The Third Commandment

"You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God,
for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name."
Deuteronomy 5:11
The Ten Commandments (3)

Swimming Upstream

If the way some people talk does not make you feel uncomfortable, it should! They use the words God, Lord, or even "Jesus Christ," as a slang word. They may even use God's name with curse words. Have you heard God called, "the man upstairs, father time or mother earth?" Speaking this way dishonors God. This should make you stop and think about how we use these words. God is a Holy God and deserves respect. Jesus Christ died on the cross to save you. He gave His Holy Spirit to comfort and guide you. You will please God if you refuse to watch movies, listen to music or read books that dishonor Him. Tell others you cannot be around them if they misuse God's name. Stand up for God! He will help you!
Another way we misuse God's name is to pray with unbelief. It is important to God for us to have faith and trust in Him. He is our Heavenly Father. He longs for us to love Him, trust Him and praise His Holy Name! We can begin by being careful of our speech.
Blessed Are You!

"For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say,
'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"
Matthew 23:39

Believing in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior sometimes means we do not fit in with the crowd. Our way of thinking needs to change from the way the world thinks to the way God thinks. God will help us speak up for Him. Christians pray in the name of Jesus. Sometimes we bow our heads and bend our knees. We do this because we want to honor Him. It is OK to pray in many other ways. Sometimes I lift my hands to exalt Him. As we lift our hearts to God in prayer we will learn to know Him more. We can bless the name of Jesus!

Liam Leapfrog needs help as he tries to swim upstream. Cami Cub is there to lend a helping hand. She knows how hard it is to go against the flow of the river in the Kid Cave Forest. If Liam grabs hold of the stick, Cami can pull him in the right direction! Liam is happy to have friends that can help Him go the right way and keep him safe from danger.

God will always give us a helping hand when we choose to honor Him. He says we will be blessed when we come to Him in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ. He wants us to use the words God, Lord, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit with respect. This will honor Him.
©2001 Cherbear
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