What's in a Name?
Recently I've noticed something interesting. The F word and the N word are bleeped out, but not God's name in vain. Why? I guess they would say, "Nothing personal, Chris. Nothing personal."
There's a lot of hype out there about taking prayer out of the schools, but did you know the Bible was once a text book in our public schools? Don't get me wrong. I don't think it was the age of innocence or anything like that. Evil still raised its ugly head and sin was real. But we could recognize it for what it was. It wasn't hidden, accepted or even tolerated.
God's name is honored in heaven - this paradise designed by God. His name is revered there and His will done unquestionably. Maybe that is why it is such a good place to be.
Misusing His name is more than placing the word "damn" after it, or saying Jesus Christ in vain or even repeating "Oh my God!" in jest.
It's a heart thing.
Who can censor the heart?
Every Sunday morning, in churches all around the world, God's name is spoken in vain. It's misused when the singer sings "Amazing Grace" while filling out her to-do list in her mind. It's misused when saying, "Praise God!" and worrying about how crowded IHOP will be after church. It's misused when screamed loudly without reverence, awe, or respect. Its misused when corporate prayer is for the benefit of the congregation.
It's a spiritual thing.
Who can censor a man's spirit?
According to Scripture His name will bring with it blessings and reveal the nature of His character: Savior, Creator, Redeemer, Jesus Christ, Almighty God, Creator, Healer, Love, Peace and yes, Lord God of Hosts. When His name is used properly He is glorified and touches the soul. The ten commandments remind us not to use His name in vain, but it's more than that, it's personal. No wonder we don't know Him. No wonder our prayers lack intimacy. No wonder we're not blessed.
Its a heart thing.
Its a spiritual thing,
but most importantly, it is personal.
My prayer for you, on a personal note,
is that He may find a place in your yielded heart,
a place of reverence, honor and respect.
May He find that uncensorable place in your heart, in your soul and in your spirit.
In the Name of Jesus I Pray...AMEN
In every place where I cause My name to be remembered I will come to you and bless you. Ex 20:24b (NRS)