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         

September 22 ’16 A Short Note From Papa

To My most wonderful child!

“I want to help you realize two different scenarios that can go on in your mind. One is very helpful, the other is very harmful…and you have the option of which to allow! Your self talk has the power to tremendously affect your attitude, emotions, temperament, countenance, even…and especially…your physical health!

This all is predicated on how you see Me, other people, yourself, and the world around you. There is only one REALITY…ONE ULTIMATE TRUTH. You now have the ability to see what really is…what is true and eternal…in contrast to what “appears” to be real and lasting.

I’m not suggesting you stick your head in the sand and ignore situations and circumstances that are going on around you. I Am asking you to see things with My eyes, rather than with human eyes.

When I see evil and injustice, of course it saddens Me because it means My children are not experiencing My best. But I know it’s fleeting and won’t last. When I see people…My children…saying and doing hurtful things, it grieves me because they aren’t experiencing My best. Notice I did not state that MY children grieve Me…only their actions that aren’t loving and grace-giving. Actions don’t last. People do.

I know the exact moment when each…and ultimately all…of My children will come to know and experience My unconditional love, forgiveness, grace, acceptance and inclusion of them…and everyone else. I know the exact moment when each and all of My children will start seeing others as I do.

I know the exact moment when each…and all…of my children will realize the Jesus’s Finished Work at the cross is totally finished for them and everyone!

When that happens for each one of My children, then they will start seeing the world as it really is…a wonderful world full of wonderful people who are all connected…all ONE with Me and each other. Then you all…as I do…will think to yourselves “What A Wonderful World Papa has made!” ~Love, Papa 

     

September 21 ’16 A Short Note From Papa

To My dear child whom I delight in always~

“You have been on a spiritual journey since before creation! You are a spiritual being who is having a human experience. I have worked all things together for your good since before you were conceived.  Nothing has been wasted.

While the various experiences and activities you have participated in have all been used by Me to get you to this point in your on-going journey, many of them are no longer helpful…they are actually harming you because of the way you view them.

You, and each of My children, have done things in the past that have benefited you…but you have mistaken that benefit with an incorrect cause and effect assumption. For example, you have assumed that you were able to please Me and get Me to bless you and draw closer to you because you memorized scripture, fasted, sacrificed, tithed, faithfully attended religious activities, and the like. While those activities may have benefited you in some ways, they never caused Me to be more pleased with you, never induced me to bless you, and never got you any closer to Me!

I love you because I am love. I bless you because that’s what lovers do. I am as pleased with you as I can possibly be because you are My child, made in My image, and because you are in Christ. I chose to live in you and I do. You live and breathe and have your very being in Me. You and I are closer than the very air you breathe! My Grace has covered everything for you in our relationship.

My point is: YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING TO GET ME TO LOVE YOU MORE, BLESS YOU MORE, BE MORE PLEASED WITH YOU OR GET CLOSER TO ME!

So, doing any “spiritual discipline” IN ORDER TO achieve something with Me is actually harmful to you. It keeps you from trusting and believing in Me –believing that I already reconciled you to Me, created a new you, forgave all your sins, don’t hold them against you, and that I already live in you and you are ONE with Me!

Rather than work to achieve what you already have, I simply want you to believe who I have made you to be, who I really am, and then relax, rest, enjoy and experience real life with Me!” ~Love, Papa      

 

September 20 ’16 A Short Note From Papa

To My most wonderful child whom I love talking to every day~

“I know that you have things that are of great interest to you…things you enjoy, things you’re fascinated with, things you want to understand better. I created you with a magnificent creative, inquisitive mind and I wired you with specific likes and dislikes, interests and abilities.

I also know that situations and circumstances tend to cause you to fixate on your perception and understanding of them.  All this is to say that I understand how your mind works. I know that you…and all my children…think about and focus on things that are important and meaningful to them.

That means that at any given time when two or more of My children are together, they have differing interests and priorities. Much of the time you aren’t aware of your deepest needs…they lie hidden, deep beneath the surface issue that may “seem” to be most important.

In order for you…and all My children…to experience My abundant  life, I want you to listen to Me, ask Me what I’m thinking about the people you’re with, ask Me what they need me to say or ask, and then let Me – Christ in you – relate to them. I’ll use your body, your speech, your personality, your sense of humor…everything I’ve created you to be…as My instrument to relate to others as you!

Then you can be assured of a win-win-win situation! The other person wins because they are hearing what they need to hear at their deepest level. You win because you are partnering with me in helping them. I win because you are My instrument to bring about what I know is most needed in any given situation or circumstance. 

Let’s get on with our win-win-win abundant life today!” ~Love, Papa

 

September 19 ’16 a Short Note From Papa

To My delightful child~

You have believed the lie of religion that “You are not there yet…but you can be if you only do what religion tells you.” You have searched all your life trying to get “there.”

STOP THAT! Really! Just STOP THAT!

Listen to Me: You are THERE!

