Episode 30

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Published on:

22nd Sep 2021

You Wait . . .

You Wait . . .

You know us through 

and through, 

every hair we have, 

accounted for. 

Created in your image. 

Oh the potential . . .

Freewill is given  

to do or not to do. 

We wait, You wait

without judgment 

You watch. 

Musing . . .

you celebrate us

as we fulfill our

desires and destinies.

You are . . .

Watching over our 

culminating experiences. 

Meeting us . . .

At the doorway

Of Our Faith! 

Reflection 

Over many years of listening to sermons and reading scripture, I muse over the interpretations we develop about God. During the exciting times of sharing the revelations we receive, these are being recorded and written as we share them, Mal 3:16.

Our ongoing understanding of God is continuously being unveiled to us as we experience Him. The richness of His word and these experiences undergird our belief. Reading David's life through the Psalms and books of Samuel, we witness a man who struggles with the same issues we have while relating with God. This enthralling relationship unfolds and highlights all the emotions David experiences. 

God is very patient with David. He listens to his complaints, arguments, and praises and we get the sense that God enjoys David's journey. 

Have you ever realized God celebrates you and enjoys the outworking of your life? Here's a scripture that helps us to understand that He does this.

Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV

The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

I was reading this verse recently and one line was highlighted and popped out at me; He will quiet you with His love! This one line is a beautiful reassurance of the security we grow into as we individually experience Him. Can you visualize God rejoicing over you with singing when we are taught that we are to rejoice over Him with praise and worship?

I believe our concepts of God change markedly the more we experience Him. Imagine how David must have felt asking the priest for the Showbread to feed his hungry men?

So the priest gave him holy bread; for there was no bread there but the showbread which had been taken from before the Lord, in order to put hot bread in its place on the day when it was taken away.

I Samuel 21:6 NKJV

Jesus even mentioned it.

But He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him: how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest and ate the showbread, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?”

Mark 2:25‭-‬26 NKJV

David did something that was unlawful but was approved by God for doing it. He broke the rules and had the right heart. 

Here's another example of the rules being broken. This criminal joined Jesus in paradise because his heart was changed.

Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

Luke 23:39‭-‬43 NKJV

God’s ways are not our ways 

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.

Isaiah 55:8 NKJV

Here's a tip for you; Often we try to get our head around God to understand Him when we really just need to get our heart around Him and relish your fellowship with Him.

Questions 

# - How often do you share your revelations with your friends and get excited?

# - Are you reassured by your ongoing experiences with God rather than just gathering more information about Him? Explain what effect this has on your faith. 

# - When you are next sharing with your friends about your revelations, how about discussing how God rejoices over each of us with singing and discuss Zephaniah 3:17?


 



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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