Episode 15

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9th Jun 2021

Spheres

Spheres  . . .

I wonder where I fit?

Life's puzzle . . .

found in multiple Spheres.

The reciprocal pieces 

where we fit . . .

to give and receive.

Paradoxical!

Sometimes to expose . . .

weaknesses or strengths!

Like iron sharpening Iron,

the sphere of clarification 

or applause 

for how far you have come.

Spheres are  . . .

The Crucible Of Blessing!

Reflection

Finding yourself is a phrase which regularly comes up in our conversations. The truth is most

struggle knowing where they fit in this competitive world. Unfortunately, this problem drives the insecurities people live with.

Here's the thing; if you are looking for your place as if you were a missing piece in a puzzle you are probably there but don't know how to fit in. 

As Christians we are first accepted IN THE BELOVED, Eph 1:5 + 6 Passion Translation. For it was always in his perfect plan to adopt us as his delightful children, through our union with Jesus, the Anointed One, so that his tremendous love that cascades over us would glorify his grace —for the same love he has for the Beloved, Jesus, he has for us. And this unfolding plan brings him great pleasure!

Here's another way for you to think about it: finding where you fit is about finding who you are and what you have to contribute. We are all Divinely gifted and those gifts and abilities fit in many places.

In the above poem I have mentioned being a contributor and a receiver. I also slip in the truth of being sharpened by other contributors. Another popular quote is that "we listen to speak not to hear". When receiving a contribution from others the challenge is to let ourselves be sharpened. To allow this to happen we must be able to hear.

Your job is one of those spheres.  Sometimes we view our jobs as a prison because we don't like our job or the people we have to work with. This is where the crucible becomes very real. 

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who's a foreman in a local business. He has 2 very negative critical workmen he has to manage. Both these men are specialists at their jobs and are good workers. 

We laughed at the difficult situation he faces daily by looking how he as a foreman is being sharpened by their iron. Ironically, no pun intended, he saw this situation as a time to test the fruit in his own life, rather than reacting to their negativity. No matter what sphere you are involved in, it's a place where you give and receive. 

When receiving adjustments or corrections, although these may challenge you, think about them another way. Any of them should be gratefully received because they make you grow and mature. 

Questions 

# Have you been able to see a jigsaw puzzle as you being a piece which gives and receives from the pieces around you? How have you been receiving?

# Can you make a genuine list of the Spheres you are involved with and then categorize them to know your involvement?

# God can only do us good so how do you see the Spheres you are in as crucibles of blessings?

Some helpful verses 

1 - It takes a grinding wheel to sharpen a blade, and so one person sharpens the character of another.

Proverbs 27:17 TPT

2 - This entire building is under construction and is continually growing under his supervision until it rises up completed as the holy temple of the Lord himself. This means that God is transforming each one of you into the Holy of Holies, his dwelling place, through the power of the Holy Spirit living in you!

Ephesians 2:21‭-‬22 TPT






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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