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How Important Is His Name? (3 of 10)
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Message Truth: God's name is very important. How we use the name of God tells us something of who we know Him to be and how we value His person.
Exod. 20:7 "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
Introduction: The responsibility of preaching is an awesome task. It is far more than the delivery of biblical material in a relevant way to an audience of listeners. For me, it is a weekly confrontation with divine truth. It is a constant reminder of how unlike God (nature, attitudes, and likeness) I really am. It is a fresh call for repentance and reformation on my part. Perhaps no other body of material has been so convicting as the Ten Commandments. They appear to be brief, simple, and concise, addressing only one specific issue, when in reality, they deal with my total relationship to God. This study has caused me both to experience God with freshness, and examine my commitment to Him with honesty.
The words of each commandment are brief, and one might think that their meaning could be exhausted in no time. However, those who dare to take time to go beyond the surface soon find just how inexhaustible they really are. The best illustration of that point is the third commandment, doesn't it simply mean that we are not to mix God's name with profanity?
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO TAKE GOD'S NAME IN VAIN?
• Taking the name of the Lord God in vain means to use His name in an empty, idle, insincere, frivolous, or irreverent way.
We are not to use the name of the Lord in vain, "unreality". Those who use the name of the Lord in vain have simply not had a real glimpse of the majesty, holiness, and wonder of God.
HOW DO WE VIOLATE THIS COMMANDMENT?
One writer has stated that America is the most vile mouth nation in the world. Some people wo ...
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