Episode 26

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Published on:

25th Aug 2021

I See Now . . .

I See Now . . .

From a different perspective 

I now see.

Without blinkers   

seen through revelational eyes.

By faith I step into 

where I am,

not 

where I am going!

My view is now from truth!

I have stepped up 

having died . . .

To This World.

Reflection 

Often when we are presented with truth, instead of believing this applies to us here on earth, we see this as our heavenly future. At the time we are born again, we enter into a new place of spiritual authority WITH HIM.

Unfortunately, standing in this truth of having authority with Him is something many are trying to get their head around. The truth is we are to accept and apply what scripture reveals to us. We gather our knowledge and revelations as we grow in our faith. 

I have deliberately taken 2 translations of Eph 2:6 to help to get the basic truth across. 

Ephesians 2:6 NKJV

and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 2:6 TPT

He raised us up with Christ the exalted One, and we ascended with him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ!

In the last line of the poem, there lies the clue to understand the truth of what happens when we are born again. Our old life becomes redundant, and we begin our new life in Christ. Old things shall pass away!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

The continual transition we enter into is the renewal of our minds and the way we think. I say this because it's a gradual process which happens over time and the culmination of the revelation you have received from God.

 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

Ephesians 4:23 NKJV

Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you.

Ephesians 4:23 TPT

It's a revelation to know something rather than to know about something. This is wholly based on your experiences with whatever has been revealed to you. When your friends tell you how much you have changed after you came to repentance, then you know this is not just a theory. 

Don't condemn yourself if you know you haven't died to this world yet. I love the lyrics of the song "Turn your eyes upon Jesus". The line follows with this, "and the things of this world will grow strangely dim …". That's the truth and this continues until God takes you home.

Questions 

# As you read through the poem, which lines did you find to be significant and why?

# Have you ever condemned yourself for not being enough or knowing enough, which affected your relationship with God? Did you feel distant from Him because of this?

# Can you please, for your own sake, stop condemning yourself and step into the truth and start seeing yourself seated with Him in heavenly places? How does it feel having new eyes?








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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