5/29/13 Daily Devotion

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

So many people take the Lord’s name in vain. They throw out profanity and include God’s name within their filthy words. Why? What is the point? How would we feel if our name was used in the same manner? Are we trying to make a point? Are we trying to convince God to act on our behalf, or are we just acting in ignorance? To use the name of God in an improper manner is an act of ignorance and disrespect. For each occurrence, we will be held accountable. For each utterance, we will have to give an answer. For each syllable, we will be judged by God. The misuse of God’s name is a sign of contempt for His presence and power. It shows the exact manner of our respect for Him. What do your words say about your relationship with God?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me present a glorious picture of You through my life, so others will come and find the same forgiveness You have so graciously given to me.

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5/28/13 Daily Devotion

Exodus 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

When we think about the timing of this verse, it brings about an interesting picture. As Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments from God, the people of God were creating a golden image. They were reaching for the peace of an idol to carry them through a time in which they felt God had left them. They turned back to what they knew and away from what was real. We have a tendency to do the same within our lives. When life gets tough, when we feel like God is not there, we run back to our old habits and understandings, hoping to find peace. But we soon figure out that we did not have peace before, and we will not have peace now, for apart from God there is no true peace. Making an idol, worshipping an idol, placing anything before God, is our way of stating that He is not good enough. Even so, deep down we know He is really all we need.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me understand that You are all I need.

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