Do you misuse the Lord's name and don't even realize it? In Exodus 20:7 God instructed Moses to tell His people not to use His name in vain. “You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name."
The other day I was at my son's basketball game and the coach yelled,"Jesus Christ!" because he was mad at a referee. I was highly offended! I actually felt heat coming from my face and I said,"Hey, Jesus has nothing to do with this!" You should of seen some of the looks I got. I think it was more of a shock for people to hear me say that than for them to hear the Lord's name being misused.
God's name has become more of an ordinary "household name" that is used without thought. There is no AWE to His name anymore at least for most people.
I started to think about how flippantly some will use the Lord's name in vain and may not realize they are misusing His name. I came across this scripture in Matthew today and the bible is clear...Matthew 12:34b "For whatever is in your heart determines what you say." Why do you think Jesus spoke of this? Why do you think God had Moses tell His people not to misuse His name in Genesis?
I think God was and still is making a point! "I AM holy and my name should be feared and reverenced!"
Many who say they love the Lord Jesus will misuse his name by saying, "God d*** it!" or "Jesus Christ" when they are upset or maybe have nothing else to say.
This should offend every born again Believer! When I hear T.V shows or movies using my Lord's name in vain, it burns me up! It truly hurts me, because it hurts the Holy Spirit which lives in me. Do we fully understand He is Holy God! Holy therefore, we have to treat Him, His Name, His Word with the utmost respect and honor! We must be careful of what we say and also what we do. If we call ourselves Christians then we must honor our Lord by reverencing His NAME. The NAME which is above all NAMES!
May the sweet name of Jesus, God Almighty be HIGHLY HONORED among His children! Think about it this way...How do you feel when someone calls your mom, dad, sibling, son or daughter a bad name? That same feeling that makes us want to rip their head off, should come when we hear our Lord's name misused! He deserves so much more than we offer Him!
33 “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. 34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.
If you are a Believer in the Lord Jesus, then your heart has been made clean and should produce good things from the inside out! Let's keep His name HOLY, FOR HE IS HOLY AND WORTHY OF PRAISE!