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 7 ’16 A Short Note From Papa  (It’s Not Fair!)

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

“Some of My children who haven’t yet grasped Our revelation of all we have freely given you, have believed religion’s lie that “grace isn’t fair.”  That’s because they have also believed religion’s lie that they have somehow earned, merited, or deserve our grace. Grace is free and unmerited! No one ever has or ever will deserve or merit our Grace!

These same children who believe they have somehow earned acceptance and inclusion in My family, have also believed religion’s heinous lie that it’s only “fair” that I would create people (men, women, children, babies and the unborn) and then supernaturally keep them alive forever just so I could eternally punish them unmercifully in a torture chamber called “hell.”  They believe the religious lie that “hell” is somehow “fair”…for other people, of course.

Some of My children believe that since they have lived a “more morally upright life” than others, that it isn’t fair that others who haven’t lived “as morally upright as they have” should be included in Our family

Being included in our family has NOTHING TO DO WITH MORALS!!! Everyone was included in our family before creation. We knew none of you would be morally perfect. There are no other Gods and no one else is capable of having a family. I am the Father of all!

I am God and I decide who is in My family, who I include and accept, who My grace is for, and who I love. I love and give grace and include and accept EVERYONE because that’s who I am and what I do. Your human concept of “fair,” “right and wrong,” and “exclusion” never affects My Divine concept of love, grace, acceptance and inclusion!

Repent – change your thinking about “fair.” Confess – agree with Me that I love, include, accept, and give grace to EVERYONE! That’s what I do. Seems “fair” to Me!” ~Love, Papa

 

October 7 ’16 A Short Note From Papa  

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

“Some of My children who haven’t yet grasped Our revelation of all we have freely given you, have believed religion’s lie that “grace isn’t fair.”  That’s because they have also believed religion’s lie that they have somehow earned, merited, or deserve our grace. Grace is free and unmerited! No one ever has or ever will deserve or merit our Grace!

These same children who believe they have somehow earned acceptance and inclusion in My family, have also believed religion’s heinous lie that it’s only “fair” that I would create people (men, women, children, babies and the unborn) and then supernaturally keep them alive forever just so I could eternally punish them unmercifully in a torture chamber called “hell.”  They believe the religious lie that “hell” is somehow “fair”…for other people, of course.

Some of My children believe that since they have lived a “more morally upright life” than others, that it isn’t fair that others who haven’t lived “as morally upright as they have” should be included in Our family.

Being included in our family has NOTHING TO DO WITH MORALS!!! Everyone was included in our family before creation. We knew none of you would be morally perfect. There are no other Gods and no one else is capable of having a family. I am the Father of all!

I am God and I decide who is in My family, who I include and accept, who My grace is for, and who I love. I love and give grace and include and accept EVERYONE because that’s who I am and what I do. Your human concept of “fair,” “right and wrong,” and “exclusion” never affects My Divine concept of love, grace, acceptance and inclusion!

Repent – change your thinking about “fair.” Confess – agree with Me that I love, include, accept, and give grace to EVERYONE! That’s what I do. Seems “fair” to Me!” ~Love, Papa

 

October 6 ’16 A Short Note From Papa 

To My highly cherished child who I am totally for~

“You know there are a lot of misconceptions about My “fire.”  I want you to see what really is!

Yes, My white-hot fiery love for you…and all My children, is rightly referred to as a “consuming fire.”  That’s because it consumes everything bad…all evil, destruction, unbelief, rejection…everything that hurts you and others.

When you see Jesus face-to-face, His eyes will seem like fire to you. In a very real sense, Jesus is both the Ultimate Judge and The Savior of the world. He has already judged you all righteous. That happened at the cross. We judged, declared and proclaimed it to be so: all mankind was reconciled to us and made new creations – perfectly right with us!

You have been sanctified – made right with us once for all time. Now we are in the process of continually sanctifying you  -- perfecting you – by making you into who We created you to be: loving, relational people – full of joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faith, compassion, mercy and grace.

To do that, We must clear out all the imperfection in your understanding and attitude about us, yourself and all others. We are doing that right now! Whatever remains to be cleansed and purified will be as soon as you take your last earthly breath.

At that moment you will be in the immediate presence of Our white-hot, searing, all-consuming fiery love which will literally burn away from you all untruth, lies, false beliefs, selfishness…all evil. There will be no “time” then as you know it now, so however “long” that takes will seem like a moment in eternity.

As you see these attitudes, self-interests and beliefs that you have cherished being burned away to nothingness, there will be a sense of deep pain over how they have hurt you and others. You could use the word “hell” for that. I don’t. I call it the cleansing restoration of all things.  

All this will be done with just you and Us. You will be consumed with our love as Our consuming fire burns away all impurities. You will be “saved” from everything evil and hurtful in you. There will be no question in your mind regarding our pure agape unconditional love for you and everyone. There will literally be nothing left for you to consider or believe in.

