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         

A note from Papa
To my greatly loved and perfect child—who is unnecessarily worried and concerned and thinks you have displeased me because of missing My mark of perfection (what you call “sin”) —

“You must know this foundational truth about Me if you are to enjoy our relationship like I want you to: Your sins (past, present and future) do not affect My love for you or our relationship in any possible way and never, ever will! Jesus took care of that once for all. You must believe that He took away ALL the sin of the world (the inherited sin from Adam and the cumulative sins of ALL people, including you!) He took them away forever! I forgave ALL of them in you and everyone forever. I do not ever count them against you…or anyone! I choose not to ever remember them. I keep no record of your wrongs!

When you do something that you think might offend Me, just thank Me that it’s already all been totally taken care of and change your mind about even thinking it hurts our relationship, and remember all that I’ve told you and go on with joy and no regret!

Jesus gave His very life so you could have this eternal joy of knowing your sin has no effect on me! The only “sin” my Holy Spirit will ever convince you of is when you miss this mark of believing all the above is true and you revert to trying to gain or maintain a right relationship with Me by what you do. When He calls that to your attention, it will always be in love and never with condemnation.

Learn to distinguish My voice from the Accuser. I never accuse or condemn, so it’s easy to tell who is talking to you! When you hear love and affirmation and peace and assurance and acceptance…that’s Me!!! When you hear accusing, berating, guilt, condemnation…when you hear “you’re not good enough,” when you hear “you must do this or that…” that voice is your enemy’s!

I’m not your enemy…I’m totally your friend and totally for you! I chose you and made you to be My friend…now enjoy Me and know that I enjoy you!”
~Love, Papa

A note from Papa

To My child, whom I’m so proud of…always ~
“At times when you’re thinking about an upcoming, potentially confrontational meeting with someone, you tend to fear the worst. You question if you will remember the right things to support your position. You have doubts that you won’t be able to think quickly. You worry that you won’t be able to express yourself clearly. You are concerned that you won’t be strong and that you’ll give in to what you believe is wrong because you won’t be able to stand up to someone else’s skills and knowledge and power. You fear they won’t like you if you disagree with them.

I’m not condemning or criticizing you for that. I’m aware of how you feel and know that the enemy uses those feelings to condemn you. Any condemnation you ever feel comes from him…not Me! I am infinitely stronger than your feelings and infinitely stronger than he who is in the world! When you focus on those feelings of doubt and fear and lack and worry, you leave Me out of the picture and dwell totally on yourself and your perceived lack and insufficiency.

Here’s what I want you to do—bring everything to Me first! Ask Me what I’m thinking about the situation and then listen to Me.  I will tell you if your position on the situation is My position…and if it is, I will tell you what to do. If I show you that I feel differently about the situation, I’ll show you My way and we’ll go from there. If you are believing correctly, then I will show you how to prepare for the meeting. I will remind you of the important points.

I will be with you and if you let Me, I will empower you and speak through you and show you what’s going on with the other person. Then, with, and in love for each of you… because I am for you both…I will present the truth clearly.  Then I am responsible for the results.  The other person may resist and not see the truth, but you can rest in Me and trust Me and be confident that I am working all things for the good!” 

~Love, Papa

A Note from Papa

To my Dear child who is the object of My affection ~

"I want you to know why I am so very much for you: I specifically created you to be with Me! You’re not an accident, not an afterthought, not an insignificant pebble of sand on a beach covered with billions of sand pebbles. No! Never!!!

I dreamed you up. When humans have a baby, they never know what it will be like. But I planned you! I knew you before you were conceived.  I formed you in your mother’s womb! I designed you and made you just as I planned!  You have always been the object of my affection!

I created you for one purpose: to be with and enjoy Me, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in our divine triune circle dance of love, joy, peace, and everything good…now and for all eternity! You are the desire of My heart! I would rather die than live without you…and I did! I was in Christ at the cross, reconciling you to Me. I did that!

I made you into a new creation—In Christ—one with Us, fit to be with Us, just right for Us, set apart for Us. That’s what pure, holy, righteous and innocent mean! I saved you from sin and death and darkness and gave you new life and transferred you into My Kingdom of Light in Christ Jesus.  I did all that!

Now, as you see what We have already done and how We love you and are for you, you can relax and enjoy new life with Us—which is why we created you, saved you, and included you! Remember this always…We do!”

~Love, Papa

A Note From Papa

To My child, whom I’ve loved and cherished since before time began~
“I Created this earth specifically and especially for you and the rest of My family. Nothing was an accident. Nothing happened by chance. Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and I meticulously and with great love and care, conceived of the highest expression of ourselves – YOU – like us – in our likeness and image!
 
We designed and planned you so that we could express ourselves to you and through you. We couldn’t improve on our Divine Triune circle dance of love and everything that flows from our love: joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and faithfulness in relationship to each other, but we could expand our circle to include you and the rest of our family…and we did!
 
We knew what it would take to sustain your physical life, so we meticulously and lovingly planned every detail of the universe: the sun, earth, atmosphere, water, plants, animals, fish and fowl – all to provide sustenance for you! We knew that we wanted to nourish your soul, so we enjoyed ourselves immensely in collaboratively creating all the myriad of scenery: mountains, hills; valleys, streams, rivers, plains, oceans, islands, jungles, forests, seashores – all for one reason: YOUR enjoyment!

We joyfully delighted in creating colors and a multitude of ways to display them in flowers, trees, grasses, fruit, birds, animals, the sky…and We did all that with YOU in mind! We designed you with eyes to see all our beauty and ears to hear the sounds we created in nature. We designed your mind and soul and body to work together to create more music and art and great literature to touch each other’s souls! We designed your body to enjoy activity. We created the genesis for your personality – in our image and likeness--to experience joy and peace and happiness and sadness and empathy and comfort and encouragement…and even anger at anything that hurts another of our creation.

Don’t you see? Nothing was an accident…including you! Everything is for your pleasure and enjoyment and sustenance. And now – WE get to enjoy YOU enjoying and experiencing our gift of Divine Life and love to you with you! We are SO for you!!!

~Papa

A Note from Papa

To My much-loved child, whom I continually delight in  ~

--“People have always wondered what I’m like and their imaginations have come up with some pretty bazaar ideas! When I wanted you all to see the truth about Me and My love for you, Jesus came in the flesh to give you the exact picture of Me. He could do that because We are of the same essence. So when you read about Jesus’ earthly life, you find that He and I always have your best interests at heart.

Jesus came to serve you all and He did.  Every “miracle” He performed was to help benefit those in need—never for His own selfish gain.  When Jesus encountered people whose lives were a mess because of their poor decisions, He never condemned them.  He forgave them and loved them and encouraged them and gave them grace…just like Me!

Jesus never punished a single person ever…Me either! The only people Jesus forcefully corrected were the proud religious leaders--people who taught others lies about us and our love and compassion and mercy and grace. He wanted everyone to know the truth about Me – that I am love and I am for you – not against you!  

There is no dark side of Me that Jesus hid from you.  He demonstrated with His finished work at the cross how We have saved you from the disastrous effects of your own sin.  We have forgiven and taken away all your sin – past, present and future and never hold it against you.  We have reconciled you to us and made you right to be with us now and forever.

Grace is the face love wears when it comes in contact with imperfection. Grace is Jesus—and He is Grace. I am Grace. Please never listen to or believe anything you hear that seems to indicate that I am angry with you, not pleased with you, against you, or want to punish you.  I love you and am for you…yesterday, today, and forever. You can believe Jesus…and Me!!!”

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