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         

October 27 ’16 A Note From Papa

To My delightful child with whom I am in constant communication~

“You absolutely know this…but I want you to be able to help others – many, many of my children believe that I only communicate to them via the written word aka “scripture.” Many denominations and doctrines believe the lie that everything I have to so, I already communicated via the Hebrew scripture and the New Covenant of the Grace of Christ.

How utterly foolish to limit ME in their small thinking. How ridiculous to believe the lie that I quit communicating to My children 2,000 years ago. What are they thinking???

When your “scripture” was written I did communicate to my children who wrote the “books in your bible.” All of those are good for you to learn from and to teach and train and remind you that you are, in fact, righteous because of Jesus’s finished work at the cross.

But I communicated to people in their day and time about what was going on then in their lives. Of course you can learn from that, but what kind of foolish thinking would limit Me to only speaking to them?

As you well know, I talk to you throughout your every day. I live in you by choice. I created you for relationship. What kind of relationship could we possibly have if I only communicated to you via something some of My children wrote about 2,000 to 6,000 years ago???

You know My voice. You know I am your friend and your teacher. You know I love you and I have already done everything necessary to include you in Our family forever. Why would I not want to communicate to you regularly???

Do not listen to those negative lies. Listen to Me…just as you have been doing. I love talking to you and listening to you and having you be in Our divine Triune circle dance of our love and everything that flows from it: joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faith, Spirit Power, mercy, grace and compassion for everyone!

 

NEVER be swayed by those who “say” I quit communicating with My children 2,000 years ago. They search for My life in scripture but refuse to know the real Me who lives in them. They are not the enemy…they are just still believing his lies. But that won’t last forever!” ~Love, Papa     

October 26 ’16 A Note From Papa

To My adorable child whom I love being with every second of every day~

“I want you to know beyond any shadow of any doubt that I absolutely LOVE being with you. NOTHING can keep Me from being with you! I would rather DIE than not be with you (and I did!).

Religion has a heinous  lie that I can’t stand to be in the presence of sin, thus I supposedly can’t stand to be in the presence of people…because they sin. Stop right there! That’s a LIE! There is no basis for that. PERIOD.

I know that well-meaning but mis-informed people have told you that. Doesn’t make it true! In the first place, I made you TO BE WITH ME! I am all about community/relationship and that’s why We made you…to be in community with us! We couldn’t improve our community, but we could certainly expand it, and We did!

There is one sentence in the Hebrew scripture where Habakkuk says in effect, “God, I thought you were too pure to look upon sin?” His very next sentence is “So why DO you look upon sin?”  Religion has taken his first sentence out of context and ignored his next sentence and sadly, most people have never thought to study it.

One simple word dispels the awful lie that I can’t stand to be in the presence of sin: INCARNATION! Jesus, fully God—One with Me—The exact representation of Me, came and MADE A POINT to be with – hang out with – welcome, accept, include and love…those who, according to religion, were the WORST SINNERS OF THE DAY.

Don’t misunderstand Me, I hate the effect that sin has on My children…it hurts you. The wages of sin (not MY wages) is death. I don’t want any of My children to be hurt, ever. That’s a totally separate concept from the lie that “God can’t stand to be in the presence of sin.”

Change your mind about that lie. Believe the truth. I love to be in your presence and in the presence of every person – all My children – ALL the time! I’m continually showing you My UNCONDITIONAL love, forgiveness, grace, acceptance and inclusion. I’m IN you…forever. I can’t get any closer! And I chose before creation to live in you.

Believe Me! Take sides with Me!” ~Love, Papa        

 

 

October 25 ’16 A Note From Papa

To My precious child whom I’m madly in love with~

“Today we’re continuing to help you deconstruct the lies you have believed about Us and then reconstruct new beliefs – the truth about Us!

Many of My children were taught the heinous lie that Jesus came to save you from Me – from My “wrath” that I “had to pour out on all mankind to justify My anger with you for breaking My rules.” That is a total lie. Don’t even entertain it! That lie describes a pagan concept of a g.o.d. who is dark, mean, evil, unloving, punitive, narcissistic, schizophrenic and in no way “good.”

I am love, I am all good. I never repay evil with evil. I don’t have to be appeased to love you and shower you with My goodness. I am love. I am good.

