family devotion

second commandment


You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.


"Do not misuse My holy name to lie or curse or swear.

Instead call on Me anytime in praise and thanks and prayer."

This line from the children's book 'Ten Commandments' by Claire Miller explaining the second commandment reminds us of a simple truth: words matter. 

I get it...we're all going to stub our toe in the night or spill a bowl of popcorn on the way to the couch. You may make a wrong turn and have to backtrack, losing a few minutes of your time. Or, you may make a mistake that costs you hundreds or thousands of dollars. 

When those mis-steps happen, what do you say? Do you casually misuse God's name under your breath, or do you have other 'choice' words that you probably shouldn't repeat in front of your mom?

Each day we're going to find ourselves making mistakes, and every time that happens how you react is up to you. Unless you're calling on God to praise or seek Him, consider your words carefully. After all, you know that He is listening.


God, thank you for hearing our prayers. Forgive us when we do not use Your name as we should; encourage us to call on You in praise and time of need; in Jesus' name, amen.

A Note for Parents

Children are a gift from the Lord. The psalmist writes, "Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him" (Psalm 127:3). If you read this entire psalm, it speaks of the blessings God provides--home, security, food, and children. In particular, children are referred to as a heritage--gifts not possessions. And entrusted with these gifts, parents become stewards. 

What an awesome responsibility to nurture--to feed, nourish, sustain, maintain, cherish, and provide for these gifts from God. As parents provide for their material needs, it is essential that we also take into consideration their spiritual needs. It is indeed the work of the Holy Spirit to plant faith in the hearts of our children and to cause that faith to grow. But it is also an awesome privilege to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit, to hear the splash of baptismal water, and to trust in God's loving care and direction for our children as they grow. 

This note today is taken from the Arch Book Baby Jesus Visits the Temple by Alice Earnheart Maas.

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Each week, CYPRESS CHAPEL will provide you with a devotion to center additional thoughts around the lesson that was offered on Sunday.  You may want to return to some of these devotions throughout the year, or even share them with friends. 

Why are family devotions important? In recent years the responsibility to raise a child in the faith has been placed on the church (staff, programs, events); today we are seeing a steady decline in regular church membership as a result of this trend. The hope of CYPRESS CHAPEL is that parents and kids are able to openly talk about their faith with each other.