Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 1/16/22 by Pastor Steve Shields.
The Ten Commandments were given by God as a guidebook on life to the Israelites. As we look back at the Ten Commandments that we discussed in detail, we see that God wants us to make Him the priority in our life.
No other gods before Me – your Father knows what you need before you even ask! Put away idols – destroy them (if you can). Reprioritize your life! Honor God’s Name – watch how you live as you bear His name. Remember the Sabbath – make “sabbathing” a verb. Honor your father and mother – show them their value. Do not murder – choose love! Honoring marriage commitments – marriage is designed to show the love, the purity, the faithfulness, and the holiness of God – of Christ and His church. You shall not steal – it is a matter of trusting God and setting aside greed. No false testimony – no worthless words. Be a person who values truth. You shall not covet – be joyful when others are blessed.
God gives us these commandments because He loves us. You can live without these commandments, but you can’t live your best life without them.
The Ten Commandments point to the cross. We cannot keep these commands without Him. They show us we have a need for God.
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!
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