Evil has influenced My people…starting with Adam and Eve…that “they are not.” People have believed they are not right with Me, not good enough, not holy enough, not righteous enough, not innocent enough, not pure enough, not smart enough, not pious enough, not (you fill in the blank). Most people have also believed the lie that “You can be…IF…”

Religion is only too happy to tell you how you should live, what you should do and not do, how you should believe, what your attitude and motives should be, how you should dress, how you should spend your leisure time, how you should manage your money, how you should raise your children…SO THAT YOU CAN BECOME GOOD ENOUGH.

Have you noticed…it’s never enough? The rare moments that you feel like you’ve done enough, quickly morph into pride.

LISTEN TO ME: I AM. I AM ENOUGH. I AM GRACE. GRACE IS ENOUGH. MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT.

I have not only made you “enough,” I have made you “more than enough!” You are the apple of My eye! MY “I AM” IN YOU TRUMPS ANY LIE OF “YOU ARE NOT!”

Listen to Me, Believe Me, Trust Me. My opinion is ultimately the only one that matters! I say that you are Much More Than Enough! You aren’t lacking in any way. Believe Me! That’s the way to enjoying life…abundant life!” Love, Papa 

September 16 ’16 a Short Note From Papa

To My wonderfully special child who is so dear to Me~

“I want you to get in the habit of listening to Me first. Before you decide to judge someone, listen to me first. Before you decide that someone else is wrong, listen to me first. Before you criticize someone…either in your mind…or to their face, listen to Me first.

Before you talk about someone behind their back: listen to Me first. Before you write a criticizing or demeaning email, text or letter: listen to Me first. Before you make a condemning phone call: listen to Me first.

Before you tell someone how badly they have hurt you, listen to Me first. Before you retaliate, listen to Me first. Before you react defensively, listen to Me first. Before you “prove you are right and they are wrong”…listen to Me first.

Before you act out in your anger, listen to Me first. Before you decide to end a friendship or relationship, listen to Me first.

When I say “listen to me first,” I DON’T  mean “go to the Bible and find a verse that seems to say I want you to do something” and take that as “hearing from Me.” I live IN you. I talk to you. I hear you. I communicate with you. I am The Living Word of God. Come to Me personally!

When you come to me and honestly say “Papa, here’s what I’m feeling, here’s what I’m thinking…please show Me what you think and how you feel…I will tell you. I will reveal My thoughts to you. I will give you wisdom and understanding. I will help you see the other person as I do. Then I will relate to them as you! That’s a win-win-win situation. That’s My way!

I know you’re thinking “do I have to always come to Papa first?” No! Of course not! Any time you want to love, forgive, accept, include and give grace to someone, go right ahead! You don’t need to ask!” ~Love, Papa

 

 

September 15 ’16 A Short Note From Papa

To My dearly cherished child~

“I want you to think about the concept of “good.” You rightly say that I am good. That is absolutely true. I am good to the core. All good things come from Me. There is no bad or evil or darkness in Me.

Now I want you to consider this: can someone be “good” who punishes those who disagree with them, or who punishes those who don’t believe they are “right?” In many countries the leaders have what they think is absolute power. They will do anything to stay in power and  protect their position.

So when their citizens…or foreigners who are living in their country…disagree with them and don’t believe in their way of life, they punish them. The imprison them, they take away their rights. The confiscate their assets. Sometimes they torture them and even kill them and their relatives.  

You correctly call that a violation of human rights. That’s obviously not good. That’s not acting or being good. You would never call those kinds of rulers good. Yet you have mistakenly believed that I am like that. You have believed the lie that, like a dictator, I have created an eternal torture chamber where I have planned in advance to supernaturally keep alive forever those who disagree with Me and don’t believe in Me just so that I can physically, emotionally, and mentally torture them beyond belief forever.

And at the same time you say “God is good…all the time.”

Can you now see what a heinous misrepresentation of me and My character that is! Reject that lie! Gently and lovingly and gracefully show others how that lie is a gross misrepresentation of Me, who I am, and what I am all about.

Evil treats people like that. Not Me! I only love, forgive, give grace, accept and include. I never repay evil with evil. That’s who I am!” ~Love, Papa

 

September 14 ’16 A Short Note From Papa

To My very special child~

“You are so very special to Me…as are all My children! Because I am God and I have infinite capacities, I can know, relate to, communicate with and be totally intimate with each of My beloved children at the same time. You know that everyone—every person—is My child and is in My family. They are all your brothers and sisters!

Every good parent wants their children to love and enjoy each other…to not only “get along,” but to thrive in loving, grace-giving relationships with each other. Now I want you to think about your beliefs about Me…your “theology” or “doctrine.”  Just as every human child sees their parents differently and relates to their parents differently than their siblings do, so do all My children see and relate to Me differently.

In Christianity alone there are tens of thousands of denominations…each with a different belief about Me. For any one to claim theirs is the only right belief is the height of arrogance, pride and delusion. Not only that, but such thinking prevents a person from truly enjoying their brothers and sisters in the rest of My family.

