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10/1/14 - God: Do you RESPECT God?

Published: Friday, 03 October 2014 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. 
Exodus 20:7

The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power;
 in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress. Therefore, people revere him,
 for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?”
Job 37:23-24

Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: “Who is this that obscures my plans 
with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you,
 and you shall answer me.  “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
 Tell me, if you understand.
  Job 38:1-4

“God Almighty!”  Ever heard that used in an inappropriate way.  I would say that most of the time this phrase is used in a slang way.  “Oh my God!”  This is an all too common phrase used by non-Christians and by Believers.  It is used to express shock or surprise.  It is definitely not used to revere God.  “Thank God It’s Friday (TGIF)” has been used for years to celebrate the end of a work week.  A new TV show has the title, “Thank God It’s Thursday!”  I am writing about the name of God because all of us are using it too much as a slang phrase with no intention of honoring the Creator of the Universe.

This is a write-up that I intend to step on toes (mine included).

Stop what you’re doing and ask yourself, “How do I show genuine respect to God?”  This is not a question to be taken lightly.  Believers can be lulled into thinking of God as just another person to think about.  Of all the people known to man, God deserves our respect.  Unfortunately, most of us do not take the time to think on the name of God.

The Bible verses above are clear about respecting the name of God.  It should be a daily occurrence that we say, “thank you” to God for what He has done for us.  At the very least, we should express our thanks before we say His name in vain.  For most of us, we will lose our respect for the name of God as soon as we get into the car to drive somewhere.

I grew up with God’s name taken in vain as a common occurrence.  There was something that felt like a punch in the stomach when I heard His name spoken in a crude way.  I am hoping that many of you reading this feel that same punch indicating a disturbance in your feelings.

Also, the name of Jesus Christ is greatly abused by this world.  Most of the time, it’s done without the conscious intent of being rebellious.  But, that’s why I wanted to write this article.  The world and Christians can become desensitized to hearing the Lord’s name said in vain.  You must not let this happen in your life.  God’s name is holy.  The name of Christ is precious.  Please guard your heart and mind from the world’s abuse of their names.

I want to make it clear that I am directing all of my comments to you and you alone.  I am not suggesting that you correct other people’s use of the name of God or Christ.  Let’s start with ourselves, as Believers, and make a personal commitment to demonstrate respect for God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit in all that we say and do.

By respecting God in all that you say and do, you will be a “sweet aroma” instead of “rotting flesh” to those people around you (family, friends, and co-workers.  You will be amazed at the power of the Holy Spirit to influence others based on your pure and holy behavior.

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