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Misusing the Lord's Name (Exodus 20:7)

Introductory Thoughts

The world consistently blasphemes the name of the Lord. To them, God’s name is nothing more than a word to be vainly included in any sentence. Unfortunately, many believers have followed suit by taking the Lord’s name in vain. This might be surprising until one considers that taking the Lord’s name in vain would include any use of the Lord’s name that does not bring glory to Him. The Lord’s name is not to be used lightly. It is not to be used as a filler word or even as a so-called Christian curse word. When one uses the Lord’s name, he should either be calling upon or speaking of the Lord. To use the Lord’s name in any other fashion would be a misuse of His wonderful name.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): God's name is holy and reverend (Psalm 111:9c). We must never use it in a worthless or vile manner. We want others to know the value of His name (Acts 4:12; Philippians 2:9-11; Psalm 54:6b). Praise His name now and forever (Psalm 113:3; Psalm 145:2).
  • (For everyone): Do you ever use the Lords name when you are not specifically calling upon Him or speaking of Him? How could this be considered using the Lords name in vain?
  • Read Leviticus 19:12. What are some ways in which people swear falsely by the Lords name? What steps are you willing to take to ensure that you use the Lords name properly?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask the Lord to help you reverence His name.
  • Ask God to perfect your language so that it might glorify Him.