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         

Thursday, 23 February 2017 23:58

HE SEATED YOU IN HEAVEN AND GAVE YOU BOLDNESS AND CONFIDENCE. HE MADE YOU COMPLETE

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HE SEATED YOU IN HEAVEN AND GAVE YOU BOLDNESS AND CONFIDENCE. HE MADE YOU COMPLETE. ~by Paul Gray
God sealed you with the promise of His spirit!
Ephesians 1:13 

 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise

God seated you in Heaven with Them already!
Ephesians 2:6 … And He raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus …
God made you a citizen of Heaven! 
Philippians 3:20 Our citizenship is in heaven…
God gave you boldness and confident access to Them through Christ’s faith!
Ephesians 3:12 … In whom we have boldness and confident access to God because of Christ's faithfulness.
God took you out of darkness and put you in the light of Christ!
Ephesians 5:8 You were formerly in darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord.
Colossians 1:13 (MIRROR) He rescued us from the dominion of darkness (the sense-ruled world, dominated by the law of performance) and relocated us into the kingdom where the love of His son rules! (Darkness is not a force, it is the absence of light. A darkened understanding veiled the truth of our redeemed design from us. What empowered darkness was the lie that we believed about ourselves!)
God made you complete!
Colossians 2:10 (NLT) So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
Christ is your life and God will reveal you with Him in glory!
Colossians 3:4 When Christ (who is your life) appears, then you too will be revealed in glory with Him.

 
 
 
 
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