“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”  James 3:9-10 NIV


Read:  James 3:1-12

Have you ever heard “Code Blue!” over an intercom at a hospital?   It usually means a cardio arrest emergency and is a call for a ‘code team’.  But, not always….   Different facilities may have different codes for different situations.


If you hear “Code Blue!” on a police radio or scanner, it usually means an emergency call for a taxi or bus.


The same words can have different meanings in different situations.  Society has done this with GOD’S words.   HIS scripture has been reduced to casual conversation too often.


What is Holy is being used by those who have no idea of the true meaning.  A texting favorite is OMG.  I can only imagine those using it have no idea they are using GOD’S name in vain.   JC is also a vain usage.  These are planted in our society by Satan himself.


Everyday language is “a drop in the bucket” which comes from Isaiah 40:15 which explained GOD’S descriptive importance of the nations.  A “scapegoat” is taken from scripture in Leviticus 16.   Two goats were presented to GOD; one as an offering and one was sent into the wild as an atonement with their sins.  There are dozens of other scriptural words and phrases which we use wrongly without knowing their origin.


It is important for us to remember everything comes from GOD and we need to understand, protect and respect all scripture.   Do you ever use GOD’S word inappropriately or in vain?


Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD for all YOUR Words of teaching and instructions.   Thank YOU for forgiving me of times I have used YOUR scriptures wrongly or taken YOUR name in vain.  Amen.”