Episode 25

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18th Aug 2021

Loves Power . . .

Loves Power  . . .


Love never fails!

It can't . . .

It has no enemies!

So powerful 

It forgives,

overlooks wrongs suffered, 

never adds up any evil.

Is pure, patient and kind,

refuses to be jealous. 

Not quick to take offense,  

and joyfully celebrates honesty.

Never takes failure as defeat 

and never stops loving.

The fruit . . .

of a life of pure motives 

Graced And Empowered With Love.


Reflection 

Whenever I ask anyone about how they feel when they read 1 Corr 13, most confess they are seriously challenged. That's probably an understatement! The whole subject of Love is something we all aspire to.

1 Corr 13, is a summary of the outworking or the fruit, Love bares. When a person reads through the list or they allow the list to read their life, instinctively the list is checked off. The person assesses how many they can relate to as working in their life. 

Here's the thing: we often try to work these great characteristics and attributes into our lives and miss the mark of finding Love! Look at this another way, when you find Love and function in it, 1corr:13 is the fruit your life will exhibit. This doesn't work the other way around! I will use the analogy of an apple. An apple doesn't have to try to be an apple, it is one. 


When you Love you don't have to try to be patient or forgiving, you just naturally do it. Scripture state's God is Love, I John 4:8 NKJV

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

There is a teaching out there that says if you are busy loving people or being love to them then you are likened to being God to them. This is false teaching. 

The power of love is confirmed and demonstrated by its fruit. When Jesus was asked the question about the greatest commandment here's His answer.

Matthew 22:36‭-‬40 NKJV

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

The interesting part of His reply is the last sentence. This last sentence really puts everything into perspective. When you LOVE God's way then you move into a place where there is no law against love, because LOVE fulfills all the laws!

This is a life-transforming revelation!

Can you imagine not having to try being anything because you are it?

Like my apple analogy, imagine an apple trying to become a banana?

Questions 

# Be honest with yourself and write a list of all the attributes of love listed in 1 Cor:13 you would love to be?

# Have you ever had a revelation of the truths from the scripture in Math 22:36 - 40?

# How does it feel to know that when you have God's love permeating in your heart, you don't have to try to be loving, you just are loving?


Some more scripture translations of the same verse.

Romans 5:5 TPT

And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us!

Romans 5:5 NKJV

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:5 AMP

Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.





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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