 When you believe that you’re right and they’re wrong, that leads to judgment, ascribing motives, exclusion and division…which all prevent the mutual enjoyment of each other. In most cases non-religious people accept, enjoy and have better relationship with those who believe differently than they do…than religious people do.

You want to be like Me? Then here’s what I want you to do: do what I do! Unconditionally love, forgive, accept, include and give total grace to everyone…especially those who believe differently than you do!” ~Love, Papa

September 14 ’16 A Short Note From Papa

To My very special child~

“You are so very special to Me…as are all My children! Because I am God and I have infinite capacities, I can know, relate to, communicate with and be totally intimate with each of My beloved children at the same time. You know that everyone—every person—is My child and is in My family. They are all your brothers and sisters!

Every good parent wants their children to love and enjoy each other…to not only “get along,” but to thrive in loving, grace-giving relationships with each other. Now I want you to think about your beliefs about Me…your “theology” or “doctrine.”  Just as every human child sees their parents differently and relates to their parents differently than their siblings do, so do all My children see and relate to Me differently.

In Christianity alone there are tens of thousands of denominations…each with a different belief about Me. For any one to claim theirs is the only right belief is the height of arrogance, pride and delusion. Not only that, but such thinking prevents a person from truly enjoying their brothers and sisters in the rest of My family.

 When you believe that you’re right and they’re wrong, that leads to judgment, ascribing motives, exclusion and division…which all prevent the mutual enjoyment of each other. In most cases non-religious people accept, enjoy and have better relationship with those who believe differently than they do…than religious people do.

You want to be like Me? Then here’s what I want you to do: do what I do! Unconditionally love, forgive, accept, include and give total grace to everyone…especially those who believe differently than you do!” ~Love, Papa

September 13 16 A short note from Papa

To My amazing child whom I have totally immersed in My amazing grace~

You know the song Amazing Grace. You’ve sung it, heard it, talked about it. I want you to see that not all the words in that song are correct.

You sing “Amazing Grace saved a “wretch” like me.”  The writer of those words felt like a wretch because of how he had treated other human beings – fellow children of mine. But I never considered or labeled him…or them…or you…or anyone as a “wretch.”  You are not wretched and never have been!

You have all done wretched things…some more wretched than others. But your actions NEVER affect who you are in My opinion. Can I tell you something? My opinion trumps everyone else’s including yours! I created you in My likeness and image. Your actions have never changed that.

At the cross I put you in Christ and you were crucified and died with Him. I resurrected you with Him to new life in Christ. I made you who you really are! You are pure, holy, right with Me, innocent and without fault. That hardly sounds like a “wretch!”

You sing “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear.” Hardly! The evil one and your own confused, darkened mind taught you to fear…not Me, not Grace! Adam hid from me and was afraid when he disobeyed Me. But I didn’t teach him to fear. His fear was based on a lie from the evil one that I was displeased with Him and going to punish him. That’s a lie that unfortunately Adam believed…and so have many other.

You may remember that Jesus told Peter and the others to “have no fear” of Him when they realized He was God. “Fear Not” is all throughout scripture. My perfect love has cast out all fear. I DO NOT WANT YOU TO EVERY FEAR ME EVEN IN THE SLIGHTEST! THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT ME TO FEAR. NOTHING!

I am love. I am all good. I am all for you. I am perfect. I love you…and everyone perfectly. Neither you nor anyone need ever fear Me. Please don’t waste a moment of your abundant life by fearing Me. And never think that I taught you to fear!” ~Love, Papa 

September 12 16 A Short Note From Papa

To My treasured child whom I have given all My treasures~

I have already lavished upon you all the heavenly treasures there are! Even in eternity you’ll never comprehend how much more I have given you. My supply of gifts and treasures and benefits is not exhaustible – it never runs out. I don’t just give you a dollop of grace…just to get you through this moment…NO!!! I have lavished all grace on you.

I have given you MUCH MORE of everything than you could possible ever need or use!

You worry that you don’t have enough faith. I’ve taken care of that! I have given you the faith OF Jesus – the One faith that matters. You have all the faith you’ll ever need…and more!

You worry that you don’t have enough patience. No worries! I have given you MY patience. You have ALL the patience you could ever use, and more.

You ask Me for peace because you don’t “feel” peaceful. You don’t need to ask any more! I have given you My peace!

The problem is you don’t believe me! I want you to come to Me every time you need something and thank Me that I’ve already provided. Then just say something like, “Jesus, you live in Me, you know what I need, you have it all. Please live your life as Me right now in this situation. Thank you.”

Then rest in Christ, watch what He does and you’ll see yourself—Christ in you—being patient, having peace…whatever it is that you need.

Come to Me! I have already given you everything you need for life and godliness. My divine power has brought about all My promises. All My promises are YES in Christ and you are In Christ! You have it all!” ~Love, Papa   

 

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