Our friends from Hawaii, John & Linda Keough, the directors of the healing rooms in Hawaii visited us a couple of days ago and shared an amazing insight they gleaned from Josh Mills concerning taking God's name in vain.
“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.
Vain comes from a Hebrew word that means evil, vain, false or a lie.
The question is, what was God's name revealed at during that time period?
"And God said to Moses , “I AM WHO I AM .” And He said , “ Thus you shall say to the children of Israel , ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
Think about this! God's name was revealed as "I AM." The Hebrew word translated as name teaches us that the name refers to the mark or memorial of the name, the character, nature or authority of that name. For example:
“If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight , give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes , I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians . For I am the LORD who heals you.”
Galatians 3:29 says that if we are Christ's then we are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise of God's word. Hence, we are one in Christ. One with each other and one with God'. In water baptism we see the name of God applied (Matt 28:19, Rom 6:3, 1 Cor 1:13).
It is important to learn to distinguish between facts and the truth. The fact is I may suffer in a situation but the truth is actually determined by what God's word says and our confession combined with our faith in action. For example, the fact was the doctor told me at age 28 that I had an ankle of an 80 year old woman with arthritis. The truth is God's word says I am healed. At age 54 I've just run 113 miles in 3 months.
Hence we honor God's name when when our confession lines up with His word.
How can we take God's name in vain? We can do it any time we attribute characteristics to ourselves that do not line up with God's word and do not distinguish between the facts and the truth. So don't make the mistake of taking God's name in vain by confessing things like "I AM" sick. I AM broke? I AM un-loveable. What we say is important because our words frame our world.
Therefore, use the truth of God's word to change the facts of your situation. Let's be like Abraham and call things that were not as though they were (Rom 4:16-22). Hebrews 3:1 reveals Jesus Christ as the Apostle and High Priest of our CONFESSION. So let's make sure we line up what we say about ourself and our situations.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering , for He who promised is faithful .