out of your love for humanity, not your need for recognition because you have a gift. Consider Jesus; on many occasions before He performed a miracle, it is often written "filled with compassion" which reveals His Father's heart.

In the poem, I mention how the moon reflects the sun. I remember a sign written over every exit of the church's door. It read "if you were arrested for being a Christian how much evidence of this would be evident in your life to convict you?" This is the evidence of what we reflect from the transformations which are being lived out in our lives. 

The security we have developed within ourselves is the benchmark we play our life from. We graduate from faking until we make it and step into the place of knowing who we are. Now the challenge is to walk it out with humility while serving our fellow man. Having these facets working together guarantees you will shine during your appointed times.

Questions 

# How is your life a growing reflection of walking WITH God?

# What conclusions have you come to when analyzing the occasions when you have compared yourself with others? What effect has this had on your emotions?

# When you read the word serve, how does that word cause you to respond?

Be sure you give Archippus this message: “Be faithful to complete the ministry you received from our Lord Jesus!”

Colossians 4:17 TPT

As in water, the face reflects face, So a man’s heart reveals the man.

Proverbs 27:19 NKJV 



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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