A Much Better Way to Live! October 27 Notes from Papa via Paul Gray
To My highly favored child, whom I love to see relax and rest in Me,
You know it hasn’t been all that long ago when you still believed the lie that you had to do an ever-increasing regimen of “spiritual disciplines” in order to “stay in My good graces and get Me to bless you.”
Back then you felt pressured to pray longer and include more and more people and things to petition Me about. You felt compelled to memorize more and more Scripture and keep reviewing verses that you had already memorized.
You felt like you had to fast. You believed that I was only pleased with you if you read an ever-increasing amount of Scripture both in the Old and New Testaments every day. You thought that the more Bible study groups you participated in the better Christian you became.
Some good things came from all that frenzied effort, but you now know the truth that none of it made you a “better Christian.” None of it made you more spiritual. None of it caused Me to be more pleased with you. None of it caused Me to love you any more.
Much of the time it had the negative effect of making you believe the prideful lie that by your own efforts you were making spiritual progress and thus influencing Me to bless you. Much of the time you unfairly judged others as not being “good Christians” because they didn’t “do” as much as you did.
You even taught and admonished people that they, too, should get up early and spend at least as much time with Me every morning doing the same regimen that you did.
Now you know My truth that while some of those disciplines can be beneficial to you, none of them bring you any closer to Me. We are as close as is possible to be… we are one! None of those things can influence Me to love you any more… I already love you completely, totally and perfectly!
None of those things can influence Me to bless you any more. I have already given you every spiritual blessing there is and I have already given you all things for life and godliness… which includes being in perfect relationship with Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Me.
Now you can relax, rest in Me, cease your work, trust and rely on Me totally. Now you can enjoy life… abundant life and our wonderful relationship in Our Triune circle dance of love, joy, and peace because you know that We did it all! We made it all possible!
We included you. We love you, enjoy you, delight in you and We are so proud of you and so for you! Isn’t this a much better way to live?
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