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         

THERE IS ONLY ONE BATTLE: UNION VS SEPARATION ~by Paul Gray @ God Is For Me
Thoughts from Baxter Kruger

Published in Notes From Papa
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 01:00

WE HAVE NEVER BEEN APART FROM GOD!

WE HAVE NEVER BEEN APART FROM GOD ~by Paul Gray @ God Is For Me

Published in Notes From Papa
Monday, 10 October 2016 21:01

October 11 2016 Seeing What Really Is Part

 

 

 

 

 

 October 11 ’16 Seeing What Really Is Part 7 ~Paul Gray

Thoughts from~

 Baxter Kruger:

“The point of John’s gospel is that Jesus was face to face with His Father before creation and ALL THINGS came into being through Him. He became flesh to meet us in our great darkness and death, so that He could be in us, inside our darkness, and we could see with His eyes! We must see “All Things.” Today John would say:  “How could anyone use my gospel to teach that God does not love the whole world? The father found us all, Jews and Gentiles, even the Romans, in Jesus!”

Jesus IS the eternal message of God to us!

T.F. Torrence said “Not God alone, but God and humanity together, constitute the meaning of the Word of God.”

John The Apostle would say: “Not God alone, but God and humanity together, constitute the meaning of JESUS!”

JESUS MEANS THAT GOD AND HUMANITY ARE TOGETHER FOREVER!

The opposite of together is separated.

JESUS MEANS THAT GOD AND HUMANITY ARE NOT SEPARATED, BUT TOGETHER IN UNION! AND THIS UNION IS THE WORD OF GOD! IT’S WHAT GOD IS SAYING TO US ALL!”

Don Keathley:

"For God has consigned all men to disobedience that He may have mercy on them all." Romans 11:32...Doesn't that just kick the bee-jabbers out of your theology?”

 

 

 

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October 11 ’16 Seeing What Really Is Part 7 ~Paul Gray

Thoughts from~

 Baxter Kruger:

“The point of John’s gospel is that Jesus was face to face with His Father before creation and ALL THINGS came into being through Him. He became flesh to meet us in our great darkness and death, so that He could be in us, inside our darkness, and we could see with His eyes! We must see “All Things.” Today John would say:  “How could anyone use my gospel to teach that God does not love the whole world? The father found us all, Jews and Gentiles, even the Romans, in Jesus!”

Jesus IS the eternal message of God to us!

T.F. Torrence said “Not God alone, but God and humanity together, constitute the meaning of the Word of God.”

John The Apostle would say: “Not God alone, but God and humanity together, constitute the meaning of JESUS!”

JESUS MEANS THAT GOD AND HUMANITY ARE TOGETHER FOREVER!

The opposite of together is separated.

JESUS MEANS THAT GOD AND HUMANITY ARE NOT SEPARATED, BUT TOGETHER IN UNION! AND THIS UNION IS THE WORD OF GOD! IT’S WHAT GOD IS SAYING TO US ALL!”

Don Keathley:

"For God has consigned all men to disobedience that He may have mercy on them all." Romans 11:32...Doesn't that just kick the bee-jabbers out of your theology?”

 

 

 

 

Published in Articles
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 22:01

8 25 16 A Short Note From Papa

August 25, 16 A Short Note From Papa 

 

To My dear child whom I’m so very fond of~

I want you to always be aware of, to see, and to focus on the light of the Truth of all Truths which is totally opposite 

of The Great Lie of darkness..."separation." The Truth of all Truths is UNION!!! 

You…and all mankind…are not only in My family, not only unconditionally loved and forgiven by Me, not only totally right

with Me because of My grace, not only totally accepted and included in My family because of what We have already done for

you…as great as those things are…The Truth of all Truths is even better!!!

You are ONE with Me, Jesus and The Holy Spirit. We are UNITED!!! We are in total UNION! Christ is in you and you are in

Christ. You cannot get any closer to us & you can never be less close to us! We have made it so!   

The Great Lie of Darkness continually lies to you and says none of this is true. It lies and says we are separated. It 

condemns and shames and guilts you. It deceives you into believing that it’s your fault that you are separated from us and

there’s something you must do to get back to being with us. When you do some of the things it deceives you into doing,

then you feel pride that you…by your effort…got closer to us. Any and all striving and doing to try to please Us, get 

right with us, merit our favor…is TOTALLY WORTHLESS and USELESS and COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE! You can not earn, merit or achieve

what you already have! You can’t get to where you already ARE!

Jesus told you “In that day you will know that just as I am in My Father, you are in Me and I am in you! There is 

NO SEPARATION…there is only UNION!!!” ~Love, Papa

 

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