Then you…and all Our children will enjoy Our abundant eternal life of bliss together…forever. It will be so!” Love, Papa    

 

October 5 ’16 A Short Note From Papa

To My perfect child whom I have already made right with Me forever~

“You, and many of My children have been taught incorrectly by well-meaning, but misguided teachers…taught incorrectly about a myriad of things.  You know that I’m now in the continual process of deconstructing those false beliefs about Me and you.

You were taught that you have to run the race of life the “right” way to “get right” with Me. You have been taught that “righteousness” is the goal of life. You have had teachers who each had “their way” of “running The Race.”  I want you to know that there is only One Way. Jesus is The Way…and He’s already run your race, in your place…and He won!  

Jesus finished The Race in first place. He led from start to finish! He ran a perfect race not only for you, but AS you! When He finished His work at the Cross, He took all your sin away and I re-made you into a New Creation that is perfectly righteous! You got Christ’s very own Righteousness!

Picture yourself running The Race of life inside Christ. He’s running, doing all the work, but you are in Him, and when He wins, you win! When the medal is placed around His neck, it’s placed around your neck! And I’m the One placing it there!

All My scripture is useful for training you in how righteous you already are! Any scripture that seems to say that I’m not love, not good, not for you…and everyone, any scripture that seems to say you are not righteous or that you must do some things to become righteous…is not useful. Listen to Jesus, the Living Word of God…He and The Holy Spirit will continually reveal My righteousness that I have already given you.” ~Love, Papa      

 

 

 

 

 

October 4 `6 A Short Note From Papa 

To My amazing child whom I carefully and lovingly created in My own image and likeness~

“We are on a mutual journey of discovery – you are both discovering more and more of who I am, and at the same time, you are discovering who you really are: My Special Child, created in My image and likeness for My glory to live in, and through and as you!

You can never know who you really are until you see who I really am!  I am continually in the process of revealing Myself and yourself to you!

The REAL you…who I created anew at Jesus’s resurrection, is one with us, fully alive, a new creation that is pure, holy, right with us, innocent, and without fault! The real you can only be known through the lens of being one with us. That’s who you really are!

As you grasp this truth, you then experience and enjoy our abundant life! You are only and ever fully alive…when you realize and enjoy and experience union with Christ—who is your life!

Only through My eyes and ears can you see what a wonderful world it is that you are a part of. Only with My eyes and ears and mind can you see how you and We and everyone are connected and how beautiful My creation—My world—really is!

Enjoy this day that I have made for us together!” ~love, Papa

 

 

 

Oct 3 16 A  Short Note From Papa 

You know that I am love, there is nothing evil about Me and I never repay evil with evil. You know that I do NOT keep a list of yours...or anyone's wrongs. I don't hold them against anyone.

You know Jesus is the Savior of the world and He took away everyone's sins. You know that I reconciled the whole cosmos to Myself at the cross.  You know that My mercy, grace and lovingkindness really do last forever.

You know that My will really is that everyone believe in Me and experience and enjoy being a part of My family. You know that My will really is that no one perish but that everyone enjoy and experience eternal life with Me. 

You know that relationship really is the most important thing of all to me.

You know that Jesus really is the light of the entire world. You know that He really is already in all, for all, through all, and holds all together. You know that We really are for all mankind. 

You are starting to see that for the last 1,700 years much of the church has been expending tremendous effort, energy and resources trying to get people to believe in a fictitious, angry, aloof, judgmental, punitive, fickle, judgmental g.o.d that is nothing like Me. 

People who have NOT believed in that g.o.d. have been right!

For you and all those who have been incorrect, after repenting...changing their minds and turning 180 degrees from belief in that g.o.d. and turning to Me, I want them to then confess -- agree with Me -- that they have missed the mark of My glory (my unconditional love, unconditional forgiveness, total grace, unilateral acceptance and all-encompassing inclusion of everyone).

Then, with no condemnation, no guilt, and no shame, I want them...like you...to now joyfully be My ambassadors and tell everyone the truth about Me! Tell them what  I have done right to make everyone right with Me!" ~Love, Papa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 30 ’16 A Short Note From Papa

 

To My highly successful child whom I’m so proud of~

“I have a totally different view and concept of “success” than you…and most of My children…have!

 You tend to view success as what you have accomplished in the areas of education, finance, relationships, sports, the arts and business. I want you to do well in every area of your life and I have given you my grace…in advance…to enable you to become all that I have planned for you to be. My grace brings about success in every area of your life.

 Enjoyable as it is, that type of success pales in contrast to Jesus’s SUCCESS! Jesus was TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY SUCCESSFUL IN HIS FINISHED WORK AT THE CROSS!

It’s imperative that you know JESUS WAS COMPLETELY SUCCESSFUL! He came to seek and save the lost…and He did!  We’re not willing that anyone perish…it’s Our will that everyone have eternal life with us…JESUS ACCOMPLISHED THAT! We hate sin, death and evil…Jesus defeated them all and took away the sin of the world! We forgave it all! JESUS WAS TOTALLY SUCCESSFUL!!!

