You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Exodus 20:7
Exodus 20:7 NIV
"You shall not misuse the name of the lord your God, for the lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
Exodus 3:14-15 NIV
God said to Moses, "i am who i am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'i am has sent me to you.'" God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, 'The lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.' "This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.
Proverbs 22:1 NIV
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
Psalm 8:1 NIV
lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.
Matthew 6:9 NIV
"This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
The Name of the Lord
His name is His CHARACTER (who He is & what He’s like); and His name is His REPUTATION (how He’s known in the world & represented by His people)
Matthew 12:34-37 NIV
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
Our Words (what we say)
The Third Commandment addresses: (1) Profane words about God; (2) Superstitious words about God; (3) Casual words about God; (4) Authoritative words from God; (5) Hurtful words about others.
James 3:9-10 NIV
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
Our Deeds (how we live)
The Third Commandment addresses: (1) Living hypocritically; (2) Living dishonestly.
Matthew 5:16 NIV
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
The Positive Side
The Third Commandment is all about us upholding God’s reputation and exalting His name. As Christians, we have the opportunity to enhance the reputation of God by the way we speak and the way we live--that somehow people might think more favorably about our God because of the things we say and do. It’s a heavy responsibility, but it’s also an awesome privilege and a life-calling that’s second to none. This week, ask God for the grace to use you for His glory. Ask Him to let the light of Jesus Christ shine in you and through you.