You see, God is the Lord your God besides Him there is no other. God expects you not to serve other gods let alone mention their name. This is because He does not and should not share His glory with these other gods.
You may wonder in amazement, why? Let me tell you one reason.
Right from the beginning, He is, those other gods arose as a result of rebellion in which one-third of the angels of God who fought against God were cast out of heaven.
Being that the devil wanted the glory of God so badly, being that the devil wanted to run a parallel government other than that of God, he made himself god, same with some of the fallen angels now agents of darkness who fell with him.
Depending on these gods really amounts to everlasting pain and sorrow.
To avoid this, you have to pay close attention to all of God’s instructions and ask Him for the grace to keep to them all.
Be on your guard that you do not give the glory of God to them. Be on your guard that you do not take the glory of God for yourself.
How can you achieve this? He is the King of Glory besides whom there is no other. Be conscious of God. Be conscious of God’s instructions. Be conscious of God’s yourself to do just what God asks you to do.
If the names of this other gods are on your lips, you could indirectly give them the glory without knowing, not because you want to, but out of carelessness or ignorance.
Remember what you pay attention to determines what you say. What you say determines what happens around you and in your life.
Even when people around you follow these gods, do not imitate them to follow these gods. Do not join them to follow these gods.
This is what you do instead, follow God. Speak about your own God who is the only living God; fill your mouth with things about Him. Speak only of Him – His goodness. Remove your focus from these other gods and place it only on God and things of God. This way, it is easy for you not to speak of other gods.
These other gods are made by man. They came into existence by man. Of their own, they have no power except that which man enables them to have over him. God already gave man authority over these gods.
Revelation 2:14; “Nevertheless I have a few things against you. There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality.”
To the statues and precepts of God are attached; life, prosperity and other blessings.
Here are a few commands of God from the 10 commandments.
Exodus 20: 1-5 (NIV) “ And God spoke all these words: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.”