Notes from Papa

For several years, every morning I read and personalized the daily devotion page in Sarah Young’s great book “Jesus Calling. Sarah took things that Jesus spoke personally to her and crafted them into wonderfully encouraging words that are true for all of us…and most every day I felt as if Jesus were saying these words directly to me! I first became aware of Him speaking to me when I was 11 years old.  After a lengthy period of not looking for His voice, I asked Him to reveal Himself to me when I was in my late 30’s.  He did and He’s never stopped!

In the entirety of the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament), God was never referred to as Father in an intimate way. In the fifteen or so uses of “Father” in those scriptures, it is never used personally.

Jesus rocked Jewish religious society when He referred to God as His Father…and their Father. He even had the audacity (to them) to use the Aramaic term “Abba” which is an endearing term a young child would use for their father, much like “Papa” is used today.

In Paul Young’s wonderfully impactful book, “The Shack,” he calls God, the Father, “Papa.” Many times I use that term in communicating with Him. To help others experience Him more personally, I’m now taking intimate things He, Jesus and/or the Holy Spirit say to me and rewriting them slightly to relate to either men or women, young or old. Rarely do I hear Him speak with an audible voice—primarily it’s an “inner voice.” 

The “Notes from Papa” that you will read on this site are things He’s said to me, that scripture holds to be equally true for all of His family. While I can list scripture references that correlate with everything written in these notes, I’m not including them here because I hope you will sense the flavor of a loving Father speaking to you rather than a theologian. 

I was very fortunate to have a wonderful, loving, human father…however that’s not been the case for everyone.  For those who have a difficult time thinking of a father as being really good, loving, and for you, I suggest you read “The Shack.” It captures the heart of a loving father better than any resource I know of!

These “Notes From Papa” are not just for me personally. They are for YOU!!! www.godisforme.org is dedicated to helping everyone who visits the site to come to know in the depths of their being that the real God (whom Jesus calls “The Only True God”) is truly good, is really for you, and loves everyone exactly the same. He is “especially fond of you!”

As you spend time with our Papa, I encourage you write down what you hear from Him and keep your notes.  I’ve found this to be a wonderfully encouraging way for me to renew my mind, especially as I review specific “notes” when I am going through a situation similar to a previous experience. Perhaps Papa will then encourage you to use some of the things He communicates to you to help others.

I pray that you will experience and enjoy His unconditional love, radical grace, and total reconciliation for you as you hear from Him through these “Notes.” 

 

~Paul Gray         

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 23:20

HE SET YOU FREE FROM THE LAW, MADE YOU HIS CHILD, CHOSE TO LIVE IN YOU AND NEVER CONDEMNS YOU

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HE SET YOU FREE FROM THE LAW, MADE YOU HIS CHILD, CHOSE TO LIVE IN YOU AND NEVER CONDEMNS YOU ~by Paul Gray

 God relates to you totally without condemnation!
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 
(MIRROR) Now the decisive conclusion is this: in Christ, every bit of condemning evidence against us is cancelled! (The “in Christ” revelation is key to God’s dealing with mankind. It is the PIN-code of the Bible.)
God set you free from the law of sin and death!
Romans 8:2 The law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.
God made you a child of theirs and fellow heir with Christ!
Romans 8:17 And since we are His children, we are His heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering.
Galatians 4:7 So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if you are a son, then you are also an heir through God.
God made your body the temple of the Holy Spirit!
1 Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?
God joined you to them and made you one spirit with them!
1 Corinthians 6:17 (MIRROR) In our union with Him we are one spirit with the Lord.
God always leads you in the triumph and knowledge of Christ!
2 Corinthians 2:14 But thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and who makes known through us the fragrance that consists of the knowledge of Him in every place.
God made you one with everyone!
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female--for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

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