I so loved the entire world that I sent Jesus to save you all…save you from sin, death and the destruction that you were bringing on yourselves. JESUS DID THAT! HE IS THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD…EVERYONE! JESUS WAS AND IS SUCCESSFUL.

Jesus came to reveal Me to everyone…AND HE DID…AND HE CONTINUES TO!

Jesus was completely and totally successful in our big picture plan of the restoration of all things! I know each of you want to do your part…but you have no part! It’s all Jesus! The only thing you did was to judge, condemn, crucify and kill Jesus. You (collectively) did that. And We used that to bring about the SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF JESUS’S FINISHED WORK AT THE CROSS!!!

Think about, revel in, bask in, experience and enjoy the fruits of Jesus labor. He did it all for you because We love you and We would rather die than live without you (so He did!)” ~Love, Papa   

   

 

September 29, ’16 A Short Note From Papa

To My precious, beautiful child whom I love unconditionally and totally~

Faith is absolutely necessary for you in our relationship. Faith is seeing what really is…in the unseen and eternal realm.  Without faith, it’s impossible to please Me.

Now – I want you to know the truth about faith! So many people believe the lie of religion that it’s up to them to “work up faith.” That’s a lie straight from the pit of religious hell.

I ALWAYS SUPPLY AND PROVIDE WHAT I REQUIRE! SEAR THAT IN YOUR MEMORY!!! 

I require faith for our relationship and it’s impossible to please Me without faith…SO…I HAVE ALREADY PROVIDED ALL THE FAITH YOU WILL EVER NEED—THE FAITH OF JESUS!

You have and you can live by the faith of Jesus…who loves you and gave Himself up for you.  THERE IS ONLY ONE FAITH!!! JESUS’S FAITH!!!

There’s no possibly way you could ever come up with faith to believe the right things about Me or anything or anyone else! At best your human faith is subject to situations, circumstances, well-meaning but misled teachers, and whispers from the deceiver/accuser.

That’s why I have given you The One Faith – Jesus’s Faith! Whatever faith you could conjure up about Me would always be deficient …I knew that before creation. That’s why I have given you the only One Faith of Jesus—who lives in you!

Only Jesus’s Faith – what He believes about Me and about you and everyone – Only Jesus’s Faith matters! You are to live from His Faith to your faith! Believe what He believes about Me, you and everyone. That’s it! I made it very simple. Get to know Jesus better and better every day and believe His divine promises that I have already given you everything necessary for life and godliness. Take sides with Jesus. Believe Him. Live by His Faith!” ~Love, Papa…the One who’s faithfulness endures forever and never fails!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 28 ’16 A Short Note From Papa  

To My wonderful child who knows Me, the only true God~

I’m so pleased that you now know Me and have rejected the false g.o.d. of religious imagination!

You have been taught that g.o.d. is against you, can’t stand to be with you, and is terribly displeased with you because of your sin. I’m so glad you have rejected that “g.o.d.” and embraced Me and know that I am good, I love you unconditionally, and I am totally for you!

You have been taught that g.o.d. has separated you from it, is distant, aloof, and watching you like a hawk while it keeps meticulous record of every single mistake and bad thought you’ve ever had. I’m so glad you have rejected that “g.o.d.” and embraced Me…who is in you and in whom you live and move and have your very being.

You have been taught that g.o.d. demands that you sacrifice, give, work and do-do-do to please it, and that whatever you do will never be enough.  I’m so glad that you have rejected that false “g.o.d.” and that you know that you are My beloved child in whom I well pleased and happy with! Jesus did EVERYTHING for you in His finished work at the cross and there is literally nothing for you to ever do to gain or maintain the right relationship I have included you in with Me!

You have been taught that g.o.d.’s love is very conditional and that it stops the minute you take your last human breath unless you have said the “right” words in the “prescribed” way with the “right attitude of the heart.” I’m so glad that you have rejected that false “g.o.d.” and accepted the acceptance that We gave you because of our unconditional love which you can never be separated from! Not even death can separate you from our love!

You have been taught that you are a wretched sinner who is totally depraved and have a desperately wicked heart that is beyond cure and that “g.o.d” will supernaturally keep you alive in the next life just to horrifically torture you forever because of your sinful condition and for breaking “it’s” rules. I’m so glad that you have rejected that g.o.d and embraced Me who made you a totally new creation at Jesus's resurrection…a new creation who is pure, holy, right with us, without fault and blameless…forever!

You have been taught that you should fear the angry g.o.d. and walk on eggshells because of it’s continual disappointed scrutiny and that only by keeping the “principals” of the “word of g.o.d.” can you ever hope to change your behavior. I’m so glad you have rejected that false g.o.d. and embraced Jesus, The Living Word of God who lives in you, as you and through you and who facilitates effortless change in you by the power of the Holy Spirit in you!  I’m SO glad you have embraced The Truth – Jesus!” ~Love, Papa

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