Episode 32

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Published on:

6th Oct 2021

I've Got This . . .

I've Got This  . . .

It's not for you 

to make it happen! 

Yours is to dream Big 

and Believe. 

Think about this . . .

You can do nothing 

without Me.

We each have our part to play 

and it's your turn first!

How audacious are you? 

Have your mindsets 

tripped you up 

when it matters most? 

If you pray believing . . .

The battle is Mine!

You do your part 

then leave the rest to Me. 

I've Got This! 

Reflection 

Audacity is either the product developed from experience or is the result of a heart which is prepared to dare and believe. Both are acceptable and the example I will use is David when he was a shepherd out in the desert. 

He had to protect his father's sheep from the wild animals and learned all about how God would protect and deliver him from any danger. From these experiences during his education with God out in the wilderness, he learned all about God and his own ability to work with God. Once he learned these precious lessons he knew implicitly that God would protect him in every situation. When he went on an errand for his father to deliver food to his brothers on the battlefields and experienced the challenge made to the Israeli army by Goliath, all that experience kicked in!

This whole story is summarised in 1 Sam chapter 17. There are some very significant pieces in this story that relate to the confident audacity David had.

My prompting and insight for this poem was inspired by a verse I read this morning. 

Ephesians 3:20 AMP 

Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us.

There are some significant keywords in this verse and therein is the invitation to every one of us. These words, dare ask, beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams, are amazing. WOW, imagine receiving such words in a personal invitation! 

I'm sure when you were a child your friends challenged and dared you to do something scary, weren't you? So now I dare you to ask God and believe for what you are asking Him. 

Years ago, when I was a very young Christian and was milking cows, I read a testimony about a minister stopping the rain falling on his outdoor meeting. 

I believed if he could do that, God could give me some rain, so I could have lots of grass to feed my cows over the impending dry summer. So, in faith, I "ordered 6 inches of rain" on a certain date. The day was 10 days away so I could prepare the farm to receive it. I had to top some of the paddocks so the grass would come away fresh. I also had to block our main drain so the pump wouldn't drain the farm.

On the big day, I was getting the cows for milking and there was not a cloud in the sky! I looked up to heaven and asked the question, "Hasn't anyone heard me? Today's the day when I get my 6 inches of rain I Have Ordered!" I continued throughout the day giving thanks for the rain. The rain started falling late in the afternoon and rained all night. The next morning before getting the cows, I checked the rain gauge and exactly 6 inches had fallen! I did a very thankful and happy dance.

I believe I was filled with faith by reading someone's testimony and applied that faith when I ordered the rain. From that day onwards, I continued to pray for rain when the farm needed it. When we moved on to another farm, our pastor told the congregation that he couldn't wait for us to leave the district because the weather will improve once we go! 

What would you DARE ASK OF GOD?

Ephesians 3:20 NKJV

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

As a young Christian, I didn't even know that verse existed, but went with the faith I had in the testimony. I encourage you to read and meditate on the above verse and let it sink down into your spirit so it's permanently there for you. Read it in as many translations as you can because different translations say the same thing in different ways and that will pop for you. I have also found if you put yourself in the story or the scripture, it will have more meaning for you. Imagine yourself as David running to confront goliath, or Gideon taking thousands of men to drink water, then picking out 314 of them?

Ephesians 3:20 is an amazing verse to meditate on every day!!

Questions 

# - Have you ever written down your wildest dreams or are you too scared to? Why?

# - What is your audacity level score between 1 - 10?

# - Heb 11:1 Is the definition of faith as we know it, are you dreaming BIG or selling yourself short? It's time to take your life back and speak something into being and prove God at his words! 

"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

John 15:5 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