Discard, dismiss, get rid of, and never, ever again entertain any suggestion that I am anything but good. When you hear some well-meaning but deceived person say “God is good, but…He’s also (something that’s obviously not good) refuse to hear it, refuse to believe it, refuse to even entertain it.

They will have scripture verses and so-called “logic” that “seems to say” that I am evil and will do evil things if people don’t say, do and believe “right” according to them. You may not yet be able to show them why their beliefs are not true, but you can trust Me and simply say “God has told and shown me that he’s not like that.” Then take sides with Me. Believe Me. Trust Me.

The Greek word “metanoia” is what I used when I had My people write the New Covenant of Grace scriptures. It means to “change your mind.” People who have believed lies about Me mis-translated it into the English word “repent” which means “penance is due (the church) because your sin has so offended Me that you have to pay.” Re was added to penance for extra emphasis so that the church could control and demand payment. That is a total aberration of my intent and original meaning.

Deconstruct your belief of “repent” and reconstruct your understanding to mean “change your mind.” Then continue listening to Me…The Holy Spirit of Christ in you, who is your teacher. Believe Me when I tell you that I love you, I have forgiven you, I am for you, I have accepted and included you, My grace covers everything in our relationship, and you have nothing ever to worry about!

Then continue to listen to Me every moment. I will continue to reveal My truth to you and as you know Me better and better, Jesus…who is truth…will set you free from the lies of believing that I am both good and evil.” ~Love, Papa    

 

 

October 24 ’16 A  Note From Papa

To My Most special and most wonderful child~

“I want you to really understand why Jesus became one of you…human…and what He came to do…which is what we are still doing!

Jesus came to seek and save the lost. You…and all mankind…were lost. Your minds were lost in a black hole of darkness and you had no way out. There was no way you could save yourselves from yourself. Your minds were so darkened that no one knew Me and no one even knew they were lost!

The first man and woman ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil – which I lovingly warned them not to do. When they did, they immediately started seeing Me as both good…and evil. Ever since then mankind believed that I was both good…and evil. That is the greatest lie of all.

Everyone then inherited that darkened mindset and throughout history, up until when Jesus came to be one of you…in you and with you, not a single person knew the truth. No one knew Me. Everyone was lost in their own darkened minds. They even believed the absurd lie that they could come to know me and win my favor by keeping the laws that they asked for when they didn’t want to be close to Me because they thought I was both good and evil!

Jesus came to change mankind’s mind about Me…not to change My mind about you. I never change! My mind was made up about each and all of you before We created you. I have always loved and included and accepted you all unconditionally. My mind never changes!

You all, however, MUST change your minds about Me! The Greek word “metanoia” that was used in writing the New Testament, means simply to “change your mind from what you were believing that was false and now believe My truth.”

The first thing I want you to change your mind about is thinking that I am both good and evil! I am only good! There is no darkness and no evil at all ever in Me.  That means that anything you read…even in the Hebrew scripture…or anywhere else, anything that you hear taught that says I am punitive, vindictive, angry, have to be appeased, repay evil with evil, would ever hurt or punish anyone…ever…IS A LIE! You must reject any and all such lies.

This process of changing your mind (metanoia) involves deconstructing the lies—false beliefs you have had about Me and yourselves—and reconstructing new, truthful thoughts, beliefs and understandings about Me.

Jesus came to reveal the REAL ME…and He did! I am…We are LOVE AND ALL GOOD! Never, ever entertain any thought that says “Yes, God is good…but He’s also (something bad.” ~Love, Papa

 

 

October 21 ’16 A Short Note From Papa

To My most special child~

“You…and most all My children are worried that your country might change radically after the election…in ways that you believe are not good. You worry what will happen if the balance of the Supreme Court tips away from your persuasion.

You worry about what will happen with the borders of your country. You worry about economics and the “balance of trade.” You worry about jobs being lost to another country. You worry about whether you or other are paying their “fair share” in taxes.

I want you to see this: whenever anyone worries about the future, they never consider Me – what My involvement would be in such a scenario. Without My involvement, you should worry!

Here’s what I want you to always know, remember and consider: I live in the now! While I can see the past and future, that’s not where I am. I AM. I am right here in the now!

Of all the possible future scenarios that you and each of My billions of children might imagine, the odds are very slim that any of you would come up with exactly what will happen. And I’m never in the “not happening!”

