You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse His name ~ Exodus 20:7 (NLT)
Of all the things I have struggled to change in my life, this has been the most difficult! Giving up smoking and losing weight were a breeze compared to changing my bad mouthed habits. It becomes so habitual to exclaim words one shouldn’t be saying whenever frustrated or angry, although I have never blasphemed. Over the years I have hurt people, my family especially by shouting some expletive at them. Even when I love the Lord and so want to change my ways, sometimes it is like fighting a losing battle.
There are many bible verses I have known for years that talk about what comes out of my mouth, but trying, just in my own strength, to change what I say has been almost futile.
In the gospel of Matthew 12:34-35, Jesus says that “…the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man out of his good treasure brings forth what is good…”
This week I want to focus on the third Commandment, which is, You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Matthew Henry says that we take the Lord’s Name in vain by ~
- Declaring Him as our Lord, but we do not depart from iniquity.
- Making promises to God, and then breaking them.
- Swearing and using God’s name as a by-word, to no good purpose at all.
The third Commandment basically, concerns insulting God with what comes out of my heart, because if I have confessed Him as my Lord and Saviour, then He lives in my heart and I should be making every effort to dispense with my fleshly desires and be working toward having The Mind of Christ.
I change what is in my heart by ~
- Training my body to walk in the Spirit, by :
- Reading the Word regularly and allowing it to change me, therefore :
- Taking back the territory of my own mind and actively renewing it, so that God can train me to win.
- Worshipping God daily.
If there’s one thing I have learnt over the years, it’s that I cannot make these changes by myself, just trying, trying every day. I need to lean on the Lord, give it all to Him, and let Him change me. Knowing WHO I AM in Christ by observing the above four daily habits.
Some Scriptures pertaining to this article ~ Psalm 19:14/Proverbs 23:15-16/Matthew 12:34-37/Romans 12:12/Ephesians 4:29/Ephesians 5:4/James 3:7-10