Commandment 3 – You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God

Good evening everybody! I am so glad that you decided to drop on by once again.  As you know everyone is welcome here at Our Spiritual Journey.  My wish is that you make it a regular stop when surfing the web.  My greatest goal for you is that you may come to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior as I do.  He is the best teacher ever.  As you know we have been taking an in depth look at the Ten Commandments, and how they are relevant in our lives today.  You would be surprised to find out that not that many people know all the Commandments.  They know more about trivial stuff than the laws that God spoke into existence long ago.  That is why after much prayer and obeying God I decided to do an in depth series on The Ten Commandments. We are currently at the third one.

 Commandment 3 – You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord your God will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. 

This command was given by God to the Israelite people long ago, and it is still as relevant today as it was back then.  That in and of itself displays the mastery of our great Father God!  We are not so different from the Israelites of the past.   Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Yes we know we are sinners.  It is our sin nature that takes over many times, but to follow God takes perseverance, and a little bit of faith.  Faith as small as a mustard seed!

This commandment is really self explanatory, but I don’t think many people understand what they do when they break this commandment.  We all know that God is holy, and is supreme in authority and might.  He is the master and creator of all things.  His name is so majestic it should be said with reverence and praise with a bowed head and a contrite heart. As a sinful people we don’t even deserve to say his name much less mock it or blaspheme it.  Who do we think we are anyway?  Are we that stuck on ourselves to think we bigger or better than the one true God.

Even taking an oath or swearing by Gods name breaks this commandment. You have heard the adage “I will swear on a stack of bibles!” Then we will follow it up with “I promise” That’s when God said, ” All you need to say simply Yes or No anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”  That is found in Matthew 5:37.  I believe that we are all guilty to one extent or another, but how do we remedy it.  The answer we are looking for lies in Romans 12:2, it says, ” Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  When I quit drinking I quit hanging around those who were drinking.  The same is true here.  If I want to change the way I talk I need to admit there is a problem with the way I am talking.  Then I need to become willing to change.  Then the action.

This action step would be prayer with God.  If you have trouble with taking his name and misusing it I recommend that you go to God about it.  This is something not to be taken lightly.  If you are truly sorry for what you did, then and only then, can you be truly repentant of your sin against God.  You will find out that you will be honoring God more with everything you do including your speech the more your relationship with Him grows.

What do you think about misusing God’s holy name?  Do we call that freedom of speech, or blatant disrespect for our Lord and Savior?  Let me know what you think.  You can place a comment on one of the other pages, or email me at 

Thank You All Very Much———————–Your Brother in Christ————————-Matthew J. Leiker