Disciples are to take the name of the Lord, God righteously in their hearts with respect and holiness.
‘Exodus 20:7 – 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’
Apostle C O Ibekwe, conducting the service from Abuja, Nigeria via you tube, on the 12th July 2020, at 9:00 am, appreciates God for giving a special day to serve the congregations. This includes Nigeria, the West African countries connected and souls in the beyond. In the time of corona, there is pain, affliction and deplorable situations all over the world but assures of God’s word – fear not for I am your God.
The second commandment reminds us to keep God’s name sanctified in our heart and actions. We take the name of Jesus with us – the choir sing… for joy and comfort. Honoring him shows the love we have for him. In the Lord’s prayer Matthew 6:9; “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name”; brings to expression that he has sanctified and perfected his name for us to keep it divine.
Sanctifying the name is good to defeat Satan and create a new life in us to imitate Jesus. It is not easy but we strive to be perfect like him. We involve our family, teach the children as the Psalmist declares – Bless the Lord O my soul, all that is in me bless the Lord – includes the wife, children, neighbors etc.
The image of the name of God as a strong tower. We would climb the tower in times of flood to be saved. He is a tower for those who love him in everything. Honoring the name is also like a shield, use as protection in times of attack; no matter the arsenal of weapon, we shall be saved in the hands of master Jesus, the savior.
The bearer of blessing admonishes all not to lie with the name of the Lord. Jeremiah14:10 ‘… He will remember their iniquity now, and punish their sin’ God gives appropriate instruction not only to Apostles but to all. He delivers us from the bondage of Satan. Not all kinds of sacrifices God accepts, only call upon him, even in times of trouble, he will answer. Let’s change if we have not been calling the name of the Lord righteously.
Apostle Oscar Nwanza Kabanga, furthers that we must use the name of God uprightly in thought, word and deed. People use the name fraudulently: doing bad things to others, taking precious things from them in his name… He compares it to how the fox cunningly got the cheese from the crow, by praising him to sing from the tree. As it opens its beck to sing, the cheese the bird did not want to give the fox fell on the ground from the tree… We must praise God genuinely, in sanctity and honesty.