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Taking God's Name in Vain
By Pastor John

Exodus 20:7
7 "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. (NKJ)

NIV - "Misuse the Name of God."

Swearing. 
Obscenities involving the Name of God.

Swearing by the Lord, and not keeping it. 
Oaths.  "I swear to you in the name of the Lord,."   "As God is my witness,"  "As surely as the Lord lives,"

Misusing God's name in prayer. 
Praying in the name of Jesus for something that is obviously not His will.

Applying God's Name to our own false statements

Oral Roberts - "God told me that unless I raise $11.5 million, He was going to kill me."

Giving God a make-over. 
"I know that a loving God would never allow anyone to go to Hell.  We're all going to Heaven because of His love."

"God just created this world, and then abandoned us.  He doesn't care anything about us."

"The Lord wants everyone to be rich, just send $100 in seed money to this ministry, and watch how God will make your bottom line grow."

The trouble is, that isn't how God really looks.  We've just given Him a make-over.

Applying our doubts and fears to God's Name.

"I don't think God could save a person like me."

"I don't think its God's will to heal me."

"God has let me down before. I can't trust Him."

"He won't mind if I sin.  He knows my circumstances."


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