Learning and teaching your children the Ten Commandments can be so awesome! Note when a commandment says “Thou Shalt Not”, God is saying “Don’t hurt yourself!” When a Commandment says “Thou Shalt”, God is saying “Help yourself to some happiness instead.”
Commandment number three in Exodus 20 verse 7 says “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will NOT hold anyone guiltless who takes His name in vain.” We are to take His name in VICTORY not vanity.
John 14:14 says “You may ask me for anything in MY NAME and I will do it.” Colossians 3:17 says “Whatever you do, whether in WORD or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Pray in Jesus’ name over your children before they leave for school. Pray for protection and Godly wisdom. Homework time is a good time to pray with them as well, asking Jesus to guide their thought process. They will grow to spontaneously pray before upcoming tests. What a positive impression it is for your children to hear you pray for them with the help of Jesus!
Proverbs 18:10 says “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” There is power and protection in the name of Jesus! During a fierce storm, it can be frightening to a child or adult, but praying in the name of Jesus for protections is extremely comforting, and uses His name honorably. Take an inner heart inspection. Do you flippantly use the name of God carelessly? Do you tell pointless jokes about God that jest at Him? Our children are watching. Click To Tweet
Teach your children to beware of the vain use of God’s name. Be cautious about your own speech; substituting “soft” words like gosh or jeez. They may seem acceptable, but not in God’s eyes. We owe it to our children to live by example including what we say and how we say it.
Take an inner heart inspection. Do you flippantly use the name of God carelessly? Do you tell pointless jokes about God that jest at Him? Our children are watching. Do you volunteer at church faithfully then return home the resort of the week using profanity? This is hypocrisy! This communicates to your children you do not take your faith in God seriously.
Beware of taking God’s name carelessly or lightly whether it be with profanity, frivolity, or hypocrisy.
Praise God with ALL your heart. Ephesians 2:9-11 says “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord.”
Let your children know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you love God. Make a vow as parents to be careful how you use the name of God in your everyday conversation.
Tell your children why you chose their names and the value their names have.
As a Christian, you are wearing the name of Christ, to do it successfully, you must walk the walk.
Worshipping God by using His name appropriately and victoriously is what “lifts us up in Liberty”.