I don’t want you to worry at all. If you do consider what might happen in the future, ALWAYS take into consideration that I am there, I am with you, I am in you and I am for you. I always work out every situation for the good. Rarely will you be able to see that ultimate good at the time, but one day, if I deem it’s important, you will!

 

You can trust Me. You can depend on Me. You can count on Me. That doesn’t mean situations will always go the way you want, but it does mean that I’m there with you and in you and I am working each situation out for the good. Believe that…believe Me…trust Me. And don’t worry!” ~Love, Papa      

October 20 ’16 A Short Note From Papa

To My child whom I absolutely adore…always~

“Have you thought about what will happen if the candidate whom you want to win the election loses?  All through the history of mankind’s governments, there have been leaders whom many of their citizens didn’t like, didn’t approve of, even abhorred and detested. And there have been leaders throughout history who had many of their people love and adore them. Sometimes those were the same leaders at the same time!

Here’s what I want you to know if your candidates loses: I am still in charge!  I am still God. I am still working all things out for the good. I’m not wringing My hands, fretting about what will happen to your country now! I still love you…and everyone!

Jesus’s finished work at the cross is STILL finished…for you…and everyone!

Yes, your country will have some changes. You may have more or less personal liberty. The things you hold dear may or may not be championed. The laws you believe are best may or may not prevail. Your perceived quality of life may change.

Here’s the quality of life that’s important to Me:  How my children (all people) relate to each other. No matter who wins, no matter what the type of government, no matter what the civil laws are, I want people to love each other unconditionally; forgive each other unconditionally; give each other grace always; accept and include people even…especially…when they are “different” from you.

Whether or not your candidate loses, I want the same from you…and everyone: Loving relationships!  One Day, in the life after, there will be no sin, no crime, no hate, no judging, no slander, no backbiting, no hurts, no broken relationships.  Everyone will know and be known, love and be loved, serve and be served, celebrate and be celebrated. You will have no concerns about government whatsoever!

You call that heaven. I’m telling you that My will is for you to live on earth…like it is in heaven. As you listen to Me and know Me better and better and let Christ in you live through you and as you, you will experience heaven right now…no matter if your candidate wins or loses!” ~Love, Papa    

 

 

October 19 ’16 A Short Note From Papa

To My most special child whom I love and adore~

“I know that you…and many people are concerned about the outcome of the US Presidential election. Many of you are concerned that your country will never be the same if the “wrong” person wins.

I want you to know, that contrary to what religion and many religious people would have you believe, it makes no difference to Me who wins. I’m not going to be surprised or disappointed either way…because I know everything. I already know who will win! I have known since before creation!  Unlike you, I’m “above” time…I can see the past, present and future all at once.

It’s not that I don’t want you to use the magnificent mind I’ve given you…I do! I want you to know what’s going on, what people stand for, what the issues facing your government are. I want you to vote.

But…elections, political parties, and governments are not what I’m concerned with. I’m concerned with relationships! Relationships between each person on earth and Me…and relationships between each person…and the other people in their lives.

Does it surprise you to know that I’m not really interested in “liberal or conservative?” I’m interested in how people relate to each other and treat each other as they live each day. If what’s most important to you is having a certain kind of life – with big – or small government, then it matters to you who wins.

If what’s most important to you is morals – right & wrong behavior – according to you – then yes, it matters to you who wins

If what’s most important to you is how the US constitution is interpreted, then yes, it matters to you who wins.

I care about some of those things, but they are not what’s most important to me. Government, sin-management, behavior, type of constitution…are not what’s most important to Me.

 

What’s most important to Me, is how you all relate to each other…no matter who the government is, how people act, or what the constitution says.  I’m interested in, I’m passionate about...relationships. I want you all to relate to each other the way I relate to each of you: In pure, unconditional love.” ~Love, Papa 

October 18 ’16 a Short Note From Papa

To My highly adored child~

“In the U.S. election today, both candidates have a lot to say to & about each other – nothing good. The Press has a lot to say about each candidate – not much good. Religion has a lot to say about each candidate – not much good. The people you’re around every day have a lot to say about each candidate – not much good.

Have you ever wondered what I would say to and about Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump? I have a lot to say to…and about each of them…and it is EXACTLY what I has to say to…and about…YOU!!!

