Name Above All Other Names

This is a difficult post to write. It's difficult because the Holy Spirit is currently working on my heart in this area, currently convicting me of something I've been doing wrong...for years.  It's an area where I personally need to grow.  Maybe I wasn't really aware of what I was doing.  Maybe society accepts certain words and phrases so easily, so readily, and I've fallen prey to just being like everyone else in the world--or, do I dare say, everybody else in the church. Maybe we all do this to some degree.  Maybe we don't even THINK about what we're saying...until someone points it out.  What am I talking about?  I'm talking about the third commandment:  not misusing the name of the Lord.

Well, leave it to Chip Ingram to be used by God to point out my sin.  Okay, NO, Chip Ingram didn't come over to my house and start preaching to me; he was on the radio when I was driving home from somewhere or other a few days ago.  He was speaking about taking the Lord's name in vain.  While I would never say that I swear or actually SAY God Himself's name, what I do say may very well be just as bad. THAT is convicting.  While I think I'm using a substitute, it's still an issue.  What's "worse" is that it's my HEART attitude that can be the problem, not even my actual words. SIGH. Guess that's why we have a Savior: because we REALLY need Him.  

I've started listening to the related series on this topic.  It can be found on the Living on the Edge website.  Warning: Don't listen to these messages if you don't want to be convicted, if you don't want to have your sin blatantly pointed out, or if you don't want to make a change.  Seriously...because the message is convicting. The message hurts.  However, the message also points towards our need to make a change.  In that, there IS hope.

Description of "Never Abuse My Name, Part I" taken from the Living on the Edge website:  Who is the most precious and important person in your life? A child, a spouse, parent - have you got it? Now, imagine someone dragging the name of that person through the mud - untrue statements, unfair criticism, crude, off-color jokes. How would that make you feel? Ever wonder how God must feel when we misuse His name? In this message, Chip takes a candid look at why taking the Lord’s name in vain is such serious business with God.

Click here to hear "Never Abuse My Name, Part I."

Description of "Never Abuse My Name, Part II" taken from the Living on the Edge website: So, what does it mean to take the Lord’s name in vain? Chip shares that it is far more than just saying the words; it goes deeper than that. Join Chip as he looks at this familiar commandment.

Click here to hear "Never Abuse My Name, Part II."