A daily verse about the state of our nation and time for Christians reflect and unite in prayer, asking God to send a revival across our land and turn our nation back to Him.
Do we need a revival?
Cuss words have become such a normal part of life, that we barely even acknowledge them as cuss words any more. When someone takes the Lord’s name in vain, they are using His name in a perverse way. in a manner that is wicked, worthless, or for wrong purposes. This doesn’t mean that we have to avoid the divine name altogether. The name YHWH (or Yahweh)—“the Lord,” in most translations—appears some seven thousand times in the Old Testament. We don’t need to be afraid to say his name. But we must not misuse it.
What classified as saying God’s name in vain?
The Old Testament identifies several ways in which we can be guilty of using God’s name in vain. The most obvious is to blaspheme or curse the name of God. But there’s more to the commandment than that. It also forbids empty or false oaths: “You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord” (Lev. 19:12; Hos. 10:4a). When you make a declaration, swearing by God’s name, it must not be a false promise or one you do not intend to keep.
This commandment also prohibits false visions and false claims to speak on God’s behalf, for such prophets “prophesy lies in my name” (Jer. 23:25). Strangely enough, sacrificing one’s children to the false god Molech was considered a violation of the third commandment because it profaned the name of God (Lev. 18:21). The Israelites were to stone the man who sacrificed his children in this way. Failure to do so would allow for uncleanness to permeate the camp, thereby besmirching the name of the Lord, who dwelt in the midst of his people. Would God see abortion in the same way?
The Need for Revival
- Taking God’s name in vain goes beyond using it as a cuss word and as a nation, we’re guilty on all accounts.
- Spend some quiet moments with the Holy Spirit and ask Him to show any ways you are guilty of breaking this commandment.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how our nation is guilty of breaking this commandment.
Praying for Revival
Father, your name is holy and righteous. Jesus taught to pray, “hallowed be thy name.” But we take your name so lightly. Forgive us. Convict us and help us come to realize just how hallowed your name is. Almighty God, may we praise and glorify your name, respect and fear your name, and have a reverential awe for holy name. Lord, send a revival and show us your glory.
Lord, send a revival and let it begin in me.
What’s the impossible in your life? In Matthew 19:26, Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” When you reach the point of impossible – that’s where God starts.
God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars
by Julia M. Bruce
What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?
This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:
- Scripture to memorize and meditate on
- Conversation Starters
- Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
- Romance Builders
- Relationship Builders
- Personal reflections
- Date ideas
- Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples
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