First – He say to Hillary and Donald: “I love you both!  I have loved you since before creation. I knew you before I created you and I created you in My image and likeness and I included you in My family…In Christ…before I ever created anything!

“You each, and all my children…have My DNA! You are a child of God. You are the apple of My eye – You’re My beloved  Son…My beloved daughter.

“I love you so much that I gave My Son, Jesus, to come and save you…and He did…He’s the Savior of the world!  Jesus took away all your sin…all that stuff that you condemn each other for…He took that away and We forgave you for all of it and We don’t hold it against you! We even choose not to remember it and promise not to ever bring it up to you! Your sin is not an issue with us!

“When Jesus died, you died with Him. When He rose, we raised you with Him as a totally new creation that is pure, holy, innocent, right with us and without fault. We included you forever in our family.

“Of course you make mistakes…all of My children do. I hate it when you…and any of My children are hurt by each other and when you don’t experience My best life. But I knew that would happen before I created you, so I planned before creation to take care of that and in Jesus’s finished work at the cross, We did!

“Now, your lives will each be so much better and you’ll be so much happier and so much more fulfilled as you get to know Me and My unconditional love for you…and everyone. My love for you is unconditional and it never fails. One day, in this life or the life after, you will know Me and My love completely.

“Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump: I love you!” Love, Papa   

 

October 17 ’16 A Short Note From Papa   

To My special child whom I continually delight in~  

I know that you continually hear and read in your news, examples of candidates focusing on their opponent’s past mistakes and stating that those mistakes make them unfit to be elected. I know how you…and My other children think that a person’s past can certainly be an indicator of how they might do in a future position of responsibility.

When one candidate goes through a list of past sins of their opponent, the obvious implication they are trying to make is: If you know these things about this person, you can’t possibly like them or trust them or want give them leadership responsibility.

Unfortunately religion has taught you that I see you that same way. You have believed the lie that “since I know everything about you…warts and all, and since I keep a record of all our sins and shortcomings, then I can’t possibly stand you, I can’t like you.”  You have been taught that I “have to love you in some sort of “generic” way, because that’s “My job description,” but “My” love is unconditional and tempered with My need to punish you and make you pay for what you’ve done.”

None of that is true about Me!!! I do know all about you all – everything! AND – the Good News is that I have already forgiven everything in advance, taken away all the bad stuff, chosen not to remember it and promised not to hold it against you or even bring any of it up to you again.

Think about that! I CHOOSE TO NOT REMEMBER OR EVEN BRING UP TO YOU ANYTHING BAD THAT YOU’VE EVER DONE – AND I LOVE YOU UNCONDITIONALLY!

I always relate to you in grace and lavish My blessings you you…no matter what you have done…simply because I love you!

I already had My one and only election! I elected Jesus to be the One representative of all mankind and I included you all In Christ. Everything Chris is and has is yours as well!

Now I want you to remember all this, enjoy and experience it! Don’t believe lies that say otherwise! Listen to Jesus…His Truth will set you free!” ~Love, Papa

 

October 14 ‘16 A Short Note From Papa

To My very special child who is My spitting image~

I want you to realize and ponder My truth that you actually have the MIND OF CHRIST and that everything I have…is yours! You have full ownership and unhindered continual access to My storehouse of every spiritual blessing there is!

Having the Mind of Christ means believing what Christ believes about you…and everyone else!

Christ, The Holy Spirit and I, all believe 100% that you are…because we made you so…forgiven, pure, innocent, perfect, right with us, without fault, holy, set apart for us and one with us forever. That’s what We believe. You have the mind of Christ…we have given you the divine supernatural ability to believe those truths!

We are in the continual process of revealing to you who We really are and who YOU really are.   As a human…fully human…Jesus had faith that The Holy Spirit and I would do everything we planned before creation…at the cross. We gave you His faith…the very Faith OF Jesus. You have the Faith of Christ…right now! It’s from our faith to your faith.

So take sides with Jesus! Believe what He believes! He believes that the old you died with Him at the cross and the life you now live is His very life, made possible because He loves you and gave Himself up for you. You can believe that because you have His faith…The Faith of Christ!

Never worry or be concerned with not having enough faith! You do have The Faith of Christ! Think about that! Ponder that! Believe That!” ~Love, Papa

 

 

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