Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 9/19/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Honor God’s name is the third commandment, but what does that really mean?
God has several names in the Bible that show us why His name should be honored. I AM shows He is absolutely eternal, unquestionable independence and complete otherness. God tells Moses I AM Who I Am.
God is also referred to as Elohim which shows He was before creation. He has unmatched creative ability. He is over all creation. He has power.
God is also named Jesus, which means the Lord saves.
How is God’s name dishonored? When we treat it casually or as profanity, we show God disrespect. When we incorrectly attribute something to Him, we are dishonoring Him. When our life as a Christian reflects poorly on Him, we dishonor His name.
How do we honor God’s name? We honor His name by revering who He is, being thankful for what He has done and looking joyfully to what is to come. We honor His name when we trust in it, call on it, proclaim it and live it!
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 9/12/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.
The second of the Ten Commandments is Do Not Make Idols. This commandment really has two components. First, don’t make idols. Second, don’t worship what has been created.
We are not to pray to anyone but God. We are not to regard earthly things as holy. We are not to make idols. Why would God give us this command?
There are deep problems with idolatry. We are to love the Lord with our whole heart. We are to trust Him completely, and we are to obey Him.
What do we do when we realize we have made something an idol? We should destroy the idol if possible. There are some idols that you should not destroy, like your family or your reputation. In that case, you need to reprioritize your life and set Christ as Lord!
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