A Zone Layers 2
THE "A ZONE" LAYERS OF THE ATONEMENT SPHERE: APPRECIATION
One of the a-zone layers is appreciation!
To function in the atonement zone, you must appreciate!!
As we should do in all things let us remember that Jesus is our model.
And we all with unveiled faces are beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory just as by the Spirit of the Lord! - 2 Corinthians 3:18
Appreciation in the image of God.
1. GOD IS THANKFUL TO US AND FOR US // He appreciates us.
Without faith it is impossible to please Him. For he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. - Hebrews 11:6
He is a rewarder!
Dictionary definition of a rewarder is “to give (something) to (someone), esp in gratitude for a service rendered”
Gratitude - Thanks - Appreciation.
God appreciates those who diligently seek him! Gratitude is presented with reward. Tangibility. It’s not simply words.
Let’s live our lives in a way that reflects that we KNOW God appreciates us.
2. GOD SETS OUR VALUE
one of the meanings of appreciate is “to set a value” or to “give value”
God defines that we’re actually worth something and just how much that worth is.
What was the price God set for us? THE SACRIFICE OF HIS SON.
Intelligent Design vs Cosmic accident.
- Intelligently designed - value
- Cosmic accident - you don’t matter.
Which one of these would lead to an identity crisis?
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. - Psalm 139:14
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love. - Ephesians 1:4
3. GOD INCREASES OUR VALUE
The baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Speaking in tongues. - it’s thanksgiving!!
When you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer, say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying? You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified. - 1 Corinthians 14:16-17
Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
2 Corinthians 3:18. From Glory to Glory.
Jesus has made us Kings and priests. What an increase in value!!!
God magnifies us // We magnify God
God glorifies us // We Glorify God
God increases us // We bring our increase to God!
Our understanding of God is never big enough, so it must always be getting bigger! Or... Our understanding of Him must always appreciate.
//Biblical keys to giving appreciation//
- One of the things that happens when counting your blessings...
It takes effort. All the little things and all the big things. Each of those things individually. All the intricacies. Nuance. Builds appreciation of the number of different ways God has blessed us.
Appreciation is the key to His presence.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Be thankful unto him and bless his name. - Psalm 100:4
Appreciation is to be done WITH OTHERS.
I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you. - Psalm 35:18
God created meat to be a source of gratitude.
They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. - 1 Timothy 4:3
The culture is not greater than the Holy Spirit!!!!
If you believe and don’t doubt. Faith is about calling what’s not as though it is. “Thank you Lord for this”
Jesus replied, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. - Matthew 21:21
As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. - Romans 4:7