Episode 27

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Published on:

1st Sep 2021

Contradictions . . .

Contradictions  . . .

Opinions and Truth contradict.

Unfortunately, I listen to both!

Depending on 

my ever-changing state,

I believe either one.

How ridiculous!!

Double-minded mnnnn?

Both affect me differently. 

Not all facts are truth. 

The truth stands against anything, 

underscoring itself 

revealing it IS the Truth. 

The challenge  . . .

Which one will I believe?

Truth Or Opinion?

Reflection 

Everyday we are challenged with information, opinions and the truth. When we honestly sort out the differences between each of these it can be confusing. Each of these represents an opportunity to assess ourselves. The good thing about this is the opportunity to self-correct and do some psychological house cleaning. 

During these sessions, which incidentally can be seasons, self assessments are very healthy. Asking questions of or about yourself is soul-searching and can be intimidating. Truth is challenging, because often it asks WHY! 

The "Why do you do, or think or believe ….?" questions. The answers we come up with to these questions can shock us as we speak them out.

For example, God says He loves you and many immediately ask Why, how can He when I'm not …… God's love is unconditional and that's uncomfortable for us to accept because of our lifetime of conditional programming. So the question then changes to become, which is the truth, and can you, or will you believe it?

Truth ultimately wins. I say ultimately because sometimes it's a journey to get there after dealing with any issues blocking your believing that truth. Here's the thing: truth is truth and we don't have to understand it but we do have to accept it. 

Let's take another example, gravity. Do you understand gravity? You could get a scientist to explain it at length or you could just accept it as the truth. If you challenged the truth of gravity by jumping off a high building, your experience would prove gravity is real. 

Getting back to the truth that God loves us is my point for today. God is LOVE, period! Scripture state's this in 1 John 4:8 TPT

The one who doesn’t love has yet to know God, for God is love.

The results of His Love for us is further demonstrated here.

Psalms 117:2 TPT

For he has conquered us with his great love, and his kindness has melted our hearts. His faithfulness lasts forever, and he will never fail you. So go ahead, let it all out! Praise Yah! O Yah!

Psalms 40:11 NKJV

Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord; Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me.

After reading this verse how could you not respond to Him and face up to your own unbelief or deceptions. I know that deception is a strong word to use and I am using it because God challenged me once about being deceived, hence I pass it on. 

The last part of the above word is wonderful. David recognizes God’s Love and Truth and asks God to let these preserve him. What a beautiful request he makes for himself. 

Questions 

# Have you ever prayed for God to preserve you with His Loving kindness and Truth? Will you begin to do this?

# How do you understand how God will preserve you this way? Are you open to God challenging you with truth because He Loves you?

# Scripture is a litmus test for us and when we allow scripture to read us, explain how you respond to the truth as it speaks with you?



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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