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         

Monday, 27 February 2017 23:25

THE UNSEEN VS THE SEEN REALM

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THE UNSEEN VS THE SEEN REALM ~by Paul Gray @ God Is For Me
Jesus often refers to the “Kingdom of God” or the “Kingdom of Heaven.” Most often He uses parables or stories that have a deeper meaning that what’s on the surface. In every case, He’s helping us see something that we can’t see or perceive through our five senses… what appears to be true in the world around us.
The Apostle Paul refers to the unseen eternal spiritual realm as opposed to the seen and temporal realm of the world.
The following three versions of the same passage are key to seeing what really is.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (MSG)  So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without His unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (MIRROR) We are not keeping any score of what seems so obvious to the senses on the surface; it is fleeting and irrelevant; it is the unseen eternal realm within us which has our full attention and captivates our gaze!
Don Keathley, Pastor of Grace Point Community Church in Houston, Texas often writes great Facebook posts about grace. “A REVELATION of grace, the finished work of the cross and an understanding of your true identity has prepared you to be on the transition team that will learn to move the total supply from the invisible kingdom within to a visible manifestation that will meet every need you have.”
Another quote from Pastor Don Keathley: “IF YOU ARE AFRAID to read and explore outside your indoctrinated comfort zone with an open heart under the direction of the Spirit of Truth, it is a good indication that religion has done its work in your life. When you get outside your religious paradigm you might not only discover deeper truth but also enjoy the driving out of that fear as perfect love does its work in your life...”
From Patmos by Baxter Kruger: “Faith is seeing with Jesus’s eyes, seeing what is. From faith to faith, the Word believes.”

 
 
 
 
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