Posts Tagged ‘God loves us’

Don’t Misuse God’s Name

The third commandment of God’s Big Ten is, “Do not misuse God’s name. Yet, I hear people say, “Oh my god!” even though they are not thinking about God at all. The TV show OMG uses the acronym that means the same. Other times people say “Jesus” or “Jesus Christ” when they are not praying to or talking about our Lord. Such careless use of God’s name grieves Him. It is down right disrespectful to our God.

God loves us and calls us by our names. He wouldn’t think of calling us by any other name. If he did, we probably wouldn’t answer. Have you heard Him call your name? I have and it makes me feel loved. It makes me feel special. We should respond to God’s call by returning the favor–by saying His name with reverence.

If people must curse, why can’t they use their own names? I think God would prefer if we said, “Bob Jones!” or any other name besides His in curses. Let’s keep God’s name holy.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help us to use your name with love and care. We pray for the people who think nothing of using your name so carelessly. Teach them your ways, Oh Lord. Show them your paths.” Amen.

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The Ten Commandments

God wrote the Ten Commandments on stone and gave them to Moses to give to His people.

  1. Do not have any other gods before me. I am the one True God.
  2. Do not make or worship idols. Don’t let anything become more important than God.
  3. Do not miss use God’s name. Only say God’s name with reverence.
  4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. God worked six days and rested one day. That’s what He wants for us.
  5. Honor your father and your mother. Do what they say.
  6. Do not murder. Do not kill another person out of anger or malice.
  7. Do not commit adultery. Husbands and wives should not have close relationships with others of the opposite sex.
  8. Do not steal. Do not take what is not yours.
  9. Do not lie. Do not say things that are not true.
  10. Do not covet. Be content with what you have.

Can you keep all these? The truth is we cannot. Although we may think we haven’t disobeyed God, He looks into our hearts and He has a different value system. Jesus said for a person to be angry at another person was the same as murder. He also said for a man to look with desire at another woman besides his wife is adultery. These are hard standards because they are God’s ways. We may think that we are better than someone else, but the only person we should compare ourselves with is Jesus because HE is the only one who is perfect.

 

To be close to God, we cannot have sin in our lives. He knew we would choose to do wrong things, but He made a way for us to have a relationship with Him anyway. He loved us so much He sent His son, Jesus, the only perfect person, to die on the cross for our sin, the wrong things we do. When we admit our need of Jesus in our lives, believe that He died to forgive us, and confess and ask Him into our hearts, we will live with Him forever. He promises He will never leave us but always be with us, through good times and bad. Do you see His ABC plan? It is:

  • Admit
  • Believe
  • Confess

Do these and Jesus will be your best Friend forever. I hope you will. I am praying for you.

Lord Jesus, I am praying for the ones reading this post. Give them new hearts to love you. Amen.

 

Moses and the Burning Bush

Darkness filled the desert air and a cool breeze swished through Moses hair. He gathered his sheep close to him. “B-a-a,” went the lambs. Then he saw it. A bush on fire but it didn’t burn up. He sneaked up to take a peak.¬†

“Moses! Moses!” a voice thundered. His knees knocked and his teeth chattered.

“Here I am,” said Moses.

“Take off your sandals for the ground where you stand is holy ground,” said God.

Moses kicked off his sandals and bowed before the Lord.

“I’ve heard the cries of my people,” God said, “and I’ve come to rescue them and take them to a spacious land flowing with milk and honey.”

“Who am I?” asked Moses. “I can’t even talk right.” Now why would he say that? He grew up in Pharaoh’s palace and went to good Egyptian schools. He grew up to be strong and powerful. He thought he could do anything. But God had him in the desert with helpless lambs for a reason. He had to teach Moses to trust Him with everything, because he would lead God’s people out of Egypt to a place where they would not suffer from slavery.

God will rescue us from things that enslave us too, things that cause us to worry or stress or hurt. When we say His name, He hears us just as He did His people in Egypt. He loves us so much He promised to always be with us, and we can trust Him to keep His promises.